Giveaway: TRANSCENDENCE by C.J. Omololu

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Winner is Linda @ The Optimistic Pessimist blog

I adore the fact that I live in an area surrounded by some amazing YA authors and one of them is the most genuinely kind and amaze balls C.J. Omololu. Her newest novel TRANSCENDENCE was released in June and now I have a beautiful signed copy to giveaway this month. Just read the synopsis and you will be hooked then enter the giveaway at the end of the post. Good Luck!!


 When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.
As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.
Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?

Now, doesn't this book just grab you. I know I was hooked and I know that it just screams to be on your bookshelves. Yet, if you don't already have it you need not worry because I have a great opportunity for you. I have a gorgeous signed copy of TRANSCENDENCE by C.J. Omololu that is eager to get into somebody's beloved bookshelf. It is screaming "put me on your bookshelves so that everyone will be envious. I am entertaining and amazing!" Now how can you resist? You simply cannot. So, the best thing for you to do is enter in my simple giveaway by signing up

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Review: I AM NUMBER FOUR: The Lost Files: The Legacies

I AM NUMBER FOUR: The Lost Files: The Legacies
Pittacus Lore
Paperback: 320 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062211102
Source: Audible
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥


The Fallen Legacies:
Before Number Four, there were One, Two, and Three. Until now we've only known that the Mogadorians caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. But all of that is about to change. 


In i am number four: the lost files: the fallen legacies, you'll learn the true story behind these ill-fated members of the Garde. Before they were murdered by the Mogadorians, before Number Four was next, they were all just kids on an alien planet called Earth—discovering their powers, trying to stay hidden, and running for their lives.

My Thoughts:

Years ago when I decided to broaden my reading horizons I chose I AM NUMBER FOUR as my first attempt at sci-fi. Although I know that it is considered sci-fi light, I really did enjoy it for it was an entertaining story focused on a premise that was unique and endearing. Now, the third book in this series THE RISE OF NINE, will soon hit book shelves everywhere but in the mean time I AM NUMBER FOUR: The Lost Files is centered on the first three deceased Lorian citizens and their legacies along with the back story for number six and nine.

I AM NUMBER FOUR: The Lost Files is the perfect read for those fans of the series like I am. It was an honest, pathos filled adventure partly focused on the legacies bestowed upon the deceased Lorian exiled members. I found the manner in which those legacies were chronicled to be ingenious and very engaging. I will not go into detail because I don't want to spoil this well written favorite bit but I enjoyed it despite the fact that I know how their stories ended. Well played.

The other sections of this book concentrate on number six and number nine respectively.  I always wanted to know more about Six's back story and so I was very excited to read about her and her Cepan and how she came to be the killer, kick-ass character that she is when this series began. Although I find her to be the most fascinating character within this series I am now totally fan girling over number nine. His story was intense, highlighted with moments of anguish that was amazing to witness. I could not get enough of his story and as soon as I was finished I wanted to go back for more.

As previously stated, fans of this series will seriously adore this. Their is a lot of new material that will satisfy and keep you engaged until the next book comes out in August.

Review: THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

THRONE of GLASS
Queen of Glass, Book One
by Sarah J. Maas
ISBN-13: 978-1599906959
Published: Bloomsbury Childrens USA, 384 pages
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥



After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Thoughts:

Have you ever had a book that was so riveting that you could not think of anything else when finished it? and the very thought of picking up another book felt like I was cheating on boyfriend. Well, THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Mass is simply put, that book. From the very first page until the very last you will be completely absorbed into a world that is engrossing that showcases a heroine unlike any other.

WOW! was all I could say as I read this book because it was pure brilliance, perfectly detailed and so well visualized that I could actually see a movie playing out in my head. I knew instantly from the very first moment Celaena comes onto the scene that she was a force to be reckoned with. A trained assassin left to rot in prison but one day is given a pardon of sorts to compete and become the King's champion. She reluctantly agrees and is less than happy with her guard, Westfall that does not trust her in the least. Once she arrives in court she trains hard and meets her competitors,  but it is not long before the competition begins to die off in the most gruesome of manners and Celaena decides that she needs to find out what is killing off the competition before it attacks her next. Meanwhile she is beginning to enjoy her life, she finally has a friends and a love interest that completely surprises her.


