In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog.
My week was great I just hope that I am able to read all of them soon.


The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with "the dust of one hundred dogs," dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body-with her memories intact.

Now she's a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.



City of Glass By Cassandra Clare (ARC)

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

This ARC trade was made possible by Karin's Book Nook. Thank you, a million times thank you!!

Hot Mess: Summer in the City by Julie Kraut & Shallon Lester (ARC)

EMMA FREEMAN IS waving buh-bye to her standard summer of stationwagoning around the suburbs. This summer she’s heading to the big city. Emma’s totally prepped for days at a fabulous internship and nights of socialite-ing around town. But when you’re 17 and not an heiress, reality is far from pink fizzy drinks and red velvet ropes. As the summer heats up, Emma learns that glamour is hard to come by when your only friend is too boy-crazy to hang, your budget is more H&M than D&G, and you spend 8 hours a day working for a man who proves that the devil wears Dockers too. Add one little white lie told to one very hot coworker and a roommate who makes Paris Hilton look junior varsity, and this summer in the city is starting to turn into one hot mess.

I have to thank Claire at Bookworm Readers blog for this contest win. Thank you!!

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so fifteen-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza's world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Corn resists being harvested; dandelions have thorns. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Still Liza feels safe. Her father is strong and has protected their town by laying down strict rules. Among them: Any trace of magic must be destroyed, no matter where it is found.

Then Liza's sister is born with faerie-pale hair, clear as glass, and Liza's father leaves the baby on a hillside to die. When her mother disappears into the forest and Liza herself discovers she has the faerie ability to see --into the past, into the future--she has no choice but to flee. Liza's quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr (ARC)

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

This ARC trade was made possible by Karin's Book Nook. Thank you, Thank you!!

This week was amazing for me, much awaited novels came into my possession due to finding someone that wanted to trade ARC's and I am so very grateful. :)

Review: CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare

CITY OF GLASS is the third novel in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and you will not be disappointed in this final installment by Cassandra Clare. In fact, you will be taken on the roller coaster adventure of your literary experience.

Buckle yourself in for your ride as you begin City of Glass. It commences several days after The CITY OF ASHES ends. Clary and her family (brother Jace) and friends (the Lightwoods) must travel to the city of Alicante, the ancesteral home of all Shadow hunters. Clary's focus on going to Alicante is to find the person that can "help" her mother awaken from her coma like state, a fact that is supplied by her mother's friend Madeline. The problem with this scenario is that Jace believes that Idris, the beautiful city of glass, is too dangerous a place for Clary and will stop at nothing to keep her from going, even if that means that he has to lie to her and needs to enlist in Simon's help to achieve it. What happens next will leave you white knuckling your book and breathless and you take your first plunge, and just think your ride has only begun.

Clary soon realizes that she has been lied to and left behind and when no one will help her, she decides to use her special powers to enter into the city because she refuses to be a bystander. This action makes her an outlaw in Alicante for you CANNOT enter the city of Idris without permission, thus she ends up in a situation that nearly kills her. Luckily she has Luke to help her, but remember that he is a down worlder and his presence in Alicante is not good news....can you feel the bumpiness of the ride ahead? I know I felt some chills of dread.

When Clary is finally within the city walls of Idris and in company of Jace and the others, it is to find the city under much duress and weary over the impending threat of Valentine's wrath. This sickening doom cause Jace and Clary to investigate a "vision" and spend time together, moments that only seems to cause more heartache and confusion to an already forbidden relationship. Not to mention that a new character draws Clary to him and his presence will forever change how Clary feels about Jace. These moments are the G-force emotions that leave your heart in your stomach and screaming AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! as you travel the loops this gigacoaster of an amazing story offers you.

Jace's story is such a driving force in this book, his character devlopment makes your heart ache for him. His inner struggle, the reason for so many of his actions are brought to light and it is so well presented that you are brought to tears.

The other twists and turns of this book ride are of the other characters in this series that have seemed to come forth and shine, such as the case with Simon. We have seen him develop from the awkward, love lorn geek to a confident, insightful and amazingly attractive blood sucker and we love him all the more for it. Any time that Simon is on the page you are drawn towards him and want more of him, as do others :). Magnus is always a welcome presence and you will not be disappointed as he manages to make his flashy, wise self important in helping Clary. Alec also grows into the shadow hunter that he was born to be and finally faces up to his fears (sigh). I adore the fact that the character story arcs were well tended to and you are left contented and happy with their resolutions.

