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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Business Card Giveaway

I'm giving away a chance for 1 lucky winner to get free 500 business cards! This awesome prize pack will include:

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Night Huntress Series

Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost


Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Books in the series:
Review: I’m fairly new to review paranormal romance/adult novels, but I’m not new to the series. I won the first book to this series a while back, as in about 2 years, but did not read it. My friend had really enjoyed the 2nd book in the series (just don’t ask me why she read the 2nd one first) and I brought up that I had the 1st one—I gave it to her. Fast forward until January and I’m tired of reading teen novels, contemporary novels, school literature so I asked for the book back. I did not regret it in the least. The Night Huntress series is one of the better PRN books.

Jeaniene Frost, thank goodness, knew what she was doing, sometimes. She had a p-l-o-t throughout the series. So often I get sick of series because the author does not know where he/she is taking the characters. Instead they fill the pages without sex scenes. Copious amounts of sex scenes. If I wanted to read that I would’ve picked up an erotica novel or something! By the end of the novel/series all I have to ask is: what the hell did I just read and was there a point to the book besides wasting my time? I’m all in favor for adding some spice to the books, but just tone it down. I found Frost’s execution much classier; she hinted at the act, gave one or two for fan-service and that was all. The rest of the novel was all action, not like that perverts!

Though she sometimes stray from the general plot into subplots that drive the attention away.The plot can be a little simple, at times predictable but not all the time as I was pleasantly surprised along the way.

Cat and Bones, thank goodness that’s not his real name, had a natural sizzling chemistry. Sometimes I find their relationship a bit…odd. I believe in one book they fought each other, like with a marble table, and ended up having sex? Yeah…not going to say anything about that anymore. Cat, I found annoying at times—slightly hard-headed, a tad impulsive, and quick to jump the gun. Bones you will later find out to be promiscuous.

Overall: Definitely would recommend this series to new paranormal romance seekers.

Cover B/C-
The model for Bones I have some problems with.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

You Had Me At Halo

You Had Me At Halo by Amanda Ashby (August 7th 2007—NAL)

Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Holly Evans has just seen her own body laid to rest. Now she would like to move onto the afterlife. But apparently she has some mortal baggage to unload first, starting with the matter of how she died. Her heavenly shrink isn't buying that she didn't kill herself- and says she must return to earth to straighten things out. The thing is, she needs to borrow the body of computer geek Vince Murphy to do it. Oh, and although Vince was supposed to have vacated the premises, he apparently never got the memo.

Now, Holly has forty-eight hours to resolve her issues while sharing arms, legs, and...other things...with a guy she barely noticed while she was alive. But the real surprise is what life has to offer when you have only two days to live it.”

Review: You Had Me at Halo failed to impress me on many levels. After reading her other novel, Zombie Queen of Newbury High, I went expecting something more than what I got. Her humor in Newbury High did not appear in Halo; the character attachment I felt in Newbury High did not appear in Halo; the overall enjoyment was not in Halo as it was in Newbury High.

The plot was very original; it’s something I have yet to be seen done before or even after. Ashby’s representation of heaven is comical yet interesting. A word of advice: study psychology, it seems as though heaven needs a few shrinks. However, the positives almost end there.

I found Holly Evans annoying many time throughout the novel. Her single-minded thinking and her ability to never stay quiet or listen to directions irked me. I found Vincent Murphy to be perfect, and by perfect I mean a Gary Sue. He had no flaws: handsome, intelligent, pretty good dresser, and kind. The fact that his co-workers in the company dislike/avoid him because of his job—a technician—did not merit as a type of flaw, it just symbolizes the narrow-mindedness of his colleges. I honestly couldn’t fathom as to why he was so infatuated by Holly.

The ending leaves a lot to be desired. Everything rushes in the end.

Overall: I would definitely call this book a chick-lit novel. It was fast paced, charming during the rare times, but oh so very predictable.

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This book is out of stock on amazon so you'll have to buy it from an independent seller/bookcloseouts. I received my copy from paperbackswap.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging DVD

You've all probably have heard of the series already. And maybe some of you have saw the premiere of the movie on Nickelodeon in the US. But if you missed it or if you LOVED it then you can buy the DVD of Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging! It released back in January 19th.

"Misunderstood by her “ancient” parents—but buoyed up by the love of her cat, Angus, and her bessie mates, the Ace Gang—Georgia Nicolson (GEORGIA GROOME) struggles through life seeking out her two main desires: 1. To get a gorgeous sex-god as her boyfriend. 2. To throw the greatest 15th birthday party ever.

When handsome brothers Tom (SEAN BOURKE) and Robbie (AARON JOHNSON) arrive at school, Georgia But when she sees Robbie with her arch rival, Slaggy Lindsay (KIMBERLEY NIXON), she devises a plan to show Robbie that she’s the mature, sophisticated girlfriend he deserves. Unfortunately Georgia’s plans - involving snogging lessons, dying her legs orange and stalking Slaggy Lindsay - don’t exactly run smoothly. thinks her boyfriend dreams have been answered.

In addition her own romance problems, Georgia's dad (ALAN DAVIES) is given an amazing job opportunity in New Zealand. This leaves Georgia’s mum (KAREN TAYLOR) open to the charms of builder Jem (STEVE JONES), a George Clooney look-a-like who’s ancient (mid 30’s) but still a fittie. The worry over her parents’ marriage is a huge pressure on Georgia, who feels that the responsibility for holding the family together rests on her shoulders.

