Monday, February 28, 2011

XVI by Julia Karr

XVI by Julia Karr
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Publisher:  Puffin/Speak

Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer. - Goodreads.com

I was surprised by how much I liked this book, even though there were a couple things I couldn't explain well enough to myself and I wasn't sure they were really believable.  I did, however, love the characters.  Nina is a smart girl who is dedicated to protecting her sister after hearing the truths that her dying mother revealed to her.  These truths are the driving force behind all her actions throughout the rest of the book.

Although I loved Sal, I would have liked to have seen inside his head a little more instead of just seeing him reacting to Nina's issues.  I did love how protective he was of her though.  These two characters interacted well together.

I absolutely adored Pops!  He was one of my favorite characters in the story, despite the fact that his role is very minimal.  He was just so cute! I could so picture him as a cantankerous but funny old man.  He was great.

The only person I never really warmed up to was Sandy.  I just had a really hard time liking her because she was so superficial.  Even though I understand that their society had sort of influenced teens to think like Sandy does, I felt it was taken to such an extreme with her that her behavior just looked stupid to me.  But perhaps that's because I had a hard time with the premise of 16 year olds being branded and announced to the world as being ready for sex.  Although the whole sex angle did play into the major issue in the story, it was never really explained why their society had instituted this rule. What would cause a society to say, "hey, I know... let's start branding our 16 year olds as being 16 so that any guy on the street who sees their mark can take them out back and force sex on them?" 

This part wasn't really the major issue in the plot though... although the major issue did involve sex...but in another way.  So that was really the only issue I had with the story. I actually really enjoyed it.  It was a fast read with excellent pacing and great characters.  It ended in such a way that I'm wondering if there's going to be a sequel.  If so, I would definitely want to read it.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (8)



In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  I received the below galleys from Simon and Schuster.  Here's what I got this week:


Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott




Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz





Wither by Lauren DeStefano


What did you get this week?



Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin / Brendan Halpin
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books

Fans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers—known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Still, it's a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . . Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It's not until they're far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there's more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.  - Goodreads.com

I was eager for this one to come out because I really loved the idea of two people who can't stand each other having to pretend that they're in love.  I thought this was going to be a cute, romantic story. I wasn't disappointed.  What I didn't expect though, is how the author would use elements from one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, Much Ado About Nothing.  I've always loved Beatrice and Benedick from this play because they fight, they trade witty insults, and act like they hate each other, all the while everyone else can plainly see they're in love.  It isn't until their friends decide to trick them into realizing their feelings that they let those feelings show.

The authors used this basis so well for Charlie and Aaron.  At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like these two characters because I wasn't sure I could relate to their rich, famous lifestyles.  The authors did an excellent job though of making their true selves shine through.  As the reader discovers who they truly are as people, the two of them also begin to discover each other.

I really enjoyed watching them get to know each other for the first time, even though they've been "together" for years.  This was a very entertaining read with some surprising depth to it that I didn't except.  I would definitely recommend it.

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Blog Hop Friday



Blog Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books. Answer the weekly question and then, Friday through Monday, hop to see what other blogs are saying.  This is a great way to meet new friends and blogs!

This week's Blog Hop question is: 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Release Date:  January 4th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . . Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.  Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.  As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?  - Goodreads.com

Wow!  Wow!  This is another one of those books that I just fell in love with.  Hard!  I'm already dying for  book 2 to come out.  This was a fabulous story that just pulled me right in immediately.

The angel aspect of this story gave a neat new spin on the Nephilim that I haven't read in other books of this kind.  It was really neat getting to watch Clara work on her angel skills in preparation for her purpose.  She's dedicated to that duty, and works to get to know Christian in order to discover the details of her purpose and just how he fits into it, since he has been a part of the vision she's been plagued with. 

Christian and Tucker... what can I say?  I love them both!  I have a special fondness for Tucker though.  Swoon!  What a guy.  I just love it.  I can't really reveal anything else without giving away the ending or who she ends up with.  So I'll have to leave it at that.

Suffice it to say, this was one of those beautiful romances that gave me flutters and butterflies in my stomach.  The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, which left me absolutely beating my head against my nookbook dying for more!  Pick up this book as soon as possible!!

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about!  I love to put these on my TBR list.  I actually keep an organized Excel spreadsheet of all upcoming and current books that I plan to read.  I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-)  I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!


Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Why I love it: Dystopian.  And I love the idea
of one decision deciding your fate and just how
you'll be categorized in your world.
Buy it on Goodreads.

What books are you looking forward to?


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week comes from:


XVI by Julia Karr


Small blurb from Goodreads.com: Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex.

Teaser comes from page 95: "Tattoos.  I slid my wrist under the covers.  There was no way out.  My birthday was soon."

