Showing posts from January, 2013

Review: The Edge of Never

The Edge of Never By J.A. Redmerski Published on November 15, 2012
Published by Createspace

Source: epub from author/blog tour Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors…

Who is Marcus Finch? Clue 8

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Unravel Me Chapter 62 Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Have you heard about Chapter 62 in Unravel Me yet?  Chapter 62 is where they... is where they... well, let's just say Chapter 62 made the ladies at Epic Reads do this:

Today we are lucky enough to have Tahereh Mafi answering one of our burning questions about Chapter 62:

Looking back, is there anything you would want to add in to make chapter 62 even steamier?

No -- I'm saving that for book three. he he.

No fair!!!  But we can't wait for Book 3!

Unravel Me By Tahereh Mafi Published on February 5, 2013
Published by Harper Teen
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilara…

Who is Marcus Finch? Clue 7

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Tutor's Daughter Tour

The Tutor's Daughter By Julie Klassen Published on January 2013
Published by Bethany House
Source: Blog Tour
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration? The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her. When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brothe…

Who is Marcus Finch? Clue 6

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Alone Yet Not Alone

Alone Yet Not Alone By Corinne Jackson Published on November 27, 2012
Published by Zonderkidz
Source: From Publisher for Review
The Leininger family settled deep within America's new frontier in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. A sudden Indian raid changed their lives forever. This story retells the heroic and daring escape of Barbara Leininger, and the touching reunion with her sister, Regina, after nine years. It also gives us an endearing portrayal of the love between family members and the strength of childhood memories. Father and Mother Leininger's commitment to 'hide' God's Word in the hearts of their children
Alone Yet Not Alone is the engaging story of two sisters that is set in my own area.  I grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania.  Our area is rich with history of the 1700s and 1800s.  I was constantly surrounded by historical stories and local lore.  I was instantly attracted to this novel because it was set in Pennsylvania.  It is story t…

Fang Girl

Fang Girl By Helen Keeble Published on September 11th, 2012
Published by: Harper Teen

Before you read the summary in pink...  read the review below!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:

1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn’t win you many friends.)
5) A psychotic vampire creator who’s using her to carry out a plan for world domination.

And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.

Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn’t quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined....

Helen Keeble’s riotous debut novel combines the humor of Vladimir Tod with Ally Carter’s spot-on teen voice. With a one-of-a-kin…

Who is Marcus Finch? Clue 5

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Dear Jane Austen.....

Dearest Jane,

Can I call you Jane?  I hope so because I feel like I have known you my entire life.  Do you realize how important you are?  Would it terrify you to know that you have set the standard for every relationship in my life and created the ideal man for me (and every other female out there)?

Pride and Prejudice- we go way back. Pride and Prejudice was the first book I bought for myself- more specifically THIS hot pink hardback version of Pride and Prejudice. It has held secret notes, important papers, and has been read so many times it no longer lays flat or even.  Pride and Prejudice was my entry into "classics" and made me fall in love with so many other books that I never would have bothered trying (including that OTHER Jane the Bronte sisters imagined up).

Lizzie Bennett is the ultimate heroine.  She is smart but not prideful, humble but willing to stand up for what and who she believes in, and is loyal …

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children By Kirstin Cronn-Mills Published on October 8, 2012
Published by: Flux
Source: Netgalley
"This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I'm Gabe. Welcome to my show."

My birth name is Elizabeth, but I'm a guy. Gabe. My parents think I've gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I'm right. I've been a boy my whole life.

When you think about it, I'm like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side--not heard as often, but just as good.

It's time to let my B side play. I am always anxious when reading "issues" books that have anything to do with gender, sexuality, or mental illness.  They're issues which are close to me personally and which I feel are really important to get right.  Getting them wrong is a disservice to readers in general, and to people who may identify with those characters in specific. …

Playing Hooky Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Have you heard of this book/ author?  I haven't but the synopsis sounds pretty awesome!  Check out the cover (its seems the new trend of covers for 2013 is flames- I like it!) and let me know what you think!

Valentine’s Day.
And my 21st birthday.
Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.
…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.
Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.
Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.
Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again.

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Full Blooded

Full Blooded By Amanda Carlson Published on September 11, 2012
Published by Orbit
Source: Netgalley
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s b…

Who is Marcus Finch? Clue 4

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What's Next?

So it's been quite a while since I've done one of these.  I finally have a bit of a break before I need to go back to reading stuff to meet some blog tour deadlines, though, so it's time!  And once again I've got too many choices, so I'm going to let you all pick for me.  Here are some of the things I've been waiting to have a chance to read:

Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.

An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to b…

Best Book Ever: Looking Forward to 2013

My to-read pile is toppling over, and that's just with books which have already come out.  So of course I wanted to find out what else I could add to the pile by asking our contributors what book they're most looking forward to in 2013.  Check out everyone's picks below, and add your favorite in the comments.

My pick is Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan (Book 2 in Lynburn Legacy).

I read UNSPOKEN about a month ago and if you live anywhere near me, converse with me online, or ending up behind me in the grocery store check-out line, you've heard how much I loved this book. I laughed so loud and so often that my poor husband (who was usually sleeping while I read) decided, "I either have to read this book or ban it from your night time reading." (He's currently chuckling through chapter six).

It was one of those books where I looked up the release date to the sequel as soon as I finished the last page. And then woke him up (again) to moan, "WHY IS SEPTEMBE…