The Best News Ever: New book deal for Kendare Blake


2013
ANTIGODDESS
Antigoddess, Book One
by Kendare Blake
TOR Teen
Goodreads
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Kendare Blake's ANTIGODDESS series, where the ancient, perpetually teenaged Greek gods Athena and Hermes cling to life in the contemporary world, seeking the causes of their mysterious, slow deaths and gathering their allies in reincarnated form: Cassandra, an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess; Odysseus, the handsome trickster; and other fickle characters with their own secret motives; they must all band together against Hera and Poseidon who have become horrific caricatures of their former glory in their desperation to survive.

Yes!! I am a huge fan of Kendare Blake and her new series sounds flippin' amazing. I cannot wait for her next endevour but am saddened that we all have to wait so long. Kendare has a unique flair for the macabre and I know she will create a world that will induce spine tingling fear.

Review: DARKNESS FALLS by Cate Tiernan

DARKNESS FALLS by
Cate Tiernan
Reading level:
Ages 12 and up
Hardcover:
400 pages
Publisher:
Poppy; 1 edition (January 2, 2012)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0316035939
Source: BEA
Read this if you enjoyed Immortal Beloved
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite som drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave.

She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?

My Thoughts:

It is always a bit scary to wait on the second novel in a series. You never know how things will work out. Will it be as remarkable as it's predecessor? or leave you wanting. DARKNESS FALLS was the much awaited sequel to IMMORTAL BELOVED and I am beyond happy at how much it was worth waiting for.

As I returned to the Immortal world that Cate Tiernan has so ingenuously created I was treated to moments of vivid flashback imagery as Nastasya tries to cope with everyday life at Rivers Edge. Her past continues to haunt her as she proclaims to move forward and shed her "darkness". It is a choice that she believes will help her adjust to her new life but soon a string of unfortunate events cause her to question her choice. It isn't long before an old friend crosses her path and her previous habits become an easy refuge but her decision lead her out of the darkness or into deeper trouble?

I truly enjoy this series because of the well detailed deja vu moments that Nastasya experiences. Each episode bringing us a deeper understanding of who she is and why she acts out as she does. I am always in awe and left wanting for more as each scene keeps getting better and better. Nastasya aka "Nasty" is such a treat to read because her inner voice is tinged with sarcasm, the rough edges of her past still cling to her thoughts providing the comic relief that balances this darker storyline. The other characters in this series are diverse, well fleshed out and memorable and those housed at Rivers Edge have a unique hold on me that makes me want to know more about them.

The only fault that comes to mind is the villain in this book. It was an obvious choice and not really a much of a surprise despite the tension that was created for the crescendo building "Ahh ha" moment. That being said I was still engrossed in the story and only wanted more....even a little more romance between Nastasya and Reyn would have been nice. Maybe that is yet to come in the next installment that I am now eagerly awaiting. Ahhh the torture that I so willingly succumb to.

Event recap with John and Hank Green

Friday night I had the pleasure of seeing John and Hank Green at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, CA. It was such a magical night filled with loads of Nerd Fighters (nearly 1,300), several authors Nina LaCour and Heidi Kling, lots of laughter and dancing. I wanted to thank Kepler's, Angela Mann (YA event coordinator) and the owner of the fox theater for being fun and understanding. Here are my pictures and a video of the evening. If you choose to use any of these images/video I do not mind as long as you credit me.

The Fox Theatre
Guess which one I bought?
The Tour BusHank Green
John Green reading from THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
A little video entertainment
video

More images and video to follow

Review: JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE by Beth Fantaskey

JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE
by Beth Fantaskey
Reading level:
Ages 14 and up
Hardcover:
320 pages
Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0547393091
Source: BEA
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?

My Thoughts:

Once I finished JESSICA'S GUIDE TO THE DARK SIDE I knew that this story could not be over in just one book, so you could imagine my immense joy when I found out that Beth Fantaskey was writing Jessica's and Lucius' continuing adventures in JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE.

Upon returning into Jessica's world we find the newly married princess struggling with her role as a ruler. She is constantly doubting herself her ability to stand beside her husband as they prepare to become King and Queen. When their very vocal rival is murdered all stakes point to Lucius. Now, Jessica will have to prove to their elders that she is capable of managing her kingdom while her beloved husband is locked in solitary confinement. Will she be able to prove his innocence before it is too late? She will have to trust someone, will it be the dangerous stranger her husband calls brother? or her family of advisers? Time is running out and easy choices are not in the cards for Jessica. As if ruling a legion of vampires isn't difficult enough?