What are your teasers for this week?

Monday, February 21, 2011

This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson


This Girl Is Different by JJ Johnson
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers

This girl is different… That’s what Evie has always told herself—and it’s true. Home-schooled by her counter culture mom, she’s decided to see what high school is like for the first time—for her senior year. And what a year it is.

As it turns out, it’s not just Evie who’s Different. Lots of people are. Many of her assumptions about others are turned on their heads as she makes friends with kids her own age for the first time, discovers what’s good and what’s bad about high school, and learns lessons about power and its abuse—both by the administration and by Evie herself.


This was a very interesting book in that it was different than most things I read.  Evie was a character in more ways than one.  She is one of those people that really doesn't care what others think of her, and she thinks of herself as "This girl is different."  Seeing what her upbringing was like with an eccentric but awesomely sweet and funny mother was so interesting. 

I loved the fact that Evie was so smart and self-assured.  This is unusual in a character of this age.  Not that teens can't be intelligent...but Evie is a step beyond mere intelligence.  Her main focus is to cultivate change in places where she sees a need.  This is noble, but can backfire, which it does for Evie.  Witnessing the places where her good intentions go had me both cheering her on, but also wincing for her as things didn't always work out as expected.

Her relationship with Rajas was sweet, and her growing closeness to him had the flavor of that electrifying first love.  It was also refreshing though to watch a teen girl stand up for herself in a relationship and demand respect as she does with Rajas.

What she does to set things right takes amazing courage.  This only makes you like her more.  This was a smart, interesting, and entertaining debut from JJ Johnson.  Hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more from this author in future.

If you liked this, you might also like:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (7)



In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  Here's what I got this week:




Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin / Brendan Halpin
Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris




All the Way Prom Night by Megan Stine
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison





XVI by Julia Karr

What did you get this week?


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Read My Lips by Teri Brown



Read My Lips by Teri Brown
Release Date:  June 3rd, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Popularity is as easy as a good secret.
 
Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back.
 
From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique.

With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more. Reading lips has always been her greatest talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantic snoop...

This is one of those great finds that you sometimes run across when searching through older books.  This was such a cute book.  Serena's new friends tend to use her skill of lip-reading to dig up dirt and information.  She is deaf, but rather than learn sign language, she instead learned how to lip-read extremely well, where she can read what someone is saying from across a large room even.   Her unique talent in this caused some rather funny scenarios that had me grinning and laughing. 

Although there were funny scenarios, Serena also learns some not so nice things that make her feel guilty for spreading the information to her eager buddies.  This relationship between herself and her friends complicates her relationship with the guy she likes, Miller.

I loved the growing relationship between Serena and Miller.  It was a cute romance.  Additionally, I loved how neither Miller, or anyone else seemed to make too big of a deal about Serena's disability.  It was refreshing.

I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a fun, lighthearted read that will lift your spirits and make you happy.

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Movie News!!

So today is typically Blog Hop Friday, but I didn't see a post out there to link to today, and there doesn't appear to be a question this week, so I'm going to use today's post to remind everyone about some exciting movies coming out in the next couple weeks from the YA reading world. 

It seems that the movie world has really exploded lately with YA books being made into movies.  I know of about five myself right now, with a couple more that have been optioned for film and currently awaiting a company to take on the movie project.  Yay!! This is such fabulous news for our YA authors!!

So here are the ones coming out soon.  I can't wait!!

In theaters starting today:


See the trailer here.




In theaters starting March 4th, 2011:


Watch the movie trailer here.

I can't wait to see these movies!! 


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Release Date:  January 11, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives. - Goodreads.com


Some books you just fall in love with, and this is one of them.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  It had adventure, it had an interesting time travel element, and it had a touching romance.  I loved the characters in this story, especially Michele, as she was strong, self-sufficient, and smart. 

There were so many details in this book, historically, and I was amazed at the amount of research the author must have done to make these different time periods and places come to life.  She did a phenomenal job with this. It gave the novel a vibrancy that was riveting.

I loved seeing how well she was able to tie in everything together so completely.  The book will apparently have a sequel and I am so bummed that this book just came out, because that means I'm going to have to wait so long for the sequel to come out!!  I can't take it!

I highly recommend this book.  I loved it,loved it, loved it!

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about!  I love to put these on my TBR list.  I actually keep an organized Excel spreadsheet of all upcoming and current books that I plan to read.  I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-)  I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!



Release Date: March 1, 2011
Why I Love it: A story of first
love that I think will be really sweet and romantic.
Buy It On Goodreads


What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:



  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week comes from:


Read My Lips by Teri Brown

Small blurb from Goodreads: Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back.

Teaser from page 43: If he kisses the back of my neck, I will melt, I will die, I will just...."