In her quest to get Robbie and keep her family from splitting, Georgia transforms from a selfish girl into a young woman who’s grown beyond the valley of the fab and into the universe of marvy."

Waiting on Wednesday (43)

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (September 14th 2010--Margaret K. McElderry)

"this teen anthology asks the question: which is better and badder, the zombie or the unicorn?"

Short summary, but that's all you really need to know about the book. I'm always torn between the two!

This meme is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blood Feud Cover

Okay I am normally not one to just make a post about a new cover, but instead I use waiting on wednesday as a perfect opportunity to showcase them. However there are exceptions in life and this is one of them. I already posted a WoW for Blood Feud so I can't exactly repost it with the new cover. So here's the US cover that Alyxandra posted several days ago that I missed during my moody week! Can you guys tell that I'm excited by it yet? ;P

Dream Girl

Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling (July 22nd 2008—Delacorte)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “CLAIRE VOYANTE HAS been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French, and unlike the psychics on TV, she can’t solve crimes or talk to the dead. Whenever Claire follows her hunches, she comes up empty—or ends up in pretty awkward situations.

But that all changes on Claire’s 15th birthday, when her grandmother, Kiki—former socialite, fashion icon, and permanent fixture at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel—gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain. It’s not long before Claire’s world becomes a whole lot clearer. And a whole lot more dangerous.”

Review: Dream Life is a charming read that combines the best of both worlds: Nancy Drew and Gossip Girls. Okay so I ran out of analogies. At any rate Dream Life is a mesh of high socialite without all the snarky backstabbing and a mystery that has the decency to don on a gorgeous yet sensible pair of boots before running around New York.

One of the best things I found refreshing from Dream Life was the family relationship. I was pleasantly surprised how much effect Mechling put in to the mother, the father, and the little brother. A majority of books I’ve read have yet to include any mentions of neither siblings nor parents and if they had, it was not to par to his family. Each member is as whimsical as Claire and as every bit as lovable.

Mechling does a wonderful job at foreshadowing as well as not foreshadowing. See the readers go on this roller coaster of random dreams with Claire. So if she’s lost, we’re also pretty much lost. And by that, I mean we get off topic. While I do appreciate the attempt at making things realistic in an otherwise fantasy-like genre it seems as though the story strays from the plot at various moments only to center itself once again like a speeding bullet. Ouch. It is towards the end does much make sense, but by then I had forgotten the dreams and clues all the way from the beginning. That said, it might be me; I mean I’m pretty forgetful and dense rolled into one.

The other main issue would have to be the friendship between Becca and Claire. I had a really hard time accepting this friendship as just that. It seemed more of a follower and leader rather then each of equal footing. Claire is constantly looking up to Becca sometimes letting a bit of her sense be clouded and reducing her to a puppy state of nature aiming to please the master. But then again I began to warm up to the duo and found it a nice partnership. Oh! Just a small little shout-out to Ian for his kick-butt evil radish comic. I can only imagine how awesome it would be if a comic book artist drew a small section of it and somehow manage to weave it in the book.

Overall: Dream Life needed a bit of kick start, but once it started moving it was a wholesome enjoyable read.

Cover D
I’m sorry but I really do not like this cover. The ceramic doll makeup and poor choice of a hairstyle does not do the model justice to an otherwise hardly fair resemblance to Claire. I also don’t get the flowers, but again me=dense.

FTC: a copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for this review

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Mystery: Laura Pedersen

Today I have a guest post from the author of Beginner's Luck, Heart's Desire, The Big Shuffle, and Best Bet, Laura Perderson. You can find Perderson here at her site.
Question: Since you've worked with both Random House and iUniverse--a self publication company--was there a huge difference between the two? Is there a preference? Was there a certain reason why the lastest addition to your Hallie Palmer series was published through iUniverse rather than Ballantine Books?

Answer: Yes, there’s a big difference between working with Random House, a large corporate traditional publisher and iUniverse, a self-publisher─lots of pluses and minuses, so at the end of the day, it has to be a good fit for that particular project. Along similar lines, Fulcrum, a small but well-regarded traditional publisher, put out my humorous memoir BUFFALO GAL in 2008 and will also be releasing my nonfiction BUFFALO UNBOUND this fall. Again, that’s been a happy and successful relationship because it’s a good fit.

By putting the novel BEST BET out through iUniverse I was able to control the cover design. I don’t consider myself to be a terrific artist but I do have strong feelings about how the cover needs to express the story inside the book. With a traditional publisher, most non-blockbuster authors aren’t going to get much say over that. You can offer suggestions and tweak things, but it will rarely be your vision. Next, traditional publishers find themselves in the business of following trends and keeping an eye on the bottom line. For them, a shorter book is usually a better book because there’s a sense that attention spans have become shorter, and it’s a fact that a book with fewer pages costs less money to print. Certainly Jane Austen would be required to lop off 20,000 words if she were submitting a manuscript today. And Tolstoy would have to pick one, War or Peace. The Hallie Palmer series of novels (BEGINNER’S LUCK, HEART’S DESIRE, THE BIG SHUFFLE, BEST BET) is intended to have a somewhat timeless feel to it. Hopefully that’s not a euphemism for slow, since I like to think that the humor and plot twists keep things moving along. Still, the main character often works in a garden, and I wanted the books to have a transcendental sensibility, and for that I needed a few more pages. The good news is that all of my publishers have been supportive of my choices since the main thing is to keep connecting with readers. Almost all the books have picked up a few prizes and continue to sell well so hopefully that’s happening.

