Wednesday, September 30, 2009
WOW is brought to us by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Release date: March 23, 2010
Summary from Alexandra's website:
Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.
In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires--and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn't enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it's not long before she realizes there's something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.
Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren't as random as she had believed--that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.
"Wow" says it all. This sounds like it's going to be one interesting novel...and that cover is gorgeous! I can't wait!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"What do you want from me?" he asks.
What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
"Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future."
Monday, September 28, 2009
When Abbey's best friend, Kristin, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead...and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shoes up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her--one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
That's it! I was surprised to see that my library actually got some better (and more!) YA novels. I remember a few years back, when it was just one bookshelf (how sad!).
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I hope all of your weeks are going well so far. :)
All right, so my Comments=Love Contest is sucking pretty badly, but I'll give it another week to get going and if it still looks like it's going downhill, I'll postpone it for another time.
BUT I did notice that I keep getting followers! Once we hit 100, I'll be having a 100 followers contest!
I'm already super excited, and trying to figure out what the prize(s) should be! So stay tuned for that! I know I can't wait...
WOW Is brought to us by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
Release date: January 12th, 2010
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
by Richelle Mead
Pages: 443 (paperback)
What if following her heart means Rose could lose her best friend forever?Review: Let me quote myself: "Does 'Oh, my, gosh' cover it?"
Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa--the last Dragomir princess--must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...
Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose's mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most...but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
Shadow Kiss was truly fantastic, it went above and beyond my expectations. The plot was so much better in this novel than the last, and we really got some more insight on what it truly means to be shadow kissed. I thought Rose really grew up in the last book, and I was so wrong. She grew in this one. First, she doesn't get Lissa as a part of her field experience, then she starts seeing ghosts. Can life suck any worse (answer...yes)? The end fight scene was entertaining, and kept me on my toes. This series is a definite must read.
Highlights: Dimitri + Rose = Awesomeness. Seriously, how long was I waiting for that? I also loved how Mead wrapped together all of these events, and had me going "it makes sense..."
Without a doubt, my favorite part was the very end, with Rose and Lissa. Weird, I know, but it was. I was thrilled that Rose finally thought of herself, and not everyone else.
Lowlights: The part that bugged me the most? Towards the end, one of the *possible* but also probable casualties in the fight. If you read it, then you know what I'm talking about. WHY, RICHELLE MEAD?!? Now I'm dying to read Blood Promise...
Rating: 5 out of 5
My reviews in this series:
Blood Promise (#4)
Friday, September 18, 2009
by Richelle Mead
Pages: 327 (paperback)
When love and jealousy collide on the slopes, winter break turns deadly...Review: Does "Oh, my, gosh" cover it? Frostbite is a fantastic follow up to VA, and I can't wait to start Shadow Kiss now that I'm done with Frostbite. Rose is dealing with so much more in this novel: Dimitri liking another woman, her mom coming back, not seeing Lissa enough, Mason's feelings, and so much more.
Rose Hathaway's got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian.
Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladmir's on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians--including the legendary Janine Hathaway...Rose's formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks. This year, St. Vlad's holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose--and her heart--are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...
This novel really dove into everything so gracefully, and I loved watching Rose's character develop and grow. Bringing in some new characters definitely added to the mix, Janine Hathaway and Adrian Ivashkov (who has an interesting secret...). While, admittedly, Frostbite wasn't quite as great as the first novel, it still rocked and managed to surprise me by the end.
Highlights: Rose's growth throughout the novel. She's a strong girl, and she has to grow up fast. Sometimes she still acts like a kid, but she grew immensely with everything she dealt with in this novel.
Lowlights: Possible foreshadowing? Lissa's medication not working as well...makes me a little nervous. I can't wait to see what happens with that...there are also a few slow moments, but the pace picks up.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
My other reviews in this series:
Shadow Kiss (#3)
Blood Promise (#4)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Have you ever felt invisible?
Meghan Ball has. Despite her massive size, she's the most unseen person at Valley Regional High. People say things in front of her--all sorts of things--as if she doesn't exist. And most of the time she feels as if she doesn't.
Until Meghan sees Aimee Zorn. Aimee is as skinny as Meghan is large and as outwardly angry as Meghan is inwardly sad. Meghan instantly recognizes a kindred spirit in Aimee, another person using her body to say what she cannot.
Alone, they are powerless; but together, Meghan and Aimee have the strength to get sweet revenge against the one girl in school who hurt them both.
So what is it?
As a way to reward followers, I've decided to start a year-round contest. Don't worry! I'll have multiple chances for commenter's to win a book throughout the year.
Who can enter?
Right now, only US residents. I'll let you know if there is any change, though.
How do you enter?
1. Leave a comment on this post with your email, if you plan on committing to this first contest.
2. Comment away on all other posts I make! Every legitimate comment you make counts as an entry. At the end of the cutoff date, I will take every follower who commented on 80% or more of my posts (For example, I have 30 posts, and you comment on 27 of them. You will be one of the people in the running to win) and have a random drawing for the winner.
note: For those of you who are shy to putting your email on this post, you may email me at email@example.com with Comment=Love in the subject box, and tell me that you would like to enter.
What is a legitimate comment?
Anything that is a sentence, at least. If you comment only the word"Awesome" and nothing else, then that comment will not count. And please note, do not comment hundreds of times on a single post. I will only take five extra comments (so if I have 30 posts, and you comment on all 30, and have 7 more comments, I'll take 5 of those extra seven).
These comments can be positive about the review/interview, or negative. But remember to be respectful.
When does this contest end?
For the first part of this contest, the cutoff date is October 23rd. After that date, the contest is still open for the next cutoff date to win. And the next, and the next. I'll let you know each time when the cutoff date for winning is.
When can I enter?
Anytime. All you need to do is backtrack a little, and make sure you leave your email on this post so I know you're entering.
The first post I'm counting as a part of this first contest will be my Looks Interview with Madeleine George (below this post). Start there, and keep checking in for more posts!
What do I win?
If you win this first contest, you'll get your choice of any YA book you want, as long as it's under $20 (which I doubt will be a problem, since the most expensive one's seem to be 17.99).
So why am I doing this contest? I wanted to do something where I could reward followers, people who do show up and comment. This way, by commenting on my posts, you might actually receive something in return. This contest is about spreading some comment love, hopefully on other blogs you run across as well.
Any questions, comments, concerns? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I would be happy to elaborate on anything for you.
If you don't have any questions, then get commenting and make me regret having to sift through all of the comments next month!
***As a side note, I would like to say that my heart goes out to all of you who lost someone on 9/11.***