Friday, September 30, 2011

Gotta Have It YA Releases: October 2011

A new month! New books to yearn for!! These are titles that I am salivating over and can't wait to get in October 2011. Gotta Have It!

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday  (10/1/2011)
Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca FitzPatrick (10/4/2011)
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones (10/4/2011)



The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon  (10/4/2011)
Lost In Time (Blue Bloods 6) by Melissa de la Cruz (10/4/2011)
The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry (10/4/2011)


Bunheads by Sophie Flack (10/10/2011)
Awake At Dawn (Shadow Falls #2) by C.C. Hunter (10/11/2011)
The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas (10/11/2011)


The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner (10/11/2011)
Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert (10/8/2011)
David by Mary Hoffman (10/11/2011)


Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe (10/13/2011)
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3) by Kami Garcia (10/18/2011)
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel (10/18/2011) 


You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (10/25/2011)
Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore (10/25/2011)
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin (10/25/2011)


Destined (House of Night #9) by P.C and Kristin Cast (10/25/2011)




Thursday, September 29, 2011

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Release Date: May 23, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.  Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.  In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.  - Goodreads.com

This is one of the more interesting dystopians I've ever read because I could so clearly see how the world is already well on its way to becoming like the one described in this book.  Technology is an awesome thing, but cell phones, iPads, computers, the internet and social networking has exploded so much and has chipped away a great deal on our time to spend amongst living, breathing people.  It's really not unrealistic all to imagine a world like the one in Awaken.  And it all started with parents wanting to keep children safe from a rapidly violent school life.  Isn't it funny how a lot of really bad ideas come from good intentions?

Maddie lives in this world, is completely disconnected from real socialization, much as everyone else is.  And worse, her father is the "father" of this new way of life.  So when she gets drawn out to meet a guy she met online, she discovers a whole other world out there and is slowly pulled from her "online living" into actual life.  The book was aptly named, because watching Maddie reconcile this new experience is like watching someone awaken to something they thought of as a dream.

The romance in this story was good, although I felt it could have been developed a bit more.  I would keep in mind though that there is going to be a sequel to this, so I believe we're going to get to see a lot more development.  This was an excellent debut book from Katie and I am looking forward to the sequel.

Great job on the characters, and awesome job on the world-building.  This was a very enjoyable read!

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Wednesday, September 28, 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: October 4, 2011
Why I love it: A move to
Ireland! A mysterious boy!

Buy it on Goodreads

Tuesday, September 27, 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:


 
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Small blurb from Goodreads.com: I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.  Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.  While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.

Teaser from page 174: "He was watching something. I saw nothing but the grass that waved and rolled languidly with each swell, like a woman's long hair.  He stayed still a second longer and then shook his head and began to kick again.  Directly below me a bright orange Garibaldi darted out from under a rock overhang and swam right under me like I was invisible.  That wouldn't have been what my dad was looking for, and I wondered for a second what else he had seen."

Share your teaser for this week!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance. - Goodreads.com

I don't see a whole abundance of mermaid books out there, so whenever I find one, I usually pick them up and this one was a great pick.  Most of the times, mermaids are glamorized in books, so this one was kind of refreshing, as Tempest discovers that being a mermaid can create some real danger to those around her, as well as herself.  A legacy left by her mother, Tempest must come to terms with this side of herself, and she doesn't want to.  But there's no denying that she's drawn to the ocean.

I felt so bad for her at times, because although she's drawn to the ocean, she remembers what it was like to be abandoned by a mother who chose the ocean over her.  This still hurts, and so it's hard for her to reconcile that this is also a part of her.  The choice isn't as cut and dried as she thought though.  When Kai is threatened, she doesn't hesitate to jump into the ocean and try to follow him and rescue him, despite the fact that there's an entity in the ocean that has been trying to lure her, probably to kill her, up until now.

The romance between her and Kai was magical and little steamy even. Just as I like it.  The underwater adventures were thrilling to read, and the book was just plain enthralling and exciting.  This author's writing absorbed me, and was so beautifully done.  I pretty much devoured the book in one sitting.  This was definitely worth the time!!

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In My Mailbox (37)


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

Here's what I got this week!


Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald

The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.  They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, risking her reputation for some guy - some guy who is forty minutes late. And shy, studious, über-planner Meg never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls and one unforgettable prom night.  - Goodreads.com

This is one of those books that was just really fun to read.  I've been on something of a contemporary kick lately.  I must be in the mood for fun, light reads filled with regular teen angst and interesting situations.  This book definitely had that.  This is told in first person in alternating points of view between Bliss, the popular one who just found out her boyfriend is making out in the limo with her best friend at prom, Jolene, the bad girl who carries a torch for an equally bad boy, and Mary, the good girl who is used to being invisible.

Most of the time, you would think there's no way, in real life, that these three would ever team up on anything.  So I was a little skeptical when I sat down and started reading this book.  It turned out be great though.  The author did a wonderful job making this scenario believeable, with believable reasons for why these three would band together on prom night.

The book and its conflicts were simple, nothing complicated, but it was a wonderful read, as the author did such a good job of character building.  These three girls have one long adventurous night that leaves them changed forever, for the better, as they each learn a lesson that shows them what's really important and what isn't.  The book had adventure, comedy, and romance mixed together so well that you just couldn't help getting swept away.  It was highly enjoyable!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Torn by Erica O'Rourke

Torn by Erica O'Rourke
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Kensington

Everyone has secrets.  Even best friends.  Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the 'L', a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it's directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn't pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, "Run, Mo!"
Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?  - Goodreads.com

Well, that's a good question.  Which one?  The author did a really good job keeping you liking both guys, but I have to admit I felt pulled more toward Colin.  I don't know... there's just something about the whole slightly older guy thing that really appeals to me.  Although I did like Luc also!  Don't get me wrong.  This would have been a tough choice.

I liked Mo a lot, as a character.  It was interesting to see a story where the main heroine wasn't the one who could do magic, make extraordinary things happen, etc... Mo is very ordinary.  So when she gets thrown into this world of danger and magic, it made the story a lot more interesting, because she is having to learn to cope with something she's never seen before, and never believed in.

The only thing I found to be a little too predictable was who the villain turned out to be.  I saw that coming a mile away, but it was still a surprise to see how deeply betraying that person was.  And Mo's uncle...  wow.  That brings another layer of fascination to the story that I didn't expect.

But it all keeps coming back to Colin and Luc.  This was the most interesting part of the story to me.  I felt like it was the driving factor of the story, at least to me.  And yes, she does pick one over the other at the end, but this is the first of a series.  So I'm not sure she'll end up with him in the long run.  We'll just have to see.

All in all, a great start to a series, and I am definitely looking forward to the next one.

Wednesday, September 21, 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: September 29, 2011
Why I love it: Jack the Ripper
in modern time.  Intriguing!

Buy it on Goodreads

Leave a comment and share your WoWs.

Tuesday, September 20, 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 Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald

Small blurb from Goodreads.com: Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald. They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, risking her reputation for some guy - some guy who is forty minutes late. And shy, studious, über-planner Meg never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls and one unforgettable prom night.
 
Teaser from page 59: "There's this one song that gets it just right, a guy singing about a dark windless night, and how a song can just surround you, punching right through your mind, pumping in your blood.  Moments like that, I feel as thought everything gets stripped away--school, Mom, all that endless work for grades and application essays--and there's nothing left but the core of who I am, so I can finally knows myself.  Like myself, even."

Share your teaser for this week!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Your future is not your own... "We wanted to know what makes a good kid good and a bad kid bad. Can you blame us for that? We found an astoundingly, marvelously simple answer: The brain isn't so much a complicated machine as it is a crystal ball. If you look into it, you will see everything you want to know."  -Dr. Mark Miliken, senior researcher at Utopia Laboratories.  Who will it be?   Will the head cheerleader get pregnant?   Is the student council president a secret drug addict?  The whole school is freaking out about PROFILE, an experimental program that can predict students' future behavior. The only question Daphne wants answered is whether Jesse will ask her out...but he's a Predicted, and there's something about his future he's not telling her. - Goodreads.com

This one had an interesting take on the whole dystopian thing.  Most dystopians I've read are set way into the future and show how societies have evolved over time into something constrained and suffocating.  This one was different in the sense that it doesn't really take place in the future.  This could happen now.  That possibility made the story all the more disturbing because I could so imagine it being introduced now.

I can definitely understand how PROFILE came into being.  It may have started with good motives... to keep their children safe from things like school shootings... but it encroaches on the rights of other teens in order to ensure safety from such occurrences.  This was a very smart book that makes you think.  It was a lot more complicated and thoughtful than what I was expecting from the back cover copy, and it introduces some interesting moral dilemmas.  In order to keep children safe, do you sacrifice their freedoms and basic right to acceptance?  Or do you allow segregation where those predicted to have possible violent tendencies in the future are made to be outed and separate?

