Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Congrats to Beautiful Creatures!

We are so excited to announce that Beautiful Creatures has been nominated for a YALSA 2010 Teens' Top Ten Award so congrats to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl! 

If you'd like to vote for them we have a button on the left side of the screen you can click on or you can just follow this link: VOTE HERE

Voting is open until September 17th. The winners will be announced in a webcast featuring WWE Superstars and Divas during Teen Read Week, October 17th – 23rd

Congrats again to Kami & Margaret! 

KINDLE GIVEAWAY BLOG TOUR

Author Scott Nicholson and Amazon are giving away two Kindles as part of his fall book blog tour from September through November, including a stop here at Books Complete Me on Oct. 18. A Kindle DX will be given away through the participating blogs, and a Kindle 3 will be given away through the tour newsletter. A Pandora's Box of free ebooks will be given away through Nicholson's "hauntedcomputer" Twitter account.

"The digital era coincides with Act II of my career," Nicholson said. "The Kindle has broadened many people's horizons and given readers more power than ever, and this is an opportunity to celebrate them and the book bloggers who spread the word."

Nicholson is author of 12 novels and five story collections, as well as four comics series and six screenplays. His paranormal thrillers The Red Church, Drummer Boy and Speed Dating with the Dead have all hit #1 in the Kindle "Ghosts" category, and his new releases are the sci-fi thriller Forever Never Ends and the multiple-personality romp As I Die Lying.


As a bonus, if Nicholson hits the Top 100 in the U.S. or U.K. Kindle Store during the tour between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, he will give away an extra Kindle 3 through the blogs. Sign up for the newsletter at
scottsinnercircle-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to get daily links to the participating blogs. Winners will be selected at the Watauga County (NC) Public Library in December. No purchase necessary, and the contest is international. Co-sponsored by Kindle Nation Daily and Dellaster Design. Details at hauntedcomputer.

Look for more book reviews from Scott's books, and he will be doing a guest post in Oct- the perfect month to talk about scary books!

To catch a video of it go
here!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder 
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA

The Story: Restless souls and empty hearts. Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

My Review: Chasing Brooklyn is an extremely emotional book written in free verse that pulled me in from the first page. It explores what it means to lose someone you love from two different perspectives. Brooklyn was Lucca's girlfriend when he died and Nico his brother. Brooklyn's pain is evident right away as she writes letters to Lucca everyday. She hasn't been able to fully grieve Lucca's death and it feels like maybe she's just not ready to move on. When her friend Gabe dies, Brooklyn begins having nightmares with Gabe chasing her.

Gabe's death also begins to affect Lucca's brother, Nico. Only, Nico isn't seeing Gabe, he's receiving messages from Lucca to help Brooklyn. The only problem is Nico hasn't really grieved himself and hasn't spoken to Brooklyn since Lucca died. Despite not knowing how he was going to do it, he decides to listen to Lucca and sets out to help Brooklyn as  best he can. 

Chasing Brooklyn is poignant and well written. I loved reading a book in this writing style and found it very easy to read. The characters stories stayed with me even after I'd finished reading and I have since been back to it to read excerpts from some of my favorite parts. The emotions Brooklyn and Nico display are realistic and haunting. Having never read anything by the author before, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this book. It's definitely going on the top shelf with my other favorites. 

My Rating:




Sunday, August 29, 2010

IMM - Take 8

All of us here at BCM are so excited to be a part of the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating. She also has some helpful information on how to participate on your own blog. Click HERE to find out more

This is a weekly meme where we will post any books (and other things) that we have received in the mail, bought, loaned from the library, etc. It's not limited to just books. It can be anything we have just gotten and are excited about.

So this week we are excited about the following:

Julie received:



I received: 


Nicole received: 



Please leave us a comment letting us know what's in your mailbox this week and let us know what you'd like to read reviews for first. Happy reading! :-)

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Genre: Young Adult


The Story: Our Heroine Katniss Everdeen has survived the Quarter Quell and is in the hands of rebel forces. The lovable Peeta Mallark has been taken by the capitol. A full out revolution for control of the country of Panem has broken out. District 13 really does exist. District 12 has been destroyed and the few survivors are refugees. Katniss doesnt know who to trust. Will she finally take on her role as Mockingjay when everyone and everything around her is falling apart? The huge pressing question also looms. Who will she choose Peeta or Gale?

My Review: The much anticipated final installment in this series was filled with more plot twists and turns than a turbulent plane ride. If I had to use one word to describe it, I'd have to say engrossing. So many things to ponder, I had to re-read the last 20 pages again just to capture it all. Just when you think our Mockingjay is leaning one way, she surprises you by shooting an arrow. The only thing I would've wanted was for a few more pages in the end. I won't tell you who she chooses. You have to read! It gripped me throughout. I loved this series!





