In My Mailbox: Month of November

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

The last month was extremely busy for me so I am sorry for my lack posts and reviews. I received some wonderful books this month from my book fairies and I purchased a few that I really wanted to read.

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Afterlife by Claudia Gray
All You Get Is Me by Yvonne Prinz
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Ten Miles Past Normal by Francis O'Roark Dowell


Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Chime by Franny Billingsley
See what I see by Gloria Whelan
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
Teenage Waistland by Lynn Biederman and Lisa Pazer
Wish by Joseph Monninger

(Not pictured) on Audio
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Misguided Angel by Melissa De La Cruz

(Not Pictured) E-book
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves


Celebrate like it's 2011 Contest


2011 party over were outta time. Today we're gonna party like it's 2011...LOL (I'm so cheesy). The new year is almost upon us and there are some amazing reads ahead of us. I have had the fortune of extra copies of three ARC's and want to share them with someone.
  1. Across The Universe by Beth Revis
  2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  3. Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

Contest rules and form located HERE

GOOD LUCK and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Waiting on Wednesday: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

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 selected Haunting Violet due it's beautiful cover and wicked good premise. I have enjoyed other books by Alyxandra and cannot wait for this new read.

What is your WOW for this week?



For Violet Willoughby, seeing spirits is a curse, not a gift

Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

Thanksgiving! Contest

It is the time for giving thanks and I wanted to thank those that love to read as much as I do with a special treat. I have signed books by three YA debut authors.

  1. Paranormalcy by kiersten White
  2. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  3. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Contest Form and RULES are located HERE

GOOD LUCK!

and Thank you!


Freezer Books

In a memorable Friends episode, Joey and Rachel have traded their favorite books. Joey likes The Shining, but when he gets scared he puts the book in the freezer. Rachel has him reading Little Women. And Beth is really sick, and Joey is scared. So he and Rachel put the book in the freezer together.


JOEY: Beth is really, really sick.

RACHEL: Awwww.

JOEY: Jo's there, but I don't think there's anything she could do.

RACHEL: Joey?

JOEY: Yeah.

RACHEL: Do you want to put the book in the freezer?

JOEY: Okay.

RACHEL: Okay.

Well. I’m currently reading The Marbury Lens and I am about 12 chapters into the book and have had to put it down on several occasions because it has been uncomfortable for me to read. I finally got to the point where I had to put it in the freezer. I know that this book has been well received and has had amazing reviews, yet there has been certain situations that I cannot picture anyone reading without being disturbed.

So here I am with this book on freezer lock down and I am perplexed on what to do next. I want to know if anyone else has had this issue with any book they have read and have issues with. Do you keep reading? or do you place it aside temporarily? or maybe come back to it another day?

What book made you uneasy and what did you do about it. My curious mind is seeking the answer. HELP!

Sneak A Peek Saturday: HEXBOUND by Chloe Neill

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

This week I am presenting HEXBOUND, the next novel in the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill. I read FIRESPELL last year and found it to be a great read. Now after reading the first chapter in the next novel I am more the ready to read it.

Just click on the book cover and enjoy!!

HEXBOUND

A Novel of the Dark Elite: Book Two
January 4, 2011



Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia’s School for Girls, but she’s already learned that magic can be your best friend…or your worst enemy.

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

Then Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear…

Not Your Mother's Book Swap


Not Your Mother's Book Swap: $5 gets you in to a rocking pizza party. Bring a book you loved (that you are willing to part with) and you can swap… plus there will be loads of free books & swag, too!

Location: Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
Street: 601 Van Ness Ave.

City: San Francisco

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Children and Teens


Kirkus Reviews just released their list for the best books of 2010. I am surprised by some of those listed and happy to see some of my favorite reads for this year. Check out the books listed. Are some of your favorites on the list? or surprises?
Click on the banner and check it out :)

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.

OK!! talk about wicked cool covers that stick in your membrane and BURN BRIGHT is a perfect example. Then I read the synopsis and I was hooked. I so cannot wait to get my hands on this novel and devour it.


03/01/11
Burn Bright
Book One
by Marianne de Pierres



In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness? Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.

Young Adult Event with Kathy Reichs


Kathy Reichs
Author of Young Adult novel, VIRALS,
will be at A Great Good Place for Books
Thursday, November 11th at 7:00 pm
6120 LaSalle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

Waiting on Wednesday: DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum

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 time I have selected DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum. The cover is simply stunning which immediately drew me to it. Then I checked out what this novel was about and I was intrigued by it's mysterious tones. Yes, this book is now on my wishlist.

