Team Dauntless: THE STREAT TEAM EDITION


Hey everyone. We wanted to do a wrap-up post to thank everyone for all your hard work. You have blogged, vlogged, facebooked, and tweeted about our team, changed your avatars to Dauntless buttons, added the buttons to your pages, shared your fears and accomplishments, and truly showed your Dauntless pride! 

We cannot thank you enough for your effort. You all went above and beyond to help us out and it was so incredible to have so much support. 

We will post the Street Team winners on the 1st.

Now, it's time to share more answers to the question "Why do you want to join the Dauntless faction"

Dauntless are the brave, they don't let anything define them! They are free and determined. I want to join the Dauntless faction because I am free and determined and this is where i belong!
- Book Sisterhood

I wish to join the Dauntless faction because it feels like I would belong there. <3
- Carina's Books

 In Diveregent, I related most towards the dauntless faction I try to as determined as possible, sometimes it can even be a bad thing. I am impulsive like the dauntless of the book.
- Danasquare

 I want to be Dauntless because I believe courage and bravery are the most important qualities a person can have! It's not always easy to be courageous; in fact, it's one of the hardest things for a person to do. I admire bravery more than anything else in the world.
Also, I really like ziplines!
- Freeverse

I have become fearless in the face of being a single parent. I have faced a parents worse fear in seeing my son be treated as the "second-best" to his fathers DOG. To seeing him take all his daily medications without so much as one complaint. (What a trooper). I am lucky enough to know he is smart and more intuitive then I ever was at his age.
I have been able to stand up to his father and say, "Hey! That's not how you treat your kid! Get your act in gear and man up." I've faced him in court and maintained my dignity and in the face of loss and also in keeping calm when I have also been victorious.
I am a mother and I stand up for what I believe is right, even in front of many.
- Picked by Poison

To be brave and face all fears is what everyone should strive for! Who better than to FIGHT for what is right than the DAUNTLESS?!
- Booksforme2

Because I value bravery and courage. Plus Dauntless is just awesome! What other reason should there be?
- Sam C. 

I want to join team dauntless because I want to be brave. I might not be all the way but I want to be free and dauntless will push me to be how I want to be.
- Jennifer Lee

I'd rather be brave and do something than sit in an Ivory Tower like the Erudite. I would rather fight than be passive and always give myself to others like Abnegation. I would rather be able to lie when I need to as opposed to Candor, and I would like the option of defending myself as opposed to doing nothing with Amity.
- Birth of a New Witch

I want to join DAUNTLESS because I enjoy the rush and excitement of taking risks and facing my fears.
- Doodle's Book Blog

I want to join the Dauntless because I want to do things that I never thought I could do and be a part of something strong.
- Em and Em's Reviews

I want to join Dauntless because they believe in freedom from fear, and I'm sick of being afraid. I hate being scared or cowardly, it makes me feel weak and useless, and helpless.
I also want to join Dauntless because I believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another. I believe in action, and I believe in ordinary acts of bravery.
I want to be brave. I want to face my fears and laugh and conquer them. I'm sick of sitting idly by and watching while others act, while others are brave. I want to join then. I WILL join them. Even the thought of Dauntless makes me brave. Dauntless has quite literally changed my life. Since choosing Dauntless, I have become more confident, bolder, less afraid. I know where I belong, and, sure Erudite has a pull for me, but I do not belong with them. I belong among the bold and brave. I belong in a place where I am free from the fear that has tied me down for years. I believe in realizing the extent to which fear rules us, and denying it the chance to change my decisions and control my life.
I believe that no other virtue is more important than bravery.
- Shout for Those Who Can Only Whisper

Besides the fact that Tris and Four are members, the Dauntless are brave and determined, which is what I am. I have had to be brave and strong to deal with my medical problems, so clearly Dauntless is where I belong.
- Shooting Stars Mag

I love the idea of Dauntless, this team seems to encompass many values found in the others teams, but makes those values "their own."
- Live to Read

I admire people who are brave and willing to do what must be done to accomplish great things. I want to be more brave and courageous in my actions.
- Hope Love Happy Endings

Divergent and Dauntless has saved me from going crazy, and this fandom tooootally needs to be bigger than it is because it was such a deserving book.
- Divergent for Life

Something exciting is always happening. It is challenging. You fight for your place. Its YOU who gets to decide. That's why i want to join Dauntless.
- Nic

Because I abide by the Team Motto.
- Reviewing Shelf

Because its the best team ever! :)
- Monica

We stand up and face our fears. We never back down, no matter what. A person can be truthful or smart or charitable, but it takes real courage and determination to face the worst of the days. And that's what Dauntless is about.
- Raven Fic

