Wednesday, August 31, 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 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: December 27, 2011
Why I love it: Good girl, bad
boy, forbidden love. Perfect combo!

Buy it on Goodreads.

Tuesday, August 30, 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:


Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris

Small blurb from Goodreads.com: Someone's been a very bad zombie.  Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human.

Teaser from page 215: "Principal Wasserman started in on the homecoming speech, which pretty much amounted to 'Blah blah spirit blah blah community blah blah I hope we actually win a game for once.' Well, he didn't say that last part, but I knew he was thinking it.  Everyone was thinking it, except me; I knew it wasn't going to happen, because our team was short a few fingers, half a scalp, and lord knew what else."

Share your teaser for this week!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: August 15, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?  - Goodreads.com

Where should I start?  Let me first praise the author.  Simone Elkeles is awesome.  Plain and simple.  Now I'll praise the book a little... this was a wonderfully fitting end to a fabulous series.  I hate that it's over.  I love the Fuentes boys so much, I am secretly hoping that she plans to write some stories about the children one day.  Ha!  Now for the the big praisehe....

What Simone Elkeles has done so well in this trilogy is create realistic characters who get themselves into some pretty dire circumstances where you want to bang their heads together, but at the same time you're pulling for them to figure it all out and pull themselves out.  The Fuentes brothers are some of my favorite male protagonists in YA fiction.  These are some sexy, badass dudes.  You just can't help but love them, even as you watch them make some bad choices.  Their hearts are good, their intentions are good, and they deserve more than the hand they've been dealt.  But this is the Fuentes brothers we're talking about... they'll figure it out and come out better for it. 

Amazingly, Elkeles is always able to dream up just the right heroine to complement each of them.  Whatever will challenge them most, that's what they get.  And together, the couples make some of the steamiest scenes in YA.  Great tension between the characters.  Makes for some memorable romance.

Luis and Nikki are no exception.  Luis was always somewhat in the background during the first two stories, and at times you felt that he was so sheltered from what his brothers were having to deal with that it is easy to assume that he'll escape their fate.  Not so.  Luis has to battle his fair share of the family legacy, and he surprised me a little bit with a couple of his choices.  Yet, at the same time, those bad choices seemed to be rather true to character.  Nikki and her issues broke my heart.  Together, these two are great.

I hope that Simone Elkeles puts out something new very, very quick!!  I'm looking forward to what she comes up with next.  I am sad this is over, but eagerly looking forward to the future.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox (33)



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

Here's what I got this week!



Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez



Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
You Against Me by Jenny Downham


Leave a comment and tell me what you got this week!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past. In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine. - Goodreads.com

I love debuts!  I love to see the product that a new author has put together to break out and start up a new and promising career.  This debut was no exception.

Skye was a character that sucked me in immediately.  She was self-sufficient but vulnerable.  A wonderful combination that made her interesting, sympathetic and endearing.  Especially when you consider that she's an orphan and has had to learn to deal with that and move on with her life.  She has a supportive friend system, and I have to admit I found it refreshing that the author didn't make Skye be a socially challenged person, geek, or someone who has few friends.  This girl is actually in the mainstream at her school.  I've read so many books that have overused that concept that it really is nice to see just a basic girl who has managed to carve out a good niche for herself among her school crowd.

Enter the two mysterious guys.  I have to admit, I really had a hard time figuring out which one I liked the most.  Just like Skye, I found myself thinking, "okay, Asher's my favorite" whenever there was a scene between the two of them.  But then, a chapter later she'd have a scene with Devin and I'd think "nope.. Devin's the one."   A love triangle is a powerful thing if done well.  I've read too many stories where the author was clearly trying to create a love triangle, but it fell short because adequate time wasn't spent developing the relationship on both sides.  So it was kind of predictable who would be picked and which one the girl really loved.  Not so with this story.  Careful attention was paid to both sides of this triangle, and the result was amazing tension, and me sitting here wondering who the heck she'll end up with. 

