Friday, July 30, 2010
1. Don't worry if your comments aren't going through! I have moderation on, so they won't show up until I get back and am able to go through all of them. Also, I have scheduled some posts, as you can see, but a lot of it was rather last minute, so you might not see posts every day this week. I'm enjoying my time off and trying not to stress about the blog.
2. I know that at least one of my contests has expired, and one may in the very near future. It's okay if you enter past the date I have listed as the entry closure date - I didn't know I would be gone so those contests will be extended. I'll end them when I get back, and then I'll announce the winners.
3. IMM will be postponed until next week. I have absolutely no idea what I've received this week, so you'll see two weeks worth of books the following week.
Catch you all later!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
by Elizabeth Rudnick
Claire is a #hopelessromantic. Lottie is determined to set up her BFF with Mr. Perfect. Will wants his #secretcrush to finally notice him. Bennett is a man with a plan.
Claire can’t believe it when her dream guy starts following her on Twitter. She never thought he noticed her, and suddenly he seems to understand her better than almost anyone.
But the Twitterverse can be a confusing place, especially when friends act differently online than they do in person. Things get even more complicated when Claire realizes she’s falling for someone else, the last person she ever would have expected….
Reasons I want to read this:
1. It sounds like such a cute story line!
2. Love the adorable cover.
3. I really enjoy books told in alternate forms (email, diary entries, etc.)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
"I wrapped my arms around her; my fingers froze for a half second s they grazed her bra strap. I took in her scent - her familiar vanilla practically hidden by a coffee smell."
Page 15, Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thanks to the publisher for this one, as well. Love the cover!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, especially after the death of her brother, her social link to the world. Working to find closure, she helps her family and her community come to terms with the school shooting tragedy.
2. What inspired you to write Mockingbird? What do you think the book's cover?
I was inspired to write Mockingbird because my daughter has Asperger’s. I used the school shooting event (which transpires before the book opens) because I was so affected by the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. I thought that, maybe, if the shooter had received some help over the years, he might have felt heard and others might have understood him better. Mockingbird is all about walking in each other’s shoes and learning to understand each other better, which is why I tell it from the point of view of Caitlin, a girl with Asperger’s.
At first I wasn’t sure about the cover. People either love it or hate it. Fortunately, most people love it. I think it’s beautifully pure and simple.
3. The one book everyone should read?
To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s no coincidence that I reference it both in my book’s title and in the story.
4. Looking at your biography, I see you've lived in numerous places. (Israel, South Africa, Scotland...) Did you enjoying living so many places? If you could chose one place to travel to, where would it be and why?
I loved travelling and experiencing other cultures. There’s so much to learn and appreciate beyond our borders. I felt very lucky. As I write this, my sister is in New Zealand, which is one place I’d love to visit, as well as Australia. I have to say, though, if I could pick just one place, I’d love to go back to southern Africa, specifically, Botswana. There’s something about Africa that gets under your skin and never leaves you—the languages, the music, the people, the sunsets, the wildlife—it’s a breathtaking world.
5. Are you working on anything at the moment? If so, please tell us a bit about it.
I’m currently working on Cornerstone, a novel about a boy who confronts the racism in his community while dealing with the death of his father. He learns that people, past and present, aren’t always what they seem, and that picking sides isn’t as easy as you think.
6. Any last words?
I just finished edits on The Absolute Value of Mike, which will be out a year from now (Philomel, Summer 2011), about a boy with a math learning disability and a genius for a father. Mike spends the summer with wacky relatives and ends up doing something pretty amazing.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
by Laura McNeal
2. Sounds unlike anything I've read before
3. Based on the description, I get the feeling the writing will be gorgeous. "The town of marigolds and palms, blood oranges and sweet limes." Isn't that evocative?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
1. The cover of The Lost Saint!
Um, yeah, I know. Check it out. All I can say is: I need that nail polish! And yes, Bree herself says there will be a TLS nail polish. I need it to match my TDD nail polish. *looks at nails* Hmm, they're rather bare. After this post, you can bet I'll be using my TDD polish. :] To see the whole post, go here.
2. I have one lucky winner to announce! They will receive a copy of Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson. And the winner is:
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thanks so much for joining us Sean!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Received From: Around The World Tours (Thanks!)
