Monday, November 29

2011 Debut Author Challenge

  • The objective of the DAC is to read at least twelve novels from Young Adult or Middle Grade Authors. While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit! I encourage readers who can read more than twelve to do so!
  • Books must be a Young Adult or Middle Grade novel.
  • This must be the authors debut with a release date in 2011. 
To See A List Of Debut Authors: HERE

Hosted by The Story Siren!

I, Princess Bookie Accept This Challenge! I'm not sure how many I will read yet but I know I'll read more than 12!

Here is my list of Debut Books read in 2011.  I will use this page to keep track!

1. Haven by Kristi Cook 
2. Liar Society by Laura and Lisa Roecker
3. Clarity by Kim Harrington
4. The Revenant by Sonia  Gensler 
5. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
6. Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris
7. The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
8. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton 
9. Enclave by Aguirre 
10. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik 
11. In The Arms Of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane (?)
12. Born At Midnight by CC Hunter
13. Rhymes With Cupid by Anna Humphrey 
14. After Midnight by Lynn Viehl
15. OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy 
16. Never Sit Down In A Hoopskirt And Other Things I Learned In Southern Belle Hell by Cricket Rumley 
17. Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver 
18. Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
19. Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
20. Dead Rules by Randy Russell
21. Forgotten by Cat Patrick
22.  Touch Of Frost by Jennifer Estep
23. The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
24. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
25. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
26. Frost by Marianna Baer
27. Variant by Robison Wells
28. The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetskey
29. Shifting  by Bethany Wiggins
30. Legend by Marie Lu
31. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
32. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
33. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
34. Spoiled by Jessica Morgan Heather Cocks
35. Flyaway by Helen Landalf
36. Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari
37. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
38. Saving June by Hannah Harrington


Here Are Debuts I read before January 2011.

1. XVI by Julia Karr 
2. Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton 
3. Across The Universe by Beth Revis 
4. Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal  
5. Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley  
6. Populazzi by Elise Allen
7. The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
8. Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
9. Wither by Lauren Destefano  

10. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 
11. Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
12. Back When You Were Easier To Love by Emily Wing Smith


Matched by Ally Condie

Matched by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 384
Buy The Book: Amazon

Summary: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Cassia who is turning 17. She lives in a closed knit society that they never leave until they are older and thats only if they are chosen to be matched with someone outside which is almost always. They than begin their new lives. At the age of 17, all society members get to see who their matches are. The person they are to spend their life with, reproduce, etc. Cassia picks out a beautiful green dress for the matching. Her mother and father attend along with the other girls/guys families who are turning 17. This is basically a dystopian novel which I do not usually enjoy. Cassia gets matched and guess who comes up on her screen. Xander, her lifelong best friend. How cool is it that she already knows him and all those first time's shes nervous about has already happened. She doesn't have to go through the first meeting, first date, first chat, etc. She's on cloud nine.

Later, she inserts her micro-card to see what they thought she know about Xander and another faces pops up first. It's Ky. Another guy in her community. She actually knows him! So, of course she starts to question things about all havoc breaks lose.

Ky and Xander were both great guys. I had a hard time choosing between them. On one hand you have best friend Xander, handsome and always there for Cassia, but than there is Ky, whose a hard worker, and a mysterious guy. I could definitely feel for Cassia. Things were just not easy for her.

Cassia was a very strong character. She wanted to follow the rules but she didn't always agree with them. She just wanted what was best for everyone. She cared deeply for her family and friends. And she had feelings for both Ky and Xander. I could really relate to her feelings for both!

I really did enjoy this book but the ending was so abrupt that I wanted the next book already!

Overall: Really loved it a lot. Totally different than what I expected.

Cover: Come on, that cover is really plain but magnificent! I love how she is in a bubble and her dress is green! Such a beautiful cover.

