Sneak A Peek Saturday: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us readers to enjoy. This week I chose BLOODROSE from Andrea Cremer because I just finished WOLFSBANE and LOVED!! it and could not wait for more. If you are a fan of this series (and how could you not be?) then this tasty morsel will suffice (yeah right!) because now all I want is to read more, more and more. February cannot get here fast enough.


Just click on the book cover to enjoy!


02/21/12
BLOODROSE
Book Three in Nightshade Trilogy
by Andrea Cremer
ISBN-13: 978-0399256127
Philomel/Penguin


Is love the ultimate sacrifice?

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting.

There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

02/14/12
The Nightmare Garden
Iron Codex Book Two
by
Caitlin Kittredge

ISBN-13: 978-0385738316

Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn't going to succomb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn't human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.

When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she's ravaged on the world that's about to poison her.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that lets you "peek" into an upcoming book. Sometimes, it is a chapter or two and maybe even less, either way it is an amazing opportunity that I enjoy seeking out and sharing.

This week I have selected GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan. The premise for this novel is intriguing but what captivated my attention was the letter the author penned to the interested readers of this novel. She had mentioned that several "ifs" played into the creation of this novel and with my sci-fi wings slowly beginning to broaden, I knew this was I book I wanted to read.



Click on the book cover below to read the first 50 pages of GLOW , then respond on what you think about it on your Facebook page.

If a violent battle destroyed the only world you’ve ever known, would you be brave enough to save who was left? Would love be strong enough to survive the fight? Either way, there’s no turning back.

The Empyrean is the only home 15-year-old Waverly has ever known. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. Everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Still, there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage, and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon. The New Horizon’s leaders are desperate to populate the new planet first, and will do anything to get what they need: young girls. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.






September 13, 2011



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Waiting on Wednesday: Arcadia Awakens by Kai Myer




02/14/12

Arcadia Awakens


ISBN-13: 978-0062006066

Balzer + Bray



To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic and wholly unknown. But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.

Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.

Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fast as she can.

Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442429984
Source: AUDIOBOOK
Rating: YYYY




Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by
her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.


My Thoughts:

I had been told that BLOOD RED ROAD was amazing and that if I craved adventure and enjoyed distopian novels that this would be a perfect read for me. As much as I enjoy a good pitch I also realize that it can be a slippery slope and that it can set me up for all kinds of disappointment, but I am happy to report that this was not the case with this novel. Yet, I will admit that I could not read this novel. I have had it in my hands for months and I would pick it up and read a few pages but the vocabulary was frustrating and off putting. So, I would put it down and promise myself to return to it and eventually I did but only via audiobook and I am so glad that I did because BLOOD READ ROAD is epic storytelling at it's best.



This novel showcases one of the most interesting and stubborn protagonists that I have had the pleasure to read about in a while. When you first meet Saba you see an dependent young woman whose whole existence is powered by her adoration for her twin brother Lugh. It is as if she does not live or breath for anyone else, not even her younger sister emmie whom she is heartless with for reasons that are irrational. Then Saba's whole world is shattered when Lugh is taken away, but she promises him the she will find him and bring him back and thus Saba embarks on a journey that will forever change her.

Although I found the vocabulary a bit annoying on the written page it is what I enjoyed listening to the most on my Ipod. Strange, I know but oddly true and as I witnessed Saba struggle in her journey to find her brother I also found that her character grow and strengthen. No longer was she the dependent girl but a force to be reckoned with. This force that she had about her is what draws others to her, especially Jack; a mysterious man that Saba will constantly argue with but only to hide stronger feelings that lie just underneath the surface. I have to admit that their interractions are some of my favorite bits in the book especially when Jack calls Saba on her bad behavior and sets her straight.

The writing in BLOOD RED ROAD is simiple yet verily effective with some of the most memorable characters to come forth on the written page. You will keep thinking about them long after you are done and want for more of Saba and her adventures because the ending to this book was not what I considered a satisfactory and I hope it will be remedied soon.

Review: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062011995
Rating: YYYY
Summary: Goodreads

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

My Thoughts:

When I read about STARCROSSED last year I immediately placed it on my wish list and knew that I had to read it. I love Greek mythology and was beyond excited to see how it would be used in a YA paranormal read. Once it was in my hands I consumed it like nobody's business and am happy to say that I enjoyed it.

