Monday, October 31, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop - Box of ARCs

I am pleased to be taking part in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop - Oct 24th to 31st - Co-hosted by Rhianna @ TheDiaryofaBookworm and Inspired Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.
My prize this time is a surprise box of 5 books that I have recently received for review. Most (maybe all) of the books are ARCs and have been read once. Because these boxes are rather heavy, I am limiting this one to US addresses only. You do not need to be a follower to enter this contest - but it would be nice if you were.




Fill out the form completely by midnight on October 31 and this box of books could be yours. Good luck!


Click here to go to the list of blogs participating in this giveaway hop.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Guest Post by Jus Accardo: 5 words I love…and 5 I can’t stand…

Welcome Jus Accardo to Ms. Martin Teaches Media today. Jus is the author of Touch published by  Entangled Publishing. Take it away, Jus....

Words are my life. Since they’re such a big part of who I am and what I’m all about, I thought I’d share some of my favorites—and some I wish we could wipe from the English language.

Love

1.      Cheesecake. No—not because I’m a fan. I can’t eat cheesecake. Eggs are toxic to me, and since cheesecake is full of em, that pretty much puts this on a list of epic ways to kill myself. But I love the word. It might be the fact that the first part starts with cheese, or it might just be the random weirdness that is me.

2.      Turtle. Nope. Not my favorite animal—they don’t even make it into the top twenty (Sorry turtles). But it’s such a fun word. Come on. You know you agree. Just say it with me a few times. Turtleturtleturtle.
Awesomesauce!

3.      Awesome. This word is so amazing, that even if you hate it, you find yourself saying it.

4.      Psychosomatic. This is just a random one. I love the sound of it, the meaning—everything. Just a cool word!

5.      Cadaver. Okay, I’ll admit, this one’s on the creepy side. But definition aside, it kinda rolls off the tongue. Am I right? Say it. Ca-da-ver.

Hate

1.      Auntie. I don’t know why, but every time I hear it, I want to rip my ears off.

2.      Panties. Why? Again, I don’t know. It irritates me. There’s a good possibility I have a deep seeded prejudice against words that end in IE…

3.      Awesome. Yes. It was also on the love list. But there’s something about it… I die a little each time it comes out of my mouth, yet I can’t help it.

4.      Yawn. Everyone hates this word. It’s okay to come clean. I mean come on…what other word in the English language makes you *yawn* do something by simply speaking or writing it? Evil. Pure evil.

5.      Pimpin. I have a friend that used to say this. It was like styrofoam getting rubbed in my ear. You exactly know what I’m talking about. That grating, spine chilling sound that makes your hair stand on
end and your muscles twitch.

You’re up. Tell me your favorite (and not so favorite) word!



******


I have to admit that I am drawing a blank. I really can't think of any words that I love or hate. Words, and the ability to string them into stories, are so wonderful that I treasure every one of them (in their place).


What about you?


You can connect with Jus on her website, on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter. You can also check out my review of Touch here.

In My YA Mailbox (Oct. 30, 2011)

The weekly In My Mailbox post is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is fun to see what everyone else gets in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and library visits. Click on the link to The Story Siren's site to see the rules and join in the fun.
 
I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets. You will discover lots of great blogs and lots of books that you won't be able to live without.

Five books followed me home this week and took their places on my TBR mountain.
I got a finished copy of David Weber's first young adult novel - A Beautiful Friendship. I had read the ARC but wanted a copy for my keeper shelf. I have all the rest of the books in this world. This is young adult science fiction and it includes an intrepid young woman and a fascinating alien species called tree cats.
Destined by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the latest in the House of Night series. I have been following along and am eager to see what happens next. I am also giving away a copy of this book. See this post to enter.

I also bought Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore. I liked her Magic Under Glass and was eager to read this fantasy as well. Here is the product description:
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.
I also got two books for review this week.
I chose Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie for one of my Amazon Vine picks this month. This is the first in a trilogy and has werewolves - my all-time favorite paranormal creature. 

I also accepted Ignite (Midnight Fire Series) by Kaitlyn Davis. This is a self-published novel. Here is the product description:
"With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death."

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.
Those are the books I added to my stack. What did you get?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

ARC Review: Fetching by Kiera Stewart

Fetching
Author: Kiera Stewart
Publication: Hyperion Book CH (November 8, 2011)


Description: Olivia has just about had it with the popular kids at school. She and her friends have done nothing to deserve humiliating pranks and mean name-calling, but that doesn’t stop queen bee Brynne from tormenting them. If only Olivia’s classmates were more like the dogs she helps her grandmother train—poorly behaved, but improvable. Then Olivia hatches a brilliant plan: she and her friends will modify their tormentors’ behavior with the same kind of training that works on dogs. Using cues and responses, distractions and rewards, gets better results than anyone could have guessed. Soon, Olivia and her friends have replaced Brynne as alpha-dogs. But will popularity get Olivia what she really wants?


