Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Singled Out by Sara Griffiths

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!


Today I have an eARC from Bancroft Books via NetGalley. Singled Out by Sara Griffiths is a sports story with a female main character. Taylor has the opportunity to be the one of the first three girls to attend a private boys' school. She was offered the scholarship because she is an excellent baseball pitcher. The school will get her a chance to be noticed by college scouts if she can survive the bullying and harassment a clique at the school is dishing out. The two other girls are quickly forced to leave. One framed for theft and one left because of harassment by some boys.

Teaser:
"My dad always says everyone has to walk in their own shoes," I said, "which I translate as everybody has crap to deal with. It's just that different people have different crap."

Gabby half-laughed and said, "Never thought about it like that. You got a point, I guess."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My YA Mailbox (Nov. 27, 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.

Everything I got this week was for my Kindle. I took advantage of some sales at Amazon and got a few books that I have been meaning to read.
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin sounded cute but it was so far out of the genre I usually read that I couldn't convince myself to buy the hardcover. Getting the Kindle edition for $2.51 tipped the balance for me.

Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu was the same thing. Intriguing but out of my preferred genre. This one was too good a deal to pass up at $2.24.

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien is in one of my preferred genres but I was feeling a little burned out with dystopias when it came out and I didn't buy it. It was available for $2.99 this week (but is back up to $9.99 today.)

I also accepted two books for review from the author this week.
Human Blend and Earth Blend are by Lori Pescatore. Here is the product description for Human Blend:
Escaping from them had been difficult enough, now Laney needs to keep hidden. All she wanted was to be on her own. Laney is not like other girls... she has very special abilities that set her apart from others. How or why she came about these abilities is a mystery she has yet to unfold. Haunted by memories and flashbacks of the suffering she endured at the hands of her captors, she changes her appearance and hides out in a small town. Ignoring her own warnings, she begins a relationship with a local boy. The relationship turns dangerous when the boy begins developing similar abilities. This development does not fall under the radar of the men who are trying to recapture her. A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own. Laney's new life falls apart when she meets a young intern that seems to have all the answers to her questions. The information sends her into a tail spin. Thoughts of going on the run once again are thwarted as those whom she was running from find her.
This is the description of Earth Blend:
Earth Blend is the second book in the Blend trilogy and the sequel to Human Blend. In this installment, the mysteries of the Blends and Earthlings are revealed. How can Julie live a normal life when she is anything but normal? Her relationship with Austin is complicated by emerging abilities in them both. Trust is hard to come by as lies and secrets hinder them at every turn. Is the past destined to repeat itself as the Earthlings once again rush to save them? Ensuing chaos breeds fatal consequences.
I thought they both sounded entertaining. They are also both pretty good deals. Human Blend is $.99 for the Kindle and Earth Blend is $2.99.

What did you get in your mailbox this past week?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book Review: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper #3
Author: Tamora Pierce
Publication: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (October 25, 2011)


Description: The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.


My Thoughts: What a wonderful book! It was filled with adventure, love, betrayals and heartbreak. 


Beka Cooper has just finished burying her betrothed - a man she had come to hate and was going to dump - when she is contacted by Lord Gershom for a Hunt. Four-year-old Prince Gareth, only son of King Roger II, has been kidnapped. His kidnapping is part of a massive conspiracy whose goal is to bring down the King and install one who is more sympathetic to the needs of the mages and nobles.


Beka, Tunstall, Lady Sabine and a new unknown Mage - Farmer Cape - along with Beka's pets Achoo and Pounce are set on the track of the missing heir. There is no better scent hound in Tortall than Achoo. Tunstall and Beka are both experienced Dogs who have had many successful Hunts before. He is her senior partner, trainer, and mentor. Lady Sabine is Tunstall's lover and a Lady Knight who is well connected to the noble houses that the team will need to investigate. Achoo quickly finds the Prince's scent and the search begins. They come under magical attack almost immediately and also have to face a wide variety of physical trials along their journey.


