Saturday, March 31, 2012

Book Review: My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

My Name Is Not Easy
Author: Debby Dahl Edwardson
Publication: Marshall Cavendish Childrens Books (October 1, 2011)


Description: From the 2011 National Book Award Finalist Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name is Not Easy. (Check the National Book Award link for an interview and a video of a reading.)

My name is not easy. My name is hard like ocean ice grinding the shore . . . Luke knows his Iñupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. So he leaves it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles away from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School, students—Eskimo, Indian, White—line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on. Here, speaking Iñupiaq—or any native language—is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey. Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he’s not the only one. There’s smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader— if he doesn’t self-destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small, quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down. They each have their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School—and the wider world—will never be the same.




My Thoughts: This historical fiction story tells about a Inupiaq boy named Luke who was sent with his brothers to a Catholic boarding school from his home in the north of Alaska. It records the things that happened to these Native kids when they were forced to leave home for their educations. Almost immediately the youngest brother Isaac who is only six is taken from the others and sent away to be adopted by a family in Texas. Luke and Bunna, and even their families, have nothing to say about it. 


This story talks about the mostly well-meaning volunteers who educated the kids and tried to make them into good Christians. It talks about the rivalry between the Eskimos and the Indians that exists in the school and the white staff who can't tell the Indians and the Eskimos apart.


The story also tells about a white girl named Chickie who was at the school too. Her father was a storekeeper in a remote village. Chickie identifies with the Eskimo kids she grew up with. The story is filled with kids like her and with orphans. They all band together and form friendships.


I loved the language of this story told from a variety of viewpoints - Luke's, Chickie's, Sonny's who is the Indian son of a fatherless family who has lots of responsibility for his younger siblings, Amiq's who is the Eskimo son of a father who drinks, Donna who is an Indian girl who was orphaned and raised until boarding school by another missionary nun. 


We see a number of events through their eyes. We see the army testing the kids with a radioactive drink to see why they are able to survive above the arctic circle. We see the reaction to the assassination of the first Roman Catholic president. We see the protests about proposed nuclear explosions above the Arctic Circle and we see protests about hunting laws.


This would be a good story to read with kids to talk about history. The author tells us that most of the events really happened to various Native kids at government and private boarding schools. Luke is based on her own husband's story.


Favorite Quote:
I have never in my whole life been spanked, and I'm wondering what's so bad about Inupiaq that they have to make your hand sting for speaking it. I can still feel those Inupiaq words, warming the back of my throat, only now it feels like the sounds got twisted around somehow. Like if I try to say a word, it's gonna come out bent.
I bought this one. You can get your copy here

Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Happy Friday everybody!!


Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. 
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 my closest book is My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson. This book really isn't the usual sort of thing that I read. It is a National Book Award Finalist title. It is also a book that will be discussed at a book conference I am attending (have attended because I am writing this post a week early). Will Weaver, author of many books himself and judge for the National Book Awards, will be leading the discussion.

Here is the description:
My name is not easy. My name is hard like ocean ice grinding the shore . . . Luke knows his Iñupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. So he leaves it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles away from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School, students—Eskimo, Indian, White—line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on. Here, speaking Iñupiaq—or any native language—is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey. Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he’s not the only one. There’s smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader— if he doesn’t self-destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small, quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down. They each have their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School—and the wider world—will never be the same.

Beginning:
When I go off to Sacred Heart School, they're gonna call me Luke because my Inupiaq name is too hard.
Friday 56:
"So you been out hunting lately?" he was saying, saying it real loud, too, like he wanted to make sure everybody heard him.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Review: Obsidian (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (A Lux Novel)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: Entangled Publishing (November 29, 2011)


Description: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don't kill him first, that is. 

**SPECIAL FEATURE** E-book version of this title includes two bonus scenes from Daemon's point of view at the end!




My Thoughts: I really liked this very different paranormal romance. Katy has just moved to "Nowhere, West Virginia" with her mom. Her mom has a new job and it is a chance for them to move on after the death of her father. Katy is glad for her mom's new start but not sure that she wants to live in a small town. Things start to look up when she sees the gorgeous boy next door. Unfortunately Daemon isn't nearly as nice as his exterior. She does become friends with his sister Dee though.


But things are just a little odd in the town. Many of the town people don't like Dee and Daemon and they seem really standoffish too. They both seem to be keeping lots of secrets. Daemon and his friends discourage Katy from being friends with Dee. 


It doesn't help that a few young women around town have disappeared too. Something strange is clearly going on. But Katy had no idea just how strange. Her neighbors are aliens who are hiding from other aliens who want to kill them by draining their energy and who are willing and eager to kill any humans who get in their way. 


I liked Katy. She was a strong, independent young woman with a pretty snarky attitude. She wasn't going to let Daemon have the upper hand and she wasn't going to let him push her around. I liked her realistic attitude when she found out that her new friends were aliens. I also liked that Katy was a book blogger.


And Daemon... What a reluctant hero! He was determined not to get involved with Katy because humans and aliens don't mix and because she could be a danger to his sister. But the attraction between the two of them was sizzling. Trying to stay away from Katy is impossible when he needs to protect her from the bad aliens.


This was a great story filled with interesting characters.


Favorite Quote:
For a moment, all I could do was stare at him. He was probably the hottest guy I'd ever seen in real life, and he was a total douche. Go. figure.
I bought this one. You can get your copy here.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WoW: Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgess

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 waiting for Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgess. This is the second book in the series that began with Kat, Incorrigible. Here is the description:
The feisty Kat Stephenson is back in the second installment of the Regency era magical trilogy Kirkus Reviews calls “enjoyable mayhem.”

Nowhere in England is safe from the mischief and magic of Kat Stephenson: Her eldest sister has finally wed, but when a scandalous accusation threatens the marriage prospects of Kat’s second sister, Angeline, Stepmama swiftly whisks the family away to Bath in an attempt to outrun the gossip and betroth Angeline to a respectable suitor. Meanwhile, Kat’s utter lack of ladylike propriety has prompted the powerful Lord Ravenscroft to expel her from the magical Order of Guardians—before her training has even begun! Anger and exile aside, Kat knows something is not quite right about Lord Ravenscroft. Her insatiable curiosity and fierce loyalty to her family will have readers rooting for her all the way as Kat attempts to reunite Angeline with her true love and prove that she has what it truly takes to be a Guardian.
I really liked the first book and can't wait to read this middle grade fantasy when it becomes available on April 3. My copy is already pre-ordered. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Announcing Some Winners

Two contests have recently finished here and I am pleased to share the winners.

The winner of the Lucky Leprechaun Hop was Diana from Greece. She wanted Touch by Jus Accardo which I ordered for her at The Book Depository.



There were a number of winners for the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop. Here are the winners:
  • Box #1 -- Elizabeth from Florida
  • Box #2 -- Joanne from Washington
  • Box #3 -- Jasmine from Washington
I have emailed the winners and mailed the boxes to the addresses they supplied.

Congratulations to all the winners. I hope you all enjoy your new books. 

PS. Winners, would you let me know when your packages arrive?

Teaser Tuesday: Obsidian (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer Armentrout

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 am trying to catch up on some of my challenges in a little break between review books. So I decided to look on my Kindle for something I have been passing over and chose Obsidian (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I had heard good things about it and bought it last December. I especially like that the main character is a blogger.

Here is the description:
Starting over sucks.



When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.



Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.



The hot alien living next door marks me.



You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.



If I don't kill him first, that is. 

**SPECIAL FEATURE** E-book version of this title includes two bonus scenes from Daemon's point of view at the end! 
Teaser:
Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.

Monday, March 26, 2012

State of the Stack (March 26, 2012)

This is my fourth State of the Stack post. It is my way to keep track of my review books and to hopefully reduce the stack that I have waiting for me. I take a look at my review commitments on the last Monday of each month. Please feel free to join in and let me know the state of your stack.


Here is my Review Books Spreadsheet. The yellow highlighted books are ones past their publication date that I still haven't read and reviewed. I use pink highlights for reviews due in even numbered months so that I can see at a glance how many I have for each month. Ideally, this keeps me from over-committing to review books. 


Here is the physical review stack in order of publication date:
Counting shows 19 books but 18 titles. There are two copies of Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick. I got one from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers and one from Amazon Vine.

Here are the Kindle review copies I have in the order that they were added to my LibraryThing account. 
These are holdovers from previous months.



I am keeping up with my review commitments. I read eight books from my review stack this month. Click on the title to see my review for: 

Of course, I couldn't have a month when I didn't add to the stack. I got 11 more books for review (links go to Amazon). 

Ebooks (All from NetGalley this month):

Amazon Vine:

Other Print Books:

April looks like it will be a very busy reading month for me. I have 10 books to read and review this month which almost doubles my ideal month's goal of six books. However, they are all books I am excited to read. I need to have one read by the 10th, one by the 12th, two by the 15th, and six by the 24th.
Next up is A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster. This is my last March book. I am a stop on her blog tour on April 4. I plan to start reading this one while I am on a bus ride up to the Timberwolves game on Sunday. (I am writing this post on Saturday morning for Monday publication.)

That was my past month. What is the state of your stack?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My YA Mailbox (March 25, 2012)

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 gathered a variety of books to add to my TBR mountain this week. Here are the ones I got for review:
I got Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde from the Amazon Vine program. This book will be published in July and sounds like an interesting science fiction title.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is the beginning of a new series. I have been seeing it around the blogs and been really jealous. When I saw that it was available on NetGalley, I had to ask for it even though I have a finished copy pre-ordered and will probably not get this one read until almost when I get my print copy.

I also got The Dragon in the Sea (Dragon Keepers #5) by Kate Klimo from NetGalley. I haven't read the rest but am always interested in good fantasy for middle graders and I recently read something by the author that I liked.

I added a few more to my Kindle this week too.
I just read Obsidian (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer Armentrout and also have Half-Blood by her on my Kindle already. I decided that I needed the sequels to both of those books. I like her writing style. So I got Shadows and Pure. Now all I need to do is find the time to read them.
I couldn't pass up these $.99 young adult bargains this week either. I have a print copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney somewhere around here but it will be more convenient having a copy on my Kindle.

I also couldn't pass up The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood. I have been intrigued by this book since I first heard about it but haven't had a chance to read it yet. 

This is my haul. What landed in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Here is My Hold Shelf

Travis at 100 Scope Notes and Mr. Schu at Watch. Connect. Read have challenged librarians to take a picture of their hold shelves and post them for all to see. Travis says the hold shelf is one of the best ways to see what the kids are reading.

Here’s how it works:

Before Tuesday, March 27th, locate the hold shelf in your library.
Take picture. Share it by any of these three methods:

  1. Post to your blog and let Travis know in the comments.
  2. Email the photo to Travis at scopenotes at gmail dot com.
  3. Tweet the photo using the hashtag #holdshelf.

…or you can earn 1,000 bonus points* if you try all three.

*Bonus points hold no cash value or any other kind of value. Sorry about that.

On Tuesday, March 27, Travis will post a picture of his hold shelf, and include any and all submissions in the post.

He'll be hosting this month, and Watch. Connect. Read. will have honors at the end of April.

Let’s see what ya got.

Here is my hold shelf as of March 20 in my K-5 media center. Only 3rd through 5th graders know how to reserve a book but 1st and 2nd graders have been asking my paraprofessional to reserve the LEGO books and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for them.

Lemony Snicket is making his way through our four 5th grade classrooms currently which accounts for three of the books on hold.

Book Review: Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Stone
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)


Description: For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands-and begins to study the sorcerer's spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger-if not out-and-out war-as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne.


