REVIEW: THE LINE by Teri Hall

THE LINE by Teri Hall

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Dial (March 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0803734662


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THE LINE is a different take on a dystopian society set in the United States years after a nuclear war attack. The land inside of the boundaries is called The Away, and those inside are the victims of a government that basically abandoned them, left to die and fend for themselves.

Rachel grew up with her mother Vivian on secluded area of land called the property, only a few yards from The Away. It was the only thing that she was sure of, that, and THE LINE. The Line is thus named after the invisible shield that is constructed to enclose the entire country and keep the ravages of nuclear destruction inside from affecting the population on the other side. No one is allowed near it, a fact that Rachel has learned from her many teaching lessons guided by her mother. In these lessons Rachel learns about the government and its harsh guidelines and cruel treatment of the population in and out of the zones. Although Rachel knows her mother is forthcoming with historical information she feels as if Vivian is holding something back and Rachel pushes for more. Then one day Rachel discovers something that will forever alter her life and her inquisitive nature takes her to truths that she could have never imagined. Soon, The Away is within her reach, but will she be brave enough to cross the barrier and discover the truths within the other side?

THE LINE is a dystopian novel full of strong female leads that I found satisfyingly refreshing. I liked this futuristic tale and the manner in which TERI HALL was able to interweave her world building through important history lessons. I have to admit that I almost gave up reading this book due to the lack of action in the first half of the book, but am glad that I did not give up on it for it did get a bit OMG! towards the end. I also wish that it's ending was not so abrupt but it did leave me wanting for more. The next novel is called THE AWAY and will not be around until next year, gahhh! I hate the suspsense.

So if your a fan of dystopian novels such as the Hunger Games, Gone and Life As We Know It, then THE LINE is a good read for you and worth a try.

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REVIEW: MY SOUL TO SAVE by Rachel Vincent

MY SOUL TO SAVE by Rachel Vincent

Imprint / Series: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: Jan 2010
Book Type: Trade Paperback
Category: Young Adult
ISBN: 9780373210046

Read an Excerpt

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I am a big fan of Rachel Vincent. I adore her were-cat series and was very excited that she now has a YA series also. MY SOUL TO SAVE, is the second installment to her Soul Screamer series dealing with bein sidhe's and their wicked awesome powers.

MY SOUL TO SAVE picks up shortly after MY SOUL TO TAKE with Kaylee and Nash going to a concert when a suddenly a famous singer dies and Kaylee does not feel the need to scream her head of, which is truly odd for that is what she is all about. Turns out the singer does not have a soul for she bargained it away for fame and fortune. Soon Kaylee, Nash and Todd find themselves in the center of a twisted system involving demons that truly creeps me out and take a second look into the cookie cutter teen pop industry. Will Kaylee be able to save a certain pop star from certain doom? or will she perish along with the rest of them? You gotta read it to find out :)

MY SOUL TO SAVE has plot twists and turns that keep you engaged and entertained, but I felt that it did not quite hit the mark this time. Although I adored the character's from it's predessor I could not seem to feel the same emotions for them this time. I also did not find the character Addison, worth all the trouble that they were working so hard to save. I do find the the world building in this series fascinating and unique and the Netherworld is written so well and it makes my skin crawl. It just proves how fantastic a writer Rachel Vincent truly is.

MY SOUL TO SAVE is a must read for those that have enjoyed MY SOUL TO TAKE and If you have not then you should give it a try. This series is unique and I am eager for the next installment of MY SOUL TO KEEP.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: HOURGLASS by Claudia Gray

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's selection is HOURGLASS by Claudia Gray, the much awaited sequel to the EVERNIGHT novels. Just click on the book cover to get your peek and enjoy :)

HOURGLASS

Bianca will risk everything to be with Lucas.

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas take refuge with Black Cross, a fanatical group of vampire hunters. Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at their hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend—the vampire Balthazar—hiding is no longer an option.

Soon, Bianca and Lucas are on the run again, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they travel, Bianca can't escape her destiny.

Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything . . . but can it survive what's to come?

REVIEW: CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones

CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones


NEW IN HARDCOVER!TEEN FICTION - Ages 12 and up$16.99 U.S. / $21.00 Can.Bloomsbury Publishing


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Pixies, Were's and kisses.... OH MY!!

Carrie Jones' newest installment in the Pixie saga does not fail in grabbing your attention and holding it captive. CAPTIVATE is a great read, total fun and a perfect follow-up to NEED.