Dauntless is by far the best faction! I've always had a thirst for adventure and to be carefree and strong so Dauntless is the best faction for that! =]
- Booktastic Reviews

 I am Dauntless! Nothing will stop me from standing up for what I believe in!
- Words from the Tampa Bookworm

Why? Hmm......well, I'll start out with this. At first, I thought I was Erudite because I like reading about things, but then, I analized myself, and I can't say I like the fact that's all they ever do. I like adventure and risk, even if I still can't do some of them because I'm underage. (Which sucks). Anyway, what I'm saying is, that I value bravery a bit more than knowledge, both are important, but I feel that anyone can have knowledge, no matter what it is. Dauntless is a faction that promotes bravery, which is something not everyone has. I feel that with Dauntless, I can more so face my fears and kick butt while doing so.
Plus, I can't be selfless, I'm not a fan of total peace, and I can't only tell the truth. : )
There you have it.
- Reading in Paradise

Because I am Dauntless! =)
- Orchid

Because I'm fearless, strong, determined! I have the strenght to be in this faction! #TEAMDAUNTLESS TILL DEATH!
- Trayche

I am fearless! I also love Divergent!
- Diana

Because it is the best faction!! I am brave and fearless. Team Dauntless is where I belong. Faction Before Blood!!
- Book Loving Mom

Because I AM DAUNTLESS
- F

I want to join Dauntless because I believe everything I do in my life makes.me not only strong but brave too.
- Dee

It suits me well or at least better than anywhere else
- Taylor

Because of my obsession of divergent (soon to be insurgent also!), tris, four/tobias, and most of all because i am totally DAUNTLESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Jenna

I want to be a part if the Dauntless faction because I want to be with othets who share my respect for bravery and fearlesness and are both of those qualities :).
- Halee

This faction is the most powerful in the sense that they're fit in their minds and bodies. They're poweful in multiple aspects, while other factions are solely based on one. I want this faction to make me well-rounded and able to defend the people of my faction and those inside the city.
- Maela

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” Need I say more?
- Thoughts of the Chronically Indecisive

I'm fearless, and LOVE to take risks!
- Just a Girl Geek

Cuz we all need to let go and face our fears, no matter how large or small
- Heather

Because being on the street team is the next best thing to actually being in the Dauntless faction! Not to mention being as close as possible to Four...
- Christa

Because Dauntless is in my blood.
-Kayla

Because I was raised not to be afraid. To be strong and fearless. If I lived in Tris and Four's world I would absolutely be Dauntless! Go team Dauntless!!!
- Book Addictions by Christina

Bravery is something to value. I LOVE Four which is just one fabulous reason to join!
- Nocturne Romance Reads

Cauz I can stop a blackwidow spider with one stomp.
- The Optimistic Pessimist

I want to join the DAUNTLESS faction because I believe courage and standing up for the things you believe in is most important. You have to not be afraid to change the world for the BETTER and save it from the worse. I do not believe violence is DAUNTLESS but rather being able to change the world without it. I am strong. I am courageous. I AM DAUNTLESS.
- Sophie

 Tattoos
- Colleen

Because I wish that I could be so brave IRL, lol. Also, there's FOUR. My heart has always been drawn to Dauntless. FACTION BEFORE BLOOD!
- Book Breather

Life is too short to let fear overcome your chance to be brave and truly live.
- Cupcake Girly

Because I AM Dauntless =]
- The Consumption of Books

Dauntless has always seemed like the most exciting faction to me. To be honest, I've never really been very into the other factions. I always wanted to learn more about Dauntless and was kind of sad when I never really did. :( Plus, I work part-time in an independent bookstore (Next Chapter Bookshop) so I would love to give people even more reasons to buy Divergent.
- Zoey's Uncreatively Titled Blog

Because they fight their fears. They have courage.
- My Life is a Fairy Tale

Because I am not afraid to take risks, to enjoy life, and to face the world and stand up to what I believe in. How more dauntless can one get? ;)
- Maji Bookshelf

They say the Dauntless are brave and bold.They say the Dauntless are not afraid of heights and have few fears. Well, I want to show them that, though I may have fears, they won't be a problem when the time comes for me to be the bravest person on earth.
- Melissa

Because I believe that everyone needs a little bravery in their everyday life. There's a quote by Winston Churchill: "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Standing up for your beliefs is something that takes guts to do, and guts are exactly what Dauntless has to offer.
- Brave New Shelf

