Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Graffiti Moon


Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Expected publication: February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

Summary: "Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes."

Thoughts: When I first read A Little Wanting Song, I immediately fell in love with Cath Crowley's writing. She just has a certain finesse that makes her stories not only easy to read, but easy to fall in love with. Graffiti Moon is no different. It's more than just an adventure novel, filled with hi-jinks and romance, but a novel filled with enough raw emotions to break your heart and mend it all over again .

For those who've read A Little Wanting Song, you know that the story is told through two points of view, with a little song "break" every so often. The reason I mention this is because Graffiti Moon is told the same way, but with poetry instead of songs. Though the story is mainly told through the eyes of Lucy and Ed, you also get glimpses into the lives of Leo, aka Poet, Jazz, and the other secondary characters. Personally, I love this aspect of the story. So often, you only get insight into the lives of the main characters, or even just one character. Not in this case. Everyone is dealing with some problem, whether it's a break up, family issues or just the need for adventure.

Just as the book says, you also get that Nick and Norah adventure, except replace the band with a graffiti artist. The only difference is you know who Shadow (the graffiti artist) and Poet are from the start. Nonetheless, it's quite entertaining. I love the description Crowley uses to describe Shadow's walls. She makes them sound so beautiful, yet painful. They each have a story behind them, which also adds a nice little touch to the story. And Leo's poetry! Oh, how I loved those little poems he writes. There's so much pain behind Shadow and Poet's eyes, yet they still stay strong. I don't know about you but I love a strong guy with a sensitive heart, and there's not just one, but TWO in the story. Double the romance, double the sighs.

Lucy and Jazz are also a fun pair. They're so different, yet alike. They have that kind of best friend relationship everyone dreams of having. Plus, they always have each other's backs and genuinely care for one another. Lucy is the artist who doesn't care what other people think about her, even if they think she's weird. She'll gladly lay down on the sidewalk and draw pictures using the sky as her background. I love this about her. AND SHE'S TOUGH! If you're a guy, be sure to stay away from her "arse". You'll see.

All in all, I loved every single minute of Graffiti Moon. I normally don't like reading books on my computer, but I couldn't pull myself away from this story. I read it at work, at home, and even on my phone at the Post Office. For fans on Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, you are going to LOVE Graffiti Moon. Cath Crowley is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (or is it?)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I'm going to call this edition the "Oh crap, how am I ever going to read all of these in time? *panics* " issue. Which, I guess is better than a "Ugh, I have nothing to read, my feet stink, and socks fit me funny" edition. Anywho, I am RIDICULOUSLY, OH EM GEE, I THINK I PEED MY PANTS, IS THAT JAY ASHER (?!?!?!), excited about all the books I got in the mail this week. Some of these are repeats, and for those of you who follow my blog, you know which ones. Thus, expect an epic giveaway very soon...around the holidays, perhaps.

Enough with my nonsensical rant and onto the books!


For Review:
*Bewitching by Alex Flinn (LOVE BEASTLY AND ALEX FLINN!)
*Hallowed (Unearthly dos) by Cynthia Hand
*Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (AHHHH!!!)
*Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani
*Everneath by Brodi Ashton
*Forbidden by Syrie and Ryan James (sooooo excited about this one!)
*Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith
*Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
*The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

Oh...the fun's not over yet...


For Review:
*Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles Tres) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (one of my fave series!)
*My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody (Don't fret, Karen, I'm sending it to you this week)
*A Million Suns (Across The Universe Dos) by Beth Revis (I looked liked THIS when I saw this in my mailbox.)
*Saving June by Hannah Harrington
*After The Snow by J.D. Crockett
*Everything You Need To Survive The Apocalypse by Lucas Klaus

I also got a very cool Across The Universe poster, however, my little Dexter decided to drag it off the counter and roll around in it. Thus, poster wrinkles.

And that's all, folks!

***Special thanks to HarperTeen, Macmillan, the very awesome Shanyn over at Chicks Love Lit, Amanda at Letters Inside Out, and my mom and dad, for always making me dress up on Halloween.***

Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts below. I'll be sure to drop by, say hello, and possible eat Halloween candy during the process.

Oh, and before I forget...




XOXO!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: The Faerie Ring


Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamillton
Published September 27th 2011 by Tor Teen / Macmillan
Source: Copy sent by publisher for review

Summary: "Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…"

First line: "You wouldn't be here pickin' pockets, would you?"

Thoughts: Part historical fiction, part folklore, The Faerie Ring offers readers a glimpse into what life was like in London, during the 1800s, but with the fey. I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. While I easily fell in love with the concept and setting, at times, the story itself did not meet up to my expectations. The Faerie Ring offers everything a reader can ask for (action, robbery, scandal, romance, etc), however, in my case, it does take a while to get there.