CAPTIVATE continues shortly after Zara and her gang of awesome (Issie, Dylan and Nick) imprisoned her needy pixie dad and his followers out in the woods. Pixie sightings are on the rise so it is no surprise when Zara encounters a powerful pixie tied up in the woods, the shocker is the Valkyrie that is holding him captive. Yup, I said Valkyrie! If that isn't enough for Zara to process she begins to turn blue and cannot seem to keep from getting dizzy. As she saves this new pixie from certain doom the information that he now gives her causes to seek answers from the most unlikely of choices. Now Zara has the answers she seeks, but with that knowledge comes certain heartache and new fears. Will she be able to make the right choices and save the ones she loves? or will she regret her actions?

I enjoyed CAPTIVATE for being pure entertainment and holding me within it's pages. I always enjoy Nick and Zara's interactions and was more than happy with how things progressed with Issie and Dylan. The only gripe I have is that I believe the story took a bit to get going. I was more than eager to get the ball rolling and once it did, I was more than satisfied. I am eager to see how Zara's choices comes into play in the next book of which I am sure to read.

So, if you have read NEED than you must read CAPTIVATE and continue the adventure, and if you haven't started on this series then you need to :)


Top Ten Things To Remember When Dealing With Pixies
Think pixies are like Tinkerbell? You think wrong.

1.Pixies do not hang out with Peter Pan.
2.Pixies do not sleep in glass jars.
3.Similarly, they do not carry magic wands.
4.They hate iron and steel.
5.They will call your name and try to get you lost in the woods.
6.They are great fighters, using claws and teeth.
7.They can look like humans. They are not human.
8.Some may go to your school or work with you. We have no idea.
9.They have needs.
10.Never let one kiss you. Ever.

REVIEW: THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan

THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan
Delacorte Books for Young ReadersHardcover: (March 2010), ISBN-10: 0385736843, ISBN-13: 978-0385736848


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What can I say except that Carrie Ryan is brilliant. She has the unique ability of creating literary magic and with THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES she surpassed her previous debut effort of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH with a story that was more stunning and compelling.

I could not think that I could enjoy a story of zombie mayhem as much as I did with this story, but I did. THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES is a well crafted, riveting story filled with passion, terror and mystery. I was gripping my book, white-knuckling it from the first word to the very last and I could not stop reading. The world that Carrie created had sucked me in and I was it's mudo.

THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES takes place years after Mary escaped the forest to find her beloved ocean. Now we have Gabrielle, her daughter, and her life after "the return". Gabry has only known the saftey of living in Vista, she would never test the borders that keep her town safe from Mudo. One night her friends decide to go across the borders and against Gabry's better judgement she follows, but it was because her heart pulled her. Catcher, was the object of her affection and her best friend Cira's brother, she knew they were meant to be. They kiss and Gabry cannot believe how perfect life can be then in an instant everything changes. Unimaginable and hideous chain of events occur and overnight Gabry looses everything she holds dear. Catcher and some others are missing and the rest imprisoned for illegally crossing the border while Gabry escaped and now she is home wracked with guilt for running away. Soon, it is made clear that her friends will dearly pay for their mistake and if Gabry does not make due on her promise to Cira she will be locked up with them. Will Gabry have the courage to enter the forest and find Catcher? Will she be able to trust the handsome stranger that reluctantly helps her? or will she be able to follow her mother in the forest of hands and teeth to unlock her own mystery?

I have to admit I was hesitant about reading this story. Although I had enjoy Carrie's writing style in TFOHAT I did not care for the protagonist (Mary) and there were a few issues with the story that I felt needed better explanation. I was very relieved in reading THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES because many of those questions were answered and I got a better understanding for that world. I like the addition of characters in this read, it rounded out the story and gave it new perspective. The only issue I have with this story is the love triangle between Gabry and the male interests in her life, it was reminiscent of Mary's situation although with Gabry I could understand their love for her.

If you enjoyed THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, you will adore this story for it is an amazing companion novel and now I am chomping at the bit for the conclusion for the cliff hanger was HUGE in this book. I cannot wait to read more about these fascinating characters and what will happen next for Gabry and her adventures.

Waiting on Wednesday: NOBEL GENES by Rune Michaels

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.

This week's choice is not normally in my vein of novels I enjoy to read but it's cover is eye catching and once my attention was captured I was intruged by its story. Now I want to read it, so there ya go.


