Tuesday, November 29, 2011

TBR Tuesday - The Lovey Love YA Edition

Welcome to To-Be-Read Tuesday aka Cover Lust! I love these cutesie covers! Adorable! My favorite cover is "My Life Next Door"....reminds me of my high school days! 
I hope you find some titles to add to your ever-growing TBR List!
Links go to GoodReads!

Devine Intervention - Martha Brockenbrough (June 1, 2012)
My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick (June 14, 2012)
The One That I Want - Jennifer Echols (December 6, 2011)

 Girl Meets Boy - Edited by Kelly Milner Halls (January 1, 2012)
Such Wicked Intent (Dark Endeavor #2) - Kenneth Oppel (August 21, 2012)
This Is So Not Happening (#3) - Kieran Scott (May 1, 2012)

Keep Holding On - Susana Colasanti (June 14, 2012)
No Such Thing as Forever - Ali Cronin (January 5, 2012)
The Thing About the Truth - Lauren Barnholdt (July 10, 2012)

Are there any titles you think I should add to my TBR pile? I love suggestions!
 Any books from my list that you plan on reading?

Top Ten Books on my TBR List for This Winter

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting my new favorite meme!

So this week's topic is: Top Ten Books on my TBR list for this winter.There are some totally amazing books that are coming out this winter that I have been lusting after for literally MONTHS....There's also I few books that have already been released that I want to make SURE I get to.

1. Trapped - Michael Northrop - This looks like the PERFECT winter read. Huge Blizzard that lasts for days? Count me in.

2.  Beneath a Meth Moon - Jacqueline Woodson - I love ANY book about drugs. I feel like that makes me kind of a bad person? Druggie books are like my guilty pleasure or something.

3. Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) - Lauren DeStefano - I really enjoyed Wither, and I'm excited to see where the sequel takes us. I want some ANSWERS!

4. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) - Lauren Oliver - Holy crap, I am so excited to read this. This is my most anticipated read of 2012, by far!

5. Crossed (Matched #2) - I've been waiting for this sequel ever since I read Matched last year. However the less than stellar reviews sort of put a damper on my excitement. I HAVE to make time to read it though, hopefully it will be better than what most people are saying.

6. Life as I Blow It - Sarah Collona - I'm hoping this one will remind me of Chelsea Lately. I was disappointed with Chelsea's last book, so maybe this will fill my Chelsea void.

7. Article 5 - Kristen Simmons - This is the first book in what looks to be an awesome series. More Post-Apocalyptic for the win!

8. This Is Not a Test - Courtney Summers - Zombie Apocalypse FTW!

9. First Comes Love - Katie Kacvinsky - Although the plot lacked in her debut novel, Awaken, she did write really beautifully. This book sounds really good, I'm totally in the mood for a good love story.

10. Perfect (Impulse #2) - Ellen Hopkins - I need to finish up Impulse, then I'm going to dive into this one. This cover is the prettiest thing I've ever seen!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What Are You Reading? #48

Thanks to 
One Person's Journey through the World of Books 
for hosting the weekly Link-up!

  • Blood Wounds - Susan Beth Pfeffer - 4 STARS! 
  • The Infection - Craig DiLouie - 4 STARS!

I'm doing some "fun" reading this week. I'm trying to take a little review book break over the holiday. I can't WAIT for Black Friday! I'm really excited! I hope I get some awesome deals... (fingers crossed).I also can't wait to spend time with my family this week. I get to see my brother and sister in law, who I haven't seen in a long time....plus I get to spend time with my sister!  

What are you reading this week?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

TBR Thursday - The One With All The Pretty Dresses

Instead of TBR Tuesday, It's more like TBR THURSDAY. Two days late. Fails all around. So Monday night, I got the pictures ready, but y'know life and the kiddo got in the way of posting on Tuesday. Let's just pretend I'm awesome and I pre-schedule all my posts and spend hours writing amazing insightful features and reviews and that today is Tuesday.

So I'm seeing a recurring theme in these 2012 YA releases. Holy Pretty Dresses Batman. I'm sure there are some covers that I missed (like Everneath - one of my faves) . But for real....There's 18 covers here all with dresses on the front. Crazzzyyy... They do make for quite a beautiful cover collage though, don't they!? All links go to GoodReads! Enjoy lusting!

Fallen In Love (Fallen #3.5) - Lauren Kate - (January 24, 2012)
Darkness Before Dawn - J.A. London (May 29, 2012)
Bewitching - Alex Flinn (February 14, 2012)

The Selection (#1) - Kiera Cass (April 24, 2012)
Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) - Kiersten White (July 24, 2012)
Rapture (Fallen #4) - Lauren Kate (June 12, 2012)

For Darkness Shows the Stars - Diana Peterfreund (June 12, 2012)
Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins (May 1, 2012)
Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) - Josephine Angelini (May 29, 2012)

Something Strange and Deadly - Susan Dennard (July 24, 2012)
Hemlock (#1) - Kathleen Peacock (May 8, 2012)
The Treachery of Beautiful Things - Ruth Frances Long  (August 16, 2012)

Until I Die (Revenants #2) - Amy Plum (May 8, 2012)
Once (Eve #2) - Anna Carey (July 3, 2012)
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) - Robin LaFevers (March 7, 2012)

Arise (Hereafter #2) - Tara Hudson (July 5, 2012)
Underworld (Abandon #2) - Meg Cabot (May 2012)
Masque of the Red Death - Bethany Griffin (April 24, 2012)

Are there any titles you think I should add to my TBR pile? I love suggestions!
 Any books from my list that you plan on reading?

