Sep 30, 2011

Descended by Blood Book 2 Cover Reveal!!


Okay, this day is shaping up to be spectacular for me. And now it is about to get exciting for you too!! Remember a while back when we did that kick-*ss giveaway for Angeline Kace's Descended by Blood? Well, I have some fantastic news! I have the cover for Book Two to reveal to you!

But first, the title. It is...

Enemy Within!


Did I hear you say you wanted to know what the synopsis was? Guess what? I've got that too! 

Half-vampire, Brooke Keller, rid the world of her worst enemy, only to find out the world's most powerful vampire wants her dead. And this time, she's not only fighting vampires, but a deadly disease that threatens to take her best friend's life.
Torn between Jaren and Mirko, Brooke struggles to convince her best friend to change over, keep her monster at bay, and learns her enemies are deeper within than she could have ever imagined.
Will love be enough to quell the darkness?
Does good really conquer evil?

Doesn't that sound amazing? I am very excited to get my has on this book. I thought Descended by Blood was a great read and a wonderful debut. I can't wait to see where the story goes. So...without further ado, here's the cover!




I think it's just gorgeous and meshes extremely well with the first cover. What do you think? Let me know in the comments. And if you haven't purchased Descended by Blood yet, what are you waiting for? Here are the links to buy:


Visit 


Descended by Blood

for more information about the series and the author.



Sep 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Today I have two books for you that I am waiting on. One is young adult and the other is adult fiction. This is the way my blog generally runs, and I would eventually like to get it to a place where I review half ya and half adult fiction. Unfortunately, it has been a lot harder than I thought it would. There are way more ya books that I want to read and I am having a heck of a time getting publishers to send me adult fiction. But, I will keep working on it.



Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

Summary:

Exiled from her comfortable home, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland – called the Death Shop – are slim. Violent energy storms can strike suddenly, and even the very air she breathes might kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous – a savage. He’s also her only hope.

Because Aria alone holds the key to his redemption, Perry needs her, too. Their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Debut author Veronica Rossi is accumulating fans from all over the globe—the book has already sold to more than twenty countries. It’s not surprising that foreign rights for this title have been flying off the shelf. It’s a tantalizing romance in any language.



Publisher: Random House
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Pages: 480
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club, comes a completely fresh take on the historical thriller, set at the intersection of science and history, as the men and women of the first graduating class of MIT must avert a dire threat against their city.

Boston, 1868: On a fog-shrouded, moonless spring night in Boston Harbor, seven ships--schooners, pleasure steamers, and steamships--mysteriously crash in a massive, fiery wreck. The devastation is later complicated by the discovery that every compass recovered from the wreckage had spun wildly as the ships veered inexplicably off course. In an attempt to solve the mystery, investigators visit the newly founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose fifteen-member inaugural class is about to graduate. As the harbor disaster is followed by further strange calamities striking the city, Marcus Mansfield and his fellow classmates including Ellen Swallow, the sole female student at MIT--will find themselves in the position of being the only people qualified to save the city and its inhabitants from what seems to be the work of a madman.

So those are my two picks for this week. What do you think?


Sep 27, 2011

ARC Review of Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Midnight Dragonfly #1
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly, #1)Shattered Dreams by Ellie James
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She is special. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.

Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen.

But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She is kind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.

Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.

Review:

I'm tired. So tired. I just want to go to bed, but I have to write this review before I forget all the reasons why this may be my most hated read of the year. I don't give one stars often, and I usually quit reading a book before it ever gets that bad. But this book was for review and I requested it, so I felt compelled to finish.

I hated Trinity. I thought she was an awful person for dating a guy whose girlfriend had just disappeared. What kind of person does that? Do you think you might be able to wait a bit? And the insta-love? Ick. And how many times can one person call another person baby before it gets smothering and annoying? As a couple they just disgusted me. It was not sexy. Not in the least.

