Thursday, March 31, 2011

Press Release: Hush, Hush to be a Graphic Novel!

News just came out today that one of my favorite all time authors, Becca Fitzpatrick, has signed a deal with Sea Lion Books to bring Hush, Hush to a whole new audience as a graphic novel. We should expect the graphic novel to be released later this year. I'm so excited about this I can hardly stand it! 

Here is the press release: 

ATLANTA, GA – March 31, 2011 – Sea Lion Books announced today the acquisition of the comic book and graphic novel rights to Becca Fitzpatrick's New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel Hush, Hush. A romance laced with intrigue, it is the story of a young girl torn between desire and suspicion in her love for a fallen angel. A true psychological thriller, Hush, Hush was the first book in a trilogy, with the story continuing in Crescendo and concluding with the forthcoming Silence, which is scheduled for release in October 2011. The series has a worldwide following, with sales of more than 1 million books in 35 countries.
“Becca Fitzpatrick is a huge bestselling author,” said Kuo-Yu Liang VP Sales & Marketing for Diamond Book Distributors. “I think this series is a great addition to Sea Lion Books line up of projects and should be a major hit for them”.
Hush, Hush is the story of Nora Grey, a studious sixteen-year-old girl from Coldwater, Maine. It has been a year since her father's murder and she is not interested in much other than her schoolwork. Then she meets Patch, a bad boy—and fallen angel. Though unwisely attracted to him, Nora finds herself caught in a battle between the fallen and the immortal. Choosing the wrong side could cost Nora her life.
Becca Fitzpatrick is delighted to have her book brought to graphic novel form. "Hush, Hush was my first book, and it's so thrilling that it has been embraced by so many readers. I'm delighted to be working with Sea Lion to tell Patch and Nora's story through graphic novel format!"
Sea Lion Books shares the delight in working alongside the bestselling author on the adaptation, and feels that Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush series is a fantastic addition to its graphic novel line.
Hush, Hush #1 is scheduled to debut in winter 2011. The creative team on the project will be announced at a later date.

So what do you think? Are you as excited about this as I am? I cannot wait to get my hands on this graphic novel!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Genre: YA

The Story: (from Penguin) It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

My Review: There are not enough adjectives to describe my love for this book. I don't know how it's possible but I believe I love this one even more than the first book, If I Stay

Adam's life should be all he'd ever wanted. He's an insanely famous rocker who can have any girl he wants. His band is huge and they are about to leave on a world tour. He should be on top of the world. Instead, he finds himself distraught with nearly everything in his life. His live-in girlfriend is nice but it's like he knows she's not the one. But the one who was the one left him long ago. 

This book is brilliant in every way. It's gripping, emotional, painful, healing. I savored every word on every page, marveling at the genius writing style of Gayle Forman. She has a gift for creating an unforgettable world so real that I never want to leave, even if it is bringing me to tears page after page. 

There is so much I want to say about this book but I'm so afraid to spoil even one detail of this heartbreaking and amazing book that I'm going to just say this: I. Love. This. Book. If you were a fan of If I Stay, you seriously need to pick up this book today, or pre-order it. I cannot recommend it enough. It's simply breathtaking.

My Rating:

Waiting on Wednesday - A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

This week are anxiously awaiting:

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA

The Story: (from Goodreads) Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

There have been others before who’ve felt the Need, but they’re gone—erased from the memories of everyone whose lives they had touched. It's as though they never existed. This is the fate that awaits Charlotte. But the last thing Charlotte wants to do is disappear, to be Forgotten. She wants to stay with her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. She wishes she could just ignore the Need, but she can’t. And as everyone important in her life begins to slowly forget her, she has to decide if she’ll fight the Need in order to remain herself—no matter how dark the consequences.

I've been excited about this one for a while. It's a definite pre-order for me. What do you think? 
If you'd like to pre-order it you can do so HERE.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: Big Girl Small By: Rachel DeWoskin

Review: Big Girl Small By: Rachel DeWoskin
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Genre: YA Fiction

The Story:(from Goodreads) Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?
The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something—but not everything—to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.
Rachel DeWoskin remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated), and she lays it all out with a wit and wistfulness that is half Holden Caulfield, half Lee Fiora, Prep’s ironic heroine. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious.

