New Video and Contest by Maggie Stiefvater


The awesomely talented Maggie Stiefvater author of Shiver which is being released August 1, 2009 has made her very own SHIVER video.




Maggie is holding a contest. Entries are available by posting the embedded trailer all over the internet! And there are PRIZES? Oh, there are prizes!
Two ARCs of SHIVER, mailed out as soon as the contest is finished.
Two finished copies of SHIVER, mailed out as soon as I get my author's copies.
Two CDs of the music I wrote for SHIVER and LAMENT.
15 minute live-chat with the author (that would be me) to talk about my books, your books, your dog, or whatever!
Read more about the contest on Maggie's blog!
Don't forget to let her know I sent you! :)
I had the pleasure of reading SHIVER And my review is coming up this week :)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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 get our hands on. 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 also.

My choice this week is THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting. After reading the synopsis I was hooked and the cover was just revealed this week and WOW...amazing. ME WANTS RIGHT NOW. I will unfortunately have to wait and wait and wait because it is not due until March 16th 2010 by HarperTeen.

Kimberly is part of the Tenners and you can find more about this up and coming debut author on several sites.

http://www.kimberlyderting.com/
http://www.thebodyfinder.com/
http://community.livejournal.com/10_ers/


The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
This was my WOW for the week, what is yours??

Author Tours: Alyson Noel of Blue Moon




Alyson Noel has a few dates posted on her website and I wanted to share them with you.





Friday, July 17, 6:00 PM
I'll be signing copies of BLUE MOON
at:Barnes & Noble
791 S. Main St. #100
Orange, CA 92868
Friday, July 24
Talk & Sign
Comic Con Panel—12:30- 1:30
Future Fond Memories Room #3
Signing—1:30 - 2:30
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, August 8
Orange County RWA Meeting
Talk & Sign
Talk: 10:50 - 11:50 AM
Sign: 12:30 - 1:00 PM
695 East Madison Way
Brea, CA 92821
Admission:Members $10, Non-members $20
Saturday, September 12
Mission Viejo Readers Festival
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Trailer Tuesdays: Blue Moon and Another Faust


This week I have two video selections. I normally would pick only one, but I liked them both to much to resist. I cannot wait for Blue Moon (only one more week to go) and after watching the Another Faust teaser I truly cannot wait for that book either. ENJOY!!

Read an excerpt, check out reviews or pre-order HERE


Pre-Order HERE

Sunday Funny: Buffy Vs Edward








AS IF EDWARD STOOD A CHANCE!!! MUUUHAHAHAHAHA...
Don't get me wrong. I adore the Twilight Saga...Edward, Bella, Jacob and all that jazz. But BUFFY would so kick Edward to the curb. And yes I own that T-shirt

Gay and Lesbian Teen Reads at Y.A. Reads book blog

June and July are Gay and Lesbian months at YA Reads. For these months, they read and review GLBT books as well as interview their respective authors. Watch out for book giveaways too!
The reviews are located HERE

In My Mailbox: 6/28/09

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, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

This week the book fairy was wonderful to me.

If your interested in any of the books, just click on the book image and PRESTO!!! all the information you would need is there.

Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Walker & Company
Pub. Date: September 29, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780802784926
288pp







THE ETERNAL KISS
Pub. Date: July 27, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780762437177
Sales Rank: 135,231
Age Range: Young Adult
416pp






TOMBSTONE TEA by Joanne Dahmn
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Pub. Date: August 24, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780762437184
Age Range: Young Adult
224pp






LIAR by Justine Larbalestier
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pub. Date: September 29, 2009
ISBN-13: 9781599903057
Sales Rank: 497,172
384pp






BALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Pub. Date: October 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780738714844
Age Range: Young Adult
360pp






BAD APPLE by Laura Ruby
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub. Date: October 06, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061243301
Age Range: 12
256pp






This was my mailbox joy this week. What was yours?

Sneak A Peek Saturday: HEAVENLY by Jennifer Laurens

Hi ya ya!! It's Saturday *does the happy snoopy dance* and ya know what that means. It's Sneak A Peek Saturday and today's peek is the much wanted and anticipated novel HEAVENLY By Jennifer Laurens. Isn't the cover simply gorgeous? This book has been on my wish list since I read it's synopsis.