The final confrontation had me twisting, nail biting, screaming and absolutely riveted to every single word. It took many stories, words and moments to get to this battle of good and evil, Nephelim and downworlder and the final moments were sheer genius.

As I read the last page of this much anticipated novel and realised that my ride was over I was left with a myriad of emotions whirling throughout my brain. I was so pleased that the story arc was so beautifully tied up without being gratuitously violent or having an "out of left field" resolution that I could truly appreciate the pulse pounding, breath taking finale that was created since City of Bones began and say that it was my favorite read of the series.

I have to say BRAVO, BRAVISSIMA to Cassandra Clare for creating a story so exciting that it grips you and locks you for the ride of your life, from the first page to the last and never lets you go. I don't think that my praise can ever give it the due justice that it deserves. City of Glass is beautifully written and interwoven with amazingly unforgettable characters and moments, everything is brought full circle and I have to say that I want to get back on the ride and do it all over again and again.


5 out of 5

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (March 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416914307
ISBN-13: 978-1416914303

I have to thank Karin for this opportunity, THANK YOU. I tried to win this ARC by entering a contest on Cassandra's web site but was not fortunate, I did get an honorable mention :)

Oh The Horror! Neil Gaiman Wins Newbury Award

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Neil Gaiman has received the top prize for children's literature: The John Newbery Medal.
"I am so wonderfully befuddled,” the best-selling author said Monday after winning the 88th annual Newbery for “The Graveyard Book,” a spooky, but (he says) family friendly story about a boy raised by a vampire, a werewolf and a witch.

“I never really thought of myself as a Newbery winner. It's such a very establishment kind of award, in the right kind of way, with the world of librarians pointing at the book saying, ‘This is worthy of the ages.’ And I'm so very used to working in, and enjoying working in, essentially the gutter.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gaiman on his book tour and it was very unique for he read a chapter from the book at each stop on his tour and then he had it video taped. Keplers book store did an amazing job of setting up the stage. They placed a comfy chair and end table filled with water, a beautiful lamp and a black crow. They also placed mock headstones enscribed with the book's characters surrounding his chair. It was an amazing night, because Mr. Gaiman has a beautiful reading voice and it soothed the audience as he left us entranced by the story. If you have not read this book yet, then I suggest you do so immediately. This story is simply brilliant, beautiful and haunting. It will leaving you wanting for more of Bod and his otherwordly friends.

Contest News!! Win Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

Carrie Ryan, author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, is giving away TWO SIGNED COPIES of SHADOWED SUMMER.

The contest is simple, just leave a comment on her blog or livejournal to be entered in a drawing for an autographed copy of SHADOWED SUMMER (she'll be giving away TWO). You get an extra entry if you also link to the contest (and put the link in the comments so she knows). She'll choose a winner midnight (eastern) on Monday. So, what are you waiting for? If you need a little bit more encouragement here is a novel description that just makes you want to purchase this book, like NOW!


SHADOWED SUMMER:

Nothing ever happened in Ondine, Louisiana, not even the summer Elijah Landry disappeared.
His mother knew he ascended to heaven, the police believed he ran away, and his girlfriend thought he was murdered.
Decades later, certain she saw his ghost in the town cemetery, fourteen-year-old Iris Rhame is determined to find out the truth behind “The Incident With the Landry Boy.”
Enlisting the help of her best friend Collette, and forced to endure the company of Collette’s latest crush, Ben, Iris spends a summer digging into the past and stirring old ghosts, in search of a boy she never knew.
What she doesn’t realize is that in a town as small as Ondine, every secret is a family secret.

Besides Carrie hosting a contest Saundra is having a huge one at her site soon -- go check it out!!
Good Luck to all who enter and a big thanks to Karin for bringing it to my attention.


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 10, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385735715
ISBN-13: 978-0385735711

Waiting on Wednesday....

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to come out, and get into our hands. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for.