Along the way Beka and Farmer also get to know each other. At first, she thinks he is rather silly. He has developed this persona that encourages everyone to underestimate him. But as she gets to know him better, her feeling gradually turn to love. This was no love at first glace. They took time and got the measure of each other. Their love grew naturally through the course of their adventures. They have the same viewpoint of life and their purpose. Both are very concerned with getting justice for those who are not powerful and who have no other way to find justice.


The world Pierce creates is a wonderful, rich one. It is a land of great wealth and great poverty. Many of the wealthy add to their wealth by keeping and selling slaves. Prince Gareth is himself made a slave and learns what life is like from that end of the spectrum. And there is magic. Great mages can do impressive things. And, it seems, along with their power comes a powerful lot of arrogance and a major sense of entitlement. Farmer is an unusual mage. He seems to be missing the arrogance. He has an unusual talent too. He is able to gather magic from the world and from other mages and turn it to his own use. 


And the gods make their presence felt. Beka is a servant of the Black God who is the god of the afterlife. She is able to speak with the souls of the dead who inhabit pigeons on their way to the afterlife. Beka can also gain information from the dust devils that inhabit many places. She uses the information gained from the pigeons and the dust devils to help her work as a Dog and to help in the search for the kidnapped prince. 


This story was filled with wonderful adventure and was a very satisfying read. This is the third book in the Beka Cooper series following Terrier and Bloodhound. I recommend that all lovers of fantasy take a look at this series and then go on to read all the other stories Pierce has set in the magical land of Tortall. I know that I want to go grab my copies and visit Tortall again.


Favorite Quote:
"Craven, canker-licking sarden arseworms," I said. I wanted to break a few kidnappers' heads just to relieve my feelings.

"I think you're being too kind," Master Farmer replied, turning the wood over in his fingers as if it might talk to him.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

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 finally got a chance to move Mastiff by Tamora Pierce from my TBR Mountain to the "I'm Reading It NOW!" stack. This is the third book in the Beka Cooper series. It seems like it took forever to be written and, seeing that it is the size of a large brick, I understand why.

Here is the product description (which is completely plot free):
The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.
Beginning:
We buried Holborn today.
Friday 56:
"Achoo only has a name for being silly because she gets bored easy, she's so clever," I told Pounce. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ARC Review: In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

In the Forests of the Night
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Publication: Clarion Books (November 22, 2011)

Description: The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

My Thoughts: This was another excellent story by Kersten Hamilton. I like her focus on Irish Mythology and I really love the family relationships in this story - no matter how unconventional the family might be. Teagan, Aiden and Finn have made it back alive from Mag Mell with Mr. Wylltson and a few other characters too. Tea and Aiden's Aunt Roisin and the goblin Highborn Thomas has come too. 

We get to see her choosing to be the kind of person she wants to be. She is thrown, at first, when she discovers that she has goblin blood and fears that she will become a cruel and heartless goblin herself. Luckily, she has the love and support of Finn. 

She has to battle the evil Fear Doirich in order to keep her family and friends safe. The tension and the adventures that she has in the Mag Mell are the main focus of this book as she goes to find a way to defeat Fear Doirich.

There are a number of wonderful secondary characters in this story. I love Tea's little brother Aiden and her best friend Abby. Abby is a true friend and has a unique viewpoint that always adds to the story. Aiden is a sweet child who has unexpected and wonderful gifts. Finn's grandmother Mamieo and his guardian angel Raynor Schein add a bunch of depth to this story. And even the evil Ms. Skinner from Social Services adds some conflict and tension from the human side of the story.

The many unique goblin characters add a richness. I found the sluagh and the Maggot Cat to be particularly creepy. The pookhas that Tea and Finn encounter in Mag Mell were also examples of the creatures from Irish Myth that made their way into this story. 

I recommend this story both as a romance and as a wonderful fantasy using less common fantasy tropes. I loved the language, tension, and touches of humor that this story had. 

