Wednesday, June 30, 2010

YA review: Death By Denim

Even though Aphra Connolly knows there are some very dangerous people on their tail when she met her mom, Natalie, in Paris, she envisioned the two of them strolling along the Champs-Elysées, sharing Nutella-smeared crepes and mother-daughter bonding. But the only strolling they’ve been doing is from one cheap hostel to another, and the “moments” they share consist of Natalie instructing Aphra on the finer points of anonymity and survival. When Natalie’s CIA contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed into his mouth, Aphra realizes that, like Seth Mulo and his family, she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom and her CIA protector Ryan, Aphra tracks down a criminal mastermind in Italy, only to discover that Seth had the same idea, and her presence may have just put Seth in mortal danger... (summary from author's website)

My thoughts...Wow, this was a fast-paced novel.  I could not put it down because the action did not stop, at all.  For me, this was a refreshing change.  There were no vampires, no werewolves, no supernatural creatures, just bad guys, with guns and bombs.  The main characters are in hiding until they realize that they are being hunted by a very dangerous criminal.  They don't know who to trust, or if their actions will endanger their friends and loved ones.  Gerber left me on the edge of my seat, afraid for the characters. 

This book should appeal to YA readers of all ages and genders.  Death By Denim offers readers intense action, adventure, danger, mystery, and a bit of romance.  There are some mild kissing scenes, nothing that would offend.  I will definitely be reading more from this author. 

For more information, visit Linda Gerber at her website.  Order your copy by following the link to Amazon.

CymLowell

WoW: Desires Of The Dead

Desires of the Dead (Body Finder, #2)
March 2011

I couldn't find a summary yet, but it can be preordered at Amazon.

WoW was created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cover LOVE?

 Melissa Marr shared this cover on her livejournal
It is a YA anthology and check out the list of contributors...
Genevieve Valentine • Steve Berman • Christopher Barzak • Neil Gaiman • Delia Sherman • Garth Nix • Suzy McKee CharnasKaaron Warren • Cecil Castellucci • Jeffrey Ford • Nathan Ballingrud • Kathe KojaCatherynne M. Valente • Melissa Marr • Ellen Kushner • Cassandra Clare • Holly Black • Lucius Shepard • Emma Bull • Tanith Lee
TEETH 
 April 2011

THE INFO (quoting from Harper's release):

A feast for vampire-loving readers—nineteen tantalizing tales from some of today’s favorite authors, including Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black!

Sink your teeth into these bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. The vampires in these stories range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between. The one thing they have in common? Their desire for blood....
Looks exciting, what a group of authors!
 Preorder your copy by following the link!


Melissa also shared the cover for the third & final volume of her DESERT TALES manga
Visit Melissa Marr at her livejournal for more information!

So are you in Cover LOVE?

YA review: Forgive My Fins


Half-mermaid princess Lily Sanderson has been living on land for the past three years, crushing on Seaview swim-god Brody Bennett, dealing with annoying biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher, and just generally trying to figure out this whole human thing. But everything changes when she accidentally bestows her magical first kiss on the wrong boy. (summary from author's website)
Follow this link to read an excerpt.

My thoughts...This is the perfect summer read! Forgive My Fins is a fun, lighthearted story the will leave you grinning from ear to ear.

Being half human, Lily has chosen to live on the land to learn more about her mother. While attending school and trying to blend with the mortals, she falls in love. The question is did she fall for the right guy? When she accidentally kisses the wrong boy, she has to prove to her Daddy that it was a mistake before they are bonded forever. Lily's character was quirky and fun to read. My favorite character in the story was bad boy Quince, his character developed so much through the story, that I was rooting for him in the end.

Forgive My Fins moved at a fast pace, easy read. Childs did a brilliant job of describing her world, especially the underwater kingdom of Thalassinia. The story is romantic without being gushy, charming and funny. The ending surprised me, it did not end the way I expected. The epilogue actually left room for another tail.

I would recommend this to YA fans of all ages. It was a clean read, just some kissing scenes. This is the perfect for reading by the pool or at the beach!