Aside from all that, the story was thoroughly engaging.  The concept is one I've seen done similarly before, but this author did it so well, that it seemed fresh and new.  Jocelyn Davies' writing was engrossing.  I felt like I was reading a story written by a seasoned pro with dozens of books under her belt.  It was not hard to see why HarperTeen snapped her up and gave her her launch.  Awesome job Jocelyn Davies!  I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy!!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Gotta Have It YA Releases: September 2011

A new month! New books to yearn for!! These are titles that I am salivating over and can't wait to get in September. I Gotta Have It!

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert (9/1/2011)
Between by Jessica Warman (9/1/2011)
Bloodborn by Karen Kincy (9/8/2011)



Indelible by Lani Woodland (9/27/2011)
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (9/5/2011)
End of Days (The Fallen 3) by Thomas E. Sniegoski (9/6/2011)



Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff (9/6/2011)
Damage by Anya Parrish (9/8/2011)
Pure Red by Danielle Joseph (9/8/2011)




Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey (9/8/2011)
The Centaur's Daughter by Ellen Jenson Abbott (9/28/2011)
Circle Nine by Anne Heltzel (9/13/2011)



After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel (9/5/2011)
Fateful by Claudia Gray (9/13/2011)
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (9/13/2011)



You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis (9/13/2011)
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott (9/15/2011)
Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett (9/19/2011)



The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (9/20/2011)
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (9/27/2011)
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (9/27/2011)


The Vision by Jen Nadol (9/27/2011)
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (9/27/2011)
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (9/27/2011)


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (9/27/2011)
If I Die by Rachel Vincent (9/20/2011)
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan (9/27/2011)



The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (9/29/2011)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (9/29/2011)


Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what.  When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her before...in his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.  Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death... - Goodreads.com

This was one of the more unique ideas I've seen in a while.  It was unusual, and I loved how the author was able to meld the human world with another dimension.  It needed a careful balance and she did a super job moving back and forth between the two without things becoming overwhelming or confusing.

Dylan was a very interesting character.  His mother was never a very good mother, and Dylan's character grows out of these unusual circumstances and makes him a little reticent, but also very self-sufficient.  At first he's kind of closed off, and it was rewarding getting to see him come out of his shell and blossom a little bit. 

Although there is a romance in the story, as he and Kera have dreamed of each other for years until they finally find each other, the romance was more secondary to me, secondary to the characters and plot.  I found it more interesting watching Dylan open up, find friends, and learn relationships, and who he truly is. 

The elements of this other world are dangerous and surprising.  Dylan gets his first glimpse into he might be, and what he's capable of.  There will be a sequel, and I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress from here.  A great start by Shea Berkley.

Wednesday, August 24, 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 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: January 3, 2012
Why I love it: Girl is enticed
into the underworld by a sexy immortal
guy.  Interesting.

Buy it on Goodreads.

Tuesday, August 23, 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:


The Marked Son by Shea Berkley


Small blurb from Goodreads.com: Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what.  When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her before...in his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.  Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death...

Teaser from page 5: "She's suddenly beside me, beautiful beyond words, her long, dark hair spilling over her should as she bends to touch my hand.  Her cool fingers rest more like mist than flesh in my palm.  The rough corset she's wearing cinches the fabric snug to her hips.  She's got a definite Victorian vibe going on, but it suits her.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't like it."

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Hidden by Jessica Verday

The Hidden by Jessica Verday
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: SimonPulse

A love that knows no bounds.  Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for?  - Goodreads.com

This is a worthy ending to a great trilogy.  Jessica Verday's final installment wrapped things up neatly, with her usual excellent writing and with some unexpected turns along the way.

By the time this one begins, Abbey and Caspian have already come far in their story and in their relationship, but there is so much further to go.  These two, who are supposed to complete each other with Abbey's death, are having to run from Vincent, who is doing everything he can to keep Abbey alive so that she has no chance of completing Caspian.

The great things about the story, of course, include the characters.  Jessica Verday has done a great job creating characters that you really care about, who are sympathetic, strong, and unique.  Abbey's and Caspian's ordeal is a unique one, as is the setting of The Hollow, where the Headless Horseman still lives.  Creativity, characterization, and romance are the driving factors in this story, and the weave together well to create a great story, and a fabulous ending.

I can't really give any specifics, because it would spoil it all for you.  Suffice it to say that this was a good ending, albeit with some unexpected twists at the end.  Fans will be very happy!

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