Favorite Quote:
"All creatures," Mamieo once said, "from the moment they exist, set about becoming through their own free will. Some are becoming more of what they were meant to be, and some are becoming less.
I received the ARC through the Amazon Vine Program. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger, Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Publication: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (November 15, 2010)


Description: Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems. 


Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming. 



My Thoughts: This is a re-read for me to refresh my memory before I read In the Forests of the Night. You can see my original review here.


I was impressed again with the world-building and well-drawn characters in this story. Irish mythology is a deep well of source material for the writers of modern fantasy that I feel is underused. Hamilton does a great job of using Irish mythology to stock her novel with both frightening and fascinating characters.


I liked the contemporary basis of the story too. I liked the loving family. Just a few exchanges showed clearly that Teagan's parents loved each other and provided a secure base for both Teagen and her six year old brother Aiden. Teagan is a practical, goal-driven teen who has her eye set on entrance to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. Boys are not a part of her current plan. Her best friend is Abby Gagliano who adds comic relief along with fierce loyalty and protectiveness to the story. 


When Social Services contacts her mother to provide a home for her nephew Finn, Teagan's world is turned upside down. First of all, there is an immediate chemistry between the two of them. They both literally feel sparks on meeting. But Finn brings a world that is completely strange to Tea. He has been raised by Irish Travelers, had been in foster care after the death of his parents, and had been living on the streets after escaping foster care at age 12. Now he is coming to live with the Wylltsons.


Aiden's mother writes and illustrates children's books filling with mythological creatures. Tea loves her mother's work but had no idea that she was painting from memory until after Finn's arrive. See, he's the Mac Cumhaill and charged to fight the goblins. They come trailing after him when he arrives. Starting a series of adventures that take Finn, Tea and Aiden to the land of fairy and back.


This was an excellent story and highly recommended. Check out the quotes to get more of a flavor of the book.


Favorite Quotes:
"A teenage daughter!" Abby's imitation of Ms. Skinner's tone was perfect. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"That harboring hormones is a crime," Teagan said. "Now, shh."
****
"You're no good at war," Aiden said. "Mom's better. I'd rather play with her."
"It's a fact" -- Mr. Wylltson swung Aiden over his shoulder--"that your father is a lover, not a fighter, and your mother is a blood-thirsty savage. But your mother has a book due. So set up your forces, and I will do my best." He carried Aiden giggling toward the alcove. 
****
Finn stepped inside, and his eyes went first to the kitchen door, then the stairs. Teagan had seen a wolf do the same thing--check a new habitat for exits as soon as it entered. But he wolf had been frightened, and Finn was not. It took her five seconds to figure out that Ms. Skinner was wrong. He wasn't feral. You had to be tame before you could turn feral. Finn Mac Cumhaill did not look like he had ever been tame. 
I bought the ebook for my Kindle since it was on sale. You can get a copy here too.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

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 decided that I needed to re-read Tyger, Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book by Kersten Hamilton when I started to read In the Forests of the Night, which is the sequel, and was completely lost. 


I guess there have been too many books in between. I only vaguely remember the first story. I remember enjoying it but the details are all gone.


The sequel comes out on Nov. 22. I have a copy for review from Amazon Vine. But it looks like my review will be a little late.


The beginning makes a great teaser.
Please. Teagan Willtson's fingers curled in American Sign Language as she spoke. Trade sweater for banana? She leaned over the fence around the chimp enclosure. Come on, Cindy, she coaxed. Be a good girl. Trade.
Luckily, the ebook is on special right now at Amazon for $2.69. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My YA Mailbox (Nov. 20, 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 received four books this past week but only one of them is being added to my TBR mountain. Here is what I got:
I got a finished copy of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. I recently read the eARC from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab and loved it enough that I had to buy a copy for my "keeper" shelf.

I also got a copy of Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton for my Kindle. I had read the ARC but didn't have a finished copy. Since the next book on my stack is the sequel to this title, I thought it would be good to have a copy of it. Also, the price was right. It was only $2.69 for a limited time.
The only addition to my TBR stack was The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. I enjoyed her first book and loved the moody, atmospheric language. I look forward to reading this story too.


My last new arrival this week was a book I got for my students. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I haven't read the first one yet but my students were begging for this one. It went right to my High School Media Center for their enjoyment.


That was my week. What landed in your mailbox?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

ARC Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Unleashed (Wolf Spring Chronicles)
Author(s): Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Publication: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 22, 2011)


Description: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Wicked series, have created an entirely new trilogy with the passion of Twilight and the grandeur ofFallen. The Wolf Springs Chronicles introduces readers to a town of secrets and the new girl who's about to start believing in werewolves.


My Thoughts: If you are looking for a story that is filled with tension and suspense, this is the story for you. Katelyn McBride comes to live with her grandfather after her mother dies in an earthquake. She has to adjust to a new home with a grandfather she doesn't know very well. She also has to adjust to living in a small town in the Ozarks instead of Santa Monica. She also comes to the town after a young girl is mauled and killed in the woods.


Her grandfather insists that she not go into the woods or travel alone after dark. This is just one more for thing for Katelyn to get used to. She meets a number of the kids and begins to form friendships. But it seems that everyone has secrets that they aren't sharing. And everyone tells her to be suspicious of everyone else. She rides to school with Trick who is a hottie but she doesn't learn very much about him. She is befriended by Cordelia who really hates Trick. Cordelia also seems to blow hot and cold. She does some things that confuse Katelyn. Katelyn also meets Justin who is a cousin of Cordelia's who is also a hottie and who comes on to her even though she has a girlfriend.


She and Cordelia are assigned a social studies project to investigate a local legend. They decide to investigate a lost silver mine which is supposedly guarded by a hellhound. Locals tell of visits by the hellhound every 40 or so years. After the death of a second young girl, the idea that the hellhound might be responsible adds to the fear and tension in the town. Cordelia is really conflicted about doing the project. At first she tries to convince Katelyn to choose something else, then she agrees to do, and then she is hesitant again. Katelyn doesn't know what to think.


While I liked Katelyn and felt connected to her, I didn't feel much connection with any of the other characters. I found Cordelia especially problematic. She seemed so inconsistent in her relationship with Katelyn. Finding out that she was a werewolf explained a little of the inconsistency. In this story, werewolves keep their existence secret and have very strict rules about their behavior and especially about telling outsiders what they are. Cordelia doesn't let Katelyn know she is one until after Katelyn is attacked and bitten by a wolf and starts experiencing symptoms that indicate that she might be turning into a werewolf herself.

We don't get to know too much about Trick or Justin either. Katelyn is attracted to both. She doesn't understand why she feels almost compelled to be with Justin. Trick is very interested in Katelyn but she can't talk to him about the whole werewolf thing. Justin knows about the werewolf thing because he is one himself. However, Justin shouldn't be involved with her because his mate has already been chosen for him. It is sort of a love triangle but the relationships aren't resolved.

The story ended abruptly leaving most issues unresolved. It seemed that there was a really big build-up of suspense and excitement that all came to a very abrupt end when the book ended. Readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the next book in this trilogy.


Favorite Quote:
She whirled, flashlight piercing the darkness. "Who's there?" she called.

She couldn't see anything no matter how hard she strained. But she suddenly realized that around her everything else had gone quiet. Frogs, crickets, all silenced.
I got this one from the Amazon Vine program. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

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 recently chose Unleashed (Wolf Spring Chronicles) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie from the Amazon Vine program. I was tempted by the idea of werewolves. I have just begun reading this and already like the main character. The story is filled with mysterious characters and is very suspenseful.

Beginning:
I can fly.

