Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A Happy Halloween edition of WoW!! Thanks again to Jill at Breaking the Spine....Preparing myself for the diabetic coma of Halloween and you should too.... here are some goodies that may put you in the scaring mood!!
The Mark by Jen Nadol
Sixteen-year old Cassie Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back.
The one time she pointed it out taught her she shouldn't do it again, so Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person's imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.
Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, always careful to keep her secret. How does the mark work? Why her? Most importantly, if you know today is someone's last, should you tell?
The Mark hits bookshelves on January 19, 2010 and you can visit Jen's site here!!
Shadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel
At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul.
Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . . .
Shadowland hits a shelf near you on November 24, 2009 and you can visit Alyson and The Immortals here!!
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
The Body Finder hits shelves on March 16, 2010 and you can visit Kimberly here for more info and fun stuff!!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Here it is... you get to see what I received in my mailbox this week!! Minus the bills and junk of course! Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren for this lovely MME! Make sure to check out what she and other bloggers got this week!
I am a GENIUS of UNSPEAKABLE EVIL and I want to be your CLASS PRESIDENT by Josh Lieb
Family Guy meets Election in this hilarious young adult debut!Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Kreig
Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson’s got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver’s a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he’s used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver’s father—and archnemesis—makes a crack about the upcoming middle school election, and Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. He’ll run, and he’ll win! Turns out, though, that overthrowing foreign dictators is actually way easier than getting kids to like you. . . Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, all in time to impress his dad?
Twelve-year-old Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime. Because Griff’s not just any kid—he’s a kid with a badge. And if you are a criminal, he’s your worst nightmare.
Griff might be the new kid on the Rampart Jr. High Patrol squad, but he’s no rookie. And he’ll do whatever it takes to clean up the mean hallways of his middle school—even if it lands him in hot water.But when Griff links cool kid Marcus “The Smile” Volger to a counterfeit hall pass ring, can he and his friends close the case? Or will Griff let down the force—and lose his badge—for good?
Venomous by Christopher Krovatain
Locke Vinetti is a high school junior, disenchanted and more than a little hostile. In fact, for years he's had a lousy social life because of a problem he has with his anger--a force he calls "the venom." Ever since he was eight years old and bit off a piece of a classmate's nose, he's been something of a loner. But all that is about to change when he goes out with his one friend, Randall, to meet some of Randall's crew hanging out at Riverside Park. Because in addition to meeting his kindred spirit, Casey--who has his own problems with his own kind of venom--Locke meets the spikey blue fairy-haircut Goth girl of his dreams. And if their relationship is going to work, he knows he has to rid himself of the venom once and for all. Interspersed with comic book adventures of the fantasy anti-hero alter-ego Locke has invented for himself, Venomous is a fast-paced, funny, and ferocious read about one teenage boy's struggle with his inner demons.
Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison (sent by Angela and it's even autographed!!!)
Leesie Hunt has many rules: No kissing. No sex. No dating outside the Mormon faith.** This one will be part of my first giveaway!! Look for it soon!
When Michael Walden—a deep-sea diver who lost his parents in a violent hurricane—arrives in town, Leesie sees someone who needs her. They fall for one another, even though his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above.
Will their intense chemistry be too strong to resist?
Leesie and Michael must make the hardest choice of their lives: whether to follow their beliefs or their hearts.
Readers will be swept away by this tale of forbidden romance told in online chats, Leesie’s chapbook poems, and Michael’s dive log. It’s as steamy as Twilight and just as clean.
Swapped via Paperback Swap:
Catch by Will Leitch
Everything comes easy for Tim Temples. He's got a sweet summer job, lots of love from the ladies, and parties with his high school buddies.Why does he need to go to college?
Then Tim falls hard for Helena—a worldly and mysterious twenty-twoyear- old. Their relationship opens his eyes to life outside the small town of Mattoon, Illinois. Now Tim has to choose:Will he settle for being a small town hero, or will he leave it all behind to follow his dreams?
If I should die before I wake by Han Nolan
Hilary hates Jews. As part of a neo-Nazi gang in her town, she's finally found a sense of belonging. But when she's critically injured in an accident, everything changes.
