Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And the winners are...

Thanks to all of you who entered our Dark Souls by Paula Morris giveaway!

The winners, as chosen by random.org, are:

Jade H.


Beverly @ The Wormhole

An email has been sent to the winners


Character Interview with Will from Vanish by Sophie Jordan & Giveaway

Today's interview was lots of fun to do. We have the awesome Will from Firelight and Vanish by Sophie Jordan with us. Thanks so much to The {Teen} Book Scene for the tour and Sophie for all the great stops!

1. How did you feel watching Jacinda being taken away?
Quite simply like a part of me died.
2. How do you feel about having draki blood in you now that you know a draki?
I feel terrible. I hate that a draki died so I could live … and I hate that this may drive a wedge between Jacinda and me.

3. What is your latest twitter update?
On the road. See you soon @Jdraki. #missyou

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Probably … lying. Ironic considering my whole life is a lie. I live this giant secret, and I hate it. Hate what I am. What I do.  I can't continue this way. I was ready for a change when Jacinda walked into my life ... just so glad she did.

5. If there was a soundtrack to your life right now, what would it be?
Oh. Hm. I’m feeling pretty angry since the whole losing my girlfriend to another species and I may never see her again thing. Probably LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out.
  1. We have one (1) signed copy of Firelight to give away thanks to Sophie. 
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  3. Giveaway ends 9/6/11. 
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Monday, August 29, 2011

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.

I am super excited about the line-up of books I've just read and will be reading soon. Don't you just love it when you love all of the books you're reading?

Currently Reading:

Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Just Finished:

Devil May Care by Jolene Ballard Gutierrez
Boy vs Girl by Na'ima B. Robert
Everblue by Brenda Pandos
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Planning to Read:

Soul Stalker by Laura Kreitzer

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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Interview

I was able to interivew Jennifer L. Armentrout, as part of the Teen Book Scene book tour!! Half-Blood will be coming out next month! Right now, you can get Daimon - the prequel to Half-Blood.

BCM: Do you have brown eyes, or do you have something against brown eyes?!
JLA: Ha! I actually have brown eyes, so I guess I have to like them. Alex hates her
brown eyes because everyone has cooler eyes than her. But… there’s a reason for

BCM: Do you play guitar?
JLA: Um, I’ve held one a few times. Strummed it and maybe played the opening rift of
Metallic’s Nothing Else Matters. Other than that, no.

BCM: What do you like about working with Kate Kaynak?
JLA: Oh gods of Olympia, she is terrible to work with. She makes me cut scenes and
calls me names. I’m just kidding. She’s awesome to work with. Couldn’t ask for a
better editor at SHP for the series. I think she loves the characters and story just as much as I do, which is huge.

BCM: I want to know, if it was your last meal what would it be?
JLA: Funny fact: A few days ago I was procrastinating and reading TMZ website, which
was doing a feature on last meals. Freaky. I’d go with: medium rare steak, lobster
tail, scallops, cheese fries, and a root beer. Maybe some seared ahi tuna, too.

BCM: What is your favorite time of the year?
JLA: Fall

BCM: Do you do anything to prevent writer's block?
JLA: Besides, punching it in the face? I push through it. Yep, I force myself through it. That’s not the greatest technique for everyone.

BCM: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
JLA: Greece.

BCM: What prompted you to write/publish Daimon? (though I'm very glad you did!)
JLA: Boredom? No. No. Just kidding. I got to thinking about wanting to show what
happened to Alex leading up to Half-Blood and how people may understand her
a little more. I pitched the idea to SHP and they loved it. Rest is free download

BCM: If you couldn't write anymore, what would you be doing?
JLA: I’d probably be rocking back and forth in a padded cell.

BCM: What's your typical day like?
JLA: Oh Lordie, it’s kind of boring. Get up—late. Take a shower. Take the dog out. Stare at husband. Go to work (yes I have a day job). Check email obsessively, because
you never know when news may come. Stalk Goodreads. Play on Twitter. Maybe
actually work. Check emails. Go home/go to gym. Then eat and write. Stare at dog
and husband. Write some more. Maybe go to sleep.

BCM: Can I just tell you Jennifer that it's so much fun to interview authors?!
JLA: Can I tell you that I loved your questions? Thank you for having me!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Vanish by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Paranormal

The Story: To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

My Review: Vanish starts out in a scene that is as unforgettable and hooking as it is frightening. From there, it's non-stop action and intensity. When Jacinda returns to her pride, she mistakes a huge mistake that changes things for not only her but her family as well. It's not pretty. 

