Tuesday, August 31, 2010

***Cover Alert***



Synopsis: When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. He seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on… but some questions should be left unanswered.

EEEEEEPPPP!!! I'm a huge Courtney Summers fan. Some Girls Are is on my list of 2010 favorites. Imagine how thrilled and excited I am to finally see the cover and summary for her next book, Fall For Anything. Ugh, I need it to be December 21st NOW! That's the release date, btw. I'm pretty sure you caught that. ;)

**Ultimate Reviewers Challenge**


There is less 3 hours left in the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge. Get your reviews in while you can!

Plus, I just updated the prize pack list. More books, more swag, more stuff for you if you win! SQUEEE!! Click HERE and GET THOSE REVIEWS IN!!! :D

Teaser Tuesday : Spells by Aprilynne Pike


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Spells by Aprilynne Pike. Spells is the sequel to Wings. I tried to find the best quote that wouldn't spoil Wings or Spells. Then I thought, "Hmm, most series have a love triangle anyway. Why not use one of those quotes?" This love triangle is a little different. It's between Laurel (a faerie) who is caught between David, her human boyfriend, and Tamani, a faerie she can't resist.

In this scene, Laurel is speaking with Tamani alone. It's actually one of my favorite scenes. I think someone else posted this right when Spells was released, but I don't care. I adore this scene and hope you love it as much as I do. Ch-ch-check it out!

"'I can't just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can't 'steal' you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you'll ask.'

'And if I don't?' Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

'Then I guess I'll be waiting forever.'"
Page 97

Monday, August 30, 2010

Better Know A Blogger : Princess Bookie





Your Name: Cindy aka Princess Bookie
Name of your blog : Princess Bookie
Started when? Over a year ago
Number of followers? 1298
What do you review? Young Adult mostly-some Adult Paranormal/Romance
How did you get the name for your blog? When I was a kid, I liked the Pretty Pretty Princess Game, you remember the one with the jewelry and the beautiful crown and I love to read= Princess Bookie

How would you describe your blog? I read a lot of books so its mostly book reviews, with contests thrown in and a few meme's.

What kind of blogger are you? Very organized or fly by the seat of your pants? Usually I'm very organized. Since I read a lot I'm able to schedule posts way ahead of time but every once in a while I get so busy with the tour site and just living life, things can get hectic and I fall a little behind.

What is your favorite review or post for your own blog? I think my favorite would be Forget You by Jennifer Echols. I just loved that book so much.

Your favorite blog? Just one? Hmmm. Honestly, I read so many I don't have a favorite. Each blog represents something different and unique. Everyone has their own style and I can't pick a favorite, sorry.

What are you reading right now? Currently I am reading Rules Of Attraction by Simone Elkeles. I just finished Perfect Chemistry, loved it!

Do you have a picture of your TBR pile or bookshelf?
(if you stalk my blog the next few days, you can grab newest picture of my CSN bookshelf)




**Special thanks to Cindy for dropping by. She is one of my favorite bloggers. Not only does she post amazing reviews and contests, she also hosts the Around the World Arc Tour site. WE LOVE YOU, CINDY!!!**

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Review : Her And Me and You


Title: Her And Me And You
Author: Lauren Strasnick
Published: October 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published 2010)
Copy Read: ARC

Synopsis : First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two.

Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred—and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred—and something about Adina—that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world…no matter the consequences.


Thoughts: When I first read this, I didn't know what to think. I didn't realize it's written in prose so that caught me offguard. I didn't love it as much as I wanted to, but I did enjoy it. The story line is interesting as are the characters. Lets recap, shall we?

You have Alex. She's dealing with so many issues and changes, it could make your head spin. Her and her mother have recently moved to a new town (her mother's hometown). Alex doesn't really care about fitting in because all she wants to do is go home. Sadly, she can't leave her mother alone and does not want to face her father back home. She does decide to visit every now and then, but even then, she knows her friendship with Evie (her BFF)is slowly fading. Nothing is same.

Though Alex's mother introduces Alex to her best friend's daughter (Charlotte), but Alex just doesn't fit in with them. While at a party, Alex runs into Fred. Fred's not your stereotypical "hot guy", but there's something about his confidence Alex can't shake. However, with Fred comes Adina, his twin sister. Eventhough Adina can be cruel to Alex, Alex can't help but want to befriend her. And though everyone warns Alex to stay away from the twins, she can't help but be drawn to them. The more time Alex spends with the twins, the more she realizes that some things about them just aren't normal, and they're pulling her straight into it.

The things I liked. I like the story itself. It was really interesting to see Alex interact with all the different types of people. I genuinely liked the characters. They felt real and weren't the cheesy fake characters you see every now and then. And I liked the fact that this wasn't just a fluff story. All the characters deal with all kinds of different problems.

The only thing is, I wish the story wasn't written in prose. I wish it was written with more details and dialogue. I felt like there was so much missing from the story. While it didn't lack depth, I just never felt a connection to any of the characters. This also applies to Alex and her attraction to Fred. I wouldn't categorize Fred as a swoon worthy guy because he wasn't describe with enough detail. He was just a character Alex had a crush on. The romance felt rushed. Something was missing. I guess what I'm saying is, I wish there was more.