Besides that, the characters were flat and completely unlikeable. The plot was stupid and completely irrational. Characters did things that were utterly stupid and I couldn't figure out for the life of me what was motivating them to behave in this way. Real people don't act this way. Not ever.

The prose was stilted, short, and confusing. It was impossible to tell where Trinity's real life ended and her visions began. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on or who was talking to who. I couldn't tell what was actually happening or what was part of a vision. It was ridiculous. I kept hoping it would get better and it never did. About two thirds of the way through I started to get really frustrated and just started scanning parts of the story. I just wanted it to be over.

This has to seriously be one of the stupidest books I have ever read and it made no sense and I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. Hence the one star rating. The only thing that was halfway decent were the descriptions of post-Katrina New Orleans. But honestly, if you want to read a good YA book that oozes New Orleans atmosphere, read Ruined by Paula Morris or Balefire by Cate Tiernan. I would pass on this completely. It was not good. And that is the understatement of the year. And yes. I'm mad. I hate wasting my time. It makes me so angry.

I will not be posting the link to pre-order this book. If you want to torture yourself, there is a web search called Google.


Sep 25, 2011

Book Review of Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 15th, 2011
Pages: 336
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
*I own a copy of this book for my Kindle

RivalRival by Sara Bennett Wealer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


Brooke

I don't like Kathryn Pease. I could pretend everything's fine between us. I could be nice to her face, then trash her behind her back. But I think it's better to be honest. I don't like Kathryn, and I'm not afraid to admit it.


Kathryn

I saw a commercial where singers used their voices to shatter glass, but the whole thing is pretty much a myth. The human voice isn't that strong.


Human hatred is. Anybody who doubts that should feel the hate waves coming off of Brooke Dempsey. But I don't shatter; I'm not made of glass. Anyway, the parts that break aren't on the outside.


Brooke and Kathryn used to be best friends . . . until the night when Brooke ruthlessly turned on Kathryn in front of everyone. Suddenly Kathryn was an outcast and Brooke was Queen B. Now, as they prepare to face off one last time, each girl must come to terms with the fact that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had.


Review:


It's been a few days since I finished Rival. Since then, I haven't really thought much about it. Or really come up with any topics that I wanted to touch upon in my review. That's not really a good thing. Usually ideas come to me, and they didn't. At all. So I'm now thinking, maybe this book wasn't as good as I thought it was at the time. I rated it 4 stars when I finished, probably mostly because it made me tear up and it was about music and singing. Which I appreciate as a former choir/band kid. Yeah, I did both. But looking at it objectively now, it wasn't all that special.


I didn't really like either Brooke or Kathryn. I think that was the point of the book, but I have a hard time getting into a book if I don't really care for the characters. Brooke was a snobby snob and Kathryn was a perfectionist who never knew how to have fun or enjoy life. Neither were my kind of people.


I did appreciate the message behind the book, but I don't generally read books for the message they provide. I read for fun and to lose myself in the story. Sometimes I don't really like it when I feel like the author is trying to teach me something. In this case, it was how cruel girls can be to each other for no reason at all. And it's true. We should probably listen better and stick by our friends and be loyal. Everyone makes mistakes and most girls are so unforgiving with each other. So I do think that there was a fantastic message behind this book, and one that all teen girls should become familiar with, but as an adult it just didn't really work for me. That's stuff I just don't care about anymore.


As for the story itself, it was good. I really liked it, but it wasn't very plot heavy. It was about two girls that used to be friends, that now hate each other. And they are practicing for this upcoming music festival that gives away a college scholarship. And they both need to win it for different reasons and will be competing against each other. And that's really it. Some stuff happens, you learn why they stopped being friends in the first place, and then it all comes together in the end. I'd say there was this fantastic twist or something fabulous happened if it actually did, but it didn't.


I appreciated that the topic was music and I think that this is a book that most choir/music lovers will enjoy. But it doesn't really have an original plot and it isn't particularly memorable. It is a sweet story. I enjoyed what I was reading while I was reading it, but now it's a few days later and I've forgotten most of the details. And that's that.

