Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Kristi (The Story Siren) pointed me in the direction of this book on her IMM post this week. The cover intrigued me and then I went to read about it... and I want it! Didn't surprise me in the least though!! Happy reading everyone!

The Puzzle Ring
by Kate Forsyth

Hannah Rose Brown was not quite thirteen years old when she discovered her family was cursed...

It seemed a day like any other day. Yet for twelve year old Hannah Rose Brown, it is the day when her ordinary life is changed forever, a day when she discovers a past full of secrets and a future full of magic.

Hannah lives with her mother, Roz. Her father Robert disappeared soon after she was born, and she and her mother are all alone in the world. Or so Hannah has always believed. Yet one day a letter arrives, addressed to the Viscountess of Fairknowe. Hannah thinks it's a hilarious mistake but the letter upsets her mother who confesses that Hannah’s father was the Viscount of Fairknowe, and the heir to Wintersloe Castle in Scotland.

The letter is from Hannah’s great-grandmother – someone she never knew existed – begging Hannah and her mother to come to Scotland. At first Roz refuses – she had sworn never to return to Wintersloe Castle. But Hannah is determined to go, her curiosity aroused by the letter’s reference to a curse.

Wintersloe Castle is an old house, built near the ruins of a castle and overlooking the waters of Loch Lomond. On the northern wall is a strange gate, built through the hollow trunk of an ancient yew tree. Through the gate, Hannah can see the round hill that rises behind the house, crowned with a blackthorn tree. This is called Fairknowe on the maps, but the locals call it the fairy hill.

Strange things begin to happen. A toad coughs up a round stone with a hole worn through the middle. When Hannah looks through it, the world seems different. She hears a dog howling at night – yet there is no dog at Wintersloe Castle. Shadows seem to stalk her. One stormy day, the toad shows her the way to her father’s old tower room – and Hannah discovers the history of the curse of Wintersloe Castle, which has blighted the family and the house for centuries.

Hannah is determined to break the curse, but to do so she must go back in time to the last tumultuous days of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. She must face all sorts of dangers, including being hunted by the evil queen of the Otherworld and being accused of being a witch...

Isn't the cover so amazing! Love it! Can't wait to read this one!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sing Me to Sleep Giveaway

It's Contest Time!!!

I am beyond thrilled to have Angela Morrison helping me host my very first contest! On March 4 I will be hosting Angela as part of her blog tour for her second novel Sing Me to Sleep. I will be putting up my review for Sing Me to Sleep on the day of Angela's visit and it is killing me not to put it up now... I know you will all love it. My blog tour stop will be a little different from others because my students actually wrote the questions for Angela! Keep checking back for updates on Angela's tour and check out the sidebar for more information.


Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

To win an autographed copy of Sing Me to Sleep fill out

Contest will end on February 25, 2010 and
winner will be notified on March 4 when Angela is here and the book will be mailed directly to them from Angela herself!

Good luck to all!

Trailer Tuesday (12)

Trailer Tuesday is super special this week! One of my very favorite books that is coming out in 2010 is Angela Morrison's second novel, Sing Me to Sleep. I cannot say enough about this book and can't wait for you all to read it too (my review will be up on March 4th)! I am excited to say that the trailer for this novel has just been released AND it will play a major role in my very first contest!! More to come on that momentarily... literally (it will be up soon after this)!! Check out the trailer below and make sure to come back and check out the contest!!


Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

In My Mailbox (14)

Thanks (as always) goes to Kristi at The Story Siren for this little ditty! I had a great time meeting Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Vania and even... Jackson Pearce yesterday! It was magical and I will have more on that tomorrow!!

So, here is what I got this week! Make sure to comment below so I can come see what you got too!!

For Review:
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.

Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.

Even fans of the genre who’ve seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters—vampire or otherwise.

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
** This is one of my 2010 Debut Challenge books!! Yeah!!
Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others.

For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother's hoarding a secret. She's had to -- nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she's always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she's normal.

When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children -- they'll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.

With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?

Captivate by Carrie Jones
** I have to get and read Need first, I know!!
Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

The Mark by Jen Nadol

Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

Don't forget to let me know what you got this week! Happy reading to all!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

Thanks as always to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting this! I am so very excited for this book! I came across the talented Jackson Pearce a few months ago and bought her novel As You Wish with my Christmas money and can't wait to read it! Now, her next one is one that I will definitely be in love with (I can already tell). I love teaching Point of View and when I do, I often use the movie Hoodwinked because it does a great job showing how important it is to know all sides of a story. In with that, I always have books that are written with a little twist to stories that they are familiar with.