I really enjoyed this novel and was pleased with this story. It was wonderful to get back into this world that Beth Fantaskey has created with clever plot development infused with wit, romance and suspense. Spending more time with Jessica and Lucius is just what I wanted and I was not disappointed. I was not sure how this story would be told with the emphasis being that Jessica was now a married woman, but Beth did a great job giving you enough to keep your heart racing. In fact this story was enhanced with another couple that I adored and hope that they eventually have a book of their own because witnessing their relationship provided the romantic relief that I truly enjoyed.

If you were a fan of JESSICA'S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE then this sequel will please you and leave you quite satisfied

Bay Area Author Event: Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

If you go into Kepler's you will see this display of which you can add your experience of why you broke up with someone.

Teen Event: Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) and Maira Kalman

Thursday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.

Why We Broke Up

@KEPLER's Bookstore

I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

The good news is that Kepler's is giving out signing line tickets with every copy of the book you buy from them. And these tickets will be numbered. So the earlier you buy the book, the less time you will spend in line waiting to meet and get your book signed by Daniel and Maira. Can’t get better than that!

Review: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Reading level:
Ages 14 and up
Hardcover:
336 pages
Publisher:
Dutton Juvenile (January 10, 2012)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0525478817
Source: Purchased
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Thoughts:

John Green has created something of a masterpiece with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and I seriously cannot rave more about this amazing novel than I already have to anyone that has a flippin' pulse, so for all those zombies out there with an internet connection, this if for you.

Let me just start off with letting you know that I am a cancer survivor. Yes, years a go the big C had it's grip on me and for almost a year I did not know how the story of my life would play out. It was a very dark time and there were moments that completely enveloped me in sorrow and pain, but time passes and what I felt before is but a mere memory. Is it a Survival instinct? or having a major Cleopatra complex (Queen of Denial) I do not know, but what I do know is that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS brought forth alot of feelings long denied and forgotten. I cried buckets while reading this book but I also laughed so much that it hurt and with that I will always be grateful for this wonderful novel of putting everything in perspective.


What can you say about a story that involves teens dealing with cancer? Besides the fact that it is not fair, it sucks and it is just plain wrong. I could go on an on with unacceptable nature of how a young life should never be cut short but that's not what this book is about. What matters and what is true about John Green's current literary gem is the
non-flinching look at making the most of your life despite that fact that your infinite days are definitely numbered.

Hazel is a teen living with terminal cancer and living on borrowed time due to a miraculous new drug. It is a lot to shoulder especially when you cannot live like a normal teen and go to school, attend sleep overs or even go shopping without your constant companion of an oxygen tank. Hazel's loving and protective mother thinks it's best to enroll her in a support group for teens and one day Hazel's life is completely and irrevocably changed when she meets Augustus Waters: dashing, devil may care, cancer survivor extraordinaire.

Through their interactions and quick witted exchanges it is clear that something special is developing between them. I could not seem to get enough of their endearing conversations and would always be left a little teary-eyed either through laughter or a particularly heart squeezing moment. Leave it to Mr. Green's genius in creating an author and oh so pivotal novel within this story that enveloped those two characters in a unique plot twist that was sheer brilliance.

It is not to say that the story itself is simply made of awesome sauce but John Green has an amazing knack of creating characters that are beyond memorable, you actually care for them, want to be their friends and have them in your life. It is just that simple. And you can't argue that his dialogue is the stuff that dreams of made of. Gosh I wish I could just root around his brain and pluck out a few words that would make me seem a better reviewer, but that might impair Mr. Green so will cast that notion aside and just say that I love this novel to bits and think everyone adult, teen and zombie alike needs to read it.


Sneak A Peek Saturday: STARTERS by Lissa Price

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 Saturday I have selected STARTERS by Lissa Price. The cover for this book is so startling that you cannot help be mesmerized by it and then when you read the synopsis you are left wanting. The chilling book trailer video was just released and it makes me want to read this novel even more.

03/13/12
STARTERS
by Lissa Price
ISBN-13: 978-0385742375
Delacorte BYR, 352 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Just click on the book cover and enjoy the sneak peek

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . .

Bay Area Author Event: Kepler's presents JOHN GREEN

John Green
Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
The Fault in Our Stars
Fox Th
eatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City

ATTENTION ALL NERDFIGHTERS: John Green is coming to the Fox Theatre on January 27 to celebrate his new book with his brother, Hank. Be prepared for a night of music, readings, comedy, free posters, fancy programs, and vlogbrother mayhem! This will be unlike any other reading or booksigning. Come and be entertained.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

This is a ticketed event; and it is sold out.

Food and drinks are available in the lobby. No outside food and drinks will be allowed in the theatre.



I cannot wait to attend this event because I believe it will be one of the highlights of this year.





Members of the book blogging community have joined together to help restock Yara's bookshelf.

Please take a few minutes and stop by to visit Yara's Bookshelf to see if there is something you could do to help. New or gently used books are fine and more than appreciated. There is a book list for Yara and also a list for her boys.


Then take a look at Lani Woodland's Blog to see how authors are helping out: http://www.laniwoodland.blogspot.com/2012/01/helping-out-friend.html



Made of AWESOME!: The Hunger Games Nail Polish


Dress Me Up: District 8, Textiles

Fois Gras: District 10, Livestock

Fast Track: District 6, Transportation

Hook and Line: District 4, Fishing

Stone Cold: District 2, Masonry

Smoke and Ashes: District 12, Coal Mining

Agro: District 11, Agriculture

Mahogany Magic: District 7, Lumber

Harvest Moon: District 9, Grain

Riveting: District 3, Technology/Mechanics

Electrify: District 5, Power

Luxe and Lush: District 1/The Capitol, Luxury

Are these the shades that you expected to see from the collaboration? Do you think it is missing anything or are you surprised by any of the shades? Sound off below!

The shades will be available in March. $5.99 each at sallybeauty.com.

Waiting on Wednesday: DARK KISS by Michelle Rowen

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 DARK KISS by Michelle Rowen. I have been a long time fan of Michelle's novels, i.e. The Princess Nikki series (Reign or Shine, Reign Check and Reign Fall) and when I found out about this new series of hers I was more than excited. Harlequin has added another amazing author to their publishing house and May cannot get here fast enough.

05/22/12
DARK KISS
Nightwatchers, Book One
by Michelle Rowen
ISBN-13: 978-0373210473
Harlequin Teen, 304 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, Powell's
After her soul is stolen in a kiss, a 16-year-old must join a force of demons and angels to protect humanity from an immortal threat.

Event Recap with Lauren Myracle

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Myracle at Kepler's. It was a great event filled with interesting stories, laughs and meeting new people.


Lauren with some event attendee's
If you were unable to attend and want a signed copy of some of Lauren's books, please contact Kepler's.

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

E-Mail: service@keplers.com


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Bay Area Book Event at KEPLER'S: LAUREN MYRACLE




Teen Event: Lauren Myracle
Monday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.
Shine

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. This daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author


Please come and attend this event tonight and meet a great author

Sneak A Peek Saturday: PARTIALS by Dan Wells

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 PARTIALS by Dan Wells. This upcoming novel has received much praise and after reading this tasty sneak I am more than eager to get my hands on this novel.

02/28/12
PARTIALS
by Dan Wells
ISBN-13: 978-0062071040
Harper Collins, 480 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Just click on the book cover and enjoy your Sneak Peek.


The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

Audiobook Giveaway: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I an avid audiobook consumer so, believe me when I say that CINDER is one of the best audiobooks around. I simply adored listening to this new novel by Marissa Meyer because the characters were well depicted and the story seemed to jump to life. A great choice for new audiobook fans.

Thanks to Macmillan, I have one audiobook version of CINDER for one lucky winner!

Listen to the clip and enter for your chance to win.




Cinder webclip by RavenousReader
Now that you have listened to that great clip I know that you are more than eager to enter this contest.

CONTEST: An audiobook of CINDER by Marissa Meyer copy graciously given by the Publisher (Thank You!!)


CONTEST RULES: Contest is open to USA contestants only and ends at Midnight PST on February 4th 2012


CONTEST REQUIREMENT: Just respond on the comment section and let me know how much you would like to listen to CINDER, and where would you listen to it. Please don't forget to include your email address so that I may contact you if you win.


THANK YOU! and GOOD LUCK!!!!


