Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dystopian Giveaway Hop: Win Rebel Heart by Moira Young

I'm so excited to be a part of the Dystopian Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and My Shelf Confessions! So, being a dystopian giveaway hop I'm giving away a finished copy of Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young from The Book Depository. Blood Red Road is one of my favorite dystopians of all time, and Rebel Heart was just released this past week! I'm so excited to be reading it. FINALLY! And I thought it would be fun to share the love!

On to the giveaway!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

Today I am so excited to share a guest post from Laura Ellen as part of the Blind Spot Blog Tour! I LOVED this book, in case you didn't know already. You can check out my review HERE! Make sure you enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to WIN a bag of Blind Spot swag and a $15 iTunes Gift Card from Laura because she's awesome like that :) (Open in the US Only. Sorry INT followers.)

Here's a synopsis in case you don't already know what Blind Spot is about:

There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer.

This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else.

Guest Post by Laura Ellen:

Thanks for hosting the fifth stop on the Blind Spot Blog Tour. Blind Spot has been out now one whole week.

I’m doing something a little different today. At each of my other tour stops I left a bag of Blind Spot swag for my blog host to giveaway. I’m still doing that, but today the swag bag will include a $15 iTunes gift card in honor of my topic -- music!

Music played a big part both in the writing and in the plot of Blind Spot. As far as writing goes, I always have a playlist that helps me with whatever I am working on – not only does music inspire me, but by making playlists specific to my work-in-progress, I can play it and get back into the story after leaving it for a little while. It also helps set the mood for whatever emotion or tone or scene I am writing.

In the actual plot of Blind Spot, music is a lifeline for my main character, Roz. Escaping into music is how she copes with her life – and is how she first connects with Greg Martin. Before I sold Blind Spot to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, when it was a manuscript I was polishing up for my agent to submit, the chapters were actually split up into playlists and each chapter was a titled after music from that playlist. My agent later decided making the chapters a countdown worked better than the playlist idea. She was right, of course, but I did love my song chapter titles

Here are a few of those original chapter titles:

Dead Memories
     - Slipknot

     - Puddle of Mudd

This is Hell
     - Elvis Costello

Strange Brew
     - Cream

Psycho in Copacabana
     - Puddle of Mudd; Barry Manilow

     - Trapt

     - 30 Seconds to Mars

Scars in the Making
     - Fuel

Coming Undone
     - Korn

What Lies Beneath
     - Breaking Benjamin

Emergency Exit
     - Beck

Another Version of the Truth
     - Nine Inch Nails

Living Dead Girl
     - Rob Zombie

That’s just a sampling of the chapters, but here’s the entire Blind Spot playlist if you want to see it. And speaking of music. . . did you get a chance to see the Blind Spot book trailer yet? My 14-year-old son James wrote and performed the music for it – I love it because he’s my son, but also because I think it is a great tune. See what you think:

Thanks for letting me hang here today! Before I go, let’s announce the fifth winner in my ‘Blogger Love ‘Giveaway!

Congratulations Beth Shaum at Foodie Bibliophile, you’ve won a bag full of swag from a ton of debut authors and your choice of either a blog button/badge exclusively designed for you by Giselle at Xpresso Design, or any book you choose ($15 value)! Enjoy!

Want to win that bag of swag and iTunes card I mentioned earlier? Just enter below – I am also giving away two signed hardcovers of Blind Spot on my website. Tomorrow is Halloween, and I’ll be speaking of spooky stuff with Shari on My Neurotic Book Affair. Come join us!

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For more about Blind Spot check out these sites!

Teaser Tuesday (29): The Girl in the Wall

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab. Taylor is reading this book and loving it. She's been telling me all about it and I can't wait to read it myself! Plus it's got such a pretty cover ;)

Agent Smith waits until everyone is sitting, then he points the gun straight at us. 'You've kept a secret from me,' he says. 'And I really do not like secrets. 
{The Girl in the Wall, page 28}

Goodreads Synopsis of The Girl in the Wall:

Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

For more about The Girl in the Wall check out these sites!

*All quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC. Quotes may not match the finished copy.*

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: August 28, 2012

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret.

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads 

Sort of a mix between Some Girls Are and Mean Girls, Speechless by Hannah Harrington tells a story of hate, bullying, prejudice, love and forgiveness. It shows what it means to forgive and be forgiven. And what it takes to learn to forgive yourself.

