Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is Defiance by C.J. Redwine.

Summary: "Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making."

Why I Can't Wait: I've had my eye on Defiance for quite some time, but when I saw the cover, I knew I had to feature it! Love, love, love! HarperTeen has some of the best covers out there, and this one is no exception. With the woods and the image of Baalboden hidden in Rachel's dress, you get a great insight into what the story is all about. Next, the summary. Holy moly! From what I can tell, Defiance told in alternating points of views and features not only a kick butt heroine but also a swoon-worthy, brooding male. RAWR! Who's excited? *Points to self*

What do you guys think? Are you just as excited for Defiance as I am? Cover lust?

Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer & Bray

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

JK Rowling's Writing An Adult Novel?


If you guys haven't heard yet, J.K. Rowling is writing a new (get this...) adult novel. Holy Freakin' Crap! I don't know about you guys, but I literally peed in my pants a little when I read this. She is by far one of my favorite authors and is also one of those "I'm not holding back, anything goes" kind of writers. Needless to say, I love her!

Not much has been announced about her book, such as what it's about, the publication date, etc, but apparently more will be revealed later this year. You can read more about it here and here.

What do you guys think? Excited it's an adult novel? What do you think I'll be about? Harry Potter: The Grown-Up Years? We can only hope so!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Better Know A Blogger: Ning from Reading by Kindle Fire


Better Know A Blogger is a feature hosted by Karen from For What It's Worth, Tiger from All-Consuming Media, and myself. Basically, we feature bloggers we think you should know. Everyone, please welcome Ning from Reading by Kindle Fire. Take it from here, Ning!

Name: Ning

Blog: Reading by Kindle Fire

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Blogging since:

Well, I started to blog in 2010, but then I didn't kept up with it. Last November, I don't know what got to me, but I though, hmm, maybe I should start blogging again, so that's how I got started. It's been about 3 months now. I'm totally enjoying it. It was so amazing when I found out about the huge book blogging community. I'm very happy to become part of it.

How did you get the name for your blog?

So the answer is kind of embarrassing. The blog name was suppose to be quite different. When I first started picking names, a lot of what I thought were already taken. At the time, I had an obsession with scented candles, so I came up with something like "Reading by candle light" except it would be "kindle" instead of "candle" since I have a Kindle and read on it most of the time. When I actually changed the blog name though, I don't know what happened, but I said "Reading by Kindle Fire" instead of "Kindle Light". It actually has nothing to do with Kindle Fire. Actually, the Kindle Fire have barely begun when I started the blog. Now I'm too lazy to change it. And I actually like the name.

How have your reading habits changed since you started blogging?

Well, I read a lot more now and more often. Used to, I'd get really into reading for a bit and then stop for a week or two. Now I can't do that. It's fine though. I have so many books now on my TBR list that I really can't afford to stop. I do try to read books I want rather than books I have to review more often than not though since it'll make it easier on me to not take a break from reading.

How do you choose which book to read next?

I keep a calendar with my blog tour dates and stuff on it, so I know when I'm off schedule. I try to finish the blog tour books before their dates. Then, I go through my TBR pile and choose based on my mood. However, sometimes I enter challenges in my Goodreads groups with TBR books, so then I'll read those first as well. That's not a problem usually because it's not mandatory, and those books are already books I really want to read anyway.

Who is your favorite literary couple?

Wow, that's hard. Does that have to be a classic couple? Cuz I don't have one. I couldn't bring myself to finish Pride and Prejudice (please don't kill me anyone). Gosh, with the amount of romance I read, you'd think I can come up with one easily, but I just have too many.

I think I'll pick Malcom Slaine and Carrow Graie from Demon From the Dark by Kresley Cole. I absolutely loved these two and had so much fun reading that book.

What book are you looking forward to the most this year?

My most looked forward to book, Lothaire, came out early January. Others will have to be Lover Reborn by JR Ward and Dark Seduction by Gena Showalter. I'm also really looking forward to Partials by Dan Wells.


Ning, thank you so much for visiting today! I'm looking forward to Partials as well. Be sure to check out Ning's blog and leave her some love!

XOXO

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I like to refer to this edition as the "I don't need it, but I want it" edition. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*Drain You by M.Beth Bloom (goodreads). I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds hilarious! Perfect for fans of Heather Brewer and John Green? Sign me up!

Trades:
*One Moment by Christina McBride (goodreads). Definitely going to read this when I need a good cry!