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 a book that has been on my radar for a bit THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW. The cover has a bit of mystery and foreboding that makes you want to take a closer look and when you do you are still left speculating. Then once I read the synopsis I knew it was a book I would want to read.

Now that you know my WOW I am curious to find out yours.

04/10/12

THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW


ISBN-13: 978-0375868764

Knopf Books for Young Readers


One girl is determined to find the truth and avenge the dead.

It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also--according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone--a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Review: FRACTURE by Megan Miranda

FRACTURE by Megan Miranda
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802723098
Source: BEA
Rating:♥♥

A striking debut, readers will be spellbound by this
unforgettable story of life and death . . . and beyond

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature—or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

My Thoughts:

Upon reading the back cover blurb of FRACTURE I was instantaneously intrigued. I loved Before Before I Fall and If I stay (some of my all time favorites) and to have the premise with a supernatural twist seemed more than I could hope for in a book. Yet, I should know better than to fall prey to comparisons of my beloved reads for it really smarts when it does not live up to it's promise.

FRACTURE is a novel about Delany Maxwell, a teenage girl who dies and remains that way for almost eleven minutes, but is resuscitated, returning with a slight "other wordly" ability. We all know that being dead for that long and to return does not render favorable results, yet despite test results and previous medical examples Delany is amazingly function-able. It is not long before Delany's character begins to feel odd sensations of being pulled towards the dying and it is only with help from a new boy named Troy that she begins to find understanding of her new condition for he has suffered through similar circumstances himself. Too good to be true, right? It is not long before Delany realizes that something is rotten in the state of Denmark and his name is Troy.

After reading FRACTURE I had to take my time and contemplate on what I read and how I felt about it. So, I decided to give myself some time and hopefully come back with a clearer perspective. And so I return with my many thoughts as to why I wanted to like this novel more than what I did. This book had the makings of what I consider a great read, especially the comparisons to favored novels with this paranormal edge. Yet, this story did NOT remind me of those beloved novels and the paranormal edge wasn't even a nudge...a touch..maybe but not enough. Delany's new found ability was never truly explored, for all intent and purposes she should have been reduced to a vegetative state, surviving on life support, yet that was not the case and I wanted to know why???? Was it a medical miracle...? but the fact that she could sense the impending death of others only caused me to need something more from the story. Why did I strive for this clarity I do not know? Maybe it is due to the fact that I could not feel sympathy for Delany's character or that I did not fully understand her. Either way it drove me bananas. I also did not care for the roller coaster relationship she had with Decker. She liked him...she didn't like him....blah blah blah.... and don't get me started with the Troy, the obvious bad boy. He gave off a creepy vibe right from the beginning.

Although this novel did not appeal to me Megan Miranda did create some tension filled moments that were truly reminiscent of a nail biting mystery movie. Certain situations were well laid out and described and the hairs on the back of my neck were definitely raised. I liked the initial concept of FRACTURE, but I wished that I could have enjoyed it for what it was instead of wanting for something much more.

Giveaway: CINDER by Marissa Meyer


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.


--~ Book Giveaway courtesy of publisher ~--

WIN a copy of this CINDER!

Open to US and Canada only.

Offer ends: January 29, 2012. Midnight PST

CONTEST:
If you lived in "Cinder's" world and given then choice which would you like to be. Human or Cyborg?

AND, please leave your email so that I may contact you upon winning.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Sneak A Peek Saturday: EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

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 EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton because I cannot wait to read this and think that if you are like me you will want this tasty morsel to devour. Just click on the book cover below and enjoy.


Everneath
By Brodi Ashton
On Sale: 1/24/2012





Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

Head Injuries, Drugs & Cyborgs... Only the Good Stuff

On Thursday January 26th at 7pm NYMBC is hosting another epic event full of amazing authors. Marissa Meyer and Megan Miranda will be there to promote their new novels and how can you resist such awesomeness? You cannot, so please attend and hang out at one of the best book stores around, full of employees that have loads of YA book love and know how to throw an event. I hope to see you there :)

On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending a pre-pub book event in honor of ROBIN LeFEVERS for her upcoming (AMAZINGLY AWESOME) YA novel GRAVE MERCY. It was a great night filled with book sellers from many bay area locations (Books Inc., Kepler's, Book Passage and Copperfield's) and the conversations were fun and informative. I was pleased to have some time with Robin and I was able to have a few questions answered.


ARC's , buttons and the final cover of GRAVE MERCY were displayed. I was graciously given an extra copy of GRAVE MERCY to give away for a contest that is coming soon.


When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.
But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.
Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.
Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller





Awesome video book trailer. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this read.

Don't Forget: THE DARK DAYS TOUR EVENT with NYMBC





Hello everyone! Just a friendly reminder about the @NYMBC event on Thursday, January 12th @7pm. It is going to be an event of epic proportions and I cannot wait to attend.




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 SILENCE: Queen of the Dead, Book One because of it's gorgeous cover, amazing premise and the buzz that is going on about it. I cannot wait to devour this little gem.


05/01/12
SILENCE
Queen Of The Dead, Book One
by
Michelle Sagara West
ISBN-13: 978-0756407421
DAW
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Emma isn’t like
other teenagers.
She can make the dead
her own...

It began in the graveyard. Ever since her boyfriend Nathan died in a tragic accident Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags. And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death….

Audiobook Giveaway: TEMPEST by Julie Cross

Thanks to Macmillan Audio, I have an audiobook of Tempest by Julie Cross to give away on the blog today! If you want to find out more about Tempest, check out my review HERE.

Listen to the audioclip and enter for your chance to win




Tempest webclip by RavenousReader


Now that you have listened to that great clip I know that you are more than eager to enter this contest.
CONTEST: An audiobook of TEMPEST by Julie Cross copy graciously given by the Publisher (Thank You!!)
CONTEST RULES: Contest is open to USA contestants only and ends at Midnight PST on February 4th 2012
CONTEST REQUIREMENT: Just respond on the comment section and let me know if you could time travel where would you like to go in time? Please don't forget to include your email address so that I may contact you if you win.

THANK YOU! and GOOD LUCK!!!!

Review: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

CARRIER OF THE MARK
by Leigh Fallon
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062027875
Rating:
♥♥♥♥
Get this book if you enjoyed STARCROSSED

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

My Thoughts:

Romance, a foreign exciting landscape, a hot guy and a bit of paranormal activity....what is not to like about this story? I am always on the lookout for a good paranormal romance and I was pleased with what I encountered in reading The Carrier of the Mark.

Leight Fallon has done a fine job of creating a story that has great elements of romance, scenic landscapes and great characters with a plot line that is compelling. I enjoyed the story's unique use of the elements and how it was factored into the plot. Although I believe that it bordered on the complex side and made me want to revisit certain passages just to make sure I understood everything properly. The OMG! twist that posed a troubling issue for the main couple was well conceived and I could not wait to see how it could be resolved within the story's plot.

I enjoy paranormal romance and The Carrier of the Mark had a good amount heart pounding moments to keep the romantic side within me satisfied, but it did trespass onto far-fetched territory on a few occasions. Aside from that, it was great to see Megan and Adam navigate a teen romance when the world as we know it, is literally balancing on their shoulder. Like dealing with school, evil forces, scribes and prophecies is not enough.

“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

SEPTEMBER

RICK YANCEY
Rakestraw Books in Danville
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7pm

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

RICK YANCEY
Book Passage in Corte Mdera
Thursday, September 18 @ 6:30pm

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

JANDY NELSON book launch

Books Inc. SF
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

KIM CULBERTSON and CATHERINE LINKA
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, September 19 @ 7pm

MEGAN SHULL *The Swap*

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Tuesday, September 23 @ 10am

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 @ 12:30pm

LAUREN OLIVER and JANDY NELSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 2 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON, NINA LaCOUR and STEPHANIE KUEHN
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, October 3 @ 7pm

SARA FARIZAN
Books Inc. on Market St.
Friday, October 10 @ 7pm

JAMES FREY with John Hanke, VP of Google's Niantic Lab
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Saturday, October 11 @ 6pm


BECCA FITZPATRICK, CHRISTINA LAUREN & KIERSTEN WHITE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, October 12 @ 3pm


FIERCE READS TOUR with GENNIFER ALBIN, NIKKI KELLY, JESSICA BRODY and MARISSA MEYER
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Monday, October 13 @ 6:30pm

PAOLO BACIGALUPI and A.S. KING
Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
Wednesday, October 15 time 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

A.S. KING and PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Sports Basement on Bryant in SF
Thursday, October 16 @ 6pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
This is a TICKETED event purchase tickets HERE
Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Wednesday, October 22 @7pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30pm

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

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