Happy Halloween!! P.C. and Kristin Cast book signing

BITE THIS!!Last night I had a blast with my good friends as we attended the book signing for P.C. and Kristin Cast. I have to say it was great to meet those two authors. They are very entertaining in person and generous with prizes. (Thanks for the necklace). I attended the event with my favortie peeps so a shout out goes to Sarah, Amanda, Tricia, Cinnamon and Anna for all dressing up and getting in the spirit of things. We may be older but we know how to have fun. A fact that I did not think would ever be an issue, but that subject is for another post.

So here are my favorite pictures for the night. I hope you enjoy
The fabulous Heidi Kling, author of the future release SEA due out on my birthday. June 10, 2009.
Amanda and Sarah dressed for the ocassion. Amanda is a Fallen Angel/cigarette girl, wings included. Sarah is a pinup blood selling girl and she actually had bags of blood candy..too cute.
Alicia from Shooting Stars Mag and P.C. and Kristin. Check out Alicia's neck she won a contest for best make-up. Go! Alicia.
me and my gang of good friends.
In case you did not figure out what I was....Disco Zombie.
Kristin keeping it real.
P.C. giving us the low down and top questions asked
Cinnamon and her daughter Anna.
Sarah and her tray of goodies. O positive anyone?
Anna my godchild, as stevie rae.

Sneak a Peek Saturday: Shadowland by Alyson Noel

It is Saturday and time for Sneak a Peek Saturday! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book. Today showcases an excerpt of this much anticipated sequel that I have been pining for ever since I finished Blue Moon.

This weeks choice is Shadowland by Alyson Noel and you can read chapters 1 thru 3 HERE

SHADOWLAND

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world's darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just as their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen...one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into a bleak afterlife in the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source...Jude Knight.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She's always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever's connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before...


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Zombie Contest Reminder!

Just a friendly reminder that my Zombified contest is still going strong and I am going to get some great assistance in picking out the winner. I have picked up some great items am also throwing in some Zombie mints into this sweet deal.

Waiting on Wednesday: SHADE by Jeri Smith-Ready

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's choice comes from a writer whose adult paranormal books I have enjoyed in the best. She will debut her first YA paranormal novel in 2010 with SHADE.

SHADE by Geri Smith-Ready


  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 18, 2010)


  • When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in SHADE.


    I wish I had more to share about this novel, but that is all I have for now.


    An EVENT to DIE for Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins




    I DIE!! I cannot imagine ever being able to see Suzanne Collins and the fact that she is participating in an event with Kristin Cashore, even better. I will never be able to attend this event but If anyone is nearby please attend....pleeeeeeeeease! go for me and I will be there in spirit. These two women are my favorite authors and just to be in their presence would be such an honor.

    Tuesday, November 10 at 6pm
    Books of Wonder
    18 West 18th Street, New York, NY
    Store website here.

    Signing with Suzanne Collins and Kristin Cashore, as posted on Kristin's website

    Halloween Ball with P.C. and Kristin Cast


    Hey everyone! Just wanted to give the heads up on an amazing event headed to the SF bay area. I will be there with several friends if ya want to say hello, just find the DISCO ZOMBIE and I will be more than happy to chat with you/eat your brains :)

    In My Mailbox: 10/25/09

    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 have recieved a few items from authors and I attended a debut book signing for a local bay area author.

    To start of this week, I won The Naughty List contest hosted by Suzanne Young. The prize package included a signed copy (ARC) of The Naughty List and then cool canvas bag with the book cover posted on it. A few book marks, post cards and stickers and even a mirrored key chain. How strawberry smoothie is that? Totally cool and thank you, so much Suzanne :)
    Next, I recieved this great music magazine and cool buttons from Yvonne Prinz on the VINYL Princess website HERE

    Her YA book The Vinyl Princess will hit the shelves on December 22, 2009. She is also another SF bay area author . How super cool is that? I am so excited to have such great talent so close to home.