The pacing in the first half of the book ran relatively slow for my taste. Though there's plenty of action, nothing ever really happened. Things were mentioned and said, a little bit of history here, a little bit more there, but that was it. Also, some of the events felt a little unbelievable to me. An example of this is when Tiki breaks into the Royal Palace. How does one, especially a thief, break into the Royal Palace without being caught? Though crazier things have happened, surely someone would have noticed the out of place girl dressed as a boy. And that's another thing I had an issue with. As teenagers, teen girls have certain unmistakable features that distinguish them from boys. In this book, everyone Tiki (as a thief) encounters views her as a boy, unless her hair happens to fall out or something. If they were younglings, I would completely understand, but has young men and women? No.

Furthermore, maybe it's just me, but I really did not enjoy the dialogue in this book. I guess it's because I was trying so desperately to picture these Victorian London characters chatting, but ended up reading their dialogue as slang. Maybe it's because I'm gangsta, fo' sho', but I just couldn't grasp my head around this. I've read other reviews, and no one else seems to have an issue with it, which, again, makes me believe that it's just me.

With all this said, lets talk about the second half of the book. Right when I was about to give up, the book takes a complete 180 turn, lures me in and traps me. Finally, something beyond "eat, sleep, steal" happens! Secrets are unraveled and oh em gee, are they good. And the fey! Finally, the fey make an appearance! At this point, I loved how every piece of information slowly beings to make sense. It's quite brilliant, really.

Moving on, I want to discuss the two main characters in this book. As the heroine, Tiki rarely ever felt bland or boring. And though she's a thief, she also has her reasons why. Her actions are rarely selfish, and I cherished how she took care of the other kids. There's nothing I love more than a strong female character. Plus, there's the added mystery bonus of what her markings mean. Now, the other character that kept me reading was Rieker. How funny that he always seems to be there when Tiki needs him. There's something about him, a quality, that makes him hard to ignore. It's a combination of his charm and fearlessness. Though there isn't a lot of romance in this book, I still enjoyed the the encounters (even the not so romantic ones) between Tiki and Rieker. They're like a Victorian Bonnie and Clyde, only not evil.

Overall, while I didn't love The Faerie Ring, I did enjoy it. Kiki Hamilton created this lush, wonderful world, filled with intrigue and mystery. The premise is great, and there's a fabulous story to be told. All you just have to give it a chance.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Interview with Jennifer Bosworth, author of Struck


Y'all, I cannot tell you how excited I am to have Jennifer Bosworth on my blog today. Her highly anticipated debut novel, STRUCK, comes out May 8th 2012. Till then, lets learn a little more about her and her fabulous book.

1. In 140 characters (aka Twitter length), how would you describe Struck to someone who hasn't heard of it?

Teenage lighting addict + apocalyptic earthquake in L.A. + whacko doomsday cults + enigmatic boy with sinister secrets = STRUCK

2. I'm sure you get this a lot, but how did you come up with the idea for Struck?

I like to ground everything I write in reality, and there are so many bizarre true stories about what happens to people when they’re struck by lightning. Lightning can wipe out people’s memories. It can pick them up and move them. It can leave strange, red markings that actually look like lightning on your body. There was even a woman who had multiple sclerosis who was struck by lightning and cured completely. And then there are the human lightning rods, people who attract lightning again and again. The man who held the record for the most lightning strikes drove around with a bucket of water in the back of his truck at all times, so he could put himself out if he ended up on fire. So, in the end, the original inspiration for STRUCK was what is really possible, and the possibilities seem endless.

3. Storms and lightning: Love them or hate them?


Love. Definitely love. Unfortunately, in Los Angeles, where I live, it hardly ever rains, and lightning only strikes a handful of times every year. But I do love a good storm. If I were ever actually struck by lightning I might change my opinion about that.

4. Love triangles: Love them or hate them?


It depends on if they’re done well. On the one hand, they can provide an extra level of tension and conflict. On the other, they’re often contrived from Twilight and The Hunger Games and end up feeling forced. Love triangles are always suspect now, in my humble opinion.

5. Who's your favorite literary couple?


My all time favorite is Eddie Dean and Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker/Susanna Dean from Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series. An ex heroin junkie and a woman with no legs and three personalities fall in love in a dying parallel dimension to earth, where they must become gunslingers. It really doesn’t get more messed up than that.

6. Quick, the world is ending and you need to evacuate. What three things would you take with you?


Big knife, big gun, and my vicious miniature pincher. She only weighs 13 lbs, but I’m pretty sure she’d rip someone’s throat out if they tried to hurt me.

7. If you were in a bookstore and saw someone contemplating between Struck and another book, how would you convince them to get Struck?


I would say, “It’s like Stephen King’s THE STAND, but in Los Angeles.” No one can resist a King comparison.

Yes, I totally agree.  No one can resist a Stephen King comparison!  :)  Jennifer, thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions.

I leave you guys with the cover of STRUCK, the summary and a few links.  Be sure to check it out in May!


"Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities, populated by millions of homeless. Downtown is a wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the attendees drawn to the destruction by a magnetic force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power in the wake of the disaster, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing prophecies. They know she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the worse storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but he’s hiding a more sinister truth. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must unleash the full horror of her strength to save them all."

