Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fall Into Fantasy Final Flashback



Sadly, Fall Into Fantasy has drawn to a close. I want to thank all the authors, bloggers and readers who made this event a success! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!




In case you missed anything, here is the final calendar of links.

There will be a return to Fall Into Fantasy soon when several bloggers host a Kiersten White Interview Scavenger Hunt! Keep any eye out!

Thanks again to everyone who participated! Happy Reading!

Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Ever since she was a little girl, Cassia has looked forward to her seventeenth birthday - the day she will be Matched to her future husband. In the Society, people are Matched for ideal compatibility and genetics, not for love - and Cassia has never questioned this. Not until two faces appear on her Match card. Suddenly, the pre-planned life she's always wanted seems less than picture perfect, and she begins to wonder if her wise and structured Society is capable of a mistake. The answer to this question could mean life or death for some, and Cassia soon finds herself faced with the choice between what is safe and familiar, and what is foreign and forbidden - a choice no one has made in hundreds of years.

Readers are immediately drawn into the world of the Society by Ally Condie's precise and methodical narration, which is wonderfully appropriate for the alarmingly controlled world. At first, everything in the Society is light, bright and sparkling - yet still somehow unnerving - but it becomes increasingly horrifying as the story progresses. The Officials are subtly terrifying - a light narrative touch by Condie that demonstrates her artistic mastery. Though the narration is very sterile, the language is darkly beautiful, with surprising metaphors that bring the story vividly to life. Matched will make readers experience a rollercoaster of raw emotions, a truly potent example of the power of words.

Even though love triangles are a bit overdone lately, Condie finds a fascinating and clever way of setting up the complex relationships that dominate Matched. Condie also carefully prevents the novel from becoming cheesy - the teenage emotions are believable without being overly angst-ridden, which is refreshing. This is perhaps because the triangle stands for something greater than them all, a choice that will affect not only Cassia but her entire world - a choice between safety and free will. Cassia is a very believable blend of fear and daring, a character to whom readers will not only easily relate, but admire as well.  Ky is also brilliantly done - mysterious and damaged, yet incredibly brave and surprisingly romantic. His mixture of strength and vulnerability make him a three-dimensional character that will capture readers hearts and imaginations. However, though Xander is sweet, he is almost too perfect. I hope to see more of his secrets and more development of his character in future installments to make the triangle a true competition.

Perhaps the best aspect of Matched is that there are no black and white answers; it is unclear which choice is right and what action is wrong. This complexity is sometimes lacking in dystopian YA, and its inclusion in Matched raises the intellectual acuity of the novel to incredible heights. Condie has written a complex and heartbreaking tale that doesn't make the choice easy, and readers will be anxious to see which path Cassia ultimately takes.

Rating: 


This novel hits shelves today! Click here to purchase Matched by Ally Condie.

I won an ARC of this novel from author Michelle Hodkin. This did not affect my review in any way.





This novel is part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge

Teaser Tuesday: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"What's wrong with him?" I whispered.

Grimalkin leaped up beside me. "Remember, human, he has been in Faery for a very long time. Also, until just recently, he was a musical instrument, which was probably fairly traumatic."

This quote is from the ARC and may be different in the finished copy.


This made me laugh so hard - I reread it several times. I love that cat :-)

What's your teaser this week?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fall Into Fantasy: Author Interview with Brenna Yovanoff (The Replacement)


My YA fantasy The Replacement is now available from Razorbill/Penguin Group. Here are some things about me (not book-related):

I'm good at soccer, violent video games, and making very flaky pie pastry.

I'm bad at dancing, making decisions, and inspiring confidence as an authority figure. I suspect this is because I am short, and also terrible at sounding as though I have any idea what I'm talking about.

I was homeschooled until I was fifteen, which has probably affected my world view in ways I can't fathom.

Also, I really, really like parentheses. (Really.)

From author's website.



How did you get yourself into the spooky mindset to write this atmospheric novel?

I'm actually really bad at deciding how I'm going to approach something (I'm also really bad at going into anything prepared—I tend to just sit down at the keyboard and see what happens).  For The Replacement, I basically had to sit down with it every day and just see what happened.


Is the book’s tagline (“Something’s rotten beneath the town of Gentry”) an allusion to Hamlet? If so, is there a significance to the allusion?

I . . . don't think so?  I actually had nothing to do with the tagline on the cover—that was entirely the work of marketing.  I do think it's a great teaser for the book and gives you an accurate taste of what the story's going to be like.  As far as the allusion goes though, I can't say for sure, but I think it's unrelated.


I loved the bond between Mackie and Emma; it was so sweet and sincere in their dark, bizarre world. What inspired their relationship?