Somehow, in her mind, she has become Chana, a Jewish girl fighting for her own life in the ghettos and concentration camps of World War II.
Han Nolan offers powerful insight into one young woman's survival through the Holocaust and another's journey out of hatred and self-loathing.
Reader's guide and an interview with the author included.
(one of my students gave me this book!!)
Children of Hope by Vernon Brewer with Noel Brewer Yeatts
"Try to imagine the devastation of losing not one, but both parents as a young child. You are left alone with no one to care for you, no one to feed and clothe you, and no one to protect you. Millions of frightened children have been abandoned to fend completely for themselves after watching their parents die a slow, agonizing death from HIV/AIDS. Meet these courageous children. They will change your opinions, your beliefs...and your life!"
Have a great week everyone and happy reading!!
Harper Teen is now tweeting so make sure you follow them for cool updates and giveaways!! @HarperTeen!
Harper Teen also has a great feature on their site where they let you browse inside a book so that you can see what it is all about. Find that here. The cool thing about it right now is that you can have full access to The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith FOR FREE here!! That's right... read the book for free! Make sure to check it out.... and if you haven't been watching The Vampire Diaries on CW then visit their site to view full episodes! I am loving it!!
Make sure to check out Harper Teen's Fall Fiction Sweepstakes too for lots of great books that are going to be given away including They Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz, Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott, Gorgeous by Rachel Vail and much, much more!!
Make sure you sign up for Harper Teen's newsletter to get all their latest news, giveaways, and much more!!
For we bloggers trying to figure out what the FTC is up to, Jennifer Hubbard has a great post here that may shed some light on it. This incformation on the FTC guidelines was presented at KidLitCon.
Authors Daniel and Dina Nayeri (authors of Another Faust) are having a WONDERFUL contest! Here is Daniel to tell you more...
Hi everyone. Dina and I are about to kick off a month-long tour for our book, Another Faust, and we want to do it by announcing a contest! We are looking for the most promising writers out there (that’s YOU). And then we want to showcase their work, so that all of the Internet can bask in their awesome writing might (and, you know, give them prizes).
HERE’S HOW IT GOES.
We want you to write your own short story, re-imagining of the Faustian Bargain. (For inspiration, check out Bedazzled, Simpsons “Tree House of Horrors IV,” and The Little Mermaid). It can be about anything you like (but let’s keep it PG-13, and under 3,000 words), and it’s open to everyone.
All you have to do is send your entry to email@example.com before January 31.
Rules and details can be found here
Make sure to read them so you don’t get DQed
And the winner gets all kinds of sweetness:
- A signed copy of Another Faust
- A handwritten deleted scene
- A featured article & interview on our site
- An author’s galley of the sequel Another Pan
Though we’ll feature the top five on our site for comments, the judging WON’T happen by popular vote (so basically, we don't care which contestant has the most friends). Dina and I will personally read them.
So, spread the word! Tweet, retweet, forward, thread, spread, embed this post.
If you haven't read Another Faust yet, don't feel bad... I have it on my shelf but haven't made it to it yet either! It is now moving to the top of my list though because this is definitely something worth going for!
Have a great week everyone!
I am doing a rather sad book review today. My husband and I had to put our sweet Rottweiler, Lita, to sleep yesterday and we are (of course) completely heart broken. Kylie, our 4 year old, is starting to grasp that she is not coming home, but it is still a rough go. So in honor of Lita and all the other wonderful Rotties out there (Kristi I know you love your big man too) I present you with... the Carl books.
These are a staple in our house because we do love them so! Alexandra Day has written these beautiful board books for all to enjoy, but if you have a Rottie they will warm your heart just as your sweet one does! Carl goes on adventures of all types in the books and is usually doing his job of taking care of the baby. He is a very responsible dog as you will see and we love reading them over and over (and over and over and over...) again!
Carl can be found in these books...
Good Dog Carl
Carl Goes to Daycare
Carl's Sleepy Afternoon
Carl's Snowy Afternoon
We will miss our sweet Lita but we know that she is in a much better place!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Another grand edition of WoW hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!!
Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.
She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.