My Review: Big Girl Small was a very different kind of book than my norm. The story is narrated by the main character, Judy Lohden. Judy is both your typical teenager and your not so typical teenager. Typical because she goes through much of the "typical" teenaged-angst; she's not typical because she is three foot nine inches tall. Much of the story is told as Judy is hiding out in a motel room, trying to figure out what she should do.
I was a little surprised by this book. It does deal with many salient issues that teenagers are facing. It is bold, funny, and heartbreaking. For the most part, I enjoyed the story itself. There were times where I had difficulty following the narration. And, I found myself frustrated at a few points in the book. Overwhelmingly, the best part of the book was that it was a very believable story, which I always find endearing.
Big Girl Small is a little more on the dark side, with the humor and with the issues involved. For those who do not like to read books with rampant sarcasm, scathing humor, and/or "strong" language, I would not recommend this book for you. For those who enjoy the things I just mentioned (which I often do), give this book a try. It was an interesting read.

My Rating:

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser this week is from Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. This is such a fun read! It's a little more than two sentences but I couldn't help it:

"'Worry about you?'" He raised his chin. 'I'm done even thinking about you.' He turned and walked away." ~page 134

Monday, March 28, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway: Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson

First off the guest post with Sybil Nelson!!

When I’m not writing

Considering I have two small children, a husband, and I’m currently working on my PhD in Biostatistics, I actually have a lot to do when I’m not writing. I also have to factor in my couponing obsession (which by the way takes more time than you think, but is totally worth it because I save hundreds of dollars each month.) Anyway, I think the better question is: when do I find time to write? Writing is my passion. It’s something I have to do because I just have too many ideas in my head. To date, I’ve completed ten full novels. Only three are published. Two under my pen name Leslie DuBois. Plus I have a collection of short stories about Priscilla’s twin brother called Twin Shorts. All are available at Amazon.

Before starting my PhD program this year, I was a full-time math teacher and a part time master’s student. How in the world did I find time to write ten books over the past five years? Well, I thought I’d share a few of my tricks that allow me to carve away precious time to commit to my dream.

First of all, I’m a notebook addict. I always have one in arms reach. Whenever I have an idea for a book, or a chapter, or a character, or whatever I’m sure to write it down. In order to stay organized with my notebooks, I carry two with me in my purse: one for my current project and one for all my other random ideas. Then when I get a few minutes in front of a computer, I whip out my notebook and type out that chapter or that character sketch. So, I highly recommend a notebook addiction.

Once you have a notebook system, (and it really does have to be a system. Otherwise, you’ll end up with fourteen different notebooks in fifteen different places and you’ll have no idea what’s going on.) take advantage of any and every opportunity to write. For example, when I take my children to the playground, I also take my notebook. After I play with them for a little while, I sit down on the bench, take out my notebook and write. While I’m sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, take out my notebook and write. I also take out my notebook and write while waiting in line for my latte, sitting in the passenger seat during a car ride, and waiting for my five-year-old to find her shoes so we could leave the house. Hey, I’ve been known to whip out my notebook and jot something down while waiting to flip the bacon at breakfast! Whether it’s twenty seconds or twenty minutes, everything counts and adds to that scene I’m working on.

Next comes that invaluable time I actually get alone with my laptop. For me, this comes when my children are asleep. If I’m home when they take an hour and a half nap, well that’s an hour and a half I have to write. Then at night, after they go to sleep, that’s when I get to break out the computer and type till I can’t type no more. By that time, I have so many ideas in my notebook, that I’m literally overflowing with words and I usually have to force myself to go to bed for the night or put the writing away in order to work on my grad school homework.

Schedules and deadlines also play an important role when you have many things to juggle. Each day I write a to-do list of what I need to accomplish whether it be school related, home related, or writing related. I set mini goals for myself in each area so that I don’t get behind. In writing, I have a daily goal of 1000 typed words. If I have extra time one day, I’ll go over that limit. But if I’m strapped for time, I make sure I stop at 1000 and move on to something else I need to accomplish. Right now since I’m in promoting mode, I’ve relaxed the word count goal in exchange for a daily marketing goal.

