Waiting on Wednesday: Gilded Wings by Aimee Agresti

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Today I have selected a novel that immediately grabbed my attention. One look at the book cover and I was transfixed, amazed at how beautiful it was (see, I am such a cover coveter).
Then I read the snyopsis and was enchanted.

03/06/12
ILLUMINATE
Gilded Wings, Book One
by Aimee Agresti
ISBN-13: 978-0547626147
Harcourt Children's Books


Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew

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 ravenous readers to enjoy. This week I have selected Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I have consumed her other novels with a passion and was fascinated by the premise of this new novel and now you can also. Just click on the image below and enjoy the story.



Every Other Day Jennifer Lynn Barnes
To be released December 27th, 2011


Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between...She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive...and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

01/31/12
SADIE WALKER IS STRANDED
A Zombie Novel, Book Two
by Madelaine Roux
ISBN-13: 978-0312658915
St. Martin's Griffin





Sadie Walker fights for survival as the dead close in...In the months since The Outbreak, Seattle has become a walled citadel - the Infected are kept at bay but the city is rife with kidnappings, religious cults and black-market dealings. And things are about to get much, much worse. A group of frustrated religious fanatics, the 'Repopulationists', destroy part of the wall and zombies swarm the city. Devastated by the brutal kidnapping of her nephew, illustrator Sadie Walker flees Seattle with her best friend Andrea and secures passage on a boat with no destination. The ragtag bunch aboard the ship are thrown ashore by a storm and stumble across what appears to be a thriving survivors camp. The shipwrecked group, relived to find food, shelter and friendship, relax into the rhythm of the community's existence. But then people start to disappear...


Why my WOW? OMG!!! Zombie madness, how can I not want to read this?

Patch and YOU story!!



Check out this cool feature for Silence, the third book in the Hush, Hush series. I cannot wait to read it! Just click on the image above and enjoy. AND! I am a very lucky person to have Becca come out and visit the SF bay area next month. SQUEE!!




Check out this smokin' HOT picture for SILENCE. With an image like that how can anyone stay silent??


Launch Party and Book Signing with Gretchen McNeil





Paranormal YA fans! If you are in the SF bay area and love YA reads then you must attend the book launch and signing for Gretchen McNeil with Not Your Mother's Book Club (twitter @nymbc) on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.


I will be there tomorrow, please make sure to seek me out and say hello. Also, make double sure to spread the word and tweet about this special ocassion.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: Tempest by Julie Cross

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 ravenous readers to enjoy. This week I have selected Tempest and Bone by Julie Cross. This novel has gotten some amazing buzz , with a cover and synopsis that it offers how could it not grab your attention. Just read a sample and you will see what I mean. Click on the book cover and enjoy the tasty bit.

click on the book cover below to read the first four chapters now


The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Dreamland Video Book Trailer and Contest



About "Dreamland":

"Riley's finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer's dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it's her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who's been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears."

Alyson Noël continues the bestselling story of Riley Bloom as she learns how dreams are made and tries to make contact with her sister, Ever.

CONTEST: This contest that you are entering is for a copy of Dreamland by Alyson Noel
CONTEST RULES:
1) Contest is open to anyone in USA/ Canada only. (sorry)
2) Contest is open until September 25th , 2011. Midnight PST
3) You must post your email address so that I may contact you in case you win.
4) Share the love and spread the word, via blogger, twitter or facebook.
GOOD LUCK!!


Additional Links:
Macmillan page for Alyson Noël:
http://us.macmillan.com/author/alysonnoel
Become a Facebook fan: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlysonNoel
Website: http://www.alysonnoel.com/