While I don't know that I drew from a particular inspiration, over the years I've read a lot of books where siblings really don't get along, which doesn't reflect my real-life experience at all.  I knew that I wanted to write about a brother and sister in a way that showed how the relationship between them doesn't always have to be a bad one, even when it's hard.


During the novel, Mackie makes several allusions about having to tell the truth. Is he unable to lie? Or just unwilling?

This was something that had a lot more significance in the earlier drafts. There's a piece of folklore that says the fey are unable to tell lies, but they can use misdirection and circumlocution in order to deceive.  Mackie's ideas about honesty come out of that tradition, but mostly, he's just very bad at lying straight-out.  He always thinks that people who know him can see it on his face, and he's usually right.


If you were fey, what would be the hardest iron object for you to give up?

My car, definitely!  I love it and I love driving, so I'd be really sad if I had to give it up.


What was the most challenging aspect of writing this novel?

Probably the world-building (if you ask me this question five times, you'll probably get five different answers, so don't hold me to this).  I spent a lot of time thinking about the world, trying to decide what I wanted it to be like and how I was going to convey it.  I also spent a lot of time throwing stuff out and starting over.


What author can always scare you? What is so chilling about their novels?

I'm not usually frightened by books, even though I love reading horror.  However, the one book that absolutely petrified me was Pet Sematary by Stephen King.  The idea of the dead coming back to life is pretty scary by itself, but the most upsetting part was the way that the characters were unable to let go of their loved ones and were willing to raise them from the dead in order to be with them, no matter how terrible the consequences.


Which character in The Replacement do you find the scariest? What is especially frightening about them?

I think the Cutter is probably the scariest, because he's very single-mined and also because of a lot of stuff I can't say here, because it's very spoilery.


What was the first thing you did when you found out The Replacement was a bestseller?

The first-first thing?  After I got off the phone with the publicist at Razorbill, I immediately took a picture of myself and posted it on my blog: http://brennayovanoff.livejournal.com/26478.html  I'm not entirely sure why, except that I wanted to save my facial expression for posterity!


What do you think is the most influential novel of the last 100 years? Why?

Oh wow, this is a hard one!  How do I measure them? Let's see—I'm going to go with To Kill A Mockingbird, because it's a book that talked about race and sexual assault, among other social issues, at a time when a lot of people really weren't talking publicly about those things.


What’s a random fact readers probably don’t know about you?

When I was little, my family lived in a tent in Arkansas.


Will there be a sequel to The Replacement? What other projects do you have in the works?

Right now, there are no plans for a sequel, which doesn't mean it could never happen, but it's not something that's in the works.  I'm currently putting the finishing touches on a book about demons, monsters, true love, and moral ambiguity.  It's scheduled to come out from Razorbill next fall.

Thanks for having me, Casey!

For more about this bestselling author, please visit:



Thank you so much to Brenna Yovanoff for this great interview! I definitely agree about Pet Sematary - I didn't sleep for 2 weeks after watching the film, so I don't dare read the story!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Release Roundup: November 28 - December 4, 2010



November 28


Inconvenient by Margie Gelbwasser

Alyssa Bondar’s world is falling apart. She has just entered her sophomore year at Glenfair High, the only place to hang out is behind the CVS, Keith her cross-country crush keeps sending her mixed signals, and her best friend Lana has started the school year with large breasts and a sexy attitude–-attracting the attention of the most popular kids in the school, a group Alyssa clearly doesn’t fit into.

Alyssa’s Jewish, like most of Glenfair, but since she’s also Russian, Alyssa feels even more separated from other teens. How many other Jewish families have a New Year’s tree with ornaments? On top of all this, Alyssa’s once stable home environment has become chaotic.

Alyssa is used to alcohol accompanying every meal and event in the Russian culture. But when Alyssa’s mother loses her job, the usual drink or two changes into a full-time happy hour. While Alyssa’s father uses news reports of war unrest in the Middle East as his escape from reality, Alyssa is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered family alone. As her mother’s alcoholism gets worse, Alyssa must decide how much she can and should handle before she crumbles as well.


November 30


Matched by Ally Condie

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.


December 1


Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.

She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.

Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?

Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery.


December 2


You Against Me by Jenny Downham

If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother's been accused of a terrible crime and you're the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn't that what families do? When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn't do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it's a book about love - for one's family and for another.


Another great week in books! Matched is FINALLY coming out! I read it last week and really enjoyed it! Look for my review on release day! I've also heard Sarah Ockler is a great author, so I'm excited to read Fixing Delilah. Inconvenient and You Against Me sound like they treat very important and sensitive topics, so I'm glad to see more books like that hitting the market.