Daphne's having feelings for a Predicted boy puts her in a unique position to understand the wrongness of this.  Jesse is a good guy, who even saves her from a school shooter, but because he is "predicted", shown in his profile to be someone who has the capacity to commit violent crime, he's lumped in with all the others and segregated.  Kids who used to eat lunch and hang out alongside these kids now speak of them as if they were a subspecies, or something to be feared.  And the parents are just as bad.  The question, though, is just because someone is profiled to be capable of violent crime, does it automatically follow that they will commit that crime?

Again, this was a very thought-provoking book.  I enjoyed it very much!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

In My Mailbox (36)


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

Here's what I got this week!



The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald




Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore


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



Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Release Date: September 5, 2011
Publisher: Poppy

Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.  Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming. - Goodreads.com

Woah, woah, woah!!  Hold the phone.  Yes, I'm on a contemporary kick lately, and I know not everyone's a fan, but I have to tell you that if you don't pick up this book, you'll regret it.  This has got to be one of the sexiest YA books I've ever read, and one of the most unique stories.  It's based on Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, an old Greek comedy, and Kody Keplinger did such a great job translating that to the 21st century.  And need I remind you that Kody Keplinger's first book The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) was written when she was only 17 years old.  Now about 19, she's written us another awesome book that is so authentic, real and honest.

When Lissa starts her little sex rebellion, all the other girls are with her, and she thinks this won't be so hard to get through... it's all to get her boyfriend to pay attention to her, and to get all the boys to stop this rivalry before someone gets seriously hurt.  Of course, she didn't factor into her plan the fact that she's got an insane attraction to Cash, who is NOT her boyfriend.

Without giving anything away, I'll just say that Lissa finds it very difficult to survive through her mind and keep herself under control.  This is one of those stories where you could have just cut the attraction in the air with a knife.  Sorry, but I'm girly, and I absolutely adore stories like that.  I am a sucker for a good romance, and boy this was it!

This was fun, honesty, a little gritty, and very sexy.  I find myself really looking forward to Kody Keplinger books to come out.  And yes, I'm eagerly anticipating her next one.  Awesome!!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cross My Heart by Katie Klein

Cross My Heart by Katie Klein
Release Date: March 14, 2011
Publisher: Kindle eBook

True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past-a reputation-and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there's no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love. As they bond over Edith Wharton's tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the "bad boy" vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own "good girl" image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype. Still, Jaden can't shake the feeling that there's more to Parker than he's letting on. He's hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she's grown to love with the person he really is. Because it's possible that his life inside the classroom-everything Jaden knows-is one, massive lie.  - Goodreads.com

What a surprise this book was.  I wasn't sure what it would be like, so it's not like I had a bunch of pre-conceived notions about it.  What I got was so much more than my expectations though.  I found myself absolutely engrossed in this story and adoring its characters.

Jaden is one of those fully focused high school girls who has a plan for everything.  She's the one that is involved in every tiny little committee or extracurricular activity, and you wonder how she has the time and energy for all of it.  She's Harvard bound... that is, as soon as she gets her acceptance letter, but there's no question that she will.  Parker is, of course, the exact opposite of her.  He's a loner, has no friends, talks to no one, and even though he's smarter than people think, Jaden has to spend time with him to discover that fact.  You would think these two have nothing in common, and really, other than finding an intellectual connection Jaden didn't expect, they do have nothing in common.

You would think this would mean the story, their relationship, would play out in a much contrived way, but the exact opposite is true.  These characters were drawn together inexplicably, but it was very naturally done, beautiful written, and unique.  This is one of those books that doesn't have a whole lot of external conflict going on.  It's almost completely character driven, and you would think this would make it boring, but not at all.  Their connection was so natural, so sexy and intriguing, and the sexual tension between them so thick, that you just couldn't help but speed through the pages.

Towards the end of the story, a little unexpected plot twist occurs that introduces some external conflict, and with it comes a surprising discovery that I never saw coming.  This was a great story, wonerfully written by an obviously talented author!  I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to read a satisfying, sexy but emotionall yromanctic story.  I'm definitely looking for more by this author.  I'm a fan now.

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Wednesday, September 14, 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: February 24, 2012
Why I love it: Sequel to
Dead Beautiful!  Can't wait!!!

Buy it on Goodreads.
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