My choice for this week is Hunted. Oh My Goodness, what an amazing series. I have had these books for a few years and would just purchase them and have them on my book shelf. They would call out to me...please read me...read me now!! Well I finally broke down and read the entire series in the last few days and I am now hooked. I cannot wait to read more adventures with Zoey and her friends from the House of Night. Luckily I will not have to wait long for the next installment in this series. It will be available March 10, 2009.
HUNTED: A House of Night Novel
P.C. and Kristin Cast

What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you?

At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

On the run and holed up in Tulsa’s Prohibition-era tunnels, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with something that might bring them all down. Meanwhile, Zoey has a few other little problems. The red fledglings have cleaned up well – they’ve even managed to make the dark, creepy tunnels feel more like home – but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to make things right with super-hot ex-, Eric, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms after one unforgettable night, and she is driven to try to save him from Neferet’s sinister influence at all costs. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?

Check out the new cover for HUNTED (March '09). Inside this lovely hardcover you will find an exclusive poster of Zoey. Yes...it is going to be in hardcover now. It was confirmed on PC's Blog that there are to be 3 more books in this series. YEAY!!
SQUEE!! I cannot wait to read this. So, what is your "Waiting on Wednesday" pick?

The Hunger Games UK style


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was my favorite book for 2008. It was an amazing read that stuck with me long after the pages had been read, it was brutally frightening yet brilliant. For those that have read it, they will understand my passion for it. Unfortunately there isn't much information on the the series aside from the fact that there was a recent announcement to its next book called Catching Fire. It is due on September 8th, 2009.

I spotted this UK site and it seems to have alot of cool stuff. I noticed the difference in covers and seeing the young face displayed on the book jacket really brings forth the the fact that this book is centered on a 16 year old girl. For those that have not read the book yet and need a little more incentive there is even a chapter sample to get your interest going. If that doesn't work, then maybe this interview with Suzanne Collins will do the trick.If you do, you will not be dissappointed.
So, what are you waiting for?

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog.

My week was good I just hope that I am able to read all of them soon.
The Season by Sarah MacLean (ARC) contest win
Alexandra Stafford and her two closest friends, Vivi and Ella, weren't much looking forward to the London Season of 1815...but, between dress fittings, glittering balls, a murder that only they can solve, and the little fact that Alex's heart is very much in danger of being stolen...this is one season that is shaping up to be unforgettable!
I would like to thank Sarah MacLean for hosting this contest and for being so generous, she also sent me a beautiful postcard personally signed.
Pre-order the Season now!

FADE by Lisa McMann (ARC)
For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open--but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability. And it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd even feared...
A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell (ARC)
Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash, Cora has felt suffocated by her small town and high school. She seeks solace in drawing beautiful maps, envisioning herself in exotic locales. When Cora begins to fall for Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the car with Nate the night he died, she uncovers her brother's secret artistic life and realizes she had more in common with him than she ever imagined. With stunning lyricism, Sandell weaves a tale of one girl's journey through the redemptive powers of art, friendship, and love.
They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things-I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life's ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There's so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.
-- From A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD.
And how was your week?

Video Friday (3)

Yes! not only is it Friday, but it is Video Friday. I enjoy this feature immensly because I greatly admire the work that goes into these book trailers as well as the information that they give me in regards to a book that I might have never been interested in.

This week's choice is THE KING'S ROSE by Alissa M. Libby

Life in the court of King Henry VIII is a complex game. When fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king’s eye, she quickly transforms from pawn to queen. But even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine finds her life—and her heart—threatened by the needs of an aging king and a family hungry for power. Will their agendas deliver Catherine to the same fate as her infamous cousin, Anne Boleyn—sacrificed at the altar of family ambition?

Engaging historical fiction with a throbbing YA heartbeat, this thrilling novel will draw readers into the intrigues and dangers of the Tudor court.

Here is the video for the book that seems amazing. Long live the king!



Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (March 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525479708
ISBN-13: 978-0525479703

The 411 on the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire


Today while cruising thru blog land I found amazing news on Presenting Lenore's blog in regards to Catching Fire the 2nd book in the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I have been waiting for this news ever since I finished The Hunger Games last September and am very happy. If you want to find out more go to Lenore's blog and check it out.
Thank you Lenore, for making my day :)

Waiting on Wednesday (3)


Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to come out, and get into our hands. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for.