Celaena as far as I am concerned is the most kick-ass female character I have ever had the pleasure of reading. She is a flippin' trained assassin, feared by many and rightfully so because she knows what she is doing. I am amazed at how she can run down a scenario that leaves all her opponents dead. You gotta love that, I know I surely do. She is smart and quick tempered but her guard Westfall seems to know how to push her and make her think about what she is doing. Together they have some of the best tension filled moments that leave me constantly pining for more. But, that is where Prince Dorian comes into play. He is the son of a crazed tyrant that knows how to play the game and he certainly wants to play with Celaena, now their interactions are well worth every word and you will be left begging for more. I only wish things would have ended in a different manner and that I can say is my only gripe with this whole story. I am not a great fan of love triangles but this one was done quite well, subtle and not overbearing.


If you're a fan of the fantasy genre than this book is a perfect read, with just the right touches of mystery, romance and great bit of fighting. Memorable characters with a unique story line that will have you thinking about it for a long while and then you will be left pining for more.




Until the release of THRONE OF GLASS on August 7, 2012 you can read the four novella's leading up to it. I know I have and I loved every single one of them.

Review: DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine


DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine
Hardcover: 416 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062117181 
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

My Thoughts:

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided that I would only read Fantasy novels for a week. So, when I picked up DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine I had not idea but how completely blown away I would be from the magnitude of brilliance that this novel is.

The world that DEFIANCE is set in is quite bleak and savage with it's inhabitants living in a walled city ruled by a ruthless and cunning commander. Those that live within these walls escapes the evil monster that would eagerly devour them on the outside, but to stay means dealing with a different kind of monster all together. The Commander is that monster, and let me just tell you in all of the books I have read that man is the most evil twisted tyrant around, he even gives President Snow a run for his money. But guess what? I love it. I love that fact that I could feel so passionately about a character that every time I see him on the page I am always wishing for his painful demise. He is compelling and most of what spurs this story forward is the hatred directed at him.  That is where Rachel Adams fits into this magnificent story. When her father fails to return home from a great mission she is awarded custody to her father's apprentice, Logan. A fact she cannot fathom despite the fact she once harbored deep feelings for him....feelings that were not reciprocated. Unable to stand her new situation she decides to do the unthinkable and escape to find her father and that is when all hell breaks loose and this story takes on a wicked turn and that is when the adventure truly begins.

To say that I was stuck to this story like cling wrap would be an understatement. I forgot to eat, did not want to sleep until I read every last word and even after the last word was read I wished I had more to go on. Not only was the world well detailed and richly visualized but it's characters really stole my heart. Rachel was an amazing character full of spirit and drive, at the beginning she seemed like such a willfully spoiled child and when a few events nearly defeat her she manages to come through like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. I enjoyed the frankness of how she dealt with certain situations, because they felt honest and believable. Now, I can talk about Logan...ahhh with Logan I can say that he personifies a character that I most appreciate. Smart, honest and dedicated without sacrificing any of the smexy. I adored his inner turmoil and how he finally accepted the inevitable... It was my favorite moment in this book, and believe me I had plenty. I really enjoyed the fact that this novel is just the beginning and that I see potential for even greater story telling ahead and you know what? I say bring it on!!

DEFIANCE has everything that anyone could want to read in a story. It has a evil tyrant, a defiant girl who wants to kick ass and her love interest that is crazy smart inventor that you cannot help but adore all sent in a fantastic new world that will ensnare you. A must read for 2012 and I defy you not to read it.


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Sneak A Peek Saturday: GIRL OF NIGHTMARES

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 GIRL OF NIGHTMARES by Kendare Blake is making an appearance with a first chapter sneak peek. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD was one of my favorite reads (in the top ten) for 2011 and I am most excited for it's sequel. Now you can share in the excitement with the first chapter.

 08/07/12
GIRL OF NIGHTMARES
Anna Dressed In Blood, Book Two
ISBN:13: 978-0765328663
TOR Teen, 304 pages.

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It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

Reading Trends: STEAM PUNK

steam·punk

[steem-puhngk] 
noun
1. A subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
This definition of Steam Punk is one of many that I found, but it seemed to summarize this genre in manner that did not meander or overwhelm. I always found this genre fascinating and the upcoming months has a healthy dose of YA steam punk novels to keep us entertained in clockwork. I don't know about you but I cannot wait for all this Steam Punk yumminess.

08/07/12
THE IRON WYRM AFFAIR
Bannon & Clare, Book One
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Archibald Clare is a detective of truly uncanny abilities-a mentath, capable of feats of deduction and logic that border on the supernatural. He is also abruptly, uniquely, the only unregistered mentath left alive in Londoninium. Someone has murdered the others and, if not for the timely intervention of the Prime sorceress Emma Bannon, there would have been no one left to stop... whatever is coming.

Mentaths and sorcerers are dying-or worse, being seduced into betraying Queen and Country. Bannon and Clare must uncover treachery, conspiracy, and sorcery of the blackest hue. And in a Britannia where magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, time is short.

The game is afoot...

08/08/12  
INNOCENT DARKNESS
Aether Chronicles, Book One
by Suzanne Lazear
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Wish. Love. Desire. Live.When spirited sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock and her best friend Steven “V” Darrow take a flying car out for a joyride, neither expects Noli to be sent to reform school to mend her hoyden ways. While at the dreadful school, Noli’s innocent mid-summer’s eve wish summons Kevighn, a mysterious man who takes Noli with him to the Realm of Faerie. At first Noli believes she has been rescued. But the sinister reason behind the handsome huntsman’s appearance quickly become clear—he wants to use Noli as a blood sacrifice to restore his dying world. V, who has secrets of his own, shows up to help Noli escape and return to the mortal realm—but first, they must navigate the dangerous intrigues of the Otherworld.

If they are successful, Noli will live. But if Noli lives, the entire Otherworld civilization will die.


A steampunk faerie tale with romance, danger, and a strong-willed heroine.


08/14/12
UNNATURALISTS
by Tiffany Trent
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In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger. 

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.



09/01/12
THE DARK UNWINDING
by Sharon Cameron
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A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!

When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.


09/04/12
WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY
13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance
edited by Ekaterina Sedia, forward by Scott Westerfeld
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Extravagant, alluring, and unabashedly romantic, this anthology of YA historical romances includes stories from some of today’s hottest teen authors, both bestselling and on the rise. Magnificent ballrooms, expansive estates, carriages, and dark alleys set the scene for strong-willed heroines running the gamut from wallflowers to undercover spies to heiresses. Wealth, history, glamour, and romance combine in this thick and inviting paperback.
09/18/12
INCARNATION
by Emma Cornwall
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Set in the steampunk world of Victorian London, Lucy Weston, a character in Dracula, tracks down Bram Stoker to find out why he deliberately lied about her in his popular novel. She also wants to uncover the truth behind why she was chosen to be made a vampire against her will.

With reluctant help from Stoker, Lucy enters the nearby hidden den of the vampires where she first meets the charismatic Marco, who will help her seek out Mordred, the medieval head of the vampire clan, so that she can do battle to reclaim her humanity. All the while, alarmed by her urges, she must do everything in her power to suppress her growing thirst for human blood. 


09/25/12  
DEARLY, BELOVED
Gone With the Respiration, Book Two
by Lia Habel
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Can the living coexist with the living dead?

That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.

Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.

Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.
11/06/12
THE LAZARUS MACHINE
Tweed & Nightingale Adventures, Book One
by Paul Crilley
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An alternate 1895... a world where Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace perfected the Difference engine. Where steam and tesla-powered computers are everywhere. Where automatons powered by human souls venture out into the sprawling London streets. Where the Ministry, a secretive government agency, seeks to control everything in the name of the Queen.

It is in this claustrophobic, paranoid city that seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed and his conman father struggle to eke out a living.

But all is not well...

A murderous, masked gang has moved into London, spreading terror through the criminal ranks as they take over the underworld. as the gang carves up more and more of the city, a single name comes to be uttered in fearful whispers.

Professor Moriarty.

When Tweed’s father is kidnapped by Moriarty, he is forced to team up with information broker Octavia Nightingale to track him down. But he soon realizes that his father’s disappearance is just a tiny piece of a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire and plunge the world into a horrific war.

12/06/12
THE FRIDAY SOCIETY
by Adrienne Kress
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An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns--and the heroines who use them all.

Set in Edwardian London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder--and the crimes they believe may be connected to it--without calling too much attention to themselves.

Told with Adrienne Kress's sharp wit and a great deal of irreverence, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike--well, relatively ladylike--heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

03/05/13
LEGACY OF THE CLOCKWORK KEY
Secret Order, Book One
by Kristin Bailey
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When a fire consumes Meg's home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key-a key only Meg can use- that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg has no choice but to follow. She has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect, and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg will be swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny. 
03/19/13
CLOCKWORK PRINCESS
Infernal Devices, Book Three
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In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it's too late. As Jem's health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves — even if it means never seeing the other one again?






Waiting on Wednesday: SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus

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 on the searching for a read that can get under my skin and SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus seems to be that book. I am a big fan of his work i.e. ROTTERS and upon meeting him this year I was informed of his newest novel due out early next year. Once I did my research by reading the synopsis and getting creeped out by the cover (hello! scary dude) I knew that I would be pining away for this book until it gets into my hands. Next year is soo far way.... Now that you know of my WoW, what is yours?

03/12/13
SCOWLER
ISBN-13: 978-0385743099
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
 

Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?

Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father's physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.

Bay Area Book Event: GIRL'S NIGHTMARE OUT


Living in the bay area has given me some amazing book signing opportunities and another one is coming my way. GIRL'S NIGHTMARE OUT is Tor Teen's upcoming book tour with some of it's top notch YA authors.  Just check out the information below that is posted on the TOR book site.

Tor Books is sending paranormal young adult authors Kendare Blake, Lisa Desrochers, and Marta Acosta to your town! Catch them out on tour, on Twitter, and read new and excerpts from their new books!

Lisa Desrochers burst onto the YA scene in September 2010 with her debut novel Personal Demons, which was an ALA/YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults nominee and a Library Journal "Fall First" selection. Desrochers second installment Original Sin received rave reviews and now Tor Books is proud to announce the release of the conclusion to the thrilling Personal Demons series, Last Rite.



Kendare Blake enthralled New York Times bestselling authors, reviewers, fans, and bloggers alike with her debut novel, Anna Dressed in Blood. Blake adeptly weaves the familiar and the unexpected into a genre-bending, refreshing new take on paranormal romance. Now, she’s back with her eagerly anticipated sequel, Girl of Nightmares.



Marta Acosta’s gothic novel Dark Companion, written as an homage to Jane Eyre, is a lush romantic tale about an orphaned teenager who is chosen to attend an exclusive private school where things are not exactly as they seem. It was originally published on Scribd.com where it garnered over 25,000 reads and became the top YA novel on the site.




These wonderful authors will be coming out on tour to the SF bay area at KEPLER'S on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. It is going to be an awesome event and I am sure to attend. I hope to see you there.

Contest Winners



I have been a bit naughty. Why? you may ask. Well I have totally forgot to post the names of my current contest winners. So, without further delay....

The winner of Richelle Mead's  THE GOLDEN LILY went to Erin from BOOKISH IN A BOX
The winner of the FIERCE READS tour books went to IVA from AFRAID TO DREAM
The winner of Deborah Harkness' SHADOW OF NIGHT goes to Kristin

Thanks to everyone who has entered, even a certain entrant whom decided to enter one of my contests multiple times. Enthusiasm is always great but it has it's limits :)


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 am showcasing a novel that I have enjoyed and am most excited to hit book shelves everywhere this coming Tuesday. Until then you can enjoy this tasty bit and enjoy.
07/24/12
SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY
(Formerly titled The Spirit-Hunters)
ISBN-13: 978-0062073265
HarperCollins Children's, 400 pages. 
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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.