If the synopsis doesn't get you hooked, then you can click on HEAVEN and EARTH for a peek of this amazing novel.

HEAVENLY by Jennifer Laurens
Synopsis
I met someone who changed everything.
Matthias.
My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny.
Hot.
And immortal.
That was the problem.
What could I do?
I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him.
Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying.
Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny.
But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.


You can sign up for news and updates on HEAVENLY right HERE

Author Tours: Richelle Mead, Blood Promise Tour






BLOOD PROMISE U.S. TOUR - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY



* Three of my appearances will be with author Lilith Saintcrow. These are noted. If she isn't mentioned, then I am doing the event solo
* Book limit: I will sign any book that you bring to the store or purchase there, with these limitations. Only one can be personalized (with your name). I will sign my signature in up to five more. Sorry for the limits, but otherwise, you might be waiting for hours!
* I am happy to take pictures with fans, time permitting.
* Most of the bookstores will carry all of my other titles, along with Blood Promise. If there are books you want that you don't have yet, try to wait and buy them at the store to support them for hosting me. :)
* There are no admission fees or book purchase requirements to these events, with the exception of the conferences. Please check their websites for details.



August 25---Seattle, WA 4pm--University Bookstore (Mill Creek) 18325 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011 Reading and signing (with Lili Saintcrow)
7pm--Borders (Redmond Town Center) 6549 N.E. 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 Reading and signing
August 26---Los Angeles, CA (Upland) 4pm--Upland Library (tentatively - please check back) Reading and signing (with Lili Saintcrow)
August 27---San Francisco, CA (Palo Alto) 7pm--Books Inc. 855 El Camino Real #74 Palo Alto, CA 94301 Reading and signing (with Lili Saintcrow)
August 28---Denver/Boulder, CO 6pm--Boulder Bookstore 1107 Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302 **location tentative -- please check back closer to date** Reading and signing
August 29---Houston and Austin, TX 1pm--Barnes and Noble -- HOUSTON 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381 Reading and signing
7PM--Book People -- AUSTIN 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX Reading and signing
August 31---Detroit, MI (Birmingham) 7pm--Borders 34300 Woodward, Birmingham, MI 48009 Reading and signing
September 1---Chicago, IL (Naperville) 7pm--Anderson's Bookshop 123 W Jefferson Ave Naperville, IL 60540-5310 Reading and signing -- with food and vampire trivia!
September 2---Lexington, KY 7pm--Joseph Beth Booksellers 161 Lexington Green Cir, Lexington, KY 40503-3325 Reading and signing -- with a vampire prom theme in the store!
September 3---Alpharetta, GA ***Note: this is a date change from 9/2 7pm--Barnes and Noble 7660 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022 Reading and signing
September 4-7---Atlanta, GA DragonCon & Decatur Book Festival Signing and panel schedule to be announced
September 8---Baltimore, MD (Ellicott City) 6pm--Barnes and Noble 4300 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043 Reading and signing
September 9---Washington, DC (Fairfax, VA) 7pm--Borders 11054 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030 Reading and signing
September 10---Boston, MA (Burlington) 7pm--Barnes and Noble 98 Middlesex Pkwy, Burlington, MA 01803 Reading and signing
INTERNATIONAL INFO:
September 14-19 – Australian Tour Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane Specific locations and dates TBA
October 23-25 - Vancouver, BC,
Surrey International Writers' Conference Panels and a signing - schedule is on their website

Melissa Marr has a new book deal, going YA to A


As posted on Publishers Weekly this week:


"YA author Melissa Marr has closed her first adult deal with her longtime publisher, HarperCollins. Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House brokered the deal for two books for mid-to-high six figures. Jennifer Brehl at HC took North American rights. Heifetz described the first book, Graveminder, as “Six Feet Under laced with ancient Irish evil and a dash of Faulkner”; the second book is currently untitled. Marr’s teen books Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, dark paranormal titles featuring fairies who coexist uneasily with the few humans who can see them, earned starred PW reviews and were Book Sense Picks."
Congratulations Melissa!! I cannot wait to read this series :)

