Waiting on Wednesday: THE VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst

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

This week I have selected THE VESSEL by Sara Beth Durst. I enjoy her books and this upcoming novel looks and sounds intriguing. What happens because the goddess never comes??? Who knows? but I sure want to find out. What is your WOW for this week?

09/11/12

VESSEL


ISBN-13: 978-1442423763

Margaret k. McElderry


In a desert land where serpents made of unbreakable glass fly through the sky and wolves made of only sand hunt within storms, Liyana is destined to be a vessel, to sacrifice herself so that her clan's goddess can inhabit her body... but her goddess never comes.

Contest Winners!! Congratulations


Thank you! Giveaway: Nancy of My Mind Unveiled and
Jeremy West of Novel Thoughts (his response made me happy)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Elise of Hand me Down Books
Shatter Me, Giveaway: Patricia from Two Chicks on Books

Congratulations! to everyone who won and I will have more contests next month so stay tuned.

Waiting on Wednesday: DROWNING INSTINCT by Ilsa J. Bick

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 chosen DROWNING INSTINCT by Ilsa J. Bick, author of ASHES of which is creepy amazing. I enjoy her writing style and the way that she can totally gross you out and make you cry in the same moment. So, I cannot wait for upcoming novel. It sounds disturbing and I am intrigued. Also, the cover is very eye catching.


01/28/12

DROWNING INSTINCT


ISBN-13: 978-0761377528

Learner Publishing Group


There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)

Jenna Lord's first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.

There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain...magnetism.

And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)

Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.

In My Mailbox: November part deux

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie

This week I was very thankful for my good fortune. I cannot believe that The Disenchantments came my way SQUEE!! It really made my day and I was able to borrow The Selection (adore the cover). Now that you know about my mailbox, how did you fare this week? My curious mind wants to know.

IMMB: For Review


Sneak a Peek Saturday: GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

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 Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers. When I attended NCIBA I approached the Houghton Mifflin booth and was instantly informed of this novel. It was heavily promoted as ALIAS meets GAME OF THRONES....need they have said anything more? NO, I do not believe so. I have read the first two chapters and found it hard to resist reading more but I had to put it down in favor of other books that need my attention now. Yet, I know I will go back soon because it is just too good to leave unread.


03/07/12
GRAVE MERCY
His Fair Assassin, First in Trilogy
by
R.L. LaFevers
ISBN-13: 978-0547628349
Houghton Mifflin/ Harcourt

Click on the book cover below for the first chapter and enjoy!


Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Bay Area Book Event: Stacey Jay and Suzanne Young

Teen Book Event
Authors: Suzanne Young and Stacey Jay
When: Friday, November 18 @ 6:30
Where: Hicklebee's
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125

This Friday, Hicklebee's is hosting a Teen event that you cannot miss. The wonderful Suzanne Young and Stacey Jay will talk about their newest novels and sign their books. It is an evening that you cannot miss. I hope to see you there.

Suzanne Young
A Need so Beautiful

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.
Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?

Stacey Jay
Juliet Immortal

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.

Waiting on Wednesday: Something Strange and Deadly

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 Something Strange and Deadly because this book has one of the most wicked covers around (always a plus) and the synopsis sucked me in immediately (but reminded me of another recent read). Zombies are always a welcome subject to read about and then include some corsets and I am totally there. So, now that you know my WOW, what is yours?


07/24/12
SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY
by Susan Dennard
ISBN-13: 978-0062073265

HarperCollins Children's


Parasols, corsets, and…zombies?! The Luxe meets The Forest of Hands and Teeth in this compelling and witty debut novel—the first in a trilogy that will thrill fans of A Clockwork Angel and lovers of romance, things Victorian, and the macabre.

When her brother is kidnapped, Eleanor Fitt – a sixteen-year-old with a weakness for buttered toast and Shakespeare quotes – must leave the confines of corsets and courtesy to get him back.

It’s 1876, and Philadelphia is hosting the first American World Fair, the Centennial Exhibition. It’s also hosting rancid corpses that refuse to stay dead. When one of those decomposing bodies brings Eleanor a hostage note for her brother, she resolves to do anything to rescue him. But to face the armies of Dead that have him, she’ll need a little help from the Spirit-Hunters.

The Spirit-Hunters, a three-man team hired to protect the Exhibition, have a single goal: return the Dead to their graves. Yet, what began as a handful of shambling bodies has escalated beyond the team’s abilities, and time is running out. Whoever rules the Dead is losing control, and when the leash finally snaps, Philadelphia will be overrun with ravenous corpses.