I truly cannot wait for this book. I adored Wicked Lovely, and now this story continues the adventures and love story of Seth and Aislenn.
FRAGILE ETERNITY By Melissa Marr

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.
Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

This book is part of an amazing series and a wonderfully dark world that Melissa Marr has created. I am just crazy for Seth and Aislinn and I cannot wait to read more about them. April can't get here fast enough.


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 21, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006121471X
ISBN-13: 978-0061214714

Review: YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME by Stacey Jay

Megan Berry's social life is so dead. Literally.

Fifteen-year-old Megan is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues.

And things are about to get even worse. Someone at school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies and it's up to Megan to stop the zombie apocalypse...

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, and that means that she is a part time shrink to some undead people with killer issues. We start off with Megan's dormant settler powers suddenly springing back to life after a traumatic experience that left Megan with a partial case of amnesia for 5 years. Perfect timing for a zombie to come a knockin' as she is about to embark on her first date with the hottest guy at school. NOT!!

Black magic practitioners created Reanimated Corpses (flesh eating zombies) who attacked her years ago and now Megan’s skills and memories return even as an Unsettled revisit her. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming and not being babysat by Ethan her childhood friend , a Settler’s Affairs law enforcement official, whom she also thinks is a hottie. Yet, when you’re trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it’s kinda hard to score a date.Let’s just say Megan’s love life could use some major help.

As Megan begins to refocus training on her reborn settler skills we see her grow up from some dance team obsessed young girl to someone who can seriously kick some undead butt. The most exciting parts of the book were those when Megan was battling with the reanimated corpses. Ahhhhmazing!! The "bad" guy motivation for the zombie ressurections surprised me and it was a nice twist that I did not see coming.

Upon finishing this novel from Stacey Jay and setting it down on my lap, I was left with this undead urge to devour it all over again. The zombie settler world that Jay has created is fresh, funny and exiting not to mention that you have some serious nail bitting moments that really get you jumpin' at the slightest noise. If you are a fan of Buffy then you will adore this book full of mystery, excitement, and teenage romance.
I cannot wait for the next installment In the Megan Berry zombie settler series due next year called UNDEAD MUCH.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (January 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595142258
ISBN-13: 978-1595142252

Author Stacey Jay

UNDEAD Love <3



Ok, let it be known that I am NOT a zombie lover. That sounds funky, but you get my meaning. I dislike all zombie movies, except Shaun of the Dead because it is just too funny. I hate the idea that an undead "thing" is somehow walking around at the speed of a turtle yet will always manage to get ahead of me and try to eat my brains...ewwww! After watching Night of the Living Dead, many moons ago I became terrified and could not sleep for days, thus scaring me for life. So, yeah I don't harbor any kind feelings for zombie anything. Well, at least I didn't until now. I am not saying that zombies have not been in books, they have. The Anita Blake series is a prime example, among others. Yet, last year and especially this year there seems to be many new books on the horizon with zombie, reanimated, unconcecrated, raised from the dead, undead creatures roaming the book isles.


These are the few that I have in my wish pile or have already read:

THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH By Carrie Ryan 3/10/2009

YOU SO UNDEAD TO ME By Stacey Jay 1/22/09

GENERATION DEAD By Daniel Waters (available now)

KISS OF LIFE By Daniel Waters 5/12/2009

ZOMBIE QUEEN AT NEWBURY HIGH By Amanda Ashby 3/5/2009

HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED By Mark Henry (available now)

ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD By Mark Henry 2/24/2009

THE SUMMONING By Kelley Armstrong (available now)

THE AWAKENING By Kelley Armstrong 4/28/2009

ONCE DEAD TWICE SHY By Kim Harrison 5/26/2009


ZOMBIE BLONDES by Brian James(Available Now)

BREATHERS: A ZOMBIE'S LAMENT by S. G. Browne 3/3/2009

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by By Jane Austenand Seth Grahame-Smith 4/2009

That is my observation, lots of good books and the undead coming up from the ground to settle comfortably in your books. What is your opinion? and do you have any other books to add to my list? I would love to hear of what you think.