Bought:
*Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (goodreads) Looooooove Melina Marchetta!
*The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen (goodreads). I have been dying to read this one! It sounds so cute.

Also, thanks to my very awesome friend, Ginger over at GReads!, I finally got the first season of Friday Night Lights. Love you, Ginger!


No, the cat didn't come with the DVDs. That's just Dexter being silly.

***Special thanks to HarperTeen, Angela, and Ginger.***

What'd you get in your mailbox? Feel free to leave your links in the comments below!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Better Know A Blogger : Alexa from Alexa Loves Books


Better Know A Blogger is a feature hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth, Tiger from All-Consuming Media, and myself. Basically, we interview bloggers we think you should know. Today I'm featuring one of my favorite Twitter buddies, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. Alexa, take it from here!

Name: Alexa

Blog: Alexa Loves Books

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Blogging since: April 2011



How did you get the name for your blog?

My blog name is a simple declaration that's been repeated over and over again in my life - Alexa Loves Books. A lot of people say this about me or when referring to me, and I've wholeheartedly embraced that truth.



How have your reading habits changed since you started blogging?

I actually make more time for reading, as well as consume a lot more novels than I used to. Reading will always be a leisure activity to me, but now I don't feel guilty about constantly immersing myself in books since I have an extra reason to do so *smiles*

I, surprisingly, also read on a schedule nowadays, which is something I'm still getting used to. Though I don't necessarily always follow my schedule, it does give me a better structure and focus when it comes to reading.



How do you choose which book to read next?

I try to follow my schedule (see above question), but more often than not, I grab what appeals to me at any time. There are just days when I need my paranormal fix, days when contemporary calls out to me or days when I just want to revel in the joys of historical romances.



Who is your favorite literary couple?

Ooh, this is a hard question. So I'm probably going to cheat and answer based on genre:

Contemporary YA - Cricket Bell and Lola Nolan (Lola & the Boy Next Door)

Historical Romance - Evie and Sebastian (Devil in Winter)

Dystopian YA - Tris and Four (Divergent)

Paranormal YA - Grace and Sam (Shiver)



What book are you looking forward to the most this year?

There are a few sequels I'm looking forward to, namely Insurgent, Until I Die and Bitterblue. But as for new novels, I can't wait to read Incarnate and Born Wicked!


Great list of books! Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today! Be sure to check out Alexa Loves Books and leave her some love!

XOXO

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Interview & Giveaway With Pure Author Julianna Baggot


Hey everyone! Thanks to Grand Central Publishing, I have the honor to interview Pure author Julianna Baggott on my blog today. If you haven't heard, Pure is the latest dystopian novel to hit the scenes, and it's pretty intense. Without any further ado, please welcome Julianna!


1. What inspired you to write PURE?

Inspiration is part-beast part-myth. On the one hand it can attack you, but on the other hand it might not exist. You can't wait for the attack of inspiration. You can try to sit in a field covered in honey and hope for bears but, you know, it won't get you through a 400 page novel.

2. Do you have a favorite place you like to write or read?

I flop anywhere. I'm a floppy reader. I read most often at night in bed by a dull lamp because my husband is already asleep. I stay up too late... sometimes to wee hours. I'm probably going slowly blind. I write in a dormerless slant-roofed room at present, but I'll do that anywhere too. Bomb shelter? Yes, I'd love it.

3. What are you currently reading?

I'm not allowed to read at night right now. I'm in edits on FUSE, book II, and my brain is dreamy at night and that's where I get most of my ideas. (I still read though -- just recently a brilliant not-yet-published novel by a student of mine named Dario Sulzman. I'm sneaking Adam Johnson and Lauren Groff too.)

4. What's your favorite dystopian novel?

I think the work of Southern writer Tom Franklin is dystopian -- except it's often set in the contemporary South.

5. Any advice for bloggers who'd like to become published authors?

I think it all feeds the greater good of building language and thought. Words on pages. Reading what you love -- they're all blueprints to what you can write... It's all good. So keep going and then send your beloved book out into the world of agents and editors and madness.

6. In twitter speak (140 characters or less), how would you sell PURE to someone who hasn't heard of it?
Main character is a 16 yo girl with a doll-head fist. Laini Taylor says JUST READ IT.