Now Eleanor must battle the walking Dead and deal with her growing attraction to the team’s inventor, Daniel, an exasperating but gorgeous ex-con. From the steampunk lab of the Spirit-Hunters to the grand halls of the Exhibition, Eleanor must follow the clues – and the bodies – to find her brother and stop the Dead before it’s too late.

Novel to Screen: The Hunger Games Official Trailer







OK, Stick a fork in me because I am done.

Bay Area Book Event: Ransom Riggs

Teen Book Event
Author: Ransom Riggs
When: November 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025





About Ransom, the short version:
I live in Los Angeles, where I write books and make movies.
The longer version is HERE


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


Thank You, Giveaway

This contest is now CLOSED! Thank you for entering.


As Thanksgiving approaches I am ever mindful of what I am thankful for; my health, family, dear friends and my love of reading and what it has given me. I want to extend my good fortune, thanks and love of reading to those that follow my blog and make it a part of their life. I have selected a collection of books that I believe will enrich your library as much as it has mine.
Giveaway Books
The Other Countess by Eve Edwards




































**New books added 11/13/11 5pm PST, but not pictured**





We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han





Moonglass by Jessica Kirby





Twisted by Sarah Shepard





The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Scheinmel





Giveway Contest: All the above books to a lucky follower and If I receive over 100 entrants then I will add Revived by Cat Patrick to the stack and if over 200 entrants then I will also add Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.





1) Follow The Ravenous Reader Blog.
2) Enter by telling me one thing that you are thankful for and don't forget to leave your email address so that I may contact you if you win.
3) Spread the word: i.e. blog, twitter, facebook or even word of mouth
4) Contest ends November 25, 2011 PST
5) Contest open Internationally








GOOD LUCK, and THANK YOU!!!

In My Mailbox: November

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie

This week was a particularly amazing due to the lovely books I received to review. Thank you, Penguin


Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood Feb 2012
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jessica Rothenberg Jan 2012
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink March 2012
Immortal City by Scott Speer April 2012
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff Nov 2011
Try not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard Jan 2012
Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson Feb 2012
Cinder Mirror from publisher. Thank you!!

Sneak A Peek Saturday: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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 Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I have had this book on my radar for a long while because this cover is not easy to forget. Then USA today hosted an exclusive excerpt and after reading it, I wanted to read it all the more. Now it is your turn to read this Sneak Peek and see what you think.


Click on the book cover below for a first chapter excerpt

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.

A Divine Full-Moon Campaign has Launched

For those readers of the Bree Despain series or anyone that enjoys a great paranormal read.


Please, join in and you could win great reads and cool prizes.

Egmont Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel. And starting at the stroke of midnight, Friday, November 11th through Saturday, December 10th, Egmont and acclaimed author of The Dark Divine series Bree Despain will be offering weekly prizes from books to jewelry to celebrate the upcoming paperback publication of TheLost Saint (11/22/11), book 2 in the trilogy. The final book, The Savage Grace, will be available in March.

In addition, for just $1.99 readers can purchase The Lost Letters of Gabriel, a special digital supplement to the series that will add a whole new layer of intrigue and understanding to these books. The letters, first introduced during The Dark Divine(Book 1) to help Grace understand the Urbat curse that has changed her life, were written during the thirteenth century and compiled in the eighteenth century, but some were lost. But those mislaid letters have been found and are now available wherever e-books are sold. Bree Despain is donating a portion of her proceeds from the letters will go to: Kids Need to Read, an organization that provides books to schools and libraries in low income areas.

Look for the next full moon and every full moon between now and the publication of The Savage Grace for more from Bree and Egmont, including exclusive content, additional prizes and maybe a surprise or two.
To win cool prizes during the Full-Moon campaign, visit: EgmontUSA


“Talk about a book that has everything I wanted: A bad boy with a dark, tortured past, a complicated romance, and a mystery that made my heart beat in double-time right up to the last page. …Darkly romantic and surprising, this paranormal rises to the top.” –Becca Fitzpatrick, the NY Times bestselling author of the Hush Hush series on The Dark Divine


The Dark Divine Series by Bree DespainThe Dark Divine Book 1: Available in paperback and e-book


The Lost Saint Book 2: Available in hardcover and e-book now, paperback (11/22/11)


The Savage Grace Book 3: Coming March 2012



Bree Despain's WEBSITE, please go and visit.