The main dilemmas I find that people have when deciding between a traditional house and self-publisher are sales and editorial. Random House will always get its books in the big stores and most of the small ones. iUniverse has a relationship with B&N and will list your book on Amazon.com, but you’ll have to contact small stores yourself or else take out a few ads in publications like PW. Being that my book BEST BET was the last in a series I didn’t really have to worry about that because readers who run across the earlier books will go looking for the final installment and find it easily enough. And BEGINNER’S LUCK is on so many high school reading lists that a lot of series traffic comes from there. I also donate copies of my books to libraries in New York State (where I’ve always lived) and Ohio (where the Hallie Palmer series takes place) since I loved my local library as a young person and nowadays they’re struggling due to cutbacks. With regard to editing, I found the services that iUniverse offered sufficient for my needs since in addition to writing eleven books I also wrote for The New York Times for ten years. And as every writer knows, the days of the Maxwell Perkins-style editor has gone the way of the two-martini lunch. Publishing house staff has been cut and everyone is doing the work of three people. Many writers I know hire a freelance editor before turning their work into a traditional publisher. As for marketing, unless you’re a bestselling author, you have to do most of that yourself as well these days.

Question: Was Beginnger's Luck's cover redesigned to fit the rest of the series? Will Heart's Desire's cover also be redesigned?

Answer: To answer your specific question about cover design, Random House has said they’re in the midst of a cover redesign for the first three books and this is why if you order a copy of BEGINNER’S LUCK you’ll receive one cover, and if you look it up on Amazon.com you’ll see another. Ideally, when a TV or movie version comes out we’ll redo them all to be in keeping with that, perhaps by incorporating the actors.


Laura Pedersen was the youngest columnist for the The New York Times. Prior to that she was the youngest person to have a seat on the floor of the American Stock Exchange and wrote her first book Play Money about that experience, which received a starred Kirkus review and became a bestseller. Laura has a finance degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

In 1994 President Clinton honored Pedersen as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on shows such as “CNN,” “Oprah,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Primetime Live,” and David Letterman. She has also performed stand-up comedy at “The Improv,” among other clubs, and writes material for several well-known comedians.

Laura’s first novel, Going Away Party, won the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction and was published by Story Line Press in April 2001. Her short stories and humorous essays have won numerous awards and been published in literary journals and magazines. Her second novel, Beginner’s Luck, was published by Ballantine Books in January 2003 and selected by Barnes & Noble for their “Discover Great New Writers” program, by Borders for their “Original Voices” program, and by The Literary Guild as an alternate selection. Heart’s Desire, the sequel to Beginner’s Luck, was also chosen for the Literary Guild. Additional writing includes the novels Last Call, The Big Shuffle (featured by Target Stores as one of their best books for Fall 2006), Best Bet, and a collection of short stories called The Sweetest Hours. Laura’s humorous memoir Buffalo Gal (2008) won "Best Memoir" from ForeWord Magazine and an honorable mention for the Eric P. Hoffer book award. Buffalo Unbound will be published in fall 2010.

Laura lives in New York City and teaches at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem. She is a member of the national literary association P.E.N. (poets, essayists and novelists).

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Body Finder

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (March 16th 2010—Harper Teen)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.”

Review: The Body Finder was a novel of high stakes where Derting tried to fuse both suspense and passion. But at times this is where her mistake lied. The highs were like free falling from a place and the lows were like muddled mess in a Florida swamp.

There was something disconnecting between the budding of love between two childhood friends and trying to solve a murder case. It was as if while one took priority the other took a backseat to pop up whenever it felt. The childhood love seemed the most prominent to the story going on endlessly to the point where I’m halfway through the novel trying to figure out when the actual serial killer will come into play. Sure there were the occasionally chapters where the reader follows the killer thoughts—the stake-outs, the actual kidnapping—but it was choppy. Part A would be the killer, parts B, C, D, E, and F will be about Violet with Jay with G (the killer) somewhere after.

But I do have to admit that this problem begins to dissipate later on—not completely but somewhat. The two paths flowed together, okay not really together, more like the paths crossed in one scene. The ending was nice, the suspense tries to be there but it’s been done before. The reader can most likely figure out what’s going to happen next if they have ever watched these types of movies, television shows, or read these types of books. Kudos for trying for lacked the definite twist.

Violet and Jay’s romance turns from tension, sparks, to holy moly someone turn off those fire alarms! One good thing about childhood friends is that when you do finally go out you can skip all those awkward parental confrontations. To which I think those two seem to take in stride if you know what I mean…behind those closed doors…while “doing their homework”. I did, however, find it a bit frustrating reading the endless mackings, sexual tensions, and we’re not just friends anymore talks. It was nice every once in a while just a tad too much. And whatever happened to Grady!? Did he just poof?

The chapters where we follow the killer were a nice touch. We can read the kidnappings just before or right after the disappearances occur. It’s like quenching a thirst for information on the little details that can come back to bite you in the ass. So instead of me asking ‘How the heck did he manage to it?’ I can sit back and enjoy myself. It was provoking and deadly, giving perfect insight.

Overall: Kimberly Derting paves herself a way in the writing business with The Body Finder. While it had all the needed elements, only time and practice can make it better. A nice debut, roughed around the edges, but a good attempt.

Cover C
I’m hoping that the final copy of the cover isn’t as pixilated as the ARC version. At a further distance it looks striking, but at a closer distance it hurts the eyes a bit. The only thing really smooth is the title with its added color. As for the cover relating to the novel I’m completely flabbergasted.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Brightly Woven

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (March 23rd 2010—Egmont)

Grade: 4.8 stars out of 5

Summary: “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.”