Speechless is a story every teenage girl should read, because I think many teenagers, but especially girls, have a severe issue with their self worth as a person. They see other girls around them and in magazines and say I'm not as pretty. They fail a test or don't understand an assignment and say I'm not smart. I'm not funny, I'm not special, I'm not perfect. But no one ever is and Speechless shows one girl's journey to discover her place in the world and discover that she, and everyone else, has something to offer, regardless of what other people might believe. Within the first twenty pages I had already decided I needed to buy this book as a gift for someone. It was just so good I needed to share it.

Chelsea is one of those rare characters that could do just about anything and I still don't think I could dislike her. She makes mistakes and is mean to others, but in the same way everyone in the world is mean to each other. She is smart and strong and confident, all while being insecure and unsure of her self and sucking at math. She's real in the way everyone is real in high school and that is a huge part of why Speechless succeeds in it's goal. Harrington manages to create a likable but flawed character that makes reading Speechless feel like looking into a mirror.

Chelsea's dedication to her vow of silence is possibly the strongest thing about her. I wouldn't be able to do it. I talk too much. I talk so much, I'll talk out loud even when no one is in a room with me. I just talk out loud to the universe. And I could never not sing along to music. That's, like, impossible. But somehow Chelsea does it, because she's got a point to make, even if it's just to herself.

There is such an issue with bullying in school and on the Internet today, but most people don't even realize they're doing it. Gossiping and telling secrets, talking about people behind their back or anonymously (without @ mentioning them on Twitter), that's bullying. And, unfortunately, everyone does it at some point or another. Speechless gives the reader a look inside the world of a girl who was just doing what everyone else was doing, and accidentally set into motion a series of events that would change her life, and the lives of those around her, forever.

It's crazy to me how easy it can be to gossip, spread rumors, talk badly about people. Like Noah, a character who plays an integral role in Speechless, says,

Hate is easy, but love takes courage. {Speechless, page 267}

It's easier to say something mean than it is to say something nice. We've all heard that saying as children, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," but very few of us actually live that way. Imagine how much better the world would be—no! Forget that. Just imagine how much better a single day would be if people thought about what they were saying before they blurted a nasty comment.

But harder than just being nice is standing up for what's right. When someone is being bullied or harassed, how many people will stand up and say, "That's enough"? Because I know there are times, just like for Chelsea in Speechless, when it's easier to keep your mouth shut and avert your gaze. Just pretend it isn't happening. But, you know what? It's not easier on the person being victimized. It's not easier on their family and friends. But like Noah said, it takes courage to love. It takes strength to show someone kindness and understanding and forgiveness. And Speechless gives you, as a reader, a look at what can happen when you show courage and stand up for what's right instead of giving into hate.

Speechless causes you to think about your life and your world and your workplace or school in a whole new way, because the events and actions of the characters are so familiar to us all. We've all known a Kristen or a Warren or a Lowell or even a Chelsea. Maybe we've even been them at some point. It shows you how something as simple as speaking can effect your life in ways you've never imagined because words have power, even if we abuse or disregard that power on a daily basis. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I recommend this book to any and all teenagers and adults willing to read it. Speechless is an enjoyable contemporary with a powerful lesson to teach us all.

For more about Speechless check out these sites!

*All quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC. Quotes may not match the finished copy.*

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Last Day to Enter Our Halloween Giveaway!

Make sure to ENTER TO WIN in our Halloween Reads Giveaway! Guess the covers of our Top 5 Scary Reads and you could win  a Kindle eBook of Possess by Gretchen McNeil! Here's a synopsis of Possess:

Rule #1: Do not show fear.
Rule #2: Do not show pity.
Rule #3: Do not engage.
Rule #4: Do not let your guard down.
Rule #5: They lie.

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Guess the Titles of These Covers to Enter the Giveaway!

Unscramble the Hints for the Title of the Books!

Book 1 Hint:   tNis hs stT a ioeT           (cheat)
Book 2 Hint:   lne elTdOhws aHoe        (cheat)
Book 3 Hint:   ueo mTaertlm hRlsI         (cheat)
Book 4 Hint:   TtH uhen                        (cheat)
Book 5 Hint:   dolA ersannD sd ieoBn    (cheat)

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Shuffle Saturday (8): Electric Daisy Violin

Every Saturday I'll be posting a random song off of my iPod. This week's song is:

Electric Daisy Violin by Lindsey Stirling

I LOVE violin music. So much. I found Lindsey Stirling on Pandora one day and downloaded all of her music immediately! I could totally watch her videos all day long because she's just so awesome and entertaining!