What new release are you most excited for this week?


Descriptions from Goodreads. Click hyperlinked titles to purchase or preorder.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In My Mailbox: November 22 - 28, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.


For Review


Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Coming July 4, 2011!

What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help? Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.

A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.

Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again?

Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.


The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Coming March 7, 2011!

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.


Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Coming February 8, 2011!

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.


Thanks to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster!

I really enjoyed the Wake series by Lisa McMann, so I'll be interested to see what Cryer's Cross is like - it sounds kind of scary! I also think Lost Voices sounds like a very sad and powerful story, and The Vespertine is right up my alley - Victorian Age magic!

What's in your mailbox this week?


Descriptions from Goodreads. Click the hyperlinked titles to preorder.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (Fall Into Fantasy)

Mackie Doyle doesn't quite belong in the sleepy steel town of Gentry. There are no cans or silverware in his house, riding in cars makes him sick - but not from motion sickness - and it's all he can do to keep from passing out during the school blood drive. But the people of Gentry have mastered the art of looking the other way when things aren't quite right, even when it costs them their childrens' lives. When Natalie Stewart goes missing, however, Mackie can't pretend anymore - not when he sees the desperation in her sister's eyes. It's time for Mackie to face his demons, even if it kills him.

The opening paragraphs suck the reader into the dark and eerie world that Brenna Yovanoff has built. Yovanoff slowly peels back the layers to reveal the deep and disturbing mystery haunting the town of Gentry. The language of this novel is darkly beautiful, almost poetic at times. Yet, after reading reviews describing The Replacement as scary and spooky, I was rather surprised not to be more frightened by the beginning of this novel. However, toward the end things definitely took a turn for the grotesque, holding no punches and unapologetically revealing the raw emotions, truths and bitter realities of the small steel town. The best thing about this world, though, are the characters. While some - like Mackie's parents - could use development, the main characters are vibrant and quirky. Mackie's strange blend of typical teen hormones, sweet vulnerability and streak of darkness will win readers over from the start. Yet, though readers will feel sorry for him, it was hard to get a real sense of Mackie's pain and, as a result, the conclusion was somewhat anticlimactic.

The relationship between Mackie and his bookish sister Emma is the emotional core of the novel, providing a heart-warming beam of light in an otherwise dreary world. Tate Stewart might be irritating at first, but it's impossible not to admire her for being brave enough to see the dark side of Gentry that no one else dares to acknowledge. Fortunately, Mackie's friends Roswell and the twins provide some much-needed comic relief in this grim world. Roswell is a fascinating character and an incredibly loyal friend to Mackie, a refreshing sight in a young adult novel, and I hope to see more of him in future books. The Replacement is powerful and moving, sad and haunting, creating a whole world of creatures who are terrible in their cruel, cold gentility. The underground world that Yovanoff creates is as captivating as it is horrifying, and the sheer variety of creatures speaks to the creativity of the novel. There is something strangely beautiful about the darkness of it all, and readers won't be able to look away.

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Click here to order The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff






On Monday, don't miss my author interview with Brenna!






This novel is part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge and the Fall Into Fantasy event.




Thursday, November 25, 2010

Trailer Thursday: The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa




How amazing is this trailer? It gives me chills. I usually don't like it when it's all typed out and there's no voice, but I feel like it really works for this trailer. The dramatic way the text appears, combined with the haunting, epic music really fits the tone of the books and makes me want to read them all over again! I'm currently reading The Iron Queen and the way this trailer tells its story makes me hold my breath in anticipation! Plus, the colors and effects are really pretty and eye-catching, aren't they? I give this trailer two thumbs up.

What do you think?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review: Soul Stalker (Timeless #2) by Laura Kreitzer

WARNING: Synopsis contains spoilers if you have not read Timeless #1: Shadow of the Sun (read my review)!


After coming back from the dead, everything else in life should be a piece of cake - but things are never that simple when you're the Illuminator. With nowhere else to turn, Gabriella shows up on Joseph's front porch in desperate need of his and the FBI's help to save her Angels and the entire Timeless world. Unfortunately, Gabriella soon discovers that nothing is what it seems and her beloved Angels are in more danger than she could ever have imagined. When the Timeless go to war, can anyone survive?