My Rating: 




Monday, August 23, 2010

Review: Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready


Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: July 27, 2010

Publisher: Pocket Books (a division of Simon and Schuster)

Genre: Urban Fantasy

The story: In this third book in the WVMP Radio series, Ciara (pronounced kee-ra) has mostly gotten out of the con artist life. She is still working for the hugely popular radio station WVMP, "The Lifeblood of Rock and Roll", is living with her super hot vampire DJ boyfriend, Shane and taking care of her vamp dog.
In fact the only downfall to her new lifestyle is the fact that she has to fulfill a bargain made with the Control. She now has to work for them in exchange for letting Shane still interact with his family.
After being assigned to a special ops division of the Control, Ciara begins to question why they really wanted her, and is suspicious that it could have something to do with her blood.
Worse than that, a superbug type virus has been spreading through Sherwood, and the dead are starting to rise again. Now Ciara doesn't just have to deal with vampires, but zombies as well.
What caused the viral outbreak? Is there a connection to the walking dead (as opposed to the undead)?

My review: There is a lot going on in this book that kept me going, wow, did not see that coming. So I am definitely going to try and keep my review as spoiler-free as possible.
I loved this book. On top of all the surprises that kept jumping out at me, the story was as great as I expect from Jeri Smith-Ready. This is one of my favorite series, and not only because it is about vampires. Authors now a days all seem to have their own vampire mythologies, and Smith-Ready is no exception. Her take on vampire lore is different, and very interesting.
There is also a lot of different music references in this series, everything from blues right up through grunge, which I love. The characters are all very realistic and I can really feel myself empathizing with them, whether it be for something good or bad.
I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, Let it Bleed, due to come out August 2011 (I really hate those long waits!).


I give Bring on the Night 4 1/2 books.





Check out more about Jeri Smith-Ready here.
And check out WVMP Radio, and the vamp DJ's here.

We will also be doing a review with Jeri Smith-Ready in the future, so keep your eyes open for that. You will not want to miss it!







And the WINNER is....


Carol Wong! Congratulations, you've won a copy of Stolen and a signed bookplate from Lucy Christopher!!

Congratulations to the winner and thank you so much to everyone who entered! An email will be sent to the winner shortly.

Winners were randomly selected using random.org.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

IMM - Take 7



All of us here at BCM are so excited to be a part of the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating. She also has some helpful information on how to participate on your own blog. Click HERE to find out more.

This is a weekly meme where we will post any books (and other things) that we have received in the mail, bought, loaned from the library, etc. It's not limited to just books. It can be anything we have just gotten and are excited about.

So this week we are excited about the following:


First, we all received copies of Adversary by Kate Kaynak and we are SO happy about that! Happy Book Birthday Kate! 

In addition to Adversary this is what we received: 


Kendra received:


Echoes by Melinda Metz
Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

I received

13 to Life by Shannon Delaney
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Struggle by L.J. Smith
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell




Please leave us a comment and let us know what you received this week and which review you'd like to read first.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Review: Secondhand Charm by: Julie Berry



Secondhand Charm by: Julie Berry
Release Date: October 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Story:

A lyrical and magical new story from the acclaimed author of
The Amaranth Enchantment

In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms—no more than trinkets when worn by others—are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king's carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .

Berry's debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales—and now she's done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed.



My Review:

All her life, Evie thought she was just a normal girl: she had hopes and dreams, ambitions, talents. Though she has never known a day of sickness, she is unusually talented in helping those who are ill; and when she puts on gypsy charms, unusual things begin to happen.

Evie is granted a chance to attend university, she embarks on a grand adventure filled with danger and astonishing discoveries. She is a serpentina, and as such she has her very own leviathan (a serpent-like creature). As she discovers who she is, she must also learn who she can trust, and of whom she must beware.


Secondhand Charm was an interesting book. It has a fresh perspective that I enjoyed. This was a quick read; and I feel that Julie Berry has written a book that will intrigue teenagers, and have girls wishing they could travel to the nearest ocean and find a leviathan of their own.





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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: Fangland by John Marks

Fangland by John Marks
Release Date: January 29, 2008
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Horror

The Story: In Fangland, Evangeline Harker is an employee of the legendary TV news magazine The Hour. Sent on assignment to Transylvania, she delivers more than a story when mysterious e-mails, coffins, and a creepy guy named Torgu descend on the New York office.

My Review:
This book is about journalist Evangeline Harker. She works for a television show called "The Hour". She is sent to Romania in the hopes of interviewing an international crime lord named Ian Torgu. There is a contact who she is supposed to meet who claims to be able to secure an interview for her. She arrives at her destination and finds herself imprisoned by Torgu, an almost Dracula like figure. She is imprisoned and her contact is imprisoned as well. Total chaos and horror ensues. She's missing for months and feared dead except that she's still sending out emails. When she's finally found in a monastery, she has no memory of what happened.

This book was well written and at times frightening and suspenseful, although I have to admit there were moments were I found it difficult to continue. Overall for me it was a bit disappointing. I found the e-mails portion particularly lengthy. I was intrigued at the beginning but it didn't hold my attention for very long. It's not a book I would recommend buying.