And Sea’s real adventure begins.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Age Level: 8th grade & up
# of Pages: Hardback 352 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (August 11, 2009)
An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .
Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.
We have seen the stories on the news and thought, “Oh wow! How could someone do that?” or “What an awful thing to happen,” and often we don’t think too much of it three or four days later. I know I was probably guilty of that much more before I became a mother. As a mother though, I have to think about the state of mind that a woman or girl must be in to abandon their child in a place where they know the child is doomed to die. After does a beautiful job exploring that concept through Devon’s ordeal. As I read this book I was completely captivated by the fast paced writing that was so full of truth and gave such insight to this concept of “dumpster babies” who we often don’t think will have any impact on us. I don’t know how anyone who reads this book can walk by a dumpster from here on out and want to go check just to make sure there isn’t a baby in it. Maybe it is just the mother in me… I don’t know.
Efaw has done an amazing job allowing us to get inside the head of a girl who is dealing with so much more that even she realizes and paints a picture at what could possibly be going on in the minds of these young mothers who make the decision to dump their babies. I love that this book is completely different from anything that I have ever read and made me think long and hard about a person or group of people whom I may only give a passing thought to once or twice a year when I see the story on the news. Devon’s character was beautifully written and as a reader, you are drawn to her character. I found myself rooting for her because she did discover who she was through this process.
Efaw’s book takes the perspective of the would-be mother and lets us get inside her head and attempt to understand the thought process behind dumping a baby. She has done an amazing job writing about a controversial topic and one that most people tend to avoid because “that could never happen to them.” Efaw has written Devon to be completely relatable which some may find shocking, but I find refreshing. It lets readers know that we all make bad decisions and we all may not know why we make those decisions, no matter how big or small they are! Devon’s journey into the realization of what happened and her effort to take responsibility for it leave readers asking questions they may not have even given thought to before reading this novel.
This gut wrenching story enlightens readers to an area that we may not be comfortable with but one that is impacting our world at an alarming rate. Efaw cites in the author’s note that every day in America approximately of one baby is abandoned in a dumpster and that 45 percent of those children who are slain by a parent are done within the first twenty-four hours of birth. Those, to me, are alarming statistics! There are young girls out there who don’t know what to do and are resorting to doing what Devon did and may not realize, like Devon, what is going on. Maybe this impacts me so much because I am a mother and a teacher and I see this every day, maybe not. Maybe this is something I am supposed to get on a soap box and do something about… I don’t know. I’ll definitely be praying about this one though!
Visit Amy here and see what else she has going on!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Do twins begin in the womb? Or in a better place? Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that''s where their differences begin. For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex. Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is- who?
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same. Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act- suicide. Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade. Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills. And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself. In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun- and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life- but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.
Burned by Ellen Hopkins
I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream.
It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious- yet abusive- family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.
This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers- about God, a woman's role, sex, love- mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it?
It's with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn's father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know.
Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both- until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell- a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same.
In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn's story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.
Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.
Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive.
Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves- her baby.
The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.
Happy reading to you all this week!! Don't forget to check out The Story Siren for other In My Mailbox entries for this week!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sorry I skipped out on this last week... it was a wild week... so I shall post not one, but TWO WoW for today! Enjoy!
Thanks again to Jill at Breaking the Spine for this wonderful idea!!
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
Polly Madassa is convinced she was born for a more romantic time. A time when Elizabeth Bennet and Anne of Green Gables walked along the moors and beaches of the beautiful land, a time where a distinguished gentleman called upon a lady of quality and true love was born in the locked eyes of two young lovers.
But alas, she was not.
This, however, does not stop our young heroine from finding romance wherever she can conjure it up. So while Polly is burdened with a summer job of delivering baked goods from her parents bakery (how quaint!) to the people in her small beach town, she finds a way to force…um…encourage romance to blossom. She is determined to bring lovers, young and old, together…whether they want to be or not.
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
A prodigal son
A dangerous love
A deadly secret . . .
I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.
Both of these delicious treats come out on my hubby's birthday... December 22!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Since I didn't do one last week... I will do a second today!!