 *Jennifer Bosworth's Blog
*Follow Jennifer on Twitter
*Add Struck to your Goodreads list

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated novels. This week, my pick is Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin.

Summary: "Death is impossible and living is impossibly hard for seventeen-year-old Araby Worth in Bethany Griffin‘s The Masque of the Red Death, a sexy, post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe’s gothic horror story of the same name.

The year is 1870 and a deadly virus has decimated the population of North America. Masked corpse-collectors travel the streets, removing the bodies before the contagion can spread. Though Araby tries to escape it all with drugs and parties, even at her most intoxicated she can’t forget her brother’s death-or her guilt for causing it. But things begin to change when William, the fascinating proprietor of the club where she searches for oblivion, and Elliott, nephew of the insane dictator, enter her life. One wants her heart, the other her name. Convinced that he has won over his uncle’s army, Elliott believes that having Araby on his arm will charm the populace into supporting a new government. After all, her father is the inventor of the mask which prevents the spread of the plague-for those who can afford it.

In return, Araby asks that he make protective masks available to all citizens, which could save the lives of Will’s young siblings, whom she has come to care about. But nothing is what it seems. A new contagion called the Red Death is sweeping the city. The revelation that Araby’s father may have created the new virus in his laboratory puts Araby’s life in danger. The mob wants her. The rebels want her. And both boys want her. In this two-book series, what and who Araby chooses may just decide the fate of humanity."

Why I Can't Wait: I know, I'm a total cover whore, but I actually added this to my TBR list prior to the cover being reveled. Nonetheless, what a gorgeous cover! Spooky yet beautiful, and it kind of reminds me of a sexier version of Anna Dressed In Blood. And I love that this is a reimagining of Poe's Masque of the Red Death. The way the story sounds makes it seem equally as riveting, terrifying and thrilling as the classic. Oh, and it's a two book series? HALLELUJAH! I don't know about you guys but I get burned out on trilogies and never ending series after a while. OOOOOH DANG, CAN'T FREAKIN' WAIT!

Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trailer + Giveaway: Destined (House of Night #9) by P.C. and Kristin Cast


When it comes to tricks or treats, I always choose treats. With that said, it's giveaway time!

The awesome and amazing Tara over at Zeighost Media has given me the opportunity to give away yet another amazing book, and I'm pretty sure a ton of you guys are extremely excited about this one. Unless you've been living under a rock, P.C and Kristin Cast's bestselling House of Night series has it's 9th installment being released this week, and here's your opportunity to score a copy. First off, let's talk about/check out the summary.

***If you have yet to read the other books in the House of Night series, this summary will contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.***

Summary: "In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa's House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.


But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what's destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series."

Wow, watch out Zoey and Stevie Ray! Now, what book wouldn't be complete without the trailer? Ch-ch-check it out:



Is it just me or does this trailer look like something you'd see on the CW? Wait, what were we just talking about? Oh yeah, a giveaway!

One lucky US or CA winner will win a copy of Destined by P.C. and Kristin Cast. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Extra entries will be rewarded to people who watch the trailer and/or tweet about the giveaway.

This giveaway will end November 5th. I will contact the winner on the 6th, and the winner will have 24 hours to email me their mailing information before another winner is chosen. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com.

Be sure to check out the House of Night website, where you can watch more trailers and find out more about your favorite characters.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.



Review: The Night Circus


Title: The Night Circus (amazon/goodreads)
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published: September 13th 2011 by Doubleday

Summary: "The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart."


First line: "The circus arrives without warning."

Thoughts: Are you looking for a book you can get lost in, with loads of imagination, a cast of lovable characters and heartbreaking betrayals? Look no further. The Night Circus is everything I love about reading and so much more. It's one of those books you easily fall in love with within the first couple of pages. Sometimes, when I'm bored at work, I sign into goodreads and begin rereading all the my favorite quote. And regardless of how many times I read and reread The Night Circus, it still continues to take my breath away.

Welcome to the lush, magical world of Le Cirque des Rêves, where nothing is as it seems. From the black and white flames, to the wishing tree, and garden made of ice, everything seems so surreal. That's probably because it's not an illusion, but real, actual magic. Since childhood, Celia and Marco have shared a secret and a curse together, one that might tear them all apart.

It's really difficult for me to explain The Night Circus without spoiling it. Every detail is essential to the overall story, and I would hate to ruin it for anyone. The entire world that Morgerstern built is filled with extravagant details, I sometimes felt as though I was there, watching Celia and Marco "perform". It's not an action-packed book, but a visionary one. I cannot tell you how easy it is to fall in love with Morgenstern's writing. It's, for lack of a better word, quite elegant. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book, which will further show you how beautiful her writing truly is:

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

*le sigh*

Now, this book is told through several different points of view and in third person, and I know some people prefer first person, but I guarantee this does not take anything away from the story. In fact, it adds to the overall plot. You'll see. Also, every so often, the author begins to describe a "challenge" or new exhibit to the readers, not through the eyes of the characters, but through the eyes of a spectator. That spectator is you. Think of it as an added bonus, because what better way to visualize something than having the author describe it as if YOU were there, participating with the other characters and not just reading about them seeing it? Truly spectacular. Something I do recommend,while reading this book, is to pay close attention to the dates. The characters will jump from being 5 years of age to 29 in a heartbeat so, again, pay attention!