STARCROSSED is a great story filled with moments of mystery, suspense and a forbidden romance that will claim your attention. This story has an likable and interesting protagonist that you cannot help but sympathise with. At first you have an inkling that Helen has some powers that are well hidden and powerful, but they are not realized until she she sees Lucas Delos and then all kinds of madness breaks loose within Helen and she is suddenly at his throat. YIKES! not what you would consider love at first sight but it makes for a very interesting story and in that insane moment I was hooked. As the story progresses you learn about the Delos family and their lineage and thus Helen's mystery begins to unravel and what is discovered with keep you surprised and intrigued. Amongst the madness Helen and Lucas are inexplicitly drawn to one another, much to the chagrin of his family and that is when the true magic of this story gets really intersting.

I adore Greek Mythology and am so happy to finally read a story that really used those elements to create something that was a pleasure to read. I was so taken with the story that I was sad to see it end, but happy to know that there is more to come. I could not seem to get enough of Helen and Lucas, although I did get a bit turned off by all the reasons that would come up why they could not be together. Every time a challenge came up and was overcome another would take it's place and all I could think was Damn! This couple cannot catch a break, enough already!! With that being said I admit to eating up all the suspenseful drama that kept coming up and making me gasp in surpise and awe. I love it when a book can do that and still keep me reading. STARCROSSED may be a bit slow on its start but is surely makes up for it as the story picks up it's pace and you are sent on an adventure as tempestous as the furies.

STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini, is a must read for the summer because it is filled with memorable characters that you will adore and a story that is unique, romantic and suspensful. If you are seeking a great paranomal romance then you have it all with this novel.

Review: FURY by Elizabeth Miles

FURY by Elizabeth Miles
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442422246
Source: Publisher
Website: http://thefuryseries.com/
Rating: YY




Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is
as it seems... Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him,
there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.


On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s
nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something
cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s
only a matter of time before he’s exposed.


In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.


My Thoughts:

I had the privilege of meeting the author and listening to her talk about FURY and upon it's description I knew I wanted to read it. Being a fan of Greek mythology I was more than eager for a new concept that would take me away from vampires, weres and faeries and offer me something enticing that I could relish and enjoy.

For fear of having the Furies relish their brand of justice upon me I know that I must tell the truth and admit to my disappointment in reading this debut novel. I had high hopes for this novel considering it's amazing packaging and how much it was advertised, yet I could not relate to this story nor it's characters.

In regards to the story...although the characters involved committed sins and some more despicable than others, I did not feel that their actions merited the harsh hand the the furies would deliver. It felt like a brand of vigilante justice that only left me perplexed and unjustified. This fact along with others did not make this story work for me. Fury, seemed to rely heavily on situations that were manifested for shock value that seemed cheap and overplayed instead of building a storyline that I could wholly invest myself in and feel sympathy for the main characters involved.

Elizabeth Miles had a good concept on her hands but somehow it did not reach it's full potential. I really wanted to enjoy FURY especially since the later half of the book picked up considerable speed and seemed to have piqued my interest, but it wasn't enough to make up for the overall presentation.

If a book cover can get you motivated into picking it up then FURY by Elizabeth Miles fits that bill, for it is beautiful and enticing. Yet, sometimes beautiful is not enough.

Review: Whatever Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 402 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670012947
Source: Publisher
Rating: YY 1/2
Summary:

Since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move - four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, Mclean has followed her dad in leaving the
unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a hance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself - whoever that is.
Perhaps her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out


My Thoughts:

I have not read many Sarah Dessen books, but will say that I have enjoyed the few that I have read and wanted WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GOODBYE long before It reached my greedy hands, but I was left a tad bit underwhelmed.

I enjoyed the premise of this book but could not seem to connect with it's main character Mclean; a teen that has not properly dealt with her parents' divorce (unbeknownst to her and her parents). She blames her mom for the divorce and decides to live with her dad whom travels a lot for his job. With each move she takes on different reinventions of her name and in turn her persona's. Now Mclean and her father are in a new town and due to an unusual encounter with the the boy next door she finds that she cannot lie anymore. Now she is making friends and is wanting to stay, but is this the real Mclean? and what will she do to find her? As in true Dessen style a heartfelt story plays out before you and will have your attention until the very end.

As I finished this book I found myself a bit underwhelmed and I realized that I did not feel invested it's main characters, which I found unusual because I have enjoyed Sarah Dessen's previous efforts. Yet, tried to rehash the story in my mind I came up with the same conclusion. I could not sympathise with Mclean and her "many" persona's never seemed to take root and stick in my mind. It all seemed to be glossed over but not given much weight so I could not conceive it properly. I could not even seem to perceive Mclean and Dave as a couple. I know he was a good guy (too good to be true) and that he was insanely smart but you would think that intelligence would have come into better use at times. While I did not care for the protagonist I did enjoy the ease and familiarity Dessen's writing style offered. It was quick and of perfect depth for the beach.

