Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 10 "WANTED" for 2013

There are soooo many fabulous books coming out this year. These are just a few that are already on my radar. Many are from a series or by a favorite author. Anyone else anxious to read any of these titles?
(no particular order)
Shades of Earth by, Beth Revis (January 15, 2013)
Dead Ever After By, Charlaine Harris (May 7, 2013)
Scarlet By, Marissa Meyer (February 5, 2013)
Endless Knight by, Kresley Cole (October 2013)
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (April 23, 2013)
Gameboard of the Gods (June 4, 2013)
Level Two By, Lenore Appelhans (January 15, 2013)
Nameless By, Lili St. Crow (April 4, 2013)
Hidden By, Marianne Curley (June25, 2013)

Dualed By, Elsie Chapman (February 26, 2013)

There are WAY more, this list could go on forever.
What is on your list?
All links lead back to goodreads.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 10 Readz of 2012

Top 10 Readz of 2012 (in no particular order)
* I actually struggled with this post. I know I read tons of books, but only a few really stood out. It didn't help that I was a BAD blogger for a good part of the year (not writing reviews).
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The Immortal Rules by, Julie Kagawa
Cinder by Marissa Meyers
Pure by, Julianna Baggott
Poison Princess by, Kresley Cole
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
For Darkness Shows the Stars by, Diana Peterfreund
A Million Suns by, Beth Revis
The Replacement by, BrennaYovanoff
Rapture By, Lauren Kate

All links lead to goodreads.
What is on your top 10 list?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cover Love 2012 (top 10) plus my WORST

Here are my favorite covers for 2012 (in no particular order)
The Farm by, Emily McKay
*This makes me want to read with the lights ON! She looks scared and desperate. LOVE IT!
Series Cover...
Endlessy (Paranormalcy 3) by, Kiersten White
Half Face...
*I think the girl is very pretty and I love the decorative shading and moodiness of the cover.
Cinder by, Marissa Meyer
*I just love it, plain and simple.
Everneath by, Brodi Ashton
*I want this dress!
Just a Boy...
The Lost Prince by, Julie Kagawa
*It's not so much about the boy in this pic, but the connection to the rest of the books. They look so pretty on my shelf and they stay true. I despise it when book covers drastically change in a series.
Dreamless by, Josephine Angelini
*I'm a sucker for a sunset and her shadowed face leaves some mystery.
Insurgent by, Veronica Roth
*I think the colors in this cover really appease me. The tree feels organic, yet turbulent.
Sci-Fi (2)...
A Million Suns by, Beth Revis
*oooohhh, pretty! I love that they are staring into the galaxy.
Of Posidon by, Anna Banks
*I love the simplicity of this cover and the font.
OK... the WORST COVER...
A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
*Kelly, I am sorry. I adore you and your books, but this cover drives my bonkers. The colors are great and I LOVE the hair. It's just the hands... the hands don't quite work. Is that position even possible? If so it can't be very comfortable.
This post does not speak of the stories, only their covers
(especially A Beautiful Evil).
Links go back to goodreads.
What were your favorites of 2012?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Free Readz

Did Santa leave a Kindle under your tree? Not mine, however I can still enjoy free reads. Did you know there are free reading apps you can download for your computer?
by, Lori Brighton
Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.
by, Chelsea Bellingeri
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were an embarrassing stain on America’s revered past. Innocent people were persecuted at the hands of a few over-zealous puritans. But what if there were real witches during those colonial hunts? What if there are witches in present day New England? That is what Alexandria Ramsey’s crazy grandmother believes. Grandma Claudia claims Alex descends from a long line of New England witches.

Modern day witches in Hazel Cove, Massachusetts? Unlikely, but strange things are occurring in the weeks preceding Alex’s seventeenth birthday, which also coincides with her family’s annual Halloween party. Alex is haunted by bizarre reoccurring nightmares of a man chasing her through the Hazel Cove Cemetery. On a few occasions, when her emotions have spiraled out of control, inanimate objects have shattered around her. But that’s just a coincidence, right? Alex isn’t so sure, especially after a local girl, who supposedly dabbled in witchcraft, was killed in the nearby forest.

Alex knows something strange is happening to her. With the arrival of a new boy in town, the mischievous James Van Curen, who is making her life difficult and causing problems between Alex and her best friend, Peter, Alex feels like her entire world is on the verge of chaos. Could Alex really be a witch? Is it possible Hazel Cove will become a battleground for modern day witches and witch hunters?
by, Holly Hook
Book 1 of the Destroyers Series (Second Edition)

Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. But when gorgeous Gary materializes out of a hurricane right in front of her, that all changes, because he shares a marking exactly like hers.

When Gary shows her the truth about the curse they share, it's only the start of their nightmare.
by, Tamara Rose Blodgett
The following installments available now: DEATH SPEAKS (#2), DEATH SCREAMS (#3), DEATH WEEPS (#4) and DEATH INCEPTION (a companion novella, ideally read between books 3 & 4). Book #5, UNREQUITED DEATH, coming December 31, 2012!

Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025.
When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school,
paranormal abilities begin manifesting... making the teens more powerful than the adults.