Review: If you know me then you would know that anything pass 3.5 stars is good. Anything pass 4 stars is wow. Brightly Woven was just shy off of 5 stars but too good to just be 4.5. This was a fantasy, action, adventure, romance novel that blew me away leaving me demanding/yelling for more towards an inanimate object.

Several weeks ago I read Once a Witch Carolynn MacCollugh and months ago I read Fire by Kristin Cashore. Brightly Woven reminded me of these two books.

North Wayland reminded me so much of Howl from Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl's Moving Castle. He has this pretend narcissus, pompous upturned-nose attitude but always a complete tease. You just can’t help love North and forgive him. He was an utter joy to read at times and other times I just wanted to hit him where it hurt—that’s how much I got into these characters. And then there’s the chemistry between North and Sydelle, can you not see me swooning!?

*deep breath* I am prepared to go all fangirlish on you but I’m refraining (even though it’s quite hard). Action—check; romance—check; pacing—check, characters—check; plotline—check; ending—ehhh; Overall—is ubercheck an option because it should be!

I think one of the things that I love the most about this book was how it actually went “there”. Bracken’s characters were not these indestructible beings that no man can harm! Ha! It was refreshing and only added to the character depth.

My only regret is that I wanted another epilogue or a sequel prehaps. There were elements in the book that I felt needed more clarification on, more explanation, or just a better resolution. I also had some trouble following the narration early in the beginning but managed to find a good pace later on.

Overall: “ubercheck”

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I kind of miss the ARC version of the cover. It just started to grow on me--the vibrancy--where the final cover seems dull in comparison (sorry for the blinding flash.)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (42)

My Soul to Reap by Courtney Allison Moulton (2011 (!!)--Katherine Tegan Books)

"When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers--monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell--she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between Seraphim and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of fighting the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her--an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting extracurriculars, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to destroy Ellie's soul forever, ending her rebirth cycle. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives--including truths that may be too frightening to remember."

When I first the summary I was pretty much excited with multiple exclamation points following that. But when I visited the author's website and saw the stunning background I was sold! Yue Wang, the artist who drew the [fan]art as shown to the left, did a magnificent job that only added to my excitement! The author also made a short book trailer for the book....


2011 cannot come fast enough! Sequels will also be coming out! And do check out the YA Rebels, a group of YA vloggers that the author of this book is part of.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Iron King

The Iron King by Julia Kagawa (February 1st 2010—Harlequin Teens)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.”

Review: If you’re new to the faery realms inspired partly by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream then you’re in for an action packed book. But if you’ve read previous works akin to this then you’re in for something different.

The Iron King involves more bad guy fighting, ass kicking, giant robotic horse wheezing, and a heavy dose of denial than what I have read previously. Wait, scratch that; I read a lot of denial books. But here is where things get iffy for me. I have horrible imagination skills when visualizing certain things from books. An author may describe a character to the crook of their nose, but all I get is their essence. Imagine if you are far-sighted and expected to see someone across the parking lot. You get the general outline, a vague sense of their face and the colorization—nothing more. This is how I see things. Fight scenes are the same way for me; I cannot get the full impact of what the author is trying to create. And within The Iron King there are plenty of fight scenes, but here is my proposition: The Iron King would make a great movie. The book will come alive on screen and reach the potential that mere words cannot. The pacing of the book would flow much better and the transition scenes would more interesting.

Let’s move on to Ash—the male love interest/winter prince dude. After reading Katie MacAlister’s Aisling Grey series, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series and Malinda Lo’s Ash I have become accustomed to identifying that Ash=girl. But in The Iron King Ash=boy. That took about a few pages to get comfortable with. Then I had trouble recognizing Ash and Meghan together. My biggest issue was the lack of preparation before the cheesy feelings delivery—clunky. Things start to smooth over one that awkward scenario passed. The relationship between Ash and Meghan was one that I appreciated; meaning there were not googoly eyed over each other. The reader understands that they have feelings for one another, but that does not overshadow the function of the brain.

So there’s a lot of talk about Grimalkin*. Yes I do admit of having a rather fondness towards him, but the ending was what I really enjoyed. Kagawa ties the book nicely together with a satisfying ending while still leaving plenty of room for the next book in the series.

Overall: Reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland in some areas. Inspiration drawn from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A modern day take.

Cover B
I do miss the ARC concept of the cover with the crown design.


*1630, name given to a cat (cf. Shakespeare's Gray-Malkin, in "Macbeth," 1605), hence any cat, especially an old she-cat; from gray + Malkin, dim. of fem. proper name Matilda or Maud—etymonline.com

Special thanks goes to Karin! I won the ARC from her.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Captivate

Captivate by Carrie Jones (January 5th 2010—Bloomsbury)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure—despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life—and his.”

Review: If you love Need, the prequel to Captivate, you will love Captivate. If you thought Need was okay then Captivate was okay. If you did not enjoy Need then there is no point for you to read this review.

We jump immediately back into town with Zara, Nick, and their friends. The old king, Zara’s father, has been dealt with along with the other pixies—locked up behind iron fences. Then Zara starts to get the tingly feeling and begins turning blue—holy smokes! Pixies are back dun dun dun.

The actions in Captivate are similar to that of baking [we’re doing cookies]. You start out with the general premise—the butter and sugar. Then you slowly add the eggs—the new plot line that sticks everything together. Then with a handful at a time you add the flour, baking soda and/or baking powder and salt—new characters, a couple rising climaxes, and the big HOLY CRAP! But see here, this Captivate cookie has some issues. It’s a bit dry, a bit crackly, and a bit off shaped.