Writing is my passion and my dream. If you feel the same way, you have to make sure you give it a place in your life. You have to nurture it and let it grow just like you would any relationship. If you neglect it, it will shrivel up and die like an unwatered plant or just drift out of your life like that boyfriend from sophomore year whose name you can’t even remember. At one point that plant or that boyfriend was probably really important to you. But it’s so easy for other things to get in the way. If you really love it (writing…not that boyfriend) you will find away to give it the attention it deserves.

Ok now the giveaway details:

Also, Sybil is giving away one big prize pack, and entries are from the comments on the tour posts:

Win a Priscilla the Great Prize Pack!
Prize Pack includes:

1 signed Priscilla the Great book,
1 Priscilla the Great t-shirt,
1 Priscilla the Great totebag,
and a $15 iTunes gift card!

That's over a $50 value! All you have to do is comment on one of the posts during her blog tour March 14th to April 8th and you're automatically entered!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler

Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler Publication Date: January 2011 Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers Genre: Young Adult The Story: The first few days of Year 12 are disastrous for school captain Daisy Brooks. But Daisy’s life takes a sudden turn when she is dared by Skye, the leader of the Blonde Brigade, to meet the mysterious, drop-dead gorgeous stranger, Nate, from rival school Addison Grammar. Daisy’s instant attraction to him disrupts her world. But what about her best friend Roman? How will he respond to this intruder? Daisy is a vulnerable, yet fiery girl going through the chaotic phase between teenage-hood and adulthood. She is about to discover the complexities of relationships, the etiquette of friendship, and most of all, the development of herself as a woman. Is it too late for Daisy to realise that the choices she makes shapes who she is and who she will become? My Review: This is a great book! Daisy is trying to get through year twelve (Senior year) while juggling friends, boys, classes and work. Nate, the mystrious guy from Grammer(the rival school) makes even the reader fall in love with him!! Oh and Roman? He's the perfect best friend! What can I say about this without giving away the whole story?! You'll love it! It reminded me a lot of high school for me. From deciding what to do after school, to why friends act the way they do. There are surprises in jsut about every chapter, there's no way to predict what is going to happen! I LOVE IT!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Giveaway with Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler!!

OK, here's the story:

The first few days of Year 12 are disastrous for school captain Daisy Brooks.

But Daisy’s life takes a sudden turn when she is dared by Skye, the leader of the Blonde Brigade, to meet the mysterious, drop-dead gorgeous stranger, Nate, from rival school Addison Grammar. Daisy’s instant attraction to him disrupts her world. But what about her best friend Roman? How will he respond to this intruder?

Daisy is a vulnerable, yet fiery girl going through the chaotic phase between teenage-hood and adulthood. She is about to discover the complexities of relationships, the etiquette of friendship, and most of all, the development of herself as a woman.

Is it too late for Daisy to realise that the choices she makes shapes who she is and who she will become?

Now for the fun part!! Danielle is letting us host a giveaway!! And the best part? IT'S INTERNATIONAL! That's right! It'll start today and run until April 3! I'll announce the winner April 4!

Also as an added bonus- if you are a follower of Books Complete Me, I'll give you one extra chance at winning! Just fill out the form below.

  • All can enter
  • Runs March 26-April 3

Friday, March 25, 2011

Five Stars Friday - Take 4

We here at BCM really, really, really love books that just knock our socks off. We know you do too, so we thought we'd start up a new meme just for those books that we absolutely could not put down; those books that received our highest rating and deserve a little extra recognition. 

Every Friday we'll select one book that we've given 5 stars to and tell you a little about why we loved this book so much. Our hope is that this meme will provide some recognition for some books that maybe you haven't heard of but that should be added to your to-be-read pile immediately. There is no age limit on the books we'll choose. They could be yet to be released, newly released or several years old. 

