Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Memes: Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst. I received a finished copy of this book from the author in September and am finally getting a chance to read it. Here is the description:
In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of Drink, Slay, Love.

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate—or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.
Beginning:
On the day she was to die, Liyana walked out of her family's tent to see the dawn.
Friday 56:
He laughed again, but she didn't feel as if he were laughing at her. It was the joyous, glad-to-be-alive sound of a child. It cascaded over him and shook his whole body.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ARC Review: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Mystic City
Author: Theo Lawrence
Publication: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 9, 2012)

Description: For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.  

My Thoughts: This is a familiar fantasy story. Upper class young woman discovers that the world she lives in is a lie through falling in love with a member of the lower classes. It has been done before. This rendition, however, is well-done and very readable. Less experienced readers will find the story especially compelling as the story will be newer for them.

Aria is the daughter of one of the families that control Manhattan. She is scheduled to marry the scion of the rival family thus ending the rivalry between them. She is told that she is in love with Thomas but doesn't remember falling in love with him. Her family has told her that she has had a bad reaction to a drug called Stic which is made of distilled mystic energy and that her memory loss is because she almost died. She tries very hard to recover her memories and fall in love with Thomas again but isn't very successful. She really doesn't like him.

When she travels to the underside of the city where the poor and the drained mystics live, she meets a young man named Hunter and falls for him. Hunter is a mystic who is undrained and who still has his powers. His mother is running for mayor and that lets Aria begin to understand why her parents are so insistent that she marry Thomas and reunite the two rival families. Together they can field a candidate who will be able to defeat her and retain their control of Manhattan.

I was especially intrigued by the world that Theo Lawrence created with global warming melting the polar ice and causing the flooding of New York City. The Depths now have canals running where streets ran before. The mystics have been confined to what was once Central Park but which is now almost completely flooded. Aria and her class live high above this flooded land in the Aerie. The city is powered by energy drained from the mystics. People of Aria's class are afraid of what the mystics might do if they weren't kept drained and essentially powerless. The mystics have a variety of powers including being able to heal and being able to hurl energy bolts as weapons. 

I thought the political intrigue running through the story added to the interest too. I never knew what side some of the characters were on and really hoped that Aria was trusting the right people. I liked the romance between Hunter and Aria which had echoes of the story of Romeo and Juliet up to having them use those names as they corresponded secretly with each other. Watching Aria try to follow the clues and recover the memories her parents stole from her made her a very sympathetic character. 

Fans of fantasy dystopias will be a good audience for this first book which is, naturally, the first book in a trilogy.

Favorite Quote:
Hunter is good at covering his tracks, at living as a rebel without being caught, even when he's in the Aeries. At basically disappearing off the Grid. But what if that's not enough? I will protect him. And I'll protect the people in the Depths if I can, poor people who want a better life, mystics who want equality.

But most of all, I think as Davida clings to my arm and we exit the Great Lawn, I will protect myself.
I received this ARC through the Amazon Vine Program. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WoW: Splintered by A. G. Howard

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!

Fans of Alice in Wonderland and lovely covers will be waiting for Splintered by A. G. Howard. This book will be released on Jan. 1, 2013 and looks like a great way to start the new year. Here is the description:
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
This one is on my review stack and I can't wait to get to it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

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!

This week my teaser comes from Mystic City by Theo Lawrence. I got this Oct. 9 release through the Amazon Vine program. Here is the description:
For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.  
Teaser:
I feel like my body has been taken over by puppeteers. I'm so tired, and even as I dress, I feel the strings above my head being pulled -- by Dr. May, by my mother and father, by Thomas. No one gets close enough to touch me; they maneuver me from above. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

State of the Stack (Nov. 26, 2012)

This is my monthly 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. 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.  


I am working on this post on Thanksgiving Day while waiting for dinner to cook. I hope to read a number of the remaining 2012 books during my Thanksgiving Vacation.

My Physical Review Pile

Here is what I have left to read and review in 2012.
Tears in Rain by Rosa Montero (Nov. 27, 2012)
She Can Tell by Melinda Leigh (Dec. 4, 2012)
Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenny (Dec. 4, 2012)
Gold by Chris Cleave (July 3, 2012)
*Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst (Sept. 11, 2012)
*Mystic City by Theo Lawrence (Oct. 9, 2012)

Here is what I have already received for 2013 reviews:
2013 YA Books
The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (Jan. 8)
Black Ice by Andrew Lane (Jan. 22)
The Last Stationmaster by S. A. M. Posey (Feb. 1)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Feb. 5)
Unremembered by Jessica Brody (March 5)
Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson (March 19)
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (April 16)
Furious by Jill Wolfson (April 16)
One + One = Blue by MJ Auch (April 30)

My Kindle Review Pile

This is what is left for 2012:


*Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years by David A. Goodman (Dec. 4, 2012)
Under the Desert Moon by Emma Meade (Aug. 1, 2012)
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder (Dec. 18, 2012)
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Dec. 18, 2012)

Here are 2013 Review Books:
Splintered by A. G. Howard (Jan. 1)
Hysteria by Megan Miranda (Feb. 5)
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson (Feb. 12)
Also Known As by Robin Benway (Feb. 26)
Dualed by Elsie Chapman (Feb. 26)
Poison by Bridget Zinn (March 12)
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (March 12)
manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (April 23)

I Read This Month

These are listed in the order I read them. Links go to my reviews for all that have been posted already. Otherwise, the date the review is scheduled for is listed.
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date received and date published are listed in parentheses.
I Am Currently Reading

I just started Tears in Rain by Rosa Montero. I was sent this one by Wunderkind PR because they know I like science fiction. 

My review stack is down to 25 books with publication dates stretching out to next April.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

The Forsaken
Author: Lisa M. Stasse
Publication: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 10, 2012)

Description: A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.

Check out this trailer:


My Thoughts: The Forsaken was a well-written and entertaining dystopia. In this near future the United States has been taken over by a military junta led by the charismatic Minister Harka. Dissidents like Alenna's parents are taken away by the military leaving Alenna as a bewildered orphan who is determined to fit in. All teens have a mandatory test when they are sixteen to see if they are proper citizens. Those who fail are sent to The Wheel which is an isolated island. Alenna is sure she will pass because she has been blending in and trying to be invisible for the six years since her parents were taken. However, she is wrong.

Alenna wakes up on The Wheel along with another person from her city. David and she are almost immediately captured by Drones who want to make them slaves and take them to serve their leader - the Monk. Alenna is rescued from the Drones by Gadya and taken to her village in the Blue sector. David was recaptured by the Drones. Alenna is tested by the leaders of Gadya's group and passes. She is busy trying to fit in and be useful.

Then there is a boy. Liam is one of the hunters for the group. She had seen him on the video feeds from the island when her class was on a field trip and been fascinated by him. When she meets him on the island she is still fascinated but he and Gadya had a relationship and Gadya warns her off. 

The kids want to try to find a way off the island and form an expedition to search the Grey sector which is protected by some sort of force barrier. Also to get to the Grey sector they have to travel through territory controlled by the Monk and his drones. David has escaped from the Drones and wants to be part of Alenna's group but he isn't trusted. He does tell Alenna that he has seen some stones in the Grey with carvings that have her name on them which were left by her parents. Alenna is determined to go and see if she can find out what happened to her parents.

The story is filled with danger and excitement as a small group of kids try to get to the Grey to see if there is a way off the island. Naturally, Alenna is one of the few who actually completes the journey. Along the way she suffers loss and heartbreak. Once in the Grey she learns some of the secrets that she wants to know.

Since this is the first book in a trilogy the big issues are not resolved but the story does leave Alenna in a place where some answers are possible. Fans of dystopias will enjoy this entry into a genre filled with exciting stories. 

Favorite Quote:
"You and Rika can go stuff your kindness!" Gadya yells, cutting me off. "The Wheel doesn't respect kindness. Look what happened to Liam! And the others! And you just don't care."

"The drones didn't take Liam, a feeler did," I say. "Maybe a feeler did this to the boy."
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Memes: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. Lisa pitched this book to me and made note of the fact that we were fellow librarians. I had to help out a fellow librarian. The book was released on July 10 and Lisa sent me an autographed copy. Here is the description:
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.
Beginning:
At first I think the hammering sound is the noise of waves crashing down on white sand. I'm dreaming I'm in Old Florida with my parents, before the government restricted all travel.
Friday 56:
"In your case, you told us under the serum that people came into your cell and administered ECT before the test could even take place. That means the government had marked you as an Unanchored Soul from the get go. But it doesn't always work that way for everyone..."

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Book Review: Griffin's Storm by Darby Karchut

Griffin's Storm
Author: Darby Karchut
Publication: Copper Square Studios (October 31, 2012)

Description: An old enemy returns. A new alliance is formed. And Griffin finds himself in the eye of the storm when an ancient racial hatred is set loose, jeopardizing the very existence of the Terrae Angeli.

Once again, the teen guardian angel is forced to battle his worst nightmare.

But this time, Griffin comes back swinging. With a vengeance. 

After all, an eye for an eye...

My Thoughts: It was great to catch up with Griffin and Basil again in this third book about the Terrae Angeli - the Earth Angels. They are the traditional guardian angels who watch closely over humans. In Karchut's mythology, they are also very like humans in that they have free will - the ability to choose to be good or evil. Griffin is back to being a Terrae Angeli in this one. There are some tensions with his girlfriend Katie. She was happy when he had been turned into a human. But she knew how unhappy he was. Now she is somewhat unhappy that he can't put her first. Calls to save humans in danger have to come before plans with her. This causes Griffin to be unhappy too.

And the villain of the piece - Nicopolis - is back. It wasn't bad enough that he cruelly abused Griffin when he was first made and cheated to make Griffin fail his test to be an Earth Angel thus causing him to be turned into a human, now he is determined to take revenge on Griffin. He feels that it is Griffin who has derailed his progress to becoming an upper level Earth Angel. He has found a magical device that increases his power over his elements and is intent on using it to kill Griffin. Worse yet, he has recruited other like-minded Terrae Angeli to go on some sort of crusade to restore the Terrae Angeli to his notion of purity.

Terrae Angeli are divided into two kinds - Wind and Waters and Earth and Fires. Nicopolis is convinced that Wind and Waters, which he is, are closest to being celestial angels and that Earth and Fires need to be destroyed. Naturally, Griffin's gifts are Earth and Fire.

This book is filled with adventure as Griffin and his Mentor Basil along with some companions including Griffin's nemesis Sergei and new characters Mentor Nan-ji and her Tiro Vassar run to an isolated cabin to get Nicopolis and his crew away from ordinary humans. There is a lot of danger as they battle for their lives. The book is also filled with humor as Sergei and Griffin tease and pick at each other. And, underlying it all, the book is filled with love - parent-child love, romantic love, and love of life.

I really like this series and recommend it for readers of all ages. The whole series - Griffin Rising, Griffin's Fire, and Griffin's Storm - would make wonderful Holiday gifts for the Middle Grade and Young Adult readers in your life. They have both adventure and romance. They have humor and heart.

Favorite Quote:
"Do that again, Tiro, and I'm strapping you onto the roof for the rest of the journey." He looked back at Sergei. "And you--stop baiting him." Resting his head against the seat rest, he closed his eyes. "Gentlemen, I realize you two are both short-tempered from worry and exhaustion, but really? Is this the time for such childish behavior?"

"He started it," they said simultaneously.

Eyes still shut, Basil pointed a finger at his temple and mimicked pulling a trigger.
I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WoW: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

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 wanted The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead since I finished the last page of The Golden Lily. Mead has a way of writing characters that I can care deeply about. Here is the description:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next. 
Don't expect much from me on Feb. 12, 2013. I'll be reading!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Griffin's Storm by Darby Karchut

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!


This week my teaser comes from Griffin's Storm by Darby Karchut. This is the third book in this series. I received the first book in the series from the author for review. I thought the blurb sounded good and the author was a fellow teacher. I didn't expect to fall in love with the series...but I did. Since then I have been eagerly anticipating each new book. I just got this one a week ago.

Here is the description:
An old enemy returns. A new alliance is formed. And Griffin finds himself in the eye of the storm when an ancient racial hatred is set loose, jeopardizing the very existence of the Terrae Angeli.

Once again, the teen guardian angel is forced to battle his worst nightmare.

But this time, Griffin comes back swinging. With a vengeance. 

After all, an eye for an eye...
Teaser:
"Hel - loooow!" Griffin waved a hand back and forth. "Earth to Basil." He grinned. "Literally."

The Mentor forced himself into the present. Clearing his throat, he straightened up. "Where were we?"

"Well, I'm not sure where you were just now --"

"Not important."

"--but I'll bet you were about to tell me that I need to be careful. But to keep things in perspective because that wacko may just be blowing smoke. And, probably, you were also going to remind me that between the  two of us, we can handle anything that comes our way. Because we always have and always will." He made a flapping motion with his hands. "You know Go Team Angel and all that."

Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: Giving Thanks (Nov. 19, 2012)



Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. With Tiger moving away and changing the focus of her blogging, Pam from Midnyte Reader will be joining with Karen to host this meme. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?
This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. One of the hosts will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's question is: Giving thanks: Is there a book that you are thankful you have read?  Maybe it has changed your life in a small or even a large way, or made you see things in a different perspective.  

There are three books that I think of in the "change your life" category. All of them are books I read in the 80s and have read numerous time since. They are ultimate comfort books for me though none of the plots are "comfortable."
The first book I think of is a romantic suspense title by Elizabeth Lowell - Tell Me No Lies. This title is about the romance between Lindsay and Catlin. She has a reputation and a gift for detecting Chinese art forgeries. He is a former CIA operative who is hired to keep her alive. The romance is wonderful because both characters are strong confident people. The tension as Lindsay gets involved in the world of art forgery and the even deeper plot of the US relationship with China kept me on the edge of my seat. The information about Chinese art was interesting but didn't overwhelm the plot. This one is still available for the Kindle and you can get print used copies at reasonable prices. I have three copies on my shelves now.

The second book is That Man Cartwright by Ann Fairbairn. This book is harder to describe. It is about a man who is jolted out of his comfortable life when he inherits a newspaper from his Uncle. He moves from his life as an advertising executive in New York (leaving his life and wife behind) to Central California where he gets involved in the fight to unionize migrant workers. I love Cuff Cartwright. He has to decide what he will do for his beliefs. There is also a tentative new romance as he starts to get over his wife's decision that they divorce. I also love the friendships in this story. This one is long out of print but I have both a paperback and a hardcover of it on my shelves. As you can see in the picture above, the prices for copies are pretty outrageous.
The final book on my list is a romance. Sunshine and Shadow is by Sharon and Tom Curtis. It is a romance about a cynical movie director who was an abused child actor and an innocent and unworldly Amish widow. I love both characters. I loved that both had to change in order for their romance to succeed. I thought the imagery was wonderful and the emotion very intense in this story. I liked the look into both the world of making movies and the world of being Amish. This one is also out of print and available for rather outrageous prices for a new one. I have two copies on my shelf.

What books changed your life?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

November "Clear Your Shelf" Giveaway Hop

I have been doing some weeding and reorganizing of my bookshelves and it turns out that it is just in time for I Am a Reader, Not a Writer's November "Clear Your Shelf" Giveaway Hop.

I will be filling the largest (12" x 12" x 5 1/2") USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box with young adult ARCs from the stack of those I have already read. The exact contents will be a surprise but you can get a good idea by looking at the books I have reviewed lately on this blog.
Rules:
  • You must have a US mailing address
  • You must fill out the form completely.
Being a follower of this blog would be nice but is not required for this giveaway.

Fill out this form to enter.


Check out the other hop participants here (I'm #88):


Stacking the YA Shelves (Nov. 18, 2012)



Tynga of Tynga's Reviews hosts this meme to spotlight the books we receive each week. I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets.

I went a little crazy this week and added fourteen new books to my stack. I added nine review books. These four were from NetGalley and are living on my Kindle:
I got Dualed by Elsie Chapman. It has a really interesting premise and will be released on Feb. 26, 2013.

I also got Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson. This is the sequel to Hattie Big Sky which I loved and will be released on Feb. 12, 2013.
I also got Hysteria by Megan Miranda after seeing it on so many blogs I looked at this past weekend. It will be released on Feb. 5, 2013.

Finally, I got Also Known As by Robin Benway which I also saw on a lot of blogs this past weekend. It will be released on Feb. 26, 2013.

I also received a package from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group which contained these print ARCs:
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus which will be released on April 16, 2013.

Black Ice by Andrew Lane which will be released on Jan. 22, 2013.
One + One = Blue by MJ Auch which will be released on April 30, 2013.

The Thirteenth Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb which will be released on Jan. 8, 2013

The final review book I received this week was Griffin's Storm by Darby Karchut. Darby sent me an autographed finished copy of this book. I have been enjoying and spreading this word on the series from the beginning and was very excited to get this copy to review. 

I also bought some books for my Kindle this week.
I had hard copies of Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George and Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George but donated them to my HS Media Center before I had a chance to read them. When I saw they were on sale for the Kindle, I decided to buy these books again. 
I love the Drake Chronicles and decided I had to have a copy of Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey for my own.

I saw a teaser from Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout and decided I had to have the book. I had read Obsidian but hadn't gotten this book earlier.
I heard good things about Insignia by S. J. Kincaid and decided to buy it when it was on sale for $2.99.

What did you add to your stack this week?