What I'd Give It:

Friday, November 26

Flirting With Disaster By Rhonda Stapleton

Flirting With Disaster By Rhonda Stapleton
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256
Buy This Book: Amazon

Summary: Felicity is a total romantic. That's why she follows her heart—not the rules—in her job as a cupid. But when Felicity turns her matchmaking magic on her best friend, Andy, it's Andy who breaks their golden rule: friends always come first. Andy is so wrapped up in her new guy that she's ditching everyone else. How can Felicity stop her BFF from letting a BF come between them?

Meanwhile, Felicity decides to get over her crush on Derek by setting him up with someone else—but in her impulsive haste, she accidentally matches him with the whole school, and now everyone is in love with him. The entire student body is headed toward heartbreak, just weeks before prom. Does Felicity have what it takes to make everyone's heart happy...including her own?

My Thoughts: This series is made of awesomeness! Seriously, these are the cutest books ever! I read Flirting With Disaster a few weeks after Stupid Cupid and it had the same fun to it! We are reunited with Felicity, Andy, and Maya. And of course her crazy matchmaking job! This time the book focuses on her friend Andy. Felicity set her up with Tyler and things seem to be going smoothly except for one glitch. Andy is so in love with Tyler she starts to ditch Felicity and Maya. All she does is breathe, eat, and sleep Tyler. She has no time for anything else really. Felicity feels a little jealous and neglected but she figures she can't let it get to her. Easier said than done. Felicity also decides getting Derek to notice her is a lost cause so she decides to match him with someone.

She picks out the perfect girl than accidently CC's the whole school so now everybody is in love with Derek. Yes, even teachers and guys! Oh no! She tries not to freak out and figures that the spell will wear off in 2 weeks. In the meantime, Derek spends more time with her after bumping into her in the library. They even go out as a group together and decide to go to prom together.

The realization is that he might not even like her, but she's the only one who isn't falling at her knees for him and he might just feel bombarded so being around her might the less evil of the two.

Honestly, Flirting With Diaster was even more enjoyable than Stupid Cupid. Usually sophomore novels aren't as great at freshmen but this one had it all! I loved it! I didn't see the ending coming at all, and my mouth dropped open a little bit. Of course I had to laugh and smile about it. Irony, anyone?

Do you want to know what happens to Andy and Tyler, do they make it past the two week mark? What about Felicity, does Derek finally notice her or is he still stuck being blind to her love?

Overall: Loved It! I'll say it again, Stapleton is awesome and knows what us girls want in a novel!

Cover: These covers are so adorable! Each one figures the same girl and they are all so neat.

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Tuesday, November 23

Waiting On Wednesday (71)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Summary: Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. 

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. 

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. 

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Why I Want It:  Creatures are afraid of her? She's running but she doesn't know where to or who from? Sounds interesting. 

Saturday, November 20

In My Mailbox (59) 11/20//2010

Another Slow Week For Me This Week! 

I Got: 
Dating Mr December by Phillipa Ashley (won)
Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen (PBS Game)
Inside Out by Lauren Dane
Happily Ever After by Nora Roberts
Misguided Angel by Melissa De La Cruz (thanks Lena for getting this signed for me)

Has anyone else noticed how many new YA books come out in 2011? I can't wait! I'm excited! 

Coffehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Release Date: July 21, 2009
Publisher: Walker Books For Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult 
Pages: 288
Buy The Book: Amazon

Summary: From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . .

My Thoughts: I just finished The Espressologist a few days ago so I was a little hesitate to start another novel based around coffee but I did anyway. I enjoyed Coffeehouse Angel a little less than The Espressologist but it was still a great read. We are introduced to Katrina who works in her grandmother's coffee shop. Really, its hers too because she lives with her grandmother. Her parents were killed in a tragic car accident when she was young. She has a boy best friend and her life is anything but ordinary. She takes the trash out one day and there lays a homeless guy in the alley. She brings him day old food and coffee because she feels sorry for him. Well, his name is Malcolm and he is technically an angel. He starts coming around to give Katrina's her hearts desire because she did a good deed by helping him with a little bean. Of course, the first two beans end up going to other people because Katrina brushes him off. Of course, the coffee shop is also having problems staying a float. I really liked this one but I wasn't in love with it. I wanted to get to know Malcolm more and I just felt for him being such an important part of the story we didn't get to spend much time with him. Katrina was a good heroine though, she was smart, sassy, and stood up for what she believed in. 