To purchase a copy of this book from Amazon.com, click here: Rival


In My Mailbox #10




So I promised I would do this every week now even if I only have one book to show you guys. I don't ever want to get behind like I did last week again. That, and I think it's really important to post about IMM because it helps readers to see what your tastes are, what books you will be reading, and maybe see books they might want to get. IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

For Review:

From HarperTeen: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
From Penguin: Crossed by Ally Condie
From Angela Carlie: Loramendi's Story
From Marsha Cornelius: H10N1
From Penguin (Viking): Drifting House by Krys Lee
From Penguin: The Glass Collector by Anna Perera

Dark EdenCrossedLoramendi's Story (A Lords of Shifters Novel)

The other three do not have pictures on Goodreads. I did not have any won books this week, so we will jump right to books I bought. Incidentally, because I got an exercise bike yesterday, I am now on a book buying ban until early December. That was my choice. I want to be thin again. :) These were books I purchased before the book buying ban.

Bought:

Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Dark Souls by Paula Morris
Circle Nine by Anne Heltzel
The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



Isle of NightThe Near WitchDark Souls

Circle NineThe Sandalwood Tree: A NovelThe Night Circus

That's it for IMM this week. What's in your mailbox??











Sep 23, 2011

Book Trailer Alert: Liesl & Po



I am so excited for this one you guys. And I will be reading it soon. I have an ARC. It sounds amazing and I hope I like it!

SYNOPSIS
Liesl’s cruel stepmother, Augusta, keeps her locked in her attic bedroom. Lonely and grieving for her recently deceased father, Liesl is surprised one evening by Po, a ghost who suddenly materializes in her room. The two become fast friends, and it is because of Po that Liesl is able to escape from her attic room and embark on a journey to bury her father’s ashes beside those of her mother. However, because of a mix-up at the undertaker’s, the box that Liesl carries does not contain her father’s ashes. Instead, it contains the most powerful magic in the world. And the alchemist who created that magic desperately wants it back. 

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Book Review of Patient Zero (Joe Ledger #1)

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 3rd, 2009
Pages: 421
Genre: Adult, Horror, TechnoThriller
Series: Joe Ledger #1
*I own a copy of this book.

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there's either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills... and there's nothing wrong with Joe Ledger's skills.  And that's both a good, and a bad thing.  It's good because he's a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can't handle. This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It's bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance....


Review:


What a wonderfully horrifying addition to zombie literature. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. It was gory, bloody, thrilling, and a whole lot of fun. It's totally not something I would have picked out to read on my own, but I'm certainly glad I won a copy. It really opened up a whole new realm of reading for me. I could not put it down.


Now you should know I had high as heck expectations going into this book because of all the fantabulous things I have heard about Mr. Maberry. And I am happy to say that I was just as impressed as everyone else. His skills are impeccable. There wasn't a darn thing about this book that I would have changed. It was really that good.


I want to talk about the imagery for a second, because that is what really worked for me. I can very clearly remember snapshots of scenes playing out in my head. Sort of like an action movie. But better, because the author helped me to be able to create it in my own mind. The chapters where the DMS invaded the warehouses and took down the terrorists and the zombies just blew me away. Seriously. It was sooo good you guys. And the thing was, the settings were not overly described at all. There was just enough there for you to make that picture yourself. And the pacing was so spot on. I can't even describe in words how good this was.


I have the next two books in the series sitting unread on my shelf. I can't wait to get to them and I wish I could just pick them up and read now, but I can't. I have to stick with my system. But guys, if you have not started this series yet, and you are looking for something thrilling, suspenseful, and you have a thing for zombies, look no further. This is it. There is no better. I promise.

To order a copy from Amazon.com, click here: Patient Zero.

Sep 22, 2011

ARC Review of Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 322
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Past Perfect Past Perfect by Leila Sales
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.


Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it…


Review:


First of all, Ezra? Really. Ezra? C'mon. Do you guys actually know anyone named Ezra? I sure don't. Second of all, what is up with that cover? It does not match the story at all. Don't get me wrong, it is a cute cover, for a different book. Moving on.


This book was a whole lot of fun. The setting was original and I loved it. A colonial reenactment village that was warring with a Civil War reenactment village? How fun is that? I'm in. It was set in Virginia, so I was thinking Williamsburg the whole time. I've never been there, but I have been to Greenfield Village in Michigan so I think I understood the setting perfectly. And I loved the fun History lessons that came with it.


It was a very cutesy and fun read. It was a young adult contemporary, and it wasn't one of those that came with a lesson to be learned. Not really. It was just a fun and fluffy read. It was exactly what I was looking for at exactly the right time. The setting will be particularly memorable, so will Chelsea's dad. He's a huge history buff and he was utterly dorky and not afraid to show it. I loved him.


Other than that, it was a pretty typical young adult read. That doesn't mean it wasn't good, because I enjoyed it very much. The plot was fun, the book was funny, and the romance was very cute. Some of the pranks were hilarious.


I really wish there were more young adult reads like this out there. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the paranormal and dystopian and other dark reads just as much as anyone, but sometimes it is refreshing to read books like this. Highly recommended for the fun factor alone. I just wanna give this book a huge hug for being awesome.

To pre-order Past Perfect from Amazon, click here: Order Past Perfect.


Exiled by M.R. Merrick Winners!!

Yay! It's time to announce the Exiled winners!

The paperback winner is @sswansonfl!
You didn't leave me your email address, so I twittered you. If I don't hear back after 72 hours, I'm going to have to choose someone else.

The E-book winners are thoughtcrimes and roro. I have emailed both of you and you also have 72 hours to get back with me with the type of file you need. 

Congratulations everyone! If I need to update winners or anything, it will happen on this post. If you didn't win this time, I have some huge giveaways coming up in October. Stay tuned!

Sep 21, 2011

On My Reading List #2

I've added more books to my reading list on Goodreads. Surprised? You shouldn't be. I'm obsessed. I'm also half-asleep. So any grammatical errors or stupid things I may say cannot be held against me.

 I've decided to sort of turn this feature into showcasing lesser-known books I have added or books that haven't gotten a lot of publicity yet. I get sick of seeing the same books on everyone's blog on the same day. It sucks.


First up is Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1). This one was published in 2009 and it has been out for awhile. It's definitely a book I never would have been interested in before I became a book blogger. But I am always trying to unearth new interests when it comes to books, and this one sounds very different and very interesting. The cover is gorgeous and it's steampunk and I am really starting to enjoy steampunk. So there you have it. Here is the cover and summary:

Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
Summary: Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womanizer and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes. Suddenly Frey isn't just a nuisance anymore - he's public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down. But Frey knows something they don't. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he's going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It's going to take all his criminal talents to prove he's not the criminal they think he is ...

Then there is The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish. I was immediately drawn in by the spooky cover and then I found out it was a ghost story. And middle-grade. What? I'm in. I'm always trying to find more middle-grade that I enjoy. I saw it on Michelle Harrison's page I think. And then I added it. And based on the reviews it seems like it might actually be scary, too! The sooner I can get a hold of this one, the better. Here is the cover and summary:

The Hunting Ground
Summary: When Elliott and his brother move into the old and crumbling Glebe House they don't expect to find themselves sharing it with ghosts. But soon sinister events are unfolding. An old diary reveals glimpses of the mansion's past - and of a terrible tragedy. An old woman talks to ghosts - but is she in fact being controlled by them? And what of the sinister East Wing - a hideous labyrinth devised by a truly twisted mind? Can Elliott and his family escape the clutches of Glebe House? Or will they end up trapped in the endless maze of corridors, forever hunted by the dead?

