Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks choice is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. It releases March 2nd. (Next tuesday!!!)

When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-Gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard. Three powerful enemies who look like supermodels; a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock; a creepy, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all prodigium, especially her.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (3)

I know, its late, but its still Tuesday here!

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.



Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

"Did you just . . . did you just kill Sonny Lavinski?" Scarlett asked.
"Kind of," He admitted.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Review: Strange Angels - Lili St. Crow

 

Title: Strange Angels
Author: Lili St. Crow
Released: May 14th 2009
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 293

Summary from Goodreads:
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?
I picked this book up randomly. I had no idea what to really expect. Sadly, it was not one of my favorites. I couldn't relate to Dru at all. I also had a hard time getting through the book because it was very slow moving. There was so much of the dialogue that just didn't seem like characters of that age would speak like that. The climax of the book was anticlimactic. It took almost the entire book to actually have something happening & then it just ended. Nothing was really resolved.

I did love Dru's Dad. I loved their relationship. I loved how she always heard things he's said in her head as clearly as if he was standing next to her saying it. I also really liked Graves. He was a character who seemed to do & say things I would expect from someone like him.

I am going to read the next book in the series. Hopefully I'll like it a little better.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

In My Mailbox (4)

This weeks is a little early, because I will be slave to my homework tomorrow.

IMM is brought to you by Kristi at the The Story Siren.

This week I only bought one book.
 
Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
 
 
I got these 3 from my friend Tiger.
 
Unbound by Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, & Jocelynn Drake
 

Some Girls Bite & Friday Night Bites (Chicago Land Vampires 1 & 2) by Chloe Neil
 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks feature is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It will be out March 2nd.
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High, from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12 should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Fortunately, she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
If you're interested in this book, Sharon is holding a huge preorder contest.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (2)

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.
 
 
Violet screamed at the same time Jay reached her and saw what she was looking at. He wrapped his arms around her from behind & dragged her away in search of help.
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (Pg 61)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Review: Suite Scarlett - Maureen Johnson

From Maureen's site:

The Hopewell Hotel is small Art Deco “jewelbox” in New York City. The hotel has a grand past, but a somewhat dusty and broken present, with pigeons breaking into the rooms, chandeliers with more cobweb than glass, and constantly exploding toilets. Guests are rare, but it does have one constant set of inhabitants... the Martin family.
Scarlett Marin is the third of the four Martins. Scarlett is fifteen, blonde, and broke. Her friends are gone for the summer. And she’s got this one curl that exists just to stab her in the eye and blind her. Welcome to her life... (For more click here.)
Summary from B&N:
Her new summer job comes with baggage.


Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings - Spencer, Lola, and Marlene.

When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson.

Scarlett doesn't quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.
My Thoughts:
I loved this book. From the realistic portrayal of family interaction to the crazy antics of Mrs. Amberson, I was hooked. I kept reading to see what was going to go wrong next, or what Scarlett would be doing for Mrs. Amberson next. I loved Eric, with his southern charm & manners. I'm still mad at him though. You'll have to read the book if you want to find out why. If I were to pick one boy out of this story for me, I'd have to go with Scarlett's brother, Spencer. He's one of those charismatic characters that make you want to be there while he's practicing so you can have a good laugh. He seems like an all round sweet guy. I thought the characters were very well written. This is a story that is very character driven.

The sequel came out Feb 1st & I'm dying to read it!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Maggie gives away Linger!

Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.




At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.



Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.



Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie's blog.

Contests I think You'll Like (2)

I only do this once in awhile & I have a ton to add to the post.
Keep an eye out, I'll be adding links throughout the day/week/month.

Sharon Loves Books & Cats is hosting a *HUGE* Before I Fall purchase contest! (3/14)

Em @ Twisted Fates' Cafe is hosting a Book Giveaway for Charity (2/28)

The Undercover Book Lover's Birthday Bash (3/10)

Lena's Valentine's Giveaway (2/28)

 Fire & Ice has several contests going right now, they are on the right side, right below the blog button.

Tiger is giving away The Body Finder (Signed ARC) & Firespell  (2/29)

Eve's Fan Garden is giving away Bleeding Violet (Noon, 2/24)

Shannon is giving away Wake, Fade & Gone. All are signed (11:59 pm PST on Friday, 2/26)

In my Mailbox (3)

IMM is brought to you by http://www.thestorysiren.com/.

The Body Finder (ARC) - Kimberly Derting (from Princess Bookie)


Betrayals - Lili St Crow

Unknown - Rachel Caine

Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson

Bran Hambric signed poster from Sourcebooks

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Twisted Thursday (2)

Its Thursday again. Which means I'm blogging over at Twisted Fates' Cafe.
Today I talk about Paramore, my excitement of The Body Finder & Authorpalooza.
See my post here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In My Mailbox (2)

IMM is brought to you by Kristi at the The Story Siren.

This week was a good one, partially due to Authorpalooza. (Which will have its own post.)
It is always also a late one due to homework keeping me preoccupied.

Books that actually did come in the mail:

The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger


Magic Under Glass - Jaclyn Dolamore


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe (ARC from the fabulous Myra McEntire)

Princess for Hire bookmarks from Lindsey Leavitt

From Authorpalooza:

The Hunt for Dark Infinity (The 13th Reality #2) - James Dashner

The Dark Divine - Bree Despain (for friends)

The Way He Lived - Emily Wing Smith

The Hourglass Door - Lisa Mangum

Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George

My Fairy Grandmother - Aubrey Mace

Various bookmarks

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks WOW is Lisa Mantchev's Perchance to Dream. It is book 2 in the Théâtre Illuminata series. Its release date is May 25th 2010.

 Summary (from Goodreads):

The stuff that dreams are made on.


Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.

Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY

But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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.

I didn't even hear the shots, though they must have been deafening. All I heard was my own sobs.
From pg. 45 of Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Thursday, February 4, 2010