Overall: Honestly, I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I thought I would. At first glance, I thought it was going to be mainly fluff and nothing else and it did surprise me a bit. There are serious issues all throughout the novel. For example, her grandmother having health problems. Never take someone for granted. I also really liked the way things ended.

Cover: Like it a lot. I like the colors and it all fits together perfectly.

What I'd Give It:

Thursday, November 18

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Publisher: Tor Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Buy The Book: Amazon

Summary: Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he’s as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay…for all of them.

My Thoughts:  When I first heard about this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Even though it went out for an ARC tour on the tour site I run, I waited until the book hit shelves and bought myself a final copy before I started. We are introduced to Frannie who is your basic girl whose family is very religious (catholic). I mean come on, the girls sisters names all start with Mary. Crazy right? Two guys show up at precisely the same time and start going after Frannie's affection. First there is Luc; hot, sexy as hell, smokin, good looking Luc. Luc comes from hell (yes directly) and he is sent to tag Frannie's soul. Of course with every demon there also has to come an angel. Than we are introduced to Gabe; an angel sent right from heaven to tag Frannie's soul. Both guys are after Frannie and she must choose one or the other. She feels major attraction for both and  goes back and forth quite a bit. I adore love triangles so this one was perfect for me.

At times I did want to slap Frannie. Sometimes she would get annoying but honestly I think it was her personality and you just have to learn to love it. Maybe an acquired taste. She also has a few friends named Taylor and Riley who add laughter to the storyline. They are right there telling her hot the new guys are and how she should go after them and not let them out of her sight! HAHA! 

I loved all the side characters, her family, the other demons from hell that come to visit. I also loved how we got to see both Frannie and Luc's prospective as it switches between them. The book was very easy to get into and easy to get lost in the book. We also do find out why everyone is vouching for Frannie's soul so much. I can't wait to read more from Lisa!

Overall: I've heard mostly positive reviews on this one but I've also heard a few negative ones. I really loved Personal Demons but if your not a fan of love triangles (which I am) or somewhat annoying lead characters you may not like this one. Its your basic teenage drama and if your too old to enjoy this, you probably won't want to finish it. I may be an adult but I can easily get sucked into the world of hot demons and angels.

Cover: This cover is pretty sexy. You can tell both guys are hot just from looking at it! Smokin!

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Tuesday, November 16

Waiting On Wednesday (70)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

Will Work For Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris

Summary: Planning for prom’s supposed to be fun—the dress, the accessories, the devastatingly handsome date—but Quigley Johnson never thought that agreeing to her best friend Ann’s Betterment Plan would ruin her life! 

After a series of bizarre part-time jobs, the prospect of being a live model for a fashion-design class has Quigley ready to throw in the towel, until she meets Zander. He may not be able to sketch, but he’s smoking hot, cool and funny, and every outfit he creates might as well be made for her. But is he too good to be true? Then there’s David, the self-professed “Art King” whose competitiveness has always meant cutting Quigley down, until he sets his sights on making her his prom date and “Art Queen.” And this preparation for the formal was supposed to make Quigley and Ann even closer, but it’s tearing them apart! How will Quigley make it to prom, when she’s barely making it through high school? 

Fresh and flirty, Will Work for Prom Dress combines fashion, romance, and entrepreneurship in a hilarious package. A must-have for the prom season from a talented, emerging voice in the young adult world. 

Why I Want It: Doesn't it sound cute? I think this is going to be a great rom com! 

Monday, November 15

Upcoming Wishlist

My wishlist is now located on Goodreads and Paperbackswap!

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
Release Date: June 23, 2009
Publisher: Delecorte Books For Young Readers 
Age Group: Young Adult 
Pages: 256
Buy The Book:Amazon

Summary: Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They've been best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah- they're totally hot for each other.