What are you listening to?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: Embers in a Dark Frost by Kelly Keaton

Today I'm excited to share the cover of Embers in a Dark Frost by Kelly Keaton with you! It's a New Adult Fantasy, so it's not for the younger ones, and it releases November 15th, 2012. Here's a synopsis:

The Fire Breathers have come. The Underworld calls. A choice must be made…

With her feared half blood and flame-colored hair, DEIRA D'ANU is a constant reminder of human betrayal and the war that claimed the light from Innis Fail. Now, darkness and frost creep across the land, strengthening the Lord of the Underworld. War is imminent—an allegiance with the Fire Breathers is vital. When their champion, Balen, sees Deira, he believes she is the key to finding the light and stopping the dark frost.

But the Underworld calls to Deira, tempting her to turn her back on a world that never cared and betray the champion willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe and save his world from darkness.

How beautiful is this cover? It's so gorgeous I want a copy just so I can hold it in my hands and stare! Her dress is amazing and the background! I just love the whole thing!

What do you think of the cover? 

For more about Embers in a Dark Frost and Kelly Keaton check out these sites!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Spotlight: We Are Savages by Jessie Atkin

Today we're spotlighting We Are Savages by Jessie Atkin! Check out the synopsis below:

We Are Savages is the story of 12 year old Tris and what she finds when she runs from the responsibility of her household and descends through a rain grate into the child run world of Nowhere. "You go to bed angry or sad enough you can wake up just about anywhere," the Savages tell her. Nowhere is a brick utopia hidden in the sewers; made up of sweets, sports, hammocks, and fireflies. But even this haven, free of parents and protocol, is not everything it seems. Haunted by dark specters known only as Phocydes, feared for their reputation of consuming children whole, Tris works both to hunt and to hide from these hooded shadows. But something about them is familiar; something about them fires her curiosity more than her fear. And Tris slowly begins to realize that, no matter where you go, fear and responsibility are not things you can escape. The only thing to do is face them.

Excerpt from We Are Savages:

Tiptoeing, as only children seem capable of doing, Tris placed the collection of dolls, accessories, and magazines at the threshold of her parents’ room at the other end of the hall. She couldn’t face them, but she would leave her mark. To further emphasize the statement she intended the pile to make, Tris pulled off her name bracelet, a gift from her mother a long time before Tris would have any memory of being given it, and placed it atop the pile. Perhaps if her mother returned it to whatever store she’d bought it from, she could then use that money to pay for the light in the hallway she so desperately wanted repaired. 
Mars neither barked nor begged as the pair made their well-practiced way down the stairs. The hallway was once again empty and free of glass. Nighttime excursions were no novelty where Tris and Mars were concerned. Spies work better in the dark, and, if you set the volume right, you can watch whatever you like on TV. It was the front door that the pair had never needed to work with before, and Tris struggled to find the right key on her father’s ring. But Mr. Simon only had so many keys, and eventually the door had to click. 
Tris let Mars out first and followed without so much as a second glance at the hallway behind her. The door snapped shut. It didn’t sound loud or disturbing, but resolute and final. The air outside was still as death, and silent as it too. The rain hovered above, unable at this late hour to free itself once more. There was not a star in sight. The ground remained slick underfoot as Tris and Mars headed together toward the end of the driveway, Mars stopping every few paces to make sure Tris was still behind him. 
The neighborhood was dark, as any obedient suburban street should be at such an hour. There wasn’t a lighted window or car in sight. It was only by the streetlight that Tris could be sure to step on every crack in the sidewalk as she went along. Every good memory Tris possessed seemed to have taken place within five miles of her home address. Her first day of school, bike riding, learning to swim, birthday parties, finding Mars—everything existed in the bubble that was five miles around. Outside of that bubble lurked Mr. Simon’s bank, Mrs. Simon’s lunches, the doctor’s office, and the department store. Tris could tell the bubble was slowly beginning to burst, and she was prepared to move both herself and Mars out of its path. 
Tris turned onto the main road leading toward her school, continuing to stretch for each sidewalk break. Mars seemed to be stretching for every puddle. Tris could feel the tops of her socks slowly soaking through to her skin. The splash of the puddles and the click of Tris’s sneakers created a comforting rhythm among the dead night air, so it was a few moments before Tris heard the trickling of water clearly. 
Spotlighted in the streetlight ahead was a large drainage grate that sparkled and gurgled through its round, covered mouth. Mars trotted ahead to take a sniff. His fur seemed to glow in the spotlight and the watery mist that hung in the air. Tris stood mesmerized by the great breaks in the lid, opening purposefully into the gutter below. She began to skip toward her target. 
“Don’t step on a crack or you’ll break your mother’s—” 
Tris pounced for ultimate effect and felt the ground disappear. There was nothing but air around her feet, no solid substance of any kind. The grate had given way beneath her, seeming to swallow the street and the lamppost with it ...