My Thoughts: This was a great story about the ups and downs of middle school. Olivia and her friends are tired of being the social outcasts of the school. When Olivia decides that they should try some of the techniques the her grandmother uses in dog training on their fellow students, they are skeptical but willing to try. And, all too soon, they begin seeing the positive results of their actions. The former alpha dog - Brynne - is now the social outcast and all of the kids are going through changes.


Olivia is torn between the success of her strategies and feeling sorry for Brynne. Somehow she has become Brynne's only friend and lost touch with her other friends. When she wants to mend fences with her friends, Brynne doesn't react well.


This story had all the pain and drama of middle school life - changing friendships, crushes, social embarrassment. It brought back my own memories of those days. It really doesn't matter how far you have come from middle school, some of the trauma remains. It is such a hard time for kids because emotions are so volatile. The story was well-written and the characters were very realistic. I really liked Olivia's viewpoint and her strength coping with all the changes in her life. 


Middle graders might be tempted to try Olivia's techniques. Hopefully their results will be better than Olivia's.


Favorite Quote (about the villain of the story):
And it's not just the boys who flock to her--the girls do too. Even if you don't like her, you kind of have to be in awe of her. Not only because of the way she looks--she just has this air about her like she's scared of nothing and entitled to everything. It's like someone really did die and make her queen of the universe.
I received this eARC from NetGalley. You can get your copy of the book here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories by John Flanagan

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
Rules:
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I just got Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories by John Flanagan recently. I am eager to read these stories to fill in the blanks in the series that Flanagan has finished.

Here is the product description:
The secret history of the New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice

Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers.

Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have traveled throughout the kingdom and beyond its borders, protecting those who needed it most. If true, these rumors can be only part of the story.

Only now, centuries after these men and women walked the earth, do we have confirmation of their existence. Behold The Lost Stories.
Beginning:
Professor Giles MacFarland groaned softly as he eased his aching back. He was getting too old to remain crouched for like periods like this, gently whisking dust away from the excavated ground before him as he sought to release yet another arifact from the earth that had held it captive for so long.
Friday 56:
Will recoiled in astonishment at the words. "Hate you? How could I hate you? Why would I hate you?"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

ARC Review and Interview: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication: Harlequin; Original edition (October 25, 2011)


Description: My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.


I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…



I really like this trailer too:

My Thoughts: I really loved this story. It was wonderful following along on Ash's quest to become human so that he could spend his life with Meghan. Meghan has exiled him from the Iron realm where she is Queen because the land was killing him. So Ash vows to find a way to become human.


He doesn't travel on this journey alone. Puck - at his irritating best - comes along and so does Grimalkin. First they must travel to find a seer who turns out to be someone very surprising. The seer turns out to be Ash's first love - Ariella. Ariella's death had broken Ash's heart and caused him to vow to kill his friend Puck. Now all those emotions are back at the surface. Ash has to decided between his first love and his current love which is very difficult for him. He determines to keep his vow to Meghan and leave his love for Ariella in the past.


The companions must journey to the End of the World and Ash must perform hugely difficult tasks before he can become human and gain a soul. Along the way they also pick up the Big Bad Wolf as a companion. He joins them partly because he wants to become part of Ash's story and so continue his own existence. Again and again we are reminded that the fey live only as long as they are remembered. We see this in the Big Bad Wolf's joining the journey and when we visit the town of those humans have forgotten and see them fading away.


Ash has to face a number of ordeals in his quest for a soul. He has to develop a conscience and has to remember and regret his past actions when he was behaving as a true, cold-hearted son of winter. He also has to accept a very great sacrifice before he develops a soul.


The story explores what it means to be human. It also gives us a much deeper understanding of Ash's past. The language and the images are so vivid that I felt that I was along on the journey with Ash. People who were sad at the end of The Iron Queen and who want to know more about the world Kagawa created will enjoy this story very much. I highly recommend it to all lovers of fantasy. Count me in as a member of Team Ash.


Favorite Quote:
"I am not fearless," I told her. "There are a lot of things that scare me." Failure. My own save, Unseelie nature. Being unable to save those I had sworn to protect. Having my heart ripped from me once more. "I am not fearless," I said again. "Not by a long shot."
Julie was kind enough to answer a couple of questions for me today. Here they are:


What is your favorite part of being an author?


I don’t know if I have a favorite part; I just love it all so much.  This was what I always wanted to do, and now that I’m here, it’s a dream come true for me.  =)

If you could pick one of the characters from The Iron Fey series to have dinner with, who would it be and why?