Thank you so much, Julianna, for taking the time to answer a few questions. And now a treat for all you readers out there. Again, thanks to Grand Central Publishing, I am giving away a copy of Pure to one lucky winner. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US/CA participants and ends March 10th. Extra entries will be rewarded to those who follow Julianna on twitter, tweet about the giveaway, and/or follow my blog. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review : Article 5


Title: Article 5 (Goodreads/Amazon)
Author: Kristen Simmons
Published: January 31st 2012 by Tor Teen
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review

Summary: "New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved."

First line: "Beth and Ryan were holding hands."

Thoughts: If you read any book this year, let it be Article 5. It has everything I love about dystopia: Complex characters, amazing world building, and villians so cruel, they'll make you want to kick and throw things. How funny that a world without zombies, vampires, nor werewolves can be so terrifying?

The best way I can explain this book (for all your history buffs out there) is to conceptualize what life would be like had we lost World War II. Imagine a world where concentration camps are deemed "reform schools" and everyone is a target. You can do everything right, follow all the rules, but it still won't save you. This is what the world has been like for Ember ever since the war. To prevent another war, the goverment has issued 5 Articles. Unfortunately for Ember, her mother is charged with a violation of Article 5 (something that is completely out of her control) and is thrown into jail to await trial. What happens to Ember? Well, she gets placed in a reform school where sit's either follow the rules or suffer the punishment.

One of the things I adored about this novel was the character developement in not only Ember but also Chase. Both of them grew and had their own trials to overcome. Ember's strength increases as the book progresses. She went from being a girl who followed all the rules to someone who would do anything to survive. I loved how her reactions were the same as my own, had I been thrown in that situation. Some of the things that happen to her are terrifying, so it was nice to see her scared from time to time. She deals with so much pain and heartache and yet still finds the courage fight for what she believes in. And the love she has for her family and those she cares about was absolutely amazing. Chase, on the other hand, gives silent and brooding a whole new name. As you read further and further into the story, you realize why he's doing what he is, and his story alone is incredible. Any girl would be lucky to have someone like Chase in their life.

Now, let's talk about romance. While there's more tension than anything, I can't help but fall in love with Ember and Chase. They're spectacular together. Even when they're not talking, they each do little things to show that they still care for one another. I adored the flashbacks of what their relationship was like prior to Chase being drafted into the MM. And oh my gosh, just thinking about everything they go through (and it's a lot), I can't help but fall in love with them all over again. Is Chase swoon-worthy? OOOOOH YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!

If you're looking for a pulse-pounding, intense read, I would recommend picking up Article 5. It's a reminder that monsters do exist, even if those monsters are cruel people who make the wrong choices. You can choose to surrender or you can choose to fight. In the end, which would you choose?

Rating:


Monday, February 20, 2012

Better Know A Blogger: Theresa from Fade Into Fantasy


Better Know A Blogger is a feature hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth, Tiger from All-Consuming Media, and me. In so many words, we feature bloggers we think you should know. This week's featured blogger is Theresa from Fade Into Fantasy.


Name:

Theresa

Blog:



Fade Into Fantasy

Blogging since:

October 13, 2010


How did you get the name for your blog?

I tried to come up with something that was original, yet also portrayed my genre tastes. Fading, to me, is like escaping into another realm, and Fantasy equals everything other than reality. Hopefully, it makes sense outside of my own head. LOL


How have your reading habits changed since you started blogging?

The number of books I read has definitely increased and my tastes have become more defined. Instead of one book every couple of months or so, I'm reading one every couple of weeks. Before blogging, I didn't really know what genres of books I enjoyed most. Sure, I knew that I liked everything that allowed me to escape to another world, but had no idea which genres were my favorite. Since my reading has increased, I've learned that I love everything paranormal, urban fantasy, and YA, and I now know the lines I shouldn't cross.


How do you choose which book to read next?

In 2011, I had a list of review books and would read books in order of when I received them. Because of that, I have over 100 books on my bookshelves that have been waiting to be read for "fun". I've declared 2012 as The Year of the TBR (for me, anyway) and am now picking books based on what looks good at the moment. It's really nice to be able to have the freedom back and not have to worry about letting anyone down if I decide to stop in the middle of a book in order to start a new one. :)


Who is your favorite literary couple?

Really? Just one? LOL Um... of course, Cat and Bones from Kim Harrison's series are really fun. I also love all of the brothers from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but think I would make a better mate for them than any of the women in the books. LOL It really is a good thing that we can't literally jump into books, because I would camp out on their front porch until one of them took me in. :P


What book are you looking forward to the most this year?