2012 Debut Author Challenge




MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2012 DAC, CAN BE FOUND HERE!


CHALLENGE OBJECTIVE:
To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013.*


Here is my list:



  1. Brodie Ashton EVERNEATH

  2. Julie Cross TEMPEST

  3. Marissa Myer CINDER

  4. Avery Williams ALCHEMY OF FOREVER

  5. Veronica Rossi UNDER THE NEVER SKY

  6. Sarah Wilson Etienne HARBINGER

  7. Kat Hellisen WHEN THE SEA IS RISING RED

  8. Jessica Spotswood BORN WICKED

  9. Aimee Agresti ILLUMINATE

  10. Sophie Crockett AFTER THE SNOW

  11. Jill Hathaway SLIDE

  12. Lisa Bobet ABOVE

  13. Zoraida Cordova THE VICIOUS DEEP

  14. Susan Dennard SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY

  15. Corrine Jackson IF I LIE

  16. Elizabeth Norris THE UNRAVELING

  17. Wendy Higgins SWEET EVIL





Waiting on Wednesday: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

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.

With the upcoming 2012 year of YA books you will be hard pressed NOT to find a cover with a pretty girl posing in a gorgeous dress. That is why SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins stood out to be because there was an ominiously hot looking man also on the cover. Next I read the snyopsis and it intrigued me enough for me to place it on my WOW for this week? What do you think? Is the cover too much? Would you believe that it was a YA book? Oh, so many questions, in the meantime I will keep staring at the hot guy. LOL

SWEET EVIL
5/1/2012
Teen Fiction
Pb 9780062085610 $8.99
Age: 13 up-; Grades: 8 up
ISBN: 9780061978845



This thrilling romance captivates with its forbidden chemistry and dramatic showdown between good and evil. Sweet Southern girl Anna discovers at age sixteen that she is the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon—the only one of her kind. As Anna struggles to fight the dark legacy of her father, she falls for the mysterious Kaidan Rowe, the ultimate bad boy. Forced to face her destiny, will she embrace her halo or her horns?

This contest is now CLOSED! Thank you for entering.

Today I have the pleasure of hosting an Author Interview and Book Giveaway with Anna Carey, debut author of EVE. After my interview I have a great contest opportunity for you to enter, so please stick around and check out the information provided on this wonderful new novel and author.

Anna Carey was a face painter, nanny, horrific cocktail waitress, gift wrapper, sofa saleswoman, and children’s book editor before becoming an author—the one thing that allows her to be all of the above. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She developed THE EVE TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic story of love and survival, with Alloy Entertainment. While she’s authored middle grade novels, EVE is her first series for young adults.

Hello Anna, and thank you for visiting the Tales of the Ravenous Reader blog and answering a few questions. So, let us begin.

RR: Why did you decide to write a novel for Young Adults?

AC: I grew up on THE BABYSITTERS CLUB--I had hundreds of those books. Out
of all the teachers and authors who've I've read or been influenced
by, I can honestly say I owe the most to Ann M. Martin. That series
helped me think of myself as a reader, which in turn helped me realize
I was a writer. THE BABYSITTERS CLUB was my gateway drug to the
reading and writing life.

RR: How did you come up with the idea for EVE?

AC: I wanted to write a character who discovers everything she's ever
learned is a lie. What if everything you believed to be fact were
proven false? How do you recover from that? Would you have the
courage to relearn your life?

RR: What makes EVE stand out in today's market of Dystopian novels?

AC: I wrote EVE as more of a post-apocalyptic book than a dystopian one,
though it has a lot of the same qualities as an adventure-driven
dystopian. It's not a story about some strange, futuristic world with
different rules. It's a story about our world in the wake of an
unfathomable disaster. How would the survivors move on? In the midst
of chaos, would we stay true to the values our country was founded on
or follow the first leader with a clear vision? How can you possibly
fall in love when it's hard just to survive?

RR: Eve is an interesting character that you cannot easily forget. Why
do you believe that is the case?

AC: The adventure follows Eve through three states and over hundreds of
miles. She's fighting against the elements, wild animals and gangs,
all while being chased by the King's army. But in my mind, the book
has always been about how she changes and grows in the process--her
internal journey as opposed to her external one. When she escapes
School she has few supplies and absolutely no survival skills. She's
not only been taught that men are dangerous and violent, she's been
taught that going beyond the School wall means certain death. She's
terrified, but she overcomes that terror. To me, that has always been
the most interesting thing about her.