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Tell Me a Secret Free Audiobook Podcast!

Tell Me a Secret - Free Audiobook Podcast

We are so excited that as of today, you can now listen to a serialized podcast of Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala for FREE! Tell Me a secret is read by the award-winning actress Jenna Lamia. They will be releasing 2-3 chapters per week and will be available for a limited time - so don't miss out. And coming this fall will be a Special Edition CD!

Read the first two chapters HERE!

Also, Holly will be chatting with readergirlz tonight on twitter 6 pm PST/9 pm EST - Join the chat #rgz at twitter.com!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Review: Paranormalcy (ARC) by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy (ARC) by Kiersten White
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction

The Story: Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

My Review: Evie is an orphan and has been for as long as she can remember. She was found by the IPCA when she was a little girl and even though she's the only person she knows that can see through the glamours of paranormals, she still always considered herself to be pretty normal. When Lend, an appearance-stealing, shape-shifting boy, breaks into the IPCA she begins to learn things about herself and the IPCA that she never imagined. With Lend's help, Evie learns that not only is she not normal but she may not be one of a kind either.

Evie is an incredibly adorable and lovable character and even though I'm not a girly girl, I loved her fashion sense and could imagine her in all the outfits she wore. Evie is funny, fiesty and can kick paranormal booty with her sparkly taser. More than anything she wants to be a normal teenage girl who goes to school and has a boyfriend. Her friendships are the most important thing to her and it just made me love her even more because of how accepting she is.

Her relationship with Lend is totally sincere and I loved that they shared a connection with one another before falling head over heels in love. There was some anticipation of what they could be together as a couple and it all just felt really honest and easy. I think their relationship will appeal to both younger and older readers.

I read Paranormalcy in less than a day and that is saying a lot for me. Even when a book is incredible it usually still takes me at least 48 hours to read it but not this one. I refused to put it down. Needless to say, I absolutely LOVED it. I loved it so much that I had to battle myself not to read it again as soon as I finished it.

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Review: Speed Dating with the Dead By Scott Nicholson


Speed Dating with the Dead by Scott Nicholson
Release Date: June 25, 2010
Publisher:
Haunted Computer Books
Genre: Paranormal - SciFi

THE STORY:
When Wayne "Digger" Wilson hosts a paranormal conference at the haunted White Horse Inn, he has motives beyond searching for the inn's legendary ghosts.

Years ago, he made a honeymoon promise to his wife Beth that if one of them died, the survivor would return to the White Horse to summon the other's lost spirit. Now she's dead and Digger's back, with the daughter they conceived during that fateful honeymoon sixteen years before. And the ghost hunters are stirring up ancient evils that were better left in peace, because the inn's basement is home to a circle of demons that have been waiting for Wayne to return.

They want his teenage daughter Kendra, and they'll play whatever tricks they need in order to satisfy their dark desires. And at the White Horse Inn, not even angels can be trusted . . .

MY REVIEW: I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. BUT what I read, it was a real good "scary" story. There were twists and turns in every chapter. Good fighting evil, stuff to scare the crap out of you. I saw it as a mesh of different books I've read, or heard about, before. Kendra is the real star in this book. At 16, she's had more of a tough life than other kids her age. And it's no wonder, mom dead and dad convinced that he'll find his wife. I would not recomend this book if you are squimish or under 20!

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Also folks- Scott will be giving away a Kindle! He's doing a blog tour starting next month. Details here. Come back here on October 18 for an interview from Scott. If you've read any of his books, leave a question for him in our comments and I'll ask him to answer it! If not, that's ok too, you can still ask a question!

Giveaway from YA Book Queen

YA Book Queen is hosting a giveaway from Kate Kaynak! Since I know how much you guys have enjoyed the giveaways we've had on our blog from Kate, I thought I would let you know about this one!

Review: Three Delays by Charlie Smith

Three Delays by Charlie Smith
Release Date: May 18, 2010

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Genre: Adult Fiction


The Story: Billy Brent and Alice Stephens are star-crossed like all great lovers. Their need for each other drives them from Istanbul to Miami, Venice to Mexico. After years of encounters and escapes, they lose themselves deep in a desert wilderness, searching for a way forward, only to learn that sometimes the trail simply forks.

My Review: When I first started this book, I really thought I was going to love it but the further I got in, the less connected to the story I became. Billy's addiction problem became tiring for me and I had a hard time wanting to cheer for a couple who just couldn't stop destroying one another. Despite the years that have passed and the trouble Billy and Alice obviously have together they just can't seem to get enough of one another. The phrase "misery loves company" seems to fit awfully well with their situation. Neither character is particularly likable and the fact that Alice is married doesn't help my opinion of her.

The author has a gift for writing beautiful scenes and the imagery was amazing at times. I tried to let myself get carried away in those moments but in the end it just wasn't enough to make me fall in love with the book.

*I received and reviewed this book from Harper Perennial in participation with Crazy Book Tours.

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