Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - Human Blend + My WIP (11/30/10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
Adding a teaser from your WIP (Tuesday Teaser) is a twist that Melissa from i swim for oceans started and I'm borrowing the idea

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser comes from Human Blend by Lori Pescatore: 
"These people are not the kind that take 'no' for an answer. They get what they want by any means that they can. People have died because of me, because they wanted to help me." ~ pg. 84

Marion, Virginia seemed like a nice place to live a normal life, but she is not a normal girl. Laney has special abilities that keep her looking over her shoulder as she makes her escape from the men who had kidnapped her.

A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own.

Laney's budding relationship with a local boy puts both of them in danger when the men she was hiding from find her. All of their lives will change forever as ancient secrets become unearthed.

*Description taken from Goodreads

And another teaser from my WIP: 
He snatches the contacts from my hand. “No, I’m serious. I like the glasses. They’re…sexy.” The way he says sexy makes me blush all the way to my toes, but I don’t reach for my contacts again.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Title: Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Little Brown
Paperback, 290 pages
Date Published: June 1, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer. 
Sarah Ockler’s debut novel is stunning and brilliant and eloquent and the perfect balance of grief and love. Anna’s thoughts about her life now without Matt are heartbreaking, but hopeful at the same time. Her relationship with her best friend Frankie is everything best friendships should be. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.

The writing is perfectly paced and Ockler’s descriptions of Zanzibar Bay and sea glass and the ocean are beautiful and vivid. I’ve never been to California before, but after reading this book, it feels like I have. Anna and Frankie’s summer of twenty boys is, at times, fun and carefree, everything a summer in the sun should be, but sooner or later their past catches up with them.

Anna’s underlying sorrow about Matt’s death and her newfound happiness with Cali boy Sam make this book both despairingly sad and confusingly happy. Like Anna, I found myself missing Matt, but unable to not smile about Sam. It makes for a complicated windfall of emotions, but it’s all more than spectacular to ride through.

Don’t let the title fool you into thinking this story is about filing a summer with boys because it’s not. It’s about two friends dealing with the loss of a loved one and about moving on, letting go, learning to love, and to live. Anna and Frankie have fun, sure, but they grow up at the same time and learn about who they are in now, in a life without the boy they both loved.

Twenty Boy Summer is sincerely written and heartfelt debut. Ockler’s writing will leave you breathless and longing for the ocean. Light at times, but heavy as the weight of the world at others, this book will make you feel and laugh and cry. It’s a sparkling book about love and romance and a summer that changes lives. Don’t miss it.

Opening lines:
Frankie Perino and I were lucky that day. Lucky to be alive – that’s what everyone said. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: When it happens, I close my eyes, count to ten, and will him to go away. To leave me. To give me back my memories so that something as simple as a song floating out from behind a bonfire doesn’t bring me all the way back to him every time.
It never works.
And this one:
I really don’t even know you, and yet, in my life, you are forever entangled; to my history, inextricably bound. ~ pg. 266
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Music Mondays - Mumford & Sons (11/29/10)

Music Mondays spotlights a band/artist that I particularly enjoy.

In the past few months I've become obsessed with Mumford & Sons. Their album Sigh No More is beyond incredible and "The Cave" is just one of the many songs I love. Here's a live/acoustic version:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

In My Mailbox - (11/28/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I resisted buying too much this week. I had to save my money for Black Friday, where I got a few Christmas presents out of the way, but not too much.
For Review:
Human Blend by Lori Pescatore
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers (From Around the World ARC Tours)

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Won (from A Life Bound By Books):
Shade (UK copy) SIGNED by Jeri Smith-Ready with awesome signed bookmark

*Special thanks to Lori Pescatore, Around the World ARC Tours, Jeri Smith-Ready, and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Paperback, 308 pages
Date Published: February 9, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
In Mary's world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth lies at the edge of the Village that Mary has lived in her whole life. Surrounded by fence, trees, and the Unconsecrated has forced Mary into a lifetime of fear lingering under the surface of every emotion she has ever felt. After her Mother is turned, Mary’s life takes a turn she never imagined and she begins to learn the secrets of the Sisterhood and just what lies beyond the Forest.

Carrie Ryan has this astounding ability to write about zombies, but to do so in a beautifully haunting way.  Nothing about this book is quite as it seems and I was instantly pulled into Mary’s world of fear and despair. It is so much more than just a zombie story. It’s a story about hope and faith and love and loss.

Ryan writes with such fervor that Mary’s journey past the fences feels so real, like the reader is stumbling along with her, hearing the moans of the Unconsecrated and feeling the hope seep out as the days carry on. The fact that this story is so strongly about staying true to oneself, breaking free from the expectations of a devoutly religious society, finding and holding on to love and family, while holding zombies at bay by the fences, is incredible. Not many people would be able to include so many pieces of a puzzle and fit them together so flawlessly, but Ryan does.