Things are also not easy between Cassien and Jacinda. Will shows no signs of backing down from his constant pursuit of her, and none of this makes her life any easier. But if there is anything to be said about Jacinda, it's that she's a strong, dynamic character. She's not one to give up and it's not surprise to see her fight through her struggles. It's admirable when so many other female characters seem to lack this attribute. 

This book is complete and utter chaos from the beginning and it doesn't stop until you read the last page. The Draki and Hunters waste no time sucking you back into this story and not releasing you. It's seriously a book that you'll tear through and read in record time. 

Jordan kept me in a constant state of surprise/shock/holy crap while reading this one. It should come as no surprise then that I absolutely loved Vanish.

My Rating:
**P.S. This review should have gone up MUCH earlier today but blogger hated me today. I apologize profusely for the late hour!!

Guest Post & Giveaway: The World of Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

We are so excited to have Lena Coakley here with us today for an amazing tour stop as part of Kismet Book Tourig's site. Lena is talking with us about the world of Witchlanders (which is amazing, by the way) and there are two chances to win prizes below. Enjoy!

The World of Witchlanders
I love to get lost in a book’s world.  Some of my all-time favourite novels, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Fairyland by Paul J. McAuley and Feed by MT Anderson, I love for their richly detailed worlds. When I started to write Witchlanders, I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time on the worldbuilding.  One thing those novelists I mentioned don’t forget, though, is that worldbuilding is always related to character.  As dazzling as McAuley’s or Nix’s worlds are, they exist to put pressure on people, on the characters of the book—so when I wrote Witchlanders, I tried to remember that that the Witchlands aren’t just a backdrop for Ryder’s life like a stage set, they’re part of what has made him who he is, just as my own world and culture has made me who I am.

In Witchlanders, I was really interested in creating a matriarchal society, the witches’ coven, and seeing it from the point of view of a boy trying to figure out how to be a man.  Many people creating a goddess-worshipping matriarchy might have created an idealized society, but I knew I wanted the covens to have as many flaws and dark secrets as the patriarchal society of their enemies, the Baens across the border.

One of my favourite things about writing Witchlanders was creating the backstory for these two cultures—the rituals, the history, the languages.  I wanted both the Witchlander and the Baen societies to be equally beautiful and equally flawed.  And I wanted to create a main character, Ryder, who is unable to really see his own culture—both its beauties and its flaws—until he comes up against its opposite: Falpian’s culture, the Baen culture.

Many people have been writing me lately about how much they love Falpian, which surprises me because he really has some abhorrent opinions!  He has two sisters he adores and yet he literally does not believe that women have souls.  But something really wonderful happens when you meet someone from another place: you begin to examine all the assumptions of your own culture.  Ryder and Falpian get an opportunity to do that in this book and it changes them both.

Kindle3 Giveaway:

Answer the video question by leaving us a comment on this post and then you are entered in the Kindle3 Giveaway. Please be sure you leave away for us to contact you! Gather up to 15 entries by commenting on each Tour Stop (full list below). Open US/Canda Only.


Be sure to stop by Rayment's Reading Rants and Rambles for a chance to win a copy of Witchlanders. All rules for that giveaway will be posted there. Good luck! 

All Tour Stops:

Monday August, 22nd -The Page Turners
Tuesday,August, 23rd- The Unread Reader
Wednesday,August, 24th - Books Complete Me
Thursday,August, 25th - We Fancy Books
Friday,August, 26th - Read Breath Relax

Monday, August, 29th - Emilie’s Book World
Tuesday, August, 30th - The Mundie Mom’s
Wednesday, August, 31st - Enchanted Ink
Thursday, September 1st- Well Read Wife
Friday,September 2nd - A Journey of Books

Monday, September 5th- The Story Siren
Tuesday, September 6th - One A Day Y.A.
Wednesday, September 7th - Reading Angel
Thursday, September 8th - Soul Unsung
Friday, September 9th - Alice Marvel’s Lena's Site!

Raven by Suzy Turner

Ebook By Suzy Turner
Published: May 09, 2011
Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy

From Smashwords: Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly.

After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that's not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is.
Lilly has a very special ability and it's just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again. 

My review: I received a copy of this ebook from the author on the suggestion of a dear book friend, Megan from Amythest Daydreams. I committed to a review in exchange for the ebook. I would have gladly paid FULL price and then some for this book (I love paperback books and if this would have been a paper book, I might have squeezed the words right out of it hugging it)! I literally could not put it down.