It's tough to measure up to your parent' expectations. Imagine how much harder it would be if your mother told you that your biological father-whom you'd never met-was a Nobel prize -winning genius? What if, you found out that you'd been living a lie, and that the truth was darker than you could have imagined?

Does it matter who you come from? Or are we all just made of dust?

Nobel Genes will be out from Simon and Schuster summer 2010

Exerpt

Mom has taught me that genes are important. Half of what i am came from my dad. But he came from his parents and so on back through tthe ages, all the way back to the primordial soup I read about in cosmology book.

That's how I must think of it. I came from a puddle of mud back at the beginning of time. Everybody did.


What is your Waiting on Wednesday?

TOKEN OF DARKNESS GIVEAWAY!!!

Hey! It's Monday and I am here to present another amazing book give-away.


TOKEN OF DARKNESS, the new novel by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, is in bookstores and now you can have your very own copy for free!

Teenagers are sure to delve into this captivating story about the supernatural, perfect for weekend reading.

Publishers Weekly calls TOKEN OF DARKNESS “a fast-paced, supernatural thriller.”


And other critics say:

“Atwater-Rhodes’s quick read will entice her long-time fans and those of the supernatural with its suspense, the possibility of romance and magic that’s easy enough to understand.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Atwater-Rhodes has crafted another chilling tale with enough plot twists to keep readers guessing.”—School Library Journal

Are you interested? How could you not be? And now I have a great opportunity for 5 lucky winners to win TOKEN OF DARKNESS by amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

Here are the contest rules!

1) Just respond to this post telling me how much you want to read this book

2) Post this contest on your blog or side bar

3) Contest will last two weeks, ending on March 8th, 2010 midnight

4) Open to U.S. residents only (sorry)

What are you waiting for?

In My Mailbox: 2/ 21/2010

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 was wicked good and I am still amazed by my good fortune.




THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan
SHADOW HILLS by Anastasia Hopcus
RAISED BY WOLVES by Jennifer Barnes
SIREN by Tricia Rayburn
EVERLASTING by Angie Frazier
THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES by Kristina Mcbride
RADIANT SHADOWS by Melissa Marr
THE RECKONING by Kelley Armstrong
BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'Brien
THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW by Peter Bognanni
BLOOD NINJA by Nick Blake
SAVING MADDIE by Varian Johnson
**not shown**
SEA by Heidi R. Kling
INVISIBLE GIRL by Mary Stone Hanlon

Sneak A Peek Saturday: THE LINE by Terri Hall

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's choice is a much anticipated book THE LINE by Terri Hall. Just click on the book cover to read the first few chapters and enjoy.

THE LINE

Book: Hardcover 9.25 x 6.25in 224 pages ISBN 9780803734661 04 Mar 2010 Dial 12 - AND UP years


An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It’s said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.

Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel’s dad died in the last war. It’s a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.

Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?

Author Tours: Carrie Ryan











CARRIE RYAN and THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES TOUR
Tuesday March 9, 2010 @ 4:00PM (release day!)
Children's Bookstore, Inc.
737 Deepdene Road
Baltimore, MD 21210

Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 7:00PM
Barnes & Noble #1912
1542 Northern Blvd
Manhasset, NY 11030

Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:00PM
Word Bookstore
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 4:00
(with Adam Selzer, author of I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It)
57th Street Books
1301 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 7:00PM
Anderson's Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 7:00PM
Borders Books Shop #19 Novi Town Center
43075 Crescent Blvd.
Novi, MI 48375

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 6:30PM
Schuler Books and Music Inc
2820 Towne Center Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48912

Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 7:00PM
Barnes & Noble #2627
2800 S. Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 7:00PM
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Saturday March 20, 2010 @ 6:30PM
Third Place Books Suite A
17171 Brothell Way NE
Lake Forest, WA 98155

Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 7:00PM
Kepler's Books
2374 Santa Catalina St.
Palo Alto, CA 94303 (I will be attending this event, hope to see you there)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 7:00PM
Books Inc Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

April 28-May 2
Romantic Times Booklovers Convention
Columbus, Ohio
I'll be joining a whole slew of fantastic authors in Columbus, Ohio for the 2010 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention.

