Friday, December 31, 2010

A Letter to the Past

Dear 2010,

We've been through a lot, you and me. We've had our ups and downs, our good times, and our bad. We've both changed a lot in such a short time, and I appreciate all the days you've brought me, the sunny ones filled with warmth and joy and even the rainy ones that allowed me to stay in and read so many wonderful books. But it's over. I'm breaking up with you. I'm ready to let go of our time together and start fresh! A new beginning! That means new releases, new covers, new titles! Ooohhh, I'm gettin' all twitchy just thinking about it! But before I can say hello, I'd like to say goodbye, to some of my favorite books read in 2010.

Ok, here we go.

The first book I must say goodbye to is Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves. The reason is because I loved it so much and I need to do quick, like ripping off a band-aid. This book has one of my favorite characters, Hanna, and I really wish Reeves would find it in her heart to give us a sequel! Farewell, Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead. You kept me on the edge of seat, word after word, page after page! Claudia Gray's Hourglass, you little tease! How dare you leave with such a cliffhanger! Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, I'm so glad we met. You're world is unique, your characters so mysterious, I can't wait to get to know you better!

The Morganville Vampires (1-3) by Rachel Caine, Liar by Justine Larbalestier and Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith were all very pleasant surprises. Hearts and Stake and Blood Feud both of the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey are two new faves! Love love love! Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantasky was yet another great book. Good love story, good characters. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth is a book that I wish I had the time to read again. I'm so anxious for the next one!

My Wicked Vampire by Nina Bangs is a paperback that I just could not put down! Every character was a mythical being and each one just as nuts as the last! I believe it is part of a series that I seriously need to find!

And a final goodbye to other great books I read in 2010: 

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor, Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stievfater, Wings by Aprilynne Pike and Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and I Now Pronouce You Someone Else by Erin McMahan. 

I hate to see all of you go, but a lot of you have some really great sequels following and I look forward to all of them!

It's been real, 2010. Later!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Good news and bad news...then GREAT NEWS!

Hello Everyone! I've missed you so!

I've got goods news and bad news but then I've got something to cheer us all up! The good news is that I finally got my computer back! The new keys are great and it feels nice to be able to just type without having to worry about the missing keys. The bad news is that it appears while someone was handling my computer, they dropped it. The lower right corner is broken and the edges are sharp, I keep scraping my hand and arm on it. Luckily, it is still covered by warranty and they're paying for S&H both ways this time.

Sooo, to distract me from this disappointment, here's the great news. While I was out of the blogosphere, those agonizing two weeks, something amazing happened! The cover of Cassandra Clare's fourth installment in the Mortal Instruments Series, City of Fallen Angels, was revealed...and I am in love!!!!


Isn't it gorgeous?! I love Clary's hair, flying wildly around her, it makes her look magical. Like her hair is floating alive with it. I like the hint of runes on  her body, too. Simon looks strong and confident. Ready. For whatever!

There's more! If you've been living under a rock or maybe half-under a rock (like me, who is a little late), City of Bones, the first book of the Mortal Instruments Series is set to come to the big screen! That's right...Jace...big screen. Lily Collins has already been cast to play Clary Fray!

She's definitely channeling Clary with the curly hair! I'm very happy with this choice but even more excited to see who will be picked to play Jace! I don't know what I'm looking for, but I'll know it when I see it! Click here more movie updates on Cassandra Clare's website.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday Review Day!

Written by: Deborah Kerbel
Publication date: September 20, 2010
Released in Paperback

A story based on true accounts of supernatural occurrences at the Thornhill Village Public Library.


A Victorian garden, a fishing lure, and a ghost named John.

Absolutely nothing is going right for Max Green. His parents have just uprooted their family from Vancouver to the bleak suburbs of Toronto, he has no friends, and everybody at his new high school is ignoring him. To make matters worse, he's in love with an older girl who's completely out of his league.

When Max discovers a local library rumored to be haunted by ghosts, he's immediately drawn to it. With the help of some cryptic messages, he begins to piece together the identity of the teenage ghost and the mysterious chain of events that have connected its spirit to the building for over a century. But just who was John, anyway? Why has he chosen to contact Max? And what does an old fishing lure have to do with solving the mystery?

How I Came To Read This: Contacted on the YA Blogosphere to review and find reviewers.

My Review: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was instantly intrigued by the mystery and the clues you get in each chapter.  the chapter alternate between the two main characters: Max, 16, new in town and invisible to everyone in school; and John, ghost who haunts the town library and is contacting Max from the other side. The switching of narrators really keep you wanting more!

The story of John is heart-wrenching. Tragic, really. There's no way you could start this book and put it down. Begin it early enough and you could finish in one night. It was spooky enough that I'd jump whenever my cellphone would vibrate while I was reading! Knowing the occurrences of the story were true accounts piques your curiosity even more. I found myself shaking my head and thinking, "What in the world happened to this kid? What is Max going to do? And what is the deal with this girl??"

Who Should Read This: I recommend it for any and all teens and tweens. Great story.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Just Release it Already/Covers Revealed

I am splitting this post between 'Just Release It Already', a meme hosted over at Books with Bite to share what books you just cannot wait for any longer and two covers that have been revealed.

The book I am very anxiously awaiting is this one right here:

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris is said to be released May 26,2011 and I just cannot possibly wait that long! The cover and the synopsis only make the book more mysterious!

The other cover that has been released is Circle of Fire (Prophecy of the Sisters #3) by Michelle Zink. Now I personally have not read this series, though I do have the first book. But for those of you that are waiting for its release, sit back and relax, you've got a long way to go - August 1, 2011. Sorry guys. But here is the beautiful cover in the meantime.

Giveaway Winner!

You've won a copy of Lure by Deborah Kerbel!

I have already sent you an email for your information. Please respond ASAP!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Away for Repairs

Hello Loves!

For the next week or so, my laptop is being repaired. Over the summer, my it was dropped and keys fell out and I've been typing without the M, K, the number 2 and the comma keys! I can't wait to get it back, good as new and start typing without worrying about missing a key!

In the meantime, I still have my giveaway for a copy of Lure by Deborah Kerbel, so feel free to check that out while I'm away. The contest will run until Dec. 7th.

I'm also working on a whole new layout! Your suggestions, comments and ideas are greatly appreciated!


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