What is your WOW for this week?

DIE FOR ME

05/10/11

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. She finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.
"[...] the series introduces a new kind of zombie mythology in which the undead are “re-animated humans”— they look just like us—and don't feast on brains but, instead, carry out special missions. [...] the Hollywood pitch for the book would be: “Twilight...in Paris...with zombies.” (Publishers Weekly)

REVIEW: WITHER by Lauren DeStefano

WITHER: The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStafano

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1 edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442409053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442409057
  • Rating: YYYY1/2
  • What if you knew exactly when you would
    die?
    Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

    When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

    But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.


    REVIEW

    When I first saw the cover to WITHER I was immediately drawn to it. It seemed beautiful and haunting enveloped in a mystery that beckoned me to read the story that was within it's pages, demanding all of my attention. Then as I began reading WITHER I was held captive and unlike Rhine I did not want to escape.

    It has been days since I have finished WITHER and it is still on the forefront of my mind. I don't think that story has had this hold on me in a long while. I appreciated the story conflict of a society's youth never growing old, never seeing their children grow up and always knowing when they would die. I could not even fathom how I would react knowing that information, then compound it with how women are callously treated during that time. WOW. It is a bit brutal and disconcerting, but I could not stop reading.

    Rhine's anger and resentment from being ruthlessly abducted from her twin brother and forced into marriage to a wealthy family was believable and honest. I appreciated and understood her need to escape and reach her brother. It did not matter that she would leave the life of riches behind, for what is luxury and privilege when you don't have your freedom, when you cannot see your family or love whom you wish to? Another appreciated storyline is Rhine's camaraderie with her sister wives Jenna and Cecily, their relationship was endearing and heartbreaking and created some of the best moments in the book. While Rhine's relationship with her husband, Linden seemed odd, it wasn't as odd as her ultra creepy father-in-law housemaster Vaughn. He sets the perfect mood of mystery and conflict that provided Rhine with a perfect vessel to direct her hate.

    Despite my adoration for this story I did have a slight issue with how the last few pages of the story went. I cannot divuldge much without giving away the story, but It is something that I cannot wrap my brain around. It seemed a bit too simple, too easy considering everything prior to that point.

    I believe that there are two types of exceptional storytellers. One can narrate a story that is so well visualized and entertaining that you become immersed within it's depths, carried away into the story that is being told while the other is able to have intelligent well-crafted scenes, dialogue and structure with a strong sense of timing and rhythm. When you have a partnership of both types then you have something truly remarkable like Lauren DeStefano has created with WITHER.

    Fans of Dystopian novels will find WITHER to be a great read for it is original and enthralling and for anyone else seeking an amazing read then you need not look any further.

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

    I am sorry for the late post but today I have an extra special treat. Sarah Rees Brennan has posted the first chapter to the next book in her Demon's Lexicon series, named DEMON'S SURRENDER. After reading it I now cannot wait for the rest of the novel. I am a big fan of her books and I just adored getting this sneak peek.


    Just click on the book cover to read the first chapter.
    THE DEMON'S SURRENDER
    Doesn't Alan look studly in this book cover??

    Author Event Pictures

    In the last few months I have had the pleasure of seeing and meeting some amazing authors and I wanted to share a bit of those experiences with you. The photos presented are in random
    order.

    Becca Fitzpatrick and I at Kepler's
    Sophie Jordan, Heidi R. Kling, Kiersten White and Lisa Desrochers
    Lauren Kate and my friend Tricia
    Melissa Marr at the Smart Chicks Tour (Kepler's)

    Alexandra Adornetto at Borders in Sunnyvale
    Linda Joy Singleton at Books Inc. Menlo Park
    Rachel Caine at Books Inc. Menlo Park
    The Smart Chicks: Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, Kimberly Derting and Melissa de la Cruz Suzanne Collins at Kepler's
    Look at who is in the crowd...She is among a SEA of people (hint hint)
    Heidi R. Kling with Suzanne Collins at Kepler's
    Suzanne Collins stamping books
    A fan with her stack of books
    Stacey Jay and I (look at her earings. They are so cool)

    REVIEW: The Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

    THE DARKEST MERCY by Melissa Marr

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061659258
  • Author Website: Melissa Marr
  • Rating: YYYYY
  • The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

    Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn
    brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

    Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

    REVIEW

    Ah! Sweet DARKEST MERCY. It was a bittersweet moment when I selected this book to read knowing that it would be the last in the WICKED LOVELY series. How does one say goodbye to a series that is so amazingly compelling? One that hosts the darkness that we cannot shy away from while revealing the promise of hope? I only know that once I began this concluding novel that I could not stop until the last word was consumed.