I’m going to have to go with Ash, because I know he’d at least be polite.  Unlike a certain faery prankster, who might put something in my food or turn the waiter into a hedgehog.  Meghan would also be a good choice, we could catch a movie afterwards.  Grim…not so much; he’d order the most expensive thing on the menu and then turn up his nose at it. 

When you first started this series, with The Iron King, did you know then that there would be multiple books? And did you know you’d want to write them with a changing point of view?


When I first began The Iron King, I knew I wanted to write at least a trilogy, but I left an open ending on the first book in case the publisher didn’t want to buy the whole series.  Fortunately, they did, though I did intend the series just to be a trilogy.  I didn’t think I would write a fourth book from Ash’s POV, but it made the most sense to continue the series with him. 

I received this eARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley. You can get your copy here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WoW: Fetching by Kiera Stewart

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for.

I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!

I have been hearing about this book for a while and think it sounds so incredibly cute - Fetching by Kiera Stewart.

Here is the product description:
Olivia has just about had it with the popular kids at school. She and her friends have done nothing to deserve humiliating pranks and mean name-calling, but that doesn’t stop queen bee Brynne from tormenting them. If only Olivia’s classmates were more like the dogs she helps her grandmother train—poorly behaved, but improvable. Then Olivia hatches a brilliant plan: she and her friends will modify their tormentors’ behavior with the same kind of training that works on dogs. Using cues and responses, distractions and rewards, gets better results than anyone could have guessed. Soon, Olivia and her friends have replaced Brynne as alpha-dogs. But will popularity get Olivia what she really wants?
I don't read much contemporary young adult literature. But I plan to make an exception for this one.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Watch the Trailer and Win "Destined" by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Happy Halloween week, everyone!

I am so excited to be able to give away one copy of Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast here on my blog to one person in the US or Canada. (Thanks to Tara at Zeitghost Media for this opportunity.)

This is the 9th book in the House of Night series. Here is the description:
Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow…

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.
Here is the trailer:

All you have to do is fill out the form below before 6 PM CDT on Nov. 5, 2011. Remember, you must be a resident of the US or Canada for this giveaway.


Good luck!


Teaser Tuesday: The Iron Knight 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!

I recently got the chance to read the eARC of The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. I have been enjoying her Iron Fey series and look forward to this story told from Ash's point of view.

Teaser:
I almost never dream. Dreams are for mortals, humans whose emotions are so strong, so consuming, they spill over into their subconscious minds. The fey do not usually dream; our sleep is untroubled by thoughts of the past or future, or anything except the now.
Check back this Thursday for my review and for a guest post by the author - Julie Kagawa.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My YA Mailbox (Oct. 23, 2011)

The weekly In My Mailbox post is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is fun to see what everyone else gets in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and library visits. Click on the link to The Story Siren's site to see the rules and join in the fun.
 
I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets. You will discover lots of great blogs and lots of books that you won't be able to live without.


I got four books in my mailbox this week. Two for my Kindle and two print titles.
First, for my Kindle, I chose My Lunatic Life by Sharon Sala. It was free for the Kindle his week. I know Sala as an author of adult romances and was eager to try her young adult title. Here is the product description:
She plays for Team Spirit.

High school senior Tara Luna's got all the usual teen problems: a new school, her attraction to a hunky guy, feuds with the Mean Girls, being regarded as an oddball outsider-PLUS she has psychic powers, a duo of protective, meddlesome ghosts AND an angry, threatening teen girl ghost who wants Tara to solve her murder-or else.

Now you know why she calls this "my lunatic life."
My copy of Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl also arrived this week. I have really liked this series and am eager to see what happens next. Here is the product description:
Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.
I also got Seizure by Kathy Reichs which is the sequel to Virals. I liked the first book, thought it was great for middle graders, and want to know what happens next. Here is the product description:
The second novel in the Virals trilogy from #1 bestselling author and inspiration for the TV series Bones - Kathy Reichs!

Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack! But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it!

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can't believe her luck - buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren't the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals' special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . .
Finally, I got Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey for my Kindle this week. I was surprised that it was available now. I was reconciled with having to wait until next summer for the next book in the Drake Chronicles. I will still have to wait until Christmas time for the print book though. Here is the product description:
Lucy's cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult. The strict curfew that Lucy's parents enforce is hard to respect. Surely something really dangerous couldn't possibly happen in this tiny town.

But Christabel starts to notice some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn't understand - one that seems deadly serious. Although she won't admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. When Christabel is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Lucy and Connor finally fill her in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.
That is what I got in my mailbox and for my Kindle this week. What did you get?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
Rules:
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


This week I am spotlighting Wildefire by Karsten Knight. This one has been sitting on my TBR stack for a while.

Here is the product description:
Ashline and her wild-child sister, Eve, never appeared too remarkable, besides being Polynesian in a white suburban town. That is, until a petty schoolyard quarrel escalates to violence, during which Eve kills a rival of Ashline’s in cold blood. Shocked, Ashline moves across the country to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start doesn’t go as planned. After a series of dangerous and mysterious occurrences—an attempted kidnapping, the appearance of paranormal beasts in the local forest—Ashline learns that she and four of her classmates are actually demigods who were summoned to this middle-of-nowhere school by an enigmatic blind girl. As a war between the gods looms over the campus, two very powerful organizations—with very different ideas on how the demigods should use their powers—are vying for control. Both groups want Ashline and her newfound abilities on their side…and some are willing to kill for her.
Beginning:
Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring.
Friday 56:
Ash stirred her straw in the amaretto.
Haven't you known a lot of teenagers like that beginning? Maybe you are that way yourself. I know I was.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

ARC Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Touch (A Denazen Novel, Book 1)
Author: Jus Accardo
Publication: Entangled Publishing, LLC (November 1, 2011)


Description: When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home. 

Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if he touches her. It's not until Dez's father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there's more to this boy--and her father's "law firm"--than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation--an organization devoted to collecting "special" kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons--his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.




My Thoughts: What an exciting story! And what an interesting beginning to a series! Dez is a daredevil and adrenaline junkie. Her only goal in life seems to be trying to get her father's attention. One night, on the way home from a party, she discovers a strange boy and helps him escape from the men who are chasing him. Kale is unusual because everything seems strange to him. It is like he is a visitor from another planet. He has been raised in the Denazen compound and used as a weapon by them. His touch can kill any living thing -- except Dez.


Dez quickly learns that what she believed about her father is a lie. He isn't a distant, workaholic, corporate lawyer. He is the distant, workaholic, head of a secret organization that kidnaps and coerces people with talent - Sixes - to work for them. He is a murderer. Kale was one of his subjects until he managed to escape. Now, Kale and Dez are on the run from Denazen.


But, when Dez learns that the mother she thought was dead is also a Six and held prisoner to guarantee Dez's safety, Dez is determined to free her. So determined that she reveals that she has an ability that she has been keeping secret since she was seven. She has the ability to turn one object into another as long as they are about the same size. But changing things isn't cost-free. It costs pain and energy to change things. 


When Kale is recaptured by Denazen, Dez goes to her father and offers to join them. Her goal is to get Kale and her mother out. The story has lots of twists and turns. Quite a number of the people in the town where it takes place have special powers. 


The story has the usual (these days) romantic triangle. Dez's ex-boyfriend Alex wants her back. Choosing between Kale and Alex is not a tough decision for Dez. After all, he betrayed her with another girl. But Alex will do anything and betray anyone to get her back. Too bad she needs him in her plan to free the people she loves.


This was an exciting and entertaining story. The romance between Kale and Dez was very sweet (and hot too.) The adventures kept me on the edge of my seat wondering how they were going to ever get to a happy ending. I look forward to more books in this series.


Favorite Quote:
With his eyes on me, so sad, I couldn’t take it. I sat up and climbed onto his lap, resting my forehead against his. Inhaling, I committed his scent to memory. Earthy. Like the woods after a long rain. My arms slipped around his shoulders, and my lips found his. The kiss was tentative at first—brief. I pulled away until I could see his face. I’d had a lot of guys look at me like I was a fun vacation on the beach, but the way Kale’s ice blue eyes devoured every inch of me, full of heat and hope, I felt like Christmas morning. Timeless and perfect.
I received this ARC for review from Entangled Publishing. You can get your copy here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WoW: Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts by John Flanagan

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.


The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for.


I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!


I was disappointed when John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series came to an end. But I was excited when I heard that he was planning a new series. The time has finally nearly arrived for Brotherband Chronicles: The Outlaws to me published. My wait will end on November 1.


Here is the product description:
They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.
I hope this appeals to the same audience that loved the Ranger's Apprentice books. I know it appeals to me!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Touch by Jus Accardo

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!

I recently received this PDF ARC for a first novel by Jus Accardo. Touch is the first book in her new paranormal series - A Denazen Novel.

Here is the product description:
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if he touches her. It's not until Dez's father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there's more to this boy--and her father's "law firm"--than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation--an organization devoted to collecting "special" kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons--his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.
Teaser:
Never mix tequila and peach schnapps with warm Bud Light. It makes you do stupid things. Things like staying too long at a party you were told not to go to or making out in the bushes with someone like Mark Geller.

Things like skateboarding off the roof of a rickety barn...

Well, that’s not entirely true. I tended to do these things without the buzz. Except kissing Mark Geller. That was all alcohol.