And that, my dears, is what Sisters Red is all about!! Check this out...

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris-- the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.

Twenty-five-year-old Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.

Sisters Red hits shelves on June 7, 2010 so make sure to run and grab it before someone else does!!

Trailer Tuesday (11)

One of the Debut Books I am super pumped about is The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I actually JUST got a preview copy of it this week too! Yeah for that!! See if this doesn't peak your interest!!

A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

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.

If that doesn't peak your interest... maybe this will. The lovely and talented Vania (whom I get to see on Saturday with Kami and Margie... just sayin') has created and AMAZING trailer for this book and I am happy to feature it here!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

In My Mailbox (13)

Thanks as always to Kristi at The Story Siren for hosting this one!

I did get some books for review this week but I will put them up next week and do a vlog for them because I am super excited about them. This week, however, I am going to feature the ones that I bought for myself with my Christmas money! Yeah!

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard (I already read this one and the review is here!!)*
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (I already read this one too and here is the review!!)
As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
Firespell by Chloe Neill*
The Dark Divine by Vree Despain
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves*
Fallen by Lauren Kate

* These books are part of my 2010 Debut Author Challenge

I also bought two copies of Beautiful Creatures (my review is here). One is going to be in my classroom and the other might be used for a giveaway but they will both be signed this weekend when I meet the amazingly talented authors Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia and the amazingly talented Vania who will be on my Trailer Tuesday this week with another great creation! I will have more on the book signing and meeting later this week! I hope you all have a great week and let me know what you got in your mailbox!!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

Sorry this is late... but better late than never!! Thanks as usual to Jill at Breaking the Spine for this lovely ditty!! And I have to give credit to Darcy at Library Lounge Lizard because I saw this on her blog and wanted to pass it along and add it to my list!!

by Elizabeth Hand
Release date May 2010
Viking Juvenile

Elizabeth Hand's new novel Illyria follows in a long tradition of science fiction and fantasy stories which reference the works of Shakespeare, particularly the romances, and Hand's lyrical writing style is a wonderful fit for the dark romance she sets out to tell. The romance tells of the relationship between two cousins, Maddy and Rogan, but like that of the twins Viola and Sebastian in "Twelfth Night" to which the title Illyria alludes, the relationship between Maddy and Rogan proves to be a powerful touchstone for drawing together all the "big ideas" of love, ambition, and conformity to family and social expectations.

Maddy, the protagonist, and her cousin, Rogan, are teenagers growing up in the suburbs of Yonkers in the 1970s. The cousins were born on the same day, Maddy in the morning and Rogan at night, and so they think of themselves as twins, inseparable opposites.

So Rogan was darkness, I was light, and over the years the metaphor was extended to include just about every doomy literary reference you can imagine-Caliban and Ariel, Peter Pan and Wendy, Heathcliff and Cathy, Abelard and Heloise, Tristan and Iseult, Evnissyen and Nissyen . . . .

The cousins seem intent upon invoking the doom dictated by their literary references for, though cousins, they experience first love with one another. The proximity of the many houses filled with their endless spying relatives, the unrelenting disapproving gaze of the family, and Maddy's own belief that Rogan is her dark twin all lend themselves to the feeling that the cousins are moving toward some violent end. Even Rogan's pet name for Maddy, "mad girl," seems to indicate that it is the self-destructive streak within each of them to which the other is drawn.

For even more go HERE.

Sounds good, huh? I can't wait for it!!

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Reading Level: Young Adult (8th grade and above)

# of Pages: 192 Hardback

Publisher: Viking Juvenile (January 7, 2010)

Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend. When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal she left behind. But he is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.

I love the premise that everyone has secrets… because we all do. Some of them are known to a select group of people, some are known to no one but us. The Secret Year explores the trials and tribulations that can occur when we keep major secrets and think that there are “no strings attached.” Those of us who have tried to keep secrets know that eventually they all come to light and most of the time it isn’t pretty. Colt finds out the hard way that the secret he has tried so hard to keep can only be kept for so long and by not dealing with the repercussions.

I could not put this book down (I know… hard to believe)! I love the whole idea of a forbidden love and this story takes that concept to a new height. Colt and Julia have a relationship that would not be accepted by many and they give into that idea of not being accepted (for a multitude of reasons) and choose to keep their relationship a secret with “no strings attached” and don’t realize the attachment that they have on each other without even attempting a true relationship. I love that this story is written from Colt’s point of view and that we are able to walk through his though his and the whole story unfolded amazingly!