But a week before their joint Sweet Sixteen bash, everything changes. Cam's awkward cousin Pip comes to stay, and Morgan is stunned when her formerly perfect boyfriend seems to be drifting away.

When Morgan demands answers, she's shocked to discover the source of Cam's distance isn't another girl- it's another world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. No, seriously. A fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies. But as Cam continues to change, she has to decide once and for all if he really is her destiny, and if their “perfect” love can weather an uncertain future.

My Thoughts: Hmm, how shall I start this review? I really wanted to love this. I had been looking forward to it for a long time. It just lingered on my TBR and finally made its way to the top. I started off not knowing what to expect. By about 40 pages in, I almost stopped. We are introduced to Morgan and Cam who have been together since they were kids. Heck, they wore in diapers together. They have always known each other and known they would end up together. 

Morgan is a little bit of a psychic and she just assumed he would be in her life forever. They even have the same birthday. About a week before their 16th birthday arrives, Cam is told he is a fairy and its time to go back to the Otherworld. He does not like this and he tells Morgan about it. This is the part where I wanted to smack her. He tried explaining it to her and she kept coming up with excuses of why it couldn't be true. I know it would be hard to understand but how many ways does he have to say it? After that, the boy who was taken when Cam was switched at the hospital, Pip is his name, comes and lives with Cam's family. Overall, his mom and dad were pretty understanding about all this and they believed it all. Weird.

Well, another girl comes as well to take Cam into the Otherworld. That is her responsibility. She annoyed me!! I never really felt a connection to Cam. Even though the book does focus on him a bit, we never really get to know him. We just know he's popular, on the football team, he's Morgan's boyfriend, etc. We do get to know Pip really well. Him and Morgan unite to form a plan to get Cam to be able to stay. If you want to find out what happens, read the book!

Overall: It was an alright book. I really love fairies but this one just didn't do it for me. I think it was written for younger audiences. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't really love it either. I'm happy the way it ended, it was surprising, but appropriate. I'm glad it was a short book though.

Cover: Like it. It's a pretty cover.

What I'd Give It:

Saturday, November 13

Thursday, November 11

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: Harpercollins
Age Group: Young Adult 
Pages: 448
Buy The Book: Amazon

Summary: Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

My Thoughts: Honestly, I had this one referred to me after a few friends read my review of The Hunger Games. They thought I would enjoy this one as well. Honestly, I felt it was nowhere near as great as The Hunger Games. We are introduced to John (his name changes occasionally) when they run. He is being chased by people from his home planet but they are bad people! They have already killed 3 other people and he is next. They all must be killed in order. John is just starting to develop his legacies so he isn't up to a full on battle right now.

Honestly, I don't want to give away the whole book so this is going to be a short review and my opinion at that. I liked I Am Number Four but I didn't love it and I really didn't love love love it. It was just okay in my opinion. I felt myself bored at times and would put it down and start something else. If you follow my reviews than you know that I can easily finish a book in a day and not start another one until that book is finished. It took me about a week to finish this book because I would pick it up and read 50 pages and than set it back down to read something else. It was easy to read and a breeze to get through but I didn't feel myself very intrigued.  A lot of people will love this one but it just wasn't for me. If your a big fan of scifi you'll probably enjoy it. If your fascinated by aliens you'll most likely enjoy it. If you loved The Hunger Games or want something really deep to read, you might not like this.At over 400 pages, it just felt too long and drawn out.

Will I see the movie when it comes out? Yes. Will I see it in the theater? Probably not. The positive it has the actress from Glee in it, so I'll at least recognize one of the characters. 

Overall: It was just alright. Not the best book I've ever read, but not the worst either.And I'm giving it 3 cupcakes because it was a unique storyline, the characters were likable, and it was easy to read.

Cover: I do like the cover. I'm not a big fan of orange but it does stand out!

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Wednesday, November 10

Waiting On Wednesday (69)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

Awakened House Of Night by PC Cast

Summary: At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey - or her relationship with her super-hot Warrior, Stark - ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet - who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality - and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

Why I Want It: I've read the first few House Of Nights and really enjoyed them so of course I'm going to read this one. I've heard that a lot of people do not like the cover. I actually do.