I was entirely unprepared for the depth and emotion that poured forth from the pages of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. At times haunting, at times terrifying, but above all else, this book is filled with life; in good times, bad times, times of joy, times of despair, and times when hope triumphs over even the worst circumstances.

Opening line: My mother used to tell me about the ocean. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line(s): I sob because this is not a life. This is not the way life should be and because I don’t know how to fix any of it. ~ pg. 50

And this one:

It is a bright clear day, the sun sparkling off the ice crystals. One of those days when you can’t understand why there is such beauty in a world that is nothing but ugly. ~ pg. 69
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - Entice + My WIP (11/23/10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
Adding a teaser from your WIP (Tuesday Teaser) is a twist that Melissa from i swim for oceans started and I'm borrowing the idea

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser comes from Entice (Need, #3) by Carrie Jones (This is the ARC version, and all lines, cover image, etc. are subject to change):
"He had an instant to choose my life or his and he chose mine to save. That's how I know that pixies can be good. I have seen it with my own eyes". ~ pg. 64

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out.

For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t just turned… She’s Astley’s queen.

*Description taken from Goodreads

 And another teaser from my WIP (which I've changed dramatically, but for the best):
“How about, for just a little while, we forget the past and everything that’s happened? Let’s smile and laugh and have fun. Let’s be us again, Austin,” Rachel says, pulling us to a stop...“Us, minus one?” No matter how hard I try, Sam always seems to move to the forefront of all my thoughts. Never will I be able to smile without the guilt of knowing he won’t.

“No,” Rachel says, her smile growing ever so slightly. “Just us.” 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Title: Before I Die
Author: Jenny Downham
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Paperback, 327 pages
Date Published: May 26, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of “normal” life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.

Tessa’s feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, are all painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa’s time finally runs out.

Tessa Scott is 16 years old and she’s dying. Leukemia is slowly killing her, but she refuses to let it take her. Before I Die isn’t about Tessa’s impending death; it is about her fight for life. She’s young and wants to live out her life like any other teenager. She wants to have fun and to get away from her dad; she doesn’t want to be stuck in her house, wrapped in blankets and surrounded by medicine.

Downham has created an astonishingly beautiful and heartbreaking story with Before I Die. Gorgeous prose and vivid imagery punctuate Tessa’s every desire and goal. Her list of things to do before she dies starts off so simple, but turns into one of the most exquisite things about the novel.

Tessa’s is three dimensional and full of flaws. She’s rash and rude, and even uncaring at times. Death has made her angry, it has made her fearful, and it has made her crave life in ways no one could ever understand. The first thing on her list: sex. Only it doesn’t exactly work out the way she had hoped, but she doesn’t abandon the list, she adds to it. And somehow, over time and a budding relationship, love makes it onto her list.

The characters that surround Tessa add so much depth to her as a person. They make her that much more realistic and make her emotions that much deeper. Her father is an incredible addition to the book, as is her younger brother Cal. They, along with her friend Zoey and neighbor Adam (and sometimes even her mom), create this cast of supporting characters that pull at your heartstrings and make you ache for a loss that you know is coming.

Never in my life have I cried as much as I did reading Before I Die. The last 50 pages or so are exquisitely beautiful, yet terrifyingly raw. Jenny Downham speaks volumes with her prose as Tessa grapples with the mortality and the life that most of us take for granted. This poignant story will make you hold your family members closer, whisper you love them as they go to sleep, and treasure every moment you have.

Before I Die is harsh and honest and bubbling with all the things we try to avoid, yet Downham’s assessment of death brings closure in its haunting ending. Its pages hold the lives of a narrator who approaches death with fear, but also humor, a love story that builds up to be one of the best I have ever read, and showcases how important family is in the most trying times – life and death, hope and loss. This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read.

Opening lines: I wish I had a boyfriend. I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a coat hanger. Whenever I wanted, I could get him out and he’d look at me the way boys do in films, as if I’m beautiful. ~ pg. 1

Downham’s writing makes it impossible to choose a single favorite line, so here just a few of the many

Favorite lines: It’s not fair. I don’t want to die like this, not before I’ve even lived properly. It seems so clear to me. I feel almost hopeful, which is mad. I want to live before I die. It’s the only thing that makes sense. ~ pg. 54
And this one:
As Zoey turns to face me, I realize that life is made up of a series of moments, each one a journey to the end. ~ pg. 165
And this one between Tessa and her brother Cal:
Last night, when we were watching TV, he tied our legs together with a skipping rope. We looked as if we were entering a three-legged race.
He said, ‘No one will take you if you’re tied to me.’
‘They might take you as well!’
He shrugged, as if that didn’t matter to him. ~ pg. 242
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
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In My Mailbox - (11/21/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I caved and bought a couple of books, BUT they are from Borders and I had Borders bucks (I only spent $4)
For Review:
Entice (Need, #3) by Carrie Jones (From Around the World ARC Tours)