**Contest book provided by Zeitghost Media
www.zeitghostmedia.com

Waiting on Wednesday: All That Bleeds by Kimberly Frost

01/03/12

ALL THAT BLEEDS


by Kimberly Frost


ISBN-13: 978-0425245804


Berkley-------





They should never have met. In a glittering community in the Colorado Rockies called the Etherlin, the descendants of the ancient muses live behind a wall that separates them from the world and the dangerous creatures who crave them. Alissa North is inspiration made flesh, so she should never have met Merrick, a deadly half-vampire enforcer, but when they do meet, the connection is instantaneous, and an illicit flirtation is born. He sends her secret gifts. She writes him secret letters. The long-distance friendship was never supposed to go any farther. But when she is kidnapped and thrown briefly into his world, everything changes. Now Alissa realizes he’s the only person she can trust, and Merrick finds he’ll do anything to protect her, even risk his life by crossing the wall. As both worlds close in on them, Alissa knows that getting caught with Merrick could cost her everything she’s ever cared about, but giving him up proves harder than she ever imagined…

Bay Area Book Events: Books Inc.and NYMBC

Today I am showcasing Books Inc. and NYMBC as part of my quest to promote all Indie book store YA events in the SF Bay Area.

NYMBC motto per their blog




Books Inc., the West’s oldest independent bookstore, started Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ with one big idea: to bring the best writers in the world to the best readers in the world. We know first-hand that no book lovers are as ferociously awesome as Young Adult book lovers!The club has grown tremendously since we began in 2005. We now host a monthly literary salon for teenagers in San Francisco, as well as weekly online author interviews, online contests and in-school author events around the Bay Area. No matter how much bigger and busier we are, though, one thing remains the same - our dedication to showcasing the very best that the world of teen literature has to offer.



We also have a lot of fun ... and we invite you to join us. Yay books!




Don't you just adore them? NYMBC is an awesome club that has had some of the best YA book events in the bay area and you can tell that they really take a lot of time and care into having these events: the details, contests and nibbles are unlike any other book store around. This fall they are hosting an impressive list of events that will astound you.

BOOKS INC. Opera Plaza SF
NYMBC Event:
Gretchen McNeil
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

BOOKS INC. Opera Plaza SF
NYMBC Event:
Stephenie Perkins and Maureen Johnson
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m.

BOOKS INC. Opera Plaza SF
NYMBC:
Becca Fitzpatrick, Michlle Hodkin, Moira Young and Simone Elkeles
Monday, October 10 7:00 p.m.

BOOKS INC.
NYMBC Event
November 2nd: GET MATCHED with Ally Condie at Frjtz in the Mission.
Ticket details to come.





Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
Terrific events and close to all public transit!
Mon-Sat: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sun: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
601 Van Ness415-776-1111
Manager: Corry Elm

Septemberfest Contest Winner

I wanted to publicly congratulate VIVIEN for being the winner of my Septemberfest Contest. I also wanted to thank everyone that entered and that I have two other contests that are still up and running plus I have a fantastic contest that is coming up on the horizon (think of the authors coming out my way) hint, hint.



09/27/11
The Mephisto Covenant
The Mephisto Covenant Book One
by Trinity Feagen
ISBN-13: 978-1606841709
EgmontUSA




A descendant of the daughter of Eve, born before Original Sin, falls in love with a son of the dark angel, Mephistopheles, then discovers she alone can save him from Hell, but only if she gives up mortality and her birthright of certain Heaven to join him and his brothers in a brutal war to save mankind’s free will.

Waiting on Wednesday: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week I have selected OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks because of it's beautiful book cover and interesting synopsis. It has been on my radar for a little while and now with the book cover released I am even more eager at reading this book. What do you think? and what is your WOW for this week. My inquisitive mind always wants to know.


05/22/12
OF POSEIDON
by Anna Banks
ISBN-13: 978-1250003324
Fiewel & Friend

Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish.

What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings.

All These Things I've Done Trailer and Contest


About "All These Things I've Done":

"In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty.think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family."

Gabrielle Zevin introduces readers to an unforgettable teenage heroine in a groundbreaking new series, starting with "All These Things I've Done".



Contest Rules: For A copy of All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
1) Contest is open to anyone in USA/ Canada only. (sorry)
2) Contest is open until September 18th, 2011. Midnight PST
3) You must post your email address so that I may contact you in case you win.
4) Share the love and spread the word, via blogger, twitter or facebook.
GOOD LUCK!!

