Monday, August 29, 2011

UPDATES: September Group Reads Poll #2 & Irene

First things first.

Yesterday, we posted an announcement that we were expecting to be hit by Hurricane Irene. Well she came, we saw, and have all lived to tell the tale. Honestly, neither of our parties really had much damage to speak of, just a few twiggy tree limbs and leaves here or there in our yards.

Another of our cousins, Michelle, from, who lives closer to Jesse and Taylor than I, though still not far, did lose power and, I believe, may still may be without power, but that, thankfully, is the worst any of our family experienced with this storm.

Next order of business.
Read with PiF

A Little over a week ago, we posted a Goodreads poll to determine what two books you pretty readers would like to read with us this upcoming September. Your votes were cast and tallied, but there was only one clear winner:

Bloodlines, by Richelle Mead

Of course, Bloodlines is only one book, and that means you guys need to help us choose another:

In order to break a tie, we need to do a second poll to determine which book will be our second September read.

This poll is limited to the four books that were voted for and tied, but didn't win.

This poll will only run through the 31st, only 3 days, so be sure to cast your votes!

Your choices are:
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) *Description* When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end

The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) *Description* I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) *Description* St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Divergent (Divergent, #1) *Description* Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.


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