We hope you enjoy this meme and we'd love it if you joined in. If you choose to participate, please leave us a link in your comment to your post so we can visit your blog. And if you don't have a blog, please just leave a comment with a book title and author. We'd love to find some new books to add to our to-be-read piles!

This week we are spotlighting:
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA

The Story: When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.

Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.

But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.

Why we LOVE it: Moonglass is an emotional read that had me in tears more than once but also made me laugh out loud as well. Moonglass is poignant, the writing is stunningly beautiful and might just be one of my favorite reads of 2011. This moving debut had me thinking about it long after I finished the book. Moonglass is a definite pre-order. It's simply amazing. 

Click HERE to check out Jessi's blog and HERE to pre-order the book.

Guest Post with Danielle Weiler

After reading Friendship on Fire, I was curious to know what life in a private school was like, having gone to public school myself! Danielle was kind enough to write up a post for us!!

Life in a private school – per Friendship on Fire

Thanks Nicole for having me on Books Complete Me to tell some secrets about my debut novel, Friendship on Fire. Life in private schools in Australia might be vastly different from private schools internationally, so I thought I’d share some of the background behind my storyline. The story timeline covers the entire last year of school and every main event. Protagonist Daisy is the female school captain with her best friend Roman as the male school captain. They are in charge of the running of year 12 programs and, to a certain extent, keeping students in line. They are also under immense pressure to get along with the principal, Mr Richard Head.

Conservative principal/rules – Daisy is busted at the very start of the novel for having such bright red hair that the kids are calling her ‘ranga’. The principal thinks it’s a slight on him and that she’s not taking her school captain duties seriously enough. There is a rule at school saying that ‘No Radically Dyed Hair’ is allowed, and, well, Daisy does just that. But you’ll have to read it to see why she’s done this…

Weird uniforms – Mysterious hotty Nate from Addison Grammar School has the most interesting and expensive uniform in the book. It’s like a soldier’s uniform with the crazy hat in winter and pressed jacket that reminds Daisy of the 1700s (think French Revolution era). Believe it or not there are all-boys schools like that still around in Australia, and they’re VERY expensive. In saying that, Daisy mentions that the girls were allowed to wear pants in winter at her school, St. Dominics College, which is a privilege compared to some private schools where you can only wear the knit/wool skirts even in freezing months with only stockings to keep you warm.

Rivalry with other private schools – like Addison Grammar. Daisy remarks at the beginning of the novel: ‘I smiled. They’d be pretty lucky to officially meet anyone from Addison Grammar, let alone a wayward new boy outside the
golden gates of the most expensive school in Twin Rocks’ (p. 24). Addison Grammar has its cliques, and the kind of stuff that happens in these cliques is dropped throughout the story.

Common Room – I had a common room at my state school in year 12. It was massive and we had drinks and chocolates and tables and a kitchen and a courtyard and we had our year 12 punk band (a few boys who thought they were in a band just cos they made it up) perform improv for us once which was pretty cool. Kind of like karaoke. It was a privilege and we were way too noisy and often got kicked out of there but that’s part of being a kid, right?

I hope you can find some similarities with your school or schools you know and that you enjoy reading about the life of Daisy as much as I enjoyed writing about her!

Thanks so much Danielle!!! Everyone, check back tomorrow for something really neat!!! Also, my review of Friendship on Fire will be posted too!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball WINNER!

We had a great turnout for the giveaway for The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball. Thank you to everyone who entered! 

We have randomly drawn a winner and the lucky person is: 

Alicia T.

Congratulations! We have sent you an email and hope that you love the book as much as we did. :-) 

Chat with Richelle Mead - Today!

We are so happy to help share the news with you that New York Times Bestseller, Richelle Mead, will be chatting live tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST. Check out this press release below for more info:

Come join New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Richelle Mead on Behind the Mask (Radio for Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga), a live internet radio show hosted by Ed English with over 80,000 listenership.

Richelle will be talking about her new comic and graphic novel series Dark Swan: Storm Born debuting May 18th from Sea Lion Books.  Dark Swan: Storm Born follows Eugenie Markham, a free-lance shaman who battles ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld. When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherworldly creature’s object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.

