Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #26: The Unquiet


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Unquiet
By: Jeannine Garsee
Release Date: July 17, 2012

"Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother. After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications (again!) and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home and school. She refuses to be daunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom, or that her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists. With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of? Annaliese? Or herself?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to this book because the summary sounds really good and I love the cover.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning

Dark Seeker
By: Taryn Browning
Released: September 27, 2011
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Taryn Browning's Dark Seeker is the story of Janie who is a seeker trained to kill the undead. However, when Janie encounters Kai, she isn't sure what to do. At first she believes he is like the undead she is supposed to kill but, as she gets to know him better she learns that he has human traits as well.

Dark Seeker is an action packed story that I didn't want to put down. Janie is just an all around awesome protagonist. Janie takes care of herself and doesn't depend on others. She is strong, tough, and funny. Janie is also selfless and will protect the people she cares about. She has easily become one of my new favorite female protagonists.

Then there is Kai who I instantly fell in love with. Kai is a mystery at first but I really enjoy how his character develops. He is tough but still has a sweet side to him. The chemistry between Janie and Kai is evident from the first encounter they have and I love how their relationship grows.

Browning creates an interesting and exciting world that I became instantly captivated by. The plot moves fast but held my attention the entire time even though the ending was a bit predictable. I really enjoyed going on this thrilling adventure with Janie and I can't wait to see where Browning will take this story next. I highly recommend Dark Seeker, it has a great balance of action and romance.


My Rating:

Clockwork Prince Book Trailer


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices Book 2)
By: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: December 6, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Dig by Audrey Hart

The Dig
By: Audrey Hart
Released: November 11, 2011
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece. As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what. Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her. Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Audrey Hart's The Dig is the story of Zoe who finds herself transported back to ancient Greece while on an archaeological dig with her aunt and uncle. While in ancient Greece, Zoe discovers that the Olympian Gods are real and she possesses powers similar to theirs. However, Hera believes that Zoe is disrupting the balance and she will do anything to get rid of her. 

The Dig is an interesting and fast paced adventure with realistic characters. Zoe is a relatable character who is bit introverted and insecure because she has always been an outsider. Zoe knows what the popular fashion is but she chooses to be herself instead. She has these insecurities but she is still tough and when she finds herself back in ancient Greece, she doesn't give up. Zoe also has some hilarious sarcastic remarks when she finds herself in certain situations.

I love Greek mythology and I really enjoyed the surprising and different approach that Hart took. The gods and goddesses are like a high school clique and when Zoe threatens the balance, they want to get rid of her. However, Zeus defends Zoe. Zeus is a complicated character because he is beginning to grow tired of his friends but he still feels loyal towards them. I enjoyed how the relationship between Zoe and Zeus develops naturally and realistically. Another character that I must mention that I loved and I wished there was a bit more of was Creusa, the nymph.

The plot moves along fast but the story never feels rushed. I love the setting in ancient Greece and Hart does an excellent job creating the feeling as though the reader was transported back in time right alongside Zoe. The ending doesn't necessarily leave on a cliffhanger but, I am still dying to know what will happen next. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in this great new series. The Dig is an exciting adventure that I highly recommend.  

My Rating:

First Blogoversary Giveaway


(Swag Pack #1: Mortal Instruments poster, Daughter of
Smoke and Bone sample, Gossip Girl Sample, Mortal
Instruments bookmark, Legend pin, Iron Queen bookmark,
 Vampire Academy tattoo, Harlequin Sampler, Morganville
Vampires postcard, Fangbone ARC, Mal and Chad ARC, 
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod pins and stickers, Harlequin
Stickers )
  I can't believe it I have been blogging for a whole year! :)

I had no idea what I was doing when I started this blog. All I did know was that I loved reading and I wanted to spread the word about the books that I loved. Now, a year later my love for books has grown even more than I could have imagined. I have met so many other great people who share this same passion and have introduced me to so many other great books.