REVIEW: HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

Hyperion
Hardcover, 336 pages
isbn 1423121309
(isbn13: 9781423121305)

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I will begin by saying that HEX HALL gave me some good chuckles at teen angst and OMG! situations that tinged my cheeks red. It was a good mixture amid the darker tones of this novel that weaved its magic among the pages.

I was thoroughly surprised by some of the plot twists and turns and intrigued by the term Prodigium and it's world building concept. And although other series exist dealing with "paranormal" students, HEX HALL is worth the read for it's uniqueness and wicked mystery.

HEX HALL is centered on Sophie Mercer a smart teenage witch that has had a few issues with her abilities and her last spell lands her at Hecate Hall a.k.a Hex Hall. Her Warlock father pulls some strings to get her to attend Hecate, a reform school, in hopes of helping Sophie adjust to being a Prodigium: witches, faeries and shape shifters. And before the day is over she is crushing on the hottest guy in school, made enemies with some witches that want her to form their coven (no thanks), and being a roommate with the most despised being on campus...who literally sucks. Sophie does not get to enjoy campus life for long before some strange occurrences plague her school, attacking some students and all fingers point to Sophie's roommate. Yet, as that knowledge is disheartening another dark force threatens to destroy all the students within Hex Hall, especially her.

Rachel Hawkins did a fantastic job with her debut novel. I read HEX HALL in a day, it was a quick read that kept me intrigued enough to keep reading although not fully capturing my heart. The cliff-hanger ending will leave you wanting more. So, if you enjoy your reads with a bit of mystery and wickedness then this could be the read for you.

Waiting on Wednesday: HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler


“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”


Lisabeth Lewis is seventeen, anorexic...
and the new Famine of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

HUNGER
by Jackie Morse Kessler

Coming October 2010 from Harcourt Graphia


Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

**Sorry for not having the book cover, but it isn't out yet. I could not resist posting it. I met Heather Brewer last Friday and she could not stop talking about it**

REVIEW: THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa

THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (February 1, 2010)

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I must begin this review by giving Julie Kagawa tremendous props for putting a new and original spin on a classic Shakespearean tale.

THE IRON KING is a well paced adventure full of story time goodness: A doomed romance, wicked faeries, a cat made of awesomeness and a place where modern invention flourishes all melding together to create something special.

This faery tale of Ice and Iron centers on Megan Chase a girl that cannot seem to fit in at high school. Thankfully she has her best friend Robbie to help make life easier, until an unwanted visitor comes into her home respresenting something unimaginable. Megan learns that she is the daughter of Oberon, King of the Summer fae and that in order to get her baby brother back she must travel to the realm of the never never. While there Megan finds herself trapped amid faery politics, danger and romance with a prince whom would rather see her dead than kiss her. Talk about having bad luck! Megan soon travels to the land of the Iron King with the most unlikely of companions, bonds and promises are made, but will it enough to save Megan's brother and defeat the Iron King? Perhaps?.....

I love a good faery tale and THE IRON KING was original with it's modern day feary spin and it had some memorable characters such as Grimalkin, the cat with killer wit and panache. I also admired Megan's tenacity and strength but disliked the amount of hoops she had to go through to reach her goal. That being said I enjoyed this debut novel from Julie Kagawa and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting adventure and originality. Now I cannot wait for it's sequel THE IRON QUEEN out later this year.

Fantastic February Book Contest

















Hello Everyone!!!! February is a month full of author FANTASTICNESS. Why? you may ask. Well I have had the opportunity of meeting all of these fine authors and have signed books from all of them to give away. Yes, you have read it correctly. I have six, count them six books ready for a LUCKY contestant to enjoy and all you have to do is enter my contest.
Contest books:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Chronicles of Vladamir Todd (2) books
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Contest Rules:
1) Enter by following me and if you already follow me, just let me know
2) Contest is open to everyone from around the globe and beyond (vampire, pixie, spell caster....tee hee)
3) Please post this contest on your blog or sidebar.
4) Contest ends on March 7th at midnight.
2nd and third place winners will have book markers and pins to chose from
So...what are you waiting for!! come on sign up....this contest is full of awesomeness.

WHEREVER NINA LIES BOOK GIVEAWAY




Wherever Nina Lies PAPERBACK BOOK RELEASE GIVEAWAY

I have a wonderful opportunity to give away the paperback release of WHEREVER NINA LIES. Three (3) winners will receive: Wherever Nina Lies paperback book Books are valued at $8.99 each.

HERE ARE THE RULES!