All in all, Her And Me And You is a book you can easily finish within a day, if not a few hours. After all, it's a little under 200 pages (Keep in mind, I read an arc. The final copy may change). If you're looking for a fast pace, easy read, written in prose, this is the book for you. Though I didn't love it, I still liked it and hope you do too.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Better Know A Blogger With Tori Aka The Book Faery




Your Name: Tori
Stats: I typically get anywhere from 100-300 visitors a day... it all depends on what the content is. Giveaways can accumulate up to 500 visitors, sometimes. I'm interested in seeing what my blog stats will be for August ;)
Name of your blog : Book Faery
Started when? Feb 11, 2010
Number of followers? 784
What do you review? Paranormal books

How did you get the name for your blog?
Honestly? I wanted something cool. I have a weird tendency to love certain words like "sorceress" or "ice". I think they're so inspiring...I'm not sure why. When I used to play online video games, I thought names like "Flawless" and "Awaken" were cool too, but it was more due to the fact that the people I played with made the names awesome. It applies with book titles too; single word titles can be intriguing if the content is. For instance, the name Shiver holds so much more of a punch because there's an entire book backing the word up now. So when I sat down and went through a possible list, I wanted to pick a simple name that could... sound cool like that. I liked books, book in the name would probably work... and then I was like "Oh shit I could be like the tooth fairy!" Whether or not I was successful with that is an entirely different story. But it was pretty fun running around BEA announcing to people that I was the Book Faery. And it made them laugh. That's got to count for something.

How would you describe your blog?
A blog dedicated to all things paranormal run by some crazy Twitter addict.
What kind of blogger are you? Very organized or fly by the seat of your pants?
I vary. For events, such as The Battle of the Sexies, I started planning back in May. I told authors I needed their responses by July 25th the latest. That gave me plenty of time to get all my posts organized and scheduled. As for reviews and everything else? I tend to just fly by the seat of my pants. Weekly posts like The Faerie's Contest Finds and In My Mailbox were fun at first, but now I'm starting to grow bored of the same typical stuff over and over. Blogging's a bit more fun when you can fly by the seat of your pants ;) Then it doesn't feel like a job!
What is your favorite review or post for your own blog? (provide link)
Uhh... good question! I have a few posts I'm proud of, including: The Vampires vs Werewolves debate (it was a giveaway by Moira Rogers)
http://book-faery.blogspot.com/2010/05/giveaway-vampires-versus-werewolves.html and my very first guest post, which you can find on Heather's blog (Darkly Reading) http://darklyreading.blogspot.com/2010/06/favorite-firsts-guest-post-by-book.html. I also enjoyed writing my book review for Insatiable by Meg Cabot. But there were a few reviews like that :)

Your favorite blog? All Things Urban Fantasy. It's run by the wonderful Abigail.

What are you reading right now? NOTHING! I just finished The King's Bastard the other day by Rowena Corey Daniels. It's a new fantasy trilogy coming out, and I loved it! I'm probably going to start reading a YA, or something by Vivian Arend next.

Do you have a picture of your TBR pile or bookshelf?
Unfortunately, it's on my phone. And no, I don't have bookshelves. The books just find some abandoned space and then just get piled on top of each other.

***Special thanks to Tori for dropping by and answering these questions for us. Don't forget to check out her blog. She's currently giving away copies of Shadow Of The Vampire and hosting an amazing event called The Battle Of The Sexes! WE LOVE YOU, TORI!!!***

Waiting On Wednesday



Synopsis: At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life as easily as snapping her perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her.

For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. With zero friends and nothing close to a boyfriend, April is so unpopular, kids don't know she exists. That is, until Britney notices her. One lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.

But Britney's friendship comes with a price tag.

How much is April willing to pay?


Why I can't wait: This book reminds me of Mean Girls, and I loooove Mean Girls. I'm dying to find out what Britney wants from April. Will there be a jungle catfight? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Release Date: April 4, 2011

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

URC Mini Giveaway #2




As promised, here's the 2nd mini giveaway for the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge!!!

The Prize:


*Signed copy of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
*A Wicked Lovely Tattoo
*Firelight postcard, bookmark and sticker

Rules:

*You must be a follower to enter
*You must fill out this FORM .
*You may enter if you are not participating in the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge, however, all extra entries will only be for participants :)
*US only. If you have a US address I can send it to, feel free to enter.

Extra Entries:

+5 For all URC participants
+1 For participating @ For What It's Worth
+1 For participating @ Karen's Addictions
+1 For participating @ Tiger's All-Consuming Books

The giveaway ends Aug. 31 at midnight CST. Good luck everyone!!!

*sends you good luck juju*

Teaser Tuesday : Extraordinary


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin. If you haven't heard of Extraordinary, feel free to check it out on Goodreads.

"This was yet another situation in which she knew better than Mallory what should be done, just as she had known four years ago.
She would call Ryland.
Her heart beat quickly, quickly."- Page 88

Monday, August 23, 2010

You Are So Undead To Me Winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in the You Are So Undead To Me Giveaway. Lets do a prize recap. The winner will receive:

*A Copy of You Are So Undead To Me by Stacy Jay
*signed Maggie Stiefvater bookplate
*Prophecy of the Sisters/Guardian of the gate bookmark
*signed (by Mindi Scott) Freefall bookmark
*Forgive My Fins bookmark
*signed Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely Series) bookmark
*Friendship bracelet inspired by Forget-Her-Nots, courtesy of Em from Twisted Fates' Cafe

Out of 253 entries, with the help of Random.org, the winner is...

#164: JESSICA @ Confessions of a Bookaholic

Congrats, Jessica! An email is being sent your way. If you do not receive an email, feel free to email me at addicted2novels (at) gmail (dot) com. Please respond within 72 hours or new winner will be selected. ;)

If you did not win, don't worry. A new giveaway will be posted in the morning. Another day, a new opportunity to win!

The Contemps Challenge

Take The Contemps Challenge!

You know I love a good challenge!