The pacing I found to be awkward at times, sometimes too fast or too slow. You get a sense of déjà vu, a nagging feeling that we’ve been through this before…countless times. There were still a lot of shockers in Captivate, like adding sprinkles or frosting—YUM—which were definitely appreciated and licked clean.

Overall: Action, romance, and fantasy galore.

Favorite line: "'With our lovely Is as the exception," he adds and pets her head. She sort of wiggles."--ARC page 250.

Cover B

FTC: Review copy was provided by publishers

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Harcourt)

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Summary: “A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventurous librarian who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whole life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.”

Review: Wow—this book floored me. It was the intricacy of the whole tale that blew me away. I could only imagine how the outline of The Time Traveler’s Wife was a ’itch to create. Niffenegger moved the plot forward, planned what was to come—how it affects this and that—insert a few flashbacks of what you already know--heartbreaks, heartaches, heart confused—then bam! you’re back to where you started out from. It’s like taking a ninja with the general shape to a circle in the middle yet there are other pathways you can take, somehow leading yourself back to the original road.

Both characters were quite strong (even if the reader dislikes them at times) with plenty of faults. Clare is always waiting for Henry, during her youth and during her marriage, for he always disappears. I felt my heart being tugged while she tries to retain that hope and vigilance. But what really tugged my heart was Alba. Opps. Mild spoiler alert.

Okay it’s rather hard to write this review. *waves arms around* There, poof, we’re done. At any rate I want to ask the people who’ve read the book and watched the movie. Which was better? Or were they both great in different aspects?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (October 13th 2009—Delacorte)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “You only hurt the ones you love.

Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why. One day, Logan acts on his growing feelings for Sage.

Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she’s actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage and disowns her. But once Logan comes to terms with what happened, he reaches out to Sage in an attempt to understand her situation. But Logan has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.”

Review: Almost Perfect was just that, almost perfect. Judging from the summary you would expect something quite heavy to read or at least something heavier than an outfit gone wrong. The setting is in rural south, somewhere near Missouri, which makes this a whole lot tougher.

It’s bit of a tedious read with some splashes of scandals, but the majority is just character development and build-up. Katcher does a wonderful job creating this scenario and hope only to snatch it away from the reader leaving them so much more solemn. C’est la vie.

I’ve read some reviews that called the ending a cop-out which I tried to accept, but couldn’t. There was no way possible I could have accepted a happily ever after because of the setting and the characterization. Logan and Sage are both distressed and confused even if they hope not to be. One would expect after reading the jacket synopsis they would be prepared for the final confrontation, but that’s not true. One would expect to understand what Sage and Logan both are through from the many TV shows, but that’s not true as well.

But here’s the biggest issue for me: I loved the message but found the actual book okay. I expected this book to be a showstopper that made me angry, made me cry, made me ache for this, and it did. Just on a much smaller scale. There were some odd phrases that didn’t match up later on:

SPOILER: So Logan and Sage ended up by themselves in a passion filled room. It doesn’t go into descriptions beyond heavy kissing but I assumed that they did it as one clearly would if they read it. But then Logan mentioned that Sage never took her shorts off while he was naked, so I backtracked my original assumption. Later, however, Logan mentions that they both lost their virginity so I’m just like huh? I don’t know, but I had really hoped not to use this example….END SPOILER.

I would recommend reading the acknowledgments, definitely.

Cover B

FTC: review copy provided by the publisher

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Seeing Redd

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor (Dial and Speak)

Bold
Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Alyss of Wonderland’s rule has only just begun and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed Royal Bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss does her best to keep pace with the spiraling, non-stop demands of being Queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge. Alyss’s life is already a challenging mix of duty, love and imagining when a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of her Imperial Viciousness’s return and have everyone...seeing Redd. Has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, the Cat, from the confines of the Heart Crystal to challenge her niece once again? If not, then who has resurrected Redd’s brutal footsoldiers, the Glass Eyes, and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides? Battles rage, looking glasses explode and the Alyssians are once again uniting to defend White Imagination in this fast-paced second book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.”

Review: I may not be Beddor’s biggest fan when it comes to The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy after finishing the first book but I was willing to try again. Heck I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt hoping that Seeing Redd will prove me wrong; I mean that cover is slightly awesome is a creepy way. But what ruined it for me was the writing style.

Because the book was so action packed I tended to skim quite a bit and pour myself into the dialogues. Skimming is never a good sign. Next was the growing irritation of the clank, thunk, fliz, Eeeeee, and numerous other onomatopoeias. It may sound weird to complain about that but argh! It was like every other line contained some italicized gibberish.

Okay here’s a confession: I love commas, I truly do. But they do not, and will not, replace the good ol’ fashion period--you know the filled-in circle?--I got a reminiscence to when I was reading Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway with his endless paragraphs. Three-quarters of a page was a, one, singular, paragraph.

I will admit that Seeing Redd surprised me in some of the plot twists and amused me with the high caterpillars. Beddor created a wonderful world; he just needed to use it better. The passages were hard to get through [oi, are we done yet?], the writing left me agitated [*twitch, twitch*], and awkwardness he presented some of the story left me doubting many things.

Overall: I really do like the illustrations though…. It’s kind of sad when that is all I can say.

Cover B-

Waiting on Wednesday (41)

Nomansland by Lesley Hauge (June 22nd 2010--Henry Holt)
"Sometime in the future, there is a place populated only by women. The woman have survived against all odds by working hard in their rough, agrarian life and by protecting their borders from the enemy—men who are mutants from the “Time Before,” before the wars and devastation resulting from a nuclear explosion.