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I have to thank BookGeek at the BookBind, a teen blog for Kepler's for hosting a contest months ago in which I was the fortunate recipient of Carrie Ryan's amazing ARC The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

In Mary's world, there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.

The Guardians will protect and serve.

The Unconsecrated will never relent


And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth

Mary was raised with these edicts, it was her life, the law to survive. To question it was unthinkable considering what lay waiting on the other side of the fence. The constant moaning and cries of the unconsecrated that surround her village borders are relentless and the sisterhood never lets anyone forget.

The sisterhood in the village rule over everyone, their belief in constant prayer and rituals to keep the villagers safe are never questioned, but Mary does. Her mother had always told her about the ocean, and Mary holds on to this dream, despite everything.Those close to her believe her crazy to entertain such thoughts, but Mary always felt that it existed beyond the forest of hands and teeth. It is this belief that drives her when cataclysmic events brought on by a stranger forever change her "protected" village.

Mary's fragile world begins to unravel as she realizes that the sisterhood has been keeping secrets, and the village walls are breached and Mary has to make some choices. Does she stay in they only world she knows? or does she follow her heart and explore the dangerous world beyond her destroyed village? Mary is not alone, with her are a few survivors including the one that she loves and the one that she is betrothed to, thus causing her to question how much she will sacrifice to follow her dreams. Mary's strength and conviction are what push her and the survivors forward into unknown territories and at times they resent her actions and consider her selfish, but at the same time they admire her tenacity. The characters in this novel experience a terror filled situation that Carrie Ryan has written so wonderfully that in the end you have a hauntingly beautiful story that stays with you long after the pages have been read.

I must admit that I am not a fan of the "zombie". Honestly they freak me out, but this book only had me wanting more...brains?..no, more book. Maybe, because you read this entire novel about zombies without ever seeing the word mentioned, or the fact that Carrie Ryan wrote an amazing post apocalyptic story so well that you could actually feel those cold fingers reaching for you beyond the other side of the fence. SHUDDER!

AVAILABLE AT A BOOKSTORE NEAR YOU MARCH 10, 2009

Here is the video that totally captures the mood of this great novel

In my Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog. My week was very exiting I just hope that I am able to read all of them soon.

The Plague by Joanne Dahme(ARC)
In a land overshadowed by death, fifteen year-old Nell’s uncanny resemblance to Princess Joan brings her to act as her double—what young girl wouldn’t want to leave a life of poverty and pretend to be a princess? But when the plague catches up to the royal entourage, thwarting the King’s plan for the princess to marry the Prince of Castile and seal an alliance between their kingdoms, Nell’s life could change forever. Princess Joan’s brother The Black Prince schemes to make the wedding go on declaring Nell will no longer double for Joan, she will become the princess and dupe Prince Pedro into marriage! With the aid and protection of a quirky band of friends—a Spanish minstrel, a monk, a gravedigger, a band of merchants—Nell must evade not only the Black Prince, a practitioner of the dark arts, but the plague as well, as she fights to return to the King and country. Based on historical truth, Dahme beautifully captures the dark terror of a Plague-infested fourteenth century Europe, while bringing to life the daily existence of medieval life for young adult readers.
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same-they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn't want them.
Fitting in is hard enough when you don't have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you're not, it's close to impossible. The kids at Oakvale High don't want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear-for good.
With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe has never run with the popular crowd. But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids. Not her best friend, Margi, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past. And especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has just realized his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than just friendship. He would do anything for her, but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (ARC)
Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.
Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?
Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.
And she has to do it in the next 24 hours, or it’s all over…
Now available for preorder at Amazon and B&N!
Purple Butterflies by D W Golden
The world is changing, everyone knows that. But, for one girl her entire life is about to turn upside down in a single day. That day she was sitting in a very uncomfortable chair listening to a stranger tell her about herself, her best friend by her side. That day, after so many weird things had happened, this stranger told her she wasn’t like everyone else. Looking down at her fat body and kinky hair she thought, well, obviously. But then he said something that made her entire body tingle. ‘Darby you’re a fairy.’ Not just any fairy, but a very special fairy with more power then any fairy before her. He smiled his encouragement, but Darby was afraid. Afraid of the dark-cloaked man. Darby’s next few days were the worst days of her life, but looking back ... those day were also the very best. Those were the days when this one fat girl realized she was so much more then she had ever imagined. Available to purchase here.
Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.
I cannot wait to read Strange Angels for it sounds simply amazing. Have a good week and Happy Reading :)

Video Friday (2)

I had an another video entry all set to go and when I was cruising around blog land and found this amazing video that had me squeeling with delight. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King. BRILLIANT! one view and I knew that I had to have this book. It sounds amazing. I enjoyed this video so much because it gives you enough information about the book without giving you the whole enchilada. Just take a look and see what I mean.