After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret government agency whose goal is exploitation.

Caleb seeks refuge in his new girlfriend, Jade, until he realizes that she needs as much protection from her family, as he does from the government.

Suddenly, Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full
time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the bullies that are making him miserable? *
App.word count: 112,000-paperback 354 pages.What happens when teenagers manifest paranormal abilities which make them more powerful than the adults? Can death be used as a weapon? Can humanity transcend death? Death Whispers, reveals impossible human potential and the evil which lies therein.
*I have not read any of these titles, however they seemed to get decent reviews on Amazon.
**All links and pictures are from/lead to

I also just noticed that there is an Indie Book Sale going on... $0.99 for tons of titles.
Check it out!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ellz Book Reviewz

A complete list of all my reviews...
(*) indicates NOT a young adult title
Follow this link for the review archive (2009-2012)
Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Early YA Review: Altered

Altered by Jennifer Rush
January 1, 2013
Little, Brown & Co.

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.(goodreads)

My thoughts...If you are looking for a fresh storyline in YA fiction, Altered my be just the book you need.

In the beginning we meet Anna and her father, who have a lab in their basement. They are not testing animals or undead zombies, but humans, four boys to be exact. They each have their own personality and Anna reacts to each of them differently. This makes the story interesting because once the glass walls are removed, these characters must rewrite their relationships. While it is no secret that Anna has a crush on Sam, does he feel the same way? Nick, while in his lab room, seemed to hate Anna. I was worried for her once he was free. All the characters had an interesting dynamic.

The real action starts when Anna and the boys escape from the lab. They are being hunted and must survive without their memories or any resources. Using clues, they have to decode their lives and find safety. Altered incorporated mystery,blossoming  romance, action, violence and edge-of-your seat suspense into one book. Readers will find themselves second guessing the characters motives.

The ending left plenty of room for a sequel or two. I enjoyed Altered and will be watching for more from Jennifer Rush!

*e-arc provided by publisher for an honest review

For more information, visit Jennifer Rush at her website or follow her on twitter.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Recent Winners

Here are some recent winners on my blog...

Embrace Birthday Bash
Congratulations to
Jen Witch, winner of the $15 Amazon Gift Card and eCopy of Embrace
Kerry Amburgy-Dickson, Grand Prize winner in the Embrace Birthday Bash Giveaway
Dee Dee Brinkman Griffin, Holly Underhill and Shadow Kohler
winners of the Embrace Swag Package in the Embrace Birthday Bash Giveaway
(winners provided by author)

The Gift of Books
(listed on rafflecopter HERE)
(winners provided by host)

End of the World Giveaway Hop
Eric Townsend

The Girl in the Wall
Annie W.
(prize sent by publisher)

also, I have not heard back from
Bookish in a Box  (Amy)
who won Tempestuous
please email me at zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom or check your spam folder!

All of my winners have been notified by email and have a 3 days to respond or I will have to choose another winner. Congrats! Please note I am not responsible for lost packages or those coming from the publisher. I will be sure the information is forwarded to the proper agency and then it is out of my hands. Thanks for visiting!

Lastly, please enter the Best of 2012 giveaway and watch for another Merit Press giveaway this week! Who's ready for 2013?

Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop!

I read some fabulous books in 2012. Some of my favorite were...
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Pure by, Julianna Baggott

And the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

For this hop, ONE winner can choose a book they wanted to read in 2012, but didn't. Or maybe it was one you borrowed, LOVED and want your own copy.
INTERNATIONAL entries welcome (as long as the Book Depository can reach you)
Prize is 1 BOOK up to a $15 value
Complete the rafflecopter to continue and then keep HOPPING!
(This hop hosted by Kathy @ Im a Reader, not a Writer

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Friday, December 21, 2012

99 Authors, 99 Titles, 99 Cents Event

These prices are available on Amazon only.

For a listing of books offered and to enter to win, click here!!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Do you SWAG?

I just redeemed my swagbucks for a $100 PAYPAL GC
(which I will be shamelessly spending on myself in January)
In case you have never heard of swagbucks...
It is a free search engine that rewards you for searching!
All you do is register (honestly very painless) and start searching. You can win 5, 7, 8, 10, 25 or more swagbucks for searches. The denominations are random and unexpected. Also they add up very quickly. Redeemable rewards include for babies, kids, magazine subscriptions, electronics, stuff for house and home and GIFTCARDS (something for everyone).
 I LOVE this program.
If you don't SWAG, I HIGHLY recommed it! Follow the link below to learn more!
(If you follow my link, I get to earn too!)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Embrace Birthday Bash and Giveaway

It’s Embrace’s Book Birthday and to celebrate the success of her debut novel Cherie Colyer is giving away a copy of her book plus swag. Before we get to that, here is a brief excerpt and some information about Embrace.

A stillness filled the air, a calm serenity that wrapped around me like the wings of an angel. A moment later, Isaac’s strong arms circled me, pinning my back to his chest. His breath smelled of spearmint. It brushed the side of my neck and sent an excited shiver through my entire body.

by Cherie Colyer

How far would you go to save the people you love?