The world that Suzy Turner has created is amazing. I was hooked from the first page. I could not read it fast enough. The story flowed so well and I could totally picture everything I was reading. I was so lost in this book, meaning it sucked me in so far, that I was clueless as to the world around me.
The beginning introduces us to our main character Lilly, who leads a very sad life. She seems to be such a wonderful little girl who is horribly mistreated by her parents. She goes to school and comes home. She knows she is an outcast and has no friends for several reasons. She is TERRIFIED of her mother. She meets a new girl at school and finally makes a friend. Life is looking up for Lilly until she gets home from school and her parents are GONE. Vanished...not a trace. From here, Lilly finds out that a whole world exists that she knew nothing about. She lives with some neighbor ladies for a bit before finding out she is leaving her home in London to move to Canada, where her Paternal Grandfather lives. Upon arriving in Canada, Lilly finds the family she has always wanted and a few family secrets she would have never dreamed of!

This book was AMAZING! I absolutely enjoyed reading it. When I finish a book and I am this happy, I just want to hug the author! If this book would have been in print, I would have SQUEEZED the words right off the pages hugging it!

When I first started reading, I was a little confused. I soon found out that it was not the book at all, but ME!! Our author, Suzy Turner actually lives in Portugal. It took me a bit to adjust to the dialect but then I imagined her reading the story in my head & fell in love with it all over again. I love that this book brought my mind into perspective of living the language and culture of our neighbors all over the world!

My emotional range throughout this book was off the charts! NO LIE! One minute I was smiling like a big cheesy smile and then tears would be falling down my face.

Thank you Suzy for writing such an AMAZING story!!! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Debut Author Chat #2 - Tonight @ 9 PM EST

Our Debut Author Chat #2 will be taking place tonight at 9 p.m. EST. We have an *amazing* line-up. You will not want to miss it!

You should be able to access the chat from the Best I've Read Blog, Page Turners Blog and here (in the below box). All of the chat boxes lead to the same chat. :-)

Our line-up for tonight is:

Mary Lindsey
Kim Harrington
Elizabeth Miles
Michelle Hodkin
Jessi Kirby
Sara Grant
Lisa & Laura Roecker
Scott Tracey
Karsten Knight
Myra McEntire
Tahereh Mafi

And, as last time, there may even be a free surprise authors. Hope to see you there! 

Boy vs Girl by Na'ima B. Robert

This or That with Farhana from Boy vs Girl by Na'ima B. Robert

Short hair or Long hair - long hair for now but I can’t say how long that will last with this new rebellious streak!
Steak or Fish - fish, much healthier
Movie or Dinner - dinner because she likes interesting conversation
Smart phone or "Dumb" phone - probably a ‘dumb’ phone as she is not really into gadgets as such
Dresses/skirts or Pants/shorts - as she is now more aware as a Muslim, I’d say skirts, although she was a skinny jean girl before
Pepsi products or Coke products - probably Coke, as she lives in the UK
Chocolate or Flowers - chocolates, the more expensive, the better
Books or Music - definitely books
Email or "Snail" mail - the romantic in her would prefer snail, but the pragmatist would know that email gets there faster
Classic cars or New cars - New cars although she is really not a car girl

Monday, August 22, 2011

Guest Post: Amy Garvey Talks Imagery

Amy Garvey is the author of Cold Kiss, which comes out next month from HarperTeen. I've had the pleasure of reading her book and one of the things I was most impressed with was Amy's absolutely incredible ability to paint a picture. She uses imagery in beautiful and haunting ways, that could pull me into a scene in a way I've never experienced before.

So I was thrilled when she agreed to do a guest post for us, showing us just how she uses this skill of hers. Basically, I gave Amy a very simple sentence and she gave us an example of imagery to spice the sentence up a bit. We hope you enjoy it. 

Also, be sure to add Cold Kiss to your to-be-read lists. You won't want to miss this one! 

You can find Amy online at: Goodreads / Blog / Twitter

Guest Post: 

Trees blowing in the wind.

The tree’s bony fingers scraped at the sky every time the wind gusted.

Condensation on the side of a glass of water.

He stared at the glass instead of answering her, watching as it dripped wet pearls onto the table.

Quickly typing on a computer/phone.

She hit reply, fingers stuttering her outrage on the keyboard.

A child singing.

Each bright note was a balloon, drifting up and away. 

A lone car in a parking lot/driveway.

At the far end of the parking lot, an ancient van crouched under the trees in nothing but gray primer, every dent exposed.  

A dog/cat wagging its tail.

The dog ran up to him, tail swishing like a demented windshield wiper.

Flames in fire.

She threw the locket into the hearth and watched as tendrils of flame circled it, a furious halo. 


Above are seven unconnected things Cindy asked me to play with for the sake of imagery. 

Boy, was that harder than I thought it would be. 

I love imagery, and I love to use it in my writing. But the above looks almost too purple too me, too descriptive, because I never use that much imagery all in one place. Imagery is like salt. Use it properly and it flavors and intensifies the whole dish. Use too much of it and the meal is inedible. 

It’s useful, though, because it shows that you can use imagery almost anywhere, and in a lot of different ways. Take the child singing. My emphasis was on the sound – the notes are “bright balloons” which are “drifting up and away”. But someone else might have used imagery to describe the child herself – the shape of her open mouth, maybe, or whether she was nervous. That’s the beauty of imagery – it calls out the places in your scene where you’re looking for an emotional response. 

Do you think the sound of the child’s voice is happy? Sad? Good or bad? The notes are “bright,” don’t forget. If you wanted to describe a kid really mangling “America the Beautiful,” you might say something like “each note was a weight, crashing to the ground.” 

Look at the dog’s tail. Imagery can do more than make your scenes prettier. If you’re calling a dog’s tail “a demented windshield wiper,” you definitely have opinions about at least that particular dog. (And probably a sense of humor, too.) When you’re writing in third person, it’s another way to take the perspective a little deeper, by echoing the protagonist’s voice or personality. 

This is a great exercise for anyone who writes. From right here at my desk, I see a dozen things I could use imagery to describe: a stack of unread books, a sleeping cat, another stack of unread books, a manuscript to revise, another stack of unread books …

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Accused by Kate Kaynak

Accused by Kate Kaynak
Release Date: August 15th, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
The 4th Ganzfield Novel

The Story: Someone in the government has files about Ganzfield...and now they have Maddie. The story continues with the fourth installment of the Ganzfield series.

Mindy's Review: Author Kate Kaynak has done it again. The fourth installment of the Ganzfield series does not disappoint. This page turning, breath holding on the edge of your seat book keeps you turning pages well into the night.

We start the book with Maddie and Trevor on their way to Aruba. Their much needed vacation. From the cover, you can see that SOMEONE is behind bars. The trials and tribulations that this person goes through is heart wrenching. You find yourself in the head of the person in jail, feeling exactly as they do. Kate's writing is so realistic, the story just sucks you in!

DO NOT read this book until you read Minder, Adversary and Legacy. This series is OUTSTANDING and we here at Book's Complete Me are SO HONORED to read this series!

Julie's ReviewKate Kaynak is a genius. I'm really not sure what I can say beyond that, she just is.  When it comes to YA works (or any written work, for that matter) the author either has the ability to capture the attention of the reader, or they don't. Kaynak has it IN SPADES.  I could not put down this book.

Accused takes us back to Ganzfield where all the students have "extra" abilities (at the beginning of the book, Kaynak gives a nice little synopsis of these abilities and an overview of what has happened in previous books). The situations Maddie faces in Accused are heart-wrenching... heart-stopping.  While reading this book, there were times I was grabbing a tissue even as I wished I could jump in the pages with my own Ganzfield-worthy ability and take out all of Maddie and Trevor's foes.  Oh, why can't I be a G-positive? This is one of those series that you read and wish you could just live there- you want it to be your world somehow. But, alas, the real world all to quickly intrudes as you close the book after the last page. I know one thing, when the series is complete, I will be returning to it again and again to reread and re-enter the world of Ganzfield!

For anyone who has not read the Ganzfield series yet, what on earth are you waiting for? I know you will find it just as fascinating as I have.  And I can't wait for the next book, Operative!

Nicole's Review: Kate Kaynak has created another fabulous book in her Ganzfield series.  Accused takes us to Maddie, who is sent to a highly sophisticated jail.  But it seems it's Trevor's turn to rescue Maddie.  Oh, Trevor.  Which of us wouldn't want a guy who would do anything for us?  Oh, and spoil us rotten.  ;)  This is an exciting read and it's fun to see all that goes on with expectant moms (read the last book!). If you haven't started this series yet, you need to.  It's never a dull moment, and you're always on your toes.  The best part about books!  Thanks Kate, can't wait to read the next one!