Here in this place, a young woman, Keller, is being trained as a novice Tracker—elite members of this society who are expert horsewomen, marksmen, and protectors of the borders from invasion. Keller is obedient to the strict rules of this world, where friendship is forbidden and life amounts to endless work to survive. But Keller is also curious—she prefers to read the limited pages allowed from their meager library, and she finds herself chosen to be the apprentice to the most powerful leader of all, the Chair. But when Keller finds out her fellow novice, Laing, has made a startling discovery, everything in their world is turned upside down. Laing has found a partially buried home from the Time Before—a home where a teenage girl once lived and had stuffed animals, a computer, TV, clothes and make-up—all things foreign to Keller and Laing and the rest of this society. This discovery unleashes a string of events that rocks their world and causes Keller not only to question the ruling powers and the way of life they enforce, but changes Keller’s life forever.

Reminiscent of THE GIVER but with a feminist twist, NOMANSLAND is a powerful, shocking story that will challenge young readers’ perspectives and provoke much discussion over the timely and controversial issues presented through this highly dramatic and unforgettable story."

---Wow!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Looking Glass Wars

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (Dial and Speak)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges the world’s Carrollian Wonderland assumptions of tea parties, dormice and a curious little blonde girl to reveal an epic, cross dimensional saga of love, murder, betrayal, revenge and the endless war for Imagination. Meet the heroic, passionate, monstrous, vengeful denizens of this parallel world as they battle each other with AD-52’s and orb generators, navigate the Crystal Continuum, bet on jabberwock fights and slip each other the poisonous pink mushroom. Finally, someone got it right. This ain’t no fairytale.

Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, was forced to flee through the Pool of Tears after a bloody palace coup staged by the murderous Redd shattered her world. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the surreal, violent, heartbreaking story of her young life only to see it published as the nonsensical children’s sojourn Alice in Wonderland. Alyss had trusted Lewis Carroll to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere would find her and bring her home.

But Carroll had got it all wrong. He even misspelled her name! If not for the intrepid Hatter Madigan, a member of the Millinery (Wonderland’s security force) who after a 13 year search eventually tracked Alyss to London, she may have become just another society woman sipping tea in a too-tight bodice instead of returning to Wonderland to battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.”--summary taken from site

Review: Okay I must admit that I have yet to watch the entire length of the Alice in Wonderland movie and or ever touch the original book so I am as fresh as a newborn calf. However I will claim that I know the general gist…well the beginning half at least. The Looking Glass Wars features a much more morbid and action packed tale than what I imagined to be.

Beddor does an excellent job at describing Wonderland, but what I found most impressive was the artwork. Applauds goes to Brian Flora so I would definitely recommend seeing his other works here. I depicted some of the characters way off so his artistry helped…a lot.

So in all The Looking Glass Wars was a so-so book. There was nothing really wrong with the book; it just did not captivate me. It was good while it lasted but forgettable once finished. Granted there were some scenes that stuck throughout the whole novel—the puddles, The Cat, the children—but things became a blur later. It’ll vary for some people because this book was so heavy on action and fight scenes toward the middle and end.

The first half was mundane though it did showcase Alyss’s descent of her powers and how the myth came to be. The characters seem one-dimensional most of the time with no room for growth, as I said very action based, with few dialogues that did not involve battle strategies or informing Alyss the current events. Because this is a trilogy, with The Looking Glass Wars as the first, I will be expecting a lot more development to them—demanding would be more proper it seems.

Despite this The Looking Glass Wars fascinated me enough to read the sequel (and it helps that I have it already). While the characters were less than extraordinary my interests has been piqued by a few: Jack of Diamonds, The Cat, Redd, Bibwit (notice how many of those are the bad guys).

Cover B+
The paperback cover rocks. One of Flora’s creations. In reality, the colors are not as dark or sharp.

Monday, January 4, 2010

We Need More Glomping!

Richelle Mead, the little author no one knows about, is having a small get together at the Publisher’s Office Watercooler, an online chatting site, at 8:00 PM EST time on Thursday, January 7th. It is located here. Hopefully I'll be able to stop by after dinner!

Because Ms. Mead is such an unknown author if you can kindly spread the word it would be most appreciated. We want a large group of the fans to *glomp*. Oh and another small, unknown book releasing this year (only second after Spirit Bound of course) finally has a widget! It's quite snazzy!


EDIT: Apparently I suck at being sarcastic xD

Monday Mystery: Remainder Reviews


Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, Nina Malkin
Glittering white snowflakes. The handsome blond ski instructor. The sparkle on a cashmere skirt. Hot cocoa and kisses in front of a crackling fire. The holiday season is the ESSENCE of magic...and romance. Four of today's bestselling teen authors -- Melissa de la Cruz (THE AU PAIRS), Aimee Friedman (SOUTH BEACH), Hailey Abbott (SUMMER BOYS), and Nina Malkin (6X) -- bring us delectable tales of love and lust and holiday cheers (and tears) in this one-of-a-kind collection that teens will devour faster than a plate of Christmas cookies.

Only the first story was worth any time—sweet and satisfying. The rest were really really disappointing.


You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay
Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.
Megan's convinced her life can't get any worse - until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life - and more importantly, the homecoming dance - depends on it.

Teen drama and zombies, what’s not to love? Reminds me a bit of Wake by Lisa McMann


Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.

