Teaser Tuesdays: FIRESPELL by Chloe Neill

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
This meme is hosted by MizB on shouldbereading.wordpress.com

1) Grab your current read.

2) Let the book fall open to a random page.

3) Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

4) You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

5) Please avoid spoilers

I am currently reading FIRESPELL by Chloe Neill and here is my TEASER, enjoy!!


Page 138

"How ballistic do you think she's gonna be?" I asked, my gaze on the vibrating door.

"Intercontinental missle ballistic."

"Yeah, that's what I figured."

.................

"Just tell my parents I loved them," I said, and reached out my hand to knock.

Awesome stuff!! I am soo hooked.

2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge

If your keeping up with me, yes I am partcipating in another challenge. I really enjoyed following along this year and cannot wait to delve into next year's challenge.

J. Kaye is hosting another challange and here are the rules:

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

--Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. There are four levels:

--The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.

--Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.

--Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.

--Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

3. Audio, eBooks, paper all count.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

I adore that there are different levels and that audiobooks count towards your book count.

Here is my list for next year
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge:

  1. The Lonley Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
  2. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  3. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  4. Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink
  5. Captivate by Carrie Jones
  6. The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
  7. The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
  8. White Cat by Holly Black
  9. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
  10. Gone by Lisa McMann
  11. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

That is a quick check for now, but it is not necessary to join. I just needed to get a few of my wants down and will go from there. I hope that those interested will also join this fun challenge which you can find HERE

MY 2010 DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE LIST


As 2009 is coming to a end I find that the challenges for 2010 are beginning to arise and I want to join in. This particular challenge is hosted by The Story Siren and it is one of my favorites.


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?

  • The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
  • Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

For more guidelines into this amazing challenge go HERE and when your ready to participate and put up your list of challenge books go HERE

Here is my list for 2010

DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE 2010

  1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  3. Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omololu
  4. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
  5. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
  6. Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
  7. Sea by Heidi R. Kling
  8. The Duff by Kody Keplinger
  9. Other by Karen Kincy
  10. Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  11. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  12. Anna and the Boy Masterpiece by Stephanie Perkins
  13. Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount-White
  14. The Snowball Effect by Holly Hoxter
  15. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  16. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  17. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  18. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
  19. The Mark by Jen Nadol
  20. Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
  21. The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff
  22. Inconvenient by Margie Gelbwasser
  23. All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
  24. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
  25. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
  26. The Line by Teri Hall
  27. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  28. The Witch's Alphabet by Caitlin Kittridge
  29. Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  30. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

That is my list for now but I know I will be adding more as time passes. I hope that if you see this that you will consider the challange and join in. It is a challange that you cannot go wrong with :)

CONTEST TIME:Beat the Bleh's with BEAUTIFUL CREATURES


BLEH!! its Sunday and your dreading to go back to school, work or even both (double bleh!!). So what could possibly put a smile on your face? I know! A contest and an easy peasy contest at that. The book is BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.

I cannot begin to tell you about how great this book is and I want everyone to experience it. So, I am going to include some nifty gifts along with this wonderful, signed...yes signed book.

Here are the rules:

1) Follow me and if you already do, just let me know.

2) Give me a number between 1-100 and I will have some special authors (hint hint) pick out the winning number. A runner up will win a BC bracelet.

3) Contest ends on 12/11 at midnight, open to US entrants only

BONUS:

Extra**if you place this contest on your side bar then I will also include, a BC dog tag for the winner

Extra, Extra**if you make a blog post about this then I will also include, a BC bracelet...your choice of pink or black.

EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA**every 25 entrants and I will include a surprise (look below and see)

What are you waiting for???

**reminder, please pay close attention to which number you have chosen, make sure that no one else has the same number. If a number is selected and more than one person has that number the first person posting that number will be the winner**

REVIEW: The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

THE NAUGHTY LIST by Suzanne Young

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (February 4, 2010)
Pre-Order:
Indiebound.com or amazon.com or borders.com

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

REVIEW:YYYY

Oh Great strawberry-smoothie and whipped cream!! Have I got a read for you that will give you a pique your inner 007 and keep you sweetly entertained.

The Naughty List stars Tessa, captain of the cheer leading squad while also being in charge of the S.O.S. (Society of Smitten Kittens), a local spy squad dedicated to finding out if your boyfriend is unfaithful. What began as curiosity soon became a full scaled espionage mission on boyfriends all around school. The S.O.S. has a long list of Naughty boys and after two years it began to take it's toll on Tessa for not only was it taking precious time away from her boyfriend Aiden, but each mission proved every single suspect GUILTY!! A fact that weighed down Tessa's normally perky attitude.

As Tessa continues to struggle with her conscience of having to keep lying to her boyfriend about her part time spy gig a pair of new transfer students but a little extra sour into her life. Soon Tessa finds her self riddled with jealousy and having to fend off the advances from someone other than her beloved Aiden. GOOD GRAVY!! could life get any more complicated?

When the unthinkable happens Tessa soon learns that keeping secrets will eventually catch up with her and that she should always trust her instincts.

With The Naughty List, Suzanne Young has crafted a unique story with a sexy edge that will have you ignoring everything else until you finish it. It is cute with quirky non-swearing verbiage that puts a sweet smile on your face and makes you think of a whole new word slang. I was totally entertained while accompanying the S.O.S. on their missions, nail biting it all the way and cannot wait for the next installment in this strawberry-smoothie sweet series. SCORE!!

In My Mailbox: 11/29/09

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's post is two weeks worth of items.

RAIDERS RANSOM by Emily Diamand
THE POISON EATERS by Holly Black
RAVEN SUMMER by David Almond
HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins
THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Elizabeth Eulberg
MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore (Thank you Rebecca)

NOT PICTURED
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for a contest featured on Monday.
Also a Yummy Halloween pack from Katie, Thank you!

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

REVIEW: FALLEN by Lauren Kate

FALLEN by Lauren Kate
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (December 8, 2009)


Official website

Online excerpt

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

REVIEW YYY
Fallen is an wonderful start to what looks like an epic story in the making. This novel is addictive despite having a slow start. Whenever I would put it down I could feel it's pull compelling me to keep reading it, and so I did.

I was engrossed in reading about Lucinda "Luce" and the mystery that surrounded her and could witness her journey within the drab school grounds of Sword and Cross. I could see the dilapidated walls, smell the rotting putrid air and feel the stifling imprisonment within those walls not to forget the dark shadows that constantly make their presence known. Amazing...for it is so richly descriptive.

Lauren Kate also did a fantastic job of writing fleshed out characters that made them easily to recognize and associate. Yet, I could not know what they would do next. I was continually left on tender hooks anticipating every move. It all added to the lush mystery that was the heart FALLEN. A mystery that I would have enjoyed more if I was not given so much information about this book prior to reading it. It is the one disappointment that I have about this novel. Everyone that reads the synopsis will already have half of the story handed to them, but despite that it will still hold you captive.

As I finished this book I was happy, for although Luce discovered the truth about Daniel and some of their history there is so much more beyond that knowledge that she has yet to realize. My goodness the implications...EPIC and where another character fits into all of this WOW. You will be left salivating for more. What a great set up for the next book TORMENT.

Fallen has everything I crave from a book: mystery with a supernatural edge and a compelling tale of forbidden romance, but it is a bit slow for my taste and i know I had to push myself to finish. This novel is a good start to a series that I hope will get better because it has such potential.
Random House Australian/UK Video for FALLEN

Random House Video for Fallen

Both videos are awesome. Which do you like?

IMMORTAL contest winner!!

Hello everyone!! as promised I am announcing the contest winner of my IMMORTAL contest. I grabbed a bowl put in all the names on bits of papter and picked out the winning piece. Ant the winner is......(drum roll please)



Linda from The Optimistic Pessimist blog.
CONGRATS and please contact me so that you may recieve your wonderful book.
Thank you to all of those that participated, but not to worry I have another great contest coming up on Sunday :)

Author(s) Interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Today I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing debut authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. They are the amazing co-authors of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, a gothic romance of epic proportions that will capture your attention and hold it captive. This wonderful novel is due to hit the shelves this coming Tuesday, but you can find it out and about now.

Please come and join me for this informative interview and get to know the authors a little better. Please stay tuned for I am hosting an awesome contest and you may win your very own signed copy of Beautiful Creatures.

Some loves are meant to be…
others are cursed.

There were no surprises
in Gatlin County.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have
been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end,
there was a grave.


RR: What is Beautiful Creatures about?

K: It’s the story of a boy who lives in a small Southern town, where nothing ever changes…

M: And there’s a girl, and a curse.


RR: What’s your favorite genre to read, and what made you both decided to write a YA novel?

    M: I’m a YA fantasy girl all the way, so we were both working on YA novels before we decided to tell Ethan and Lena’s story.

    K: We both read YA fantasy, so we never considered writing anything else. And a book without magic…I don’t know if that would be quite as fun.

    RR: Beautiful Creatures is an epic novel. I admit to feeling a bit leery about reading a novel of its size, but once I began reading it I could not stop, and I do not believe that Beautiful Creatures could be told as beautifully with a smaller page count. What do you tell someone that may be skeptical to read it simply due to its size?

    M: Sometimes good things come in big packages. J A true Southern Gothic novel is a sprawling, epic story, and we wanted to do justice to that tradition. Look at Gone With the Wind…

    K: Or Anne Rice’s Southern Gothics. In the South, they spin a good yarn. Spinning takes time.


    RR: I loved the most recent book trailer that was created for Beautiful Creatures. The scenes where spot on brilliant. Where did the idea come from?


    M: That was all Vania Stoyanova, who collaborated with Kami to come up with something that really represents the world of our book. Vania is the best of the best, we were lucky to get her.

    K: It really was all Vania. She had an innate sense of the characters and the mood of the book, and I think that’s what you see in the trailer. When she showed me her test shots of Lena, I was speechless. I was looking at Lena.

    RR: I found that when I visited your respective websites that we had something in common, cemeteries. It is one of my favorite past times to go and take pictures at graveyards.


    Margie: We love graveyards. They’re so full of beauty and sadness and mystery and love. Southern graveyards are even better.

    Kami: Graveyards are about history, and remembering. They’re monuments for the people we’ve loved and lost. There’s beauty in that, and magic.

    RR: How many books are going to be part of the series?

    Margie: We just completed work on the sequel, which will be out next fall, 2010. Beyond that, we’ll let you know as soon as we’re able.

    RR: In 5 years, where do you see yourselves?


    Margie: Hopefully, still writing, still reading, still working...

    Kami: I hope I’m writing books I love and feel proud to share with our readers. I’d also like to be doing it from a house in the South, drinking sweet tea.


    RR: Beautiful Creatures had an amazing cast of characters and I have my favorites. Do you have a favorite character from Beautiful Creatures and why?

    Margie: Outside of Lena and Ethan, I would say Macon or Marian. Macon has his Cary Grant charm, and Marian reminds me of all the librarians and teachers I have loved in my life.

    Kami: I love Amma and Ridley. Amma is a tiny thing, but can scare the devil out of men twice her size. I respect a woman who shouldn’t be messed with. Ridley isn’t your typical bad girl. Although, she does drive the guys crazy.

RR: What message would you like your readers to take from Beautiful Creatures?

Margie: I’d like our readers to not be afraid to think for themselves, and to not be afraid to stand up for what they believe in.

Kami: I hope BC gives our readers the strength to be themselves, even if that person is different than everyone else.


RR: What would be the best way for readers contact you & find out more about you and your books?


Margie: We can always be reached on twitter at @mstohl and @kamigarcia or through our website, www.beautifulcreaturesthebook.com.

You can keep up with Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl at www.BeautifulCreaturestheBook.com.
Visit Little, Brown’s Beautiful Creatures website at www.SomeLovesAreCursed.com.
Author photo credit goes to: Alex Hoerner


Waiting on Wednesday: Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

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 from one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her first novel, Wicked Lovely and have continued to enjoy the other books in her world of faerie lore.

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in Melissa Marr’s next volume of Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

What is your WoW for this week?

Been away but coming back!!


Sorry for being away a bit longer than expected but sometimes life gets a bit busy and you find yourself overwhelmed with it. I have been very overwhelmed but am slowly getting back on track and will be on track very soon. I have missed my blog and have loads to post in the next few weeks. Contests and contest winners, reviews and general book chat. Hope to see you around :)

In My Mailbox: 11/15/09

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

Hey There everyone!! Happy Sunday and I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I am out on streets of L.A. keeping my place in line for the New Moon Premiere. Day 2 and one more to go. Woot!!



Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson Gorgeous Cover
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick Looks Good
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl B E A U T I F U L!!! so pretty I LOVE IT.
Brisinger (Deluxe Edition) by Christopher Paolini
Aragon's Guide to Alagaesia by Christopher Paolini

Sneak a Peek Saturday: THE LINE by Terri Hall

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 YA novel THE LINE by Terri Hall.

This debut novel by Terri Hall will launch March 4, 2010


IN THE NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE....

Rachel lives with her mother on The Property. The good thing about living there is that it’s far from the city where the oppressive government is most active. The bad thing, at least to most people, is that it’s close to the Line—an uncrossable section of the National Border Defense System, an invisible barrier that encloses the entire country.

She can see the Line from the greenhouse windows, but she is forbidden to go near it. Across the Line is Away, and though Rachel has heard many whispers about the dangers there, she’s never really believed the stories. Until the day she hears a recording that could only have come from across the Line.

It’s a voice asking for help.

Who sent the message? What is her mother hiding? And to what lengths will Rachel go in order to do what she thinks is right?

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER HERE

New Moon Adventures.


Ok! I have to admit to being neglect full of my beloved blog because I have been making plans and getting ready to go to to L.A.. Why L.A. you might ask? Well I am heading on down to the land of fun and movie stars tomorrow to stand in line for the New Moon red carpet premiere sideline access. Last year I attended the Twilight red carpet premiere (meaning, that I watched the stars walk in and NOT attended the event) and had the best time and most awesome pictures. I was able to meet so many people that I hope to see many of them again.

So keep tuned in. I have some special surprises and will keep everyone informed as the events unfold before me. And a special author meeting.....I will also be twittering my heart away so if you want to know what is going on "live" follow me there.

Holidaze with the DEBS!!

Here is a bit of holiday wonder and cheer!! The 2009 Debutantes are coming to a bookstore near you.

2009 DEBUTANTES' HOLIDAZE TOUR

NEW YORK


Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m.
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th St.
New York, NY
Including: Megan Crewe, Sarah Cross, Deva Fagan, Neesha Meminger, Kate Messner, Shani Petroff, Jon Skovron, Michelle Zink

CHICAGO

Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m.
Borders
161 N. Weber Road
Bolingbrook, IL
Including: Cynthea Liu, Saundra Mitchell, Aprilynne Pike, Kristina Springer, Darcy Vance, Lara Zielin

Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m.
The Book Cellar, Inc.
4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL
Including: Cynthea Liu, Saundra Mitchell, Aprilynne Pike, Kristina Springer, Darcy Vance, Lara Zielin

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Dec. 5, 3-4 p.m
Borders
588 Francisco Blvd. West
San Rafael, CA
Including: Lauren Bjorkman, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Malinda Lo, Sarah Quigley, J.A. Yang

Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Menlo Park Public Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA
Including: Lauren Bjorkman, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, C. Lee McKenzie, Sarah Quigley, J.A. Yang

Dec. 9, 12 p.m.
Petaluma High School*
201 Fair St.
Petaluma, CA
Including: Lauren Bjorkman, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Malinda Lo, Sarah Quigley, J.A. Yang
* Open to the public, but visitors should check in at the school office when arriving

Dec. 12, 2-4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
119 Colma Blvd.
Colma, CA
Including: Lauren Bjorkman, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Malinda Lo, C. Lee McKenzie, Sarah Quigley, J.A. Yang

TORONTO

Jan. 9, 2 p.m.
Indigo
Eaton Centre
220 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario
Including: R.J. Anderson, Megan Crewe, Sarah Ockler, Rhonda Stapleton, Lara Zielin


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 an upcoming book from Egmont. I cannot wait for it.


RAISED BY WOLVES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

After a rowue wolf kills her parents right before her eyes, Bryn is taken in by Callum, Alpha of his pack, and raised as a human among werewolves. Now fifteen, Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social heirarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean she isn't willing to break a rule or two.
But when her curiosity gets the best of her, she discovers Chase, anew teen Were, locked in a cage in her gaurdians's basemant. As she witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders retur. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting answeres about what happened to her parents, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.
Bryn and Chase begin to form a bond stronger than pack ties and to threaten the entire heierachy that controls werewolf life. Will the shocking secrets that Bryn discovers about the pack force her to leave behind the only home she's ever known?
Much more than a paranormal novel, Raised by Wolves grounded in the behaviors and social structure of wolf packs, is both a chilling and literary novel and a brand-new take on an age-old legend.

In My Mailbox: 11/8/09


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 acquired some amazing reads that I am very greatful for having.

Purchased:

The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses and Dead Girls Don't Dance
Welcome to Morganville, Texas.

Just don't stay out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.

When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

My friends have insisted that I read this book and so on the insistance from my good friend Sarah. I decided to give it a try

For Review:
The Snow Ball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter

18-year-old Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family just by telling you how they died. Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the biggest traffic jam in years. Her long-suffering grandmother lived through cancer and a heart attack before finally succumbing to a stroke. And Lainey's mother, still devastated over her husband's death, hung herself in the basement just days after Lainey's high school graduation. Now Lainey's five-year-old brother is an orphan and her estranged older sister moves back home to act as his guardian. Dealing with her brother has always been a struggle, but sharing the responsibility with her sister is proving to be just as challenging.

Lainey knows that this is all her mother's fault, but she also knows that she eventually has to move out of the "anger" phase of the grieving process. What she can't figure out, though, is how to make peace with a dead woman.

This was my week, how was yours?

Sneak A Peek Saturday: FIRESPELL by Chloe Neill

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 YA novel Firespell. This novel is amazing and I am halfway into it and am loving it.

Firespell by Chloe Neill
January 2010

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…
When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.
The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.
Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER HERE

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Category: JUVENILE FICTION, ROMANCE
Format: HARDCOVER BOOK
Subformat: YOUNG ADULT
Publish Date: 12/1/2009


REVIEW YYYYY

Beautiful Creatures is a Gothic love story of epic proportions set in a small southern town. A tale rich with romance and secrets and where some loves are cursed.

This story focuses on Ethan, an ordinary teen that has always wanted to escape the confines of his small minded and hopelessly backward town of Gatlin. A yearning so strong that he could not think of anything else until some haunting dreams completely change the course of his destiny. A beautiful girl crying out for him while slipping through his fingers and the heart wrenching loss that comes with that knowledge. The only thing that remains is her unique scent. What better way to begin his sophomore year of high school?

In enters Lena Duchannes a new student to Jackson High and Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. Unfortunately in a town like Gatlin she is quickly the topic for gossip especially when she resides in the town's most infamous mansion, niece to the an eccentric recluse. Despite all the warnings from his loved ones and friends, Ethan pursues Lena because he is determined to find out what this connection is between them. What ensues is a slow building love story, full of romantic tension that reveals a bigger, more engaging plot filled with nail biting intrigue and mystery.

I could go on and on about this wonderfully engaging book but to do so would reveal too much. You need to experience this well paced story as it was intended, page by engrossing page. Allowing you to witness the compelling journey that Ethan and Lena embark on and you will not be disappointed.

Beautiful Creatures is richly descriptive and showcases some of the most memorably eccentric characters that you will ever encounter on paper. Don't let the size of this novel dissuade you from reading it, for not a paragraph, sentence or word can be omitted from it's pages. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written an epic novel that should grace every one's library. An incredible debut of mesmerizing story telling that will leave you in breathless anticipation for more. I already cannot wait for it's sequel.

Waiting on Wednesday:Dark Life by Kat Falls

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 Dark Life by Kat Falls. After reading the premise I was left with wanting more. It sounds amazing and it has a cover that is GORGEOUS. Falls has previously had four screenplays optioned by independent producers and a film option is also under negotiation for Dark Life

DARK LIFE by Kat Falls
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2010)

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.
The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws' attacks on government supply ships and settlements...
... threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known.
Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life.
As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift.
LIKE WOW!! DOESN'T THIS BOOK JUST SCREAM TO BE READ? So, you know what my choice is. What is yours?

Trailer Tuesday's: CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones


CAPTIVATE, by Carrie Jones is the sequel to NEED
Coming January 5th, 2010
The stakes get even higher for Zara and her friends when a new pixie king comes to town.

Review: GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines

GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines
Bloomsbury, October 2009


Review YY1/2

Lynn is a neo-gladiator's daughter through and through. Of course being in a neo-gladiator family means following a very strict set of rules; rules that can turn against you withough the slightest warning.

So when the unthinkable happens Lynn is forced to fight for a terrible outcome, her family's lives or her own.

I really had wanted to read this book, its premise intruged me. Yet, I was left a bit perplexed by this story and not quite sure how I ultimately feel about it. I did enjoy the fact that historical details are included to help form this alternate world and tell the story of the evolution of gladiators in the US, although I found the deluge of information a bit overwhelming because it was so quickly dispursed.

The protagonist, Lyn did not care for the lifestyle that she was raised in. She wanted something better for herself and for her family. Yet, violence in america had escalated to this nationalized display of fighting and her family was deeply embroiled in it. Although her stance against the rules she was raised with was admirable and her actions believable, the character that I enjoyed reading about was Uber. He played the reluctant galdiator who admired his fallen foe and whose relationship with Lyn grew and this presented the plot twist that left you wondering how this story would end.

Although heart poundingly suspenseful at times, Girl In The Arena still lacked the component that made me care for it's story. I did keep reading to find the natural conclusion to it's end but was not compeled to. This story was geared towards those who enjoy the Hunger Games, but did not quite make the cut.

November Contest Part 1: IMMORTAL, Love Stories With BITE

In Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, edited by New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series P.C. Cast, seven of today’s most popular YA vampire and contemporary fantasy authors offer new short stories that prove when you’re immortal, true love really is forever.


Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series) revisits the setting of her popular series, where the vampires are in charge and love is a risky endeavor, even when it comes to your own family

Cynthia Leitich Smith (Tantalize) gives us a love triangle between a vampire, a ghost and a human girl, in which none of them are who or what they seem

Claudia Gray (Evernight) takes us into the world of her Evernight series, in which a pre–Civil War courtesan-to-be is courted by a pale, fair-haired man whose attentions are too dangerous to spurn, in more ways than one

Richelle Mead (the Vampire Academy series) brings us the tale of a young vampire on the run from the rest of her kind, and the human boy who provides the getaway car, as well as a reason to keep running

Nancy Holder (the Wicked series, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) immerses us in a post-apocalyptic New York where two best friends are forced to make a choice that may kill them both

Kristin Cast (the House of Night series) introduces us to a new kind of vampire: one with roots in Greek mythology, and the power to alter space and time to save the girl he's meant to love

Rachel Vincent (the Soul Screamers series) explores a new corner of her series with the story of a leanan sidhe capable of inspiring the musician she loves to new creative heights, or draining him, and his talent, dry

And Tanith Lee (Black Unicorn) shows us what happens when a bright young woman with some supernatural savvy encounters a misguided (but gorgeous) young vampire

WOW! This book is jam packed with amazingly talented authors and stories with BITE!! I have been given the opportunity to review this book and to give away a copy to a lucky contestant. This contest is one of a few this month and I am going to make it easy peasy for you. How easy? Well just check it out.

IMMORTAL CONTEST:

1) Just respond to this contest thread. See it is that easy

2) Contest is open to US contestants only

3) Contest ends November 21, 2009 MIDNIGHT

Bonus if you let me know who your favorite author is in this novel and why then I will also include a book of that author into your prize.

Winner will be selected via random generator

ZOMBIE WINNER!!


MUCHO CONGRATS to Terra from Terra On the Bookshelf for winning an awesome ZOMBIE contest. Thank you to all of those that have participated.

In My Mailbox: 11/1/09

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 particularly great and I would like to share it with you.


For Review:

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (and nail polish)

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Epitaph Road by David Patneaude

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz

Firespell by Chloe Neill

Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

We Were Here by Matt De La Pena

Immortal: Love Stories with Bite edited by P.C. Cast with many authors

Books for fun:

Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast

The Prince of Frogs by Annaliese Evans aka Stacey Jay

Graceling and Fire (UK Versions) by Kristin Cashore

That was my week with books so how was yours?

“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.

2015

JANUARY

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

KATIE COYLE LAUNCH PARTY!
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Tuesday, January 6 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, January 7 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Thursday, January 8 @ 7pm

BRANDON SANDERSON

Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Saturday, January 17 @ 4pm

JOELLE CHARBONNEAU
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Wednesday, January 28 @ 7pm

FEBRUARY


LUNAR BALL with MARISSA MEYER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, February 3 @ 7 pm

Purchase tickets HERE

COURTNEY ALAMEDA Book Launch
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, February 5 @ 7pm


LISA MCMANN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, February 6 @ 7pm


RICHELLE MEAD
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, February 10 @ 7pm
Purchase tickets HERE

MAUREEN JOHNSON
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Sunday, February 15 @ 6pm

JESSICA BRODY
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, February 25 @ 7pm

YA Group Tour featuring SETH FISHMAN, MAGGIE HALL, RACHEL HAWKINS JESSICA KHOURY AND MORGAN RHODES
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Monday, March 9 @ 7pm

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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