Waiting on Wednesday: Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Today is WOW day and I have selected a novel that I am most eager to read. I adore Alyxandra Harvey and her novels and STOLEN AWAY sounds like an amazing read. What do you think?


01/17/12
STOLEN AWAY
by Alyxandra Harvey
ISBN-13: 978-0802721891
Walker Children's


Alyxandra Harvey enters the world of faery in another irresistible dark romance.

When a cute guy dressed like a Victorian pirate kneels in front of Eloise the day after her seventeenth birthday, she knows that something strange is going on-and that's before he vows to be her champion and mentions her flaky aunt, Antonia, who's gone incommunicado once again.

But this appearance isn't a coincidence, and when Eloise is attacked and pushed into an alternate world called Fae, she becomes embroiled in the underground politics of the Seelie and Unseelie courts. Her captor,Lord Strahan, the ruler of Faery is desperately clinging to his throne and will do anything to keep it. The only one who can break his power is his wife, Eloise's aunt Antonia-and Eloise has become his bargaining chip.

Now Eloise must find a way to save her aunt from Lord Strahan, and she'll need the help of her best friends Jo and Devin, along with the other Fae captives of Strahan's hall. With a whole world of Faeries out to get her, Eloise must stop Strahan both worlds are thrust into complete chaos.

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Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Dorr by Stephanie Perkins
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525423281
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Thoughts:

Upon finished Stephanie Perkins debut novel Anna and the French Kiss I was filled with such happiness that I instantly went on goodreads to find out what she was publishing next. I was beyond happy when that very book Lola and the Boy Next Door found it's way into my very eager hands. I instantly devoured it on the plane trip home and was bouyed by happiness. It is amazing that Stephanie Perkins can infuse your mind, body and soul with such feel good endorphines that you cannot help but smile.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is geographically located in the most amazing city of San Francisco and with one of the most memorable protagonists that you will ever encounter. "Lola" is unlike many girls you will meet because she is smart, full of sass and with an eye for fashion that is unique and fearless. In fact, the world is her runway and every day she walks out her front door you are unsure of what you will encounter. Lola seems to have everything she wants, a loving family home, a cool job with awesome co-workers (hint, hint) and a hot older boyfriend, then the unimaginable happens. Cricket Bell and his family come back to live next door and Lola is beside herself because all she can remember is how upset she is with Cricket and how she never wanted to see him again. What happens next will keep you entertained as you witness the adventures of life, love and wardrobe changes in the world of Lola Nolan.

I simply adored Anna and The French Kiss, it was by far one of my very favorite reads ever so knowing this I tried to go into this read with no expectations, which is difficult but I managed quite well. Yet, I was pleased beyond measure to get reaquainted with Anna and St. Clair again, their presence in this novel was welcome but not overbearing and seeing them again and thriving made me happy. Yeah! LOVE!! Besides seeing a few old friends it was great to get wrapped up in a whole new cast and each lent a bit a warmth to this whimsical tale. While I enjoyed this supportnive new cast witnessing Lola's fashion choices were one of my favorite bits about this story, although some outfits were questionable they all seemed utterly adorable and suited for her personality.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is a great companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss but it stand well on it's own merit and you will surely adore it for Stephanie Perkins is a master of romantic story telling. It has been months since I finished this story and I still think of it fondly and wish that I had a boy next door to "fall" in love with.

**Lola and the Boy Next Door image inspiration**


Septemberfest 2011 and contest



Anyone who is up on their YA reads knows that the month of September is insane with YA releases. There are so many amazing books coming out that I cannot keep it all together. I want to read everything but I know that I cannot. I have my top reads all set on my nightstand, but am curious as to what others will want to read.

This is my list of "want" reads listed in no particular order.
The Mephisto Covenant
The Beautiful Dark
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Cold Kiss
Ashes
Venom
Vanish

Just in case you need a little refreshing here is the list for September releases.