I also want to talk about the romance between Celia and Marco for a second. I will agree with others that it's not as epic as I thought it would be, but it is quite lovely. Would I have liked to see more of it? But of course! I'm a romance cheerleader! Nonetheless, it's still pretty grand.

Overall, I recommend The Night Circus to every single one of you. While it is not considered a YA novel, it very well could be. There is some sexual content, but not enough to where teen parents should worry. After reading this book, I now know why there's so much hype about it, and why Summit has already reserved the movie rights. Believe me, you just have to experience it to truly understand.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Giveaway: Shadow Falls Duo


Woohoo, it's time for another giveaway. And with Halloween just around the corner, I'm thinking the perfect kind of giveaway is a paranormal one...

Thus, I give you the Shadow Falls giveaway. Here's what you can win:

*A signed copy of Born At Midnight (Shadow Falls #1) by C.C. Hunter
*An ARC of Awake At Dawn (Shadow Falls #2) by C.C. Hunter
*Signed discussion guide of Divergent by Veronica Roth
*Awake At Dawn bookmark
*Signed Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber bookmark
*Hexbound by Chloe Neill bookmark
*Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs bookmark

To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and will end November 12th at (you guessed it) midnight. Extra entries will be rewarded to followers and for tweeting about the giveaway. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com.

Good luck, everyone!




Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: Spellbound

Title: Spellbound
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Published: June 28th 2011 by Harlequin Teen

Summary: "What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else."

Thoughts: I'll be honest. Due to mixed reviews, I've put off reading Spellbound. It seemed like one of those hit or miss books, especially since the bloggers I follow and love either loved or hated it. Well, I'm so glad I finally picked it up and gave it a go because I fell head over heels in love with it. My only complaint is having to wait next year for the sequel!

Spellbound is about an age old cursed, where two lovers are doomed to fall in love over and over again, just to have it all end suddenly and tragically. The story starts off with Emma Conners, New York's latest teen to hit the scene and newest victim of Vincent Academy's gossip mill. Emma's life has been one catastrophe after the next. From the beginning, you know how hard life has been for Emma and only wish her good things to come. I have to tell you how much I enjoyed reading about Emma's life prior to Vincent Academy. Now, because this *IS* a book based around a curse, you know her path will be rocky. You just don't know how rocky it'll be.

On her first day at Vincent A., Emma meets Brendan, the local band boy aka hottest guy in school, aka the one Emma will clearly fall in love with. From the moment Brendan turns around to defend Emma, they're both instantly drawn to each other. Normally, I'm not a fan of insta-love, but in this case, I absolutely loved it. The connection and romance is very similar to that of Luce and Daniel from Fallen by Lauren Kate. The only difference is you don't have to wait 300 pages for them to finally admit their feelings to one another. Oh, and when Emma and Brendan finally make that move, it is STEAMY! Wowza!

And the history behind the curse! I love it when the who, what, where, whens and whys are shared subtly, yet perfectly. I loved hearing about Lord Archer's tale and everything leading up to this. THANK YOU, CARA LYNN SHULTZ, FOR ANSWERING ALL OF MY QUESTIONS! As an avid reader, I know how rare this is, and by the end of the book, I found myself satisfied, excited and a little giddy.

Now, I will say the plot line is a little predictable. I saw the outcome coming from a mile away. Still, to me, this didn't take away from the story. There's just so much going on, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would have liked to see more witchcraft, though. This element felt more like something that was discussed and brushed to the side, which also made the book feel like more like a contemporary novel. What little magic that was in the book felt more like coincidence rather witchcraft. I mean, the book is called Spellbound after all. I'm assuming Shultz is saving the magic for the sequel, Spellcaster, coming out next year.

Overall, the best way I can find to describe Spellbound is that it's part Gossip Girl, part Fallen. It's an easy read and quite addicting. If you're a fan of either series, I'm sure you'll fall in love with Spellbound the same way I did. It's not flawless, but it's definitely what I needed!

Special thanks to Netgalley, HarlequinTeen, and work (for being so slow, I read this on my computer in 2 days!).

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated reads. This week, my pick is Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1) by Michele Vail.

Summary: "The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper-and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath.

Within days, she's shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.

Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with.

To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.
"

Why I Can't Wait: I'm a HUGE fan of debut authors, especially ones that write about anything paranormal, so when I stumbled across this, I knew I had to add it to my list. I absolutely love the cover. It's simple, yet dark, and gorgeous! Plus, the summary sounds different than other books I've read. In a way, it kind of sounds like a mix between Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series and Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey. With that kind of combination, you really can't go wrong.

Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Scorpio Races

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press
Source: Courtesy of the publisher for review

Summary: "It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen."

First line: "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die."

Thoughts: AMAZING! The Scorpio Races is everything I hoped for and more. There's so much action and emotion that it'll make your head spin. Who knew a book about killer horses could be so entertaining, yet heartbreaking, all at the same time?

In traditional Maggie fashion, The Scorpio Races alternates from Sean's point of view, to Puck's and back again. Sean is the reigning champion of the Scorpio Races and, in a sense, a horse whisperer. He has the most experience with the capall uisce, pronouced KUP-all OOSH-ka (i.e. Irish for "water horse"), and the person to summon when trouble arises. Sean also works at the horse ranch for Benjamin Malvern, who I can best describe as the Donald Trump of Thisby. Like most people who work around animals, he loves horses, especially Corr, a capall uisce he broke and trained for the races. Corr, in a way, is Sean's best friend and his only comfort during the races.

Kate "Puck" Connelly has lived on Thisby her whole life. There are people that leave the island, but Puck's not one of them. Even after her parent's death, she can't imagine leaving the island. It's been a struggle, but luckily she has her brothers, Gabe and Finn, to help her out. Then, some startling news shifts Puck's world, and she must enter the Scorpio Races. No girl has ever entered the races before, and she knows of the dangers it possesses. After all, it's the capall uisce that took Puck's parents, as well as the lives of many others.

The dynamics between both characters is unlike any I've ever read before. Both are filled with so much pain and suffering, it hurts. All I kept thinking throughout the book was "Why can't these kids just catch a break?"...and I kept also wondering why these people would live on an island that breeds man eating horses, but that's a whole other story. With all this said, I absolutely adored every moment Sean and Puck shared together. From the first "Keep your pony off the beach", to the advice and the friendship and possibly something more, I couldn't help but fall in love with them. The love they have for their horses is undeniable, as is their chemistry. You want them both to come out on top, one way or another.

For all you Maggie Stiefvater fans, please keep in mind that while The Scorpio Races is packed with emotion, the romance is minimal. This does not take away from the story. In fact, I personally think it adds a certain flair to it. I also think too much romance would have ruined/taken away from the story (and I'm a romance lover!). This book definitely has more action than the other books, and more death, too. You never know who the next capall uisce victim will be, which is quite thrilling. The best way I can think to describe this book is if Ballad and Shiver had a baby, that baby's name would be The Scorpio Races.

Plus, I also think Maggie has a personal vendetta or grudge against boys named Thomas. You'll see what I mean.

Overall, I was captivated and loved every second of The Scorpio Races. While at ALA this past year, I ran into Maggie, and she told me that The Scorpio Races is her favorite book that she has written thus far. I can completely see why. This book offers something for everyone. All I want to do is find a cliff on a beach somewhere and watch killer horses go ballistic. From a distance, of course...and while inside a protective cage they can't enter. This is, by far, one of my favorite 2011 reads, and I can't wait to see what else Maggie has in-store for us. There's a reason she's one of my favorite authors, and The Scorpio Races is just further proof of how brilliant she really is.

Wow, I'm totally girl-crushing on Maggie Stiefvater right now. With that said, I highly recommend this to everyone: teens, adults, boys, girls, elves, ligers, everyone! But please, make sure you have enough time to finish this in one sitting. Somehow, it packs more of a punch if you do. That and you will not want to put this down, not for a second!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's not about the quantity, but the quality, and I'm so excited about the books I got this week! :D

Borrowed:
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel (THANKS, KAREN!!! *hugglessquishies*)

For Review:
*Love And Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

**Special thanks to my BBB, Karen from FWIW and HarperTeen**

Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts in the comments below, and I'll be sure to drop by, and leave you some love! Have a fabulous Sunday, y'all!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blogoversary Giveaway Part Deux


Hey everyone! As part of my Blogoversary, I am giving away a copy of Without Tess by Marcella Pixley and Stick by Andrew Smith to one lucky US winner.

The rules are simple. All you have to do is fill out the form below. As always, extra entries will be rewarded to followers and people who tweet about the giveaway. This giveaway will end at the end October 31st, and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Also, if you haven't entered yet, one grand prize winner will receive any YA book of your choice!

Go forth, enter and be merry!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.  It showcases each blogger's most anticipated books.  This week, my pick is Bitterblue (The Seven Kingdoms #3) by Kristin Cashore.

Summary:  "Book 3, tentatively titled Bitterblue and currently in progress, is a companion book to both Graceling and Fire and takes place in the seven kingdoms eight years after Graceling. Bitterblue will tie all three books together in some way. Bitterblue is the sixteen-year-old protagonist, and Katsa, Po, Giddon, Helda, and other characters from Graceling will be part of the fabric of the book. Plenty of fighting still to come!"