Tuesday, November 9

Her And Me And You Lauren Strasnick

Her And Me And You by Lauren Strasnick
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 208
Buy The Book: Amazon

Summary: First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two.

Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred—and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred—and something about Adina—that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world…no matter the consequences.

My Thoughts: I really wanted to love this as I really enjoyed Nothing Like You but this one was just ok to me. We meet Alex who is new to town and her friends Fred and Adina who are twins. I know there was just something not right about them, or more about Adina. I could tell right away that Alex and Fred were a good match but throw in Adina and I know nothing good could come out of it. She was just in the way the whole time! I wanted to tell her to get her own life. Some would say she wanted to protect her brother but others would say she was just bonkers! For a long time I wasn't sure if she liked Fred or she liked Alex. I also wasn't sure if there was more to the Fred/Adina story. The book is short, the chapters are short so its easy to get sucked in and know you want to finish the book in one sitting. I liked this book, I liked the loops it throws you for, I really liked Alex and Fred, I just couldn't stand Adina and maybe thats why I didn't flat out love this one. Alex was warned to stay away from Adina and Fred so I heard someone else whose read the book, say she was warned, haha. My favorite character was probably Fred and I would have liked to see even more of him.

Overall: I liked it. It was alright. Its a short book so its worth a read.

Cover: I love the cover! Its so beautiful! I mean, it makes me want to get out my unbrella and walk down this street!

What I'd Give It:

Monday, November 8

Low Red Moon

By Ivy Devlin

Summary: Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents--and the fact that she can't remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She's struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn't like any guy she's ever met before.

It turns out there's a reason why, and Ben's secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents...

But what if that secret changes everything she knows about--and feels for--Ben?

My Thoughts: Where To Start, Where To Start. Low Red Moon is one of those books you know you'll remember. We meet Avery who just suffered such a tragedy; she lost both of her parents at the same moment. They were murdered! She goes to live with her grandmother, and meets a boy. Not just any boy, a special boy with silver eyes! This book is so hard to go into detail about without giving away spoilers, the whole plot, or all the good parts of the book.

I liked the character of Avery, she was strong willed and didn't always do what everyone else wanted. Everyone wanted her to stay out of the woods yet she was her own person and went into the woods anyways. I liked Ben, he was special.

The best part was who turned out to be the one who murdered Avery's parents. I just didn't see that one coming. I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked all the characters and I liked Ben's story as well.

Fans of Shiver will enjoy this one.

Overall: I really liked it a lot. Its a good love story/mystery book.

Cover: The cover is cool!

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Saturday, November 6

In My Mailbox (57) 11/6/2010

Well, yesterday I went in to get a haircut. Keep in mind that I've been wanting one for a while and I knew just what I wanted. As I walked out of the salon I wanted to cry. 
I had hair down to my booty. Long long hair. My bangs were even that long. Well, I wanted my hair layered down past my shoulders. To say the least, they really messed it up and a day later and I look at myself in the mirror and I tell myself it will grow back but I hate it! Its about to my ears, my bangs are straight across (why do I even have bangs?) Of course as they were cutting it, they had set my glasses off to the side so I couldn't really see. I'd say the guy who cut it just screwed up somewhere so he kept cutting it trying to even it out. Thats my only reasoning as to why it looks like this.  If your facebook friends with me, than you've seen the pictures and you understand why I'm so upset. I'm not sure if I want to post them on here or not. I might get a lot of funny laughs. LOL.

This week I got some awesome ones! I told myself I would allow myself to buy a few books this coming week since I ended up with such a bad haircut. I'm not sure what I'm going to buy yet. I have to treat myself somehow! HAHAHA!