Now you know what I am saying. Does it not make you want it? NOW! You only have to wait a little while longer because it comes out this February. Until then visit the Dust of 100 dogs website, it is beautifully designed and full of wonderful information. You can also visit A. S. King's blog Dog Fact #9 .

It can be purchased from any independent book seller or major retailer. I know that mine is already purchased. SQUEE! I cannot wait.

Waiting on Wednesday....(2)

I noticed this blog post today on Reviewer X and thought it was brilliant."Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I daresay it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to come out, and get into our hands. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for. So, here goes...
CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare

YES!! this is the book that I have been waiting for. I have been re-reading bits of City of Bones and City of Ashes just to temper my need for this amazing book. For those that have read the series will understand my fascination for this series.

Here is the little synopsis that I found: Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down their father, in the final installment of the "New York Times"-bestselling Mortal Instruments trilogy.

Due out in stores on March 24, 2009. GAH! the wait is killing me.

In My Mailbox Week 2

In My Mailbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. The only items I will mention are my beloved books. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here at the Story Siren.

These are the more exciting items that I recieved this week. I cannot wait to delve into them with a nice steamy cup of cocoa.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit into Jessica Packwood's senior year "get-a-life" plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he's her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius's soul from eternal destruction .
Deadly Little Secret

Some secrets should not be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica George

A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry (ARC)

A delightful fairytale by a lyrical new voice.
When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince


YA Connection Contest

Head on over to Reviewer X's Blog and you can enter in the YA Connection Contest to win a signed ARC of Willow by Julia Hoban. Just follow the intructions, good luck. This book sounds amazing.

As descripted on amazon:
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy —one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.

Scott Westerfeld Mini-Challenge


My friend Angela posted this challenge on Kepler's teen blogsite and I could not resist. Yes, I know...how could I join another challenge? This one was too good and easy to resist. The challenge is hosted here and the rules are thus:

The Scott Westerfeld Mini-Challenge will be for 2009.
January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
The goal of this one is to read TWO of his books.

His YA books include:

So Yesterday (2004)
Midnighters: The Secret Hour (2004)
Midnighters: Touching Darkness (2005)
Midnighters: Blue Noon (2006)
Uglies (2005)
Pretties (2005)
Specials (2006)
Extras (2007)
Peeps (2005)
The Last Days (2006)
He also has a handful of adult titles.

I will begin (Angela also) with Peeps. I have had this book for a while and what better opportunity but to read it NOW? Anyone interested in joining me?

VIDEO FRIDAY!!


I love to watch book video's and I believe it can really sway someone into buying a book. So I decided to make this a regular feature on my book blog. I recently went to Simone Elkeles web site and was amazed and fell "in love" with her book video for her new book Perfect Chemistry.

Perfect Chemistry:
A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist. At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive. So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense. Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.

Watch the video and see what you think? After I watched it, I had to go out and buy the book. You can go to Simone's web site you can download the video and the mp3. Totally cool!! My question, if you see a book video and you enjoy it. Does it make you want to go out and buy the book. Let me know

'09 Debut Authors Challenge

The Story Siren is hosting this one. To see all of the rules visit her site.


In the midst of the new year, you’ve probably noticed a lot of book challenges being started! I loved doing all my challenges last year. My favorite challenge of 2008 was Jocelyn of Teen Book Review’s 2k8 Challenge. I was very disappointed to hear that Jocelyn wouldn’t be hosting it again this year. With her blessing I will be taking over the challenge.For lack of creativity on my part at the moment, the challenge will be called ‘09 Debut Authors Challenge. If anyone would like to join, please do!

Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate.But if you are a blogger feel free to review your challenge books! If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by writing a review for Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The objective, obviously, is to read a set number of YA or MG novels from debut authors published this year. I’m hoping to read at least 30, but choose a number that you feel comfortable with. You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year.

The challenge will run from January 1, 2009- December 31, 2009. You can join at anytime!
I have decided to participate because there are so many new authors this year that have novels that I must read. I have a few to list now, but will keep adding as my research expands.
My List:
1. Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
2. The Season by Sarah MacLean
3. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
5. You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
6. Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
7. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
8. Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
9. Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
10.Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
11.The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
12.Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
13.The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
14.Faery Rebels (Spell Hunter) by R.J. Anderson
15.Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
16.Wings by Aprilynne Pike
17. Silver Pheonix by Cindy Pon
That is it for now but I am sure there is many more to follow :)

"Waiting... on" Wednesday

I noticed this blog post today on Reviewer X and thought it was brilliant.
"Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I daresay it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to come out, and get into our hands. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for. So, here goes...

My pick for this week: INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter

TBA
(LATE 2009 or EARLY 2010)
Intertwined
A new YA series

There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High . . .

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can tell the future.
And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now, they’re causing him all kinds of trouble.

Like, he’ll blink and suddenly he’s a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he’ll change the future. Or, he’ll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she’s going to die.

He’s so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, for as long as he’s with her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He’s a loner; she has friends. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it’s too late. . .

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own and a vampire princess Aden can’t resist. Two romances, both forbidden. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. . .

I know that it will be a long while before this novel comes out, but since I read about it last month. It is all I keep thinking about. Doesn't it sound awesome? How could you not want to read it.

A Lust No More


For the past few weeks, I have seen Cyn Balog's Fairy Lust novel mentioned on several blogs and have...yes, lusted for it. I thought the cover was stunning and the title easy peasy to remember. I decided to visit her site a few days ago, only to find out that the title is to be changed. Bummer!

Today in Cyn's Blog she announced that the title was officially changed and that anyone who wanted to take a guess at the new title was more than welcome to. I know several have posted their ideas, but as of yet, none have had the correct answer. Why not check it out and see what you can come up with?
UPDATE: Cyn announced the new title of her much anticpated novel. Fairy
Lust is now Fairy Tale.

The Season ARC Giveaway!!


Sarah Maclean the author of The Season is hosting an ARC giveaway on her blog. Just respond to her post(or anywhere on the blog) between now and January 15th to be entered to win a signed ARC of her book, The Season! Link to the contest from your blog and let her know about it, and she'll enter you three times! Share her Sprout on your blog, and you get 5 entries! She knows that she is giveaway MAD

Here is the amazon description:

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.
When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!

After reading that how could you not pre-order this book.

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.

2014

JULY

MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Books Inc. event at the Alameda Free Library
Wednesday, July 23 @7:30pm

MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, July 24 Time TBA

Not YA but a favorite author of mine
DEBORAH HARKNESS
Books Inc. Palo Alto
Tuesday, July 29 @ 7pm

ERIKA JOHANSEN * The Queen of Tearling

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Tuesday, July 29 @ 7:00 pm

DEBORAH HARKNESS-THE BOOK OF LIFE
Book Passage in San Francisco
Wednesday, July 30 @ 12:30pm

DEBORAH HARKNESS

Copperfield's Petaluma
Wednesday, July 30 @ 7pm

AUGUST

RACHEL DEWOSKIN
Book Passage in San Francisco
Monday, August 4 @6pm

GAYLE FORMAN, NINA LACOUR & JANDY NELSON
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Wednesday, August 6 @ 7pm

ANN AGUIRRE, VERONICA ROSSI and CORRINE JACKSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, August 8 @ 7pm

SEPTEMBER

SARAH J. MAAS and VERONICA ROSS
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 12 @ 7pm

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN and MARK HUNTLY PARSONS
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

GRETCHEN MCNEIL and ANNA CAREY
Books Inc. San Francisco
Thursday, September 18 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LAUREN OLIVER
Book Passage in San Francisco
Thursday, October 2 @7pm

LAUREN OLIVER and JANDY NELSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 2 @ 7pm

RICK RIORDAN (ticketed event)
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7pm

CORY DOCTOROW and JEN WANG

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Thursday, October 16 @ 7:30pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

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