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert 9/1/11
Witch Song by Amber Argyle 9/1/11
Between by Jessica Warman 9/3/11
Velvet by Mary Hooper 9/5/11

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger 9/5/11
The Shattering by Karen Healey 9/5/11
Ashes by Ilsa Bick 9/5/11
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn childs 9/6/11
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle 9/6/11
Vanish by Sophie Jordan 9/6/11
Hidden by Jessica Verday 9/6/11
Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff 9/6/11
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin 9/6/11
Shelter by Harlan Coban 9/6/11
Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James 9/8/11
Damage by Anya Parrish 9/8/11
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey 9/11
Blood Born by Karen Kincy (book 2)9/8/11
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfefer 9/13/11
After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steve Wedel 9/13/11
Empire of Ruins (Hunchback Assignments III) by Arthur Slade 9/13/11
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 9/13/11
Drink, Slay, Love by Sara Beth Durst 9/13/11
Frost by Marianna Baer 9/13/11
Fateful by Claudia Gray 9/13/11
So Silver Bright (Theatre illuminata Trilogy Book III) by Lisa Mantchev 9/13/11
The Shadowing: Hunted by Adam Slater 9/13/11
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan 9/13/11
Circle Nine by anne Heltzel 9/13/11
Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock 9/13/11
Away(The Line book 2) by Terri Hall 9/15/11
The Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett 9/20/11
Goliath (Leviathan Trilogy book 3) by Scott Westerfeld 9/20/11
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson 9/20/11
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey 9/20/11
Beautiful Days by Anna Godberson 9/20/11
Enthralled: paaranormal Diversions Edited by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong 9/20/11
First Kill by Heather Brewer 9/20/11
Sacrifice by Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz 9/20/11
Cold Fire by Kate Elliott 9/26/11
Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton 9/27/11
A Beautiful Dark by Joceyln Davies 9/27/11
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 9/27/11
If I die (Soul Screamers book 5) by Rachel Vincent 9/27/11
The Vision (The Mark Book 2) by Jen Nadol
My Beating Teenage heart by C.K. Kelly martin 9/27/11
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Feagen 9/27/11
Lost in Time (Blue Bloods Book 6) by Melissa de la Cruz 9/27/11
Shifting by Behtany Wiggins 9/27/11
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 9/27/11
Darkness Falling by Peter Crowther 9/27/11 (reprint)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson 9/29/11
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 9/29/11


WOW!! talk about an amazing month of reads. There is just too much goodness to chose from. Since I am most curious. I would love to know what you are most interested in reading for this super month of September. One lucky winner will get a prize pack of a few good reads that is listed below.

Septemberfest 2011 Contest Items: (all ARC's)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Enthralled Edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Septemberfest 2011 Contest Rules:
1) Respond to this link with at least three of your highly anticipated reads for this month. Please include your email address so that I may contact you in case you win.
2) You must live in the United States and be over the age of 13 with permission to receive items in the mail.
3) Contest Ends Friday, September 9, 2011 at Midnight PST.

Good Luck!!

Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765328658
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he
finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
My Thoughts:

Anna Dressed in Blood has been on my radar for almost a year and once this book was in my hands I knew I had to find the perfect moment in which to enjoy it. I most happy to report that this book is wicked spooky, sprinkled with moments of laughter and quite a bit of blood. It is not a read for the squeemish at heart, but if you can get past that you are in for quite a treat because this book has it all and it will keep you entertained from beginning to end.

There is no way that I cannot mention the show "Supernatural" when I talk about Anna Dressed in Blood because any fan of the show will note the similarities. That being said you will quickly dismiss the Winchester brothers for Cas Lowood and his inherited quest to banish the murderous ghosts from having us join them. Since his father's gruesome demise Cas has taken over the family business. But Cas is not alone as he travels the county locating these ghosts, his mother is also in tow and she is a talented witch. Upon receiving a tip from a "fan" he finds himself on the hunt for Anna, a ghost that has some serious issues and will kill anyone whom enters her domain. Unfortunately, Cas gets his wish but what he witnesses is unlike anything he has ever encountered before and he quickly realizes that he alone cannot defeat this unstoppable force known as Anna Dressed in Blood. Now, this is where the story gets kicked up a notch and it becomes an adventure filled with twists that will have you hiding for some serious cover. EEEEP!!

I adore a story that can cause me to get so freaked out that I need to read it with the lights on, and Anna Dressed in Blood is just that read. SERIOUS! Kendare Blake has done a fantastic job creating the perfect amount of tension and just the right amount of gore to have you hair stand on end. She also has written some of the most wicked scary characters that make you question those noises that go bump in the night. As for the protagonist, Cas I really enjoyed him and understood the wall that he created to block himself from others. No need to create friendships when you are always on the go and yet it was comforting to see his carefully constructed facade crumble. Having them join forces reminded me of a Scooby Doo/Ghostbuster type of assemblage and it totally worked for me. Another aspect that I liked was the fact that he had his mother with him, and she was totally supportive. For me it gives this story credibility, otherwise I might find it a bit far fetched that a 17 year old can move across the country banishing bad ghosts all on his own and the motherly love she gives keeps Cas balanced.