Swoon, Connecticut, stands proudly on its heritage and the good behavior of its Lilly Pulitzer–clad inhabitants, so semi-psychic New York transplant Candice (Dice) sticks out like a sore thumb. On the autumnal equinox, Dice’s sweet and gentle cousin Penelope suddenly changes into a dangerous vixen, and only Dice is able to see that she has been possessed. Dice knows she must exorcise Sinclair, the ghost of a handsome young man from the colonial era, but she has fallen deeply in love with the appropriately nicknamed Sin. Finally, Dice follows Sin’s directions for an exorcism, which frees Penelope from his hold and releases Sin into his own physical form. The golem-like Sin finally reveals his goal: to exact revenge on the descendants of those who unjustly hung him for the murder of his fiancée. Since Sin awakens the quaint town’s denizens to all of their suppressed urges, this steamy and suspenseful romance with a psychic slant and time-travel twist will pull mature teens. The paranormal angle and several star-crossed love pairings will appeal to fans of the Twilight series.
more about "Trailer Tuesday (8)", posted with vodpod
Three Upper East Side teens discover that they have been tapped for the Society, an elite order with roots dating back to ancient Egypt. Once they accept membership, they stand to benefit beyond their wildest dreams, with one caveat: Once they get in, they can never get out. Privilege, as they discover, has a very high price. Check out the trailer for Secret Society, the new teen novel from Tom Dolby!
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Yeah! My first vlog edition.... Thanks, as usual, to Kristi at The Story Siren for this MME! Check out the other IMM entries on her site for more goodies!
more about "In My Mailbox ()", posted with vodpod
Wrecked by E.R. Frank
The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger
Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
Book cover post here!!
Happy reading all!!
This is pretty amazing... I am thinking of my students whom I KNOW would benefit from this!! Vooks blend text and video into a single, complete story. Amazing what technology we have right at our finger tips now... wouldn't you say?!
more about "What is a Vook?", posted with vodpod
Genre: YA Fantasy
# of Pages: 352
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
This is author Michelle Zink’s debut novel and is the first in a trilogy.
Lia Milthorpe is naturally quiet unlike her twin sister, Alice. She is in love with the local bookstore owner’s son, James, and is living a relatively happy life with her father, sister, and brother until her father unexpectedly dies. It is upon his death that Lia realizes that there is much more to her than she could have ever imagined. She has a strange mark on her arm in which she cannot explain and doesn’t dare ask anyone for fear that they will accuse her of things that she knows nothing of. Her sister Alice has become distant and has been acting strange and Lia doesn’t know who she can turn to for answers about her mother’s suicide and secret life and now the strange mark that is haunting her. Her Aunt Virginia has been appointed her guardian and Lia quickly finds that she is the only one she can turn to for the answers she so desperately wants and needs to survive. Lia learns that she is part of an ancient prophecy that divides the sisters whom it is passed down to.
Who will prevail?
Prophecy of the Sisters is yet another favorite trilogy to add to my shelf! It seems like it took me forever to read it, but it was simply because it was written so well that I wanted to savor every bit of it. The characters are so well written that it is easy to identify with Lia and her struggle to balance love, her family, and the impending decisions that she must make in order to survive. Alice is the perfect protagonist in this novel because she does something one minute that makes you absolutely loathe her and then she seemingly redeems herself the next. Even the characters who are seemingly in the background the majority of the time have a way of weaving themselves into your heart and identifying with them, like Edmund who has become a sort of surrogate father figure for Lia in a very subtle way. Lia’s best friends whom she meets only because of the strange events surrounding her, are also beautifully written and balance out Lia and even Alice throughout the novel. I love that the plot is completely original (at least to me) and that there will be more! Often when I read the first of a trilogy, I am thinking… “Okay, she can finish this story in one novel, why stretch it out?” Not this one! This one just wets your appetite enough to get you ready for the next course… which is going to be so good! Zink has done an amazing job with her debut novel and I can’t wait to see what Lia’s next adventure is when it comes to the prophecy and even more so what Alice is going to do to try and stop her!
Visit Michelle at http://michellezinkbooks.wordpress.com/ and you can follower her on twitter(@michellezink)! I do… and she is amazing!!!