I choose Dauntless because I believe that selflessness, knowledge, peace and kindness are worthless if you don't have the courage to stand up for your convictions and for others when it comes to the test.
- Songs and Stories

Above all else bravery is the quality that I value most in myself. I also want to see that quality strengthened even further. That is why I want to join the Dauntless faction!
- The Hapa Chick

It's SO obvious that this the best faction of them all. Tris was in that faction too so it has to be DAUNTLESS :)
- Mina

The Dauntless are fearless. They love to challenge themselves, and have a streak of adventure. But at the same time they are loyal, fierce and strong, and that is what makes you Dauntless!
- The Girl in a Cafe

I love that the Dauntless are so fearless and brave. I also love that Dauntless is somewhat intertwined with Abnegation. The Dauntless seem to have lots of fun and seem to care a lot about one another.
- Reviews from the Hammock

I want to join because in Divergent the Dauntless are strong and unforgiving. Also, they jump on trains! Don't you tell me that's not cool.
- Tara

Because i believe in bravery and the freedom to choose my own destiny.
- Fatoch

Everything worth having is worth fighting for. You can hope you don't have to fight, but you have an obligation to be ready.
- Claire G. 

Because I like to think of myself as brave.
- Srvaid

Because Dauntless is fearless, their badassery is just soo..inpiring. And the fact it can kill you is just...WOW. Dauntless also is far from perfect, but out imperfections let us rise.
- Kandee

I want to join the Dauntless faction because I love what Dauntless stands for. Like the manifesto says I believe in facing my fears, and in ordinary acts of bravery. I believe that if people were brave enough to speak their minds, the world would be a scarier, but better place. Out of all my friends, I was always the one who seeked adrenaline, the one who was not afraid, the one that was always the first person to go on the tallest and scariest roller coaster. Ever since Veronica Roth came out with the Dauntless manifesto, I stood by it.
- Nancy

I would love too join the Dauntless faction because being dauntless is about being fearless, brave and courages. I believe I am all of those and would support the faction at all costs.
- Ashleigh

I was born Dauntless. Trust me. (Or ask my Dad--I'm 1/2 of him).
- Nicole

My reason for joining undaunted is: i wanted to be surrounded with like minded people. i believe in justice. i believe in courage. i believe there is no point in limiting life. no point in silence.
- Travis

I want to be brave, courageous, determined, and strong. Thought at first people might not think I am that but deep down inside, I am brave, courageous, determined, and strong!
- FireStarBooks

I am a brave, courageous person and will fight for what I believe is right.
- Vicky's Volume's

Because I love taking new risks, and because it's the closest place to Four. (;
- Christa

Bravery is only as good as the fears one stands up to. I don't want to be fearless. I want to be brave.
- Eldabee

Because recently my life has been full of challenges and I've had to take crucial and important decisions with no fears. Specially if I have to protect my family. That's how I noticed I can be Dauntless.
Well, there's also the test, of course xD It confirmed I'm Dauntless all the way!
- Librarian Mouse

To be brave is to be strong, loyal, and face your fears. This is a constant struggle for those who face it head on and what i try and do everyday. Being dauntless means being able to protect not just yourself but all those you love and to be able to help those you don't know. This is what i strive to do.
- K.D. G.

Being Dauntless, in my opinion, means something beyond just having courage and no fear. You can be courageous, but now what? What you do with that courage is what really matters. That courage should be used to correct the unbalanced, unfair, corrupt world we live in. Tris inspired me to be Dauntless. I FELT it when she came to that revelation. I decided to stand up for the little guys. In my life, I've displayed Dauntless qualities. Recently, the Board of Education and High School administrators in my town have committed an injustice. Currently, I, along with my senior class, are fighting against that injustice. I am living a Dauntless life. I already am Dauntless.
- Amy B. 

Why do I want to join Dauntless?? Here's why:
1) Tris and Four!!!!!!!!!
2) In a hypothetical, unrealistic situation where they are cut off from all their sources and forced to live on their own, the Dauntless will survive.
3) They're cool and badass.
4) If you were to throw this faction into the Hunger Games, it'd be one heck of a show. They'd definitely be the ones to beat.
5) They're cool.
6 This is probably the only faction where training involves a paintball fight.
7) Probably the most fun to join. And they're all physically fit.
8) You can get tattoos and battlescars and stuff.
9) Even the name "Dauntless" sounds awesome.
10) They're cool.
- Anna V.