I WoWed it, received it for review, devoured it, and almost threw it back up. Can someone be more than disappointed? It started out really promising, then dwindled, halted, backtracked, and finally went a course that I did not expect nor appreciate. And seriously, sock puppets are fine but when they are not clean—fresh off the feet—and you’re smooshing it in someone else’s face it’s mildly disgusting.


Undone by Brooke Taylor
When Kori Kitlzer, the “dark angel” of the 8th grade, tells Serena Moore that they are more alike than she thinks, Serena is instantly intrigued. As their friendship solidifies and their lives entwine, Serena tries to become more like the fearless, outspoken, and ambitious Kori. Soon Serena doesn’t know where she begins and Kori ends. But when a twist of fate yanks Kori away from Serena, she will need to find a way to complete her best friend’s life left undone.

A fine novel just not for me it seems.


Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?

Cuteeeeee


Riding the Universe by Gaby Trina
Chloé Rodriguez values three things above all else—her family; her best friend, Rock; and Lolita, her Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster. With a black body, blue airbrushed flames, and perfect sloping ape hangers, Lolita is Chloé's last connection to her beloved uncle, Seth, who left her the bike when he died last summer. So when a failing chemistry grade threatens to separate Chloé from her motorcycle, she vows not to let that happen . . . no matter what.

Enter Gordon. Ridiculously organized, übersmart, and hot in a casual, doesn't-know-it kind of way, Chloé's peer tutor may have a thing or two to teach her besides chemistry. But she has to stop falling for Gordon . . . and get Rock to act mature whenever he's around . . . and pass chemistry so she doesn't lose Lolita forever. Just when Chloé thinks she's got it all figured out, a bump in the road comes out of nowhere and sends her skidding.

Decent, a bit fast paced, but a tad forgettable.


Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Eh, promising start to hopefully something great.


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Same as Strange Angels. LOVE the blue ink though.


The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell
Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice -- but lately being nice hasn't done her any good. Her parents have decided to move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily's senior year. Only Emily's first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the Ivy League. What's a nice girl to do?

Then Sean dumps Emily on moving day and her father announces he's staying behind in Chicago "to tie up loose ends," and Emily decides that what a nice girl needs to do is to stop being nice.
She reconnects with her best friends in Boston, Josie and Lucy, only to discover that they too have been on the receiving end of some glaring Guy Don'ts. So when the girls have to come up with something to put in the senior class time capsule, they know exactly what to do. They'll create a not-so-nice reference guide for future generations of guys -- an instruction book that teaches them the right way to treat girls.

But when her friends draft Emily to test out their tips on Luke Preston -- the hottest, most popular guy in school, who just broke up with Josie by email -- Emily soon finds that Luke is the trickiest of test subjects . . . and that even a nice girl like Emily has a few things to learn about love.

Awkwardly fast paced.


The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake

Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.

From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.

Awkwardly slow-paced

Daddy's Little Angel: Bedeviled by Shani Petroff
“Mom always said my dad is the devil. I never knew she meant it literally!”

All Angel’s father (a.k.a. the Devil) wants is to be a part of her life. And in return he has the power to give her anything she wants—including popularity and a date with her long-time crush, Cole Daniels. But Angel will only accept him on her terms: get out of the devil business and leave his special powers out of the equation. Is Angel condemning herself to an eternity of lunch at the losers’ table? Or can she and Daddy Dearest strike some kind of deal?

Can I say cuteeeee again? My 10 year old cousin loves this book

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
Boys. 7 of them, to be exact.

Megan is used to moving from place to place -- it's typical for an army brat. But she drew the line at South Korea. She insists on staying in the States to finish her last two years of high school. So her parents made arrangements for Megan to live with their friends, the McGowans...and the McGowans' 7 sons.

Turns out, living with 7 boys might as well be a foreign country! The boys are messy. They are cliquey (who knew?). And worst of all, two of the oldest boys are H-O-T. (A problem considering they are supposed to be Megan's "brothers.") Megan is definitely in enemy territory. She needs to win over the boys' hearts without totally crushing her own.

And when Megan starts falling for one of them, sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning....
What is a girl to do?

Fine but I kind of dislike the ending.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s

Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s by Kristen Kemp (November 1st 2009—Scholastic)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: Kat's come to New York City with a dream: to be a big fashion designer and to see her name on a label in Bloomingdale's. Back in Kentucky, she imagined a city paved in Prada…but the reality isn't quite so fashionable. Still, there are friends to be made, boys to be flirted with, and amazements to be found…sometimes when she least expects it. Even when her lame hick boyfriend from back home comes to the city to try to reclaim her, Kat knows she's found her place…now all she has to do is have the place find her back.”

Review: First off the summary is from Amazon. Secondly Amazon needs to fix their mistake because Cat is spelled with a C not a K, unless of course the entire book was wrong.

Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s is a refreshing read to an otherwise dull day. It is filled with humorous adventures, passionate dreams, and a hot clown—ohlalala.

Cat’s grandmother, Nina, just passed away so she’s out to pursue their dream: to have a line in Bloomingdale called Breakfast. Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn’s best friend, Holly, this girl can create a corset in 48 hours, cut, sewn, and hem a dress in less than 5 hours! Holy smokes. And she’s seventeen! With a good amount of money Cat travels to New York City and meets a heedful of unique group of people though I question the safety of befriending this people so quickly in such a large city. Breakfast in Bloomingdale’s is an outlandish book that made me smile even if it confused me sometimes. Endearing, crazy, and chic all in one.