1) Follow me
2) Post about it on your blog or sidebar
3) This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail.)
4) This contest ends March 1st, midnight PST

BOOK WEBSITE


BOOK OVERVIEW: Nina was beautiful, wild, and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But, one day, Nina disappeared. Two years later, everyone has given up home that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she’s got a chance—her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn’t planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.

AUTHOR BIO: Lynn Weingarten spends a lot of time writing in coffee shops while occasionally reading strangers’ laptops over their shoulders. In the past she has been a book editor, a barista, a counter girl at a bakery in Ireland, a waitress at a bar, and a seller of tiny homemade clay animals. She lives in New York City. Wherever Nina Lies was her first novel. Please visit her online at http://www.lynnweingarten.com/.


**Author photo by Jena Cumbo

In My Mailbox: 2/14/2010

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 awesome books. Happy Valentine's to everyone.









DARK LIFE by Kat Falls
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE by Erin McCahan
THE GHOSTS OF ASHBURY HIGH by JaclynMoriarty
ACCOMPLICE by Eireanne Corrigan
LIFE, AFTER by Sarah Darer Littman

This was my wonderful week. How was yours? Stay tuned on Monday for another great give-away.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

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 It is a great pleasure to present HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins. I have heard nothing but awesomeness about this debut novel. Just click on either the book cover and enjoy.
HEX HALL

When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-Gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard. Three powerful enemies who look like supermodels; a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock; a creepy, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all prodigium, especially her.





I just wanted to show you the UK cover for this book and wanted to know what you think about it? I am torn about the two looks. I am beginning to read the book today and will actually have a better idea which cover suits the book in a day or so.

Author Interview with Linda Kage


Today I have the honor of interviewing Linda Kage, author of The Stillburrow Crush. Her book will be available on February 26th, 2010. In the mean time sit back get to know this great author a little better :)




RR: Hello Linda, and welcome to The Ravenous Reader blog. I hope that you enjoy your stay while I ask you a few questions
:)Thank you! It's an honor to be here. I'm enjoying myself already, and we haven't even gotten to the good stuff yet!

RR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
You can find me all over the internet! But the best place to start is my website, which is www.lindakage.com.
From there, you can find links to my:email : linda@lindakage.com
Blog - http://lindakage.blogspot.com/
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/lindakage
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Kage/1415237991
Twitter - http://twitter.com/lindakage
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/LindaKage
Shelfari - http://www.shelfari.com/o1518203716/shelf
Book Blogs Ning - http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/Lindakage
And of course you can find my book at The Wild Rose Press Website : http://www.thewildrosepress.com/the-stillburrow-crush-p-3892.html

RR: Can you tell us about your upcoming book, The Stillburrow Crush?
Sure. It’s about sixteen-year-old Carrie Paxton who grows a crush on—go figure—the football quarterback, Luke Carter. But she’s not too popular, and, well, he is. She doesn’t want to be so predictable as to fall for the best-looking, most popular super jock in the entire school, but when she interviews him for the school paper, she’s surprised to realize he’s not just a pretty face. What’s even more shocking is that he seems to like her in return. But coming from different social circles makes their hooking up feel like the impossible, and just when Carrie thinks she and Luke might actually make it, drama in her brother’s life interferes with everything.

RR: What is your favorite line from The Stillburrow Crush?
"Are you blushing? ... You are. Oh, this is precious. I'm making Luke Carter blush."
RR: Do you have any other YA books in the works?
I have a couple ideas for about three YA books right now, but I've been focusing on adult contemporary romance lately, so my YAs have been on the back burner.

RR: What book is on your nightstand now?
I have a regency romance on my nightstand right now, called "The Truth about Lord Stoneville" by Sabrina Jeffires.

RR: What book has changed your life?
"Love Beyond Reason" by Sandra Brown. I used to like reading okay when I was younger, but it wasn't until my freshman year of high school that I became addicted. I listened in on my older sisters praising the works of their favorite romance authors. I asked to read one, so they gave me this book because they claimed it was more mild than some others. Well, I read it and was ruined ever since. Now I'm a complete romance junkie...just gotta have that happy ending.

RR: Had you always wanted to be a writer?
Yep, since the first grade anyway. Before that, not so much!