Anna Dressed in Blood is an amazing read, but I highly recommend it to those who are older, enjoy a darker read and are not easily spooked. You will not be disappointed.

**Image inspiration while reading this book (house located near me)**




Sneak a Peek Saturday: Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

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 have selected Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel because I am a hopeless romantic, Steampunk and Zombie fan. What is not to enjoy about those subjects mashed together? The cover I have chosen to use is the UK cover but it is by far my favorite version and to get the "sneak peek" just click on the image to enjoy.

10/18/11
Dearly, Departed
by Lia Habel
ISBN-13: 978-34055233110
Del Rey


Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal disease that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

Review: The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399256601
Rating: ♥♥♥

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses.
Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
REVIEW

The Name of the Star is a novel that I have been eagerly anticipating. Since I have a penchant for all things Gothic, twisted and romantic I figured that this new book by the most awesome Maureen Johnson would suit my tastes perfectly. Yet, despite it's premise, location and gusty protagonist I could not seem to fully engage with The Name of the Star. It was as if the final piece of the puzzle was missing and no matter how hard I tried, could not seem to find it.


The Name of the Star begins interesting enough with Rory Deveaux deciding to leave her home in Louisiana and move to England for her final year of high school to join her parents whom are on sabbatical in England. Both locations are well detailed giving us a great footing in understanding on whom Rory is, where she came from and to the new adventure that she is now embarking on. As Rory begins to adjust to her new life a signifigant incident changes Rory forever (unbeknownst to her) until she is able to witness something that her roommate cannot. What ensues next involves a secret society, a new romance and a crazed mad man that wants to make sure that Rory does "see" him anymore. *shudders*


With a premise like that how can one not be drawn in. This story just screams "CHILLER" and believe me there were a few moments that I was seriously clenching my book. Any time that I wicked bad guy hit the pages I could feel my blood run cold, his character was wicked evil and well written, but the story that he inhabited could not seem to keep it from hitting moments of boredom. I found that it took a bit of time for the story to pick up speed and while I enjoyed getting all the details on Rory and her new school, friends and enemies...I believed that it seemed a bit excessive and that it slowed the story down. I kept up with it because I have read Maureen's other novels and I know she is amazing so I was willing to stick with it. Towards the end the story did pick up considerable speed but by that point I was a bit put off.

The Name of the Star is good read with solid moments of terror, laughter and lush settings to set you on edge and make you question those items that move and are unexplained, but it is a bit slow and could have used a bit of tightening up to make this novel really shine.

02/07/12
UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Never Sky Trilogy, Book One
by Veronica Rossi
ISBN-13: 978-0062072030
HarperCollins



Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—nicknamed The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms eventually will. In this dystopia, even the very air she breathes could kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous—a savage. He’s also her only hope.

Perry needs Aria, too. She alone holds the key to his redemption. And their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.



Why my WOW? This was one of the few times that the synopsis had my initial attention and not the cover. That being said the cover does garner a second look, but I am hooked on the concept of this book and want it in my greedy hands.

Review: A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

The Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press (August 9, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763652601
Source: BEA-Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥♥



Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.
Review

The Long, Long sleep by Anna Sheehan is a stunning debut novel that is tinged with bittersweet moments while focusing on an unlikely heroine confronting unfathomable circumstances.

Rosalinda Fitzroy is awaken sixty-two years after being in stasis; a dreamlike chemically induced sleep where one does not age. At first she has no idea that the world she now inhabits has drastically changed due to the epic disasters that occured while she was slumbering, but that fact pales in comparison to the loss she suffers upon realizing her parents and beloved boyfriend are now long dead. As Rosalinda tries to adapt to her new surroundings she is comforted by an unlikey friend and a new romantic interest if only she can leave the past behind that constantly plaques her every day life.


At first I could not seem to sympathize with Rosalinda for she seemed week and vulnerable but as I kept reading my opinion changed and I became a champion for her quest to survive and adapt to her new life. It was a slow journey but the outcome at the end was worth every word. Along with Rosalinda's character development I truly enjoyed the concept of this novel, for it is original while skirting a distopyian/sci-fi theme that has been prevelent in current YA reads. In fact some moments of this novel reminded me of the "Terminator" and it sent chills down my spine. I enjoyed the surprise twists and turns that constantly pushed the envelope and the betrayal that I could not seem believe.