There is nothing more important than bravery. It leads us to stand up for what is right when no one else will. It allows us to be ourselves and defend ourselves. To be Dauntless means to be free. Plus, they clearly have the most fun.
- Not So Epic A.M.Y.- A

I wanted to join dauntless to remind me that to truely live you must be brave. You must let go of your fears to make way for experiences. You must find the strength and the courage to build yourself up again when you are knocked down. And you must grasp every opportunity as it comes to you or risk never getting the chance to again.
- Mischievous Pixie

I need to face my fears!
- Amy's Book Den

I've always wanted to be brave.
- Farin

I've always felt like I fit in with the Dauntless! I've been slowly overcoming some of my fears and I want to continue to be brave and overcome the rest of them! And not to mention, The DAUNTLESS ROCK! :)
- Hope, Faith, and Books

Dauntless are brave and not afraid to fight for what is right. They live on the edge and experience life to the fullest.
- Lai

I love adventure. I love risk. Sitting in one place isn't me, I want action.
- Anastasia

Because I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives on person to stand up for another.
- The Maniacal Bookworm

I admire the bravery in this faction. Not only that, though I firmly believe in fighting for what you believe in, no matter what the cost may be.
- Geraldine

I want to stand up for other people, I want to be braver. Only the Dauntless faction can give me that!
- Isabella C. 

I have vowed to be in the Dauntless faction because this is the faction I belong in! I like to believe I'm a thrill seeker but I know I'm not - I want to be and I want to be able to face my fears. Having that courage will allow me to take risks and maybe one day be as brave as Tris and Four. They risk their very lives for what's important to them; be it friends, family, or love, and I want to be in a faction that promotes that type of bravery. I am ready to be Dauntless!!
P.S. So when is knife practice?
- The Bookworm is Here!

I want to join Dauntless because they are brave and exciting.
- Page Turner

They are brave people. Willing to do what needs to be done. They can do big things and understand whats important. Plus they are super cool!
- R. Mae

Well hells bells! Why wouldn't I? Slight addiction to tattoos? Check. Willingly jumps out of perfectly good airplanes? Check. Been known to have a problem with 'following the rules?' Check. Busts out in mama bear mode when someone I care about is being brought down? Check. Dauntless is to push the boundaries of WHO you are and WHAT you are willing to do to get what you want/need. Dauntless is to lead, not to follow. Dauntless is to DO when others say it can't be DONE. Dauntless is -- ME.
- Panic Written

Who wouldn't want to be Dauntless!!!!!!!!!!! Like its the best faction out there! :)
- Yasmine

I want to join cause I have very few fears, I love archery and things that gt my pulse going. I find life boring without things that scare me so im always bored. I am good with knives and a bow, I am decent with guns. This also seems fun
- Nitro

The Dauntless faction represents not only fearlessness, but bravery and selflessness. All of these things are important to me as I continue to grow in my life and in the book worlds created by many wonderful writers. The least I can do to represent how important Divergent has been in my life is to join TEAM DAUNTLESS!
- Miranda B. 

I believe that Justice must be served in any way possible, and bravery is one of the most important traits, for how would anything ever have been done without someone being brave, taking a risk? Everyone is weak, but we can be strong if we believe, are brave, and take those chances.
- Rachel M. 

It's where I belong!
- Ciji

I am in Dauntless because i will be brave and strong no matter what comes my way.
- Kendra

Because cowards can not be tolerated. because there needs to be justice, and i will fight till the end to see that justice is served. because i will fight for my brothers and sisters just as they will fight for me. because you don't always know where you stand until you know that you wont run away, and this is where i make my stand this is where i make my choice to stand shoulder to shoulder with my Dauntless brothers and sisters and prove there is nothing to fear, except fear itself.
- Mohawk

Why I want to join:
1. Because I believe that justice is more important than peace
2. Because I want to be free from fear
3. Because I believe in ordinary acts of bravery
4. And in Tris's words, "It was just because of the food." :)
- The Journey of a Young Writer

I personally love Dauntless. The strong, the brave, and the AMAZING all join together in one fabulous faction. I love to think that I'm all of the above. And the other factions? Well, they're going down. DAUNTLESS ALL THE WAY!
- My Adventures in Wonderland

I am brave like the Dauntless. I am the kind of person who takes things head on and not care what happens.
- Cole R.

 Thanks again for helping #TEAMDAUNTLESS for #DivergentNation!


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Sneak A Peek Saturday: The Breathless Reads Edition


Penguin has spent each day this week showcasing their upcoming BREATHLESS READS  for Fall 2012 on their Facebook Breathless Reads page. I am so very excited as each day showcased one amazing book after the other. I truly cannot wait for this books and I am especially excited about Falling Kingdoms. Can you say WOW!! what an amazing cover.

Monday: Origin by Jessica Khoury
Tuesday: The Innocents by Lili Peloquin
Wednesday: Venom by Fiona Paul
Thursday: Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Friday: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

If you are interested in getting to know this reads just click on the BREATHLESS READS display at the top and you will be treated to some chapter samples of each book. Enjoy!!

Sneak A Peek Saturday: WRECKED by Anna Davies

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 WRECKED by Anna Davies. I am always a fan of a mysterious boy and the possibility of Merman action. So, when the opportunity to read a tasty bid on this novel I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed. 

Just click on the book cover below and enjoy.


 05/01/12
Wrecked
by Anna Davies
ISBN-13: 978-1442432789
Simon & Schuster, 336 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads


Miranda has lived on Whym Island since the death of her parents. She has taken comfort in its seclusion and in the folklore that claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and its surrounding waters. It's easier to believe things are out of her control.

But when a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy that haunts her dreams. As the guilt of the accident consumes her, she finds refuge in her late night swims. Until she meets Christian, a boy who seems so familiar, but won't tell her where he is from and why they can only meet at the beach. As Miranda falls for Christian and begins to put the accident behind her, she discovers that there are secrets that Christian is keeping to protect her that may only end up bringing her nothing but harm.

Review: I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga

I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316125849
Source: Publisher
Synopsis: Good Reads
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

My Review: 

When I was introduced to I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga, I could not stop thinking about it. I am always fan of a riveting novel that is dark and twisted and I instantly knew that this book would satisfy my most morbid of curiosities. 


I was not disappointed.


I HUNT KILLERS centers on Jasper Dent, son of an infamous serial killer. He is a complex character that is constantly needing to prove to everyone, including himself, that he is NOT like his father. Jasper is trying his best to be a regular teenager, school-girlfriend-best buddy, everything normal on the surface. Yet, deep inside Jasper is at war with himself and it comes forth through his brutally honest yet disturbing inner dialogue. When a string of murders return to his town he is convinced that he can find the killer because years of being the sole eye witness to his father's depravity had sealed his fate and now he was going to prove to the world that he was not a killer. Unfortunately this quest will lead Jasper to confront his demons, both manifested and real while trying to be a step ahead of the killer.


I enjoyed this story because it just got under my skin and made it crawl. I know that sounds horrible but a good novel can do that me and Barry Lyga accomplished it beautifully. He created a story that is dark and disturbing but it also had great moments of comedic relief that were brought forth from this well fleshed cast of characters. I enjoyed Jasper's inner dialogue because it allowed me to understand him better and despite its frightening nature I could not help but be drawn to him. I also adored his best friend Howie and tough-as nails girlfriend Connie, both of which provided Jasper the support he needed and their interactions were some the best I have seen in a long while. While I have a fondness for those three characters I have to point out that this book has a myriad of memorable characters that will make an impression and stay with you long after you have read it.


Barry Lyga has masterfully written a story that offers us a peek into the mind of a killer, allowing us to witness the demons that rule their every move and it is savage, scary and addicting.  I know that after I read I HUNT KILLERS  I had to make sure the doors and windows were locked so that I could feel a modicum of safety and yet it was not enough. A highly recommended read for those fans not afraid of a bit of blood and darker themes. If you enjoy the Dexter series then this is a definite read for you.

Absolutely twisted in the best creepy way possible. LOVED IT!!! and cannot wait to read what happens next. So, please hurry Mr. Lyga, I beg of you.




Hello brave Dauntless team! If you missed last week's street team post you can click here. We will be sharing more answers soon from members telling us why they are Dauntless, and picking a winner from last week's challenge. 


We are at the final stretch before the big Insurgent release and because of all the amazing fans, we were able to FREE FOUR! Veronica Roth posted the link to where you can read the exclusive scene from Four's POV.
Now for an update on your assignments and challenges. 

Assignments
1. You can tweet with the tags #FaceYourFears or #IfIWasFearless.


     - Tweet, or blog, telling us about your fears or one that you have faced lately.
     - It can be anything, big or small. Being Dauntless is just having the courage to face what you are afraid of.


2. Keep spreading the word about the Dauntless links.
    - Make sure you visit them yourself. There are new things added to the Dauntless tumblr site each day.
    - Use the hashtags #TeamDauntless, #DauntlessFaction, and #DivergentNation with the links http://bit.ly/dauntlessfaction and http://bit.ly/choose_dauntless

3. There are some huge giveaways going on now.


   - You can still enter to win a NOOK with an ebook of INSURGENT.
   - Our big giveaway from a few weeks ago was for a Breaking Dawn poster SIGNED by Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and a Mockingjay pin from Comic Con!
   - Last week's giveaway was for a I Am Number Four poster signed by Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron with an ARC of The Power of Six
   - Remember: You can enter these 3 giveaways each day. 