Colt is extremely intense and that just makes you love him more. The plot is very unique and Hubbard has done an amazing job using a male point of view to weave this story of forbidden love, monstrous secrets, and so much more all while showing us the troubles that teenagers face when they follow their heart and think that no one will find out. Hubbard’s debut novel is amazing and I absolutely can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!

Visit Jennifer here and see what great things she has going on! She also has a great blog with giveaways and much more here so check that out too!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Reading Level: Young Adult
# of Pages: 304 (Hardback)
Publisher: Little, Brown

“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the
best way to do it.”

“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”“Don’t worry.” I laughed.
“It’s our secret, right?”

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay
is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy
every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance.
Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told
Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother,
Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it
means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment
life has to offer.

Some books hit very close to home and that makes them harder to read because you feel as if you truly are reliving an event and you can put yourself in that characters shoes with even more gusto than ever before. That, to me, is how I felt while reading this amazing book. When I was Anna’s age, my best friend was killed in a car wreck and dealing with the loss of that is something that you never come to terms with completely and Sarah Ockler has done an amazing job diving into the teenage psyche and trying to explain that through Anna.

I literally got this book in the mail, had testing so my students did that and I read the entire time (shhhhh), and I finished it the next day (while I was making my students read… again, shhhhh). I could not put it down. The story was written so well that I felt as if I were experiencing everything that Anna and Frankie were as they tried to cope with Matt’s loss in very different ways. Ockler has done an amazing job at showing how grief can completely captivate you and set you free all at the same time. Everything from the characters to the plot was beautifully written and I am so glad that this story was captured by such a talented writer. Every emotion was present while I was reading this book and now I have students on a waiting list for it. Superb job!!

Sarah is an amazing person for writing this book but also because she sent me some bookmarks (which I featured on my blog here) and has become a wonderful email buddy! Make sure you check out her site here for more info on her and her upcoming novel Fixing Delilah Hannaford which will be hitting bookshelves in the Fall. Here is the preview of that one!

Fixing Delilah Hannaford (Fall 2010)
Stuck in Vermont all summer with her workaholic mother, a Tarot-card-reading aunt, and a childhood friend who thinks he can fix anything, sixteen-year-old Delilah Hannaford confronts her elusive family history to expose the secrets that have defined and divided the Hannafords for three generations.

Happy reading all!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Students Love SWAG!

I put some of the swag I have received from various authors in my IMM post on Sunday but I wanted to show you how much my dear sweet ones love it! They have had testing this week, so last week I played a review game with them and their prizes (of course) were bookmarks and other swag! I wanted to post some pictures because I just thought it would be fun! Enjoy!

Michael, Harold, Alvonte and
Destiny showing off their goodies!

Marquez, Triston, and Jacob
(look at those empty shelves
in my classroom... hehe!)

Dillon, Charla,
Shamone, and Dylon

enjoying their bookmarks
and swag!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Happy 101 Award

Well happy day to me! I was checking out all of my fellow bloggers and lo and behold my pal Vania has given me award and that makes my heart feel super happy! (yes... I watch Ni How Kai Lan!) Make sure that you check her lovely blog out and in just a few days she and I will be meeting up along with the authors of a certain book I love... Beautiful Creatures! More to come on that!

Rules: List 10 things that make you happy. Try and do at least one of them today.

1. Reading!!! Mostly YA but sometimes other trashy books too!
2. Playing with my children... always fun with a 4 year old and an almost 6 month old
3. Going on dates with my hubby (sometimes its the simple things!!)
4. Working out... I might not like doing it but in the long run it makes me happy!
5. Visiting new places and having an adventure!
6. Having an "on" day in my classroom... where the students get it and I feel confident in what I have taught
7. Meeting new people... you can never have too many friends!
8. Going to church and worshiping with my friends and family
9. Photography and scrapbooking... have to preserve those memories
10. Sleeping... I can never get enough!

These are the ten bloggers who brighten my day. Whoever is linked below must list 10 things that make them happy :D This was a lot harder than I thought!