RR: What are you currently working on and can you divulge the title?

AC: EVE is the first in a trilogy (ONCE, the sequel, comes out July 2012).
I'm writing the last book now. I can't reveal the title yet, but soon!

RR: Because I am curious, what is on your nightstand?

AC: My sleep mask (which makes me seem impossibly high maintenance, but
which is actually the best invention), a pad to write ideas on, and a
book (right now it's THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher).

RR: What is one of your favorite YA reads and why?

AC: I finally read IF I STAY by Gayle Forman and I loved it. I haven't
read a book that moving in a long time.


EVE by Anna Carey
Watch the trailer at TheEveTrilogy.com
HarperTeen, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
9780062048509
$17.99 Ages 14 up
October 2011







THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE HANDMAID’S TALE in EVE (On Sale: October 4, 2011), the powerful first novel in an exciting new trilogy by Anna Carey. Sixteen years ago a deadly virus wiped-out most of the earth’s population. Wildlife has grown over once recognizable landmarks, and the New America is ruled by a controlling King who will stop at nothing to rebuild the nation.

Eighteen-year-old Eve has grown up isolated from boys, and has been taught to fear them. It isn’t until the night before the graduation from her all-girls school that she discovers what really happens to new graduates. To avoid the terrifying fate that awaits her, Eve flees the only home she’s ever known, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rebellious young man living in the wild. Eve knows she shouldn’t trust him, but Caleb slowly wins her confidence and heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between life and love.

Official Eve website: http://www.theevetrilogy.com/
Like Eve on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/TheEveTrilogy
Follow @AnnaCareyBooks on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/annacareybooks
Visit Anna Carey’s blog: http://www.annacareybooks.com/

Book Giveaway: A signed copy of EVE by ANNA CAREY
RULES:

1)Respond in the comments by telling me why you want to read this amazing new novel and make sure to also leave your email address so that I may contact you.
2)US entrants only(sorry)and you must be over 13 years of age, with permission to recieve any contest goodies.
3)Contest ends November 25th, 2011 PST Midnight




GOOD LUCK!!




Contest Book provided by Alloy Entertainment
photo credit: Kristin Hoebermann

CONTEST: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This contest is now CLOSED! Thank you for entering


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Laini Taylor and I was in awe because Daughter of Smoke and Bone is my absolute favorite book of the year. It was beautifully written, poetic and romantic beyond belief and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. Since I had the good fortune of meeting Laini I wanted to share that with a lucky winner.

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 has 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.



Contest Item: A signed hardcover copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and some awesome tattoos.
Contest Question: If you could travel anywhere in the world to collect teeth for Brimstone where would you most want to go and why?
Contest Rules:
1) Answer the question provided and also leave you email so that I may contact you in case you win.
2) Must be over 13 years of age and able to receive contest goodies in the mail.
3) Open Internationally
4) Contest ends November 25th, 2011. Midnight PST



GOOD LUCK!!


Laini Taylor's Blog

Laini Taylor's Twitter

Artwork by Jim Bartolo

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 THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER by Avery Williams. I enjoy a good love story and anything tale that transcends time, involves body swamping and the fact that you cannot kiss the one you want has my complete attention. What also makes this a great choice is that the author lives in the bay area. YEAY!!


Product Details
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, January 2012
Hardcover, 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1442443162
ISBN-13: 9781442443167
Grades: 7 and up
Click on the book cover below for an exciting sneak peek

People say 'love never dies'… but love might be the death of Seraphina. Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. Sera ran away from Cyrus years ago, when she realized that what they were doing—taking the lives of innocent people—was wrong. She doesn't want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies. When we meet Sera, she has landed in the body of a girl named Kailey who was about to die in a car accident. For the first time, Sera falls in love with the life of the person she's inhabiting. Sera also falls for the boy next door, Noah. And soon it's clear the feelings are returned. Unfortunately, she can never kiss Noah, because for her to touch lips with a human would mean the human's death. And she has even more to worry about: Cyrus is chasing her, and if she stays in one place for long, she puts herself—and the people she's grown to care for—in danger.

Movie News: The Hunger Games Posters


Seeing this makes me so happy that I cannot even begin to express my feelings in a coherent and proper manner.