Why I Can't Wait:  I have been waiting for this book for (after this year ends) years!  I absolutely love Graceling and Fire, but more importantly, Po.  Oh my gosh, when it comes to this book, there is nothing I won't do to get my hands on it.  Out of everything, and I mean everything, coming out next year, THIS is my most anticipated read.  I really thought Bitterblue was coming out this year and was truly devastated when it did not.  Seriously, if you follow me on Twitter, I'm sure you remember my rant about when the freaking fireflies Bitterblue would be released.  I really could go on and on about how much I want this book, but I'm sure you'd rather I end this post now...

PO, PO, PO!!!  *dies*

Expected Publication : May 1st 2012 by Dial

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Vituosity


Title: Virtuosity (amazon/goodreads)
Author: Jessica Martinez
Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Simon Pulse

Summary: "Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what's expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall...."

First line: "The balcony felt cold under my cheek."


Thoughts: Virtuosity is a wonderfully told novel, that gives reader's a glimpse into the rigorous world of competitive classical music. What sets this book apart from others, however, is the strong, emotional pull you'll feel towards each of the characters. It's not just a book about music and competition, it's also about falling in love for the first time and doing the right thing, even if it means letting go of your dreams.

Carmen is the lead contender in the Guarneri competition. She's been training for this competition as long as she can remember, and when you're expected to win, a certain level of stress is bound to follow. With that said, since Carmen's first performance, she has been taking anti-anxiety drugs to help her perform. They calm her, but in doing so, she doesn't feel a thing.

Then, along comes Jeremy. Sarcastic, arrogant Jeremy, who teases Carmen and even accuses her of stalking him/checking out the competition (even though she kind of was). And isn't it funny how someone can fall in love with the one person they're not suppose to? Jeremy is Carmen's biggest competition and after hearing him rehearse, she knows he's going to give her a run for her money. And the scariest part? Carmen doesn't know this yet, but her mother (the one who pushes her constantly, and even encourages her to take the anti-anxiety medication) will do anything to make sure Carmen wins. So, in the end, is Carmen in this for herself or for her mother?

What I loved about this book is the raw, deep emotions. Carmen is really struggling with what she thinks she wants, and what her mother wants for her. I've noticed that in a lot of books that focus around competitive dancing, music, etc, the person tends to just give up what they once loved doing. I never understood that. If you've worked hard at it and at one point loved it, how can you let it go so easily? In Virtuosity's case, even though you don't know what will happen and what Carmen will do, you also know that she's too passionate about playing the violin to let it go. Whether or not she wins is a different story.

I loved how strongly Carmen felt towards her medication. She always knew there was something wrong in taking it, but struggles with what her head and heart are telling her. There's just so much that happens in this book that goes beyond the competition. Needless to say, if you're a fan of emotional reads, you'll enjoy this one.

Oh, but Carmen's mother!  That woman is infuriating!  Carmen's mom is the type of mom that lives her dreams vicariously through her daughter.  It's so frustrating because you can't tell whether or not her mom truly cares about her.  It's all about the competition and all about winning, regardless of how it's affecting Carmen.  And the secrets!  Holy moly, the secrets her mother is keeping from Carmen.  I will not tell you what they are for spoilers sake, but they are horrible in the best kind of way!

And then there's Jeremy. What is it about a cocky guy that makes him so irresistible? Maybe it's because deep down, you know there's a sweetness to him? Every excursion between Carmen and Jeremy, even if they were embarrassing or humiliating, was just amazing. It's not hard to fall in love with Jeremy. In a way, it's inevitable. I loved how you can tell he truly cared about Carmen and wants the best for her, but is also conflicted because he wants to win the Guarneri so badly. They're both going through the same emotional roller coaster, so it's like experiencing the whole thing in two-folds.

Overall, , Virtuosity is one of those books, even if you've never played an instrument in your life, you can easily fall in love with. If you have pursued music, whether in band, piano or orchestra, you'll relate to what Carmen is going through. Though, I must say, the Guarneri is way more exhilarating and intense than any solo/ensemble or region band competition (yes, I use to play the french horn!). For fans of Courtney Summers, Holly Cupala, and YA contemporary literature in general, you'll want to read Virtuosity immediately. But please, make sure you have time to finish it in one sitting. Believe me, once you start, you won't be able to stop.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: Eve

Title: Eve
Author: Anna Carey
Published: October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: ARC courtesy of publisher for review

Summary: "The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life."

Thoughts:  Eve is one of those books you're either going to love or hate (as are most dystopian novels nowadays).  Luckily, it my case, I really enjoyed it.  It's not just a pretty cover, but also one of those unforgettable reads that will have you thinking about it for days after it ends.   It's what I call a triple threat: addicting, fast paced and action packed.

Imagine The Handmaid's Tale mixed in with bits and pieces of The Hunger Games.  That's really the best way I can find to describe this book.  I'm not saying Eve's as good as The Hunger Games (is there anything out there that really is?), but it does have some of my favorite aspects about it.  Running in the woods, the hunt for survival, fear of getting caught, and unforeseen love.  I love the concept of what teenage girls are used for after they leave the Academy.  Don't worry, no spoilers, but if you've read The Handmaid's Tale, you'll have an idea.  It just makes the book all that much more real and horrifying.  I mean, this book is set in 2032, 21 years from today.  All these things are possible, though I hope that's not the case.