1. Meg @ Muses of Megret is the one who encouraged me to start this blog and is a fellow mom with amazing ideas and menu's!
2. Darcy @ The Library Lounge Lizard a fellow middle school crazy!!
3. Kim @ The Book Butterfly always has great reviews, interviews, and giveaways
4. Kristi @ The Story Siren was the first book blogger I came across and is simply amazing!
5. Sharon @ Sharon Loves Books and Cats her tweets make me laugh... daily!
6. Tirzah @The Compulsive Reader is a great blogger and has some great things going on!!
7. Jen @ Book Crazy is also a relatively new blogger but has great things happening!
8. The gals @ Bloggers heart Books I love their features... Historic Saturday anyone?!
9. The Bookologist who always has great things going on (& even has snow!!)
10. Lee @ By Pen or by Sword because he is a great hubby and his wife wrote a little book you may have heard of... The Hollow!!!

OK READY..... GO! Who would you pick as your 10 things and bloggers who make you happy?

In My Mailbox (12)

Thanks as always to Kristi at The Story Siren for this lovely little ditty!

I am doing my IMM a little differently today because I have received a bunch of swag for the blog, for my classroom and for me over the course of the past few months and haven't featured any of it yet... so I want to show it off now! My students are loving it (I have to post some pics of them with their goodies tonight too) and I am about to host my first giveaway featuring some of the goodies too! On to the goods...

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
bookmarks signed by Lisa herself!!

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
signed bookmarks, buttons, and a magnet!!

Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
bookmarks and two antique hankies
(will be part of the giveaway!)

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
bookmarks with 20 reasons why you
should read Twenty Boy Summer!

Sing Me to Sleep and Taken By Storm
by Angela Morrison
autographed bookmarks
(I have read Sing Me to Sleep which comes out in March-AMAZING- and have an autographed copy of Taken By Storm for giveaway!!)

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confession of Mina Hamilton,
Teen Vampire (maybe)

by Kimberly Pauley
bookmark and temporary tattoo
(which my child keeps trying to convince me to let her have:))

And... I won my first contest!! Thanks to Fire and Ice for the great contest and the goodies!

Eternal Conflict: Origins CD (Twilight inspired music... so cool!)

Pretty purple earrings

Fire and Ice Button (which is now on my school ID with the others!!)

I hope you all had a great IMM week! Let me know what you got and have a happy reading week~!~

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Well it is Wednesday again and I wanted to let you know about even more of the 2010 Debut authors and their books! These are more January debuts coming from some new and amazing authors. Fun things coming along and can't wait to see what else 2010 has to offer! Happy reading all!!

Freaksville by Kitty Keswick

High school is hard enough when you’re normal. There’s peer pressure, book reports, the in crowd and the enormous zit that has a life of its own. Having a family whose skeletons in the closet lean toward the paranormal is not a topper on anyone’s list. Sophomore Kasey Maxwell is busy juggling the typical teen angst. Add visions, ghosts and hairy four-legged monsters into the mix and you get FREAKSVILLE. It’s a wonder Kasey has survived.

Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a normal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick Gillie Godshall consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new waters, a lead in a play, a haunted theater…and into the arms of the Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?
Freaksville hits bookshelves far and wide on January 8, 2009 (that is two days away!!)

by Alexandra Bullen

For broken-hearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone... until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.
With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses-and two more wishes left. But magic can't solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live again.
In a breathtaking debut from Alexandra Bullen, Wish asks the question: If you could have anything, what would you wish for?
Wish hit bookshelves on January 1, 2009 so check your local bookstores for it!

All Unquiet Things
by Anna Jarzab

Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.

As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.

All Unquiet Things hits shelves on January 12, 2009 so be sure to keep an eye out for it!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Trailer Tuesday (10)

Hey guys! Time for another Trailer Tuesday... there are so many great books coming out and ones that are our awaiting you to find them and I want to show you what trailers are out there for these lovely finds! I have linked the books to goodreads so that you can find out more about it! Enjoy!!

My Soul to Reap by
Courtney Allison Moulton

Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler

And one for the kidd-o's...

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney

Sunday, January 3, 2010

In My Mailbox (11)

My first vlog for IMM from my new laptop! Yeah! Kylie decided that she wanted to help me this week too so... have fun watching!!

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
Great Irish Tales of Fantasy and Myth ed. by Peter Haining
Thoughts and Reflections on Billy Graham's Life Principles by Andy Culbertson
Far from You by Lisa Schroeder
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Hannah (Daughters of the Sea #1) by Kathryn Lasky
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Dawn by Kevin Brooks (for some reason this one isn't up on Goodreads yet)
Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman
Raider's Ransom by Emily Diamand

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