    I also attended a book signing for another local debut YA author, Nina LaCour. The event was hosted at the Diesel bookstore in Oakland and it was packed, standing room only. I had a very enjoyable time and it was wonderful to be a part of something so important to an author. Nina, was more than gracious and warm and I wish her much success.

    DON'T FORGET THIS IS THE LAST WEEK FOR MY ZOMBIE CONTEST HERE

    Suprise Contest at the Princess Bookie blog

    I just found out about two contests that I think are awesome. Both are surprise contests and you can find them at the Princess Bookie blog.

    Surprise contest #1 HERE
    What is the 2010 upcoming book that you want and what will you do to get it.
    Surpirse contest #2 HERE
    What are you 8 favorite things :)
    MY Favorite things are
    1)Books
    2)Pizza
    3)Diet Cherry Coke
    4)Milk Chocolate
    5)Rag Mags
    6)Dark haired men with Blue Eyes
    7)Movies that make me laugh
    8)Music that makes me dance

    A VERY FAIRY INTERVIEW with JULIE KAGAWA and friends

    Today I had the honor of being interviewed by some very awesome fairies for Julie Kagawa's blog. For those that do not already know, Julie Kagawa is the author of the upcoming fairy novel THE IRON KING.


    So without further delay....

    Another Very Faery Interview (getting tired of them yet?), this time with the hungry Ravenous Reader from A Lush Budget Production. Okay, guys, you know the drill: the characters from THE IRON KING--Meghan, Ash, and Puck--will ask the questions, and hopefully not scare our poor blogger to death. Okay, you three, its all yours.

    Meghan: Okay, here we go. So Nancy, inquiring minds want to know: how did you get into blogging, and why? How long have you been at it, and is there anything you wished you did differently when you started?

    RR: Hiya! *waves hello* Before I get started I wanted to say thank you, for wanting to interview little ole' me J I began blogging a few years ago and on occasion I would review some of the books that I would read. My BFF knew that I read a lot of books and asked me if I had a book that my twelve-year-old godchild might enjoy. The only YA books that I had read at the time were those of the Twilight Saga. I gave her my books and within a few days she had read them all and wanted more. I really had no idea where to go from there so I went to many bookstores and began checking out YA book blogs and review sites for some guidance. I soon had a plethora of books of which I began to read for my own enjoyment. That interest combined with my blogging was the jumping off point for me to begin my YA book blog. And so I created A Lush Budget Production: Tales of a Ravenous Reader blog and now I am here J Meeting wonderful authors and readers alike. I totally love it.

    As for doing things differently, I totally cringe at some of my earlier posts but think it is all part of the growing process. I constantly evolve and change things, trying to find a balance that pleases me and those that visit my blog. It has been an interesting ride and I hope to keep changing and getting better as time passes.

    Puck: Ravenous Reader, huh? So, what would you do if all your books suddenly attacked and tried to eat you? (Not that I'd have anything to do with it.) Would you spare them because they were books, or would you torch them all?

    RR: Yikes!! I would probably run screaming and try to figure out a way to save myself and my books. While the temptation to destroy them would be strong I could never cause them any harm. I adore my books to much. I treat them like my they're my babies. So no roasting parties with my beloved books.

    Ash: I sense a theme in eating coming up. *Shakes head* Anyway, what are some of your favorite books and authors? What kind of book do you prefer; fantasy, contemporary, ect.?

    RR: Where do I begin? I have so many books that I love. I am a big paranormal/fantasy fan but in the last few months I have developed an appreciation for contemporary novels. I am a huge sucker for an amazing story that has a romantic edge to it, ahhh romance.

    My favorite reads, hmmm…boy this is going to be hard I will give my top five in each and in no particular order.

    Authors: J.R. Ward, Kristin Cashore, Melissa Marr, Libba Bray and Suzanne Collins

    Books: The Hunger Games, Graceling, City of Glass, New Moon and Rebel Angels

    Meghan: Do you have any pets? And if you don't, what kind of pet do you wish you had?

    RR: I have quite a few pets, first of my precious Pomeranian named Liberty, she was born on 9/11. Then I have 3 Cats named Smokey, Ash and Tazzy. Last but not least a white dove named Blanca

    Puck: Haha, hey Ash, you're a kitty cat.

    Ash: *Ignores*

    Puck: What's your favorite reading snack? Also, if you suddenly had to eat ONE THING for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

    RR: My favorite reading snack is TWERPS a fabulous candy of yumminess that is being discontinued. L Thank goodness that my absolute favorite food that I could eat for the rest of my life is Pizza. I love the stuff and it is not going anywhere except my tummy.

    Ash: If you could learn anything you wanted--a skill, a language, a particular secret--what would it be?

    RR: I wish that I could speak any language so that I could be able to communicate with anyone. My job requires me to interact with some people that do not speak English and I would love to assist them better. I also think this gift would greatly help me when I would travel. I would never have to rely on someone else to assist me.

    Meghan: Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows.

    RR: That you can open any book that I have read and get a glimpse into my life. I always leave the receipt inside the book and then any event that I attended during the course of reading that book. i.e. movie tickets, book marks, BART pass, playbill are all safely tucked inside. They why's about this custom I have truly no idea, but it gives me a sense of comfort when I re-open a book and can see a bit of a memory coming back to me.

    Puck: Okay! There are three doors. Behind door number one is a man-eating unicorn. Behind door number two is a starving werewolf. Behind door number three is a swarm of hungry Cornish pixies. You have to pick a door to open, but you get to choose any weapon you want. Sooooo … which door do you open, and what will you take into battle?

    RR: Yowza! This question is a doozie. What door to choose? A Unicorn, werewolf and pixies and they all seem hungry. Not a very promising scenario, but I think I might go for the man-eating unicorn behind door number one because I am a woman and thus the Unicorn would not have any interest in eating me. Right??? *fingers crossed* As for a weapon, I believe that I would want a shield that was strong enough to block any horned attacks in case my theory of man-eating and not woman-eating unicorns proved incorrect.

    Ash: You're facing a Zombie Apocalypse. The undead are beating down your doors and you must flee to safety, but can only take three things with you. What are they?

    RR: Having just seen Zombieland I would want to have

      My favorite pair of Nike shoes (CARDIO)

      A loaded gun (don't forget the double tap) not that I condone the use of guns, but when you are being hunted by flesh eating humans your priorities and ideals kinds change, ya know.

      Twinkies J I love my sugar and I would need to keep up my strength.

    Author: Thank you, Ravenous Reader, for being here today. You've been a great sport. Is there anything you would like to ask Meghan, Ash, or Puck?

    RR: Well thank you for having me over. I have truly enjoyed the experience. Before I go I would like to know if any of you know how to cast a spell that would suck a character right out of my TV set? I seem to have a mad crush on Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries. I know it is dangerous considering what an evil fanger he is but if he could learn to play nice I think I could bring him home to meet the rents J

    Puck: Ooooh, I've never thought of that before. I wonder …

    Author: Don't EVEN think about it, Puck.

    Thanks for the interview! J

    *curtsies* Thank you!!

    Nina LaCour BOOK LAUNCH EVENT



    Nina LaCour author of HOLD STILL is having a book launch event.




    Date and Time:
    Friday, October 23rd, at 7 p.m.

    Location:
    Diesel, A Bookstore Oakland 5433 College Ave.Oakland, California 94618




    An arresting story about starting over after a friend's suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction.

    "dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can't."

    Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend's suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn't die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid's descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid--and Caitlin herself.

    AUTHOR TOURS: P.C. and Kristin Cast

    The TEMPTED tour with P.C. and Kristin Cast is in effect. They are coming to the bay area on the 30th of this month and they are part of a great Halloween party that is taking place at Books Inc.

    If your in the area you should attend, mind you that a book purchase is needed in order to do so. As with anything you should call the book store near your area to verify any changes or requirements in attendance.


    Wednesday, October 28, 2009
    Barnes & Noble
    118 E. Broadway, Mall of America
    Bloomington, MN 55425
    6:00pm

    Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Third Place Books
    17171 Bothell Way NE
    Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    7:00pm

    Friday, October 30, 2009
    Books Inc.
    855 El Camino Real #74
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    7:00pm

    Sunday, November 1, 2009
    Texas Book Festival
    Capital Building
    Austin, TX
    Time TBD

    Monday, November 2, 2009
    Barnes & Noble
    2900 Peachtree Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    7:00pm

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009
    Borders
    4475 Roswell Rd. - Ave. E. Cobb
    Marietta, GA 30062
    7:00pm

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009
    Borders
    11054 Lee Hwy
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    7:00pm

    Thursday, November 5, 2009
    Barnes & Noble
    8123 Honeygo Blvd.
    Baltimore, MD 21236
    6:00pm

    Saturday, November 7, 2009
    Borders
    2740 E 21st St
    Tulsa, OK
    2:00pm

    Waiting on Wednesday: SPLIT by Stefan Petrucha

    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's choice is SPLIT by Stefan Petrucha. It has an amazing cover and an even better synopsis.

    SPLIT by Stefan Petrucha
    Author: Stefan Petrucha
    Format: Hardcover
    Publish Date: March 2010

    Wade Jackson has always felt split, his love for playing and writing music competing with his ambition to do well in school. But when his mother dies, this need for order competes with his desire to leave it all behind. What follows is a split in his consciousness that takes him to two very different worlds.

    Told in alternating chapters that together form one cohesive story, Split follows both Wades as they pursue what they think is the correct path. One Wade continues working hard in school, pulling all-nighters to write a computer code he believes will save the world. The other Wade pursues the dream of being a dive-bar singer, pulling all-nighters to party, gamble, and live on the edge. But when these two worlds begin to collide, each Wade will need to find a balance between control and abandon, order and chaos, life missed and life lost, in order to save himself.

    REVIEW: ASH by Malinda Lo

    ASH by Malinda Lo
    September 2009

    In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
    The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

    REVIEW YYY 1/2

    Not only is Ash a beautifully crafted lavish re-telling of Cinderella's story, but also a novel with an addictive flow of movement and characters you're heart will ache for. I was carried away into this fairy tale world of vivid imagery and magic that I did not want to leave and upon finishing.

    As with any retelling the base compenents of this Cinderella story is the same but with some unique touches. One of the them is the relationship that Ash developes with Kaisa, their love story is sweet and quietly building while being passionate. And while their romance is not the main focus of this story as we would expect, it is beautiful to witness. The other unique facet to this lush story is of the fairy Sidhean and his realm for It adds another layer of enchantment to an already amazing fairy tale. At some point Ash has to make a choice between the two and with that she finds her strength while being true to herself and never giving up on the power to believe in magic and love.

    This gem of a book is the ultimate testimony to the power of love and destiny. A definate read for anyone seeking a beautifully written fairy tale.

    These videos are currently featured as part of the Kirkus Reviews 2009 video competition on the Barnes and Noble website. Check out all three videos and cast your vote today.

    FALLEN



    VERY LE FREAK


    THE MAZE RUNNER

    Monday Madness: GIRL IN THE ARENA Video

    LMAO!! OMG! I CANNOT GET THIS SONG OUT OF MY HEAD


    This book is different and edgy and my review will be up soon :)

    Author Interview with Sarah Beth Durst


    Sarah Beth Durst is the author of ICE and as part of the Traveling to Teens book tour Sarah is stopping by today. In case you don't know about ICE, here is a brief synopsis:

    When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe.

    Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back--if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

    That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her--until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice

    It is an amazing novel full of fairy tale and wonder set upon the ICE of the artic but will truly melt your heart :) and with out further delay here is my interview with Sarah.

    INTERVIEW

    RR: If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?

    Cassie. She's fearless. She races across the sea ice, jumps off a mountain, walks through a blizzard... I, on the other hand, am afraid of a million things, including bodily harm, Frisbees, and skunks.

    RR: What’s your favorite genre to read?

    YA fantasy. Give me a book with a girl and a wolf, girl and dragon, girl and ghost/vampire/werewolf, and I'm happy. I am drawn to the optimistic worldview that pervades most of YA fantasy -- the idea that the little guy can defeat the massive evil if he/she simply tries hard enough and is nice to small woodland creatures.

    RR: Who or what influences you when you write?

    Everything I see, hear, and feel influences me. Probably smell and taste too but not quite as much. You know, the one super-power I've never wished for is super-smell. But seriously, I believe that everything you experience shapes your writing.


    RR: What do you do on a typical writing day?

    I try to make every day a writing day. I think that helps demystify the process -- if you do it every day (successfully or not) then it becomes more of a habit (like brushing your teeth) than an overwhelming undertaking.

    RR: When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

    If I feel blocked, I write in my journal. Basically, I talk to myself (but by typing, not talking out loud). I talk through the story, I give myself pep talks, I vent about whatever is bothering me... The important thing is to continue stringing words together. Also, eating chocolate helps.

    RR: Can you please give us a sneak peek of your upcoming YA book?

    Ice is about a polar bear, true love, and one girl's impossible quest across the frozen North. If you're interested, I've posted the first two chapters here on my website: www.sarahbethdurst.com/ICEexcerpt.htm


    RR: You are a successful author of the paranormal genre, what made you decide to go into YA?

    It's what I read. It's what I love. I think it's extremely important to write what you love. (Note: this is not the same as "write what you know." You can learn facts; it's harder to learn passion.)


    RR: How did you come up with the idea for ICE, it was quite unique and an enthralling read?

    Thanks! Ice was inspired by the Norwegian folktale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, as well as the memoirs of many Arctic explorers. I think of it as Beauty and the Beast meets Arctic adventure.


    RR: Can you please tell us what you have planned next?

    My next book is called TIGERLILY. It's coming from Simon & Schuster in fall 2010. It's about applying to college, meeting college boys, talking to gargoyles, flying on dragons, saving the world... you know, the usual teenage experience.


    RR: What do you do for inspiration?

    Talk to my husband. Take walks. Read books. Listen to music. Eat chocolate. But most importantly, I write. The act of writing often leads to inspiration -- it doesn't have to be the other way around.


    RR: Do you have a favorite character from your ICE novel?

    I love them all.

    RR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

    Nope. I only want to write fantasy. I'm happy to write any age level, but I want my books to always have magic in them. I think that's a wonderful and meaningful thing that a writer can do: add wonder to the world.


    RR: What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

    I love research, and I do tons of it for my books. It's such a great excuse to immerse yourself in other worlds.


    RR: Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

    Neither. I write the same with or without a deadline. Writing is just what I do and who I am.


    RR: What would you like to tell your readers?

    Thank you for reading!

    RR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
    I always outline. It helps me feel out the shape of the story and keeps me from being distracted by shiny objects (or "plot bunnies" -- ideas so appealing that you can't help hopping after them even if they're leading you to a seedy part of town filled with zombies...).

    RR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
    Yes, I have a website (http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/), a blog (http://sarahbethdurst.blogspot.com), MySpace (www.myspace.com/sarahbethdurst), Twitter (http://twitter.com/sarahbethdurst), Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Beth-Durst/70244665813)... and you can email me at sarah@sarahbethdurst.com. I check them all incessantly. :)

    RR: How can readers find out more about you and your books?

    You can either visit my website or my author page on the Simon & Schuster website (http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Sarah-Beth-Durst).

    RR: Thank you so much for this fabulous interview. It was a great pleasure as was reading your book, ICE.

    Thanks so much for interviewing me!

    Tomorrow head on over to Ticket to Anywhere blog for another day filled with Sarah Beth Durst awsomeness!!


    REVIEW: GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crew

    GIVE UP the GHOST by Megan Crewe
    Reading level: Young Adult
    Hardcover: 256 pages

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 15, 2009)

    Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.

    But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

    As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...

    REVIEW YYY1/2

    Give up the Ghost is a book that I have been eagerly awaiting to read. It had a premise that intrigued me; a young girl that communed with ghosts better than with living beings. Little did I know that it would involve so much more...

    As you begin the this story you become acquainted with Cass McKenna and her ability to commune with ghosts. The whys or how's of this unique gift are never truly explained but the results from her interactions with the ghosts are wicked fun and produce some of the most ....BURNNNN...moments that I have ever read.

    Years before Cass became a teen "ghost whisperer" she had been an ordinary teen with an older sister that had shunned her. Then one day her BFF decides to turn on her and feeds lies to the school, making Cass an instant outcast. She realizes that she cannot even turn to her sister for help and before resentment can settle in, her sister dies. Then she begins to see ghosts and can commune with them. Since she is now a social pariah at school she begins to use her talents to her favor and through her ghostly conversations she picks up gossip on everyone in her school.

    No one knows how she is able to find out all these personal deets but this fact make her an even more hated personality at school, but Cass does not seem to mind. She does not care about those that are living anymore and that is why she is totally surprised when Tim, the most popular boy at school asks her for a favor, and she is thoroughly surprised by what he wants. At first she is not willing to assist him but an old rival spurns her interest and soon she deeply involved with Tim's quest.

    At first you do not understand what Tim's problem is, you believe it is a ghostly issue but as you continue on with the story you realize it is something much darker and complex. You see Cass struggle with herself as she becomes involved with Tim and her desire to help him. It is not in her snarky nature but as the story evolves you see how Cass slowly changes for the better, she has alot of issues to face and some growing up to do. A fact that her character does not complete by the end of the book but you see that she is hopeful and motivated and that her actions are sincere.

    Give Up the Ghost is a good read with realistic characters and ghostly interractions that will surely keep you engrossed. A different approach to ghostly contact that is refreshing due to the situations it produces and this story has a serious edge that is a welcome change.

    REVIEW: THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan

    The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
    Out in stores NOW!!

    I have had this book in my possession for quite some time and could not really explain why I have not read it before. Yet, when I knew I was going to meet Sarah a few weeks ago I decided to dive right into it.

    REVIEW YYYY

    Nick and Alan Ryves are brothers with a some issues. Many years ago before their father was murdered by an magician he made Alan swear to protect his younger brother and mother. A duty that Alan has taken very seriously even if it meant that they had to spend the rest of their lives on the run from the evil forces of magic.

    Living on the fringes, always on the run and ready to defend himself is the only thing that Nick knows and was good at. He understands that that the magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again. So, Nick and Alan try their best to live "normal" lives but they know that it is only a matter of time before they have to pick up and run again. Nick hates this lifestyle because he detests his mother (whom will not look or even get near him) and cannot understand why Alan will not leave their mother behind since she is the reason for all of their troubles. Alan on the other hand is the opposite of Nick, he is kind and attentive and very scholarly, but do not underestimate him. Alan could kill as easily as Nick if he had to, he just does not like to and there is the big difference between the two of them.

    Alan and Nick's already somewhat nomadic life becomes further complicated when siblings Jamie and Mae come to them for help. Jamie bears a demon's mark, possessed; a sign of death that almost nothing can erase because the struggle between the human host and the demon is so overly powerful that the host always dies. Mae refuses to believe that her brother will die and despite Nick's outright refusal to become involved, Alan still agrees to help. Unfortunately while trying to help, Alan also gets marked by a demon. This fact sets off Nick who is desperate to save him and will stop at nothing to do so, but the only way to do is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

    As Nick begins to ponder why Alan has put them all in danger he is also uncomfortably aware that his brother might be lying to him about thier past and Nick will stop at nothing until he gets down to the bottom of it, that is IF the magicians do not get to them first.

    As I kept reading Demon's Lexicon (and really I could not stop) I was taken aback at how cold and angry Nick was. A factor that was beginning to become a sore spot with me and then as the story unfolded and twisted before my unbelieving eyes I was like WHOA!!! I seriously did not see that coming and was thoroughly pleased at being duped. Brilliant. I enjoyed Sarah's world building and different take on demons that was unique and thrilling to witness. I cannot wait for Sarah's next book in the trilogy, The Demon's Covenant.

    When I met Sarah a few weeks ago she was gracious enough to fill us in on what she believes Trilogies are all about.
    A Trilogy theory by Sarah Rees Brennan

    Book 1 laying out the groundwork

    Book 2 the MAKE OUT book

    Book 3 Good VS Evil book
    This juicy tidbit leaves me drooling for book number 2 even more

    In My Mailbox: 10/18/09

    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 was so squee worthy. First I get a WOW book of mine INCARCERON, from Sophie at So Many Book, So Little Time blog. Thank you loads! Then I recieved a little surprise from Simon and Schuster in regards to HUSH, HUSH one of my top favorite reads of the year.

    For Review
    The Dragon Book
    Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton

    Purchased
    Hold Still by Nina LaCour
    The Sky Always Hears me and the hills don't mind
    by Kristin Cronn-Mills

    Recieved
    Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Thank you Sophie!!)
    Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


    Thank you Becca Fitzpatrick and those responsible at Simon and Schuster for this wonderful gift. I adore the HUSH, HUSH
    book cover more than most covers that I covet and to have a poster of it is just beyond anything I can imagine. I am going to get that bad boy framed :)
    So this was my great week, how was yours? What was in your mailbox?

    It is Saturday and time for SNEAK A PEEK SATURDAY! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book. Today I have an exerpt of an upcoming ZOMBIE read. That sounds zombiefied awesome.
    This week's choice is I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT by Adam Selzer and you can read the first three chapters HERE

    I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT
    January 2010


    Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

    When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .

    I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT VIDEO

    Give-A-Way Win ARC, Swag and Books from Jen Nadol

    Hey Hey! Wanna enter a contest that is swimming in awesomeness. Then look no further. Check out this contest hosted by Jen Nadol, author of the upcoming novel THE MARK.

    The prizes for this contest are awesome:

    Prize #1: The Mark ARC, bookmarks & notepad…notepaper with a question about death at the top is tres upbeat, no?
    Prize #2: choice of one hardback: Fade, Need, or The Patron Saint of Butterflies

    If your interested and why would you not be, just go to Jen's blog HERE and enter her contest.

    A month worth of Author Fabulousness!

    The past thirty days I have been most blessed to see some of my favorite authors. It all began with the wonderful Michelle Zink and then Malinda Lo, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, Sarah Rees Brennan, James Dashner and Heidi Kling.

    I wanted to thank all of them for being so gracious especially when I go all fan girl. Thanks also to my friends both old and new that have been constant companions on these events.
    I had the most amazing time visiting with Michelle Zink, she is an amazing author and friend.
    I had the most awesome time seeing Sarah Rees Brennan and Scott Westerfeld on their book tour. Scott had a wonderful slide show presentation that was simply amazing.Kepler's book store hosted the event and they made this tented entrace that demonstrated the belly of the beast.Scott Westerfeld and Sarah Rees BrennanThe lovely Sarah Rees Brennan is signing my bookSarah and Scott signing books for the many attendee's
    Me and Kristin Cashore, yup I went all fan girl with her. She was a joy to listen to and meet. Kristin read a bit from Fire and then she demonstrated her writing notebook
    Can you believe that Kristin writes her books in a notebook then uses voices recognition to trascribe her work onto her pc. That picture your looking at is her current work in progress Bitterblue. SQUEE!!My friend Amanda with one of my favorite pictures from the night.
    Alicia from Shooting Stars Mag with Kristin Cashore
    My bay area book lovers gang. We met James Dasher in Oakland. James was the nicest man and we all had a great eveningThe night I went to see Kristin Cashore, Heidi Kling showed off her ARC for Sea. Isn't it pretty?
    It has been a great month and there are many other events and authors to meet and I cannot wait.

    “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.

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    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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