Cindy's Review: There is not much I can say about this book or series that my co-bloggers haven't already said. This series is a non-stop emotional roller coaster and I know every time I pick up one of these books I'm going to be out of commission until I finish it. Accused is no different. The G-positives are such a fun concept and it's so much fun to get inside this little world of students who will do anything for one another. It's not always fun and games, as there seems to be danger at every corner, but that's just part of what makes this series so exciting. 

Accused is a thrill ride that has let me wanting more than ever before. Dare I say this is my favorite book in the series? I think so and I can't wait for Operative

Learn more about Kate Kaynak and her books by checking our her WEBSITE and BLOG.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Release Date: December 8, 2011
Publisher: Philomel/Penguin
Genre: YA Paranormal

The Story: Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

My Review: Lenzi’s father is dead because he heard voices and now that Lenzi has turned seventeen, she’s hearing them too. Her life flashes before her eyes: the hospitals, the medications, her mother’s sad face. She’s sure this is the course of her life until she visits her father’s grave and meets Alden. Alden is handsome and when he touches Lenzi, everything feels right in the world. The only problem is that Lenzi has a boyfriend and Alden seems to be just as much out of touch with reality as Lenzi is.

Before long, Lenzi has little choice but to believe Alden that she really is a Speaker and he’s her Protector. As a Speaker, Lenzi has the ability to help lost souls move on to Heaven or Hell. She’s apparently been doing this for centuries but has no memory of it or of her longtime Protector, Alden.

Her boyfriend, Zak, is the sexy musician type that keeps things interesting, but not necessarily always in the good way. Despite his downfalls, he’s extremely supportive of Lenzi and will do anything to help her overcome the voices in her head. It’s obvious that he truly cares for her, which makes it hard to dislike him at times when you know you should.

And if it isn’t enough that Lenzi has to choose between her loyal boyfriend to her centuries long Protector, Lenzi also finds out that she’s been the target of an extremely strong malevolent spirit and he’ll stop at nothing to finally destroy her. 

Shattered Souls is an original and remarkable debut that had me on the edge of my seat for much of the book. Lenzi is a strong female lead that I instantly connected with and wanted to see succeed. I fell in love with Alden immediately. He’s handsome, devoted, confident and never puts his own needs before Lenzi’s. What else do we need in a man? And then there’s Zak. He may not be perfect but his character is built strong enough throughout the book that he’s impossible to forget and perhaps, you’ll fall in love with him a little bit too. He’s not perfect, but they can’t all be, can they?

I thoroughly enjoyed Shattered Souls and am keeping all my extremities crossed that we’ll get a second book to follow-up with.  It’s exceptionally well written, fantastically disturbing and head over heels romantic. I simply cannot wait to read more by this extremely talented author!  

My Rating:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: Ordained by Devon Ashley

Ordained by Devon Ashley
Published Date: March 2011
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: YA/ Sci Fi

The Story: Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn't the best choice for the Order's experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby's their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she's not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.

But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon's weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

Ordained is the first novel in the urban fantasy series The Immortal Archives.

My Review: I LOVED this book. It was so engaging, and I honestly couldn't put it down until I finished it. Ashley has taken a completely different spin on vampires and monsters. Abby - a vampire - has come back to the school that destroyed her, to train them and to fight with them. She learns how to overcome her own weaknesses as she battles with her partner, and all the hunters. I am excited that there is another book after Ordained, I don't know if I could have handled it if there wasn't!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

#BIR2011 - Debut Author Chat #1

Tonight at 9 p.m. EST we are going to be chatting with some of the best debut authors of 2011. The roster includes:

Jennifer Armentrout
Beth Revis
Leah Clifford
Kristi Cook
Tessa Gratton
Amy Garvey
Lia Habel

There may also be some surprise pop-ins, so you definitely don't want to miss out on the fun. Come join us!

You can participate from here, the Best I've Read blog, or at Page Turners Blog. All chat boxes lead to the same chat.

See you tonight!

Teaser Tuesday - The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

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 your book 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 and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My teaser this week comes from:

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

"I glanced across the swell of tired faces crowding the market at this hour and saw Aron looking back at me. I narrowed my eyes to a glare, a wicked smile touching the corner of my lips. Your father's an ass, I mouthed." (pg. 8 of e-galley, subject to change)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dark Souls by Paula Morris review and giveaway

Dark Souls by Paula Morris
August 1, 2011

About the book:

Welcome to York, England: the most haunted city in the world.

Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint shops, hoping she won’t run into the many ghosts who supposedly roam the cobblestone streets. Then she meets Nick, an intense, dark-eyed boy who knows all of York’s hidden places and histories. Miranda wonders if Nick is falling for her, but she is distracted by another boy -- one even more handsome and mysterious than Nick. He lives in the house across from Miranda and seems desperate to send her some sort of message. Could this boy be one of York’s haunted souls? 

Soon, Miranda realizes that something dangerous -- and deadly -- is being planned. And she may have to face the darkest part of herself in order to unravel the mystery -- and find redemption.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book. It was a good, traditional ghost story, with a bit of a mystery built in.  Honestly, the only problem I had with the book is that I wish it was longer.  I would have liked to have seen more of the characters and even the ghosts that were touched upon in part. But that would have taken away from the main story, so I am not going to complain.
I definitely recommend this book as a... well not exactly "fun" since some of the story is anything but... different summer read. It is almost a breath of fresh air because even though some of the subject matter is dark and tragic, it is different in that there isn't a lot of angst, the family dynamic is stable and loving, and I haven't seen that much in a lot of the YA books I have read lately.

This book has also made me interested in reading more of Paula Morris's books. 

About the author:
Paula Morris is the author of Ruined, and has published several novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She has lived in a number of cities around the world, including York, England. She now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and teaches creative writing at the University of Stirling. Visit her online at www.paula-morris.com

Also like This is Teen on Facebook, where Paula will be featured. 

 Point/Scholastic has been generous enough to give BCM two copies of Dark Souls to giveaway to two luck winners. Please fill out the following form for your chance to win. Giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday August 27, 2011.

#BIR2011 - Debut Author Chats

Last year Best I've Read was a complete whirlwind of fun and craziness. This year we thought we'd start the excitement a little earlier, so we've scheduled two debut author chats to highlight some of this years very best debut authors.

The chat dates, times and line-ups are:

Tuesday, August 16th at 9 p.m. EST

Jennifer Armentrout
Beth Revis
Leah Clifford
Kristi Cook
Tessa Gratton
Amy Garvey
Lia Habel

Tuesday, August 23rd at 9 p.m. EST

Mary Lindsey
Kim Harrington
Elizabeth Miles
Michelle Hodkin
Jessi Kirby
Sara Grant
Lisa & Laura LaRoecker 
Scott Tracey
Karsten Knight 
Myra McEntire

All chats will take place at the Best I've Read Blog. We hope to see you there!

IMM - Take 54

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.

For our IMM this week:

Mindy purchased:

The Host by Stephanie Meyer (on audio)

Cindy received:

All You Desire by Kirsten Miller - SIGNED for a giveaway - Stay tuned
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

**Thanks goes to Kirsten Miller and Walker Books for Young Readers for our books this week.

Please leave us a comment telling us what you think and a link to your own blog if you have one. We'd love to visit!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Genre: YA 
Buy the book:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

The Story: Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

My Review: This is definitely my favorite book in the series. Luis is easy to love right away. He doesn't have that same hard edge that his older brothers do, but he's got enough cockiness and attitude to still exude the sexy confidence you've come to expect from the Fuentes brothers.

When Nikki's story begins, my heart immediately breaks for her. We see exactly what happened to her to make her so hard against guys and why she has no intention of falling for anyone -- especially not Luis. When they meet at Alex's wedding (when they are both fifteen), Luis is instantly intrigued by the Latino who doesn't claim her Mexican blood. He hits on her right away, but Nikki isn't having it. In fact, their first meeting is anything but romantic and ends with Luis being embarrassed more than once. But Luis doesn't let this distract him from his goal. He's nothing if not a quitter. 

At seventeen, Luis moves back to Illinois, which is where Nikki lives, with his mother and right back into the southside where he'd been raised for the first half of his life. He's surprised to see that the neighborhood isn't quite as he remembered it, but it isn't long before we learn that things are not as calm as they seem. I loved that the other Fuentes brothers make appearances in this book and how wonderfully evident it is that family truly does come first with these boys. No matter what's going down, they've got each others back. It's an underlying theme in all three books, but we especially get to see that dedication to family in this book.  

Chain Reaction is an amazing ending to a series that I've loved from the start. I sped through this book and can't wait to read all three books back to back. And based off the epilogue that Elkeles gives us, I'm really hoping that we may be learning of new Fuentes books in the future. I can't recommend this series enough. If you haven't yet read them, go get them now! And be prepared for some really great love stories that are as sexy as they are dangerous. Really and truly incredible.

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