While I adored this story and it's protagonist it was the bittersweet moments when Rosalinda was faced with the truth of her parents ultimate betrayal and the reality of her lost first love that squeezed my heart. Yet, despite the weight this story ultimately has a strong uplifting message. Despite the fact that I enjoyed the ending I have to admit that it creeped me out a bit...just a bit but I would highly reommened it to anyone.

Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 9, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385740166
Rating: ♥♥♥♥


"These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume." —Romeo and Juliet by William
Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted
eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For
700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love
Review

Nothing is as haunted and full of more woe then this re-telling of Juliet and her Romeo.

Juliet Immortal is a novel that re invokes the spirit of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but do not be fooled by the promise of flowery prose and romantic notions because this novel takes on an original spin that is wildly twisted an unforgetable.

Remember Romeo and Juliet? Those star crossed lovers that could not live without one another? Well, forget everything you believed about them because their love story isn't a tragedy. It is about a mind warped Romeo convinced by Mercenaries that killing his Juliet will bring him eternal life and glory. Yet, instead of Juliet perishing she is granted equal immortality by becoming an Ambassador, who sole purpose is to protect and ensure that soul mates find one another. The antithesis to the Mercenaries whose only objective is to disband and destroy soul mates. So, you can understand that Juliet has her work cut out for her.
Jump forward 700 years and you find Juliet inhabiting the body of Ariel Dragland; a girl with low self esteem and on a date with an obvious douchebag. But before Juliet can get adjust to her new body she comes in contact with Romeo. And it is not a happy reunion, for the last 7 centuries those two have been battling each other for both of their causes but this time something is different.....off axis and unsettling. This fact becomes more apparent when she herself falls in love, something she never imagined possible but she knows she cannot keep this body nor the boy that she has feelings for. Then she gains knowledge of how all her wishes can become reality from a very unlikely source but it would mean that she would have to trust and love the one being that she has sworn to hate for all eternity. But can love conquer all?

When I read the synopsis about this novel, I could not wait to read it. I am not a great fan of Romeo and Juliet (I think tragic love stories are just that...tragic) I wanted to know how this story would play out and was pleased by the results. What I enjoyed most about this story was the original, very dark and emotional nature of this novel. It seems twisted but I witnessing Romeo and Juliet's interactions together would emit such volatile emotions that I did not know if I was coming or going.

I understood Juliet's distrust of love and how despite that fact that she never wavered from her missions of ensuring her soul mates their happiness, it demonstrated her strength and vulnerability that was endearing. And her journey to self acceptance and love is pleasing to witness as she navigates through this mission ensuring her soul mates find eternal happiness, the body she now inhabits come through better than before and that the one she now loves finds eternal bliss.

Despite the fact that I enjoyed this read It is not to say that I don't have issues with this novel, because I do. I mainly have issue with Juliet's wavering adoration with Ben...yes I love him, but I can't be with him...but I can...but I can't...and so on. It proved to be a bit much at times. Besides that fact I wished that the Mercenary and Ambassador culture was better explained because their were moments that left me perplexed and needing a better understanding. These issues being said I truly enjoyed what this story had to offer.

I believe that anyone that favors a paranormal romantic read will enjoy Juliet Immortal for it's original concept and darkly and compelling storyline.





Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442421762
Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2


Mara Dyer doesn't believe life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't
remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.
REVIEW

If there ever is a book jacket that draws you to it and leaves you in awe then The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is that quintessential cover. One look and you know that your in for a reading experience unlike any other. The promise of a haunting mystery, romance and spine chilling suspense beacons you to seize and devour it quickly.

The mystery shrouding this novel is what drew me to it and so I feel compelled to try and be good and hopefully not reveal very much so that the individual reader can experience this novel as I have. From the beginning of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer you realize that their is a major mystery that the main character is trying to figure out. Her family has uprooted themselves and moved to another location so that Mara could have a chance at a "normal" life after the bizarre and mysterious deaths of her best friends. Yet, as she tries to acclimate to her new surroundings she cannot seem to escape the nightmares and visions that seem to haunt her. This all leads to the air of confusion and fear that places you in squarely Mara's head, and let me tell you it is not a fun place to be.

Unfortunately freaky visions are not the only thing that Mara has to contend with, as she realizes that being the new kid in school is a war zone for her mind and her heart. Soon, she meets Noah aka douchebag extrodinaire, at least that is what she is lead to believe, and he does live up to his namesake on some ocassions but even that takes on a mysterious turn that leaves me more than a bit confused. As you can see there is a running theme of confusion to this story, but just wait until you get to the gators and then you will be WTF just happened? And then you get to the last page of this story and will be...WHAT WHAT??

While I do appreciate the tension and moments of book gripping intensity I was left a bit unsatisfied by some of the plot breaches that I could not get around, and some loose ends that seem unresolved or is that part of some master plan? I am not sure. I know that the ending was something to watch out for (many told me that it would blow my mind) but after taking a few days after reading this book then coming back to it, I came up to the same conclusion. What does it all mean??? Cliffhangers drive me insane.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is worth picking up to read, it is a fine debut effort but it will leave you perplexed at best.

Sneak a Peek Saturday: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Heiber

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 have selected Darker Still by Leanna Renee Heiber because it sounds like a suptuous read that is full of gothic beauty and mystery. The cover is beyond gorgeous and the snyopsis just draws you in. Now you can read an excerpt of this upcoming novel, just click on the book cover below and enjoy.

11/01/11
Darker Still
Magic Most Foul Book One
by Leanna Rene Heiber
ISBN-13: 978-1402260520
Sourcebooks Fire

It's 1880 in New York City and eighteen-year-old Natalie Stewart's quiet world is entirely turned upside down in one dangerous fell swoop. Chosen for a fate she can hardly begin to understand, she is beset by strange whispers, nightmares, curses, a haunted painting and an evil doppelganger. A dangerous demon has trapped a young man with whom she's immediately smitten, and Natalie is the only one who can help. Her eerie destiny is made frighteningly clear.

Spirited as Natalie is, her newfound fate is a lot to handle considering she has a major disability to overcome. Suffering from Selective Mutism due to a childhood trauma, Natalie must navigate between two realities; the New York she's always known, and the haunted room inside a painting where the soul of charming, young Lord Denbury has been trapped while his possessed body roams New York with impunity. Natalie must solve the pieces of a grim supernatural mystery as it unfolds, follow an inhuman murderer into the dark underbelly of New York, reverse the curse and find her voice... or else she'll be the next casualty of a magic most foul.


**Doesn't this book sound amazing? I cannot wait to read it. If you're interested in checking out the author or more information about this book, here are some websites to explore.

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Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Philomel (July 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399254838
Source: Audiobook
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended-Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an
offer-one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack-and the man-she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
Review

With the Nightshade series, Andrea Cremer has done a bang up job of creating a world that while centered on the well used lore of the werewolf, was able to put a fresh spin on it and make it her own. Wolfsbane was the highly anticipated sequel to Nightshade and I was pleased with the results.

Wolfsbane takes place days after Nightshade had ended. Calla wakes up disoriented and in the lair of the Searchers, not good when they are your sworn enemy. Yet, they are not concerned with killing her or Shay and what they propose instead will leave your head spinning. Calla is torn, not sure of which way to turn or whom to trust and her thoughts keep going to her pack and Ren. She hates having left them all behind but the only way that she can go back and save them is by trusting the Searchers, but is that the best choice?

From the very first moment to the last Wolfsbane will leave you on the edge of your seat, with non-stop action and "Oh NO! she didn't just do that to me" stages of insanity. No time was lost in getting you caught up to speed and then you had to hit the ground running. I enjoyed being trained on the society of Searchers and how their history was incorporated into Wolfsbane. It was all very well done and quite exciting, and making me quite curious as to what the ultimate agenda was and if they could be trusted. Thus, I could empathize with Calla and her struggles to whom and if she could rely on the Searchers to help her and her pack. Besides the plethora of information coming forth from this community the supporting characters and their stories breathed new life and mystery into an already rooted storyline and kept it from being boring.

The only aspect of this series that I cannot seem to embrace is the relationship between Calla and Shay. I guess you can say that I am a Team Ren girl, even though I dislike siding on any teams. I honestly cannot seem to see those two characters together, maybe I am wrong, but it is highly suspect. Other than the obvious amour triangle I believe that this is one of the best paranormal stories around full of interesting characters and a story that is quite good and I cannot read for Blood Rose. The suspsense is going to be the death of me...

02/28/12
When the Sea Is Rising Red
by
Cat Hellisen

ISBN13: 9780374364755

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A girl fakes her own suicide to escape from the strict confines of her aristocratic family and a likely arranged marriage, only to be confronted with the harsh realities of living in the slums with the working class and the ultimate discovery that the boy she’s fallen in love with is plotting a rebellion to destroy her family.

Why this is my WOW? The cover is OMG! stunning and after reading the synopsis I was instantly enamoured of this novel and wanted to read it. It's so girl loves boy from the wrong side of the tracks and now boy wants to destroy her family.....like wow.