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.

To add Embrace to your Goodreads’ lists click here and to view the book trailer click here. If you’d like to curl up with Embrace today you can download the eBook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To win a copy of Embrace or swag, all you have to do is fill out the form: 
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Find Cherie: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Readz (giveaway)

Since this is the season of giving... I am not going to tell you what is under what my tree. Instead, I am going to offer you something to put under YOUR tree!
My friends at Merit Press are offering a copy of The Girl in the Wall to a lucky reader in the US or Canada!
First, the author has a few tips for us....
Three Life Lessons from THE GIRL IN THE WALL that I Wish my Teenage Self had Learned
By Daphne Benedis-Grab,
Author of The Girl in the Wall (Merit Press)
1. Good Friends are to be Cherished
My new novel, The Girl in the Wall, is about a posh party taken hostage and it's narrated by two former BFFs who had a falling out exactly nine months and eleven days earlier (they both keep track). Ariel is the one who feels she was wronged so she responded by wronging Sera, making her a social outcast, despite years of slumber parties, shared secrets and the priceless experience of that friend who really and truly gets you. Over the course of the story hostage stuff happens but along with that Ariel learns that there are some pretty golden reasons why lesson number one is 'good friends are to be cherished'. I won't give away particulars but I will say that Teen-me sure could have used this wisdom back in high school.
Teen-me cared deeply about her friends but she cared even more about something else: being cool. Teen-me was not cool and so she strove for coolness with the singular passion only a teenage girl can have. And that kind of passion gets results. Teen-me managed to claw her way into the cool kids crowd, where she met some nice enough people and enjoyed the experience of feeling cool. But it was work, real work, to maintain the cool status and the friendships in that group did not run deep. But the some of the friends, the real, truly got-me friends, that Teen-me shed along the way? I miss them still.
2. The Mean Girls Don't Matter in the End
When Ariel designated Sera as the class pariah in their small private school, mean girls came out of the woodwork. All of a sudden Sera, who had known only popularity and worship from her peers, was getting snide remarks and hearing her name connected to the words 'backstabbing bitch', not exactly a self esteem booster. For nine months and eleven days Sera let this treatment batter her down, so that she was eventually walking the halls of school like a beaten dog, terrified of the cruelty that could come her way at any moment. Things change over the course of the story, of course, but I won't give any of that away here, I'll just say that Teen-me definitely understood where Sera was coming from.
Teen-me lived in terror of mean girls. I think in my case my deepest fear was that someone would decide that I was a fraud who did not belong in the cool group, that my coolness was a fake, and as a result so was I. For Teen-me being cool meant having to care desperately about how other people judged me, and a negative judgment could crush my self esteem for weeks. Teen-me handed over the power of self esteem to others, a terrible and costly mistake that made high school a lot harder than it needed to be.
3. Have Some Backbone, Girl!
When masked people carrying guns take over the party you are attending, when the hostage situation goes wrong and suddenly everyone's lives are at stake, you face a choice: cooperate and hope for the best, or get a backbone and fight. There are a lot of ways to fight and over the course of the book both Sera and Ariel discover which ways work for them. You'll have to read the book to see what they choose and how it all goes down in the end, but I will say that Teen-me could have used an introduction to the concept of backbone.
For Teen-me, this would actually have been the single most important thing to learn, the thing that would make lessons number 1 and 2 obvious and unnecessary. Fighting does not always mean direct confrontation, it means having backbone and sticking to what you know is right. Mean girl calls you a fraud? Whatever. Friends aren't cool? If they are true friends who cares? Wait, who cares, that mean girl over there? No worries, you have backbone so you don't care what she thinks. In the end it all comes down to the backbone, believing in yourself enough to stick up for yourself no matter what.
Sera and Ariel had a night where their lives were at risk, where everything that mattered was on the line. In the face of that crisis they leaned things that it took Teen-me most of my twenties to figure out. But I think given the choice, I'd rather have taken in these lessons more slowly rather than faced my mortality at seventeen. And in the end what matters is that I did finally learn all three of these lessons and each has served me well!
© 2012 Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of The Girl in the Wall
Author Bio
Daphne Benedis-Grab
, author of The Girl in the Wall, earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School, where she began the thesis that became her first book, Alive and Well in Prague, New York. She has worked a number of jobs including buildings houses for Habitat for Humanity and teaching adult literacy classes. She lives with her husband and their two children in New York City.
For more information please visit and, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter
So "What is The Girl in the Wall" about you ask?
Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.(goodreads)
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Friday, December 14, 2012


My thoughts and prayers to the families in Connecticut who are dealing with this horrible tragedy. As a parent and a teacher I am devastated by this loss. May strength be with the families.

The Gift of Books giveaway blast!

The Gift of Books Giveaway Blast is hosted by One A Day Y.A. and runs from December 14-21, 2012. There are 15 ebooks, 1 $10 Amazon Gift Card and a total of 6 winners. We hope you have...a blast!
Grand Prize - 1 Winner
Rhiannon Paille - Surrender and Lantern & Poison
Second Prize - 1 Winner
Runner Up - 4 Winners
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