(Swag Pack #2: Silence poster, Mortal Instruments bookmark, Harlequin Sampler, Penguin Sampler, Legend pin, Fangbone ARC, Death Cure sample, Gossip Girl Sample, Chronicles of Vladimir Tod pins and stickers, Harlequin stickers, Iron Fey postcard)



As a thank you to all of my followers, I will be giving away 2 swag packs. Both contain a poster, stickers, buttons, bookmark, book samples, and other various goodies that I got from New York Comic Con. The first winner randomly selected will win pack #1 and the second winner will receive pack #2. The giveaway will be open to anyone 13 and older and only for US residents. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #25: Dead To You


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Dead To You
By: Lisa McMann
Release Date: February 7, 2012

"Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable..." (summary from goodreads.com)

I am a huge fan of Lisa McMann so I am really looking forward to this book and the summary sounds like it will be a great read.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Author Interview: Belle Whittington


Belle Whittington, author of Cicada, kindly took the time to answer a few questions about her book and writing.


"Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends--until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human...something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret." (Summary of Cicada from goodreads.com)




1. Where did the idea for Cicada come from?

   My inspiration for Cicada came from many different places/experiences in my day-to-day life. For instance, most of the places I've mention in the story actually exist, only most of them have different names than the ones I've used in the story. :-)
Growing up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, afforded me summers full of adventure with my friends. I call on those adventures and memories a great deal for my YA stories. Cicada has a lot of the energy of those childhood adventures spun throughout. One of them is something that actually happened to me when I was thirteen years old. I was on one of my adventures in the woods with my dog, Dusty. We made our way through the woods to a neighboring pasture and crawled through the barbed wire fence. When we got to the top of one of the rolling hills in the grassy field, I realized I was standing in the middle of a giant circle imprinted in the pasture grass. No one had ever told me about crop circles at that time in my life, so I just thought it was an odd occurrence that there was a strange circle in the tall grass. Now that circle is forever memorialized in a YA novel, Cicada!
2. Are any of your characters inspired by someone you know personally?
   Most of my characters are fictitious. However, Grandpa was definitely inspired and based on my father. He was wonderful and very much like Grandpa. :-)


3. What is a typical writing day for you like?
   I usually write in the evenings. But most of my daydreaming is done during the day. :-)


4. What are your top favorite books?
   I don't really have any top favorite books. Really, I tend to love anything I read, because I just don't spend the time reading things that I don't enjoy. Today, my favorite books are Beowulf, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Glow, Across the Universe. That list could be different tomorrow! :-)


5. What will you be working on next?
   Cicada is the first in a trilogy, and I've included the first few chapters of Firefly at the end of both the paperback and the e-book version. I'm currently working on both of the sequels to Cicada. I haven't named the third book yet, but I have a good idea of what it will be. :-)

   I hope everyone will take the time to stop by any or all of my social networking sites and say "howdy"!


Thank you again Belle Whittington for taking the time to answer some questions. Cicada is an exciting and mysterious story that I really enjoyed and highly recommend. You can read my full review here and you can purchase the book now on Amazon. You can also follow Belle on twitter and tumblr.

Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides
By: Karen Amanda Hooper
Released: November 25, 2011
Source: E-book ARC from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious. Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Karen Amanda Hooper's Tangled Tides is the story of Yara who wakes up as a mermaid after a hurricane. Yara finds herself learning more about the merfolk and selkies. She also discovers that both sides believe that she can save them by reopening the gateway to their realm.

Tangled Tides is a captivating and exciting story with strongly developed characters. Yara is tough and stubborn but also brave. She finds herself in the middle of a world that she has only ever heard stories of. Treygan is a bit mysterious in the beginning and I love how his character develops. The complicated relationship between Treygan and Yara naturally grows as the story progresses as well. 

There are so many other characters that I also enjoyed such as Rowan, Delmar, Pango, and Koraline. I especially liked how the narration switches between Yara, Treygan, and Rowan because it helped understand each character's motives more clearly. 

Tangled Tides dives right into the story from the very first page. I did not want to put this book down for even a second but I also didn't want it to end. I loved learning about the mythology of the merfolk, selkies, and sirens. Hooper creates an exciting and interesting world that I instantly fell in love with. I have been looking for a good mermaid story for sometime now and this was definitely it. The plot has a few unexpected twists and I especially loved the ending. I will definitely be looking forward to what Hooper writes next. I strongly recommend Tangled Tides, you won't want to miss out on this story.

My Rating:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Image by Jamie Magee


Image (Book 3 in Insight series)
By: Jamie Magee
Released: November 8, 2011
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"There is an ominous darkness, one that that is so dense and mind numbing that you can feel the chills race across your skin as the energy of the hatred behind it hovers near you. They thought that it was over…that he was dead….they never imagined that he was more powerful dead than he ever was alive. A war is on the brink of erupting in the dark dimension of Esterious, the victory Willow had a few days ago was nothing less than vague memory. With each thought she has she fights the images of Drake’s dark eyes, his words… his promises. Doubt seeps into her soul as she stares forward and what could only be the hardest battle she has faced thus far. Venus is meant to be the planet of love and peace….but when it falls into retrograde its influence changes. Matters of past relationships will surface; choices will be made with the mind and not the heart. Gateways to an evil that cannot be fathomed will open. Willow and Landen’s only defense is to hide their family away, and lock themselves in the palace that was once ruled by Donalt. The energy is heavy and dark within these walls…there is a presence that lingers and strikes at will. Cruel illusions are placed before Willow, but that is not even hardest part…what is hard is standing in room with Drake and Landen and listening to others tell you of lives that you cannot recall…for them to tell when and how you are going to die. Every prediction and theory is about to be proven wrong…and the choice before Willow’s heart holds the lives of millions at stake. The question is will be she be able to see through the illusions before her and make a choice…she can live with?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

Image by Jamie Magee is the third book in the Insight series and picks up where Embody left off. There is a darkness coming and Willow is left with no choice but to hide her family away. She must also lock herself and Landen in Donalt's former palace.

I enjoyed Image the most out of the Insight series and finished it quickly. This series has so many great characters that continue to develop and you can't help but become attached to them. Willow is strong and cares a great deal about her family and friends. Since the first book she continues to do whatever she can in order to protect them. I loved seeing more of the relationship develop between Willow, Landen, and Drake. I was so happy to see more Drake in Image because I must say he is my favorite character although I do still love Landen.

The first page immediately grabbed my attention. The suspenseful plot has many surprising twists that I wasn't expecting and much darker than the previous books. Magee continues to create a completely fascinating and creative world. I especially enjoyed learning more about Willow's past lives and I loved the ending the most. I will definitely be looking forward to the fourth book in this series and I can't wait to see where the story and characters will go next. I strongly recommend Image and the entire Insight series, it is an interesting and captivating story.

My Rating:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Winner of Breaking Dawn Giveaway

The randomly selected winner of the Breaking Dawn movie tie-in and poster is
Elizabeth
Congrats, I have sent you an email!

Thank you so much for all the entries! The most popular Twilight characters you all chose were Edward, Bella, and Alice. So hard to choose but I am going to definitely go with Bella as well. I hope everyone gets the chance to go see Breaking Dawn now in theaters. I have to say that although Breaking Dawn isn't my favorite book in the series, it is officially my favorite movie.

If you didn't win this time I will be posting about my first blogoverssary/200 follower giveaway at the end of the month. I will be giving away the swag I got from New York Comic Con.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #24: One That I Want


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

One That I Want
By: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: February 7, 2012

"Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken. Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?" (Summary from goodreads.com)


I am so excited for One That I Want! First the summary sounds good and second I am a huge Jennifer Echols fan.



*Also don't forget to enter the Breaking Dawn giveaway where you can win a Breaking Dawn movie tie-in and a poster

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie Trailer


I am sure many of you have already watched it but I am obsessed with this trailer. I love seeing the world of Panem and the characters I adore brought to life. I am so excited for this movie now so can it please be March 23 already!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cicada by Belle Whittington

Cicada
By: Belle Whittington
Released: July 14, 2011
Source: Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends--until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human...something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Belle Whittington's Cicada is the story of Blair and her group of best friends who discover something one summer night that isn't human. Blair and her friends become involved in a dangerous mystery that they must keep a secret in order to survive.

Cicada is a mysterious and captivating story that I read in just a couple of hours. Blair is an interesting protagonist who hangs out with her older brother and friends. She is tough and will do anything for the people that she loves. I enjoyed the friendship that Blair shared with her brother, Andrew, and her friends. I especially loved the relationship that Blair shared with Everett, the sweet yet geeky guy who is fascinated by bugs.

Cicada instantly captured my attention and this book was not what I was expecting but in a good way. The interesting and at times creepy plot flows smoothly from beginning to end with a few unexpected twists. Part of the mystery slowly unravels as the story progresses but some aspects of the story and some of the characters are still a mystery. I still have so many questions left which is why I am definitely looking forward to the next book. Cicada is an interesting and exciting mystery that I strongly recommend.

My Rating:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Author Interview: Jamie Magee

Jamie Magee author of the Insight series was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about her series and writing as part of the Insight Blog Tour.


Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she'd never been, introduce her to people she's never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.


1. How did you come up with the idea for the Insight series?
     The inspiration to write came from more sources than I could ever clearly explain. I love to tell the story of how Insight was a New Year’s resolution.  At that point in my life I was looking at what I had accomplished, and what I felt was left undone. Like most people, I’d followed the flow of life: school, marriage, children, and a career, but I was missing something. I was missing the part of me that was unique to myself – my voice – something that would remain once my time was over. I strongly believe that each person on earth has a gift/ trait that’s unique to them, something that gives them passion – that can invoke emotions in others. I’d yet to find my trait – beyond the life I’d created I was simply a daydreamer …and what could a daydreamer possibly create? I told my husband on New Years Eve of 2008 that I had three resolutions: to run every day, learn to play the guitar, and to write a book. So far – two years later I’ve only managed to keep one of those resolutions – and I could not be happier with my choice. I cannot explain how elating it is to see a daydream come to life in a word document – then to have others read and understand what you saw…first. 


2. What is a typical writing day like for you?
     I have a very full and active life outside of writing – so I’m sure my typical day is not like most. All day long with every free thought I have I daydream my story to the next point I need to reach – or simply try to unwind the plot that is building in front of me.  At the end of the day around nine PM I sit down with my lap top and write until around midnight – I never edit at this time, I just let it flow as fast I can. On the weekends I give myself more time, and allow myself to read what I wrote throughout the week, then move the story further. Oddly my strongest, biggest twist seems to come in stolen moments of writing.



3. Are you inspired by music while writing?
     I am! I adore music! I love to create playlist for my novels. I also find it quiet eerie how a musician thousands of miles away was able to create an emotion in their work that fits perfectly with the elements my characters are facing.


4. What are your top favorite books?
     This is so hard….Ok first that come to mind.
Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
The Notebook – Nicholas sparks
The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks
The only Astrology Book You’ll ever need – Joanna Martine Woolfolk
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
Ok…I think I did a good job of staying out of my genre – who could pick their top five YA – not me!



5. Are you currently writing or planning to write anything new?
     I am! Currently I'm working on a new series that I hope to introduce next year. This series will collide with the Insight series around book five. I love how these stories are so different yet have found a way to meet. I cannot wait to share not only this new series, but each new novel in the Insight series with my readers!




Thank you so much again Jamie Magee for taking the time to stop by and answer questions. You can find out more about her Insight series on her website and fan page. You can also purchase the first book in the series, Insight, as well as the sequel, Embody, and the most recent book in the series, Image.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winner of Signed Under the Never Sky ARC

The randomly selected winner of the signed Under the Never Sky ARC is

Darla
Congrats, I have sent out an email.

Thank you so much for entering, there were over 900 entries. I wish I could give everyone a copy of this book because that's how much I enjoyed it.

I do have a Breaking Dawn giveaway currently going on though for a chance to win a Breaking Dawn movie tie-in and a poster of your choice. Also I have my first blogoversary giveaway coming up in a couple of weeks as well and will be giving away some more of the goodies I got at NYCC.   

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #23: Fated

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Fated (The Soul Seekers #1)
By: Alyson Noel
Release Date: May 22, 2012

"So here's the deal . . . Strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, glowing people appear from nowhere. Worried that Daire's having a breakdown, her mother sends her to stay with the grandmother she's never met, who lives on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico. There Daire crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes. Her grandmother recognizes Daire's episodes for what they are - a call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, a person who can navigate between the living and the dead. Guided by her grandmother, Daire must be quick to learn how to harness her powers because Dace's brother is an evil shape-shifter, out to steal them. Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and discover if Dace is the guy she's meant to be with . . . or if he's allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy." (summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to Fated because I have enjoyed Noel's Immortals series and Riley Bloom series. I also love the cover for Fated and the synopsis sounds good.


*Don't forget to enter to
win a signed ARC of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and the Breaking Dawn giveaway where you can win a Breaking Dawn movie tie-in and a poster.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Shatter Me Book Trailer



Shatter Me
By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 15, 2011
My Review: Shatter Me

I am completely in love with Shatter Me, it is easily one of my favorite books! I really like the book trailer for this as well. Go out and buy this book on November 15 you won't want to miss it!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sign Language by Amy Ackley

Sign Language
By: Amy Ackley
Released: August 18, 2011
Source: ARC from author
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Amy Ackley's Sign Language is the story of Abby whose father has cancer. Abby wasn't aware that anything was seriously wrong with her father except that it was taking him some time to recover from surgery. Abby's life begins to drastically change as her father is home resting all the time and her mother is afraid to leave his side.

Sign Language is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about loss and life. Abby's biggest concern used to be how to get the attention of her crush but, her life changes when her father gets sick. It is evident from the beginning how much Abby loves and adores her father. As he begins to die, Abby handles it all in her own way. Abby is not only losing her father though, her mother won't leave the house or her father's side and cries all time. Then there is Abby's sweet and loyal best friend Spence who tries to help her along the way.

Sign Language had me in tears several times throughout the story. I was immediately captivated by Abby and her family's story. Ackley expertly handles the topic of loss and grief. I enjoyed that the story spans over a couple of years without ever feeling rushed. The reader can see how much Abby grows and how she continues to handle it all. The book also has moments though that make the reader smile and hopeful. I completely loved the ending and it was definitely my favorite part of the book. I recommend Sign Language, it is an excellent story about growing up.   

My Rating:


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Giveaway


I am a huge fan of Twilight and wanted to celebrate the upcoming release of the Breaking Dawn movie which hits theaters on November 18. One winner will receive a copy of the Breaking Dawn movie tie-in edition and a Breaking Dawn poster of their choice. The giveaway is international as long as the book depository and allposters ships to you and you must be 13 or older. To enter just fill out the form below.
*also make sure you follow me on twitter, @thereadinggeek, I may have a couple of quick surprise Twilight giveaways on there as well.




Waiting on Wednesday #22: Timepiece

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


Timepiece (Hourglass series book 2)
By: Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 12, 2012

"When vital research about the time gene is stolen, Kaleb must put flirting with anything in a skirt on hold and join Emerson and the Hourglass team to find the criminal (who could be anywhere, in any time). And even if they succeed, it may be too late…." (summary from goodreads.com) 

I can't wait for Timepiece, I loved Hourglass. I love the cover for this one as well, I think it is perfect!





*Don't forget to enter to win a signed ARC of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Winners of Crossed ARC and Poster

The randomly selected winners of the Crossed ARC and poster by Ally Condie are

Sara M.
and
Nina

Congrats, I have sent out emails to the winners!

Thank you for all of the entries! If you didn't win this one then don't forget to enter to win a signed ARC of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi! I am also planning a special giveaway this month in honor of my first blogoversary. 

Show Gratitude and Win 19 Signed YA Books



Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe and A Million Suns, is holding an awesome giveaway on her blog where you can win 19 signed YA books. To enter just make a blog post about what book you are thankful for and why then, head over to Beth Revis's blog to fill out the form.

There are so many great books out there that I absolutely love and I am thankful for each and every one of them. However, the one book that I am most grateful for is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer because it completely changed my life around. I discovered this book by accident during the summer of 2007. I rarely read on my own outside of school but, I stayed up all night long reading Twilight. Ever since that night, I discovered a new passion for reading and I now carry books with me wherever I go. I never knew that a book was capable of making you smile, laugh, and even cry. I was going through a lot of personal stuff at the time when I discovered just how much a book can help you escape. A break from reality was just what I needed and Twilight helped take me away and into an exciting world. This book is how I made it through high school and every single bad day I encountered. I could just pick up this book and completely lose myself in the story and the characters. I also never realized that it was possible to connect to a character as much as I was able to relate to Bella. I still go back and reread the book quite often because it brings me a sense of comfort all over again. Twilight is the book that led me to find a new love and appreciation for reading. It has also ultimately led me to pursue a degree in English.  

What book are you grateful for?