Cover LOVE? I adore this cover and it fits the story perfectly.

For more information, visit Tera Lyn Childs at her website. This is a great summer read, follow the link to order your copy.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cover LOVE?

Elevensie Julia Karr released the cover for her Spring 2011 debut.  This may not be the final cover image.  It took me a few to realize the title is hidden in the picture.  See it, outlined in black?

XVI
YA Speculative Fiction
Spring 2011

"In the year 2150, being a girl isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially when your sixteenth (read sex-teenth) birthday is fast approaching. That in itself would be enough to make anyone more than a little nuts, what with the tattoo and all – but Nina Oberon’s life has taken a definite turn for the worse. Her mother is brutally stabbed and left for dead. Before dying, she entrusts a secret book to Nina, telling her to deliver it to Nina's father. But, first Nina has to find him; since for fifteen years he's been officially dead. Complications arise when she rescues Sal, a mysterious, and ultra hot guy. He seems to like Nina, but also seems to know more about her father than he’s letting on. Then there’s that murderous ex-government agent who’s stalking her, and just happens to be her little sister’s dad." (summary from author's site)

For more information, visit Julia at her website. 
So are you in Cover LOVE?

Melting Pot Monday

Spirals of Destiny: Book 1
By, Jim Bernheimer
May 6, 2010
YA Fantasy

Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens... A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence. Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them. (summary from Amazon)
For more information, visit Jim Bernheimer.  To order your copy, follow the link to Amazon. 
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Dead Eye: Pennies For The Ferryman
By, Jim Bernheimer
June 2009
Urban Fantasy

My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit. (summary from Barnes and Noble)
To purchase your copy and to read the reviews, visit Barnes and Noble.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Deception Winners!

Two winners (selected by using random.org) for the Deception arcs were chosen.

So there were almost 100 entrants

And those entrants totaled 118 entries. 

These lucky readers will receive this great arc, Deception was a spooky story!

Thanks to everyone who entered, I wish I had copies for all of you!

I will be emailing the winners shortly, please respond or I will have to use the alternate winners. 

So OK, the winners are...

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover)

and

Lisa Richards

Congrats.  Stick around, I am working on a blogiversary giveaway. 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

IMM (29) My First VLOG

I decided to do my first VLOG, I look like a total dork and I think I have a speech problem, but hey.  The lighting is bad and I am going to have to work out some kinks if I do it again, but here it is...


Books mentioned...
Greek: Double Date by Marsha Warner
The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

What was in your mailbox?

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren

Got INK? (24)

I spotted this cover at The Book Smugglers.  I am not sure this is ink, but it sure is cool.  Be sure to check out the blurb and visit The Book Smugglers for an excerpt.
The Iron Witch
by Karen Mahoney
February 2011

Freak. That’s what they called seventeen year-old Donna Underwood in high school after a horrific fey attack that killed her father when she was just a child. Her injuries and rehabilitation resulted in magically enhanced strength, thanks to the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. As a child of the alchemists, she is both blessed and cursed with a magical heritage that permeates her life with duty and sacrifice.

Now, after ten years of wishing for a normal life, she finally has to accept her role in the centuries-old war against the darkest outcasts of Faerie: the Dark Elves. Aided by a gorgeous half-fey dropout, Donna must race to save her best friend’s life – even if it means betraying the secret of immortality and confronting the very thing that destroyed her family.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Contact Me

Thank you for your interest in my blog.  If you are interested in a review, have a question, or would like to speak with me, I can be reached at zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom.

My book review guidelines can be found by visiting this post.

My disclosure and privacy statement can be found by visiting this post.

Linger Launch in Williamsburg

Ok, so I missed the last event in Williamsburg and I missed BEA.  I am still sulking.  BUT I am NOT going to miss the LINGER release party in Williamsburg, VA!
Is anyone else going?

Fangy Friday (5)

THE SOOKIE COMPANION – want to ask Charlaine a question?