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Giveaway Hop - $20 Amazon Gift Card

Thank You to I'm a Reader Not a Writer and Tristi Pinkston for hosting!
See a list of all the participating blogs HERE!
I like it simple! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. 

One winner will get a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card! Winner's Choice!
If you are an International winner, you will receive up to $20 in books from The Book Depository!

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By filling out this form you are verifying you are over 13 years old.

The Boring Stuff.....
  • Giveaway ends at 12:01 AM EST on Saturday, November 11th.
  • By filling out the form you are verifying you are over 13. 
  • Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim their prize.
  • I obviously cannot be held responsible for damage that occurs during shipping.

Entries will not be accepted in the comments, but OF COURSE I love any comments that my amazing readers leave me! 

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Prized Blog Tour: Author Interview with Caragh M. O'Brien

I am so excited today to welcome the author of the Birthmarked series, Caragh M. O'Brien. The second book in the series, Prized, is releasing tomorrow(11/8)! I'm a huge fan of this series, so I'm a little fangirl-ish over the opportunity to interview her! On to the Interview!

Let me first say thank you, Tara, for inviting me by to visit Taming the Bookshelf.  I can hardly believe Prized is coming out tomorrow.  That’s so soon!

Dystopian books are obviously a hot genre in YA right now, however you wrote Birthmarked before the trend started. Any predictions on what will be the next big trend in YA literature?It was pure luck that I wrote Birthmarked just as dystopias were cycling into popularity again, and I’m not surprised that many other writers were picking up on the discontent and fears that have been simmering in our society for quite some time.  Our books, film, and art often reflect prevailing interests and attitudes.  I think now there’s an almost nostalgic longing for security and tradition, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see a conservative trend come along next.  I don’t know if that would mean a return to old stories retold, like updated fairy tales, or historical novels, or even westerns, but I hope it won’t be coupled with intolerance or fear of others.  We stand at a pivotal time, eager for scapegoats, and we need to be careful to move instead towards global kindness.  That’s the future I hope we embrace in novels and real life.

I absolutely love the world-building in your novels, especially in Prized. I love hearing the details of what makes a society tick. How do you come up with such creative ideas? Any inspiration?Thank you!  It’s interesting to hear you combining the world-building with the workings of the society, because I tend to think of world-building as just the setting but obviously, it isn’t that simple.  I liked working on Prized because everything was new to Gaia, and I was able to describe the place and the customs as she experienced them.  Nearly two hundred pages of the first draft ended up getting cut, but those lost scenes helped me develop the world in my mind.  I truly feel like I’ve walked in the village of Sylum, and seen it at different angles like from up on the bluff, and at different times of day and in changing weather.  I’ve been part of many conversations outside the main story, so I know the people there.  I’m glad you think the world-building works on the page.

How big is your personal library? Do you tend to hang on to books, or pass them on?We have built-in bookshelves in our living room and more in the library, plus over-stuffed shelves in the bedrooms.  Books pile up on my desk and on the coffee tables, too.  You’d never guess that I try very hard to move books out of our home.  I cull my shelves every few months and donate as much as I can to the public library for their fundraiser sales.  My plan is to save only my very favorites and keep the rest moving so I have room for my latest reads, but it’s sort of a battle and I would not say I’m successful.  Using my library card helps, but those books pile up, too.  I can’t resist them.

How do you feel about the new eBook trend? Do you own an eReader?
E-books make a lot of sense to me and I’m all for them.  Save those poor trees.  Bring e-libraries to old folks’ homes, hospitals, prisons and remote schools.  I do hope contracts with traditional publishers evolve so that writers earn more than 25% royalties on e-book sales, and I'm optimistic that will happen as production costs for publishers diminish.  It’s the actual book printing companies that are really in trouble, if you ask me.  I have a Kindle which I use for travel and when I can’t wait to start a new book in the middle of the night. 

What can you tell us about “Tortured”?
Ah!  My short story!  The team at Roaring Brook asked me to write a tie-in story to go with Prized, so I worked on one this summer and revised it with my editor.  It is a bit of an experiment for my publisher, so we hit a couple of snags.  Ironically, though neither my publisher nor I will be paid anything for the story, we still needed a legal contract for the work and that took some time to iron out.  “Tortured: a bridge story between Birthmarked and Prized” will be released December 6th.  It’ll be available electronically on Kindle and Nook, for free.  I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it features a different perspective from a favorite character.  I’m pleased with how it turned out.  I’m also really happy we have something to give away because I’m so grateful to the grassroots support of readers who have been passing Gaia’s story along to their friends.