RR: What do you do for inspiration?
I usually don't have to go out looking for story inspiration; ideas are EVERYWHERE...in things people say, stories they tell, articles in newspapers, bad endings in movies, interesting sights out in the world...I mean everywhere. Usually the hard part is which story idea I want to work on next. And if I need inspiration to get into the mood to write, a good walk always seems to clear my head and make my fingers itchy to get back to a keyboard.

RR: I noted on your author bio that you have nine cuckoo clocks, does that make it a bit noisy at home?
Well, we only started with one. Once we got used to that, in came two, and then after a while, there were nine. I think we accumulated them so slowly, we didn't notice the increased noise. And they never kept the same time, so they didn't cuckoo all at once. But they would either drive our guests crazy, or totally capture their attention (must've been noisy enough for them, I guess). What was most annoying was having the wind them (by pulling down the weights) twice a day, so we only run one now (the eight-day clock, which only has to be wound once a week). The others are pretty much decoration unless guests want to watch them all running...then we'll get them all going again.

RR: What do you enjoy the most about romance novels?
I absolutley love watching the hero and heroine get together. I'm a sucker for interesting meet scenes, but then I also adore pretty much any dialogue between them. Watching them connect with each other and basically just feeling their love bud and grow is what gets to me every time.

RR: Thank you for visiting and granting me an interview.
It has been a pleasure. Oh, thank you so much for having me here. I had fun; wonderful questions.
Thank you and be sure to check out THE STEELBURROW CRUSH HERE

Waiting on Wednesday: Perchance To Dream by Lisa Mantchev

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.

This week I have the most wanted of wonderfully awaited sequels for this year. PERCHANCE TO DREAM is the sequel to EYES LIKE STARS, and tell me that the cover does not just SUCK you in. Gotta have it, NOW!!! and who is with me???


PERCHANCE TO DREAM


The stuff that dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.

Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY

But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other—full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too—that readers won’t want to put down, even after the curtain has closed
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The Bleeding Hearts Ball

Hey!! it's time for another great event hosted by NYMBC. So if you want to have fun and meet some A M A Z I N G authors, then mark your calendars to attend.

NY Times Bestseller Carrie Jones (NEED, CAPTIVATE) and newcomer Alyxandra Harvey (HEARTS AT STAKE) visit NYMBC for some good old-fashioned Vampy fun!
Visit
NEED and HEARTS AT STAKE on the web
Thursday Feb 11, 7pmBooks Inc. Opera Plaza601 Van Ness Ave, SF415-776-1111

My Soul To Save contest winners!!


It is contest winner time and I have three, count 'em THREE lucky winners. Drum roll please!!!! and the lucky winners are....
Katieb
Linda E.
Tricia S.
please contact me with your information so that you may receive your book :)

DON'T MISS MY SOUL TO SAVE contest

Hiya! just a friendly reminder that my contest for MY SOUL TO SAVE will end today at midnight. Just click HERE and enter :) Good luck

In My Mailbox: 2/7/2010

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 produced many surprises and I am very happy. I will be hosting a contest for Where Nina Lies in the future and three lucky winners will win a copy. Stay tuned. What was in your mailbox this week?


AFTER by Kristin Harmel (for review)

TOKEN OF DARKNESS by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (for review)

Getting REVENGE by Lauren Wood (for review)

WHEREVER NINA LIES by Lynn Weingarten (for review)

DON'T FORGET MY CONTEST FOR MY SOUL TO SAVE ENDS MONDAY AT MIDNIGHT

Sneak A Peek Saturday: FORGET-HER-NOTS

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's selection is Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White. With a gorgeous cover and a great snyopsis it will be hard to pass up and now you can read the first few chapters and see what you think about it :) Just click on the book cover to read them.

FORGET-HER-NOTS
On Sale 3/2/2010

Something—some power—is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.

Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.

Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?


FORGET-HER-NOTS VIDEO

REMINDER: Book Launch C.J. Omololu

Dirty Little Secrets Launch Party!
Friday, February 5th 7-9pm
Zocalo Coffee House
645 Bancroft @ Dutton
San Leandro, CA
Come buy a book, get one signed or just hang out and celebrate. Everyone is welcome!
I will be attending tonight and hope to see you there :)

REVIEW: THE STOLEN ONE by Suzanne Crowley

THE STOLEN ONE by Suzanne Crowley

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)

Sneak Peek HERE






REVIEW YYYY


"No one wanted you. But I did..."

Kat Bab has heard those words all of her life and thus her soul was forever at unrest wanting to solve the mystery of her lineage.