Bay Area Book Events: A Great Good Place for Books

Being a great fan of YA reads and a native bay area gal is an particularly amazing combination. Why? Because I am blessed with a plethora of Indie bay books stores in the San Francisco, bay area that are hosting book events with authors that I truly adore and admire.

Since there are quite a few Indie books stores that have upcoming book events I decided to make a feature when the occasion arises. That will "spotlight" each book store and their YA genre events.

This week I have selected A GREAT GOOD PLACE FOR BOOKS. This charming and quaint book store is located in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland. I always enjoy visiting this bookstore because it has such a great vibe and Kathleen has the best book recommendations. Thank you!!




A GREAT GOOD PLACE FOR BOOKS: EVENTS



(make sure to mark you calendars and if you cannot attend and want a signed book just call them and ask to have it taken care of for you)




September 9, 7:00 p.m. LAURA GOODE author of SISTER MISCHIEF
September 22, 7:00 p.m. MEG WOLITZER author of THE FINGERTIPS OF DUNCAN DORFMAN
October 4, 7:00 p.m. STEPHANIE PERKINS author of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXTDOOR and MAUREEN JOHNSON author of THE NAME OF THE STAR and 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES
October 6, 7:00 p.m. LAUREN OLIVER author of LIESLE AND PO and BEFORE I FALL




A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Avenue
Oakland(510) 339-8210
books@ggpbooks.com
www.greatgoodplace.indiebound.com

In My Mailbox: August Edition 1.0

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

It has been a while since I have posted an IMM post and I hope that I will keep on my posts.This month I was truly a lucky gal. I truly cannot wait to read The Pledge, Everneath and The Butterfly clues. Heck! I want to read them all right now, but I have them in my TBR pile to join the others.

August:
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Perception by Kim Harrington
Above by Leah Bobet
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Take a Bow by Elizabet Eulberg

That is my IMMB for this week. What is in yours?

Review: Dream Dark by Garcia and Stohl

Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Format: Audiobook-Ebook
File Size: 345 KB
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 2, 2011)
Language: English
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥



When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning...

Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won't be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin -- it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.
Review

When it comes to the saying "good things come in small packages" nothing rings more true than Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This mini-novella packs a wallop of a punch because it is full of mystery, laughs and the awesomeness that is Linkcubus.

I adore this series for it's Gothic feel and beautifully descriptive writing for it conjures up the most vivid imagery and makes you feel like sipping sweet tea while hiding out in your closet.

Dream Dark is a mini-novella centering on Link, one of my favorite characters from the Beautiful Creatures series because there is no one around quite like him. I know he is a taco short of a combination plate but to witness his adjustment to being quarter incubus is such a treat that I wished that I could have more to read. I particularly enjoyed Link's interactions with Uncle Macon and ridley and by the end I was left with a foreboding sense of the wicked things to come in Dark Chaos. So, it was a bonus to get a few chapters of Dark Chaos with the Mini-Novella and let me tell you, WOW!!! It is my favorite story so far, dark and oh so mysterious and when I was so hooked and into it, BAM! it was over. NO FAIR, ladies!! LOL!

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl know how to create a great story that is tension filled while interlaced with moments of comedic relief and romance. Now, I really cannot wait Dark Chaos to hit the shelves because it is going to be epic. I cannot fathom how it is going to come down and that is driving me nuts. October cannot get here fast enough.

If you're a fan of this series (and how could you not be?). Then you need to read Dream Dark so that you can experience the Linkubus for your self and get a taste of the wicked things that are to come.

Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queen by Libba Bray
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 24, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439895979
Source: Audiobook (highly recommended)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and
Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.


REVIEW


With Beauty Queens Libba Bray has created a truly twisted and hilarious novel that is a fantastic mixture of Lost, Austin Powers and Miss Congeniality gone totally wrong.

Imagine a plane full of teen beauty queen contestants on route to a photo shoot, then they crash. Tragic, right? Yet tragic does not even begin to explain what happens next as the survivors of this plane crash come together, join forces and survive in the wild. The insanity escalates with explosive beauty products a crazy dictator and pirates, YES! Pirates that are thrown into the mix. Together these elements and the surviving contestants create this environment that is unbelievable to fathom but will have you engaged from the very beginning.

As I settled in for the fun ride that Beauty Queens was sure to be I truly did not expect the crash landing of wicked awesome that it was. I adored it's dark and twisted look at the world of beauty pageants and how our society views beauty and I would be left breathless with laughter. From it's footnotes, to it's contestant bios and inventive commercials I knew I was witnessing the brilliance that is Libba Bray, in Beauty Queens.

I think this book is crazy funny, but understand that some may find it over the top and a bit offensive. So, while I adore this book I know that it is not for everyone. If you enjoy dark comedy and read that is a lot of crazy then this is the book for you.

Review: Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525421556
Rating:♥♥♥♥

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend's suicide. With the help of family and new found friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn't die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid's descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid - and Caitlin herself .



Review

The loss of a friendship is never easy, but when it is due to suicide it takes on a different meaning. The sadness, anger, grief and the ever present question why? Hold Still by Nina LaCour is a powerful and moving story about a girl that is trying to cope with the death of her best friend and how she is maneuvers her way through that grief to shine with hope.

Caitlin and Ingrid were the best friends, together through thick and thin, inseparable. ..until Ingrid takes her own life and Caitlin is left behind trying to comprehend this unbearable loss. At first Caitlin exhibits the emotional turmoil that is expected with such a tragedy and the depth and feelings that are witnessed are raw and deep. Then she finds Ingrid's diary that was obviously left for her to read and with each entry Caitlin comes to terms with the fact that her best friend was plagued by darkness. As I read through certain moments I would feel my breath catch and find it hard to breath, Caitlin's emotions felt that "real" to me and it gave life to a character that I understood and could relate to. I also appreciated how her love of photography and creative instincts helped her cope with her loss, this all gave her added depth that I rounded added to her believability.

Nina did a bang up job of creating Caitlin, but this story did not stop with her. Hold Still is a collaboration of amazing characters that are very well written and appreciated. They all gave this story it's heart and depth as you witness Caitlin break out of her shell, create new relationships and grow. Together, they set a hopeful tone instead of the weight of sadness.

I was a huge procrastinator in reading this book, because I have had it sitting on my book shelf staring at me for well over a year. I even went to Nina's book launch and left that night in awe after listening to her read an excerpt and the artwork presented in the novel not to mention the many kudos that went around the room that night. So, now I am kicking myself for being all kinds of stupid because I truly enjoyed this novel. Her simplistic yet effective writing style, beautiful imagery and message are not one to be missed.

Bay Area Book Event: Gretchen McNeil


I am happy to announce that Gretchen McNeil is coming to the S.F. Bay area *throws Confetti* for a book event. I know that I will be in attendance, so mark your calendars and I hope to see you there.

WHEN? Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
WHERE? Books Inc. Opera Plaza San Francisco

Waiting on Wednesday: A Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

March 2012
THE VICIOUS DEEP
by Zoraida Córdova
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Set against the backdrop of a Coney Island summer comes The Vicious Deep, the story of sixteen year old Tristan Hart whose life is turned upside down when the mermaids make an unscheduled return to land in search of their new king.

When a sudden storm pulls Tristan from lifeguard duty into a deadly riptide, he discovers what he really is—a prince of the Sea Court. Turns out, his girlfriend hopping and talents as a swimmer aren’t caused by his teenage prime hormones after all.

In this modern Arthurian tale with a twist, when all a guy wants to do is get The Girl and enjoy the freak show that is a Coney Island summer, Tristan has to fight for his life, the lives of his friends, and his humanity, if he still wants it, as he’s caught in a race for a throne that is as ancient as the gods.



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Why my WOW? As I will admit every time, this cover is what instantly drew me to it. I saw it and thought WHOA!! what is this book about. At first glance I thought it was about Vampires then upon further inspection I noticed the scales and knew it had to deal with the sea. Mermaids instantly came to mind and once I read the snyopsis I was proven correct.



This book sounds great and has an awesomely twisted cover to go along with it, a book to surely wait for.



Review: Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa

Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa
Format: Audiobook
File Size: 213 KB
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 1, 2011)
Source: Audible
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.

REVIEW

If you're a fan of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fae series then you cannot miss reading this tasty little gem, because to witness Puck and Ash on their quest is worth the time well spent.

Summer's Crossing takes place soon after the Iron Queen, following Puck and Ash and their problematic adventure in seeking the cure that will allow Ash to stay with Meghan in the land of Iron. Unfortunately the unlikely duo have had little success and when a formidable foe requests a favor from the duo, they cannot refuse. Puck soon realizes that this challenge presents a prime opportunity for him to get rid of his frenemy, Ash but will he take the bait? only reading this story will tell.