One thing that did shock me was the fact that this book had a King.  America was built on the foundation of a democracy, not a monarchy.  I know that times change, but I can't imagine, even 21 years from now, even if the whole world is plagued with diseases, that we would have a King.   This made the book a little unrealistic to me.  Though I know fear does strange things to people, it also bothered me that the adults in the book weren't more sympathetic.  Only one person felt guilty about how they were treating the surviving teens and children, both boys and girls?  Maybe we'll see some sympathizers in the sequel?  I sure hope so.

Oh, and lets talk about the romance.  I absolutely loved the connect between Caleb and Eve.  He was sweet from the start and just so amazing.  I loved how their relationship grew from fear of the unknown to something more.  Even after he found out who Eve is and why troops are hunting her, he never once betrayed her trust.  Caleb was always there for her, and really, isn't that what you want out of the love interest?  His dreadlocks did scare me at first, but I grew to love them.

Overall, Eve takes you on a journey into a new world where nothing is as it seems.  Of course, since it's dystopia, expect to see a cliffhanger at the end.  The story will have you falling in love and breaking your heart, all at the same time.  For fans of Wither and The Hunger Games, I would recommend checking out Eve.  Like I said, it might not be for everyone, but I thought it was fabulous and cannot wait for the sequel.



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Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Mailbox + Weekly Recap


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  Y'all, I know I say this often, but I am ridiculously, super excited about the books I got this week.  I feel like Santa came early!  Yaaaay, ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
*When The Red Sea Is Rising by Cat Hellison
*Life Is But A Dream by Brian James
*Gossip Girl Psycho Killer by Cecily von Ziegesar

PBS:
*The Royal Treatment (Princess For Hire #2) by Lindsey Leavitt

**Special thanks to Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Harlequin/Mira, and Paperbackswap**

Quick recap:

 *If you haven't heard, my blog turns 2 this month!  Don't forget to enter my Blogoversary giveaway, where you can enter to win any YA book of your choice!
*Woohoo, My Life Undecided + book giveaway over HERE!  Jessica Brody is made of win, so you definitely don't want to miss this chance!
*The Box(es) of ARCs giveaway ends TOMORROW!!  Go forth and enter before it's too late!
*What did I pick for my WoW this week?  You'll have to see to find out!
*Check out my review of Past Perfect by Leila Sales.  The cover makes absolutely no sense to the story, but it's one you shouldn't miss!

And that's it!  Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts below, and I'll be sure to leave you some love.  I hope you guys are having a fabulous weekend, filled with sunshine and lollipops...

And rainbows, everything that's wonderful is what I feel when we're together.  Sorry, I couldn't resist! :D

XOXO

Friday, October 7, 2011

Review: Past Perfect

Title: Past Perfect
Author: Leila Sales
Published: October 4th 2011 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC courtesy of publisher for review

Summary: "All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it…"

First Line: "There are only three types of kids who get summer jobs at Colonial Essex Village instead of just working at the mall, like the normal people do."

Thoughts: Cute, cute, cute, Past Perfect is so freaking cute! Oh Miss. Sales, you've done it again, capturing my heart within just a few words and pages. From the very first chapter, I knew I was going to love this book. Call it insta-love or whatever, but it's true.

Chelsea has worked at Essex Historical Colonial Village every summer since she was a kid. That's right folks, she has to dress up in old Colonial clothing, walk around in the heat and answer questions like "Where's the bathroom" and "Don't you get hot wearing those?". Now, normally most of the other kids from school work at the mall over the summer, however, this summer, Chelsea's ex decides to work at Essex.  Nice!

So every year, the kids from Essex and the kids from the Civil War Reenactment battle it out in a prank war that doesn't end till the end of summer. This year, Chelsea is chosen as the Lieutenant for Essex, which means she'll be more involved than ever. And it probably doesn't help that Chelsea starts to fall for one of the Civil War boys. Scandal, love, humor and more! Seriously, could you ask for anything else?

First off, I have to tell you how much I love Leila Sales' writing. It just flows so smoothly and is filled with humor, randomness and all around goodness. I love how entertaining it is, even when it's just a scene between two people talking. And is it just me or are all her characters lovable? Even if you want to hate them, you can't. I love that!  Each one of them play a role in the story and whether funny or endearing, they're all fantastic.

Now, Past Perfect does not have a lot of romance, but that doesn't draw take away from the story. If anything, it adds a certain sweetness to it. It makes you fall in love with whatever encounters Chelsea has with Dan.  Believe me, Dan is easy to fall in love with. He's so adorable, I just want to pinch his little cheeks off!