THE STOLEN ONE is an intriguing tale set in the Elizabethan era; full of history with detailed descriptions of gorgeously crafted wardrobes. A story ever mindful of it's forbidden secrets.

Kat, a skilled embroiderer is raised in a tiny village only knowing her mother Grace and sister Anna and although she is loved, she is not content. Besides knowing whom are her true parents, Kat yearns for a life outside of her Village. Then one evening a stranger pays a visit and in that encounter the secret that has held Kat tethered to Grace begins to unravel and she knows she must journey to London to seek her answers. Despite the warnings and the proposal from a good man nothing can make her stay and Catherine journey's off to London with Anna in tow. Once there it is not long before the Queen notices Katherine and is soon a part of her court. Ever mindful of her quest to reveal the secrets of her lineage she will discover that knowledge of the truth comes with a heavy price and in the end what choice will she make. Loyalty or Love?

THE STOLEN ONE is a perfect combination of history, mystery and romance. I was along for the ride as Kat searched for the truth and was entranced along the way. I was pleased Kat's personal growth within the story and can say that I admired how the Queen was portrayed. The story was well paced and I really enjoyed the bits from Grace's perspective through her journal. It added that bit "A HA" factor that made this story shine. I also enjoyed learning the details about the opulent wardrobes that were so much a part of the backdrop to this story.

I used to be a fan of historical romances but have strayed away along the years. Upon reading THE STOLEN ONE I remembered why I enjoyed them so much. I was transported in time with it's rich details and wonderful story telling. Suzanne Crowley did an amazing job for the mystery surrounding Mary Seymour is intriguing and provides the key for a brilliant read. I recommend this book to anyone in search of an amazing read that is good for all ages.

THE STOLEN ONE

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

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 the next installment in The Immortals series. GAHHH!! I so want this now.
DARK FLAME
At the start of this mesmerizing new installment of the Immortals series, Ever is helping her friend Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and carelessly putting them all at risk, their friendship becomes more and more strained. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into magick in order to get control over her enemy Roman and free Damen from his power. But when the spell she casts on Roman backfires, she’s bound to her deadliest enemy. Frantic to reverse the spell the moment the moon enters a new phase, she finds her efforts are fruitless—there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, one that propels her toward Roman. Desperate to break free of this terrible curse before Damen or the twins can discover what she’s done, she turns to Jude and delves deeper and deeper into dark magick, ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including Damen.

Trailer Tuesdays: Finnikin of the Rock




Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a
narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere. But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she is not what she seems -- and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her, but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

Looks Good. What do you think? Actually I would like to know what you think about book trailers? Do they help you decided on purchasing a book? What do you like about trailers? or what do you dislike about them?

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

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

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

2014

SEPTEMBER

RICK YANCEY
Rakestraw Books in Danville
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

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

RICK YANCEY
Book Passage in Corte Mdera
Thursday, September 18 @ 6:30pm

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

JANDY NELSON book launch

Books Inc. SF
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

KIM CULBERTSON and CATHERINE LINKA
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

MEGAN SHULL *The Swap*

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Tuesday, September 23 @ 10am

JANDY NELSON and NINA LACOUR
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Tuesday, September 23 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LAUREN OLIVER
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, October 1 @ 7pm

LAUREN OLIVER
Book Passage in San Francisco
Thursday, October 2 @ 12:30pm

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

JANDY NELSON, NINA LaCOUR and STEPHANIE KUEHN
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, October 3 @ 7pm

SARA FARIZAN
Books Inc. on Market St.
Friday, October 10 @ 7pm

JAMES FREY with John Hanke, VP of Google's Niantic Lab
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Saturday, October 11 @ 6pm


BECCA FITZPATRICK, CHRISTINA LAUREN & KIERSTEN WHITE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, October 12 @ 3pm


FIERCE READS TOUR with GENNIFER ALBIN, NIKKI KELLY, JESSICA BRODY and MARISSA MEYER
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Monday, October 13 @ 6:30pm

PAOLO BACIGALUPI and A.S. KING
Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
Wednesday, October 15 time 7pm

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

CORY DOCTOROW and JEN WANG

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

MARIE LU
Face in a Book in El Dorado
Thursday, October 16 @ 7pm

A.S. KING and PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Sports Basement on Bryant in SF
Thursday, October 16 @ 6pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
This is a TICKETED event purchase tickets HERE
Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Wednesday, October 22 @7pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30pm

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

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