    As the DARKEST MERCY continues we find old enemies, lovers and friends together again. Bananach has gained unfathomable strength and her agenda is WAR and she will stop at nothing until she gets it. Meanwhile the ruling monarchs are preparing for the inevitable battle as they try to strengthen their courts, protect their fae and face their own personal demons.

    While reading the DARKEST MERCY I understood why this series is so dear to me. Simply put, I adore all if it's characters and the brilliant world that is their stage. I can never get enough of Niall and Irial (love them) and even the wicked Bananach for she is the ultimate bad ass. And Aislinn's final transformation from fragile human to a true faery monarch was captivating. While the introduction of the death faery's lent to the eerie wickedness that is hallmark to this series. The combination of all these fascinating characters and all their lives converging as the ultimate battle for blood and love is fought is one of the best stories I have read in a while. I could not be happier for how everything turned out but i will not go into details for I think everyone should experience this story on their own.

    In the final installment to the Wicked Lovely series Melissa Marr has created a spell binding story that is beautiful and brutal, laced with heartache, despair and deception. But above all, she has written an unforgettable tale of love.

    Thank you, Melissa for all the times your books have entertained and enthralled me. I am fan forever and cannot wait for whatever adventure you take me on next time.

    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 selected the upcoming novel TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore. After reading the the synopsis and seeing the new cover I have a feeling that this book will be a great hit. What do you think?

    Texas Gothic
    by Rosemary Clement-Moore
    07/12/11
    Delacorte Books for Young Readers
    ISBN: 0385736932

    Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

    Suzanne Collins Book Event(s)

    Nov 3 2010 7:00 pm

    Photo Credit: Todd Plitt

    Teen Event: Suzanne Collins

    Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

    Mockingjay Event: Keplers's is incredibly excited to welcome Suzanne Collins to sign her newest book in the Hunger Games trilogy!

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry and wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either.

    Suzanne Collins has written THE perfect ending to the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay is an all-action, politically-charged, bloody, heartbreaking rollercoaster of a book that promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

    Do you have your ticket for the signing line?

    When Suzanne Collins comes to Kepler’s you will need a ticket to get into the signing line. And you get a ticket when you buy a copy of Mockingjay from us. It’s as simple as that. Your ticket will give you a place in line to meet and get your book signed* by Suzanne Collins, who was named among the 2010 TIME 100 Most Influential People.

    *Please note: Due to an existing hand strain, rather than signing books, Suzanne Collins will stamp each book with a custom-made stamp created exclusively for 2010 Mockingjay events. This stamp will be used only on this book tour. There will be no actual signing at this event and she will not be able to personalize any books.


    Suzanne Collins ~ November 4

    MOCKINGJAY EVENT AT HICKLEBEE'S

    11/04/2010 7:00 pm
    11/04/2010 8:30 pm

    Katniss has been lurking at the edge of our minds since meeting her in Hunger Games. We are thrilled to be working with Scholastic books to create Suzanne Collins event at Hicklebee's that will include as many of her fans as possible!

    Guidelines for her visit have just arrived. These have resulted in successful events across the country regardless of the size of the crowd.

    We will begin handing out numbers for a place in the signing line at 6:00 P.M. (People who pre-ordered Mockingjay before 8/24/2010 with us should already have a number.)

    At 7:00, Suzanne Collins will give a brief reading.

    Due to an existing hand strain, rather than signing books, she will stamp ONE book per customer and will not be able to personalize any books. The custom-made stamp has been created exclusively for her 2010 Mockingjay tour and will be retired at the end of her tour.

    If you'd like to take a photograph, please do, but in the interest of time we request you do not "pose" with Suzanne Collins. Have a friend snap it while she is stamping your book. Audio or video recordings of Ms. Collins are not permitted by request of the author and publisher.

    “Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

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

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    Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

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

    2014

    OCTOBER

    KISSCON AT COPPERFIELD'S
    Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Sarah Maclean, Laura Kaye, Rachel Gibson, Elizabeth Boyle, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Wilde, TJ Kline, Jennifer Ryan, and Julie Anne Long
    Copperfield's in San Rafael
    Saturday, November 22 @ 1-3


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

    DECEMBER

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

    JANUARY

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

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

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