Overall, if you're looking for a light, fun, charming read, I would highly recommend checking out Past Perfect. It will sweep you off your feet and have you laughing till the very end.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It showcases each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is The Language of Impossible Dreams by Sarah Ockler.

Summary: "Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life...and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last..."

Why I Can't Wait: Ever since I read Twenty Boy Summer, I have been a huge fan of Sarah Ockler. She knows how to write amazing contemporary novels, with real meaning, raw emotions, and just the perfect amount of romance. The Language of Impossible Dreams sounds like one of those books that will have your heart melting well before the last page. The cover isn't my favorite, but it's still cute. I love the little coffee hearts. Yay, can't wait!

Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by Simon Pulse

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trailer + Giveaway: My Life Undecided


Today, courtesy of Tara from Zeitghost Media, I am giving away a copy of My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody. All I've heard are good things about this book, and I'm so excited to be hosting this giveaway. For those who have not heard of My Life Undecided, here's the summary:

"PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.

Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.

But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!

Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.

But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life."

Come on, a blog allowing readers to decide the blogger's next move? Brilliant! If you're not excited now, check out the book trailer:



And now, it's on to the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of My Life Undecided. To enter, please fill out the form below and leave a comment letting everyone know whether or not you'd let other people make your decisions for you. An extra entry will be given to those who watch the book trailer. This giveaway is open to US and CA participants only and will be open till October 15th. After that, the winner will be contacted for their mailing information. If the winner does not reply back within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Good luck, everyone! And special thanks to Tara and Macmillan for allowing me to host this giveaway!



Monday, October 3, 2011

2 Year Blogoversary Giveaway



That's right folks! This month, Addicted 2 Novels turns 2 years old. *TEAR* It feels like only yesterday when I was trying to come up with a name for my blog and hated it immediately. Le sigh!

First off, I wanted to thank all of you guys who have followed me and supported me these past 2 years. Y'all rock my socks off, and I can't tell you how much all this means to me!

An extra special thanks goes out to two of my favorite people in the world, Karen at FWIW and Tiger at All-Consuming Books.

Karen, you were one of my first blog buddies and quite simply one of the sweetest, kindest, funniest people I know. I remember when I only had 10 followers, and you were one of them! You introduced me to emoticon poo! I can't wait till ALA midwinter so we can finally hang out and high-five and all that good stuff.

Tiger, I've known you before blogging and when we were die hard Rathers. You are the Dark Queen for life, and I hope Niall (pronounced Neil, not Nile) comes and showers you with his uhh, darkness? *AWKWARD* You make me laugh so much and just simply brilliant. I know you're going places, and I can't wait to tell people "Hey, I know her! She pressured me to read Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series, and introduced me to the Beast Lord, rawr!"

And to everyone else, especially all you Texas peeps and everyone I met at ALA and signings, thank you so much for blessing me with your friendship. I love y'all like whoa.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Through out the month of October, I'll be hosting giveaways, interviews and more, so be sure to stay tuned. The grand prize will be any YA book of your choice, even if it's a preordered copy. YAY!

All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions for the rafflecopter form below. Extra entries will be given to those who "prank tweet" my Karen. This giveaway is open to international participants (provided The Book Depository delivers to your area) and will end November 1st at midnight, EST. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 72 hours before a new winner is selected.

Good luck, everyone, and may the odds be ever in your favor.




Sunday, October 2, 2011

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I'm seriously having one of the best weekends ever. Not only did I get to meet some awesome authors, listen to fabulous panels, and hang out with even more fabulous bloggers/friends, I also came home to a house filled with goodies! Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*Without Tess by Marcella Pixley (Goodreads)
*Stick by Andrew Smith (Goodreads)
*The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark (Goodreads)
*Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads Super excited about this one!)
*Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey (Goodreads Love Alyxandra Harvey!)
*Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby (Goodreads Looks uber cute!)
*The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers (Goodreads)
*Going Underground by Susan Vaught (Goodreads)



Trade:
*Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things #2) by Anna Godbersen (Goodreads)

Bought and got signed at the ATBF:
*Vanished (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan (Goodreads)
*Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Goodreads)
*Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson (Goodreads)
*Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson (Goodreads)

Phew, I think that's it. I also got a bunch of books signed while I was at the ATBF. Needless to say, my shoulders, arms, legs, body, brain, etc are all sore, sore, sore! But boy, was it worth it!!!

**Special thanks to Macmillian, Farrar, Strous and Giroux, Feiwel and Friends, Bloomsbury, Walker Books, and all the fabulous people, authors and bloggers who worked or volunteered at the ATBR. Extra special thanks to Ginger, Sarah, Jen B., Jen D., Steph, Jess, Kristin, Christin, Yara, Katie, and anyone else I forgot who hung out with me, waited in line for me or just gifted me with your presence. You guys rock my socks off, and I'm sad we didn't get to spend more time together.**

Feel free to leave links to your IMM posts in the comments below. I'll be sure to stop by and leave some love on your blog as soon as possible.

Oh, and one more thing...GO TEXANS!!! :D