One of the greatest things about this series is the casual narrative style, which makes the novel feel very authentic and personal. Yet, Soul Stalker seems to have lost some of the perfect flow and pacing that the first novel possessed. The writing is still excellent in the tense action scenes, though, only slipping in some of the especially emotional moments. Though the flow is off, Soul Stalker still tells a captivating story filled with lovable characters. In this novel, Kreitzer introduces one of my personal favorite characters thus far in the series, without resorting to the tired love triangle trope, bringing to life a mysterious, yet endearing man who keeps Gabriella on her toes. Readers may miss the self-sufficient, powerful Gabriella from the first novel, but her emotional vulnerability is touching and bittersweet. Her vulnerability reveals a new facet of her complex character, while still allowing for the hope that her strength and power will return in book three. Soul Stalker also greatly develops the fascinating and original mythology that began in the first novel, adding startling and fearsome new characters and an intricate angel hierarchy. The imagery in this novel is beautiful and there are moments when the metaphors are indescribably brilliant. After a slow start, the novel picks up the pace and turns into a heart-pounding rollercoaster ride, ending on a cliffhanger that will leave readers stunned.

Rating: 

I received a complimentary review copy of this novel from the author for an honest review.

Click here to purchase Soul Stalker by Laura Kreitzer

"No Hope for Gomez!" Birthday Party. Win Kindles, iPods, and get free books!



“It's the age-old tale:
     Boy meets girl.
     Boy stalks girl.
     Girl already has a stalker.
     Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.”

It's hard to believe, but it's been a year since I handed in the final proofs for my weird little book ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ To celebrate this, and the fact that it just became a finalist in 2010's Best Book Awards, I decided to throw an international party. As I’ve had a debilitating fear of throwing parties and no-one showing up since early childhood, I’d be more than delighted if you’d come!

Of course, with every cool, international party comes a gift bag. Here's just some of the stuff attendants will get:

  • Exclusive short story collection
  • No Hope for Gomez: The Lost Chapters
  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook
  • Signed hi-res poster + bookplate

(These are all exclusive items and will not be available again)

Additionally, several lucky attendants will win a Kindle or an iPod!

Oh yeah, you can bring as many friends as you like, just don't bring your crazy uncle who drinks too much and then tries to get me to go to the attic with him to see something wonderful. I've fallen for that before and I don't mind telling you, I came away very disappointed!

Find out how to attend HERE.

~Graham Parke, author of No Hope for Gomez

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Thanks to Graham Parke for inviting me to be a part of this event and for providing this post!

Waiting on Wednesday: So Shelly by Ty Roth

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting!

Coming February 8, 2011!


So Shelly by Ty Roth

Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.


I love that this book features Keats and Byron as characters! Talk about tragic figures! They couldn't be more perfect for such a haunting story. I also can't wait to see how Roth modernizes them for a high school setting. There's something about this synopsis that reminds me of gothic works like Rebecca and Jane Eyre (both of which I love), so I think that's part of what draws me to it. It's very mysterious and dark and tragic, but I've seen interviews with the author that suggest it's also a very funny novel. I'm very interested to see how Ty Roth walks that line. This sounds like a very original work for the modern YA market - no paranormal or romantic elements, and yet very misty and poetic. Plus, isn't the cover gorgeous? All the 2011 debuts have amazing covers! I love it!

What upcoming release are you eagerly awaiting this week?


Description from Goodreads. Click the hyperlinked title to preorder.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Even though I'm still working on the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, I enjoyed it so much that I'm going to go ahead and sign up for the 2011 one!

Here is the challenge description from The Story Siren:

2011 Debut Author Challenge participant information:
  • 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!
  • Anyone can join. You don't have to be a blogger, and you don't have to live in the United States.
  • You do not have to have an blog written in English to participate.
  • You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

Qualifying books:
  • Books must be a Young Adult or Middle Grade novel.
  • DO NOTE: Just because a book has a teen character or is about a teen, does not mean that it is necessarily a Young Adult novel. 
  • This must be the authors debut with a release date in 2011. They cannot have a prior middle grade or young adult title released.
  • If an author has a previous novel published under adult fiction/nonfiction or children's fiction/nonfiction, they can still qualify for the challenge if they are releasing their YA or MG debut.

Go here for all the details, a book list, and to sign up!


My Book List:
  1. Warped by Maurissa Guibord
  2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  3. Timeless by Alexandra Monir
  4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  5. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
  6. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
  7. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
  8. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
  9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  11. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
  12. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
  13. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  14. So Shelly by Ty Roth
  15. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
  16. Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
  17. Hereafter by Tara Hudson

This list may change or get longer as I hear about new debut titles, but it's a starting place =)

I definitely recommend signing up for this challenge! It's a lot of fun, and debut authors are so nice and talented that it makes for a great experience!


Thanks to Lindsi at Books, Sweets and Other Treats for the sweet button!