Charlaine’s publisher wants to include a question-and-answer section with Charlaine in the book, to match the one we’ve done with Alan Ball. THE SOOKIE COMPANION is scheduled to hit the shelves February 2011, so time is important. You’re invited to send in your questions (limited to three) to askcharlaine@gmail.com from June 17 through June 26. (After that, the email address will be inactive.) Sending in your questions doesn’t guarantee they’ll be included. Please add your name and a valid email address to each question in case Charlaine selects your entry. All questions should pertain to the Sookie Stackhouse series. (from the website of Charlaine Harris)

SEASON 4- yes please!
According to The Nest, HBO announced that there will be another season on True Blood!

LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2010 – HBO has renewed the hit show TRUE BLOOD for a 12-episode fourth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes early next year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2011.

 I know you have probably already spotted this, but it is worth showing again. 


Lastly, I have to mention another set of FANGS that many of us are anticipating...
New Moon Pictures
Create Twilight and New Moon pictures.
(Ducking from Donna's flying shoe)
Who's going?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inside the treasure chest...

I have another peek at an Etsy shop for my Blogmania giveaway...


This talented shop owner offers a variety of items in her Etsy shop including Tshirts (cough, cough), jewerly, and hair clips.  If you know someone who enjoys the Goth style, this is your place to shop!

Here are a few examples of what you can find at her store, Jackie Hates You

Black Skull and Crossbones Tote (perfect for your library stash)

Forget blue for boys and pink for girls, how about something original.


Stop by Jackie Hates You to check out all of her merchandise!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cover LOVE?

L.A. Banks shared the cover Shadow Walker in her newsletter.  Shadow Walker is the first book in an exciting new young adult series published by Sea Lion Books, LLC that builds on the highly successful, 12 novel adult vampire slayer series – The Vampire Huntress Legends. Set in a post-apocalyptic world following the Armageddon, in Shadow Walker, the teenage children of the world’s Guardians of the Light must learn to hone their extra-sensory talents to one day join in the battle with their parents.
Shadow Walker
by L.A. Banks
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 2010

While they are secreted away in the Temt Tchaas Academy, (aka Neteru Academy), these students must learn to fight evil as well as learn to resist the temptation of fighting with each other. Although these young people have super powers, they still struggle with the same dramas and insecurities like any other high school student – and just because their parents may be superhuman doesn’t mean their parents are perfect. Far from it. That only makes life more confusing, as peer pressure, budding romances, decisions about whether or not to snitch, or whether or not to use one’s supernatural gifts for personal gain must be sorted out. In this coming of age story, Sarah Rivera and her twin brother, Alejandro, must figure out when to use their wings or fangs, how to get along with their compound siblings, how to fit in with others in a huge new school, and perhaps most importantly, how to pick their battles to always fight for what is right. (summary from author's newsletter)

Visit NeturuAcademy.com for more information.

So what do you think?  Are you in Cover LOVE?

WoW: The Grimm Legacy

The Grimm Legacy
by, Polly Shulman
July, 8, 2010

Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library— a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That’s where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White’s stepmother’s sinister mirror that talks in riddles.

When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime—or captured by the thief.

Follow this link to read chapter one.

For more information, including where to preorder your copy, visit the author's website

*Waiting on Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

YA review: The Dust Of 100 Dogs

In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with "the dust of one hundred dogs," dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body-with her memories intact.

Now she's a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.
(summary from book cover)

My thoughts...I LOVED THIS BOOK.  It has been days since I finished it and it is still dancing around my brain.  First, it is original.  I am a huge fan of all the things that go bump in the night, but Pirates, not done very often.  Second, the writing style of A.S. King lent itself to this type of adventure story.  There is quite a bit of jumping around in time which sounds confusing, but it's not.  The transitions flow very smoothly, leaving the reader with a mindful of thoughts and ideas about the plot.  Third, this book is not afraid.  It is violent, scary, intense, and sad.  It left me biting my nails, wanting to jump into the pages with the main character.  I loved every second of it.  

 This is one of those books I wish I could forget just so I could read it again.  The main character Emer, has lived the lives of 100 dogs before finding herself in a human body.  As you can imagine, her outlook on life, people, and history is well developed.  She is a strong heroine with a longing that stretches years behind her.  This story takes an incredible journey through the eyes of the character.

I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say "read it".  You won't be sorry.

The Dust Of 100 Dogs offers something for everyone (I think the boys will enjoy this too).  Just a warning, it is bloody, very violent, and there is some foul language.  These are pirates were talking about after all.  

Cover LOVE?  This is one of my favorite covers, ever.  I don't know if it's the colors or the simplicity of it, I just love it. 

For more information, visit the website of A.S. King.   If you have not read this book yet, follow this link to order a copy from Barnes and Noble.
CymLowell

YA interview: Shari Maurer

I am very excited to welcome debut author Shari Maurer to the blog today.  Her release, Change Of Heart, is now available.  Visit her blog to find out about her "You Gotta Have HEART" blog tour and a chance to win a signed copy of her debut.  So congrats Shari and welcome!

 1. Please tell us about your debut, Change Of Heart.
SM: Change of Heart is about Emmi, a 16 year old soccer player who struggles to maintain a normal life while waiting for a heart transplant and learns about love and loss and the meaning of true friendship in the process.

2. A strong heroine makes a story worth reading. Please describe your heroine Emmi.
SM: Emmi's got a great life: she's an elite soccer player with prospects for a college scholarship, she's got a bunch of good friends and it even looks like Sam, a really cute baseball player, might like her. All of this is ripped out from under her when she gets sick and is told she needs a heart transplant. Unfortunately, it's a long and lonely wait. As Emmi goes through this all, she comes to realize that although she needs her people, she's really able to cope on her own because ultimately when you go through something like this, it's all about you.

Emmi's certainly not perfect. Even she admits that she wasn't one of those cheerful sick kids you always read about in newspaper articles. But I think she finds a greater well of patience than she ever thought she had. It's a strange thing she's wishing for: someone else to die so she can live. And as she says "How do you wish for that? How do you not?

3. In Change Of Heart, you did a brilliant job of capturing the emotions of ALL the characters, not just Emmi. Did you interview any patients or families while writing? Any extra research?
SM: Thank you. Yes, I spoke with many patients and their families. It was amazing how resilient and positive they all were. Most of them felt so grateful for the second chance they had been given.

4. After reading, the story left a huge impression on me. Is there any particular message you want readers to take with them after reading?
SM: Two things: one is to appreciate your health and the value of your life and never take it for granted and the other is to consider becoming an organ donor. You have to be eighteen to register, so if you're not, maybe you could gently nudge someone else that you know is old enough. Too many people are dying or waiting far longer than they should because of a lack of available organs. For more information, you can go to www.donatelife.net.

5. Once upon a time, you worked for Children's Television Network (now known as Sesame Street). Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? Answer wisely, this will reveal a lot about you!
SM: I think it was always Cookie Monster. I loved the passion he had as he went through life. And he was really very sweet, under all that monster fur and cookie crumbs.

6. You are a Little House On The Prairie fan! Are you more like Laura or Mary?
SM: No doubt about it--I always related to Laura. She was so spunky and adventurous and questioning. Laura didn't let anything get by her. That said, Mary had really great blond hair that I wanted so badly. But in personality--it was Laura.

7. Lastly, what's next? Are you working on any projects you would like to share with us?
SM: I've got two books that I'm working on right now. I love both of them and hope that they'll each find a home one day so I can share them with everyone.

Shari, thank you for visiting us today and congratulations on your new release. 

For more information, including links to order Change Of Heart, visit Shari at her website.  You can read my review of this powerful story by following this link!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Winner and contest Discoveries

The Winner of the Minder TShirt from Kate Kaynak is...
Rosie Carlo
Congratulations.  I will drop you an email so I can forward you info to Kate.  Big Hugs to everyone who entered and to the lovely Kate (she is an awesome person-so glad I got to meet her). 

Here are some contests around the blogosphere...
  • Donna at Bites is giving away an arc of Clockwork Angel to a book blogger.  Giveaway ends July 12.  Visit Bites for all the details.
  • The book Ivan and Marya by Anna Kashina has been released (Russian folk tale).  You may remember my feature on this Melting Pot Monday post.  She is having a release party.  Stop by and say hi!
  • Jennifer Laurens is giving away double the prizes so you can share them with your BFF (awww-so sweet).  Now you could read together and do a double review!
  • Shannon Whitney Messenger is giving away a signed set of books by Lisa Mantchev (Eyes Like Stars and Perchance To Dream), plus, Lisa is throwing in some swag.  Ends June 26.
  • Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill releases July 6th.  To celebrate, she is giving away an engraved ipod.  Visit her blog to find out more details and for links to preorder your book!

YA review: Nightshade

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.

My thoughts...WOW, this was a great book.  I am going to start with the writing, because I thought it was brilliant.  As you read in the summary, Calla, future alpha pack leader, saves a hiker in the woods.  This is where the conflict begins, she shouldn't have interfered.  Calla is already promised to someone else.  I was so torn between the characters.  I still, even after completing the first book, am not sure how I want the story to end, or even if I do want it to end.  It is that good.  Calla's character is written as you would expect an alpha to be strong, fierce, and full energy.  While most the characters in Nightshade are supernatural, they felt very believable, like a normal bunch of high school kids with some unique talents. 

The plot of Nightshade moved at a rapid pace. Despite the size of the book, it was a quick read.  The plot was infused with supernatural creatures, plenty of magic, and that dynamic you often see in werewolf stories.  The sense of comradery between the characters make twists interesting and left you with feelings of attachment to the characters.  The story was great.  I can't wait for the next book!

I would definitely recommend this to fans of YA paranormal.  If you liked Shiver or the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent, you will enjoy this. 

For more information about Nightshade (including purchase information), visit Andrea Cremer at her website.   The trailer can be viewed by following this like to the Nightshade website.

Melting Pot Monday



ZAN-GAH: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE. For young adults ages 11 and up. An exciting, enriching, and deeply moving story of a youth who struggles with the difficulties of his primitive world and achieves manhood and leadership. *The Midwest Book Review "Children's Bookwatch": "Highly recommended for young adult library collections." *St. Louis Jewish Light wrote: "[Zan-Gah] is told with such verve, energy and style that it will appeal to readers of all ages....Shickman's lively imagination is obvious on every page. The power of Shickman's words becomes apparent in the very first chapter. Heart-pounding prose." *"I could read it over and over."––says Sam L., age 13. Distrib. by Bookmasters, Inc.. (Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Follett). ISBN 9780979035708
ZAN-GAH AND THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY: The prehistoric saga continues as Zan-Gah and his disturbed twin brother, Dael, come into conflict. When their clan migrates to a new Beautiful Country, Dael’s furious violence, joined with the magnetic power of his personality, precipitates division and an unwanted, preventable war. Zan’s task is to restrain his brother’s destructive and self-destructive tendencies, leading him to peace and recovery in the bountiful new land. But it is not to be, despite Zan’s efforts and those of two strong female characters. Themes of war and peace, tribal conflict, traumatic stress, gender roles, sibling rivalry, bereavement, redemption. Distrib. by Bookmasters, Inc. (Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Follett). ISBN 978-097903571-5

For more information or to purchase these books, visit Earthshaker books
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Noah's Castle
by, John Rowe Townsend
Young Adult
May 2010

A FAMILY FIGHTS TO SURVIVE AS ENGLAND STARVES...

The coming winter was going to be a bad one - and not because of the weather.

Sixteen-year-old Barry Mortimer's life turns upside down when his father suddenly moves the family from their comfortable modern home in the city to a decaying old mansion on the outskirts of town. Strange and mysterious events follow.

Why isn't anyone allowed to visit their new home? What is Father doing in the basement and why is he keeping it a secret?

As rumors of skyrocketing prices and food shortages become a full-fledged economic meltdown, Barry's world begins to crumble. Can his family hold together as a nation collapses around them?

TERRIFYING BECAUSE IT COULD HAPPEN TOMORROW...
For more information, visit the author's website.  This book can be purchased at Amazon.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

In My Mailbox (28)

This week I received....
My Soul To Keep-signed by Rachel Vincent.  I really love her writing, so this is very special to me.  This also came with a Soul Screamers shirt, which it super comfy and fits perfectly.  I don't have a pic because it is in the wash. 







I also received a Minder TShirt from author Kate Kaynak.  This is another cool T-I love the back (sorry for the generic pic-this is in the wash too).  If you come back later, I will tell you who else will be sporting a Minder T! 

That's it this week.  What did you get in your mailbox?

*IMM is hosted by The Story Siren

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Got INK? (23)

Got INK? features book covers with INKED characters. This one has some nice tribal designs.
Bond with Me – September 2010

Fallen angels… They rule Moscow’s seedy underworld, promising untold pleasure to the females who dare to mate them. That promise – and Brends Duranov’s own raw sexual power – has hopefuls mobbing the velvet rope outside his elite club G2’s.

But Mischka Baran has no intention of hooking up with one of the Fallen. Not even after Brends gives her an unforgettable taste of the sin and seduction he can deliver with those wicked lips. She’s after information, not a stint as some Goblin’s toy of the month. What she doesn’t know is that with a sadistic killer carving up his brethren, Brends is playing for keeps, hunting the one woman whose bloodline can end the mayhem, whose bond can restore his lost wings.

Follow this link to preorder your copy from Amazon.  For more information, visit Ann Marsh at her website. 
 
Seen any inked covers?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fangy Friday (4)

Did you see it?  The Season 3 premiere?  I didn't.  It is on my DVR and I have not had enough free time or energy to watch it.  (sighs)

For this week's Fangy post, I found covers for the comic books.  True Blood's Nest displayed the images and sent me over to HBO's shop for more details.  So here they are...


They look kind of scary.  The third definitely looks more like Anna Paquin than the first two.  The first  release will be available on July 21, so if you want one, better preorder it now.  Visit the HBO store for all kinds of True Blood merchandise.

So do you like the comic covers?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Twice Bitten and ipod giveaway

One of my favorite authors Chloe Neill is getting ready for the July 6th release of Twice Bitten, book 3 in the Chicagoland Vampire series.  These books are wonderful reads, even for those of you who are not huge vampire fans.  This series contains a funny, smart, and kick-butt heroine who will become one of your favorites. 

To help celebrate this release, she is giving away a very special prize. 

A red ipod nano inscribed with your name and Cadogen House on the back.  How. Cool. Is. That?
Visit Chloe's blog to find all the ways you can enter to win. 

Don't forget to preorder Twice Bitten- here's a link.

ARC giveaway

I have two arcs of Deception by Lee Nichols from the online book bloggers conference that need a home.  I have read one (it is still in perfect condition) and I can tell you it is a great read (review coming soon).   Shipping costs went up again, so US only~unless international winner would like to pay shipping via Pay Pal.
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life. (summary from goodreads)
To enter, complete the form.  You do not need to be a follower (though it is much appreciated) and you can gain an extra entry by spreading the word!  There will be 2 winners.  Giveaway ends June 25.  Good luck!

Inside the treasure chest...

Here is another one of my amazing blogmania sponsors...
They specialize in a variety of different items including T's for the whole family, scarves, dresses, messenger bags, and totes. 
Right now, they are running a BOGO sale, buy one get one 1/2 off!  So you could get one for you and for your best buddy (or just two for you)!

Stop by their shop to check out their full line AND visit them on Facebook.  Once they reach 500 followers, they will start doing giveaways.  Plus they are giving away 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates in June to newsletter subscribers! :) So sign up quick to be entered into the drawings!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cover LOVE?

Mari Macusi revealed the latest cover in her Blood Coven series, Night School.  Here it is...
NIGHT SCHOOL
by, Mari Mancusi
January 2010

Vampires, Slayers and...FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED.

After their parents' shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run--forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to contact their vampire boyfriends--the twins are on their own.

Being a vampire stuck in a school full of slayers isn't easy. Especially with no blood substitute stocked on campus. Soon Rayne finds herself succumbing to her bloodlust and losing control--especially around the arrogant, but devastatingly handsome Corbin Billingsworth the Third--who isn't sure whether he wants to kiss her...or kill her.

But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes Riverdale Academy may be hiding some deadly secrets of its own--leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives.

Here are some other covers in the series...
  
For more information, visit Mari at her website.

So what do you think?  Are you in Cover LOVE?

WoW: The Candidates

This looks like the start of a great series.  I just love the cover.  Don't you?
The Candidates
by, Inara Scott
August 24, 2010

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that’s not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia’s mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just…happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.

But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia’s days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses–not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she’s special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome. And then there’s her mysterious new friend Jack, who can’t stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn’t convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her “gift” than they’re letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it…But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.
 (summary from author's site)

For more information, including preorder links, visit Inara Scott at the Delcroix Academy site.

*Waiting on Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

YA review: A Blue So Dark

Terrified that her mother, a schizophrenic and an artist, is a mirror that reflects her own future, sixteen-year-old Aura struggles with her overwhelming desires to both chase artistic pursuits and keep madness at bay.

As her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet keeps drawing Aura toward the depths of her own imagination—the shadows of make-believe that she finds frighteningly similar to her mother’s hallucinations.

Convinced that creative equals crazy, Aura shuns her art, and her life unravels in the process. (summary from goodreads)
My thoughts...This was a tragically beautiful story that will haunt you days after you turn the last page.

A Blue So Dark breaches some difficult subject matter, schizophrenia.  As you can imagine, the book is emotional, powerful, and deep.  Holly Schindler does a brilliant job of writing the emotions of this young girl who is caring for her sick mother.  Aura's protectiveness of her mother and their situation proves her worth as an incredibly strong, well-written heroine.  I could feel her struggles and frustrations throughout the story.   Her fear that she too will become sick like her mother causes her to make some wreckless decisions.  Her actions may not have been the right choices, but given the situation, I can't help but think I would do the same thing. 

I have personal experience with someone with schizophrenia, so I was immediately drawn to this story.  However it is more that just a story of a family struggling with sickness, the story goes deeper that that.  A Blue So Dark is a journey in relationships with others and ones self, it is a story of love and loss, and of self discovery.  I would recommend this book to readers of all ages.  It is a profound story that will leave you thinking. 

For more information about Holly Schindler, visit her website.  Follow this link to order your copy from Amazon.
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Wind Warrior Trailer

You may recall a few weeks ago I featured a book called Wind Warrior by Cynthia Roberts.  Well today is the release day.  Follow this link to the author's site for more information and purchase links.  In the meantime, enjoy the trailer.
Congratulations on your big day Cynthia!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Majix trailer

Check out this trailer for the July YA release of Majix by Douglas Rees. 

Here is the book summary from goodreads...
Kestrel (don't call her Susan) Murphy is angry. Forced to leave her posh San Francisco Bay Area home by her father's illness, she's living in Jurupa (sounds like vomiting), Southern California. It's too hot. The people are stupid. And you have to chew the air to get the oxygen out of it. On the plus side, Kestrel is a witch. Well, a witch-in-training. And she's going acquire the magic she needs to get her life back to normal. At first, she barely notices the people around her-Aunt Ariel, who's taken her in and is herself a well-known white witch; Jose Iturrigaray, the quiet, talented young artist; Blake Cump, troublemaker extraordinaire; Laura Greenwood, who wants to be Kestrel's friend. But life has its own magic, and gradually Kestrel finds that much of one's success as a witch lies in being open to it.
I am a sucker for witchy stories, but the trailer totally sold me on this one.  Want a copy, follow this link to preorder from Amazon
 
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