This week I got:

Siren by Tricia Rayburn  
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
Penitence by Jennifer Laurens
Absolution by Jennifer Laurens 
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick  
Wish by Joseph Monninger  
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder  
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors 
Timeless by Alexandra Monir 
Real Live Boyfriends by E Lockhart  
Kindred by Tammar Stein
Vesper by Jeff Sampson (already sent it out for tour)

What did you get this week?

Friday, November 5

My Fair Godmother

By Janette Rallison

Summary: Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience! After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.

My Thoughts: Well, I'm a huge Rallison fan. I've really enjoyed everything I've read by her. When I started My Fair Godmother I thought it was going to be too immature for my tastes but I was wrong. We get introduced to Savannah who is in love with a guy and her sister ends up with him. Well, truth be told, from the get go, I thought her sister belonged with him. Her sister liked him too. Well, than Savannah gets a fairy godmother and she gets 3 wishes. She basically wishes for a prince and gets sent back in time. She gets to be Cinderella and Snow White. Also, time moves differently back than. She is only gone for a little while but it seems like weeks where she is. She ends up back and sends Tristan (a guy she goes to school with) back in the middle ages to be a prince. He can not come back until he is crowned a prince. Savannah feels bad and goes back to find him. She ends up meeting another guy along the way, a masked man who she has no idea of his identity. She also comes in contact with a wizard and ends up getting a charm from him. I really liked the whole idea of these charms. I liked which each what meant.

Honestly, this book is a light romantic comedy. If you like fairytales, you'll enjoy this one. If you like romance, you'll enjoy this one. If you like reading about faraway lands, you'll like this one. If you want to know what happens to Savannah and if she gets her prom date- prince read the book to find out!

My Fair Godmother surprised me. It honestly took me about a 100 pages before I really got into it, and I considered giving the book up. The beginning felt really immature and I wasn't enjoying it too much. I just wanted some action and it took a while for that to happen. When she met up with Tristan that is the point in the story where things changed and I knew I just had to finish it. I had to know what happened. I enjoyed it much more than I had originally thought I would.

The cover is really stunning. Its pretty.

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Thursday, November 4

The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, #1)

By Inara Scott

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.

But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.

And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.

My Thoughts:
Hmm. Well, at first I was going to pass on reading The Candidates. I've been more selective lately on books I've been reading. And I was going to put this one on the backburner for a while. I picked it up anyway after a few recommendations. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed The Candidates. We are introduced to Dancia who is just your average teenager except she's not! She tries to be invisible but there is more to her than meets the eye. She has a power. She makes things happen without really even trying. Its hard to control. Things just tend to happen when she gets in sticky situations and wants to help people. She helps them without even thinking about it. A reflex. She tries to keep it under wraps but that is easier said than done.

One day, recruiters from Delcroix Academy show up. Delcroix Academy is this super exclusive private school up the road from Danville. She doesn't understand why in the world they would want her. She's so ordinary, poor, nothing special. She decides to take the scholarship and attends. First off, I liked how she made friends even though she told herself she wouldn't get close to anyone. It was fun watching her interact with the girls. Second, I liked the romance aspect of this book. Cam, is totally swoonworthy, older guy, who seems drawn to Dancia. Of course Dancia is a bit worried and cautious, why would a guy like Cam like her? Is there more to his story? Than there is Jack. Sweet Jack. He's a bit of a rebel and troublemaker and also recruited. Dancia finds out he's basically been living on his own, going from place to place, and she befriends him easily. Honestly, I liked Jack much more than Cam and I was silently rooting for him the whole time. His intentions just seemed so much more pure than Cam's. Both of them have their quirks.

I liked the characters, I liked the plot, I liked realizing what their secret talents were. I liked how Cam and Jack both went out of their way to try to explain the truth to Dancia. I liked the book a lot. It was very enjoyable and a neat read.

Dancia also learns there is more to Delcroix Academy than she originally thought. The school is definitely not what she thought it was, is that a good or bad thing?

Overall: I really enjoyed this one! I would have liked to get to know Jack a little bit better but overall, I enjoyed this and can't wait for Book 2: The Watchers.

Cover: I like the cover. I just don't love it.

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