The Challenge:

Love to read contemporary fiction? Accept the Contemps Challenge and promise to read at least 18 of the 21 upcoming Contemps books between now and August 15, 2011. One lucky challenger will win the grand prize: ALL 21 of our books! That's like a whole bookshelf of books!

The Books (18 out of 21 must be read by August 15, 2011):

Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Freefall by Mindi Scott
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
Trapped by Michael Northrop
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
Family by Micol Ostow
Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
Pearl by Jo Knowles
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
3rd Bk in the Carter series by Brent Crawford
Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracey
Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

I'll be updating my status here and on my blog. Be sure to check out The Contemps Challenge and sign up HERE.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

In My Mailbox



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Bought (Thanks to Half-Priced Books' awesome $1 clearance shelf!):
*Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn
*Fly Me To The Moon by Alyson Noel
*Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
*The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Won:
*The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
*Ghostgirl: Lovesick by Tonya Hurley

***Special thanks to Shana Silver and YA Book Central. ***

Comment below and show me what goodies you got this week :)

XOXO

Friday, August 20, 2010

Interview With Sophie Jordan (Author of Firelight)

I had the honor of interviewing Sophie Jordan. If you haven't heard, her YA debut (Firelight), hits shelves September 7th. From someone that's read it, I must tell you how fabulous it is. You must check it out! And without further ado, please welcome Sophie Jordan to Addicted 2 Novels!

*cheers*

1. What inspired you to write Firelight?

I’ve been published in romance for a few years, and like any writer published in one genre, I often like to delve into books from other genres during my reading time. I also have a fab crit partner in author Tera Lynn Childs and I just loved reading her material.


So I went from reading YA fiction to wanting to write it. Naturally. I instantly saw that YA has changed so much since I was in high school. I quickly realized YA fiction could be anything, about anything! I was particularly delighted to see romance at the core of so many YA books. If I know anything from years of writing romance novels, it was how to write some steamy boy/girl interaction. Ideas started brewing, and before I knew it I had the idea for Firelight.





2. What makes it different from the other books out there?

It might sound silly, but once I decided to write a YA, I really did wait for the idea/muse to come to me. I wanted to write a young adult novel with a strong romance (of course!), but the paranormal element was elusive. I wanted the paranormal aspect to be unique and fresh – both for the current market and me, too. I needed to be excited about it. I had lots of ideas flit through my mind that I quickly dismissed, but when I landed on dragons I knew I hit something that wasn’t being done in YA, and I got very excited. When I started thinking about how dragons might have evolved I knew I had the making of a great new paranormal world.

You’re not going to find a dragon-themed YA like mine. I really do believe that I’m breaking new ground. My dragons aren’t your ordinary dragons. They’re not what you typically find in fantasy fiction. My dragons are called draki and they’ve evolved over the millennia from the dragon of common lore. Once I established that, the plot and love story fell easily into place.




3. In Firelight, Jacinda falls for a Draki hunter named Will. If you could match her with any other literary character, which one would you choose and why?


Wow. It’s difficult to think of pairing Jacinda with anyone else. Well, I’m in love with Jay from Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder. He’s just an all-around nice guy who might be loyal and dedicated enough to stand by Jacinda through her considerable trials. Gosh, this feels like sacrilege! I don’t think I can entertain the notion of Jacinda cheating with another character. J

(LOL! But, I must say, I do love Jay from The Body Finder. Good choice for Jacinda!)

4. Firelight is the first book in the Draki series. Is there anything you can tell us about the sequel?


Hmmm. Well. The second book opens with a big twist! A good portion of the book is set in the pride, Jacinda’s draki home. Jacinda is going to come across a little differently, as she should after the events of book one. You’ll see more of Cassian and other draki characters you didn’t get to see too much of in book one. There is a lot more action … and steam – I’ll let you wonder if I’m talking about Jacinda’s fire-breathing ways or steamy scenes with a certain boy! Maybe it’s both!

(OOOOOOOOOOOOH!!! CAN'T FREAKIN' WAIT!!! I want it now :( )

5. Why do you love bloggers (assuming you do!)?


You guys are amazing! And powerful! You have such outreach. You’re especially supportive of debut authors. I’m impressed at how you love new authors simply because they’re new to the scene! YA bloggers truly get the word out on books, and I’m immensely grateful to have landed on the radar of so many of you. Thanks, Lena! XXOO!

Thanks, Sophie, for the awesome interview! Sophie has also donated tons of postcards, stickers and bookmarks to the URC prize packs. You seriously rock my socks off! Can't wait to see/meet you at Blue Willow on Sept. 11! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Review : Paranormalcy



Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Published: August 31st 2010 by HarperTeen

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.

Normal is so overrated.


Thoughts: It's true! Normal is so overrated, and this book is anything but normal. Paranormalcy has everything any fiction fan will love: Psychotic faeries, confused werewolves and vampires, a mermaid for a best friend, a shape shifting crushable boy, and a very confused, very lost heroine.

Ever since the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) Evie at the age of 8, she has been assigned to bag and tag paranormal creatures. She has a unique gift no one has ever seen before. She can see past everyone's glamour and look at who they really are. Instead of a beautiful, mysterious vampire, she sees the dead corpse underneathe. The same applies to werewolves, hags, the works. Since Evie never really had a family and doesn't remember her own parents, she accepted the IPCA as her home.

This all changes when a shape shifting boy breaks into the IPCA and is captured by your's truly (aka Evie). Her curiousity gets the best of her. She's never seen a boy like this before. Underneathe his glamour, he has the essence of water. To get to the bottom of everything (what he is, why he broke into the IPCA, etc), she begins to talk to him. The more she talks to him, the more she questions the IPCA and her place there. And, it probably doesn't help that she's charming, hot and the closest thing to normal (if you can imagine that) Evie has ever known.