What are your teasers this week?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dreamwalker by Maria Rachel Hooley

Dreamwalker by Maria Rachel Hooley
Release Date: March 30th, 2010
Publisher: CreateSpace

Seventeen-year-old Misha Malloy has always dreamed of Ramsey, a beautiful teenager from a world called Alterna. Ramsey has always been there to love and protect her, but even he could not stop the car accident which left her in a coma; however, months later, Misha has recovered and quickly finds that her world and Alterna are blending. Ramsey now comes to her in the flesh, and so does his brother, Elijah, who will stop at nothing to make Ramsey pay for an old transgression--including killing Misha. – Goodreads.com

Let me start by saying that when I chose to read this story right behind October Breezes, I didn’t really notice or realize that both books were by the same author.  So back to back Maria Rachel Hooley reviews was not planned. J  That said….

This book sucked me in right away.  The idea behind a person dreaming about someone for years before having met them is such an intriguing one to me.  I love those types of books where people kind of fall in love from afar.  This was sort of like that, except Misha and Ramsey fall in love in their dreams, literally.  How interesting is that?

I loved Misha as a character.  I thought she was a very strong character, especially have come out of a coma.  I understood how annoyed and tired she was of people treating her like glass, like if they breathed wrong, she might go back into a coma inexplicably.  I also loved Ramsey as a character, as he had an old-world chivalry about him that I thought was charming.  He wants to take care of her and keep her safe from Elijah…a truly creepy character.  There was actually one scene in the story that made me turn the lights up higher in the room.  But it was great!

There were only a couple things about the story that made me pause:  1. All the typos and line edit problems. (And when I say line edit problems…I don’t mean bad grammar, author-mistake type stuff.  I mean type problems.)  I’m usually able to overlook this, but the errors were so numerous in the story that it was hard to ignore.  2. Other than that, I wanted to know a little bit more about the circumstances that allowed these three characters to find each other.   The reader must accept from the beginning that this is the way it is, but we aren’t really given any explanation as to what caused this, how they’re communicating, and where the portals come from.  I can tell from the ending, though, that there is probably going to be a sequel, so I’m hoping this will be explained further as the story progresses.

All in all, this was a pretty entertaining read and really held my interest.  I hope I’m right about the sequel!

If you liked this book, you might also like:


Sunday, February 13, 2011

In My Mailbox (6)



In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  I have a small haul this week:



The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher


What did everyone else get?  Leave a comment!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

October Breezes by Maria Rachel Hooley

October Breezes - Maria Rachel Hooley
Release Date: August 4th, 2009
Publisher: CreateSpace

Skye Williams knows everything there is to know about mistrust: Dad skipped out when she was five. And now Warren Jacobs tries to sweep her Mom off her feet. But Warren's not the only concern rocking Skye's world. Devin Abbott, a guy she's known since kindergarten, has changed. He's become a tall, broad-shouldered guy she might date-if he wasn't her best friend. Skye swears there's nothing between them, but everyone else thinks differently. Devin doesn't act the way he used to, especially when Kellin Jacobs, senior quarterback, asks Skye out. Flattered, she accepts, and, Devin sulls up-and he isn't the only one. Kellin's best friend, Tyler Rutherford, gets bent out of shape, too, as he's always wanted Skye for himself. When Kellin and Skye attend one of Tyler's famous parties, neither senses the impending disaster that will change not only her life but also that of everyone who loves her.  - Goodreads.com

I have to admit that, at first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one.  It had somewhat of a slow start for me.  I also had issues with the main character, Skye, as she came across as a kind of whiny, self-centered brat at first.  I’m not sure if that was actually intended by the author or not… and having read the rest of the story, I can see how it might have been an intentional device to show character growth throughout the story.

I stuck with it, and I am glad that I did.  This book deals with so many issues that teens face today, including a couple that a teenage girl should never have to face.  But I know it happens more than we’d care to admit.

I don’t want to mention the exact circumstances, because they came as a surprise to me while reading, and I feel their impact would be lessened if the reader was forewarned.  Suffice it to say that this character has a couple events to deal with that are a heck of a lot more heavy than just an absentee dad and the bitterness it causes.  I found myself alternately shocked, saddened, and heartbroken for this heroine, especially toward the end.  Skye’s circumstances cause her to grow so much as a person, and although it took these circumstances, she finally learns to love and trust the right people, and to love and trust herself.

I would have liked to have seen Devin stick by her a little bit more during these events, but let’s face it, in real life, he probably would have acted exactly how he did in this book.  So I can’t say the author made the wrong choice here.  I think she wrote it to be true to life, and it was.  Devin comes through, and he comes through with his own growth.  That was satisfying, and made me like him more.