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

ARC of Beautiful Darkness SIGNED by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Thanks Late Bloomer!
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Thanks Izabella
Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines Thanks Izabella

Special thanks to the ladies at Late Bloomer Online, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Around the World ARC Tours, and Izabella Colf!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thoughts on Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Let’s talk non-spoilery Deathly Hallows:

The movie was good. The acting was phenomenal and director David Yates is pretty much an awesome dude, but I wasn’t blown away. And I expected to be. I intentionally did not reread the book prior to seeing the move because I didn’t want to feel any disappointment at things that were left out, but I still felt it.

At times, I felt the movie was too sluggish (but I suppose the book is too) and not enough was being explained. Some little things that I was looking forward to seeing were left out and the climactic scene that I wanted, no, needed, to make me cry, did not. I was close, but the scene felt rushed to me and the tears did not come.

All that aside, the opening action scene is perfect. It’s funny and exciting and more than I had expected. The romantic tension between Ron and Hermione was done very well, though one scene was a bit odd (you’ll know when you see it because, uhh, really not how I had imagined that happening). The comedy breaks in at the precise and most necessary moments as well, which is good to lighten an otherwise very dark movie. The action scenes were also done well and the Malfoy Manor scene almost lived up to my expectations – there’s a certain death that did not occur that I’m none too pleased about because IT WAS IMPORTANT, at least to me. And the “Three Brothers” story was done in a kind of incredible way. Totally unexpected, but I really loved how it was shown.

So Deathly Hallows was not my favorite movie in the series, but I am seeing it again on Saturday and maybe I’ll enjoy it more when I’m wide awake. Who knows? For now, Half Blood Prince and/or Goblet of Fire remain my faves in the series.

Anyway, I have faith that part 2 will be filled with epicness and action and darkness and death (yes, more death) and an awesome Mrs. Weasley scene. I wish it was July already…

P.S. I adore Dobby like woah! Always have, always will. Same goes for Ron, the ginger that stole my heart. And Hermione, yeah, she was pretty much awesome in this one.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman

Title: How to Steal a Car
Author: Pete Hautman
Publisher: Scholastic
Hardcover, 170 pages
Date Published: September 1, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by sleeping with guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being a bitch to other girls.
Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.

In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time. 

Pete Hautman has a way with words that is so blunt, so matter of fact, that you can’t help but be interested. How To Steal A Car isn’t all that action-packed, despite the subject matter, because of Hautman’s writing style; yet I was wholly intrigued by it.

Kelleigh Monahan is a 15 year old smart girl with a nice best friend who she sort of shares a maybe gay boyfriend with. Her life doesn't appear to be too complicated. She has a nice mom and lawyer dad who works constantly, but then, out of nowhere, she starts stealing cars.

Hautman’s foray into Kelleigh’s thoughts about her life and her new hobby are funny, and somehow make perfect sense. In a way, Kelleigh’s newfound desire to boost cars is understandable. She gets an odd rush from it even though it has no purpose for her. And it lets her escape the things in her life she would like to avoid.

How To Steal A Car is a short read that kept me interested, but it was lacking in direction. I was hoping there would be some kind of conclusion to Kelleigh’s story and her car thievery, but it just ends. No conclusion, no solid ending. I want to know what happens next. What happens to Kelleigh? What happens to her family (who really aren’t as great as they first seem)? And does she ever get caught? Does she even care?

This was still a good read, though maybe directed at a younger YA audience. Kelleigh is 15 and there is talk of alcohol, drugs, and sex, but nothing of the sort is ever explicitly discussed.

Opening line: The way this whole thing got started was completely coincidental and not like I planned it or anything. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: “You going to law school too, Kelleigh?”
“Actually, I’m thinking of becoming a criminal. To give the lawyers something to do.” ~ pg. 88

More like 3.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Think About It Thursday (9): Harry Potter

Image used under Creative Commons - Original belongs to Salady
So this isn’t so much a Think About It Thursday post as it’s a I Love Harry Potter post, but whatever.

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone was released in 1997 and I was a mere 9 years old. I picked up the series around the time The Prisoner of Azkaban came out (1999) and I fell in love with the magic and wonder. Harry Potter has been a huge part of my childhood and, in a way, I feel like Harry, Ron, and Hermione grew up with me. The characters are a part of my life and it’s crazy that the beginning of the end starts tonight.

I remember when I went to the midnight release for the Deathly Hallows book and I promptly returned home to devour it. I forced myself to stop reading it because I didn’t want it to end; I didn’t want to lose Harry, Ron, and Hermione forever.

At midnight tonight, I’ll be going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – pt. 1 and part of me is uber excited – I’m talking geektastically happy about it – but another part of me is overwhelmingly sad about it. This is the beginning of the end. It means that my childhood is truly over (I’m 22 now, so it should technically already be over) and I’m not sure if I’m prepared for that.

So, what are your thoughts about the beginning of the end? Are you excited? Happy? A little sad?

Has there been a book, movie, etc. that has been a HUGE part of your life?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Contest for Writers 11-18 Years Old - You Could Be Published!

W.C. Peever, author of The Jumper Chronicles, is currently holding a contest to write the first chapter of his second book - meaning, the winner will become a published author.

To enter, you must be 11-18 years of age and you have to read book #1, Quest for Merlin's Map, and then you write the first chapter of book #2. Peever did a similar contest to find a young artist to do the cover art for his book and look how awesome that is!

For more info, visit W.C. Peever's website and contest info.

Contest runs from November 15 (NOW)-May 5, 2011

Find W.C. Peever Online

But It Online  
(Currently available at Amazon, but will be re-released on Christmas)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Hunger Games Fan Scene: Katniss & Rue

For those of you who don't know it, I'm a HUGE fan of The Hunger Games series. It ranks very high up on my list of favorite books/series, along with Harry Potter. Lionsgate is in the process of casting for the feature film and some fans created this astounding video as an audition tape of sorts.

Check it out, be amazed, and get prepared for the awesomeness that The Hunger Games will be once it hits theaters.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Paperback, 245 pages
Date Published: March 17, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far... and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over...
Okay Jennifer Echols, it is official – you’re amazing. Going Too Far blew me away with its strong lead characters and intelligent dialogue. Meg is sarcastic and angry and rebellious and wondrously complicated, while John After is slightly mysterious and calm and definitely a little sexy, but complicated at the same time.

Together, these two people create quite the story. Echols somehow squeezes so much into a week of cop car ride-alongs, stolen glances, arguments, fainting, and maybe even the possibility of a something more. Each chapter left me wanting to know more about Meg and John and the issues that they both hide; I couldn’t put the book down.

What starts with a night on a bridge somehow morphs into so much more. The story is peeled back slowly, layer by layer in Echols deliciously seductive writing. The love story isn’t fluffy or contrived, it’s raw and powerful, full of heat and desire and pain. Everything that makes a good love story. And the mystery of Meg’s panic attacks and John’s obsession with a railroad bridge had me eager to figure out just who these two people were below the surface.

Going Too Far is an unconventional love story that is well-written with incredible chemistry. Rebellious, blue-haired Meg is feisty and sarcastic and is the perfect counterpart to John’s clean-cut, rule-following self. It’s sexy and fun with laugh-out-loud comedy and tender moments that will steal your heart.

Opening lines: “That’s the worst idea I ever heard,” I told Eric. Then I took another sip of beer and swallowed. “Let’s do it.” ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines:
This was like no handshake I’d ever shared. Clumsy, and sexy, and way too friendly for comfort.
Friends my ass. ~ pg. 116
And this one:
As I watched him pull himself from the car and walk casually across the brightly lit parking lot, I thought dumb things: I will never wash my knee again. I will never wash these jeans again. I will cut the knee out of these jeans and sew a pillow to sleep on every night, just to have a molecule of him in my bed with me. ~ pg. 126
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Music Mondays - Taylor Swift (11/15/10)

Music Mondays spotlights a band/artist that I particularly enjoy.
I'm head over heels in love with Taylor Swift's new album Speak Now. The entire album is beyond wonderful and here's just one of my many favorites, "Enchanted."


Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox - (11/14/10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I'm sticking to my book buying ban (at least for the moment), so not much this week
Incredible Dobby shirt (for some reason The Chamber of Secrets is in German. I didn't notice until after I brought it home). I'll be wearing this to the midnight show this week =)

For Review:
Quest for Merlin's Map (The Jumper Chronicles, #1) by W.C. Peever

Beautiful Darkness poster

Thanks to W.C. Peever, Paul Jackson @ Savant Books, and Yvette from Caster Girls!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

YA Rebels Do The Seven Deadly Sins (And a Contest from Leah Clifford)

The YA Rebels are a group of seven YA authors/writers who have banded together to form this incredible YouTube channel where they wax poetic on writing, publishing, and everything in between. They are currently discussing the seven deadly sins and have already gone through LUST, WRATH, ENVY, PRIDE, and GLUTTONY.

Leah Clifford, author of A Touch Mortal (scheduled for release February 22, 2011), discusses PRIDE in the video below and then offers a way to WIN an ARC of her upcoming novel. So watch the video, spread the word, and let's keep feeding Leah's PRIDE MONSTER =)

Winners of the Signed Copies of Speak

The winners of the SIGNED copies of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson are....

*Both winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or alternate winner(s) may be chosen

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