After a normal-turned not so normal bag and tag, Evie begins to realize that paranormal creatures everywhere are mysteriously showing up dead. Their next target, the IPCA. And, if this isn't a big enough problem in itself, this "thing" is only attacking paranormal creatures, not humans. But the more Evie begins to research her place and her life, the more she begins to realize that maybe she isn't human after all. And what she is maybe more terrifying than a serial killing vampire.

I have to say, this book is, of all things, very creative. It's a page turner that keeps you guessing. One mystery turns into two and before you know it, you can't even put the book down! It's just that BLEEPING good.

Though, Evie (at times) can come off as a damsel in distress, pink loving deva, she's still this badass heroine who zaps enemies with her taser (aka Tasey) and take them down just as fast as the best of them. She's just like most teenage girls, not knowing how she fits in, but at the same time, with her paranormal background, she's anything but normal. All she wants is a normal life even if this normal life ends up being like a drama filled episode of her favorite show, Easton Heights. Sadly, this just might not be in the cards for her, but she's definitely going to try! I loved watching Evie develope as a character and become more independent. She keeps you on your toes!

And now, lets talk about swoon worthy boys. I love watching Lend and Evie's relationship build. Insta-love becomes tiring, so when I read about how two strangers become friends then building it into something more, I can't help but love it. And it probably helps Lend is too adorable for words. He may seem like the strong silent type, but he's also funny, brave and just a down to earth, good natured guy. I loved the relationship he has with his father and mother. Sometimes, I get sick of reading about dysfunctional families, so it's a breath of fresh air when at least one character comes from a good family (even if they have supernatural issues).

Paranormalcy, in my opinion, is a triple A: awesome, amazing and adorable. If books were food, this one would be like a chocolate cake: rich and delicious. Trust me, you want to get your hands on this book as soon as it hits shelves August 31st. Don't miss out on the jam packed, feel good time that is Paranormalcy.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday




Synopsis: Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can’t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students—for every grade from kindergarten to twelve.

Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya's determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya's home, and they won’t go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts getting negative vibes from certain people and things. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret—and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy: Her paw-print birthmark.


If you've read Kelley's Darkest Powers series, you'd understand why I CAN'T WAIT for this book to come out. It's the first book in her new Darkness Rising trilogy, but it's set in the same world as Darkest Powers. EEEP!!!

Release date: April 12, 2011

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Personal Demons


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers. Personal Demons is told through 2 points of view : Frannie's and Luc's. Personally, Luc's is my favorite because he's a demon, and who doesn't want to see the interworkings of a demon?

This scene is one of many amazing Luc and Frannie moments, told through (of course) Luc's point of view. Ch-ch-check it out!

"'I'm sorry, I wasn't aware we were on a 'hot date.'' And this time I can't contain the chuckle when she cringes. 'So, how hot would you like it? I'm capable of all levels of hotness, from Luc-warm to-and I'm being literal here- hotter than Hell.'"- Page 50.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Interview With Lisa Desrochers (Author of Personal Demons)



During the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge, we each had the opportunity to interview some of our (and your) favorite authors. I had the privilege to interview Lisa Desrochers. Her debut novel, Personal Demons, releases September 14, 2010. And if you haven't heard about Personal Demon, where have you been?! I'm currently reading it now, and it's GOOD!

*ahem*

Anyway, lets start the interview!

1. What inspired you to write Personal Demons?

I was listening to Saving Abel (one of my favorite bands) and reading a bio where they said they got their name from a biblical quote: “there was no saving Abel.” That got me thinking about the story of Cain and Abel, and I was mulling over ideas for a book when a name popped into my head. I thought to myself, Lucifer Cain, what a fun name for a demon. That was the beginning of Luc and Personal Demons.

2. What makes Personal Demons different from the other books out there?

Half of Personal Demons is told from my demon, Luc’s POV. You ever been inside a demon’s head? It’s surprising the things you’ll find in there. ;p

3. In Personal Demons, there's an angel named Gabe and a demon named Luc. Are you a "good guy" kind of girl or a "bad boy" kind of gal?

That depends entirely on what sort of “good guy” or “bad boy” they are. Good guys can tend to be boring. They don’t usually have that “anything can happen” feel to them, so they need to have a lot of charisma. If they’re done right, like, for example, Peeta, I love them. Likewise, I think “bad boys” can tend toward creepiness. Mysterious is good, but I don’t like my bad boys violent or stalkerish. My very favorite bad boys are both from Melissa Marr’s Ink Exchange, Iri and Niall.

(PEETA AND NIALL!!! :D)

4. If you could match Frannie up with any other literary character out there, who would you choose and why?

Fred or George Weasley (whichever one doesn’t die in Deathly Hollows). Frannie takes herself a little too seriously. Fred and George definitely know how to have fun and would help her lighten up.

5. Why do you love bloggers?

I totally love bloggers. You guys rock the house. I always find great books through book blogs and I’m loving all of you extra hard for helping me spread the Personal Demons love.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you, Lisa!!!

And just so you know, Lisa has so graciously donated Personal Demons bookmarks for the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge prize pack! *happy dance*

And be sure to check out Personal Demons as well as Lisa's blog where you can find all things Personal Demons as well as sneak peaks!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Arc Tours:
*Torment by Lauren Kate (Around The World)

Won:
*Ruined by Paula Morris
*Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
(Special thanks to the girls are WickedLovely.com)

That's everything. Hopefully I can finish Torment before I have to send it off. EEK!

So tell me, what'd you get in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Interview With Lori From Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination


Your Name: Lori

Stats: I'm 23 and I have been married for 3 years!
Name of your blog: Pure Imagination
Started when? December 16, 2008
Number of followers? 1,256




What do you review?
Mostly Young Adult. I throw some adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance in every once in a while.

How did you get the name for your blog?

When I first started my blog I named it 'What Lori is Reading' but when I decided to start putting a little more effort into it I searched bookstore names, and found Pure Imagination. It was perfect! I've always loved Willy Wonka!


How would you describe your blog?

Fun. I don't try to take things too seriously. Reading and blogging are supposed to be fun. I hope that comes across in my posts!


What kind of blogger are you? Very organized or fly by the seat of your pants?

I'm totally OCD! I have almost all of my posts scheduled 3 weeks in advance lol. I make lists like crazy! I spend more time working on my blog than I do at my actual job!


What is your favorite review or post for your own blog?

This is a hard one! I really loved all the Twilight Takeover stuff in June. One of my last posts during the Takeover was A Message to Stephenie Meyer. It felt great to get that out there. I also did a post in March that caused a little drama. I had just read Eating Animals by Johnathon Safran Foer and it changed my life, so I wanted to let other people know about the deplorable conditions in factory farming. So I wrote my Important Please Read post!

Your favorite blog?




Oh no! I have some many favorites, I could never name just one! I keep discovering new favorites everyday!


What are you reading right now?

Right now I'm reading The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton. I'm almost finished with it then I'm going to start Clockwork Angel!!


Do you have a picture of your TBR pile or bookshelf?

I have books spread out all over my house!

Bookshelf:


(I SEE A CRESCENDO ARC!!!)

Books in Drawers:

And the TBR Pile: (Hey, look. On the right...it's Clockwork Angel!)

Special thanks to Lori for participating in the Better Know A Blogger. Be sure to check out Lori's blog. She has some fabulous reviews and even more fabulous giveaways! And be sure to follow her on twitter: @Loriimagination

WE LOVE YOU, LORI!!! :D

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sweet Valley Confidential Winner!!!



Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway. I loved reading about how you were introduced to the Sweet Valley High world and hope those who read the first chapter of Sweet Valley Confidential enjoyed it.

Without further ado, the winner. Random.org selected....wait for it...



#92 : ReenaJacobs!!!

Out of 135 entries, ReenaJacobs won. CONGRATS, REENA! Please email me : addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com your mailing information. I'll send it to Ann-Marie and once the book is released, you'll have your very own copy of Sweet Valley Confidential!

URC Mini-Giveaway



Welcome to the 1st Ulitimate Reviewers Challenge Mini-Giveaway.

*throws confetti*

Since I'm feeling friendly, you don't have to be a URC participant to enter, HOWEVER, if you are, your chances of winning are much higher!

The Rules are simple:

*You MUST fill out this FORM to enter.
*You must be 13 or up
*This particular giveaway is to US & CA only. If you are an international participate and have an US/CA address I can mail to, go for it!

**EDIT** If you had issues with the form before I fixed it, let me know! I'll correct your total :) **


Prize:

*Copy of You Are So Undead To Me by Stacy Jay
*signed Maggie Stiefvater bookplate
*Prophecy of the Sisters/Guardian of the gate bookmark
*signed (by Mindi Scott) Freefall bookmark
*Forgive My Fins bookmark
*signed Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely Series) bookmark
*Friendship bracelet inspired by Forget-Her-Nots, courtesy of Em from Twisted Fates' Cafe

This Mini-Giveaway ends next week, 08/23, at midnight CST. After that, we'll start the next Mini-Giveaway. LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review : The Ghost And The Goth


Title: The Ghost And The Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Published :June 29th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH (first published 2010)
Details: Hardcover, 281 pages

Synopsis:
After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser/outcast type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?


Thoughts: I've been meaning write this review for a while. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect when I picked up The Ghost And The Goth. I actually had the arc for a while, and since I kept hearing great things about it, decided to finally give it a go. Let me tell you, all the rumors are TRUE. The Ghost And The Goth is a great, fast paced read you can easily finish in one day.

The Ghost And The Goth is told through alternating points of view. First, you have Alona, the popular cheerleader who is a bit of a b-witch. Oh, who am I kidding. She is a b-witch times 10! She dies in a terrible accident, yet her ghost remains on earth. It lingers in her town, but more so at her high school. No one can hear her or see her and she wonders why she's still there instead of moving to the great beyond.

Then you have Will. Will can see and talk to ghosts, but tries to stay under their radar. You see, all ghosts have unfinished business they'd like to take care of and if they know you can see them, they'll ask you for favors. But how can you do a favor for someone who 1) isn't alive and 2)will make you look like a crazy person talking to himself! If he doesn't stay under their radar, he knows his mom will have him locked up in a loony bin. Who wants that?

The day after her funeral, Alona beings freaking out about being a ghost who's stuck at school and not being able to have anyone hear or speak to her. Did even her friends hate her just like the rest of them? Then, she notices Will (of all people, the weird goth boy!). He can SEE and HEAR her. Will doesn't want to help Alona. She was a completely b-witch to everyone, including him. And Will would be Alona's last choice, but he's the only one who might be able to help her move to the great beyond. Thus begins their crazy adventure.

How can I describe Alona and Will together? Adorable? Charming? Sweet? Yes, yes, and yes. From the start, you can feel the hatred, but also an underlining sense of sexual tension. Everyone always hates the popular girl, but she's usually the most beautiful girl in school. And yeah, Will's the weird goth boy, but he's a good guy through and through. My favorite scenes were the ones where Alona and Will bicker. They're just so much fun together!

Now, everyone loves a great romance, but there needs to be more to a story. The Ghost And The Goth delivers in this department too. There's the mysterious, creepy thing (b/c I really can't describe it) coming after Will. Then, you have a past that's slowing creeping up on him. To top it all off, you have the fact that Will's human, Alona's dead. Even if they can work past their differences, how can they really have a relationship together?

The Ghost And The Goth is a feel good, fun time. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a cute, romantic, quick read. I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed it, and I'm sure you will be too.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday



**Warning: If you have not read the Wicked Lovely series, do not read any further. This is the last book in the series!!!**

Synopsis:
The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the faery courts, and in the final conflict, some will win…and some will lose everything.

The exhilarating conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.


Why I Can't Wait: This is, by far, one of my favorite series. I mean, I'm a member of the Rath (WL forum) for crying out loud! And I love Keenan something fierce. After reading Radiant Shadows, I need to know what happens. I need to know how all the events will play out, what will happen and how it all ends.

Plus, look at that cover. Out of all the Wicked Lovely books, Wicked Lovely has always been my favorite, of the 4, till now. I think Melissa Marr said the vines might change, but the Darkest Mercy (book 5) cover is currently my new favorite cover. Donia is one of my favorite characters in the series, so it's win-win. :D

Release Date: February 22nd, 2011

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Paranormalcy


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

A little bit of background. In this scene, Evie talks with a boy who can shift to any human form. He broke into the Center, was caught and is now imitating Evie, but can't quite get the color of her eyes. Evie does not know his name and since he's imitating her, she refers to him as "Not-Me."

Now, you know me. I can't quite seem to just pick 2 sentences and stop. No worries, it's not spoilery and so worth it. Also, know that since this is coming from an arc, the scene is subject to change in the final print.

Anyway, without any further ado, I give you the Teaser:

" 'What color?' Not-Me mused. His eyes were flickering now, shifting colors like he was on fast-forward. 'A cloud with the slightest hint of rain.'

'Streams of melting snow,' I answered without thinking.

He shot straight up and backed into the corner of his cell. I watched an expression of fear and mistrust spread across my features. 'Yes, that's it,' Not-Me whispered."
-Page 24.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Losing Faith Recreate A Cover



Cindy aka The Princess Bookie is hosting another recreate a cover contest. Above is the actual cover for the book Losing Faith by Denise Jaden.

And here is my recreation:



And for fun, here's the synopsis for the book: A terrible secret. A terrible fate.

When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don't know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.

As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith's final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.


Comment below and let me know what you think of my recreation!

XOXO

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

It was a slow, but fabulous week week for me. Check out my goodies!

Won:
-13 To Life by Shannon Delaney (signed!). Special thanks to Free Book Friday!
-Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. Special thanks to Steph Su!

Bought:
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

And that's everything. So, what's in YOUR mailbox?!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Review : Clockwork Angel


Title: Clockwork Angel (arc)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: August 31st 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry
Details: Hardcover, 496 pages

Synopsis:

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destinat...more Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


Thoughts: There aren't enough words in the English dictionary to help me describe to you how much I loved this book. It's hands down one of my favorite reads this year. With this review, I'm going to write it a bit differently. To keep from being spoilery, I'm going to do a top 5 reasons why you need to read Clockwork Angel. And luckily, it releases at the end of the month so you don't have to wait TOO long! :)

1. Lots and lots of action. If you remember the Mortal Instruments, you'll remember all the demon fighting, saving each other, geez Clary...you're in trouble AGAIN?!, feel good times. Clockwork Angel does not disappoint in this area. What does that mean? IT MEANS IT WON'T BORE YOU! It'll keep you entertained throughout the book.

*happy dance*

2. The Love Triangle. No one does sexual tension like Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel is no exception. You have Jem, the sweet and all around good guy. Then you have Will, hilarious and arrogant, but damaged. Will reminds me of a dark haired, British Jace. Both guys are incredible, both are swoon worthy and both leave you breathless for more.

3. Mystery. The thing about a good book is, it can't lay everything on the table from the start. It has to keep the reader's attention. It has to make you question what's going on and keep you guessing. And it has to throw in a few twists. I mean, if you make the plot predictable, it's no fun. Am I right? Every time I thought I had things figured out, Clockwork Angel would do a 180. I'd be completely wrong and think "Ha Ha Ha, you're so clever!"

4. MAGNUS!!!! Who isn't a Magnus fan? I dare you to tell me you don't love him. If for any reason alone, you should read CA for Magnus. I love you SFM!

5. Just an overall spectacular book. You knew it would be. To be honest, I think I love this series more than I love The Mortal Instruments. I love the 1800s-London setting. I love Charlotte and her "I'm just as good as any man" attitude. Frankly, I love all the new (to me) characters. Cassandra took her own creation and somehow made it better.

If I were you, I'd preorder Clockwork Angel. There are actually some GREAT preorder deals out there. You're going to buy it anyway, right? You better buy it. It's brilliant I tell you, brilliant! And believe me, It's worth the wait and hype.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Thirteenth Chime Blog Tour : Interview w/ Emma Michaels


Alternative Name


LET THE INTERVIEW BEGIN!!! :D

1. How would you describe The Thirteenth Chime for someone how hasn't heard about it?

A) It is a story about the bond between two people (David and Destiny) who have become estranged. Destiny, who is now engaged, is in a situation where her best friend is injured and sent to the hospital along with her mother. Unsure of what to do as the police are not helping her, she contacts David for help. He comes to help her, but what neither of them know is that the nightmare awaiting them is ready to spring a trap that was created by a madman almost fifty years ago. Faced with the darkness that threatens to overwhelm them, their bond will be the only thing that will help them to survive "The Thirteenth Chime".

2. What makes The Thirteenth Chime different from other books out there?

A) I think there are many differences between The Thirteenth Chime and other books currently on the market in not only the characters themselves but the concept. I took a feeling that I had one night and expanded on it, suddenly there were characters who weren't like anything I had imagined before and slowly a plot began to develop. I didn't sit there and try to find an original idea, it just came to me with my emotions and from there, the rest is history. I didn't write your average paranormal. There are no vampires, werewolves, witches or the types of characters you see normally. It is about something so much more human. so much more natural that it makes it that much more bone chilling and I hope you will love it!

3. When you have writer's block, what do you do to "unblock" it?

A) I think it is really important to write everyday but I think that like any author I just find my way through it. With many authors it may take longer but luckily sometimes for me it can be as simple as reading an amazing review that made me want to hear someone say that about my book one day or listening to a new song I had never heard before that just somehow touched my heart. There is always a way to unblock your writers blog as long as you are willing to search for it, though every once it a while it is as simple as just letting it happen on its own.

4. What was your road to publication like?

A) I'm always so hesitant about this question because when I tell the truth, it sounds like I am rather anti-agent. I'm really not, it's just that when you receive over a hundred standard form rejections from agents who don't even give you the time of day to see a sample of your work, and then you submit to a bunch of publishers directly, almost all of whom send you back not only very encouraging responses, but offers... well, you see my point. The road was long and filled with trials, but it was a journey that was so worth it! I do not regret submitting to any of the agents I did, even if there were times when I had. Everything that I did while getting to where I am not was just another step in the journey and I am too happy where I am to regret any of it!

5. Besides The Thirteenth Chime, what books would you recommend for readers?

A) There are many wonderful books out there on the market - some new and some a few seasons old. I would heartily recommend any books by Tamora Pierce of Sharon Shinn. I loved some of the debut novels this year like Fallen, Beautiful Creatures and Once a Witch. I also really enjoy Rachel Vincent and other authors. The list goes on and on. I just absolutely adore reading!

(I LOVE FALLEN, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES AND ONCE A WITCH TOO! :D)

6. Any advice for aspiring authors?

A) Never give up! The journey is long and difficult, but it is a journey I would make again in a heartbeat. Please never give up because I want to read your books one day too!

7. Why do you love book bloggers?

A) There are so many reasons. I was so worried about what people would think when I started blogging and instead it felt amazing because so many book bloggers are so open minded and welcomed me with open arms. I was able to be myself and have everyone reading understand, because they love reading as much as I do and in many cases even the same books! It was just so amaazing to be accepted for who I was by people who had never even met me in person anymore that it was really influential to me. I was able to discover new books and more than that, hear new opinions and consider sides of a story I may never have thought of before. One of the things that touched my heart the most is that I finally was sure that there were other people out there who had, had books touch their lives the way I have. For so many years I have read YA and Fantasy and for a while there weren't many other people I knew who did or even understood why I would but I just couldn't help loving it. Reading opens up an entirely new world, and then even more of them with each passing novel or inn some cases even each passing page and it means so much to me to have people to share it all with and now to share my debut novel with!

(*high-fives* Best answer to this question yet! We love you SFM!!!)

8. And for fun: You're at Starbucks. You only have $5 to spend. What would you order?

A) Mocha Java Chip Frappuccino! Granted I would come off like the March Hare in "Alice in Wonderland" according to my fiance, but he doesn't drink caffeine so he doesn't get it *laughs* but it's Mocha Java Chip!

(WHO DOESN'T DRINK CAFFEINE?!?!? :O!)

Special thanks to Emma for dropping by and giving us some amazing, inspiring, and fun answers. MMM...Mocha Java Chip Frappuccino. *drools*

The Thirteenth Chime releases August 13th, 2010. Be sure to drop by Emma's website and check out The Thirteenth Chime. Come fall, when everyone's talking about it, won't you feel silly that you didn't check it out when I told you to? I think so...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday


Title: The Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands and Teeth #3)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Release Date: March 22, 2010

**Warning: If you haven't read The Forest of Hands and Teeth or The Dead-Tossed Waves, you should probably stop reading now since I'm posting the synopsis :) **


Synopsis:There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah’s world stopped that day and she’s been waiting for him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn’t feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.

Except, Catcher has his own secrets -- dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah’s longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it’s up to Annah -- can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?


AHHHH!!! I love these books. I want it NOOOOOW!!! That is all.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Teaser Tuesday : Matched


Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading.
The rules are simple:

-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from Matched by Ally Condie. If you haven't heard, Matched is a dsytopia novel about a Society who chooses everything for you (your job, your mate, etc) based on statistics. The story is told through Cassia's point of view. She's in a bit of a predicament because while the Society has chosen her best friend, Xander, to be the one she will marry, she can't help but feel drawn to Ky.

The scene below is when Cassia goes to a showing (movie) with her friends and ends up sitting next to Xander and Ky. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

"The thought comes into my mind like a sideways glance, like a flash of blue next to me. Ky. Is he watching me? Waiting for me to meet his gaze?

I wait one moment too long before I turn back. When I do, Ky is not looking at me anymore. If he ever was."
- Page 91

Matched releases November 30th, 2010. For more info on Matched, check out the goodreads page here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Better Know A Blogger : Sherry @ Flipping Pages For All Ages





Your Name: Sherry Salach
Name of your blog: Flipping Pages for All Ages
Started when?: August 29th, 2009
Number of followers?: 646
What do you review?: Mainly YA Literature
How did you get the name for your blog?: I didn't create it in the slightest, I found it online, someone was naming off different names that might be good for a book blog, I thought so too.
How would you describe your blog?: Reviews, mixed with interviews, blog tours, contests and many other things. Very friendy and fun. It's something I do for enjoyment so I take a break when I need to, but I still participate in my blog to let my followers know I'm not going anywhere just taking a reading break(like the past couple of weeks lol)
What kind of blogger are you?: Very organized or fly by the seat of your pants? I'm not organized at all. If I post then it's something I just typed up. I only tried scheduling a post once and it went wrong so now I just post when I want something posted. I also don't have a set schedule for when things are done, only set memes like Favorite Friday or IMM.
What is your favorite review or post for your own blog?: My favorite review would have to be for Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, because it's a book that just stays with you, and my favorite interview with have to be with Stacey Kade, aiuthor of The Ghost and The Goth.
Your favorite blog?: I like a lot of blogs, but definitely La Femme Readers(Eleni)- shes got her question of the days and upcoming tantalizing ya books, which I love reading about. Mundie Moms-I mean a blog dedicated to fans of The Mortal Instruments, how could you not love it?? And Princess Bookie(Cindy) because her blog is really interactive, theres always a lot going on.
Your favorite authors?: Cassandra Clare has been a favorite of mine since I first read City of Bones. I now own the entire Mortal Instruments series, and will buy anything she comes out with in the futre. Also Jackson Pearce, if you haven't read As You Wish or Sisters Red, you should.
What are you reading right now?: Right now I'm reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. It's fantastic so far.

Do you have a picture of your TBR pile or bookshelf?: I attached it. It's a picture of my newest bookshelf, my other one is a disaster! :P




Thank you, Sherry!!! We love you!

And for those you have yet to visit Sherry's blog, you should check out: Flipping Pages for All Ages.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tell Me A Secret Trailer Launch Party!!!





Holly asked me to help launch the new Tell Me A Secret trailer. Since I loved the book, how could I refuse? Plus, with the release comes the trailer party...with prizes!!! :D

Party Prizes! Here’s what people can win:

Signed TMAS books!
TMAS t-shirts!
Fan-made bracelets from Hannah S!
Music that inspired the book!
Sneak Previews!
Bookmarks and Handmade Magnets!

and...
A Tell Me a Secret handmade necklace!





HOW TO WIN? Share the Trailer Love!


Click here to go to Youtube, then click the Share button to send to your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or blog! 5 pts each
Click here to tell us where you posted and enter to win!



Plus Holly will be featured at readergirlz for the entire month of August, with a live Twitter chat coming up! Hope you enjoy the trailer!!!

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Won (special thanks to Sarah at Sarah's Random Musings):
*Marcelo In The Read World by Francisco Stork
*Heist Society by Ally Carter
*Kisses and Lies (arc) by Lauren Henderson
*Virals (arc) by Kathy Reichs
*Sisters Red (arc) by Jackson Pearce

Arc:
*Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Books:
*Kiss Me Deadly (antho) by Trisha Telep (editor)
*Linger (signed!!!) by Maggie Stiefvater

Ultimate Reviewers Challenge



It's time! Karen at , Tiger at All-Consuming Books, Karen at Karen's Addictions, and I are hosting an event throughout the month of August called the Ultimate Reviewers Challenge!

It's simple! Sign Up and let us know you're participating, write a review and link it to the Mr. Linky below! But first, a few rules...

Rules:

*You MUST sign up HERE. You can sign up at any time. There's no deadline!
*It is INTERNATIONAL!
*These must be real reviews, meaning more than just a couple of sentences describing the book. We'll be checking to make sure you're posting legitimate reviews!
*No review can be posted twice on the same blog. That doesn't mean you can't post the same review on each one of our blogs, just not the same review twice.
*The review must be written in August. No using reviews you've already written!
*You must be a blogger to participate.
*This contest will be internation. There will be 4 winners total.
*Contest ends August 31st at midnight, CST.
*Rules and regulations are subject to change depending on current situations. Don't worry, you'll be informed.

The Prize: At the end of the challenge, one lucky reviewer from each blog will receive the Ultimate Prize Pack. The prize packs are different, depending on the host. Here's the prize A2N is giving away:

Books:
-Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl(signed)
-The Mark by Jen Nadol
-Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
-Island Sting (arc) by Bonnie Doerr
-The Ghost and Goth (arc) by Stacey Kade
-The Absolute Value of One by Steve Brenoff (donated by Bella - Paranormal obsession)
-The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti (donated by Heather - Darkly Reading)
-Fixing Delilah Hannaford by Sarah Ockler Ockler (donated by Heather - Darkly Reading)
-Braced 2 Bite by Serena Robar (signed)
-Fangs 4 Freaks by Serena Robar (signed)
-Dating For Demons by Serena Robar

Swag:
-Signed Freefall Bookmark (courtesy of Mindi Scott)
-Signed Maggie Stiefvater Bookplate
-Shadow Hills Button
-Forgive My Fins Bookmark
-Tell Me A Secret Bookmark
-Firelight Bookmark, Postcard and Sticker


Throughout the event, we'll also be hosting mini-contests, interviewing some of your favorite authors and bloggers, and adding more books to the prize pack, so be sure to follow our blogs!

What are you waiting for? Lets link those reviews!!! And be sure to grab our button: