In My Mailbox: 1/31/2010

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 received some great books and OMG! THE IRON KING has been a much awaited read. I cannot wait to delve into it. I hope that your week was amazing as well :)

Want to know about these amazing books? Just click on the title for more information.

WTF by Peter Lefrangis (for review)

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge (Book Tour)

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge (Book Tour)

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (purchased)

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (contest win)

The Chestnut King by N. D. Wilson (for review)

Also, don't forget my contest for My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent. If you have not entered already just go HERE and enter.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: THE RECKONING by Kelley Armstrong

It's Saturday and time for a Sneak Peek! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book.

Kelley Armstrong is an amazing author and her Darkest Powers Trilogy is one of the best reads around. Her upcoming book THE RECKONING will come out in May (I don't think I can wait much longer) and if anyone is sitting on pins and needles like I am...well this unfinished sneek peak should tide us over until then, or make us ravenous for more.

Just Click on the book cover for the sneak peek or visit http://www.chloesaunders.com/ then click on "my locker" icon and enter the secret password.

THE RECKONING
by Kelley Armstrong

Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.

Gahhh!!! I cannot wait much longer

Sneak A Peek Saturday: FALLING UNDER by Gwen Hayes


Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that lets you "peek" into an upcoming book. Sometimes it is a chapter or two and sometimes a little less.


This week I have selected FALLING UNDER by Gwen Hayes. I have been obsessed with this book due to it's seductive cover now awesome excerpt. Now you can enjoy the tortuous wait along with me. LOL!


Just click on the book cover below and enjoy.


03/01/11

Falling Under



In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.

Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

2010 BAY AREA BOOK EVENTS

If you live in the San Francisco, Bay Area mark these dates on your calendar

FEB 5
Dirty Little Secrets Launch Party!
Zocalo Coffee House
645 Bancroft @ Dutton
San Leandro, CA 7-9pm
Come buy a book, get one signed or just hang out and celebrate. Everyone is welcome!

FEB 11
Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Bleeding Hearts Ball featuring Carrie Jones (NEED) and Alyxandra Harvey (HEARTS AT STAKE) Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 7pm

Feb12

Meet and greet with Carrie Jones (NEED) and Alyxandra Harvey (HEARTS AT STAKE) Keplers, Menlo Park 5:30pm. Heather Brewer (THE CHRONICLES of VLADIMIR TODD) at 7pm.

FEB 17

Lauren Conrad author of Sweet Little Lies: An L.A. Candy novel
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 7:00pm
Copperfield's Books Petaluma

FEB 25
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will visit Books Inc. Palo Alto, 7pm

MARCH 13
A special launch party for debut author Jandy Nelson (THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE) Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 6:30pm

MARCH 22

Carrie Ryan author of THE DEAD-Tossed Waves at Keplers at 7pm

MARCH 24
Carrie Ryan does the Zombie for her new book THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 7pm.

Waiting on Wednesday: ACCOMPLICE by Eireanne Corigan

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 ACCOMPLICE by Eireanne Corigan. The Cover is eye catching and once you red the synopsis you will be hooked.


ACCOMPLICE by Eireanne Corigan
8/1/2010
They've gotten good grades - but that's not good enough. They've spent hours on community service - but that's not good enough. Finn and Chloe's advisor says that colleges have enough kids with good grades and perfect attendance, so Chloe decides they'll have to attract attention another way. She and Finn will stage Chloe's disappearance, and then, when CNN is on their doorstep and the nation is riveted, Finn will find and save her. It seems like the perfect plan - until things start to go wrong. Very wrong

Sounds Amazing, right. So , what is your WOW?

Trailer Tuesdays: THE IRON KING

THE IRON KING by Julia Kagawa


by harlequin books
OK, can I just say I cannot wait till my pre-ordered book gets into my hands.

REVIEW: DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by C.J. Omololu

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by C.J. Omololu

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (February 2, 2010)

  • REVIEW YYYY 1/2

    Wow! This book is beyond anything I have read. I cannot stop thinking about it. DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS was so well written that I could experience the claustrophobic living conditions, the overwhelming stench of mold and decay and understand the reasons that Lucy needed to keep the family "secret" safe.

    Lucy is coming home from the movies, a great night out with her BFF and her school crush and before she could reach her front porch all good thoughts come to a crashing halt. Lucy knows that within the walls of her house lies a filthy secret; her mother is a hoarder and she is trapped within the confines of that fact, isolated. Lucy survives by clinging to the knowledge that she only has two years left before she can leave as her sibling have done before her. Then Lucy finds her mother had died while she was out and with her hand poised to dial 911, the reality of her family life causes her to reconsider. So she sets a two day deadline and what happens next is hour by hour account of Lucy's struggle to keep her family's secret from ever being public knowledge.

    The story of a teenage girl trying to live a normal teenage life when her home life is anything but normal will grab you and not let go. Lucy's overwhelming desire to fit in and her forced isolation to make her life bearable are well detailed. And as Lucy valiantly tries to clean the layers of dirt and grime, the years of living with her mother are painfully revealed and it is fascinatingly disturbing.

    DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS is a thought provoking and stunning read. You will ask yourself the same question. How far will you go to protect your family secrets?

    MY SOUL TO SAVE BOOK CONTEST

    Today I have the most fortunate opportunity to present an amazing contest. For those fans of paranormal romance with a protagonist that has some wicked good powers, then you need look no further. I am hosting a contest and will be giving away three books, yes three books of Rachel Vincent's MY SOUL TO SAVE, the second book in the Soul Screamers Trilogy.
    A recent transplant into the deep south, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks — seriously — and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

    Book 1 of The Soul Screamers series -- My Soul to Take -- was released this past summer, and readers found out why Kaylee Cavanaugh screams bloody murder when someone’s about to die.

    In Book 2 – My Soul to Save – when teen pop star Eden croaks on stage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

    The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a You can learn more about Kaylee by downloading the free Soul Screamers prequel My Soul to Lose here!consequence they can’t possibly understand.

    Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk.

    Soul Screamers: The last thing you hear before you die.


    Interested? Of course you are and this contest is quick and easy
    MY SOUL TO SAVE CONTEST RULES

    1. FOLLOW ME and if you already are just say so.
    2. Post about this contest on your blog or side bar.
    3. Contest open to US entrants only (sorry!)
    4. Contest begins January 25th and ends February 8th at midnight.
    5. Winner selected by random generator and check back on the 9th to see if you have won.

    Check out another amazing contest HERE for the Soul Screamer Series. Check it out


    You can learn more about Kaylee by downloading the free Soul Screamers prequel My Soul to Lose here!


    In My Mailbox: 1/24/2010

    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 been most happy with some amazing books that I have been most eager to purchase and receive. Just click on the book title to read information about the respective novel.


    Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love by Pat Mora (for review)

    The Clearing by Heather Davis (for review)

    The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley (for review)

    My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent (for review)

    The Less Dead by April Lurie (for review)

    Dream Life by Lauren Mechling (for review)

    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (for review)

    The Guardian of the DEAD by Karen Healey (trade)

    The Mark by Jen Nadol (purchased)

    Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman (purchased)

    That was my week IN MY MAILBOX? What was in yours? Please come back and visit on monday when I will host a give-a-way for MY SOUL TO SAVE for three lucky winners.

    REVIEW: DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston

    DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston

    Age Range: Young Adult
    Pub. Harper Teen Date: December 2009
    312pp


    REVIEW YYYYY+

    MILDLY SPOILERIFIC if you have not read Wondrous Strange. So proceed with caution

    I read DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston and am certain that it is one of my most favorite books, EVER! Seriously, I cannot begin to give this book enough praise and feel that I could not do it justice, but I will try. Like the feeling you get when you listen to that perfect song, when the melody and lyrics combined make you smile for days, yes it is that good.

    Lesley Livingston has crafted a gorgeously seductive novel, rich with faerie magick, breathtaking romance and some of the most vividly engaging characters you will ever behold in print.

    DARKLIGHT, the continuation novel to WONDROUS STRANGE is centered on Kelly Winslow, a girl living her dream of performing on the stage in NYC. Not to forget that she comes from faery royalty(whom both parents she despises), that her love is in another dimension finishing off the marauders of the wild hunt, and now she is being hunted by someone with a major grudge. As if that isn't enough a startling secret is revealed, something that can change all their lives forever.

    I am completely enthralled with this series because it is literary magic. The words that flow from it's pages will grab you and hold you hostage and once you begin this adventure you will never want it to end. An amazing read for all ages, a true gem filled with romance, danger and excellent story telling and now I cannot wait for the conclusion to this series. The only thing I regret is that it is almost over, but that only means that I get to read them all over again.

    I had the added bonus of listening to it (which is also read by Lesley Livingston) and she did such an amazing job. That is why I got to this book at this point instead of last month. I enjoyed listening to WONDROUS STRANGE so much that I had to wait and listen to the audio version of DARKLIGHT. If your a fan of audio books then this is the one to attain for Lesley's perfect pitch, timing and brogue's are music to your ears.

    So, if you have not read this series I have some good news. You can NOW read the entire first novel WONDROUS STRANGE online for free, yes free. Click HERE

    and enjoy!!

    Sneak A Peek Saturday: SWEET LITTLE LIES by Lauren Conrad

    It's Saturday and time for a Sneak Peek! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two or more of an upcoming book.
    Today I am featuring SWEET LITTLE LIES by Lauren Conrad. This novel sounds amazing and after reading the first two chapters I cannot wait to devour it. Just click on the book cover and you can read the first two chapters and enjoy.

    SWEET LITTLE LIES by Lauren Conrad

    How Sweet it is?

    Jane Roberts was the average girl next door until she and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, landed their own reality show, L.A. Candy. Now the girls have an all-access pass to Hollywood's hottest everything. But there's more to life on camera than just parties and shopping. . . .

    When racy photos of Jane are leaked to the press, she finds herself at the center of a tabloid scandal. She turns to her co-star Madison Parker for help, unaware that Madison is scheming behind the scenes. She might be Jane's shoulder to cry on, but does Madison really have Jane's back?

    Scarlett's working on a scandal of her own. She's fallen for someone who's strictly off-limits—which means Scarlett has a big secret to keep . . . from the L.A. Candy cameras, the paparazzi staking out her apartment, even from her best friend.

    Of course, nothing stays secret for long for the stars of the newest hit TV series, and all this drama couldn't be better for ratings. But can Jane survive another season in the spotlight?

    In television star Lauren Conrad's dishy, entertaining novel about young Hollywood, the lies are only as sweet as the people tell-ing them.

    Author Blog Visit with Alexandra Bullen

    Today(yesterday, just work with me :)) I have the pleasure of hosting an author blog visit with Alexandra Bullen. I have enjoyed reading her debut novel WISH and she wanted to let us know about the YA books she has enjoyed.




    As I’ve written about in the past, I’ve only recently been introduced to many of the great YA books that are out in the world these days, and I have to say that the last few years have been some of the most exciting reading years of my life. Here are a few of the titles that I’ve most loved, and some that I’m looking forward to reading.
    BOOKS I’VE READ AND LOVED:
    Punkzilla by Adam Rapp: I love books about boys, probably because I spend a lot of time trying to understand what in the world they are thinking. This book was full of great insight, solid and moving writing, and a main character, Jaime, who stayed with me long after I finished the last chapter.
    How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford: I can’t say enough great things about this book. To me it’s the perfect portrayal of real friendship, the friends you don’t know how you end up with, the ones who change your life completely. A truly great love story, without any of the usual clich├ęs.
    Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: This is the book that convinced me that YA could be read and enjoyed by anyone, at any age. It’s just an amazing story, told in a way that is poetic and powerful and at times, hard to take. I read it once and then again, right away. I love it when books make me do that.
    BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT TO READ AND LOVE:
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: All I can say is I can’t BELIEVE I still haven’t read this book. And now there’s a sequel? How embarrassing.
    The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork: This is the new one by Francisco Stork and I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of it recently. Marcelo in the Real World was another one of my favorite new finds, and this one sounds just as compelling.
    Will Grayson/Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan: Along with the rest of the reading universe, I am eagerly anticipating this joint effort from John Green and David Levithan. What a cool idea, and sounds like a great story, too.

    Thank you Alexandra for visiting The Ravenous Reader blog, Alex’s next stop on her blog tour is at http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.com/ on January 20 (TODAY), where she’ll be answering a few questions.
    Dedicated WISH website:http://www.whatwouldyouwishfor.com/





    Official Point website:http://www.thisispoint.com/

    REVIEW: THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting

    THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting
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    HarperTeen, March 2010







    REVIEW YYYY 1/2

    Alright!! I just finished this novel and It is made of A W E S O M E! THE BODY FINDER, debut novel by Kimberly Derting has everything you could want in a page gripping read. It's wicked suspenseful, creepy and the sexual tension will knock your socks off (without causing anything more than a good blush).

    THE BODY FINDER centers on Violet Ambrose, a girl that has the uniquely morbid ability to locate those that have been murdered: She can sense the echos that are left behind and the imprints they leave on their killers. When Violet begins her Junior year at school she finds her feelings for her childhood friend, Jay developing into a full on crush as if she did not have enough to deal with already. Violet does not have time to dissect these consuming feelings when a serial killer begins to terrorize her hometown. Violet knows that she is the only person that can locate and stop him, but can she find him before she is the next victim?

    Kimberly Derting has crafted something wonderful with THE BODY FINDER. I truly enjoyed this novel and although it is the beginning of this new year, I believe that it is one of the best reads for 2010. The suspense and tension throughout this novel was pitch perfect and the unique twist on the alternating point of view creepily effective. A must read for 2010

    Waiting On Wednesday: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

    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.

    I love reading about Fairy's/Fae/Fairies and all that is part of fairyland. So, this book definately got my interest. Plus, the cover is wicked awesome.

    GLIMMERGLASS by Jenna Black
    May 25, 2010
    Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

    Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go . .
    That is my WOW for this week, what is yours?

    Trailer Tuesdays: THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting


    THE BODY FINDER

    by VLC PHOTO PRODUCTIONS

    THE BODY FINDER WEBSITE

    A serial killer on the loose.

    A girl with a morbid ability.

    And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

    REVIEW: THEY NEVER CAME BACK by Caroline B. Cooney

    THEY NEVER CAME BACK by Caroline B. Cooney

    Reading level: Young Adult

    Publisher: Delacorte books for Young Readers

    Hardcover: 208 pages

    (January 12, 2010)


    REVIEW YYY 1/2

    Upon reading the synopsis for this novel I was intrigued with the concept of a girl being left behind as her parents flee the country to escape being imprisoned for embezzlement. The subject matter of financial ruin during these unstable economic times are timely. So, I grabbed this book and devoured it in a day, and days later my mind still goes back to this page turning read.

    THEY NEVER CAME BACK centers on two characters Cathy Ferris and Murielle Lyman. Cathy is attending a specialized language program when one day she is spotted by Tommy Lyman, who confronts her during a crowded lunch hour insisting that she is his missing cousin Murielle, whom the family lost track of 5 years ago. "And who is Murielle?" Cathy asks, but it is too late. The accusation is made and the whole school is abuzz. Unfortunately for Cathy she has to deal with not only the entire school but a persistent FBI agent who wants to use her as bait to capture Cade and Rory Lyman.

    The story is told in alternating perspectives from Cathy and Murielle's point of view and it gives understanding to where these characters are coming from. My heart ached for Murielle and her feelings of loss and abandonment and then for Cathy who embodied the life she has now has and the decision she would have to make. There are other minor characters that give it added life and that asks and answers those questions that we will make during this read.

    I enjoyed this mystery by Caroline B. Cooney and would recommend its quick pace and intriguing story to anyone. It will leave you pondering on what you would do if you where in that situation.

    In My Mailbox: 1/17/2010

    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 past week was great and I hope that everyone had a great week as well.

    ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab

    All Unquiet Things centers around the murder of teen heiress Carly Ribelli, who was found shot to death a mile from her house in a wealthy Northern California suburb. Carly’s uncle, a dissolute alcoholic, was convicted of the crime, but a year later his daughter still doesn’t believe her father is guilty. Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey Ribelli contacts Carly’s ex-boyfriend, Neily Monroe, the boy who found Carly’s body. She is convinced that he knows more than he thinks about the events that led up to Carly’s death. Despite Neily’s initial reluctance, he and Audrey begin their investigation at the posh private school they attend, identifying prime suspects from among their spoiled classmates and digging up secrets about Carly’s past to get to the truth behind her murder

    THEY NEVER CAME BACK by Caroline B. Cooney

    In a busy school cafeteria, a teenage girl is confronted by a classmate who questions her identity. He explains to the students who have crowded around that the girl bears an uncanny resemblance to his cousin, who was taken away by social services five years ago. Her parents abandoned her, fleeing the country after being accused of embezzling millions of dollars. The students are intrigued, but the girl shrugs off the attention as a case of mistaken identity.

    As the days pass, however, the boy refuses to relent and even brings his parents in to back him up. But they are not the only adults involved. An FBI agent who has been working the case these past five years believes that whoever this girl is, she can serve as bait to help the FBI capture the fugitives. In this powerful novel that explores the possibility of mistaken identity, the evils of money and greed, and the heartfelt obligations of family and loyalty, Caroline B. Cooney has once again crafted a page-turner that will resonate with readers.

    FREAKSVILLE by Kitty Keswick

    High school is hard enough when you’re normal. There’s peer pressure, book reports, the in crowd and the enormous zit that has a life of its own. Having a family whose skeletons in the closet lean toward the paranormal is not a topper on anyone’s list. Sophomore Kasey Maxwell is busy juggling the typical teen angst. Add visions, ghosts and hairy four-legged monsters into the mix and you get FREAKSVILLE. It’s a wonder Kasey has survived.

    Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a normal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick Gillie Godshall consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new waters, a lead in a play, a haunted theater…and into the arms of the Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?

    THE LESS DEAD by April Lurie

    Noah Nordstrom has been dissing the religious beliefs of his father, who hosts a popular Christian radio show and whom Noah accuses of spreading hate. When two local gay teens are murdered, Noah’s anti-evangelism intensifies—he’s convinced that the killer is a caller on his dad’s program.

    Then Noah meets Will Reed, a cool guy. But when he learns that Will is gay, Noah gets a little weirded out. Especially since Will seems really into him. Noah gives Will the brush-off. Meanwhile, the killer is still at large . . . and soon Noah finds the next victim. It’s Will.

    Racked with guilt, Noah decides to investigate. He knows the serial killer is targeting gay teens, but only those who live in foster homes, whose deaths are not that important to society; they are the less-dead. Noah, however, is determined to prove that someone cares. With the help of Will’s journal, which he pocketed at the scene of the crime and in which the killer has written clues, Noah closes in on an opponent more dangerous than he can guess.

    So that was my mailbox goodies for this week, what was in yours?

    Sneak A Peek Saturday: BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

    It's Saturday and time for a Sneak Peek! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book.

    This week I am showcasing the prologue to an upcoming novel that is amazing. Just click on the book cover and read the excerpt.

    BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

    What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

    Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

    REVIEW: THE DARK DIVINE by Bree Despain

    THE DARK DIVINE by Bree Despain

    Age Range: Young Adult
    Pub. Date: December 2009
    384pp

    REVIEW YYYY

    In this debut novel, The Dark Divine, Bree Despain has written a multifaceted paranormal romance with a different twist. The mixture of religion, history and mystery are well blended in this fresh interpretation of the lupin.

    I am a big fan of parnormal romance and I know many who enjoy a certain other fruit covered novel will go crazy for this new story. The Dark Divine has all the elements that make it a gripping read although they story line is a bit slower than I would like, it did keep my interest.

    The story of Grace, daughter of the local pastor who falls in love with the mysteriously dangerous Daniel against her brother Jude's desperate warnings. They were once best friends, brothers, but that all ended one terrible night years before that Jude refuses to talk about. Then Daniel comes back into town and Grace realizes she loves him and that she wants to mend the broken relationships and fix Daniel, only to realize that in order to save him she might have to loose her soul.

    The ending will have you engrossed with each heart stopping word. The Dark Divine is a perfect read for those fans of paranormal romance and Bree Despain is an author with wicked talent and one to keep on your radar.

    REVIEW: WISH by Alexandra Bullen

    WISH by Alexandra Bullen

    Age Range: 14 and up
    Pub. Date: January 2010


    REVIEW YYY


    If you could have anything. What would you wish for?


    A question that introverted Olivia Laren would not have known how to answer, until her vivacious twin sister Violet, tragically dies during the summer. Then, the only thing that Oliva could ever wish for is to have her sister Violet back.

    As fate would have it Olivia and her family relocate to San Francisco to begin anew. Yet, Olivia whom is too steeped in sorrow cannot seem to move forward. To her dismay, Olivia must attend a work party for her mother but she doesn't have a thing to wear. She did not have the shopping gene or much fashion sense, that was always Violet's gift. At this revelation Olivia finds a dress that belonged to Violet but it needs repair. Desperate, Olivia goes in seek of a seemstress and what she finds is a bit of magic.

    Before you know it, Olivia and her sister are together again, brought together by a magical dress. Olivia is overjoyed and understands the rules that govern her upcoming wishes for she will have two dresses coming her way. As Olivia's life has renewed vigor with new friends and a possible romance, she notes with much sadness that Violet begins to pull away much like her parents already are. Then Olivia says something that she cannot take back and with that realization and heartache she understands that she can no longer wait for her life to change. She has to make the change and live her life to it's fullest potential and with that she and her family can step forth and thrive again.

    Alexandra Bullen has created a novel that causes one to truly think on what we would wish for if we could have our wishes granted. What ensues is the fairy tale of a timid girl whom proves that she is not afraid to come out of her shell and embrace life. WISH is a book that will touch your heart. A great story for any age.

    Here is a great website to check out http://whatwouldyouwishfor.com/

    WOW: The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli

    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.

    Upon reading the synopsis for this book and checking out its very wicked cover I was intrigued and had to put this onto my "wish" list.

    THE WAGER by Donna Jo Napoli

    published: April 17, 2010
    details: Hardcover, 272

    Don Giovanni is no beggar. A few months ago he was the wealthiest and handsomest young man in Messina, until a tidal wave washed away everything he owned. Though he’s now homeless and poor, he still has his pride—and his good looks. Yet winter is coming, and Don Giovanni has nowhere to go, nothing to eat.

    When a well-dressed stranger offers him a magical purse in exchange for a simple-sounding wager, Don Giovanni knows he shouldn’t take it. Only the devil would offer a deal like this, and only a fool would accept. But Don Giovanni is desperate. Against his better judgment he enters into a deal with the devil: he will not change his clothes or bathe for 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days.

    Beauty is a small price to pay for worldly wealth, isn’t it? Unless Don Giovanni loses the wager—and with it his soul.

    Set against the stunning backdrop of ancient Sicily, this is a tale of beauty, pride, and above all else hope, a tale that only the masterful Donna Jo Napoli could tell.

    In My Mailbox: 1/10/09

    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 has been a bit overwhelming for me with personal matters but my blog gives me a bit of distraction to keep my sane. I did receive some nice items. Please click on book covers for a detailed description

    WISH by Alexandra Bullen
    for review from Scholastic

    For brokenhearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone--until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.

    I also recieved a nice swag pack from Anastasia Hopcus filled with book markers and goodies. Yeay!

    So, that was IMM for this week what is yours?

    REVIEW: NUMBERS by Rachel Ward

    NUM8ERS by Rachel Ward
    Age Range: 12 and up
    Pub. Date: February 01, 2010
    336pp

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    One day Jem takes a look into her mother's face and a number becomes burned into her brain: 10102001. A number that she pays no mind to until a few years later when she watches the coroner write down DATE of DEATH: 10/10/2001. It was then that Jem realized that she had a special ability, a curse, she had the power to know ones expiration date.

    Flash forward and Jem is now 15 and living life totally under the radar, refusing to look anyone in the eye for to do so would be TMI on a totally different level. Jem has been tossed from home to home and in and out of schools . She constantly feels lost and untethered, until she meets SPIDER, and why Jem doesn't want to admit it.....they fit.

    Then one day while on in the city Jem comes to the horrifying realization that those around her all exhibit the same death date. Things click for Jem and before Spider knows it, she has him running away minutes before a catastrophe narrowly misses them both. Truths are known, accusations are made and soon Jem and Spider are on the run...WANTED.

    While on the run you witness Jem and Spider's relationship solidify as they struggle to maintain a step ahead of the law. Their blooming romance is a bright spot amid the dark backdrop of this storyline. For the truth of Jem's gift is ever present and as the dreaded number comes and passes you will be left pondering. If you had the this unique gift, what would you do with it? Would you try and change the numbers or accept it as fate?

    Rachel Ward has written a story that is dark and gritty while being original. I have to admit that I was not a fan of Jem until more than half way thru the book. She exhibited personal growth and strength while demonstrating a brutally honest view of having a gift that was more like a curse. And while I enjoyed the British slang, I question if it will meet with equal admiration from US audiences.

    NUMBERS is not your regular book. It really got me thinking about what I'd do if I knew when people were going to die, what I'd do differently, and how I'd cope with it. It's an original concept that I haven't seen before, and is one of the things that I liked most about the book. I also admired the realistic setting that was so much of part of Jem's existence. The last sentence was mind blowing now you know there is a sequel and I would really be interested to read it.

    So, if you want to read a story that is not candy coated and that will leave you guessing till the very end. Then this is the book for you.

    Sneak A Peek Saturday: WHITE CAT by Holly Black

    It's Saturday and time for a Sneak Peek! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book.
    Today I am featuring WHITE CAT by Holly Black. This novel sounds amazing and after reading the first two chapters I cannot wait to devour it. Just click on the book cover and you can read the first two chapters and enjoy.

    WHITE CAT by Holly Black

    Margaret K. McElderry, May 2010

    Hardcover, 320 pages

    ISBN-10: 1416963960

    Ages: 14 and up

    Grades: 9 and up


    In Holly Black's gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic, a single touch can bring love--or death--and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

    After reading the excerpt and looking at the cover and hey! it's Holly Black. How can you not want to read this new book.

    Author Interview with Kitty Keswick



    Today I have an interview with debut author Kitty Keswick, author of Freaksville. For more information on Kitty and Freaksville check out her website at http://kittykeswick.com/

    Warning: Dating a werewolf can be hazardous to your…heart.

    RR: What can you tell us about your new upcoming novel, Freaksville? Here’s the blurb.

    A group of teenagers, trapped in a haunted theater on the night of a full moon, find out that ghosts are the least of their worries…Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a normal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick, Gillie Godshall, consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new realms, a lead in a play, a haunted theater ... and into the arms of Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?

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

    Gillie Godshall, Kasey Maxwell’s best friend. She’s a researcher by nature, and I love that about her. Gillie’s loyal and has hidden strength. She can be a leader or a follower when the situation calls for it. Plus she has an awesome power. But you’ll have to read to the end to find out what it is. Gillie is always prepared for anything…including the paranormal. (Gillie drags around a mongo size bag filled with stuff. You never know when you’ll need a flashlight, a whistle, or lots of flavored lipgloss.)

    RR: What’s your favorite genre to read?

    I like paranormals and mysteries. Some of my favorite authors are Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Maria V. Snyder, Madelyn Alt, and the list goes on and on. When I’m not writing or editing, I read about five paperbacks a week.

    RR: Who or what influences you when you write?

    My biggest influence I would say is movies. I’m very visual. I love John Hughes movies from the 80s. Kitty and John sitting in a tree… (Go ahead say it. Get it off your chest!) He wrote The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, and many more. He perfected teen angst.

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

    I’m a night owl. I tend to do my best writing after midnight. I’ll take notes or do a basic chapter during the day and then fill it out when I’m at my most creative.

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

    If a chapter is giving me problems, I skip it and move on to something. I’ll go watch TV or do something fun to free up my mind.

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

    First of all, check out the amazing trailer Madison with M2 Productions created:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrvLFZcwUPE
    And here’s a teaser….

    Suddenly the tunnel was shrouded in darkness. The lights had failed. A deep throaty growl vibrated a few yards away.

    “Stay still,” I whispered.

    This was the end. I wanted to grip Gillie’s hand for comfort. But didn’t want to see my best friend’s last moments in my head. My strange list-making compulsion shoved at my thoughts. I didn’t fight it when my brain filtered through my mental catalog. It helped me process. I knew three things:

    That was a real growl.

    It sounded hungry.

    I was on the menu.

    From somewhere on my right, in all the blackness, another wolf howled. Claws scratched the rough cement as the beasts darted towards us. Their heavy panting was as loud as my own. The slight clip-clop of nails scraped on the floor in front of me as this creature stalked forward. The smell of wet dog, raunchy, burned my nose. Hot breath wheezed out a moment before the wolf sprang. I moved forward, like Wonder Woman, only stupider, because I didn’t have a magic lasso or cool boots.

    My only thought was save Gillie.

    Sacrifice.

    Three things happened at once. I shrieked—an eardrum-bursting scream. The wolf scraped my arm—claws or teeth, I didn’t know which. It burned. Something heavy smashed my attacker. With a gurgle and a thump, the wolf was off me.

    RR: How did you come up with the idea for Freaksville?

    Everywhere. I keep a dream journal. Also, I get many of my ideas while driving or soaking in the tub. I let my mind zone out. Mostly, the ideas pop into my head. I’m very character driven. Kasey and her BFF Gillie were a lot of fun. I see my characters like a movie, and their energy and friendship were so strong they drove the story. It just sorta spewed out.

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

    Book two Furry & Freaked is my favorite so far. The conflict really stretches Kasey to her limits. She’s growing in her powers and has some very important decisions to make. Plus a few new characters throw a wrench into her life. It’s hard to say without giving away too much. Whereas Freaksville is more about acceptance and being true to yourself (Willie Shakespeare got it right: “To thine own self be true.”), Furry & Freaked is about finding your inner strength and rising to your destiny, the one you choose.

    RR: Do you have a favorite character from your book?

    Ruby. She’s a minor character in Freaksville, but has a bigger role as the series progresses. I love Ruby’s snark. She tells you how it is and doesn’t sugarcoat things. If you’re acting stupid, she’s blunt and tells you that you’re being an a$$. She has a style all her own and is a true individual. Ruby doesn’t let people influence her. She comes across hard, but really she’s a softy. Once you win Ruby’s friendship, you have it for life…or even the afterlife. I hope to let Ruby have a series of her own someday

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

    I love surfing the web, er, researching. For Freaksville, I even interviewed a couple of firemen for a scene in the book. I spent many years reading ghosts stories and studying Norse mythology, which plays a role in Freaksville. There are many goodies buried underneath the surface of the story—symbols and other things that at first you might not notice. But if you pay attention to them, the story is so much more. Hints of things to come, my friend.

    RR: Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

    I work better under deadline. Procrastinator, moi? Perhaps, I’m just an adrenaline junkie and like the rush? But either way, I tend to do my best writing after midnight and in a time crunch.

    RR: What would you like to tell your readers?

    That they rock! It’s because of readers that I’m able to write. The stories are really for them.

    RR: How many novels to do you have planned for your new YA series?

    Originally, I had four planned. Presently, I have three Kasey Maxwell novels. I might offshoot with Gillie and Ruby, giving each of them a series that is set in the same world. My editor recently sent me the edits for book two. I’m working on those.

    RR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?

    I’m the co-president of the Class of 2k10. We’re a group of debut MG and YA authors. Our website is www.classof2k10.com. You can read a free short story I wrote, My Prom Date’s a Vampire, on my publisher’s website, www.leapbks.com. Hang out with my fellow Wolfy Chick, Judith Graves, and me at our blog: wolfychicks.blogspot.com. I’m on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and about a bazillion other sites, so feel free to friend me there. Oh, and my website is www.kittykeswick.com. I love to chat with readers so stop by anytime or email me through my website.

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

    My publisher has a pretty nifty page set up at www.leapbks.com. Also, I have a cool author page on the www.classof2k10.com. And you can buy the book here.

    Thank you for this opportunity! And thank you for visiting the Ravenous Reader blog.

    Please return for my review of Freaksville on Monday

    Review: BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken

    BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken

    Category: Juvenile Fiction
    Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
    On Sale: March 23, 2010
    Price: $16.99
    ISBN: 978-1-60684-038-2 (1-60684-038-X)


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    The dry cracked earth and sand was all that Sydelle knew since she was 7 years old. Her town had been plagued by drought for many years until the day when a mysteriously handsome stranger comes into her town bringing forth the rain.
    Sydelle's father is so grateful for the relief that he promises Wayland North anything. To Sydelle's dismay North demands her in return and her family willingly obliges. Yet she cannot protest much for North has an important mission and has to move swiftly. What happens next is an adventure like no other.
    As this wondrous story moves along in quick progression the plot still feels natural. The pacing swift without any bumps and as magical and mysterious as North appears to be. Not to say this tenuous couple don't find their share of elemental troubles like earthquakes and storms along the way besides the fact that an evil wizard is hunting them down. While North continues to be silent, Sydelle takes charge on seeks her own answers to all the mystery that surrounds him. Sydelle is a force to be recognized and it is a refreshing bit to this engaging tale.
    What is truly amazing about this story, however, is the relationship that develops between Sydelle and North. Its development is subtle, simmering beneath the surface. Hints of it are always tugging just at the edges of the story, but without ever fully overriding the plot and it will leave you clamouring for more.
    Alexandra Bracken did an amazing job with her debut novel and I cannot speak of its praises enough. A different take on mysterious wizardry with a dusting of romance and a protagonist that is spirited as she is different. If you are a fan of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce than this a gem of a read that will take you to far away lands and adventure

    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.

    THE STILLBURROW CRUSH by Linda Cage

    Sixteen year old, Carrie Paxton, isn't the most popular girl in her small town of Stillburrow. But that's never concerned her before. Her life revolves around her writing, and she loves her job as the student editor of the school paper.
    But when she gets assigned to interview the football team's beloved quarterback, she takes one look into Luke Carter's blue eyes and is a goner. Suddenly, she doesn't like her lowly rank so much. Then her dreamy, popular crush surprises her when he starts to act as if he likes her in return. But there's no way Luke Carter could possibly ever like a nobody like Carrie Paxton. Is there?
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    The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage...coming soon!

    “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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