Teaser Tuesday: Matched by Ally Condie


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

But nothing happens. I stand and look at the screen, and, as the seconds go by, it is all I can do to stay still, all I can do to keep smiling.

Whispers start around me.

*This quote is from the ARC version and may be different in the finished copy.


Are you intrigued? What's your teaser for this week?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cover Art Revealed: Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer


Coming February 15, 2011!

Sold into slavery to pirates at the young age of four, Summer learns to survive the rough seas of subterfuge and thieves through silence. When the boat she’s lived on most of her life is destroyed, Summer finds herself washed up on the shore of a new world, a phantom universe full of the bizarre and extraordinary. She meets Gage, the one boy who understands the girl with no speech. But when their lives are put on the line, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence?





Laura's books always have the most amazing covers! (Just check out the Timeless series). This one is really different from her first series, and I think it really goes well with the title and synopsis! It sets the tone well and really makes me eager to read the book! It's hard to tell whether it's nighttime on the planet, or if it's perpetually dark. I kind of like the latter idea - how spooky would that be? Never having the sun, just moonlight? Talk about atmospheric! I also love how the girl's wild, wind-blown hair really stands out against the darkness - and so does the rose she's holding! It's a very romantic, almost gothic image. I can't wait to read this book!

What do you think?

You can see Laura Kreitzer's cover post with an excerpt here!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Release Roundup: November 21 - 27, 2010



November 23


Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson

Sixteen-year-old Sophie knows there is more to the story of her parents' death. And she's on a mission to find the truth. To aid her in solving the decades-old mystery, Sophie has enlisted her best friend, Mikael, whose friendship has turned into something more. It's soon clear that Sophie's future is very much wrapped up in the details of her family's past, and the key lies with information only one man can provide: her parents' former employer, the elusive billionaire Alfred Nobel.

As the threat of war looms in Europe, dangers to Sophie and her loved ones grow. While her determination to solve the mystery doesn't waver, forces beyond her control conspire to keep her from her purpose. Then, news of her great-aunt Tabitha's death sets off a chain of events that leaves Sophie questioning everything.

The more Sophie learns, the more she realizes that nothing—and no one—in her life is what it seems. And coming to terms with the dark secrets she uncovers means imagining a truth that she never dreamed possible. Full of gorgeous settings, thrilling adventure, and romance, invisible things is a novel that dares to ask, what if?



Only his father knew that Rigg possessed the power to see deep down the paths of people's pasts. But it was only after his father died that Rigg discovers that he has another special gift: the power to change the past. Unfortunately, with that knowledge, all certainty and safety began to melt away. Thinking of it as a coming-of-age novel at triple speed.







Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington

A sensuous, suspenseful modern fantasy of love, betrayal, and redemption.

Decades ago, in a place where the veil between our world and the world of the Aetherials—the fair folk—is too easily breached, three young people tricked their uncle by dressing as the fey. But their joke took a deadly turn when true Aetherials crossed into our world, took one of the pranksters, and literally scared their uncle to death.

Many years later, at the place of this capture lies a vast country estate that holds a renowned art facility owned by a visionary sculptor. One day, during a violent storm, a young woman studying art at the estate stumbles upon a portal to the Otherworld. A handsome young man comes through the portal and seeks shelter with her. Though he can tell her nothing of his past, his innocence and charm capture her heart. But he becomes the focus of increasingly violent arguments among the residents of the estate. Is he as innocent as he seems? Or is he hiding his true identity so that he can seek some terrible vengeance, bringing death and heartbreak to this place that stands between two worlds? Who is this young man?

The forces of magic and the power of love contend for the soul of this man, in this magical romantic story of loss and redemption.



As a soldier, Cole Granger fights to restore peace to a world divided by war and evil. His extraordinary talents are enlisted to prevent the president's horrific premonition from becoming reality. Nothing—and no one—will stop him from fulfilling his duty. Especially the mysterious young woman who claims to be his comrade's sister. Enemy or ally, he can't yet determine. But one thing he knows for certain is that he must keep her close. Very close.

Megan Fox's quest to uncover a family secret leads her to the center of vampire riots in West Virginia. To find the answers she needs—and clear herself of suspicion—she must join forces with Cole. They work undercover to bring justice, but they can't disguise the potent attraction and need that draw them together. Yet trust doesn't come easily for Cole…and when Megan unearths the grim, dark truth, can she trust him to believe her?

Doesn't Invisible Things sound amazing? I haven't read a lot of historical fiction, but this one is set at such a crucial moment in history, and it combines all sorts of intriguing aspects - romance, mystery, Alfred Nobel. Orson Scott Card is also supposed to be awesome - I really need to check out some of his novels!

What new release are you most excited for this week?


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