The author handled three very sensitive issues with great, well, sensitivity, which marks her as an excellent author.  I’m not sorry I stuck it out on the beginning.  I’m glad to have read this.  I would say that the subject matter is probably more suited for older teens, however.

I look forward to seeing what this author puts out in future.  LATE BREAKING NEWS: As I was writing this review, I discovered this book has a sequel that I will want to get called Summer Sunsets.

So if you liked this book, you might also like:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!



Blog Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books. Answer the weekly question and then, Friday through Monday, hop to see what other blogs are saying.  This is a great way to meet new friends and blogs!

This week's Blog Hop question is: "Tell us about one of your posts from this week and give us a link so we can read it (review or otherwise)!"

The post I made on Monday is my Monthly Monday in Retrospect in which I tell everyone about the Best Ofs that I read during the previous month.  Best book, best heroine, best hero, best villain, and best cover.  I like to highlight these for folks looking for the "Best Of" reads.  I am thinking about turning it into a monthly meme if enough people like the idea.

Where did your hops take you this month?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I got the Stylish Blogger Award!!!

So I haven't posted in a couple days. I've been out sick.  But guess what happened while I was gone??!!!  Two people gave me The Stylish Blogger award!! Squeee!!!!  I'm so excited.  These are my first awards.  I want to thank the two blogs that gave them to me:

Thank you to Kate at Reads, Reviews and Recommends, the owner of the Stylish Blogger award, who first gave it to me. 

Secondly, thanks to Nevey Berry at Le Vanity Victorienne for the second award.  You guys are both awesome!!  Here's my award:




Here's what needs to be done if you receive this award:
  • Thank the awesome person who gave you the award
  • Post 7 random things about yourself 
  • Give the award to 15 other blogs  
  • Contact the blogger and let them know they have won!  



My 7 Random Things:

1. I'm also a writer as well as a reader
2. I own more than 5 dogs
3. I have 2 teenage kids, a boy named Austin Taylor and a girl named Corinna Arden
4. My husband and I met at church
5. I make my living as a corporate trainer
6. I watch Glee and The Vampire Diaries religiously
7. I'm Team Edward

I'm Awarding these 15 Blogs:

1. Aussie Book Shack
2. Book Sanctuary
3. Books 4 Teens
4. Do Not Disturb My Books
5. Feeling a Little Bookish
6. Hale & Salvatore Supernatural Must Reads
7. Locket Stories
8. Teen Fiction Cafe
9. That Bookish Girl
10. That Chick that Reads
11. The Babbling Bookworm
12. The Joys of Reading
13. Steph Short n Sweet
14. Poetry to Prose
15. Krystal McLaughlin

Spread the love!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday's Month In Retrospect - January 2011

It's that time of the month again!  Time to take a look back at the previous month and see what I considered the Best Ofs for what I read in January 2011.  Remember, these are my best ofs on books I read last month, regardless of release date.  Drumroll please!

Best Book I read last month:  (Tough choice this month since I read Across the Universe, and The Lipstick Laws last month, which I loved.  But in the end, the best book to me was....)
Delirium - Lauren Oliver
Release Date:  2/1/2011. 
Why it was my favorite: This was another dystopian, which I've discovered I love.  A better question would be what did I not love about this book.  Good romance, emotional book, smart, and inventive.
Reviewed:  Yes.  See review here.

Best Heroine:
Amy from Across the Universe by Beth Revis.
Why she's my favorite: She woke up to one of the most terrifying and difficult situations imaginable but she was strong.  I loved her inner strength and how smart she was.
Best Hero:
Delirium has it again with Alex.
Why he's my favorite: How could you not love him? He was kind, patient, and selfless.  What he does for the heroine in this story was beyond beautiful.

Best Villain:
Gotta hand it to Tyler and Becca from October Breezes by Maria Rachel Hooley.
What made them great villains:  What they were willing to do was unforgiveable, but at the same time, you can see it happening everyday, unfortunately.

Best Cover: (It's a tie!)

Why they're my favorites:  The Lipstick Laws is one of the most beautiful, eye-catching, and cute covers I've seen in a while.  I love the fact that it's for a debut book of 2011.  The House of Night series always seems to have amazing covers, but I love just the contrast between boy skin, tattoos, and those gorgeous black wings.

Those are my picks! Let me know if you'd like to participate and maybe I can make a meme out of it.  Until next month!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

In My Mailbox (5)


In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  I had a few cool additions this week, both purchased, and in galleys from NetGalley.com.
Purchased eBooks:



Dreamwalker by Maria Rachel Hooley
Read My Lips by Teri Brown
Timeless by Alexandra Monir



Free BN.COM Download:


The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson



Free Amazon.com Download:






Don't Die Dragonfly by Linda Joy Singleton











What's in your mailbox this week?




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