Paging Dr. Frankenstien: YOUNG ADULT STYLE

Frankenstein, although popularized in films many years ago was originally created by Mary Shelley, who was only 21 years old when her masterpiece was published in 1818. The daughter of a prominent feminist, she centered her plot around an arrogant doctor, Victor Frankenstein,  who dared to play God by creating human life but refusing to take responsibility for it. A most fascinating story, ahead of it's time and It is no wonder that many years later we are still enthralled with this character and the pathos generated towards the "monster" that he created. 

Recently I have noted that Dr. Frankenstein is making a comeback with several YA novels. This trend began last year with THIS DARK ENDEAVOR by Kenneth Oppel a novel that is  beautifully written as it is romantically dark and wicked. It's sequel, SUCH WICKED INTENT is due out in book stores next month, along with MONSTER by Dave Zeltserman. Then early next year Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn. I always enjoy a story seeped in Gothic creepiness so I am most excited for these upcoming novels. I just may have to leave the lights on.

08/21/12
SUCH WICKED INTENT: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 
The Dark Endeavor Chronicles, Book Two
by Kenneth Oppel
ISBN-13: 978-1442403185
Simon & Schuster BYR, 320 pages. 
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When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again—just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed.

If only these things were not so tempting.

When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor's twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.



08/02/12
MONSTER
by Dave Zeltserman
ISBN-13: 978-1590208601
Overlook Hardcover, 224 pages.
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In nineteenth-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved . . . until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime. Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination. Friedrich must go far to take his revenge --only to find his tormentor, Victor Frankenstein, in league with the Marquis de Sade, creating something much more sinister deep in the mountains. Paranormal and gripping in the tradition of the best work of Stephen King and Justin Cronin, Monster is a gruesome parable of control and vengeance, and an ingenious tribute to one of literature's greatest.



01/01/13
DR. FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTERS
by Suzanne Weyn
ISBN-13: 978-0545425339
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
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A new generation is creating a monster.... 

Doctor Victor Frankenstein's previously unacknowledged beautiful, intelligent twin daughters (from an early marriage when he was a student) have come to Frankenstein's Castle to claim it as their inheritance. 

 Shortly thereafter they learn that a serial killer is on the loose. They try to ignore this -- Gretchen takes up her father's work, while Ingrid throws lavish parties. Gretchen and Ingrid form a love triangle with a young naval officer with a debilitating disease. Though he loves Ingrid, he agrees to work with Gretchen on a series of body transplants that improve his condition. Before long he is even walking without his cane. He does not know that the science that is helping him is the science of death itself . . . 

A twisted, macabre journey of romance and horror.

SNYC YA downloads: Week #6


Don't forget! Today begins week #6 of  SNYC YA literature for your earphones. Two new titles consisting of both classic and YA literature are available for you to download and enjoy for free. 



July 19 – July 25, 2012
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

Waiting on Wednesday: NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow

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 NAMELESS: A tale of Beauty an Madness by Lili St. Crow. I can always spot a gorgeous book jacket and this one just scream "look at meeee!" and oh am I looking. (pets softly, my precious my pretty). Now that being noted I quickly moved onto the synopsis and when paranormal and mafia came into it,  I knew that this was another novel that I would pine for.

Now that you know of my WoW what is yours?

NAMELESS
Tales Of Beauty and Madness, Book One
by Lili St. Crow
Coming 04/03/13
ISBN-13: 978-1595143570
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 304
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A dark and eerie retelling of Snow White from Lili St. Crow, New York Times bestselling author of the Strange Angels series

Sixteen-year-old Camille doesn’t remember her lifeWatch before she was adopted by the powerful Vultusino family—the missing childhood years that left her scarred and silent. Now she lives a life of luxury, protected by the supernatural Mafia Vultusinos, especially Nico, her adopted brother.

But Cami knows that she is not really Family. She is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until a mysterious boy approaches her and reveals scars of his own that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her past . . . to find out where she comes from and what danger she now finds herself in.

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

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

2014

OCTOBER

SCOTT WESTERFELD
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, October 21 @ 7pm

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

P.C. and KRISTIN CAST
Barnes and Noble in Emeryville
Friday, October 24 @ 7pm

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

KENDARE BLAKE
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Saturday, October 25 @ 4-5:30pm
(it is appreciated if you RSVP in advance so they can provide seats and plan for aromatherapy supplies!)

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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