Ugh! Another hard question! There are so many great books coming out this year. I guess, since I have to pick just one, I will go with... actually, nope. I can't pick just one. Ask me again in 2013. lol


Theresa, thank you so much for dropping by. Be sure to check out her blog and leave her some love!

XOXO

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Y'all, I'm uber excited about the books I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*Above by Leah Bobet
*Shadow and Bone by Leigh Barduco

Bought:
*Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager (I keep hearing about how good this is!)

**Special thanks to Scholastic and Henry Holt and Co. (aka Macmillan). You guys rock my socks off!**

So, what's in your mailbox? :-)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars

Title: Shooting Stars
Author: Allison Rushby
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by Walker Childrens
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for an honest review

Summary: "Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment."

First line: "I crouch behind some thick green shrubbery to do my final check."

Thoughts: If you're looking for a cute, fun read, Shooting Stars is the book for you. While it's a little predictable, the overall story makes up for it with it's charming cast of characters and precious moments. Plus, since the weekend's just around the corner, what better way to spend it than to curl up with a book as adorable as this one?

Shooting Stars centers around the story of Josephine "Zo Jo" Foster, a teenage paparazzi looking for her next great picture (i.e. Ned Harnett, who is basically the book's version of Zac Efron). When Ned ends up in rehab, Josephine receives the chance to get the photo of a lifetime. The one thing she wasn't expecting to do was to get to know Ned. You know how love goes... Once you fall, you fall hard.

I really enjoyed Josephine's character. At first, she was just this teenage paparazzi trying to earn enough money for photography classes. As the story progresses, she begins to question whether or not she's doing the right thing, photographing the personal, private lives of others. Morality and growth are two things Josephine struggles with throughout the novel, and it's also something most teenagers struggle with today. Maybe not to this degree, but nevertheless, it's easy to relate to, and I really appreciated that.

I don't know about you guys, but something I need in each book I read is a little romance. Whether it's a teaspoon of love or a bucket full, it's just something I need. Shooting Stars certainly delivers in this department. I have to admit, it took a while to get there, but once it does, boy howdy!

"I begin to stand up, dripping wet and confused, when something even more confusing happens. Ned pulls me the rest of the way up and before I know it...He's kissing me."-Page 134

Oooooh yeeeaaahhhh! Needless to say, the pool scene was one of my favorite scenes.

I do have to admit, there is a bit of a twist to this story, and I quickly saw it coming. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to fans of cute contemporary novels. It's age appropriate enough for younger teens and sweet enough for adults who love YA literature. If this book doesn't make you grin from ear to ear, I don't know what will.

Rating:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cover Reveal : Gravity

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! The cover of Gravity by Melissa West has been revealed, and it's pretty spectacular.


"In the future, only one rule will matter: Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed--arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war."

Again, I think I'm a sucker for blue covers. I really love the color contrast and the font (And it matches my blog, too!). While it does remind me of Across The Universe, it still works really well with the story. I heart thee!

What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. This week, my pick is Silver by Talia Vance.

Summary: "Beauty is pointless when no one's looking.

Brianna Paxton has been invisible to guys since the eighth grade. She’s pretty enough, it’s just that no one bothers to look. There’s almost nothing that can’t be explained with science, and Brianna has a theory: she’s missing the pheromone that attracts people to one another. Brianna’s theory is shot to hell in one frozen, silver moment, when time stops and Blake Williams not only sees her, he recognizes something inside her that she’s been hiding from even herself.

Before Brianna fully understands who and what she is, she accidentally binds her soul to Blake. Forced to find a way to reconcile forbidden love and her bloody heritage, Brianna discovers that there's nothing pointless about her, and Blake may be in the most danger of all."

Why I Can't Wait: I think I'm a sucker for blue covers because I am absolutely in love with this one! There's something about it that gives me this mysterious, sad, yet beautiful vibe. It probably also doesn't help that the summary makes me want to drop whatever I'm reading and pick this one up. It doesn't sound like any I've read before, and I appreciate that. After looking at the release date, it looks like I'll be waiting a while for this one. Le sigh.

Expected publication: September 8th 2012 by Flux

Monday, February 13, 2012

Better Know A Blogger: Ginger From GReads!