Prized Code #15: L

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime.  In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?

Connect with Caragh!


Purchase Prized 

Be sure to drop by the GoodReads chat tomorrow! You can find the group HERE! The other bloggers from the tour and I will be joining Caragh and her editors, readers and fans. Feel free to drop by throughout the day. Caragh will be live around 9pm EST for anyone who wants to chat!

Tour Details can be found at Mac Teen Books . Instructions to decipher the code are also on the website. Make sure you stop by the final tour stop tomorrow, The Book Muncher!

Huge thanks to Caragh for graciously answering my questions! We'll see everyone tomorrow at the chat!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins - Review and Tour Stop

Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: October 18, 2011
Hardcover: 544 Pages

About the Book (From Amazon):

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-athome mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost. Get lost in the world of Triangles where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.

To say I love anything written by Ellen Hopkins is an understatement. I ADORE her books. Crank and Glass are both easily some of my favorite books EVER. I was really excited when I found out that Ellen Hopkins was releasing an adult novel.

Like her other books, this one is written in verse. It amazes me how she conveys in just a few words what other authors take an entire paragraph to express. The emotion bleeds on to the page.

I really enjoyed how the stories were all easily believable. I'm sure we've either been the person in one of these situations or have known someone that these things have happened to. When I finished the book I just felt overwhelmed and almost....vulnerable. The reality of their stories and that they can and do happen to your friends or even yourself really makes you think.

I truly became invested in each of the characters lives.  As I get older I find myself questioning the things I always thought I knew. Sometimes I think of the "what if's" in life.  Things I always thought I wanted don't seem as important as I thought they would be. I was almost....relieved to say that these are normal questions that the characters asked throughout the story.

We know from Ellen Hopkin's other books that she does not shy away from the tough issues in life. This book explores marriage, infidelity, self-image, sexual orientation, aging, terminal illness, alcoholism, indifferent spouses and friendship...This novel has it all. This is not a clean novel by any means. It covers some very "adult" issues. I wouldn't suggest this to teens, but I think it's very relevant for adults.

I always look forward to each and every book that Ellen Hopkins writes. She always finds a way to mix beauty in with reality. I wish that there was another author that I could say is comparable to her writing. Her voice is so realistic and unique, I honestly am drawing a blank on what other book I could say is similar.

Judge a Book by the Cover: Even if I had no idea who the author was or I knew nothing about this book, I don't think I'd be able to pass by it in the bookstore. This is one of my favorite covers of the year. The font is gorgeous. I'm normally not a fan of faces on a book cover, so I love that it doesn't show her whole face. Plus, I have a shirt that looks just like that!

From GoodReads: Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of CrankBurnedImpulseGlass, and Identical. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's MySpace and Facebook pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkins.com

Okay, as promised, I was adopted as 

a baby and grew up in Palm Springs, 

California. I went to a great private 

school, where my teachers 

convinced me I could become 

anything I wanted. I knew from age 9, 

when I published my first poem in the 

Palm Springs Desert Sun, that I 

wanted to be a writer. -Ellen Hopkins

Tomorrow the Triangles Tour stops at Oodles of Books.
Follow the entire tour schedule at Crazy Book Tours.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

TBR Tuesday - 2012 YA - The Greenish Blue Edition

Welcome to To-Be-Read Tuesday aka Cover Lust!

Aren't these covers all so gorgeous!?  (Except the Quaranteen - CREEPY!) 
Absolutely LOVE the Dark Water cover!
I hope you find some titles to add to your ever-growing TBR List!
Links go to GoodReads!

Intentions - Deborah Heiligman (August 14, 2012)
Surrender (Possession #2) - Elana Johnson (June 5, 2012)
The Jade Notebook - Laura Resau (February 14, 2012)

Dark Water: A Siren Novel - Tricia Rayburn (July 10, 2012)
Quaranteen - Lex Thomas (April 24, 2012)
One Moment - Kristina McBride (June 26, 2012)

Destined (Wings #4) - Aprilynne Pike (April 28, 2012)
Gettting Somewhere - Beth Neff (January 19, 2012)
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker #2) - Paolo Bacigalupi (May 2012)

Title Announced, Cover to be Revealed
Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3) - Jackson Pearce (August 2012)
The Diviners (#1) - Libba Bray (November 1, 2012)
Winger - Andrew Smith (Spring 2013) 

Are there any titles you think I should add to my TBR pile? I love suggestions!
 Any books from my list that you plan on reading?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top Spot - October

Thanks to the Skype Sisters for hosting this awesome monthly meme!

My favorite read this month was Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles! 
It was such an awesome love story! I don't know why I waited so long to read it! I'll definitely be reading the next two books in the series soon! 

What Are You Reading? #47

Thanks to 
One Person's Journey through the World of Books 
for hosting the weekly Link-up!

What are you reading this week?