Saturday, July 17, 2010
When best friends Dessy and Veronica arrive in Prague for a prestigious writing workshop, their priorities diverge. Dessy, fragile from a recent breakup, has come to mend her broken heart by honing her craft. Veronica has just dumped her boyfriend and plans to blow off the workshop. She’d rather master a different subject—boys. Veronica gets right to work on her “man-wall”—one paper cutout for every hot-dude she meets— and embarks on her mission to cover a wall of their dorm by summer’s end. At times, Dessy thinks her friend might be a genius. At others, Veronica seems more like an agent of chaos.
As if their love lives weren’t complicated enough, soon a homicidal suitemate is bent on killing Veronica and Dessy, and both girls are hiding secrets that could wreck their friendship. Well, no one ever said breaking hearts was a simple craft....
Dessy and Veronica are off to Prague for a summer of writing and boys. Both girls have recently broken up with, or been broken up with, their boyfriends. Dessy wants to work on her writing. Veronica, however, is set to create a "man wall" - a collection of every hot guy she meets. What ensues is chaos, first of all, and madness.
What I hoped to be a light, fun summer read unfortunately didn't turn out well for me. The concept initially interested me, but I felt it lacked sympathetic characters or a steady plot.
Dessy is a somewhat blah character. There were moments when I saw a glimmer of a like-able character, but those moments were either replaced by groveling or complying. I didn't feel for her, or her need to be liked. Veronica, I can easily say, was one of my least favorite best friend characters ever. I must have missed the part where friends are supposed to be rude and inconsiderate towards their "friend." Veronica didn't think about her actions, and I, personally, can't stand people who are unaccountable for their actions. The guys, as well, somewhat blended together.
What I did enjoy about this book was the writing aspect, the infusion of culture, and Veronica's mom. I enjoyed reading the character's stories and hearing the critiques. It gave an interesting twist to the story. I loved hearing about Prague and its history, as I'm a huge fan of all things history. It sounds like a beautiful place to visit. Veronica's mother was one character I truly liked. She was real and tough, which I mightily enjoyed. Though haughty at times, she was a breath of fresh air.
The psycho killer roommate aspect was just too much for me. I didn't, and still don't, exactly understand what her problem was. But the whole thing was rather inconceivable. I didn't get what I hoped out of A Field Guide for Heartbreakers, and it's not a book I'll be recommending.
Overall: Poor characters. Shaky plot.
My Advice: Skip it.
Cover: While it's cute, I have no idea what it has to do with the story.
*This was read as a part of the 100+ Reading Challenge
White Cat by Holly Black
(ARC/Released May 2010/McElderry Books)
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Thanks to Around The World Tours for this one. I've already read it, and I will have a review posted soon.
(ARC/Released June 2010/Bloomsbury)
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.
After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.
Thanks to Around The World Tours for this one as well. I'm almost done with it, and I've enjoyed it immensely. I hope the ending's good!
The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz by Laura Toffler-Corrie (Goodreads First Reads Program)
I had a great week! What about you?
Friday, July 16, 2010
(Sorry, had to cross out my school's name. It seemed safe.)
3. I'm completely OCD about some things. All items on my desk or table or whatever it is have to be in straight lines and line up. I can't have things thrown around. My biggest OCD tendency is that f I experience something on one side of my body, I have to experience it on the other side. For example, if I touch the edge of a desk with my right hand, I have to touch the edge of the same desk with my left hand. No one really notices and neither do I because it's just routine. I feel unequal if I don't.
(Yes, I'm sitting on Santa's lap. A couple friends and I take a picture with Santa every year and we stand/sit in the exact same positions so that we can see how we change over the years. It's pretty cool. I cut them out though, for privacy's sake. And no, I have no idea why all of the pictures I have look like they're from the '70s.)
5. I love learning about the unknown, be it outer space, the deep sea, or ancient civilizations. I think it's fascinating that there are so many things that we can't comprehend or fully understand. I like mysteries. The Lochness monster, Big Foot, Chupacabra. Are they real?! I don't know, but it's fun to believe. I love conspiracy theories. How cool would it be if those crazy theories were true? You know what fascinates me? The universe is continually growing. But what does space grow into? More...space? Isn't that interesting! As you might be able to tell, I love to learn, and I think I'll always be that sort of person.
Well, I hope this has given you a better idea of who I am, or at least what I look like. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I guess that if you have any more questions, you can comment or email me. Adios!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
1. Wowio is featuring Daniel Rabuzzi's book, The Choir Boats, during the month of July. During this time, you can read the e-book free! Check it out here.