March 23, 2012

is going to epic

YallFest: Charleston YA Book Festival



OMG! How I wished I lived on the east coast so that I could attend this amazing event. Twenty-six amazing YA authors will be in panels and signing books and what can be better that that? NOTHING! If you're interested just click on the above image and you will be taken to the site where you can check out the schedule.

Some authors in attendance will be:
Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creature series)
Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creature series)
Melissa De La Cruz (The Blue Blood series)
Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Lexicon)
Caitlin Kittredge (The Iron Thorn)
Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch)

David Levithan (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist)
Beth Revis (Across the Universe)
Kim Derting (The Pledge)
Diana Peterfreund (Rampant)

and many, many more.


Saturday, Nov. 11, Panels at the American Theater and the Courtyard at Blue Bicycle Books. Authors will sign books at Blue Bicycle Books immediately following panels.

Cover Love:Endlessly and For Darkness Shows the Stars

Today the most spectacular covers hit the web waves. What do you think?

Is it LOVE? HATE? or JUST LUST?


Bay Area Book Event: Stacey Jay at Kepler's

TEEN EVENT
Author: Stacey Jay
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kepler's
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, California
Phone: 650-324-4321


This Friday, Kepler's is hosting an awesome book event with author Stacey Jay. It will be a great opportunity to meet Stacey (who is fun and crazy talented) and to talk books with other event attendee's. Yet, if you cannot attend, you can always call Kepler's and have them personally signed.

Some titles available: Juliette Immortal, The Undead Series, My So-Called Death and more.


click on the image of stacey below to check out her novels at Kepler's

I cannot wait to attend and am super excited to meet Stacey again, because she is so entertaining and her books rock my socks!! Make sure to say hello and let's talk books.

Contest Winners


SILENCE Giveaway Winner: Jessica


SUPERTACULAR Contest Winner: Jasmine Rose

I want to thank everyone who has entered and to stay tuned for more great contests on the horizon.

Waiting on Wednesday: DARK STORM by Sarah Singleton

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 DARK STORM, a novel by Sarah singleton that has gotten my attention. I adore a doomed love story, call me crazy but if it appears that I may shed a tear over a book then I am sure to desire it all the more.


March 2012
DARK STORM
by Sarah Singleton
Simon & Schuster

Ellie is staying with her maternal grandparents for the summer, while her recently bereaved dad takes off on holiday with his new girlfriend. Upset by his apparent callousness, missing her mother, and jealous for her dad's attention, she begins to spiral into depression. Her grandparents suggest she joins a local theatre group, to meet people her own age and get away from the dark thoughts that threaten to engulf her. But then she gets roped into a seance at the theatre, and is the only one who actually sees a real ghost. Now a spirit is contacting her from beyond the grave - and as the dead boy's story unfolds, Ellie finds herself falling in love with him. But if she solves his mystery and helps release his soul, will he be lost to her forever?

CONTEST: (Signed Hard Cover) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This contest is now CLOSED! Thank you for entering.



"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.


If that doesn't get your reading MOJO going, I don't know what will. I had the pleasure of reading this great novel and an opportunity to receive a hard cover copy that is signed. Because of this good fortune, I wanted to give this copy away so that someone could experience the wonder and awe of SHATTER ME.

CONTEST: A signed Hardcover of SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
CONTEST RULES:
1) Please tell me what makes you most excited about reading this novel and don't forget to add your email address so that I may contact you in case you're the winner
2) Please spread the word about this contest: i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Blogs.
3) This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY, must be over 13 years old and able to receive prizes in the mail.
4) This contest ends November 25th, 2011. Midnight PST


Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. Shatter Me is her first novel.

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Wednesday, November 2nd: GET MATCHED with Ally Condie at Frjtz in the Mission.

This is a ticketed event and the ticket price includes French Fries, a soda and a copy of CROSSED to be signed. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Opera Plaza Books in or over the phone.


If your not able to attend the above event do not be sad because Ally will also have a book event later that same evening at
Barnes and Noble
Wednesday, November 2nd 7:00 p.m.
Ally Condie
6050 El Cerrito Plaza
El Cerrito, CA 94530


I wish that I could attend both events but my work schedule will not allow it so I will definately attend the later event. I hope to see some bay area regulars there and some new readers also. Please, don't be shy come up and say hello and let's talk about books.

“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

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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.

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

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN & MARK HUNTLEY PARSONS "He Said, She Said" Author Tour
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, November 7 @ 7pm

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

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

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

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