However the book goes off tangent quite frequently. Not in the hey that’s an interesting tidbit you just shared, but more in the what the heck are you talking and wherever it came from please put it back as it means nothing to me. Then there are times where the author skips certain information so now you’re re-reading scenes just in case you missed something then realized you didn’t.

I would have like to see some of the sketches of the designs incorporated into the book because I was LOST when they were describing the clothing. I’m not a fashion guru, I watched enough seasons to catch the Tim Gunn reference and general sewing techniques and objects, but when you describe a clothing line for goth children I immediately conjure up an image of black and deep purple diapers. With fishnets. And heavy dark eye shadow. And I do not think that was the author’s intention.

Cover A-
I like this cover.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Books Read in 2010

January 1st to December 31st.
  1. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  2. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
  3. Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling
  4. Antigone by Sophocles
  5. A Season of Eden by JM Warwick
  6. You Had Me At Halo by Amanda Ashby
  7. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  8. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  9. At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
  10. Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  11. Dream Life by Lauren Mechling
  12. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  13. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  14. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  15. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  16. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
  17. Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter
  18. The Mark by Jen Nadol
  19. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  20. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  21. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
  22. In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
  23. Undead Much by Stacey Jay
  24. My Boyfriends' Dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall
  25. Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
  26. A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y. S Lee
  27. First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
  28. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
  29. Things I Know About Love by Kate Le Vann
  30. Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
  31. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  32. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
  33. Boys, Bears, and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald
  34. Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton
  35. The Season by Sarah MacLean
  36. White Cat by Holly Black
  37. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  38. My Zombie Valentine
  39. The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
  40. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  41. My Double Life by Janette Rallison
  42. The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
  43. Evolution, Me and Other Freaks by Robin Brande
  44. The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
  45. Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
  46. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  47. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  48. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  49. Changeless by Gail Carriger
  50. Unpredictable by Eileen Cook
  51. Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl
  52. Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey
  53. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  54. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Gracia Marquez
  55. Read, Remember, Recommend: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers by Rachelle Rogers Knight
  56. Twilight: the Graphic Novel by Stephanie Meyer; Illustrated by Young Kim
  57. Mistwood by Leah Cypress
  58. The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer
  59. Party by Tom Leveen
  60. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
  61. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  62. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  63. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  64. The Fire Opal by Regina McBride
  65. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  66. Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
  67. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  68. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
  69. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell
  70. Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures
  71. Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden
  72. The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen
  73. The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
  74. The Principles of Love by Emily Franklin
  75. Deception by Lee Nichols
  76. Siren by Tricia Rayburn
  77. Demon Princess: Reign Check by Michelle Rowen
  78. Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
  79. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  80. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
  81. And Then I Found Out the Truth by Jennifer Sturman
  82. Zen and Xander by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  83. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  84. Sea by Heidi R. Kling
  85. Crash Test Love by Ted Michaels
  86. The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen
  87. You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
  88. So Many Boys by Suzanne Young
  89. Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
  90. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  91. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  92. The School of Possibilities
  93. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  94. Pucker Up by Rhonda Stapleton
  95. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  96. Faithful by Janet Fox
  97. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
  98. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  99. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  100. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  101. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  102. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
  103. X-Isle by Steve Augarde
  104. Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
  105. Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon
  106. Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
  107. Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
  108. Sleepless by Cyn Balog
  109. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  110. Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Enter If You Dare
  111. The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
  112. Others by Karen Kincy
  113. Jump by Elisa Carbone
  114. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kakwamba 
  115. Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
  116. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
  117. How to Grow Up and Rule by World by Vordak the Incomprehensible
  118. Love Sucks! by Melissa Francis
  119. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  120. Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
  121. My So Called Death by Stacey Jay
  122. Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
  123. Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
  124. Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
  125. By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
  126. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
  127. Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
  128. Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt
  129. Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
  130. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
  131. Dark Song by Gail Giles
  132. Rich and Mad by William Nicholson
  133. Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
  134. John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles
  135. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  136. Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
  137. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  138. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  139. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  140. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
  141. Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph
  142. Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready
  143. The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur
  144. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  145. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  146. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
  147. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
  148. Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow
  149. The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block
  150. Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
  151. Blameless by Gail Carriger
  152. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway
  153. The Candidates by Inara Scott
  154. The Boyfriend Game by Stephie Davis
  155. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  156. Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick
  157. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
  158. Full of It by Wendy French
  159. Every Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot
  160. And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper
  161. The Little School by Alicia Partnoy
  162. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
  163. Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamora Summers
  164. Much Ado About Marriage by Karen Hawkins
  165. The Year of Living Scandalously by Julia London
  166. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
  167. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green
  168. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
  169. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  170. The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate
  171. When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden
  172. Nevermore by Kelley Creagh 
  173. Tagged by Mara Parahagen
  174. The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  175. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
  176. Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
  177. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  178. A Mayan Life by Gasper Pedro Gonzalez
  179. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  180. Black Wings by Christina Henry
  181. Ten Ways to be Adored When Romancing a Lord by Sarah MacLean
  182. Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins
  183. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
  184. Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley
  185. Nightlight: a Parody by The Harvard Lampoon
  186. Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
  187. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  188. Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
  189. Ex-mas by Kate Brian
  190. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  191. You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
  192. Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
  193. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
  194. Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
  195. The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Byrant
  196. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
  197. Five Flavors of Dumb by Anthony John
  198. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead 
  199. Entice by Carrie Jones
  200. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
  201. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  202. So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti
  203. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
  204. Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway
  205. I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  206. Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau
  207. Teenage Waistland by Lynn Biederman and Lisa Pazer