Finally, there is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. This book kind of has a story with me. I know it's long and other bloggers who have read it have loved it, but realize it is really a time investment. It's 944 pages. Here's the thing though. I literally see this book everywhere I go. On other blogs, out in stores, it randomly pops up on Goodreads, etc. So I think it is calling me. I didn't want to read it, but then I told myself, "If I see this book anywhere else today I am adding it to my list." And guess what? Yup, it popped up again, so I had to. If you have read it, I would be very interested to hear what you thought about it. Here is the cover and summary: 

Shantaram
Summary: "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. 

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. 

The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

And that is it for this edition of On My Reading List. Feel free to comment or discuss down below.


Sep 20, 2011

Book Review of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor
Release Date: December 26th, 2006
Pages: 400
Genre: Non-Fiction, Travel

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian TrailA Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


Bill Bryson, whose previous travelogues 'The Lost Continent', 'Neither Here Nor There', and 'Notes from a Small Island' have garnered the author quite a following, now returns to his native United States after more than two decades of living abroad.


In order to rediscover America by, as he puts it, "going out into an America that most people scarcely know is there," he set out to walk, in the company of Stephen Katz, his college roommate and sometime nemesis, the length of the Appalachian Trail. His account of that adventure is at once hilarious, inspiring, and even educational.


Review:


I can't get this book out of my head. I keep thinking about it, and every time I do, it puts a smile on my face. It really was that memorable and that fun. There was never a dull moment. And this is non-fiction. Obviously I don't read a lot of non-fiction. Just a smattering here and there. But I can never turn down a Bill Bryson book. I just love his sense of humor. I fell in love reading In a Sunburned Country and I loved this book just a tad more. Why, you ask? Well, it's set in the United States. On the Appalachian Trail. Something I've wanted to do for awhile was hike the Appalachian Trail. Now. I'm no nutty thru-hiker. Sorry guys. :( But I wouldn't mind doing it in sections. Let me rephrase that. They aren't nutty. Just really dedicated. And I am not that dedicated to hiking. But I do LIKE hiking.


Back to the book. So, I've always been interested in the Appalachian Trail. And I really enjoyed reading about it. Bill Bryson is so funny. And his encounters with other hikers on the trail had me giggling. And then, when he thought he saw a bear, that whole scene had me laughing out loud. And you know what else? I learned a whole darn lot too! Who doesn't like to pick up knowledge while reading a fun book? If you say "Not me," you are a dirty liar.


Why is there a Grizzly Bear on the cover? There are no grizzlies on the Appalachian Trail. But there are mooses (moose, meeces?), snakes, black flies, deer, rats, snakes, bobcats, and all sorts of birds. Some of which Bryson encounters. Hillbillies too. Not as bad as the ones in Deliverance, but still. And yes, the subtle nuances of that movie are discussed in the book. Fun times.


His hiking partner-in-crime was hilarious. Every time he got frustrated he would throw supplies down the mountain. Not smart, but very,very funny. I'm glad they both lost weight and had a blast while doing it. Well, maybe not a blast. But it was a learning experience. And something very difficult and very rewarding. I'm sorry they didn't finish the whole thing, but over 800 miles of hiking is definitely nothing to sneeze at. They should both be very proud. And I so enjoyed going along for the ride with them. It was a pleasure. This book should be read by everyone.

To order a copy of A Walk in the Woods from Amazon.com, click here: A Walk in the Woods

Sep 19, 2011

Quickie Review of Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Puffin
Release Date: May 11th, 2004
Pages: 228
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
*I own a physical copy of this book.
Keeping the MoonKeeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.


Review:


Keeping the Moon was a short and enjoyable read. It was very easy to finish in a few hours if you are a somewhat fast reader. Characterizations were really, really good. They were quirky, fun, and interesting. I absolutely adored Mira and her individuality. Colie was a bit on the annoying side, but she came into her own at the end like all Sarah Dessen characters do.


Her books follow a set formula, and rarely, if ever, deviate from that. Normally this would be a bad thing, but to me it's really not. You can always expect consistency and a fun read from Sarah Dessen. It is easy to see why she has so many fans. Her books touch on very important topics to teens. I see her as almost the young adult version of Jodi Picoult. I grew tired of Jodi's books after being a huge fan for many years. That has yet to happen with Sarah Dessen though.