Challenge
This week, we are asking members to blog
about all-things DAUNTLESS. We have 5 topics to choose from. Post your
answers and leave the link to where we can find the post.


Here are your 5 choices:




  • Tell us WHY you are Dauntless. If you need inspiration, check out Kimberly Derting's answer.
  • Show us pictures that remind you of Dauntless.
  • Show some Dauntless tattoo ideas. 
  • Skills needed to be a good Dauntless member. 
  • What would be part of a Dauntless workout.
Use any graphics you would like. They can be found on the various Dauntless posts. Please include links to the two sites http://bit.ly/dauntlessfaction and http://bit.ly/choose_dauntless so people can find more information about #DivergentNation. 



This challenge will be open until April 30th. Make sure you put your link in the linky tool below!



Jill 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.
I am always a fan of a good zombie story and DEAD RECKONING by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill seems to pique my interest and have an original edge that I admire.  I cannot wait to have this delicious read in my hands. Now that you know my WoW I am ever curious to know what is yours?

Coming 06/05/12
DEAD RECKONING
by Mercedes LackeyRosemary Edghill

ISBN-13: 978-1599906843
Bloomsbury USA CH, 336 pages.
AmazonB&NGoodreads

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The sun rises in the east . . . but the dead rise in the West in this fantastic zombie-western mashup!

Jett is a girl passing as a boy, living as a cowboy in the old West as she searches for her long-lost brother. When the book opens, she's just rolled into a new town, where she stops by the saloon. Things are relatively calm, although she suspects there will be Trouble from at least one of the locals. Sure enough, Trouble starts to mosey over, when-- 

The saloon is invaded by zombies.

Barely escaping with her life, Jett hightails it out of town and soon falls into the company of Honoria Gibbons, a smart, self-sufficient young woman who also happens to be a fabulous inventor. Together with White Fox, a young man they meet, they set out to discover what's caused the zombie uprising. Turns out these zombies aren't rising from the dead of their own accord… but who would want an undead army? And why?


Review: MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062107798
Rating: ♥♥♥


Everything is in ruins.
A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.
So what does Araby Worth have to live for?
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.
But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.
And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

My Thoughts:

Never has a book been such an anticipated read of mine as Bethany Griffin's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. Once I read the synopsis and viewed (then stared for endless moments) it's beautifully haunting cover I knew that this book would have to grace my bookshelves.

Always a fan of dark and mysterious reads, I eagerly delved into this novel that promised wicked deeds and romantic intrigue amongst a backdrop that can only be described as New Orleans marries turn of the century Paris and has a gothic plague-ridden baby. A place where only the rich can afford the masks that allow them to walk outdoors and escape worry from getting infected. Abry is a wealthy girl, lost in a city plagued by sickness and the constant crippling memories from a time long past. Her only respite is the moments with her best friend April in the Debauchery club. It is there that Abry can escape the pain from her constant grief and where she finds Will, a handsomely wicked boy that turns her insides to mush. When certain unfavorable events occur leading her to make an alliance with the mysteriously frightening Elliott, and her precarious existence suddenly becomes endangered to depths that she cannot even fathom, and that is only the beginning.

As I began reading MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH I could feel the atmosphere change, the darkness seeping the pages as I witnessed Abry meander around  her dilapidated city trying to find escape from the bleakness that surrounds her. In fact, I found the darkness to permeate this story due to an oppressed feeling brought forth from it's Bethany Griffin's descriptively dark imagery. I could not seem to shake it. Yet, despite the darker tones that I could appreciate I found some questionable moments that would make me laugh and scratch my head. Some things just did not seem to "gel" with me and try as I might I could not seem to get past them. 

As for the characters in this book, none stand out more than the evil Prospero. My goodness he is a character that you can sink your "hate" teeth into and really enjoy it. I admire a well written villain and he is at the top of charts with evilness. As for the boys, I will admit that I have a weak spot for Elliott, the ever elusive and complex boy that keeps Abry in a constant spin. I always enjoyed having him on the pages before my eyes and cannot wait to see how his story progresses in the next books.

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is a read that will quickly consume you. Dark and sumptuous with moments of nail biting intrigue and one you will not soon forget.




Review: THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062059939
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥♥


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Thoughts:


The Selection by Kiera Cass is wholly entertaining and unlike anything I have read before, it is pleasantly unconventional and sweet. A novel that you will not forget and will be left clamoring for more. 


The Selection is a winning combination of The Bachelor and The Princess Diaries while being wrapped up in a society governed by a severe caste system. Mix them all together and you have a novel that is riveting from beginning to end. The concept for this novel initially seemed predictable but it is anything but that, and I was totally taken in by the love "interest" that was unexpected but heart skipping welcome. This story also hosts a stellar cast that is quite memorable and endearing, especially America Singer whom I found to be a well developed character that is genuine and pleasantly complex. I also enjoyed the interactions between America and Prince Maxon, I could not seem to get enough of them.


Kiera Cass has created a novel that is fresh, timely and romantic to it's very core. I would recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys a story that has a few unexpected twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. The Selection is also a treat for those of us that enjoy reality TV shows. I have to admit that I am skeptical of shows based off of books but I am excited about the TV series that is being made from this book. I have a feeling that it will be a very guilty pleasure.

Review: THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa

THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373210515
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.


Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.


Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.


Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.


But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

My Thoughts:


Holy Amazeballs Batman!!! Just when I thought that I could not read another Vampire story without wanting to scream bloody murder. Then Julie Kagawa writes THE IMMORTAL RULES and I am head over heels back "in love" with Vampire genre again and am eagerly awaiting it's sequel.


THE IMMORTAL RULES is an epic story that is well visualized and intense. While showcasing  Allison Sekemoto a memorably reluctant Vampire that I have not witnessed since Louis from Interview with a Vampire. Julie Kagawa has taken the traditional vampire lore and turned it on it's head by creating a world that is intensely riveting, unique and frightening. Just think of best mixture of  Day Breakers, Mad Max and The Walking Dead with added fangs and you have THE IMMORTAL RULES. 

I love the fact that the world created for this story is explained quite well and without question in the the first few pages and you have a good sense of it's main character Allison Sekemoto, by the end of the first chapter. Yet, despite it's clear intention you cannot imagine what will happen next and when the unthinkable happens you are left...like whoa!!! That did not just happen, so what is going to happen next? and you will plow through this book trying to find out. It will consume you in a good way and you will not be disappointed, believe me. The twists and turns that this story will take you on is insane and you just have to buckle your seat belts and go for the ride.

The only thing that I can complain about is that I wanted a bit more romantic tension. I can never seem to get enough of them.  I wanted things to progress further but I am hopefull that that may be resolved in the next book. Either way I will gladly read whatever Julie Kagawa has for us because she is amazing and she knows how to write a story that makes us all want to run to our friends and say "YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK, NOW!!" yes, it is that good.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame

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.

Who isn't a fan of Downtown Abbey? I know that that series has completely won me over and WENTWORTH HALL is the perfect thing to fill in the void until the next season begins.

Just click on the book cover below and enjoy!

 05/01/12
WENTWORTH HALL
by Abby Grahame
ISBN-13: 978-1442451964
Simon & Schuster BYR, 320 pages.
 

The Darlington family is among Edwardian Britain’s most revered, but underneath this fa├žade of respectability hides secrets that could mean their ruin. Lord and Lady Darlington’s seat at Wentworth Hall is one of England’s oldest estates, but the servants have been whispering about the lack of hands (and funds) for the upkeep of the grand manor. Are the Darlingtons hoping to find 18-year-old Maggie a wealthy husband? Is that why newly moneyed Teddy Fitzhugh, whose father recently drowned in the sinking of the Titanic, has been invited to stay? His visit-and the complete change in Maggie’s personality since her return from a year abroad in France-gives the ever-curious staff even more reason to gossip than usual. 

When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details suspiciously similar to the goings on of Wentworth Hall, the Darlingtons are determined to keep their secrets to themselves and their affairs (both private and public) in order. And the first order of business is finding the culprit. But where to start? Downstairs among the staff? Or should the Darlingtons look even closer to home . . . 

Abby Grahame’s debut novel mixes the teen appeal of series like
Gossip Girl and The Luxe with the upper-class drama of the hit BBC series Downton Abbey.

Contest News: Abandon-a-Palooza

My dear blogger buddies Linda and Tania are having a great contest opportunity that you cannot miss. 

Welcome to Abandon-a-Palooza by Literary Cravings & The Optimistic Pessimist a Joint Contest!~! You can win both Abandon finished soft cover and an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of Underworld the highly anticipated second book in the series! 


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Bay Area Book Events: YA at Copperfields

Start: 04/19/2012 7:00 pm
with Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Nina LaCour and Jess Rothenberg
Copperfields Books Petaluma
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma,

Love and Betrayal with extra cheese: Copperfield's Petaluma presents four fabulous YA authors with four fabulous books, and pizza! Eat, drink, and be literary with us!

Waiting on Wednesday: THE TURNING by Francine Prose

Jill 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 TURNING by Francine Prose due to it's creepy cover and ominously wicked premise. I always enjoy a good scare and cannot wait to read this jem. That is my waiting on Wednesday and my curious mind wants to know about yours.

09/25/12
THE TURNING
by Francine Prose
ISBN-13: 978-0061999666
Harper Teen, 256 pages.
Amazon, B&N

Where does reality end and insanity begin? The Turn of the Screw reinvented for modern-day teens, by National Book Award finalist Francine Prose.

Jack is babysitting for the summer on an isolated island with no Wi-Fi, no cell service, and no one else around but a housekeeper and two very peculiar children. He immediately senses something sinister—and it’s not just the creepy black house he’s living in. Soon he is feeling terribly isolated and alone, but then he discovers there are others. The problem is, he’s the only who can see them. As secrets are revealed and darker truths surface, Jack desperately struggles to maintain a grip on reality. He knows what he sees, and he isn’t crazy…Or is he?

From nationally acclaimed author Francine Prose comes a mind-bending twist on the classic Henry James ghost story, with teenage characters and a young-love storyline. Chilling and thought provoking, Prose masterfully draws subtle lines between reality, imagination, and insanity.

Apr 18 2012 7:00 pm
Credit: Kristyn Stroble
Credit Destinee Blau
  YA Extravaganza: Gayle Forman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, and Jess Rothenberg
Moderated by Heidi R. Kling
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.

Don't miss this evening full of fun, fashion, romance, road trips, and heartbreak with some of YA's most exciting writers of contemporary fiction.
 
Gayle Forman, Where She Went 
It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life. Now Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York, chance brings the pair together for one last night when they revisit the past and open their hearts.
Nina Lacour, The Disenchantments 
Colby's post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Bev would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe. When Bev announces she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door 
Everything is pretty perfect in budding designer Lola Nolan's life until the Bell twins return to the neighborhood. When Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
Jess Rothenberg, The Catastrophic History of You and Me 
When Brie's boyfriend says he doesn't love her it breaks her heart--literally. But her family is unravelling, her best friend is keeping a secret about Jacob and his betrayal, and then there's Patrick, Brie's guide and resident Lost Soul, who just might hold the key to her forever after. 

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




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Bay Area Book Events: A Great Good Place for Books

Hello,  SF Bay Area YA book lovers. Tomorrow evening A Great Good Place for Books is going to host a Spectacular event that you will not want to miss. I am so excited to attend and cannot wait to see these authors again. Especially Gayle Forman because I simply adore her to bits. I hope to see you there and if you are unable to attend for whatever reason and would like a signed copy, please call the book store at (510) 339-8210 and they will be more than happy to help you out.

GGP is proud to invite you to the 
YA or BUST 2012 Group Tour!
 Featuring:
 Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Where She Went 
Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and 
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Jess Rothenberg, author of 
The Catastrophic History of You and Me 
 Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments
in conversation with
 Yvonne Prinz, author of The Vinyl Princess 
 Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m.
  Bring your books, your crush and your friends!
Get 10% off a featured book if you bring a friend!
This will be AWESOME!

 A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Ave.

Montclair Village
Oakland
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Sneak A Peek Saturday: MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne

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 MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne. This novel has been on my radar for quite a bit of time and when I found the first chapter available I had to share.


Click on the book cover and enjoy.

06/05/12
MONUMENT 14
by Emmy Laybourne
ISBN-13: 978-0312569037
Fiewel & Friends, 304 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads



Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

A huge store isn’t the worst place to be stranded. There’s food and water, bedding and books. But what if it’s not safe to leave? Emmy Laybourne had us from the get-go with her utterly fresh and fast-paced debut.

Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids are trapped together in a chain superstore. Together they build a refuge for themselves inside, while outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapon spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.

2014

OCTOBER

KISSCON AT COPPERFIELD'S
Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Sarah Maclean, Laura Kaye, Rachel Gibson, Elizabeth Boyle, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Wilde, TJ Kline, Jennifer Ryan, and Julie Anne Long
Copperfield's in San Rafael
Saturday, November 22 @ 1-3


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

DECEMBER

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

JANUARY

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

FEBRUARY


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

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