Author Tours: Cyn Balog of Fairy Tale




Cyn Balog author of the awesome debut novel Fairy Tale, is making a few appearances. I wish that I could see her, but I will have to be there in spirit. Yet, if anyone is close and wants to meet a great author and pick up an even greater book, then do so. You will not be disappointed. :)




Upcoming Events!
June 27, 2009:
FAIRY TALE Book Launch Party, Southern Lehigh Public Library, 2:00 PM http://www.solehipl.org/
July 5, 2009: Power of the Pen, Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market, http://www.svfarmersmarket.org/
August 8, 2009: Barrier Island Books, 301 95th Street, Stone Harbor, NJ 7:00 PM
August 15, 2009: Borders Express, Exton, PA 2:00 PM
August 22, 2009: Borders Express, Lancaster, PA 1:00 - 3:00 PM


CONGRATS CYN!!!!

Question: Where did you hear about that book?







Where did you hear about that book?



"This is the question publishing folks and authors are all desperate to know. It might as well be re-phrased as, "Damn it, are any of our marketing efforts working at ALL???"


This was a quote from one of the posts today that was in the Friends section on The Tenners blog. It was posted by Phoebe Kitanidis author of (Whisper April 14, 2010). She had a link directing you to where the question was originally posted HERE.


Phoebe noted that a huge percentage of that blog's readership mentioned picking up recommendations from Twitter and blogs... which makes sense given they are people who read a publishing industry blog. A not-so-random group.

So, I thought I'd ask the question on my own blog, create a poll and see where this discussion takes us.
I found out about the book I am reading My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent, via the author's website of which I follow. Then I began to see information about it on other blogs and on good reads and twitter.

New Moon Movie Tie In

Ok! those that know me, know that I love the Twilight Saga and that I am forever a Jacob girl. So imagine my surprise when i went to B.A.M. Book Reviews today and spotted this puppy.


OK!!! Stick a fork in me, because I am DONE!.......THUD!!!

Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Ninja by Nick Lake

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 get our hands on. 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 also.

This week my WoW choice is Blood Ninja by Nick Lake. The cover is spectacular beyond words and just enough information about the book is out to make me thirsty for more....


Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (December 1, 2009)
Language: English
Ages: 12 and up


In a secret underworld, ninjas and vampires are one and the same.

This is one of the articles that I have seen in regards to BLOOD NINJA from AP WATT.

BLOOD NINJA: THE DARK MIST OF NIGHTLake, Nick
Ninjas: silent, deadly and impossibly skilled in the art of combat. Peerless assassins and spies, they pose a terrifying threat to the Japanese nobility. Yet no-one has ever seen them by day…
For all ninjas are vampires. The source of their strength is also their greatest weakness - ghastly blood-sucking spirits, all but invincible in battle, they are vulnerable to one thing: sunlight.

THE DARK MIST OF NIGHT is the first of the Blood Ninja series. It will reveal the long-hidden secrets of ninja society and tell for the first time the astonishing tale of their first great leader – the man who was ninja, samurai and Shogun. It is the story of Taro, a boy from a simple fishing village who is rescued by a ninja when his father is murdered, and who finds himself dragged deep into a bitter conflict between the rival Lords ruling Japan.

What is the connection between Taro and Lord Tokugawa? What could an ancient curse put on the Emperor’s house by an angry spirit possibly have to do with a fisherman’s son? Where will Taro’s love for Lord Oda’s daughter Hana lead them both? What is the Buddha Ball, and why are men and gods alike willing to kill for it? And can a ninja and a peasant ever rule Japan?
Publisher: US: Simon & Schuster Schedule: Publication: December 2009

Teaser Tuesday's: My Soul To Take

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

(1) Grab your current read

(2) Open to a random page

(3) Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

(4) 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!

(5) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



This week's choice is MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent.


"We met at the front of the car and he took my hand, then leaned forward to brush a kiss against the back of my jaw, just below my left ear. Even standing in my driveway, knowing my ant and uncle were waiting, his trouch made me shiver in anticipation of more."

ARC page 160

Book Review: Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Have you ever had one of those gotta have a V8, smack yourself in the head moment? I had issues with my audible library and apparently a few books that I had purchased in the past somehow did not make into my ipod. One of the books that got "lost" and now lovingly found was VIBES by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

I normally do not review books that I listen to in my car because I cannot seem to remember everything that I want to talk about, but I enjoyed the audio version so much that I had to get the actual book and talk about it. I cannot remember laughing so much about a story in a long while. I actually had a belly ache from all the laughter. The book has been out for almost a year but I think it deserves a mention because it is brilliant.



VIBES by Amy Kathleen RyanYYYY
http://www.amykathleenryan.com/
Reading level: Young AdultHardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (October 6, 2008)


SYNOPSIS
Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael's disdain—her hippie high school, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mom. Yet for all her attitude and her mind-reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side. She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students calling her fat and gross. She's hot for Gusty Peterson, one of the most popular guys in school, but of course, she's sure he thinks she is disgusting. And she's still mad at her father, who walked out on them two years ago.


Soon, a school project brings her together with Gusty, her father comes home and drops a bombshell, and a friend comes out of the closet, and suddenly she is left doubting that she can read people at all. Bitingly funny but ultimately poignant and positive, this YA novel is completely on the mark.

MY REVIEW
As the story begins you get acquainted with Kristi and her world. She is a mind reading teen, full of self loathing who is unhappy and disconnected from her separated parents: her mother is a workaholic surgeon climbing the ladder at the local hospital and her father, whom is also a surgeon, has been volunteering in Africa for a couple of years. If, you consider walking out on your wife and daughter volunteering? At home she padlocks her room to keep the her cat Minnie hidden from her highly allergic mother. She orders two different types of take out to fool her mom (cheesy pizza for herself and healthy Chinese for Minnie) btw...I am reminded of a scene that involves Kristi's mom eating some leftover kitty chewed up tofu and I think I am gonna hurl. LOL!

Kristi hates her progressively different high school and tries very hard to be different and distant from her fellow students (wearing heavy makeup and dressing in homemade weird clothes from trash found in garbage bins on the street). Kristi uses profanity and thinks she is ugly and makes other negative statements about herself, but when you can hear every one's negative thoughts as Kristi can it is no wonder that she drowns everyone out in sarcasm and Maria Callis. It is especially hurtful when Gusty, the boy she adores keeps thinking that she is "sick". Kristi is not totally friendless at school she has her old friend Jacob and a new transfer student Mallory, whose acne plagued appearance makes Kristi feel less conspicuous about her well endowed chest and Mallory soon becomes witness to Kristi's penchant for practical jokes.

A bit spoilerish part (be forewarned)

Then a chain of events seem to shake Kristi to her core. She has a class project with Gusty, the object of her affection, her dad returns after a 2 year hiatus to inform her of something that changes her family forever, her new friend Mallory wants to date her, she admits to reading minds to her ex-best friend, not to mention that she is the last person to realize that her best friend is gay. YIKES!! When it rains it pours. All these events cause Kristi to rethink her stance in believing that she CAN read minds. Maybe it was all intuition? How could she have miss listened to so much?

Throughout her crisis she slowly begins to change and accept her mom, whom she realizes is strong woman and a bit kick ass. She knows that she is a bigger grown up than her father, and acknowledges the fact she has been a total bitch and to her classmates and friends. Kristi wants to make things right between herself and Gusty, whom all along knew her better than she knew herself, but is it too late for them?...

MY THOUGHTS
VIBES is a quirky and adorable story told in the voice of the psychic teen aged girl. Her voice is unique and fresh and at times full of self loathing. The story moved along at a quick pace never lost my attention. In fact I began listening to this book during a Sunday drive and I found myself sitting in my car for over an hour because I just had to know how the story would conclude. And, I was not disappointed. I laughed, cried and admired Kristi as she navigated the murky waters of her life and surfaced as better person in the end.

VIBES is an entertaining escape read that has some good values addressed within it's pages. This book will pull you into it's story and you will be anxious to find out how it all wraps up. I highly recommend VIBES, it is an excellent read.

Favorite Quote

"Video games were invented by demons riding dragons through the depths of a computer-generated hell rendered with excellent graphics so that I can see every drop of my blood on their three-pronged spears"


You can find an excerpt of VIBES Here

YA Book Carnival Giveaway: Soulstice by Simon Holt

Hey Hey!! it is Sunday and a great day to begin a carnival of fun. Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag had this fantastic idea to host a YA Book Carnival! Check out her post for more detail. This whole week of June 21-27, you can enter contests featuring YA lit-related prizes. So why WOULDN'T you check it out?

Here is my contest:

Tell me what was your favorite summer read is and why I should read it. It can be something you have read in the past or something you cannot wait to read.

OR

Tell me what I should read next from this list
1) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
2) Intertwined by Gena Showalter
3) Secret Society by Tom Dolby
4) Give up The Ghost by Megan Crew

You get +5 points from either telling me what you is your favorite summer read or telling me what I should read next.

+1 if you follow me (and let me know)
+1 if you spread the word about this giveaway and tell me
+1 if you put me on your blogroll

This contest ends on June 30th and I am giving away a copy of Soulstice by Simon Holt to the lucky winner, who will be picked via random generator. This contest is open to contestants from the US and Canada.

So, what are you waiting for? Good Luck and Happy voting :)

Review: The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones

The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones

Hardcover
ISBN 13: 978-0-8027-8710-1
Price: $16.99
272 pages
September 2009

The Tear Collector YYY
Synopsis
Patrick Jones steps into a new genre with a new urban fantasy Fans of urban fantasy should prepare for a new kind of vampire—one that feeds off of tears instead of blood. Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Her job as a grief counselor at the hospital provides the perfect cover to keep this secret safe, and any time a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, she’s there. Only Cass has grown tired of living a lie and wants to live like a human, especially now that she’s found someone worth fighting for
My Review

Cassandra Gray is a typical teenager: popular, pretty and a great listener.....especially if you need a shoulder to cry on and if you do, then Cassie is your girl. She and her family of women have settled in Lapeer and Cassie has done her part in the past few years by full filling her family duties. . .She does not want to end up like her cousin Siobhan, the outcast.
So Cassie does what she can as a volunteer at the hospital where she has gained the trust of the staff than allows her to interact with patients, because they know how very good she is at comforting people. She also has a reputation for being a heart breaker, making the boys fall in love with her and then breaking it off to induce the much needed sadness and tears, an act that has to be committed in person as part of her breakup rules. In between "boyfriend's" Cassie feeds the gossip mill in order to generate more tears and sorrow. Not to forget a best friend that is basically ignored at home because her little sister is dying of cancer.
All those situations feed her and her family the never ending, but never enough stream of tears until a tragic situation occurs and she realizes that although she did not directly cause it, she could have prevented it and she begins to question her existence. Along with her pondering she is faced with an a different situation, normally her boyfriends fall in love with her, not the other way around. Yet, this new relationship is beginning to change her. Cassie is drawn to Scott and she cannot stop thinking of him, cannot stop wanting to be with him, cannot stand to see him cry...
Meanwhile her family wants her to break it off with him, not only for the tears it will bring them but because Cassie is expected to mate with her evil cousin Alexis in order to continue the family line. A fact that Cassie has been trying to avoid for a long time because she believes Alexis has been terrorizing children that have gone missing. While it is okay for their kind to create situations of sorrow it is NOT okay to hurt them directly, it is a fact that Alexis does not care to follow.
As family obligations begin to overwhelm her and her love for Scott grows, Cassie knows what she has to do. Several situations arise and she receives help from those that you would not expect but when Cassie seeks answers to her existence and how she can stay with Scott, will she be willing to pay the price for love?


My Thoughts

I could not wait to devour The Tear Collector, the concept of a Vampire that does not require blood but tears to survive intrigued me. In that fact alone I found this book original.
As I began reading The Tear Collector I was embroiled in Cassie's world. You come to understand her and why she acts as she does. Here you have someone with the great family obligation and she does everything that is expected of her, even if it means creating drama, break-ups and chaos.
I would have liked a better understanding of the origins of these creatures that somehow take on our human appearances because of the tears that they consume. I understand that they are a result of our tears and cannot exist without us, but I would have like to known more. Why is it that the male species are only around for mating purposes? Where did these creatures come from? How many of them exist? Did their existence influence greater outcomes, like war?
In the end I wanted Cassie to be happy. I was curious to see how she could achieve this elusive goal and when it was revealed I had an idea of what would happen, but I was totally wrong. The last line of the book totally surprised me with the chills that it sent down my back. Yowza!! In looking back on things I should have seen it, but was still left speechless by it.
The Tear Collector is a good read due to its original storyline and complex heroine Cassandra, and although it may leave you questioning a few things you can still enjoy the story for what it is. A love story against all odds.

Video Freshness: The Gothic Girls RETOLD

This is what happened.
Authors Maggie Stiefvater, Linda Joy Singleton, Jackson Pearce, Heidi Kling, Brenna Yovanoff, Tessa Gratton, Dawn Metcalf, Carrie Ryan, and Jackie Dolamore interpret their books via hand puppets and zombies.

I saw this video a few days ago and just had so much fun with it. I wanted to post it just in case some of you have not seen it yet.

In My Mailbox: 6/21/09

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, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

This week I went shopping and had a bit of fun :)


VACATIONS FROM HELL

Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead? in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers - Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks) - tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . . From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!

GIFTED Outta Sight, Outta Mind By Marilyn Kaye

Thirteen year old Queen-of-mean Amanda Beeson, wakes up one morning in the wrong body. She's become lonely, unfashionable Tracey Devon - one of Amanda's targets for bullying. Amanda discovers that Tracey, ignored at home and at school, has the ability to turn invisible. Amanda sets out to rescue her one-time victim from obscurity - as well as rescuing herself from Tracey's life!

GIFTED Better Late Than Never by Marilyn Kaye

Goth girl Jenna Kelley has the ultimate tool to stage a teenage rebellion: she can read people's minds without even trying. When her alcoholic mother is hospitalized, a stranger shows up who says he's her long-lost dad and promises a better future. Too good to be true? Her gifted classmates think so, but Jenna is so determined to have a real parent around and a somewhat normal life that she might have lost her ability to listen.
http://www.giftedseries.com/

This was my mailbox for this week, what was in yours?

Sneak A Peek Saturday: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hi ya ya!! It's Saturday *does the happy snoopy dance* and ya know what that means. It's Sneak A Peek Saturday and today's peek is the much wanted and anticipated debut novel HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick. This sumptuous novel will hit the stores on October 13, 2009 but until then you can read some excerpts HERE


Falling in love was never so easy . . .


or so deadly.


For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

This book has an amazing cover, the premise original and a must read for 2009.

Please check out Becca Fitzpatrick's website HERE
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GIFTED: The Book Series


Marilyn Kaye has a great website showcasing her new series GIFTED. Inside you will find chapter and audio excerpts, character bio's and downloads. It is a good site for getting acquainted with an amazing new series and worth a look :)


Waiting on Wednesday: Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye

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 get our hands on. 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 also.
My choice for this week is Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye. The premise sounds promising. The cover is wicked cool and Marilyn's books rock my socks.


Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 15, 2009)


Jessica may not have the warmest relationship with her mother, aspiring presidential candidate Margaret Hunsucker, but it still comes as a shock when she discovers that her mother has sold her to the devil. Will she have to spend eternity in hell with one of Satan’s minions, a demon named Brad? Brad takes pains to explain that they live in one of hell’s better neighborhoods, and he seems like a nice enough guy—but still! And things only get worse when Jessica learns the full extent of her mother’s evil plans. Can she and Brad come up with a plan to save the world?

These and other pressing questions are all answered in Marilyn Kaye’s delightfully satirical Demon Chick


Trailer Tuesday's: Prophecy of the Sisters


OMG!!! I have got to share with you the MOST AWESOME book trailer ever. Vania (my little pseudo sister) from Reverie Media blog created this amazing video for an amazing debut author Michelle Zink and her Wonderfully OUT OF THIS WORLD novel The Prophecy of The Sisters.



So, without further delay here is The Prophecy of the Sisters video trailer A la Vania style.


Prophecy of the Sisters from Vania S on Vimeo.

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (August 1, 2009)

“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

OCTOBER

SARA RAASCH, KASIE WEST AND CORRINE JACKSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 27 @ 7pm

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN & MARK HUNTLEY PARSONS "He Said, She Said" Author Tour
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, November 7 @ 7pm

KAT BEYER *Demon Catchers of Milan*
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, November 29 @ 3pm

FRANK PORTMAN
Book Passage in San Francisco
Monday, December 15 @ 6pm

STACEY JAY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, January 2 @ 7pm

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