The show will take place Thursday, March, 24 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time/3pm Pacific Standard Time.  Fans can follow the show via the show’s website: and fans can also call in (646) 200-4071

Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 will be released May 18th in comic book stores nationwide.  Comic book stores can be found by going to the Comic Book Shop Locator: or by calling 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.

Also, check out this amazing artwork from the series: 

We hope you enjoy the chat! Don't miss out on your chance to ask her questions yourself!

Review: Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Release Date: September 14, 2009
Genre: YA Paranormal

The Story: (from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search--and the stranger--will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all.

My Review: I will admit that I'm not normally into books about witches but when I saw this cover and that it was endorsed by one of my favorite all time authors, Cassandra Clare, I thought I'd give it a try. It was a very smart decision to do so. Once a Witch captivated me from the very first page. 

Tamsin is different from everyone in her family. Despite the fact that her grandmother predicted she would be the strongest witch of them all, Tamsin has no powers and has struggled with that her whole life. At seventeen, she's accepted her lack of talent and has moved away to New York City for school, where she can be herself without the pressure of her family. When a handsome professor from the city stops by her family store,Tamsin agrees to find a family heirloom for him. Even though he thinks she's Rowena, Tamsin's gorgeous and immensely talented older sister, Tamsin doesn't tell him any different and temporarily relishes being mistaken for someone with a talent at all. 

Gabriel, a childhood friend, who is just moving back to town enters the story fairly early on. Words can't express just how much I love him. He's good looking, sweet, thoughtful, committed, did I mention handsome? Oh, and he clearly has feelings for Tamsin and perhaps he always had. And then there is Gabriel's talent, which is essential to the story, essential to Tamsin's success with the professor and essential to Tamsin discovering who she really is. The dynamic between Tamsin and Gabriel is tense at times and kept me turning the pages as quickly as possible. 

I loved learning more about Tamsin's family. They are all strong witches who have a great sense of family and support one another. The talents that each member of the family are well written and believable. Tamsin is a great heroine. She's witty, snarky when need be, fun and tad bit rebellious. All of these characteristics add up to a great leader for a great book. I'm immensely grateful to the author for introducing such a wonderful new world to me.I was thrilled at how much I loved Once a Witch and I cannot wait to start Always a Witch. Be sure to check for that in August! 

My Rating

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Dystopian YA

The Story: (from Simon & Schuster) By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

My Review:  This book took my breath away. It starts with our main character, Rhine, completely in the dark, having no idea where she is headed. What she does know is that whatever happens when she gets there means life of death. She was taken away from her brother and home and finds herself selected as one of three girls to be the new wife for a wealthy man named Linden. Despite Rhine's situation there is still somehow hope infused into the storyline. It's not easy at times and I often found myself getting comfortable in Rhine's new life, just as she was.

Everything is not what it seems when it comes to Rhine's new husband and even though I wanted to hate him, I found it extremely hard to do so. It should have been easy knowing that Rhine and her two sister wives were taken for the sole purpose of having children with him but it wasn't easy at all. It becomes clear that Linden really does care for Rhine and he's so incredibly clueless himself at times that I found myself pitying him instead of hating him. 

Rhine comes to love her two sister wives but their backgrounds and hopes for the marriage they are in vary as much as their personalities. Rhine is obsessed with finding a way to escape, some way to reach out to her brother to let him know she's safe. The same cannot be said for her two new sister wives. It's horrifying to see the acceptance of some of the young characters in this book, but the acceptance is necessary to illustrate just how devastating life has become. Children are forced to grow up much before they would normally have to, growing up in orphanages with no parents and being raised by others not much older than themselves.

The premise of Wither is so shocking but yet so believable that I could almost see this truly being the future of our society. It's a tribute to the impeccable writing talents of DeStefano that separating our world from theirs is not an easy task. Her writing style is beautiful and harrowing, completely capable of pulling you inside a world where there should be no hope. A world where no one lives to see thirty and children are being born by children, only to watch them die.