It's being described as “Gulliver’s Travels crossed with The Golden Compass and a dollop of Pride and Prejudice,” and "a muscular, Napoleonic-era fantasy that, like Philip Pullman's Dark Materials series, will appeal to both adult and young adult readers." What a cover, by the way!
2. Bluefields is offering up the first chapter of Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram here. I've read it, and boy am I excited to read the whole thing!
An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities.
To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special.
Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat?
More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?
3. All of you Facebook fans, keep an eye out for The Hunger Games fan page which will be live next week!
4. I have three lucky winners to announce! Each person will receive a copy of A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley. All winners have been contacted. Here they are:
Thanks to everyone who entered, and good luck in future contests!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, tribal conflict. He emerges from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership.
Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, tribal conflict. He emerges from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership. Themes of survival, brotherhood, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature’s wonders and terrors. Age 11 and up.
Thanks so much for joining us Allan!
Monday, July 12, 2010
1. Hosted by Jenn at Book Crazy
My favorite book is A Northern Light...
...and I choose this image because a large portion of the novel takes place in a cute, lakeside inn. This is somewhat how I imagine it to look.
2. Hosted by Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
Kate asked us to connect a chapter of our current read to a song.
I am choosing Three Rivers Rising. While it doesn't have chapters, per se, there are many sections. I, therefore, am choosing the section that describes the flood hitting Johnstown and the surrounding areas.
The song I choose is Breakdown by Jack Johnson. I think that if the residents knew what was coming, they would want time to stop - or breakdown - so that they could have more time with their family. One of the lines is "Then I could take a walk around/And, see what there is to see." And think this perfectly describes what the citizens would do if they could have had one last chance - look around their town and homes, taking it all in before it got swept away.
3. Hosted by the family at The Eager Readers
They have asked us to post about (a) our favorite fictional couples and (b) a crossover couple we would love to see.
That's how I'm doing for Day 1 of my first ever Read-a-Thon! If I get more reading done after this post, I will include it in tomorrow's.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
(ARC/Released December 2009/Egmont)
Grace Divine - daughter of the local pastor - always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.
Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how t save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes the most: her soul.
I finally get to read TDD! I received this from Around The World Tours.
Both are from the Goodreads First Reads program
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Both are for summer homework
What I Learned From Being A Cheerleader by Adrianne Ambrose signed stickers
I had a good week! What about you?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Lost in memories of the life she once had, Sophie retreats into herself. But there's only so long she can keep everything bottled up inside before she explodes. Maybe by confronting the tragedy of her past she'll figure out how to fix her future.
All Sophie wants is to forget the tragic events of last summer. Problem is, her world is falling apart - her mum is crazy, her friends hate her, and she can't stop thinking about Emily, or about Dan... Sophie has to face her terrible past, but she doesn't know how.
2. How did you write a story of this kind? What was your inspiration for the book?
Lost For Words was a difficult book for me to write. It's all about dealing with loss and facing up to your worst nightmares so it took me some time to know how was the best way to tell it. In the end, I wrote the book as diary entries. Each entry gives an insight into Sophie and her life; slowly as she writes, she begins to face up to her past.
3. What is the significance of the cover? It's absolutely gorgeous!
I love the cover too. Thanks! The girl on the front has blonde hair and dark eyes and is, we discover, Sophie's sister. She is turning away because she is lost to Sophie - like so many things in Sophie's life.
I don't think anyone should be forced to read anything ever. I remember reading Of Mice and Men in my high school English class and loving it, but I know my best friend didn't feel the same. She was put off reading for years and years because of our English classes and I think it's wrong to turn teenagers off books. My advice to readers is to read widely and to read things they might not have thought they would like - yes, the classics, like Austen and Bronte and Dickens and Shakespeare and Chaucer and the Russians, but also novels about vampires and murders and romance and outer space. Every time you read a book, you live someone else's life. The more you read the better.
5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I travel all the time. I'm in Antwerp in Belgium right now, sitting in my hotel room, looking over at some gorgeous old buildings which house a shoe store and a cafe. Tomorrow I go to Paris and then to London. I've been travelling as much as possible since I was eighteen and I went away for a year backpacking on my own. The planet is a big, beautiful place and I'm lucky to have seen as much of it as I have. So, in answer to your question, I guess today I'd like to go to the city centre in Antwerp (as I'm already here) and maybe go to an art gallery. Rubens lived here so I might get to see his house today, depending on my baby who might prefer the zoo!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel