Sunday, July 31, 2011

IMM - Take 52

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:

Nicole received:

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
Boy vs. Girl by Na'ima B. Robert

Kendra received:

Dark Souls by Paula Morris

Mindy purchased:

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Cindy received from the library: 

Night Star by Alyson Noel

For review:

Vanish by Sophie Jordan
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley


Wildefire by Karsten Knight

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!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Paranormal
Find Elizabeth Online: Goodreads / TwitterThe Fury Series / Blog

The Story: Sometimes sorry isn't enough....

It's winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year's even better--the guy she's been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there's no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em's best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that's nothing compared to what's really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it's only a matter of time before he's exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.

My Review: Fury sucked me in right away. The story is told from first from Em's point of view and then Chase's with the chapters alternating. I loved not knowing what was going to happen next and waiting for the moment when Em and Chase would realize that something had gone terribly, terribly wrong. They have both made some pretty bad decisions, ones that have forever affected the lives of those around them. But do they deserve to be punished? Someone certainly thinks so.

Even though I wanted to cringe most of the time at Em's thoughts and following actions early on in the book, I couldn't help but be intrigued by what would happen next. Would she make the right decision? Would she do what she knew was wrong? It was heartbreaking to watch unfold but entirely realistic for her age. Heck, it's realistic for any age.

I felt for Chase from the very beginning of his story. I could relate to his childhood and how money seemed to be a road block for way too much in life. Despite his lack of funds, he was still able to bring himself to the top of the popularity chain through his athletic gifts. I wanted so badly for him to turn things around, but before long we learn that Chase is hiding a dark secret, something that no one else knows and is eating him up inside from the very first chapter.

There were also some secondary characters that were so well developed that I felt like I knew them just as well as Em and Chase. Gabby, JD and Zach are intricate to the story from the beginning. They weave in and out of the book with such ease, it makes me wonder exactly how they will come into play in the next round. I love the suspense of it, though.

I found Fury to be beautifully written, gripping from the start, and a unique start to a new series that I'm dying to read more of. The end of Fury left me wanting book two, like, right now. Seriously.

My Rating:

Just for fun and a little foreshadowing, we've got a couple of quickfire Q&A with Chase and Em. Enjoy!

Would you rather cheat or be cheated on? 
Em: Both sound so terrible! 
Chase: Cheat, I guess. Being cheated on would be humiliating.

I'm afraid of: 
Em: Not figuring out what I want to do with my life—who I want to be.
Chase: Losing control.

And be sure to check out the Playlist for Fury below. It's pretty awesome!


Thanks to the amazing team over at Simon & Schuster we are able to offer you a SIGNED copy of Fury by Elizabeth Miles. Read the rules below to enter.


  • Open to U.S. Mailing Addresses only. 
  • Giveaway ends at midnight EST on August 7, 2011.
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Contemporary YA

The Story: Lacey Anne Byer is a perennial good girl and lifelong member of the House of Enlightenment, the Evangelical church in her small town. With her driver's license in hand and the chance to try out for a lead role in Hell House, her church's annual haunted house of sin, Lacey's junior year is looking promising. But when a cute new stranger comes to town, something begins to stir inside her. Ty Davis doesn't know the sweet, shy Lacey Anne Byer everyone else does. With Ty, Lacey could reinvent herself. As her feelings for Ty make Lacey test her boundaries, events surrounding Hell House make her question her religion.

My Review: As someone who grew up in the south, I was completely and totally pleased with the voice of Lacey. Her beliefs and way of thinking is eerily familiar to what I remember as a teenager in rural North Carolina. Although we didn't have Hell House, the messages sound familiar and I'm quite sure there was something similar to this going on at a local church that I didn't attend. 

Every character in this novel resonated with me. Their struggles and personalities felt entirely authentic and I appreciated the consistency. The story is told through the eyes of Lacey. At one point her friend Ty tells her that she's "passionate" and I couldn't agree more. Even when you don't agree with someone's point of view or what they believe in, there's something utterly respectable in someone who is truly passionate about their beliefs. There is something even more respectable about those people when they realize that even their own beliefs can change and being able to accept that change. 

This is a fantastic story about choices and learning that not everything is black and white. Lacey learns that through the help of friends and I loved every minute of it. Melissa Walker is definitely an author I'm interested in reading more from and I would recommend this book to anyone. It's really, really well done. 

My Rating:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Picks with Author Gabriella Goliger

Today we have author Gabriella Goliger here with us sharing some of favorite books from childhood and now. Do you have any in common with her? I know I do!

Gabriella's Picks:

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Warm, tender, funny, cozy, very Brit, and dreamy and picturesque. A book to read while swinging in a hammock on a long summer day.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:  The story of a carriage horse in 19th century England, told from the point of view of the horse. A timeless critique of cruelty to animals and any other kind of cruelty, for that matter.

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: Huck's world – the American rural south in the was totally different from mine and yet I could identify with so much: a boy living on the margins, the escape into the natural world, the bonding with a kindred soul, the outrage at oppression of a vulnerable group.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Again, a book set in the deep south. A white lawyer defends a black man falsely accused of rape,  exposing the ugly race relations in a sleepy Alabama town during the 1930s.

A Member of the Wedding. Gee, deep south again. Carson McCullers' stunning novel about a 13-year-old girl struggling with loneliness, longing and need for connection. A dead-on portrayal  of that character and her world.  

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison.  Morrison's first novel and the one that showed her to be a giant of American literature. It's about a black girl growing up in the American Midwest; deals with racism (including the self-hatred kind), incest and child molestation. Disturbing, but powerful.  

Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily Carr. Canada's great west coast painter was also a great writer. With plain, simple words, she nails the subtlest thoughts and creates a panorama of places and people and her life was so brave and interesting.  

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – At 15, I fell in love with Holden Caulfield's bruised, searching, tender soul. 

Metamorphosis  by Franz Kafka – A man wakes up one morning to find himself turned into a giant beetle. What's so masterful is how Kafka puts you in the carapace of that man and how ordinary he makes the horror seem and how the story turns you on your head, even when you know beforehand what it's about. 

Someone to Run With by David Grossman. A wild, wonderful half-fantasy, half-realistic love story/mystery set in modern-day Jerusalem about a boy, a girl trying to save her brother from ruthless drug dealers and a dog who brings them all together. 

Crackpot by Adele Wiseman – Fat-girl outcast Hoda becomes a prostitute to save herself and her blind father from poverty and manages to keep her dignity and sanity despite the tempest within and the buffeting of a cruel world. A gem of a book.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Gabriella! And thank you to The Teen {Book} Scene for another great tour.

Gabriella is the author of Girl Unwrapped, which releases September 1st. Check out her WEBSITE for more information about her and her books.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Epic Fail Character Interview with Elise

Today, we have Elise from Claire LaZebnik's newest novel, Epic Fail here with us for a fun interview. We hope you enjoy it!

1. If you had to choose, would you rather stay in L.A. or move back to Massachusetts? 

Massachusetts is home to me in a way LA will never be.  I will always be a stranger in a strange land in California.  On the other hand . . .  there have been some changes in my life recently that makes me want to stick around in LA for a while.  Let’s just say it’s grown on me.

What’s cool is that, with college around the corner, I can look at schools on either coast and know that I’d feel more or less at home in any of them.  No matter what, I see myself traveling around a lot before I settle down anywhere permanently.

2. What is the best thing about having 3 sisters?

You’re never alone.  That’s also, admittedly, the worst thing about having three sisters, like when you’d like to use the bathroom and someone’s always in there, or you can’t find a single quiet place in the house to talk to a friend or you can’t find that nice new tank top you just bought for yourself and then you see it walking out the door on your little sister’s torso.  But the truth is, when you move across the country and don’t know anyone, it’s nice to feel like there’s someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through.  And when your parents are as nutty as ours, you need someone to vent with.  If I’d been an only child, I’d have lost my mind by now.

3. Having strict parents can be hard at times, but knowing they care is probably a wonderful feeling. What advice can you offer to other teenagers who have parents that are like yours?

Advice?  Not just my condolences?  

Grin and bear it, I guess.  What choice have you got?

No, I know my parents mean well and are just trying to keep me safe.  I guess I’d say to other people dealing with parents like mine, earn their trust by being as responsible as you can, and you’ll probably gain more freedom over time.  And remember that soon you’ll go off to college and be completely responsible for yourself.  And you might even miss their interfering once you’re all on your own.

4. How has your fashion sense changed since switching to Coral Tree Prep?

Well, I’ve stopped wearing sneakers except for PE.  It’s not that I’m caving into peer pressure or anything, it’s just that now they look lame to me.  And I buy and wear little sundresses much more often.  There’s just something about being in SoCal--you want to wear a pretty dress with spaghetti straps any day that it’s sunny.  It just feels right.  But I refuse to care about whether or not I’m wearing “this year’s jeans” and I am never giving up my “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE” t-shirt.  You’ll have to pry it out of my dead, cold hands because I love that top.

5. Sometimes you have to hate someone before you can truly love them. Wouldn't you agree? :-) 

Depends on the kind of hate, I’d say.  There’s hate and then there’s hate.  There are people who are truly despicable—who are malicious and petty and cruel—TRULY hateful in every sense of the word.  Then there are the people who you can’t quite figure out, who drive you crazy because you see glimpses of something good in there but it’s like you can’t quite get at it.  So you feel something like hate because they’re so frustrating and elusive—but it’s not really hate.   And the more you feel that frustration, the more intrigued you get.  And that can definitely lead to the opposite of hate.

On the other hand, I know some people who just like each other so much they fall in love.  Like my sister and her boyfriend.  They started out liking each other and moved on to liking each other a lot.  It’s very sweet . . . and maybe just a tiny bit boring.  But don’t tell them I said that.

Thank you so much for joining us for this interview, Elise! 

I absolutely *loved* Epic Fail. It releases next week on August 2nd, so be on the lookout for it in a store near you. 

You can learn more about Epic Fail and author, Clare LaZebnik through her WEBSITE.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quiz: Human or Demigod? (Guest post with Karsten Knight & Giveaway)

Happy Release Day to Wildefire by Karsten Knight!!! 

Not only is today RELEASE DAY for one of my absolute favorite books of all time (read: Wildefire), today is the last day of the Wildefire Blog Tour and we are thrilled to have author Karsten Knight here with us for this super fun guest post. He has created an awesome quiz to help you determine whether you're human or actually a demigod. Be sure to keep track of your points!

If the gods and goddesses were reincarnated into mortal bodies with no memory of their former lives, like the characters in WILDEFIRE, then the scary truth is that you could be a goddess and not even know it. Fortunately, since I am an expert on the matter (and also a part-time Norse god), I have created a quiz to help you determine whether you are a rational but boring mortal or volatile demigod. Keep track of your points on a piece of paper or an abacus.

1.      It’s 3rd grade and you’ve just been sent to sleep-away camp. During Arts & Crafts, the counselor gives you a pile of wooden popsicle sticks and superglue. You build:
a.       A birdfeeder. Mom and Pop don’t have a bird, but they’ll be so proud! (+1)
b.      Nunchuks. Your powers aren’t quite developed yet, but you have no problem Nunchuk-ing Timmy in the face if he tries to steal your pudding cup at lunch again (+3)
c.       A miniature funeral pyre for your bunkmate’s favorite doll. She keeps talking to it in her sleep. (+5)

2.      You’re in the psychologist’s office and she shows you a Rorschach diagram. The ink plots on the picture resemble:
a.       A fluffy sheep prancing through a field of gumdrops, unicorn horns and puppy-dog tails (+1)
b.      A herd of oily black creatures loping through a redwood forest of deceit and treachery (+4)
c.       Karsten Knight wearing only a fig leaf (+5)

3.      Your boyfriend just cheated on you DURING school. Your first priority is to:
a.       Exact vengeance on your boyfriend. After all, he was the one who strayed. (+2)
b.      Exact vengeance on his flavor of the week. After all, Hera always went after the women form Zeus’s affairs, and that’s what goddesses do, right? (+3)
c.       Exact vengeance on both of them. They’ll make a beautiful couple…in the Underworld. (+5)

4.      You’re walking to the bookstore to pick up a copy of some new book everyone’s raving about called WILDEFIRE, when all of the sudden, the sunny afternoon transforms into a torrential downpour. You:
a.       Make like the proverbial Little Piggy and cry “Wee! Wee! Wee!” all the way home, because rain terrifies you. (+1)
b.      You revel in the rain and spin around like a crazy person, letting it soak you to the bone. After all, 70% of the human body is water, so 70% of you feels right at home. The other 30% is going for a swim. (+3)
c.       You hold your hand up to the sky and sending bolts of lightning forking down into traffic. Downpours are for babies. Thunderstorms are for big girls. (+5)

5.      You’re feeling a bit lonely around the house, so you drive to the pet store at the mall. After tapping on all of the glass cages, you eventually settle on
a.       A phoenix. It can use the birdfeeder you made at summer camp and things that spontaneously combust make you feel right at home. (+1)
b.      A narwhal. Because when a whale loves a unicorn… (+2)
c.       A Hydra, because it reminds you of your shoe collection. When you get rid of one pair, three new pairs grow back in their place. (+5)

10 or fewer points: You are a mortal. Your idea of living on the wild side is wearing khakis that haven’t been properly ironed or ordering a salad with the dressing NOT on the side.
11-20 points: You are a demigod. You can’t remember your last life, but if it was anything like this one, there’s a probably a century-old warrant out for your arrest…for the crime of being awesome.
21-25: You are a being of unspeakable wickedness. You have a lifetime membership to both the Evil League of Evil and the Department of Redundancy Department.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster we are giving away one finished copy of Wildefire. Read below to enter. 

  • U.S. Mailing Addresses Only;
  • +1 entry for following Karsten Knight's BLOG;
  • Ends midnight EST August 2, 2011;
  • Fill out this FORM to enter.  
Also, click HERE to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more chances to laugh your butt off and to enter to win the book too.

Monday, July 25, 2011

News & Updates

These past few weeks have been super busy so we thought we'd do a quick update post so you can be sure you're not missing anything exciting. 

First, we'd like you to welcome our newest affiliate, Reading Teen, to BCM. If you aren't already following them and all their awesomeness, you seriously should. Their blog is ah-maz-ing. Plus, Kendra and I met them at BEA this year and they are some of the sweetest women you'll meet. So yeah, go give them some loving. :-)

Next, we have some really great giveaways going on right now. Our Blogoversary Giveaway is still open until the 29th so don't forget to enter to win one of the awesome prize packs. 

And you can also enter to win a copy of Nightshade and Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer as part of the Wolfsbane Blog Tour with Mundie Moms. You can enter to win those books HERE. Ends July 31st.

We are also starting up a new monthly event called "Follower Spotlight" where we'll be spotlighting one follower by interviewing them and hopefully offering some prizes as well. If you'd like to sign up just fill out this form HERE

And don't forget that tonight we'll be chatting live with author Karsten Knight at 9 p.m. EST on Twitter. You won't want to miss this Twitter party. It's sure to be fun with some really great prizes too! 

If you'd like to follow along with the rest of the Wildefire Blog Tour (and you really should because not only is this author hilarious, but you can enter to win a copy of the book at every stop) the links are below:

Monday, July 18th - Character Interview @ A Good Addiction
Tuesday, July 19th - 10 Things That May Surprise You About Wildefire @ Reading Teen
Wednesday, July 20th - Book Interview @ Between the Covers
Thursday, July 21st - Video Interview @ The Story Siren
Friday, July 22nd - Exclusive Wildefire Excerpt @ Mundie Moms
Monday, July 25th - The Knight Life Vlog @ Page Turners
Tuesday, July 26th - How to Summon the God/Goddess In Us All @ Books Complete Me

As always, thanks for reading! We hope to chat with you tonight!

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:

Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Just finished reading:

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Planning to read:

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez 
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

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

Sunday, July 24, 2011

IMM - Take 51

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:

Cindy received from the library:

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Received from publishers/for review:

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
Dark Parties by Sara Grant

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!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

And The Winners Are....

Thanks to all of you who entered our giveaway for Dark Parties by Sara Grant. Picked randomly by the winners are:

Maureen E.

Please join me in congratulating both of the winners!!!  I hope you love the book as much as I did.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Interview with Andrea Cremer & Giveaway

We are thrilled to have the wonderful and talented Andrea Cremer here with us today as part of the Wolfsbane Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms. We hope you enjoy the interview and don't forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a paperback of Nightshade and a hardback of Wolfsbane! Click on the graphic below to follow along with the rest of the tour with Mundie Moms.

BCM: What has been your favorite moment since becoming a published author?

AC: There have been so many it's hard to pick one! I would have to say when I met Jennifer (a reader in Utah) who asked me to sign Nightshade for her daughter's sixteenth birthday - and her daughter was only 18 months old. This year she's ordering a signed book for her daughter's seventeenth birthday.
BCM: If you were an article of clothing, what would you be and why?

AC: A vintage skirt because I'm quirky but romantic.
BCM: What is your favorite childhood cartoon?

AC: Three way tie: Transformers, She-Ra, Voltron
BCM: Desert choices say a lot about a person. What's your desert of choice?

AC: That's tough because I tend to choose desert by mood and season. But the best dessert I've ever had was lavender creme brulee.
BCM: Which international book cover of one of your books is your favorite? Can we see a picture of it?

AC: I really love all the covers, but I especially loved the interior of the German cover as it revealed the entire photo from the cover.
(BCM: OMG - isn't this *gorgeous*????)

BCM: You are writing a book with the amazing David Levithan, What has that been like?

AC: Wonderful beyond words. David was a writing/editing idol of mine before I met him two years ago. Now he's a dear friend. But sometimes when we hang out or text I still go all fangirl.
BCM: What can we expect next from our favorite wolves?  

AC: Secrets revealed, relationships complicated.

Giveaway Rules:
  • Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. Sorry!
  • Giveaway ends at midnight EST, July 31, 2011. 
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.

Find Nightshade and Andrea Cremer Online: 

    Also, watch this video of Andrea talking about Wolfsbane and Nightshade to learn even more about this awesome series:

    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

    Love Story by Jennifer Echols
    Release Date: July 19, 2011
    Publisher: MTV Books
    Genre: YA Contemporary

    The Story: For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

    Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

    My Review:  This book begins with a very well written romance story kicking it off. I had to flip through the pages quickly to be sure I was reading the right book at first. Not because I was disappointed, but because I was startled. I loved the romance novel part of the book so much, I'm actually hoping Echols finishes it for publication one day. It's that good!

    Love Story is dramatic from the start when Erin is preparing for sharing her romance novel with the rest of her writing class. Hunter walks in and throws her whole life upside down. He would know right away her story was about him and it becomes painfully clear that Hunter has a few tricks up his own sleeve to get back at her. Erin works every free second of her days and has little time for the fun she thought it would be to be in New York City. I like that although she grew up with lots of money and wore designer clothes before coming to the city, that she was alright with being suddenly poor. Her dreams of becoming a published romance author outshadowed any selfish vanity on her part. This endeared me to her immediately. 

    I found myself confused at times as to what Erin and Hunter would do next, but I don't think this is a bad thing. I think they were both a little unpredictable as to what the really wanted from each other. When Hunter tricks Erin into going home to speak to her grandmother, the almost relationship they have is quickly damaged even further. Hunter has secrets of his own that keep Erin wondering what his real motives are for accepting her grandmother's inheritance. After all they've been through and all they've done to one another, is there any way that these two could ever truly be together? You'll have to read it to find out! 

    As always, I adore Jennifer Echols. She's consistently good, no matter what the book is and Love Story is no exception. I loved the uniqueness of this storyline and am hopeful to learn more about what happens to Erin and Hunter.

    My Rating:

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Wildefire: A Second Opinion

    Wildefire by: Karsten Knight
    Release Date: July 26, 2011
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Genre: YA

    The Story: Every flame begins with a spark. 

    Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

    My Review:  Yes, I fully realize that my dear cousin, Cindy, has reviewed this book already.  But that is ok.  Sometimes a "second opinion" is what the doctor orders, and this is certainly the case with Wildefire by Karsten Knight.  You see, Cindy and I often differ a great deal in our likes when it comes to books.  We have had some serious debates on the "merits" and/or "faults" of books, and often end up agreeing to disagree.

    So, let's discuss Wildefire.  I think it is best if I do this in a pro/con format.  Let's start with the pros:

    1. Karsten Knight is a literary genius- every sentence is wonderfully crafted.  I was impressed by the way the story flowed (even the interludes).  Knight's writing is well formatted, descriptive, and action-packed. Very nearly flawless.

    2. The characters are well developed- each and every character seems so real.  It is amazing.  I became very interested in what would happen to these characters.  

    3. The plot is phenomenal- action, action, and more action.  But in between there's love interest, teen angst, and some interesting twists and turns.

    4. Wildefire includes fascinating mythologies- yes, mythologies, plural, as in, more than one.  (As the resident mythology lover at BCM, is it really a surprise that this would be a big plus for me?)  I'm not talking just classical Greek here, Knight incorporates Norse, Polynesian, Hopi, and several others.  But before your eyes glass over at the thoughts of complex mythology in a YA novel- its actually very skillfully done. Not boring at all.  Knight gives the information you need to know, when you need to know it, and without a ton of needless detail.  Interesting without being a mythology lesson.

    5.  I read this book in a matter of hours.  It is 393 pages of pure enjoyment.  I could not stop reading once I started.  Which is a good sign (more and more these days, if I stop reading, I don't pick it back up, I simply do not have the time... or the patience).

    Now, believe it or not, there are some cons.


    1. The book ended. I admit it: I was royally ticked off when I reached the end of this book.  Oh, the ending is fabulous, but when I reached the last page, it dawned on me that I will have to wait who knows how long for Knight to get his @%$*, stuff together and give us another book.  Like I said, I'm not a patient person.  Get a move on, Karsten!

    5. Yea, that's all I've got for the cons.

    So, now for my rating.  Occasionally, doctors (and reviewers) agree with each other.  In rare times, when the planets are aligned just right, my cousin and I agree that a book is really great.  This is one of those rare moments when I concur with Cindy's assessment.  You WANT to READ THIS BOOK!!!

    My Rating:

    This or That with Author Jo Knowles

    We are so excited to have author Jo Knowles here with us today. We hope you enjoy this "This or That" post with her. Her latest book, Pearl, was just released this week so definitely pick up a copy the next time you're looking for a good read.

    1. M&Ms or Reese's Pieces? M&M’s. The peanut butter in Reese’s Pieces tastes a little like wax (sorry Reese’s Pieces! I know you saved ET and everything), but in a desperate moment, I will eat them anyway. :-)

    2. Rent or Own? Own

    3. CDs or MP3s? I love the packaging with CD’s because the covers are always cool and I like having the lyrics. But obviously they will be a thing of the past soon. 

    4. Hardcover or e-Book? Hardcover, please!

    5. Snow or Rain? In July-rain In January-snow. Neither should occur in the other. It causes much sadness.

    7. Cats or Dogs? I love everyone.

    8. Make-up or Natural Beauty? Sometimes I like a little mascara and lipstick, but mainly I just go with me. Mainly because I never learned how to apply make-up. If anyone knows how to apply eye-shadow I would love some tips.

    9. Shower or Bath? Depends on how much time I have. I do love to read in the tub.

    10. Dress or Pants? Can I pick jeans?

    11. Football or Golf? None of the above. Can we play 4-square instead?

    12. Leftie or Rightie? Rightie by hand, leftie in my politics.

    13. Theater or Movies on the couch? I like watching action movies in the theater, but sad movies at home so I can cry in private :-)

    14. Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags? I love pretty paper, but bags can be recycled more often, so I’ll go with those.

    15. Blu-Ray or DVD? Um... I don’t know the difference. I am old. :-)

    This post was part of the Pearl Blog Tour hosted by The Teen {Book} Scene. Click the graphic below to follow along with the rest of the tour. 


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