Katelyn Claire McBride was the girl on the flying trapeze.
Friday 56:
The blond guy who'd first identified her as the new girl passed a stack of papers to Katelyn over his shoulder. She took one before handing them to Cordelia and skimmed it.
This book will be published on Nov. 22.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ARC Review: Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan

Circus Galacticus
Author: Deva Fagan
Publication: Harcourt Children's Books; None edition (November 15, 2011)


Description: Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.

But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.

Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past if she can survive long enough.


My Thoughts: This is a story about the universal desire to be special and have a place in the world. Trix's parents told her she was special. But after their deaths she found herself a charity student at a snobby boarding school and her "special" translated into "freak" in that environment. She is unhappy and has a very uncertain future.


Trix has always dreamed of the stars. So when a traveling circus offers her a chance to travel among the stars, she doesn't hesitate to leave her unhappy, dead-end life on Earth for adventure "out there." But space isn't the paradise she had imagined. Once upon a time there was a war between the Mandate who wanted everyone to be the same and the Tinkers who fostered creativity and being unique. The Tinkers are gone now but there are still people born with those gifts - like defying gravity and being able to interface with technology. Many of them have found their way to the Circus Galacticus. And the Mandate is still going strong trying to "cleanse" those with Tinker gifts.


Trix is being pursued by an agent of the Mandate even as she tries to fit in with the crew of Circus Galacticus. She has a gift from her parents that she has sworn to protect that the Mandate seems to want. But that isn't all, they want her too.  She makes friends and finds a place in the circus. Her roommate Nola is a Tech who is magic with technology. She feels accepted and welcomed. She also gets to know the Ringmaster who is somehow bonded with Circus Galacticus and who Trix really admires.


When Nola is captured by the Mandate and the Ringmaster wants to go through diplomatic channels, Trix knows it is up to her to rescue her friend. She travels with her rival Sirra and Jom, a boy who has a crush on Nola, to the Mandate prison where Nola is being held. 


The story is filled with adventure and self-discovery. It is about dreams and working to make the dreams come true. It was a wonderful story to read. I highly recommend this one to all readers. 

Favorite Quote:
"Wait; back up. So you're saying you're aliens? I don't...I can't..."

"Of course you can," says the Ringmaster. "Is it so hard to believe there might be something more out there?"

"No. I mean, my parents always said there was. But...." I flap my hands, unable to express just how different this all is from the sleek rocket ships and wise visitors from the stars that figured in my bedtime stories. "A circus?"

"You would have preferred an invasion fleet? Flying saucers and death rays? He gives me a cheeky grin. "Come to the show. You won't regret it."
I received an eARC of the book from NetGalley and a print ARC through the Amazon Vine Program. You can get your copy here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WoW: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

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 am eagerly awaiting Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer. This one won't get to my mailbox until about Jan. 3, 2012. Here is the description:
The third and final installment of the international bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan

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!

The ARC of Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan just reached the top of my TBR stack and I am enjoying this middle grade fantasy. Here is the product description:
Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.

But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.

Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past if she can survive long enough.
Here is my teaser (about the school mean girl and Trix's nemesis):
I swear, if Della looked any more innocent she'd have forest creatures frolicking around her feet.
Why is it that bullies always seem to have the best innocent looks?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

In My YA Mailbox (Nov. 13, 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 just got two books this week. I bought one and received the other for review from the author.

After much anticipation, the long-awaited book in the Inheritance series - Inheritance by Christopher Paolini was published. I had to buy this one for my students. I read Eragon but haven't read any of the others. This one just touched down lightly at my house before I brought it to school for my HS Media Center.

I also accepted Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop for review. This is an ebook and a paranormal. Here is the product description:
Genevieve is a teenage girl who moves in with her aunt in Alaska after the death of her mother. Soon after her arrival she learns the things she was raised to believe only existed in fairytales are in fact a big part of her history. When it gets to be too much she seeks refuge in the arms of her new boyfriend, William, only to find out he's not who she thought he was either.
That was all for me. What did you get in your mailbox?