While not one of Dessen's best efforts, fans will undoubtedly devour it, yet will it leave them satiated? The truth is in the perception of the reader.

Waiting on Wednesday: Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes

Jill over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.

This week I have selected Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes. Ok, to start off can we say...serious cover LUST!! This cover is so beautiful, romantic and mysterious and after I read the pitch I was left wanting,
and after reading Falling Under I cannot wait to know wat is in store next.




She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…


When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.


Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.


And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…



Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (June 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423147952
Source: BEA HC (signed)
Sneak Peek: Chapters 1 and 2
Rating: YYY




Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat
isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.


There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long — and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is . . . the emerald is cursed.


Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale — and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.
Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.


My Thoughts:

I adore Ally Carter for she has the most amazing talent of creating a story that is part Gossip girl and The Italian Job and making it totally believable. I loved Heist Society and read it during a very dark time in my life and was grateful for the hours of nail biting distraction that it offered me. Yet, unfortunately the magic that was so much a part of that novel seemed to have done a Hodini on her newest novel, Uncommon Criminals.


We return to Katarina Bishop and her world of high stakes robbery, but instead of working for herself she is working for others seeking to reclaim those items stolen from them long ago. Katarina feels her current line of work is satisfying while still feeding the thief that is still deep within her until she receives an offer she should refuse but cannot. She is used to going solo but knows that this new endevour will not be easy and what happens next is wicked crazy, almost too crazy if you ask me. Now, Katarina and her friends find themselves a worthy opponent and the stakes are too high to back down but it would be folly to proceed.


I have been eager for Uncommon Criminals ever since I found out that another novel was coming out in this series. I adored the first one something crazy and wanted more, but found myself underwhelmed by the story. I liked how things started at the beginning of the story but could not seem to believe what proceeded towards the end. I became a big fan of Katarina and her band of "merry theives" but was disappointed that they did not come together sooner. I just could not seem to find that magic that so enthralled me with Heist Society. I even found Hale and Katrarina's enterractions a bit off and was tired of the banter. Maybe I had an off day when I read the novel? but I seriously could not shake the feeling. Even thought I could not seem to enjoy this novel as much I would read the next in the series because I find the story concept thrilling but will come into it with no expectations.


For those fans of this series I hope that you find it more enjoyable that I did and if you don't then your not alone.


Review: The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
Hardcover: 624 pages
Publisher: Atria (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439167397
Source: Publisher
Rating: YYYY
Summary:


A Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigage
purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history?
My Thoughts:

I will be the first to admit that the cover is what drew me to this novel. Then I read the synopsis and I knew that it was a book that I could devour and loose myself with it's pages, and I am happy to admit that I was not disappointed.

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma is epic read comprising of three mini stories with H.G. Wells at their epicenter. The first story centers on a young man set on committing suicide over the murder of his beloved who was the last victim of Jack the Ripper, his cousin convinces him to find H. G. Wells and with his assistance travel back in time to stop and kill Jack the Ripper before he commits his last murder. The second story concentrates on a young women fed up with life in Victorian England and wishing for an untimely end to her life but things will change for her as she finds love and H.G. wells will again return. The last story brings H.G. Wells back into the pages as he becomes involved with an unusual murder by helping the Scotland Yard. Although all of these stories seem basic, all is not as it seems with plot twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very last word.

The Map of Time is a memorable read embodying historical fiction with a twist and just the right elements of mystery and romance to keep you wholly engaged. Don't let the size of this novel intimidate you because you will be left wanting more. I cannot say more for I would give too much away but this book is worth every minute of your time regardless of where it is spent.

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (August 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595143173
Source: BEA (signed)
Rating: YYYY

Summary:


When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.


My Thoughts:

One of my favorite YA series is the Vampire Academy series created by Richelle Mead. I was sad to see the series end but soon found myself consoled when she announced that her series would branch out with different protagonists. I set high expectations for this novel but remembered that I was not an enthusiastic fan of the very first VA novel but soon was convinced otherwise. So, I cleared my mind and went in with no expectations and was entertained and pleased by what I encountered.


Now we return into the well known Vampire Academy world, filled with beloved characters and now a new protagonist is taking charge. Sydney, the strong minded alchemist whom assisted Rose in her escape now finds herself on the verge of being ousted because of her involvement.
She is momentarily spared when she asked to help protect Jill Dragomir, Princess and sister to the Queen in Palm Springs. Sydney's fears of vampires and magic come to a head when she takes on this challenge and becomes entangled with the infamous Adrian Belikov, and although Sydney fears him she knows that when strange events occurs he is the only one that she can truly count on or can she?


I will be the first to admit that I was a happy clam to have Adrian back into my reading library. He is one of my very favorite tortured characters that always puts a smile on my face. Although I wish for more romantic chemistry between Sydney and Adrian, I am not totally convinced that those two are meant for each other. I am not feeling it yet, but hopefully that will be solidified with future novels. I like that this new series has memorable characters both old and new and a gripping storyline that quickly caught my attention and now I cannot wait to read about what happens next, especially after how BLOODLINES ended on such a dun dun dun.....ending. Wow! does that Richelle Mead know how to leave us hanging, but I don't care because I will always come back for more.


For those fans of the Vampire Academy series this new endevour is not to be missed, and if you have not read those books yet then I highly recommend it for you will not be disappointed.

Review: Rotters by Daniel Kraus

ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385738579
Source: Publisher (HC)
Rating: YYYY

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with
unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.

Daniel Kraus's masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality


My Thoughts

I always favor a book that dances on the edge of darkness and embraces the macabre, a story I cannot easily wash away with another read and I had my wish over flowing with ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus.


ROTTERS is the most unusual story showcasing an unforgettable male protagonist, Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old that had avoided being noticed his entire life. Then his mother dies and everything changes for him. He is sent to live with a father he has never met before and whom is secretive and reclusive. This fact comes to haunt and follow him as he enters a new school and his life of living below the radar becomes of thing of the past. He becomes the social pariah of the school. This becomes too much for Joey whom in turn unleashes his pent up anger and frustration upon his dad, but where most stories might support a deeper canyon in their relationship abyss, it actually brings them strangely together. How this all comes to pass is what gives this story it's unique and creepy edge and soon you encounter characters that make you cringe and squirm.


ROTTERS is not meant for the squeamish or for those looking for a quirky story wrapped up in a neat little bow, it will never be showcased on the Hallmark channel. This book is dark and terrifying, delving into a world that is full of secrets and unfathomable horrors with the most unconventional of relationships and unforgettably disturbed characters that you will ever encounter.


It has been weeks since I read ROTTERS and was left wishing for cremation upon my demise but I can look back upon this novel and appreciate what Daniel Kraus has created. This is not a book that I can easily recommend to just anyone because it is wickedly disturbing, but if you can welcome a different kind of story that makes you shudder at the taboo of it's core and still fall easily to sleep at night then you should give it a try.

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that lets you "peek" into an upcoming book. Sometimes, it is a chapter or two and maybe even less, either way it is an amazing opportunity that I enjoy seeking out and sharing.

This week I have selected a novel that has been getting a good amount of buzz and it sounds wicked cool. DRINK, SLAY, LOVE by Sarah Beth Durst has Vampires and Unicorns and with that do I need to say anymore? Heck yes I do, this book is off the charts good and you will understand why I think that when you read the first chapter that is available for everyone to read now.

Just click on the book cover below and treat yourself to a fantastic read.



DRINK, SLAY, LOVE

Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cover Art: Evan Schwartz and Jessica Handelman
On Sale: September 13, 2011 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781442423732




Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire, fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist). They're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the king's feast -- as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends -- especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache -- to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

“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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I am an avid reader from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email me. I accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. I am also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check my review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
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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

JULY

DEBORAH HARKNESS-THE BOOK OF LIFE
Book Passage in San Francisco
Wednesday, July 30 @ 12:30pm

DEBORAH HARKNESS

Copperfield's Petaluma
Wednesday, July 30 @ 7pm

AUGUST

RACHEL DEWOSKIN
Book Passage in San Francisco
Monday, August 4 @6pm

GAYLE FORMAN, NINA LACOUR & JANDY NELSON
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Wednesday, August 6 @ 7pm

ANN AGUIRRE, VERONICA ROSSI and CORRINE JACKSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, August 8 @ 7pm

MEETYA@DIESEL with MICHAEL GRANT
DIESEL Bookstore in Larkspur
Thursday, August 14 @ 7pm

SEPTEMBER

STEPHANIE PERKINS
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Sunday, September 7 @ 4pm

STEPHANIE PERKINS
Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Monday, September 8 @ 7pm

SARAH J. MAAS and VERONICA ROSSI
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 12 @ 7pm

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

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

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 @7pm

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

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

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