Some of her books are better than others. I thought Keeping the Moon was one of the better ones, although it really didn't go as deep as her other books do. It wasn't as detailed and this was due to it being shorter in length. It touched on topics of body image, self-esteem, and individuality, which I think are extremely important topics for teens. I'm not a teen anymore, but it's still an important topic for me, too. What else is there to say? I enjoyed it.

To order a copy of Keeping the Moon from Amazon, click here: Keeping the Moon



Sep 18, 2011

In My Mailbox #9

Welcome to the 9th edition of What great crap did I get in my mailbox this week? In My Mailbox is hosted by the lovely Kristi, better known as The Story Siren.

You should know that I haven't done an IMM in a few weeks. The first week was because I didn't have much to talk about. And I believe that was the same thing that happened the following week. Then, all of a sudden I got lambasted with books, books, and more books. And now I have a huge post to do, and to be honest, getting this all together has been one big huge clusterf*ck. Because of that, I am going to try to do IMM's every week to save myself from work. Here's a picture of the physical books I've got, plus my new Kindle. I got that this week also. 


It's my second Kindle. I had a small accident with the first one, and thankfully Amazon came to my rescue. I appreciate that so much. Amazon, you have great customer service. Now if you just get your Amazon Associate links fixed I will love you forever. And yes, that is my fat dog in the background. 

For Review:

From HarperTeen: Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Thanks HarperTeen)
From Blake Northcott: Vs. Reality
From Brooke Moss: The "What If" Guy
From Amy Ackley: Sign Language
From Gryff Publishing: The Search for Artemis by P.D. Griffith
From P.T. Michelle: Brightest Kind of Darkness
From Margaret K. McElderry: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
From Harlequin Teen: Crave by Melissa Darnell
From Harlequin: dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman
From Harlequin Teen: Saving June by Hannah Harrington
From Disney Hyperion: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
From HarperCollins: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
From Little, Brown and Company: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Everneath (Everneath, #1)Vs. Reality (The Vs. Reality Series)The "What if" Guy

Sign LanguageThe Search for Artemis (The Chronicles of Landon Wicker, Book 1)Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness series book 1)

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)Cravedancergirl

Saving JuneThe Way We FallLiesl & PoHow to Save a Life



I told you. Those are all for review. Plus I have two more that I haven't even downloaded yet. I'll just save those for next week. The only one I have a physical copy of is Everneath. The rest are all e-books.

Won:

From Mary at BookHounds: The Astral by Kate Christensen
From Amanda at Stuck in YA BooksSupernaturally by Kiersten White
From Tiffany at For Those About to Read: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
From Rachel at FiktshunWitch Eyes by Scott Tracey (not pictured)

The Astral: A NovelSupernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Witch Eyes

Not too bad on the books won, because I haven't won a thing lately. My good luck went out the window! I actually don't mind, because as you can see, I will be extremely busy and may go blind before I finish what I have.

Bought:

I bought the rest of the Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher. I read Book One and loved it, so I bought the next three books in the series and now I own the whole thing. Those are in the picture I took.

For My Kindle:

After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Frost by Marianna Baer
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Paradise by Jill S. Alexander
PineLight by Jillian Peery
The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
The Taker by Alma Katsu

After ObsessionAnna Dressed in BloodGlow (Sky Chasers, #1)Paradise

PineLightThe PredictedsRival

Some of those don't have pictures through Goodreads available. So I did the ones I could. But the links are there. Obviously, based on bought books this week, you can tell I bring a lot of it on myself. Truthfully, I wouldn't have it any other way. That being said, I am on a book buying ban for at least a month. I have one more shipment already on its way here and after that I am done for awhile. I really need to get caught up on my own shelves and all the books I have for review. 

So, what's in your mailbox this week?


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