I adore Julie Kagawa's Fae series with a fierce passion because it is just so amazing. The writing, plot line and characters are some of the best reading material around and I highly recommend them to everyone I meet. So, while I am waiting on tenderhooks for the Iron Knight (which I am finally reading now, YEAY ME!) I was pleased to get reaquainted with two of my favorite characters from the series and have a taste of how these two guys can work together. This mini adventure is short and sweet but don't let that fool you for it is full of suspense, laughs and some very memorable moments. SUMMER'S CROSSING gives me a hint of the adventures and troubles that I am sure to encounter in THE IRON KNIGHT and I am beyond excited and say "bring it on".

Fans of this series will enjoy this short story and will only be left clamouring for more. A great little treasure to enjoy and sustain you until the IRON KNIGHT hits the shelves.

A New Look For My Blog



Hello Everyone!


Notice anything different? LOL! After a lot of deliberation and self doubt I realized that I needed to change the look of my blog. I had put my old template together but I knew after some time that It needed a professional edge that my pathetic attempts could never seem to master. I knew I needed to find someone who could take my blog baby and make it better. I don't know about you, but that idea was so scary for me. Yet, I need not to have worried because with a bit of research and intuition I found someone that listened to me and turned my wishes into reality. I am forever grateful for Tawni (Thank you!), from Forever Design Studio and highly recommend her to anyone needed her services.


Now that my blog has been madeover I will start blogging again and I hope that you enjoy the new look and that you come back and visit often.

Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385737645
Source: Audiobook
Rating: ♥♥♥♥



BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

REVIEW

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is a novel that I have wanted to read for quite some time. It has sat on my nightstand for well over a year and then one day while perusing new reads on my audible account it came up as a suggested read. I took this hint as a sign and now I am totally kicking myself for not reading it sooner.

Revolution does not start off as an easy read and at times it is painful to witness modern day protagonist, Andi Alpers as she goes through the motions of everyday life. She is grief stricken with the death of her younger brother and consumed with constant thoughts of suicide and yet it is that vulnerability and anger that makes you stay and want to see how her story plays out. Andi is an all or nothing kind of character and you ride out her highs as she gets lost in her passion for music then feel the palpable sadness that surrounds her and steals your very breath. In an unexpected turn of events Andi is soon wisked away to Paris with her estranged father and while there she finds the diary of Alexandrine Paradis; a remarkable young women who lived during the French revolution and who risked her life to give a young boy hope.

When I originally read about this novel I could not imagine how both of these young women could have anything in common and how their stories could work and intermingle, but Jennifer Donnelly did a remarkable job of bringing them together and creating a story that you will not easily forget. I loved the musical references and appreciated the detail that went into this story and I was glad to have been consumed by it's plot.

What I did have difficulty with is the plot twist that occured at the catacombes towards the end of the novel. Because it was not what I expected to occur even though it gave that edge of renewed hope that this story needed. Yet, Im not totally convinced of it's inception and found the epilogue a bit rushed. I also hoped that a certain relationship would have reached better ends but one cannot have it all.

In conclusion, Revolution is an amazing read that is passionate, full of hope and the power of love.

**I enjoyed this novel via Audiobook and would highly recommend it, if you can**

Waiting on Wednesday: CINDER by Marissa Meyer


01/03/12
CINDER
Lunar Chronicles Book One
by Marissa Meyer
ISBN-13: 978-0312641894
Feiwel & Friends


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.


Why my WOW? Just look at this cover, it is interesting and a red shoe is displayed (cover love!) so it has piqued my interest. Then I read the synopsis provided and I knew I had to read it because it is normally not a subject that I am interested in but I want to broaden my reading horizon.

L.A. Banks, I will miss you

Long before I dedicated my reading passion to Young Adult novels I was an avid reader of Adult Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy novels. Because of the reading community I became involved with, I found out about RT conventions and attended a few of them. One year in particular, my friends and I attended a dinner when this woman with the most fantastic necklace sat down with us. Not only was she gorgeous, but she was down to earth, warm and so friendly that we all ended up adoring her and it was not until the end of the dinner that we found out that she was the well known author L.A. Banks.

Today I found out about her recent passing. I know that she had been very ill, but it is still such a shock. So, it is with a heavy heart that I write this post. I will always have very found memories of her and send her family my heart felt condolences.

I have severe Arachnophobia and she had this gigantic spider cuff that scared the crap out of me


but I adored her cross necklace and she was commenting on mine


L.A. Banks, I will miss you. Rest in Peace.

“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

FEBRUARY


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

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