Additional Information Links:
Macmillan page for the book & author:
http://us.macmillan.com/allthesethingsivedone

Become a fan and see Gabrielle on tour this Fall: http://www.facebook.com/gabriellezevinfanpage

Website:
http://www.memoirsofa.com/

Bay Area Book Events: Kepler's

Happy Labor Day! and I hope that everyone is having a safe and happy holiday.

Today I am showcasing Kepler's book store as part of my quest to promote all Indie book store YA events in the SF Bay Area.

Kepler's is my favorite book store because it has an impressive collection of books and it even has a sequestered area especially created for book events. I always enjoy spending time there and the staff is really helpful especially Angela, whom is the YA events coordinator. She has a plethora of knowledge and a passion for this genre unlike anyone I know. Next time you attend an event make sure to say hello and tell her how much you enjoy these events. A great place to get to know more about what she reads and enjoys is Kepler's Teen blog: THE BOOK BIND

In the next coming weeks and especially in the month of October, Kepler's is going to have a deluge of amazing YA authors. It goes without saying that I am very excited about this fall line up of amazement and want to share it with everyone.

KEPLERS EVENTS

Youth Event: Cinda Williams Chima
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m
Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park

Youth Event: Scott Westerfeld
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.

Youth Event: Heather Brewer
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.

Teen Event: Becca Fitzpatrick and Michelle Hodkin
Sunday, October 9, 3:00 p.m

Youth Event: James Dashner
Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Youth Event: Brian Selznick
Thursday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

Youth Event: Tamora Pierce
Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.




Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-324-4321

Store Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 9 am to 9 pm
Fri & Sat: 9 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

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 ravenous readers to enjoy. This week I have selected Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This novel has gotten some amazing buzz , with a cover and synopsis that it offers how could it not grab your attention. Just read a sample and you will see what I mean. Click on the book cover and enjoy the tasty bit.

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
THE NEW TRILOGY FROM LAINI TAYLOR, COMING SEPTEMBER 27 TO BOOKSTORES EVERYWHERE!

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regre learning the truth about herself?

Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061974552
Source: BEA
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has
changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John
Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.
My Thoughts:

The Power of Six was a highly anticipated book for me because I truly enjoyed reading I am Number Four and was eager to find out what happens next. I just finished devouring it and all I can say is WOW!! The Power of Six was absolutely riveting from the very first sentence to the last, for it is an action packed roller coaster ride of an adventure.


Told in alternating POV's this next installment of the Lorien Legacies concentrates on number four, six and a new character Marina aka number seven. While number four, six and sam hiding out like fugitives on the run in the United States, Marina is leading a quiet and sheltered life in Spain in a convent. Marina cannot wait until she can leave the convent upon turning eighteen for her Saipon has all but given up on any idea of leaving or even training Marina in fighting off the Mogadorians. This fact has frustrated Marina to no end but she seeks solice in believing that the news featuring a trio on the run is part of her Lorian race and that she must help them. Meanwhile John Smith (number four) and his co-conspirators are trying to figure out how they are going to find the other race members, stay alive and basically save the world.

I cannot rave enough about this book for it was just soo good. The action never stops and I was kept on my toes witnessing both stories play out and the tension that was created was spot on brilliant. The action sequences were explosive and tight and as well as the interactions between all the characters. I felt Marina's frustration towards her Saipon were so tangible that I would want to bang my head out of the same feelings. WOW! Then I just adore Sam and his inner voice is so dead pan that I cannot seem to help but laugh whenever he makes an appearance. His love of all things alien is wicked amusing. I know some will have issue with John and his feelings that seem to grow towards six but as the story progresses it will become a bit more understanding. Old beliefs will be questioned and an impossible event will change everything and you won't believe what transpires.

I highly recommend this read to those that love action and adventure and a little bit of paranormal alien action. It is perfect for those that are hesitant to read sci-fi, a great light read. Romance, adventure and loads of action to always keep you on the edge of your seat. I cannot wait to read what comes next.

“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

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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