About the Author:

Jessie Atkin lives in Upstate, NY, and attended Washington University in St. Louis. She received a B.A. in English Literature. Besides reading, she was also involved in theater during college, working as an assistant stage manager and even trying her hand at acting in a single show.

Jessie learned to read later than most, but her sudden ability coincided with the release of the first Harry Potter book in 1998, and an obsession was born. Aside from Harry Potter, she also learned to love comic books, with a particular affinity for superheroes. Aside from young adult fiction, Jessie also writes plays in her free time. We Are Savages is her debut novel.

For more about We Are Savages check these sites!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mega Promo Blitz: Dead Heat by Lisa Nowak

Today we have an excerpt from Lisa Nowak's paranormal novel Dead Heat!

Alex is a machine whisperer. He can tell what’s wrong with a broken-down car with a touch. But his gift can’t save him from the brutality of his meth-addict father. For two years, Alex experienced kindness through Cole, his mentor. Now Cole’s dead, and the violence in Alex’s life is escalating.

When Cole reappears as a ghost, Alex clings to the tenuous link. Then he learns Cole might’ve sacrificed his chance to cross over. Jade, the first girl to look beyond Alex’s past, assures him Cole can reach the Other Side—if Alex escapes from his dad. But a previous terrifying attempt has convinced Alex it’s impossible. Unless he can find the courage to try, his friend may be earthbound forever.

Excerpt from Dead Heat:

After Alex’s mentor Cole dies in a wreck at the speedway, Alex takes his truck and trailer to his wife, then goes back to the track, where his grief overcomes him and he collapses.
Chapter 2 
For a long time, I lay on that wet asphalt, wishing I was dead. It’s like I’m not even here, like the hurt’s so big I disappear in it. Something soft brushes my shoulder, near the base of my neck. Pain knifes through me, and I choke on a sob. Then I feel that touch again. I lurch up off the track to look around. Nothing.
I’m soaked, numb clear through, but the chill don’t do a thing to dull the fire of losing Cole. That wells up so big and powerful, I can’t hold it back. I scream as loud as I can, till I’m still yelling, but no sound comes out. 
I can’t do this. No way can I go back to how things were. Didn’t I do all I could to make sure nothing like this would happen? All them lies I told, why couldn’t they keep him safe? 
I shove the wet hair from my eyes and go get my bike. I rip out of the parking lot hard and fast, daring the cops to come after me, hoping I skid under the wheels of some car. 
I got no idea where I’m going, but I wind up at Ivan’s Automotive, the shop where I work. Soon as I pull into the lot, the answer comes. My bike might not’ve done me in, but I know something that will. 
I find a piston in the scrap bin outside and use it to bust the glass in the back door. When I get in, I turn on the office light, but leave the rest of the place dark. Don’t want nobody calling the cops before I finish this. 
I pick the ’89 Taurus ’cause emission standards aren’t so strict for a car that old. Once I got the keys, I grab one of the hoses we use to vent exhaust from the shop. I stick one end on the tail pipe and put the key in the ignition so I can roll the window down a little. I snake the other end through till it’s resting on the passenger side floorboards. There’s a big gap, so I find some towels and cram ’em in to stop it up. 
When I crank the engine, I have one thought of Momma, but the pain’s so big and deep it chases even that away. I close my eyes. For a second, I wonder if I’ll see Cole, or if it’ll just be over, but either way it don’t matter. 
There’s this whir, and all four windows start going down. What the hell? I jab the master control to raise ’em. The second I take my finger off, they head south again. Are you kidding me? Real quick, I roll ’em up, kill the engine, and get out of the car to pull the fuse. Whatever’s going on, them windows can’t work if they don’t have no juice.
I get back in and crank the starter. The engine revs for just a second before it dies. I try again. The car sputters and stalls. One more shot, and this time it won’t run for nothing. Pissed, I twist the key and don’t let go until the starter sucks every bit of life out of the battery. 
“Son of a bitch!” I slam my fist against the wheel, beating it again and again. Finally, I got nothing left. A sob grabs my throat and I slump forward, pain crashing down in waves that want to drown me. 
Then something touches my shoulder. I jump and swing around. This time I see him, right beside me. 
Cole. Only not Cole—he’s sorta sunk down into the seat a little, and the fabric shows right through him. 
The shock stops my breath. I stare at him and he stares back, sadder than I ever seen him. That look is so damn Cole it rips a hole in me. I got no doubt that if he could, he’d take every bit of my pain and carry it himself. 
When he puts his hand out, I feel that feather touch again. 
“I’m sorry, Ace,” he says, “but I can’t let you do this.”