My Thoughts: This sequel to Magic Under Glass has Erris and Nimira traveling north to visit the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana who may have some insight in how to restore Erris to life. Tensions are high between Nimira and Erris because Erris is grieving his old life and is frightened about his future. He is pulling away from Nimira which just makes her feel more alone and unsettled too.


When they arrive at Valdana's house he is away but they discover that he has a half-fairy daughter who is Erris' niece. They also discover that he is not a popular man in the neighborhood because of his actions during the fairy human war. They end up spending some considerable time waiting for Ordorio to come home. Erris uses the time to try to recover some of his fairy magic and to teach his niece about her heritage. Nimira uses her time to learn magic.


Meanwhile, back in the fairy lands, the ruling family is having trouble with a dissatisfied populace and internal rivalries. When the youngest son brings his father a jinn, he wins the contest to be the next heir. However, he doesn't feel that he will be a good king and he is constantly being undermined by his brothers who feel they are more worthy of the throne.


The king binds the jinn to him and sets him off to look for Erris because he is the true heir to the throne. Ifra is the jinn and we get to know quite a bit about him and about the jinn as he searches for Erris. He finds the household and Ordorio's daughter Violet tries to convince Ifra to take her to fairy lands. She is a very sheltered, spoiled and naive young girl but she treats Ifra like a human. Ifra has to follow the king's commands but he has some room to disobey if he is creative. He returns to fairy land without either Erris or Violet.

The king binds him more tightly and sends him back to kill Erris' clockwork body and to bring Violet back with him. This time Ifra is forced to obey. But he also puts Violet in touch with the organized rebellion that wants to restore Erris or Violet to the throne.

Back in the human lands, Nimira is grief stricken because of what happened to Erris but she still has hope that his human body exists somewhere in fairy and she is determined to rescue him. She and a companion travel to fairy to rescue him.

This was an exciting adventure. I think anyone who has read Magic Under Glass will enjoy following the continuing adventures of both Erris and Nimira. They will also like to get to know Ifra and Violet. I recommend this one to young adult fantasy lovers.


Favorite Quotes:
The trouble with being upset with Erris was that I was attracted to him at the same time. It made it difficult to have a proper argument. Nor was he the arguing sort. Everything was a joke to him.
*** 
The trouble with Violet feeling better was that she wanted to follow everyone everywhere. Whether we were cooking or all gathered around the piano, Violet was there chattering as if she had years of stored conversation to unload. She told us stories from books she was reading when we'd rather simply read the book ourselves, and she sulked when we didn't pay attention to her. She was a champion sulker, capable of keeping the same sullen face and pose for an hour straight until it was impossible to have fun in her presence, but her good moods were almost as irritating. 
I bought this one at Amazon. You can get a copy there too.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore

Happy Friday everybody!!


Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader.
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 chose Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore for this week's book. I really liked Magic Under Glass and can't wait to see what happens next for Erris and Nimira. Here is the description:
For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands-and begins to study the sorcerer's spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger-if not out-and-out war-as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne. 

Beginning:
Ifra became aware of his body like a prisoner waking to find himself in chains. 
Ifra is a new character to the series. I am eager to find out what is happening with him. Why is he just becoming aware of his body?

Friday 56:
Now I changed from well-to-do girl of Lorinar in a fine full skirt and puffed sleeves, with my hair swept over my ears and demurely pinned, to a creature of the forest, camouflaged in cream and brown, rough and quick and ready.
I am curious to know why she is changing. What was wrong with looking like a well-to-do girl?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

ARC Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellcaster
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publication: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (March 27, 2012)


Description: After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although…it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a seventeen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain—especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close….


But something dark and hungry is using Emma's and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in überspells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.


My Thoughts: Spellcaster was a great sequel to Spellbound. After the actions and excitement of the first story, Emma and Brendan deserve some time to be young and in love. Unfortunately, a hidden enemy has other plans to disrupt their lives. 


Emma and Brendan's relationship isn't perfect. They are soul mates who have finally broken a curse that had lasted for about 1000 years. Now they have to get to know each other and deal with each other's pasts. Emma's is easier; she just had one friend turned boyfriend back home in New Jersey. Brendan's past was more flamboyant and it is right there. Emma is constantly tripping over girls who had at least brief relationships with Brendan. And most of them want him back in a more permanent relationship. 


At school, Emma deals with the taunts of Kristin who is one of the school's golden girls or, in her case, orange girls as Emma and her friends constantly make references to her fake tan. Emma and Brendan also have their relationship questioned by the aunt that Emma lives with and by her best friend Angelique. Neither one feels that they are old enough to be as committed to each other as they are. And Angelique really doesn't like Brendan. I really liked Brendan. He was so devoted to Emma. He is also tall, dark, handsome, rich, and lonely. He is the quintessential "poor little rich boy"; his parents are mainly absent leaving not quite 18-year-old Brendan on his own most of the time. He is a little quick with his fists but his devotion to Emma and his desire to keep her safe and happy is commendable. 


And I loved Emma. She had such a terrific way with words. I often found myself chuckling at her turns of phrase. She is coping with a lot. She has recently lost her mother and brother and has left her drunken stepfather to live with an aunt in New York City. She is upbeat and pro-active. She is bright but still an outsider at her fancy prep school. She is learning to be a witch. She is also completely and hopelessly in love with Brendan.

The way Angelique, Emma and Brendan deal with the problems in this one is very satisfying. Emma has to work through some moral dilemmas and Angelique and Brendan come to much more of an understanding. The book has a great romance and a lot of danger too. I recommend it to fans of paranormal romance. Emma and Brendan are a great, romantic couple.


Favorite Quote:
Randi rolled her eyes, kicking off her fire-engine-red heels and sitting cross-legged on the floor. She tugged at her binding bustier impatiently before pulling a folded up piece of paper out of her cleavage. The amount of boobage she was showing off, she probably could have hidden my math textbook in there. And my math teacher.
I got an eARC of this title from Harlequin TEEN through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WoW: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

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 just pre-ordered The Calling by Kelley Armstrong. I really like her work and enjoyed The Gathering which was the first book in this trilogy.

Here is the description:
Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.
This book will be published on April 10.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

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!


Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz has worked its way to the top of my review stack. This story is the sequel to Spellbound and will be published on March 27. I read Spellbound last year and don't remember much about it. I hope this story stands well on its own! My copy is from NetGalley and is on my Kindle.


Here is the description:
After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although…it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a seventeen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain—especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close….

But something dark and hungry is using Emma's and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in überspells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.
Teaser (from the 10% point in the eARC):
My life wasn't perfect, but I had friends. My family--what was left of it--loved me. And I was in love. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop

It's time for some Spring Cleaning! Inspired Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer asks these very good questions:
  • Do you have books sitting on your bookshelves that you've read but will never read again?
  • How about books you've started but just couldn't get through?
  • Review copies you've accepted but have never read? 
My answer is "yes" and I want you to help me out. Since I also save the boxes that I get from Amazon I have a number of their A1 boxes to fill.

Box #1
  • The Dark City (ARC) by Catherine Fisher
  • Winterling (ARC) by Sarah Prineas
  • Jessica Rules the Dark Side (ARC) by Beth Fantaskey
Box #2
  • The Dark City (ARC) by Catherine Fisher
  • All the Things I've Done (ARC) by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Squish Super Amoeba (ARC) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  • When the Sea Is Rising Red (ARC) by Cat Hellisen
Super Box #3 - This will be a mystery box and will combine ARCs and finished copies of YA books. It is an Amazon 1A1 box which should let me put in about six books. *eleven books here including early Morganville Vampires series

Because I will be shipping actual books, this contest is limited to people who live in the US or have a mailing address there.

Please fill out the form completely for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen on March 26 using Random.org and the packages will be shipped Media Mail as soon as possible thereafter.

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