Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I am so very happy to be a part of Shannon Messenger's KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES blog tour, hosted by Mundie Moms today! I have an excerpt to share with you AND a giveaway to Shannon's young adult novel,
LET THE SKY FALL!
Keeper of the Lost Cities
by Shannon Messenger
Release date: October 2nd, 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster (Aladdin)
Genre: Middle Grade
"Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She's a Telepath - someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It's a talent she's never known how to explain.
Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there's a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.
Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come "home". There are secrets buried deep in Sophie's memory - secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans - that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.
In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.
"Makeovers?" Keefe scoffed behind them.
"You girls sure know how to have fun. Maybe you can braid each other's hair and giggle about boys while you're at it."
To see the tour schedule and gain more chances to win one of the giveaways,
please be sure to visit Mundie Mom's for all the details!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Shannon Messenger
LET THE SKY FALL!!!
Seventeen Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She's also a guardian - Vane's guardian - and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra's forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim - the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them - but the forbidden romance that's grown between them."
SO, what are you waiting on this week???
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
"I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish."
BOOK TRAILER - Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Alice is your typical teen, for the most part she is happy and loves her family, especially her little sister. And even though her father is 'disturbed and paranoid' and doesn't allow the family to do certain things because of it, she seems to handle it well... most of the time.
In a blink of an eye, Alice loses her family in a tragic car accident... was her father right? Were his nightmarish monster fears true?... but Alice is in too much pain to think twice about it. Her family is gone and now she has to go live with her grandparents in a neighboring town next to hers. Which also means she has to go to a new school, make new friends and try to live a life without her family. Without her little sister. She will just have to do what she can do for now...
Until she meets Cole.
The minute Alice's eyes land on Cole there is a fierce connection - but do not be discouraged, this is no insta-love in the making. This is something else, something more that needs to be figured out, and soon... it doesn't help that Cole is a badass with swoon-worthy good looks even with the tattoos and constant bruises. He is strong, a leader and will fiercely protect what is his. But don't let him fool you and push you away, there is a well-meaning and soft side to Cole that takes a while to poke into and get used to. He knows things, things that Alice has been guessing at and she needs him to tell her if she's right or if she is as crazy as her father was.
Alice is strong and an amazing heroine - she is not afraid to feel her sadness, do what's right, speak her mind and surprisingly, with all that she's been through and continues to go through, has an amazing sense of humor. She will not be told what to do nor be backed into a corner. She is prepared to fight back to honor her family and protect her new family and friends.
There is never a dull moment in 'Zombieland' - set at a great ongoing pace and never a predictable moment - the zombies are everywhere. And not in the way that you think they are. Few can see these zombies. And even fewer people can stop these zombies from killing, or worse, creating other zombies.
A zombie-story like no other! Gena Showalter met all of my 'Wonderland' expectations and gave me so much more! Whether your a fan of fairy-tales or gory zombies, this is definitely a book to read and add to your shelf!
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated in all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.
Monday, September 24, 2012
FAVORITE QUOTES from The Spindlers
"The world is a freak, she should have said.
Everything that happens in it is strange and beautiful."
~ Liza, The Spindlers, (ARC) page 83
"That is a human word," she said.
"And a very ugly one at that. We have no use for it Below."
~ Conversation between Liza and Mirabella, The Spindlers, (ARC) pages 126-127
"I didn't think that hope was something that grew," Liza said.
"Of course it grows," Mirabella said. "What else would it do? Sing?"
~ The Spindlers, (ARC) page 127
She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.
She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else."
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Sunday, September 23, 2012
What do you do to keep yourself from slump-ing???
I'm also participating in Tynga's "Stacking the Shelves" this week :)
- Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (YA)
- Entice by Jessica Shirvington (YA)
- Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss (MG)
What I bought/won...
- What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang (YA)
- Dear Teen Me: Author's Write Letters to Their Teen Selves by Numerous Authors (YA)
- Annie Bananie by Leah Komaiko (Childrens)
- Frankenweenie: A Novel by Elizabeth Rudnick (MG)
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Classic YA)
- Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Excerpt/YA)
- Every Day by David Levithan (YA)
- Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck (YA)
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver (YA)
- Leather Bracelet by BookFiend
- It's Paper Dear Planner and stuff by Zie of Darling Dear
Thank you to...
- Liz Fichera, author of Hooked (January 29th, 2013)
- Sourcebooks Fire and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
- Epic Reads
My current giveaways...
- Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster (Adult Steampunk Romance)
- The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (MG)
Friday, September 21, 2012
Jennifer L. Armentrout's third book in the Lux Series, Opal!!!
KISS OF STEEL, stop by for a quick interview!
A huge thank you to Bec McMaster for taking the time to interview with me! And a special thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for making it happen!
You can see MY REVIEW of KISS OF STEEL right here!!!
AND, please be sure to enter the giveaway below,
for your chance to win a copy of KISS OF STEEL!!!
When Nowhere is Safe…
But at what price?
- Prize being supplied by Sourcebook Casablanca.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
A NEW Anti-Bully and Inspirational Children's Series: The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends by Phyllis Cafaro
CAPTAIN McFINN AND FRIENDS.
It is targeted for children in grade levels Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade (ages 3-8).
All of the books artwork is bright, capturing, storytelling and, for lack of a better word, amazing! My boys (ages 6 and 8) thoroughly enjoyed Captain McFinn and his friends quick adventures. We read all three books together and within minutes after reading, both of my boys began to have their own little "fish adventures" and talk about how cool it would be to hangout with nice friendly fish, especially a shark that wasn't so nice but learned how to not only be nicer, but become a better friend.
Each book also has a section in front introducing each of the characters that will be in the story. And in the back, there is always a "fun fact" page teaching you different things about ocean-life and how to take care of it.
THE CAPTAIN McFINN MISSION:
"The vision of Captain McFinn and Friends is to inspire children to make a difference by doing their very best. Each adventure will show that by working together and taking responsibility for our actions and our environment, we can make the world a better place to live in, one child (and fish) at a time."
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
And the cover is lovely!
And from the summary, how has this Gabe guy 'defied' his parents by finding Sophie?
And why would HE find her for his brother???
Can't wait to find out!
What are you waiting on this week???
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.
Jennifer L. Armentrout always creates the most strongest and unique characters that always stay with me. The story starts out wonderfully and within the first few chapters, really builds up and takes off with a great ending that was quite satisfying but definitely has the potential to turn into a series - I really love that!
Ember's 5 year old little sister has the ability to bring people and animals back to life. And after a horrible car accident that kills Ember and her father, little Olivia was able to get to Ember, touch her, and bring her back to life. Ever since then, Ember has been "cursed" with the the ability to kill all living things with the slightest touch - whether she touches you or you accidentally bump into her, there is absolutely nothing that can save you. Imagine being a teen that not only has to cope with everything that she has lost, but keep on a brave face and have to force herself to move on for her little sisters well-being and safe-keeping? I was amazed on how well rounded Armentrout created Ember's character - we were able to see her at her most vulnerable typical teen state, to how she is coping with her new responsibilities and loss, how she deals with her "curse" and then eventually, her interest in Hayden.
Armentrout definitely knows how to create the most swoon-worthy love interests. Hayden is, of course, another strong male character who is genuinely caring and over-protective of his "family" and with Ember too. He may come off a bit creepy at first, but definitely likable. His abilities took me by surprise and are amazing. He is definitely one to keep your eye on. His family dynamic is unique and their abilities, although not surprising and a bit predictable, their personalities were right on target.
Although the story has somewhat been done before and was a bit predictable too, it did grab and hold my attention and I ended up reading the whole book within a day. There is a mystery going on, I just couldn't put it down. And it did help that the relationship growing between Ember and Hayden was different and very moving. We definitely need more Hayden's in this world...
Overall, I loved the entire story - it definitely gave me a 'X-Men' vibe with a contemporary mix and I really enjoyed all of the characters! I am definitely hoping that there will be a second book!... and soon!
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.