About the Author:

In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.

Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

For more about Dead Heat check out these sites!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: October 23, 2012

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa is the first book in the new Iron Fey series, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten. It's about Ethan Chase, Meghan's younger brother from the original series. From the very first page I liked Ethan as a main character way more than I liked Meghan. Well, that's not entirely true. I really liked Meghan, but I loved the way Ethan came across in The Lost Prince.

Ethan is a huge jerk for the first part of the book. And I loved that about him. He has his reasons, of course. If you've read the Iron Fey series you know how miserable faeries can make your life if they think you can see them. If not, well, you will find out. So Ethan pushes people away so they won't get hurt. It's interesting to see into the mind of a bad boy. To see why he acts the way he does. I really enjoyed reading about Ethan and watching him grow and change throughout the book.

Kenzie, Ethan's love interest, is such a strong female character. Especially in a book narrated by a male protagonist. Usually, I find, that leading male characters don't always go right for the strong independent girls, but like to focus on the whiny, needy ones instead. But not Ethan. He goes right for Kenzie. Though, I'll admit, that's got a lot to do with Kenzie being so persistent and in-your-face about getting what she wants. I really do love her. She's funny, and always has something snarky to say no matter what kind of horrifying things she sees while hanging around Ethan.

The cast of characters in The Lost Prince were amazing. I fell hard for everyone single of them. Especially Keirran and Razor. Keirran, oh, Keirran. I can't wait to see more of you in the sequel, The Traitor Son. And oh boy! The cameos. Yes. There are cameos made by original Iron Fey characters. And I squealed every time Ash or Puck or Meghan or Grimalkin stepped onto the page. And it was very interesting seeing how Ethan viewed all of these characters. He had very strong feelings about them. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but his hatred for a certain silver eyed faery made me giggle.

If you noticed that this was more of a squealy rant than a review, that's because I loved this book so much I've lost the ability to form sentences. But, here, I'll try. The Lost Prince is a fantastic start to a new series in an already beloved world and lovers of the Iron Fey series and new readers alike will be swept away into the Nevernever alongside Ethan. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one!

For more about The Lost Prince check out these sites!

Teaser Tuesday (28): Easy

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from Easy by Tammara Webber. I was so excited when the UPS guy dropped this off yesterday that I had to start paging through. And whew! Did I find a hot quote!
When he drew the hoodie over his head, his white T-shirt pulled up a bit with it, and I got my answer on how far the tattoos extended. Four lines of script, too small to read, snaked around his left side. Some sort of Celtic-looking design balanced it on the right. Bonus: I now knew what Erin meant by lickable abs. 
{Easy, page 88} 

Goodreads Synopsis of Easy:

A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

For more about Easy check out these sites!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mega Promo Blitz: Emily's Trial by Natalie Wright

We're so excited to be a part of the Mega Promo Blitz for Emily's Trial by Natalie Wright today! Check out the synopsis and excerpt below!

Two years ago, Emily's journey began. She learned the ancient magic of her Celtic ancestors, and became a modern Celtic Priestess. The golden torc, forged by faerie hands, is still wound around her arm, fused to her soul. She was entrusted with powerful magic - secret knowledge.