Better Know A Blogger is a feature hosted by Karen from For What It's Worth, Tiger from All-Consuming Media, and myself. Basically, we interview bloggers we think you should know. I'm super excited to have Ginger from GReads! on my blog today. She's not only an awesome blogger with some of the best memes out there but also one of my good friends. Without further ado, GINGER!




Name: Ginger

Blog: GReads!

Blogging since: September 2010

How did you get the name for your blog?

A friend of mine (who does not blog, but is an avid-reader) came up with the name! Obviously the "G" stands for Ginger (my name) and I do in fact read ;) I wanted something simple, but a bit personalized too. I think it's a great fit for me... but make sure you use the proper capitalization and/or space or else it looks like I blog at "greads" haha.

How have your reading habits changed since you started blogging?

So much! When I first started blogging, YA paranormal is mainly what I read. Then I learned about this lovely little genre called YA contemporary and WOW - it has stolen my heart!!! I am definitely reading a lot more, as well. In fact I even canceled my cable because I just wasn't watching nearly enough TV as I used to. I know, shocking! But it's been almost a year without it & so far I am still content with my decision. I'd rather spend the money on books, anyway :)

How do you choose which book to read next?

It varies. Usually when a friend or another blogger hypes up a book that they know I'll love, that book moves up the TBR pile. I trust a lot of people's opinions and can be easily persuaded. I have to keep in mind the review books that I receive as well. I try to incorporate a review book, along with a "I'm reading this because I want to & not because someone sent it to me" book as well. It's all about balance!

Who is your favorite literary couple?

I have a few, but the couple who feels the most real to me - Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie. I adored reading the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty. Her wit & humor kept me turning the pages and wanting to know the in's and out's of this hysterical relationship between Jessica and Marcus. The boy bought her a Berry Manilow toilet seat cover. If that's not love, then I don't know what is!

What book are you looking forward to the most this year?

I have a handful that I have literally marked my calendar for & can not wait to get my hands on! They are: In Honor by Jessi Kirby (already got it & read it! so fantastic!), Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.



Ginger, thank you so much for dropping by my blog! I'm sure anyone who has read the Jessica Darling series will agree that Marcus Flutie is sa-wooooon-worthy. Only the best boys are Manilownies. Everyone, be sure to leave Ginger some love in the comments below!!!


XOXO

Sunday, February 12, 2012

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've been a little busy with work lately, so this is about two or three weeks worth of books. Normally, I categorize everything that's either a review book, bought, trade, won, or gift but I'm pulling out the "They're all jumbled together, and I'm feeling lazy" card. :-P

Ch-ch-check it out!


*Team Human by Justin Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
*Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano (Already read it and loved it!)
*Social Suicide (Deadly Cool #2) by Gemma Halliday
*Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
*The Ivy: Rivals (The Ivy #3) by Lauren Kuntz and Rina Onur
*Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris (Signed!!!)
*Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (My iPhone hates me, but the cover basically has falling feathers, says Embrace, and says March 2012)
*Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
*Touched by Cyn Balog (SIGNED!!!)
*Vampire's Kiss by Veronica Wolff
*Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
*Graceling (UK COVER!) by Kristin Cashore


**Special thanks to Deidra from Simply Books. Simple Music. (LOOOVE AND MISS YOU), Mimi Valentine, Cyn Balog, my awesome friend Catie, HarperTeen, Penguin, and Sourcebooks**

An EXTRA SPECIAL SUPER GIGANTIC thanks to Cynthia at A Blog About Nothing, Jess at Gone With The Words, Ginger from GReads!, and everyone else out there who made my birthday so special. You guys are amazing and I heart y'all so much!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hana For Valentine's Day? YES!


Are you a fan of Delirium by Lauren Oliver and patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for Pandemonium? Then get this: If enough people preorder Pandemonium, MTV.com will release Hana, a short story told through the eyes of Lena's best friend, on Valentine's Day for FOUR DAYS. That's right, you can read the whole short story online for FREE! Who doesn't want Hana for Valentine's Day? I sure do!

You're going to buy Pandemonium anyway, why not preorder it now? Let's all spread the word and let Hana be your Valentine this month!

For more info and Lauren's vlog about this, be sure to check out her blog.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Girl Meets Boy Blog Tour + Giveaway


Hey y'all. I'm super excited to be part of the Girl Meets Boy Blog Tour. If you haven't heard of Girl Meets Boy, it's a collaboration of several "he said/she said" short stories from 12 talented authors. Here's the summary:

What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of "he said/she said" stories-he tells it from the guy's point of view, she tells it from the girl's. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There's the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated-because there are two sides to every story.

And if that didn't entice you, here's the book trailer:


Want to hear about an awesome contest based on the book?

Wattpad is featuring the guy’s side of the story, and inviting their members to write same scene from the girl’s perspective. Stories should be no more than 300 words long, and the deadline is February 8th. Winners will be announced on February 14th.

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

· A copy of Girl Meets Boy signed by all 12 contributors

· A critique of 25 pages of writing by editor Kelly Milner Halls

· A 30-minute Skype consultation with Kelly

· A copy of Kelly’s favorite how-to book on writing


Four runners-up will win a copy of Girl Meets Boy signed by all 12 contributors.

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Be sure to check out the next tour stop tomorrow, which happens to be from one of the contributors, Cynthia Leitich Smith.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review : Fracture


Summary: "Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine

—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death."

First line: "The first time I died, I didn't see God."

Thoughts: If I had to sum Fracture up in one word, it would be intense. The whole concept behind surviving death against all odds completely intrigued me from the very beginning. It's part mystery, part contemporary, and 100% awesome.

The story line is based around the question why. Why did Delaney live when science says she shouldn't have? Why is she here and not dead? Why is her brain scan displaying oddities when she feels just fine? For these answers and more, you'll have to read the book. I really enjoyed reading the entire story, from how Delaney ended up in the frozen lake, to all the strange visions and "gut feelings" she begins to have. I will admit, sometimes Delaney's distance and awkwardness became a bit bothersome. At the same time, you can't really blame her for acting the way she does. The overall situation is difficult, and everyone walking on eggshells around her doesn't help. Of all things, Delaney is a really strong character who handles each situation with finesse.

My personal favorite character in this novel is Decker. He's such a loyal friend and there for Delaney. His kindness truly descends through the pages and I really enjoyed that. And then there's Troy. Whoa. Troy's character is so raw, agonizing, and at the same time, addicting. Of all the characters in this book, Troy is the most intriguing and yes, a bit eerie too.

Overall, if you're looking for a contemporary novel with a twist, I would recommend Fracture. It's a quick read that will have your heart racing until the very end. And oh yeah, it'll also make you look at life in a whole different way.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cover LOOOOOVE!

For those who know me or follow my blog, you know what a huge fan I am of Jennifer Echols. She writes some of the best, sexiest, most creative contemporary YA out there, and I love her for it. On Twitter, she mentioned how in love she was with the cover of her upcoming novel SUCH A RUSH. Well, I finally saw it this morning (Thanks, Goodreads!) and OH EM GEE, it's gorgeous! It's so different than the rest of her covers and quite frankly, stunning. Behold!

Summary: "A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business--until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers--and the consequences could be deadly."

EEEP!!! Wants to touch the pretty! Seriously, I'm super excited because this is the kind of eye catching cover that will grab any reader's attention. Who knows, maybe they'll fall in love with Jen like I did, and then I can giggle and say, "Oh, I loved her when she was still writing about girls and marching band!".

AHHHH!!! I can't wait to get this in my hands and add it to my little Jen shrine! Wow, did this post ever turn out borderline stalkery (yes, I know that's not a real word).

Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by MTV Books

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge- Review Links


Woohoo, the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge starts today. Are you excited? Karen, Tiger, and I sure are! If you haven't signed up yet, please do so HERE, where you can also find a list of rules. Shall we recap the prizes before we get started?

The first place winner will win the following prize pack:
*An ARC of Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
*An ARC of 52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
*An ARC of Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
*An ARC of The List by Siobhan Vivian
*An ARC of Slide by Jill Hathaway

The second place winner will win the following prize pack:
*An ARC of Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
*An ARC of Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
*An ARC of Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

***Special thanks to Macmillan, Harcourt, and HarperTeen***

Below is the linky where you can link your reviews. Be sure to enter direct links to your reviews and not to just your blog. Under name, place your name/blog's name and the book you reviewed. Here's an example:

Name: Lena @ A2N (The Calling)

That's just one way to do it, but you can do it any way you want. If it doesn't fit, try using short hand! Make it work. Now, get to work, write those reviews, and link, link, link! Good luck!

P.S. Don't forget to link your reviews at For What It's Worth and All-Consuming Media, where you can win other prize packs!