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Dragonswood

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Dragonswood By Janet Lee Carey To be published on January 2012 Published by Dial







Summary taken from Goodreads:
Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor hum…

Born Wicked ARC

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Born Wicked By Jessica Spotswood To be published on February 7th 2012  Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers 







Summary taken from Goodreads: Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely uns…

Bewitching ARC

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Bewitching By Alex Flinn Published by Harper Teen To be Published on March 2012






Summary taken from Goodreads:
Kendra Hilferty, the witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries. (Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in "Hansel and Gretel," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Little Mermaid"-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know! Kendra's reminiscences are wrapped around a real-time version of "Cinderella," except the "ugly" stepsister is the good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.


I haven't read any books by this author before- what was I thinking?  This was f…

Love on the Line

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Love on the Line By Deanne Gist Published on Published by Bethany House







Summary taken from Goodreads:
In 1904 Texas Ranger Luke Palmer arrives in Brenham, Texas, with one goal—to capture the gang of outlaws led by Frank Comer. Undercover as a telephone repairman, he uses his days on the range to search, not realizing there's another pair of eyes watching him. Georgie Gail, switchboard operator and birder, heads out on a birding expedition, but instead of sighting a painted bunting, her opera glasses capture her telephone man, armed and far away from telephone lines. Palmer is forced to take this alluring troublemaker into his confidence and unwittingly puts her in harm's way. The closer he comes to the gang, the further she works her way into his heart—and into trouble. Soon it's more than just love that's on the line.

Like all of the author's other books, this book was incredibly satisfying.  Deanne Gist has a beautiful way of creating characters that are lik…

The Catastrophic History of You and Me ARC

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The Catastrophic History of You and Me By Jess Rothenberg Published by Dial To be Published on January 2012






Summary taken from Goodreads:
Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces? 

So Lauren Oliver bl…

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Winner of the Poison Diaries is Molly from Reviews by Molly!
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Don't forget- there are currently 5 winners for my Followers giveaway!  Although I won't be adding any more winners- you can still enter to win one of 5 prizes!

In My Mailbox IMM

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For review from the Publisher:
The Beautiful Wife Envy
For Review from Around the World Tours: Born Wicked The Catastrophic History of You and Me Bewitching Dragonswood (not pictured)

Thank you to the publishers and authors who provided these books!
In news for this week:
Reviews to be posted:
Love on the Line, Catastrophic History of You and Me, Everneath, Born Wicked, Bewitching, Dragonswood, Torrent, Cascade

Don't forget- My Thanksgiving giveaway ends TODAY and my 300 (now more like 500 follower) giveaway ends this week! Happy reading!


PS-  You WILL want to check back on Thursday- I am starting a new guest feature and I have some TOTALLY AWESOME bloggers and writers taking part! 

Paranormal Turkey Tour

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Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Nothing says the holidays like sitting around a fully decked out dining room table with mouthwatering temptations waiting to be gobbled up. Everyone waits anxiously for the big reveal… the turkey!

Lovingly prepared since early that morning, the turkey is brought out in a covered, silver serving platter. Aunt Edith smacks little Tommy's hand as he attempts to steal a candied yam dripping with marshmallow. The collective breath is held as the silver cover is removed… revealing… a zombie turkey!

What—what? That's right folks, this year, we are celebrating this American holiday paranormal style. And what says paranormal holiday better than a walking, talking zombie turkey?

This zombie turkey brings you important tidings of great prizes that shall be for all people… who participate and win of course.

November 25-27 you could win up to $200 in prizes!


Three days. Four YA paranormal books. Five chances to win!And who are these crazy paranormal authors? Check them…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

May your tummies be full May your naps be long May your football team win May you get great shopping deals and may you give thanks for what you have!


I am so thankful for all of my readers- thank you for your comments, your tweets, and the fact that you stick around.  I never thought I would have 50 followers and over 500 blows me away!  I am so thankful for the community of readers I have found online.

Have a very happy and blessed Thankgiving!



The Magnolia League

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The Magnolia League By Katie Crouch Published by Poppy Published on May 2011







Summary taken from Goodreads:
After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alex Lee must leave her home in northern California to live with her wealthy grandmother in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful, if unwilling, member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's long-standing debutante society. She quickly discovers that the Magnolias have made a pact with a legendary hoodoo family, the Buzzards. The Magnolias enjoy youth, beauty and power. But at what price?

As in her popular adult novels, Crouch's poignant and humorous voice shines in this seductively atmospheric story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city.


I really wanted this book to take off.  I loved the idea of having a society full of secrets, of magic, and of historical themes.  This book had all of these things. 


What this book didn't have- was depth.  I know, that is harsh, and I don't mean …

A Long Long Sleep

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A Long Long Sleep By Anna Sheenan Published by Candlewick Published on August 2011






Summary taken from Goodreads:
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril. Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile ne…

All These Things I've Done

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All These Things I've Done By Gabrielle Zevin Published September 27th 2011  Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux 







Summary Taken from Goodreads: In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family. 

I wasn't sure what to think about this book.  I knew it was a sort…

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In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.



For Review:
F.A.I.R.I.E.S ARC by (Thank you to the author) A Temptation of Angels ARC by Michelle Zink (Thank you to the author and Library Thing) The Dragon of Chirl by Donita K Paul (Thank You Waterbrook) Austentatious ARC by Alyssa Goodnight (Thank you Alyssa!) (So excited for this one!!!)


From the Library:


(Can you see my son's pirate ship making its way into the picture?  He wanted so badly to be in it and kept laying on the books so I would take his picture!)
The Near Witch Crescendo (I totally realized after I brought this home... I have already read it- DUH!) The Scorpio Races Cascade Torrent


Only a week or so left on my Followers giveaway and we are very close to adding another winner!  Make sure to check out my giveaways above!
Happy reading!
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Q: Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas! Let's see.... I would love to have the rest of the Hunger Games Trilogy (I only have the first one).  I would love to have Liesel and Po, City of Fallen Angels, A Touch Mortal (and Morbid), and every book written by Maria V Snyder :) Don't forget to stop by my giveaways (Upper Right hand corner!)  I am giving away a box of books in your favorite genre (already have 2 winners, I will add another at 450 followers!).  I am also giving away the first book in the Poison Diaries series (no hoops to jump through!)Great to see you!  Comment below and I will follow you back!

Touch of Power ARC

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Touch of Power By Maria V. Snyder Published by Mira To be published on December 20, 2011






Summary from Goodreads:
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...

What else is there to say?  Put this review dow…

Gratitude Giveaways Hop- US/ CA only

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Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaway Hop!  I am offering up a fun book today:

The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood, The Duchess of Northumberland Plus a huge pack of Swag from upcoming 2012 (Winter 2011 also) releases!)

In the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love . . . Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure -- or kill. When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined . . .






I am making this giveaway EASY!  You only have one thing to do- follow me via GFC!
That's it!  Mark the Rafflecopter below that you did it and you are good to go and ready to hop on to th…

Incarnate ARC review

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Incarnate By Jodi Meadows To be Published on January 2012 Published by Harper Collins Children's Books







Summary from Goodreads:
NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave h…

Carrier of the Mark

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Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon Published October 4, 2011 Published by Harper Teen







Summary Taken from Goodreads:
Their love was meant to be. When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs. But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

Whew is Megan Rosenberg a kick-butt heroine!  She is awesome, strong, and holy cow don't make her angry!  
I have to say, I did have a little trouble getting into this book.  I loved the premise of it -especially that it took place in Ireland.  It just didn't feel new for me.  I felt like I had read this storyline before.  (Girl moves to a new place, meets hunky …

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In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted over at The Story Siren :)

This week was a pretty simple week for me (I have banned myself from accepting anymore books for right now- I am a little overwhelmed!)
ARC Tour:
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (read this one already, the review should be up soon!)
Library:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
From the Author for Review:

The Dig by Audrey Hart


~~~~~~  Don't forget to enter my 300 follower giveaway up at the top of the site, under the giveaways tab!~~~~~


Reviews to go up this week:  Incarnate,  Touch of Power, Carrier of the Mark, The Protectors, Bloodlines, Everneath, and Flame of Surrender

Happy Reading!

Darker Still ARC Review

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Darker Still By Leanna Renee Heiber Published by Sourcebooks Fire Published on November 2011






Summary taken from Goodreads:
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing... Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.


Creepy and hauntingly wonderful.  I loved this book!  Darker Still ties in the stories of Dorian Gray and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the late 1800's.  It intertwines the gothic horror stories with a sweet …

The Merchant's Daughter

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The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson Published by Zondervan Published on November 29, 2011












Summary taken from Goodreads:
An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice.Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has…

Emotionally Charged

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Emotionally Charged By Selina Fenech Published on November 1, 2011 Published by Faeries and Fantasy Pty, Ltd.






Summary taken from Goodreads:
Livvy always dreamed of the day when a rich, handsome hero would appear and whisk her away from her mundane life. She never thought she would be the one doing the saving.

Reading the emotions of people around her is easy for Livvy. When an earthquake strikes her city, a supernaturally attractive group of rescuers show her that her power goes beyond that. She’s now one of them. Special. But the dream life she’s been swept into seems too easy, and soon turns into a nightmare.

Emotionally Charged is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy for Young Adults by Selina Fenech. The story is a Novella (shorter than a full length novel, but longer than a short story).





This is the first Novella I have read.  I wasn't sure what to expect (other than it would be shorter than a complete novel).  I expected not to know as much about the characters and for th…