But even a Priestess can feel desire - temptation - and the quest for love. Will passion entice Emily to use her sacred magic in a forbidden way? Can new love take root in a world of nightmares? And will her friendships survive Emily's Trial? The Journey Continues . . .

Excerpt from Emily's Trial:

The Apocalypse didn't start with four horsemen, harbingers of the horror to come. It didn't start with a plague, or pestilence, or even zombies rising from the dead. 
It came slowly, and without warning. It crept up on people in the shadows, no more than a vague darkness that spread like an unseen cancer. 
And it wasn't set into action by a divine hand. A teenage girl was the catalyst for the End Times. 
I should know. I'm the one that started it. 
I didn't plan to. I didn't want to start the End Times, and I'm not evil. 
Madame Wong taught me to tell the truth, and so here it is. I'm the one responsible for the Apocalypse. And this is the story of how I unwittingly unlocked the door to the darkness; of how a Priestess of the Order of Brighid, entrusted with powerful magic that was supposed to be used for the benefit of all humankind, unleashed a force that would destroy it instead. 
And it all began with desire.

About the Author:

Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. When not writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, feeds her dog too many treats, and can’t resist watching Ancient Aliens, no matter how absurd the show becomes.

Natalie enjoys travel, good wine, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, now lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a high rise in a big city.

“Books are my friends, ideas my passion.”

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

Title: Blind Spot
Author: Laura Ellen
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Publish Date: Oct 23, 2012

There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer.

This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen managed to captivate me from the very first page. It pulled me in with its fascinating main character. Roz is a straight-A student who just so happens to have a genetic eye disease known as macular degeneration. It causes her center field of vision to to be impaired. Roz has to puzzle the pieces of her vision together with things from her memory to be able to get the whole picture at times. I've never read about anything like that before and found Roz to be, not only interesting, but also extremely inspirational.

Roz not only has to deal with her eye problems, but she also has to deal with ignorant people, maddening teachers, her absentee mother, and her own stubbornness. They all present problems throughout the novel. Mostly Mr. Dellian, Roz's Life Skills teacher who makes her life miserable even though he's supposed to be the one teaching her how to cope with her disability. His actions made me so angry I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall.

Most of the characters in Blind Spot were severely flawed, even to the point of being unlikable, I'd say. But at the same time, I felt for them, even the ones I wanted to punch in the face most of the time. But I don't think it was Ellen's goal to make her characters likable. She wrote them to be flawed and pigheaded jerks. Take the main character, for instance. Roz is dealing with a lot and you feel bad for her. People treat her badly and you want to stick up for her. But she makes some very stupid decisions throughout the novel. Mistakes that are so stupid you almost want to say, "Well, you deserve it!"

Usually I hate that in books, when characters bring their problems on themselves, but I didn't hate it in Blind Spot. Because, for every stupid mistake Roz makes there's a repercussion. That's something I've noticed in most YA novels. No repercussions for being stupid. But when Roz does something dumb the love interest doesn't say, "Well, you're just so beautiful, I forgive you." Her friends don't tell her how pretty and smart she is when she screws up and almost gets them all killed. They get mad, as they should, and she has to feel the pain of the mistake she made. She has to live with her screw up. It made the book feel so much more realistic.

I loved that I never had any idea what was going to happen during the course of Blind Spot. I had theories and guesses—the suspect pool is sort of limited, so you're list of suspects is never very long—but somehow I still didn't see the end coming. I only wished that I had gotten to see more of certain characters, namely Rona and Ethan. At first they seem like throw away characters, but the further into the story you get, the bigger their parts become. Only you never really see Rona, and Ethan doesn't show up until the very end, even though their characters are mentioned on almost every page. I wish they had been flushed out as well as the rest of the secondary characters were, but it's a small complaint. It didn't keep me from enjoying the book.

Blind Spot is a murder mystery at heart, but it's so much more than that. It's a story about growing up, about learning who you are, who you want to be and about discovering the truth, no matter what the risks. The ending was... well, you'll see. But I really enjoyed Blind Spot, and it's ending. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary novels or thrillers.

For more about Blind Spot check out these sites!

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Also be sure to check back next week (10/30/12) to WIN an awesome Swag Pack and a $15 iTunes Gift Card from Laura Ellen on the Blind Spot Blog Tour!

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