DeStefano's debut is flawless. Wither is captivating and brilliant. I was swept away by the world that she created and am anxiously awaiting the sequel.

My Rating:

Waiting on Wednesday - The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

This week we are eagerly anticipating The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon:

The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA

About: A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?

A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRĂ­s calls to her body and soul.

She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.

Doesn't this cover look beautiful? If the synopsis weren't so great, I'd still pick this one up for the cover alone. :-)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser this week is from Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez:

"I feel comfortable and safe with him. Shouldn't that be enough?" ~page 30

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics) Review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After
(Quirk Classics) by Steve Hockensmith
Date: March 22nd 2011 
Publisher:  Quirk Books
Genre: Zombie Fiction

From the Publisher site:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, were both New York Times best sellers, with a combined 1.3 million copies in print. Now the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.

The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

My review:
I have not read the prior two books in this series. However, upon receiving this one, I was able to pick it up and read it without feeling as though I missed anything at all.

The classic tale with the unmentionable twists (ie zombies) is a fun read. Most zombie stories you read take place in modern or future times. Imagine being back in this time period and dealing with being a lady and killing zombies! NO THANK YOU!

This book starts out with Elizabeth & Darcy walking and coming upon some unmentionables. After destroying them, you learn that something is off with Elizabeth.

In a later battle, Darcy is unfortunatley bitten by an unmentionable. Instead of Elizabeth beheading her husband as protocal calls for, she takes him home. She will not give up on her love.

This was a fun book to read & I truly enjoyed the twist on Pride & Prejudice.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop Winners!

We had a great turn out for the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and entered! 

The winner of the signed copy of The Healing Spell and Sea is:

Kim P.

The winner of our $15 The Book Depository book certificate is: 

Eva SB

You have both been emailed. Congratulations!!

Review: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Publisher: Flux
Genre: YA

The Story: Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college-and everyone's admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.

As a graduation present, Chelsea's dad springs for a three-week summer "boot camp" program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she's immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who's haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain-or finally heal their heartbreak?

My Review: Chelsea is popular, athletic and has a great boyfriend. She's the star basketball player on her high school team and it's no secret that scouts are watching her. It's just a matter of time before she's recruited to that top school and is playing for the big time. But she makes a huge mistake when she starts having hip pain. She doesn't tell anyone about it and continues to play her best. That is, until she slips and falls during a game and breaks her hip. 

I couldn't necessarily relate to Chelsea's athletic abilities since I have the coordination of a slug chasing cars but Chelsea's pain is so real and honest that it still nearly brought me to tears. One moment she had it all and the next she has a metal plate and will never play like she wants to again. It was easy to feel for Chelsea and to want her to heal, not just physcially but emotionally as well. 

Her boyfriend is the sweet and thoughtful and has been there for Chelsea through it all. Their relationship is strained by Chelsea's desire to be spontaneous and to lose her virginity. Despite her attempts to lure her boyfriend into lust, he seems determined to make their first time special and perfect. This is surprising since it's usually the girl who wants this but this part of the plot explains a lot that is wrong with their relationship. They clearly aren't on the same page with their wants and that's what leaves room for Clint to move in.

Clint is an athletic and attractive college student who lives near the resort. He works at the resort during the summer and has been hired by Chelsea's father to get her back into shape. He's had to deal with his own brand of pain because he lost his girlfriend to an awful car accident years before. Clint is still not over this and hasn't forgiven himself for her death and in this, we find that both Chelsea and Clint are in a sense, playing hurt. 

I loved watching Clint and Chelsea accept their lives for what they are now. Their healing was painful at times but also beautiful in how they helped one another without even realizing it. Even though Chelsea has a boyfriend the connection she has with Clint is undeniable and it's just a matter of time before their chemistry ignites - or is it? You'll have to read to find out. I loved Playing Hurt and am really looking forward to more from this amazing author. 

My Rating: 

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Currently reading: 

Boyfirends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Just finished reading: 
Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe
Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Planning to read: 

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Please share with us what you are currently reading in a comment. We'd love to check out your blog. :o)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

IMM - Take 36

All of us here at Books Complete Me 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.

I have forgotten a few over the past few weeks. Some of them are from this week but some were from last week. Either way, I'm ecstatic about these books this week:

For review: 

  • Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough (cannot WAIT to read this!)
  • Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (EEEK!)
  • Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire (SO freaking good!)

I purchased: 

  • Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (SIGNED - YAY!)
Please leave us a link with what you received this week. Thanks so much for stopping by! :-) 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Review: Ada Legend of a Healer

Ada Legend of a HealerAda Legend of a Healer by R.A. McDonald
Release Date: Jan 01, 2011
Publisher: House of Lore Publishing
Genre: YA

The Story: (taken from Goodreads) No sickness, No injuries, No pain, No limits. 

If you had the power to heal, what would you do? 

For fifteen-year-old Ada discovering that she can heal feels more like a curse than a gift. When she learns of the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance, and sees the indifference of so-called friends, she sets out for Paris to find her. 

The power to heal protects her, but also has her hunted by a man who sees her as nothing more than his fountain of youth. Ada realizes her true power is her will to survive, and that her only chance at freedom is to become the best at escaping. 

Ada hasn't grown up in a house with a white picket fence. Instead she was cast off and absorbed into the foster care system, quickly putting up a shield of hostility. Always knowledgeable of the sicknesses of those around her and never getting hurt just seemed like facts of life. Finally on her last strike of trouble, an estranged aunt comes to the rescue, giving Ada the knowledge of how to use her healing power. Now Ada, who up to this point has shunned the world, all of the sudden has the power to heal it. 

This book delves into the psychology and growth of a teenage girl coming to grips with the knowledge that there are some good people out there; some people worth healing. 

Along with action and adventure, Ada, Legend of a Healer also brings to light numerous philosophical issues. Like many middle and high school girls, Ada is introduced to society's harsh realities at a young age, so she's built a wall of anger to strengthen her self reliance, to survive. Despite the pressure and demands, Ada refuses to sacrifice her self-worth, and in this she discovers that a strong will overcomes all obstacles. 

I was asked, "why the questions at the back of the book?" 
My answer: Because Girls Like to Think. 
R.A. McDonald(

My Review: When I first saw this book, the cover fascinated me. I loved the mysteriousness of it and the title itself made me want to learn more about it. Then I received it.

Once I picked this book up, I had a very hard time putting it down. I read it very quickly as I had no choice but to keep reading. I had to know what Ada would do next & where her adventure would take her. 

Ada is a product of the Foster system. She is not happy with her Foster parents. She knows that she is not exactly right but has no clue why. When she is hunted down by weird strangers & she meets Jessie, new light is shed on who she is. She makes a vow to go on a finding mission. She is ready for anything, or so she thinks. She has great adventures & not only learns a lot about herself but also about the world around her. Is being a Healer a curse or a gift? 

I LOVED the questions at the end of this book. LOVED THEM! I love to think about a story I just read. I love to hear how the author challenges you on a view or perspective you have after reading the book. Sometimes these simple questions can make you see a whole new picture. LOVE THEM...

I got to the end very sad as I wanted to keep reading. I always read the ending more than once to make sure I did not miss anything. This book is DEF a 5 star to me. Any book that leaves me wanting more at the end is so worthy of a 5!!!

The artwork though out the book is INCREDIBLE!!

Thank you Conner for sending me this wonderful book! I really do appreciate it.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

This hop was organized by Kathy from I am a Reader, Not a Writer and myself.

There are over 250 blogs participating in this hop. Links for all the blogs participating can be found at the bottom of this post. The hop runs from Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 20th.

We have two giveaways for this hop.

Giveaway #1 - International ONLY

Up to $15.00 towards a book of your choice from The Book Depository. Please be sure they ship to your country before entering.

Giveaway #2 - U.S. ONLY

A finished copy of Sea by Heidi R. Kling and a SIGNED copy of The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little.

Giveaway Rules:
  • You do not have to be a blog follower to enter but you will receive one (1) extra entry if you are. 
  • Fill out the form below.
  • Last day to enter is Sunday, March 20, 2011.

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