Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review and Giveaway - Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter


Published: March 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Pages: 304
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person whom she would really rather not meet. Henry's first wife, Persephone

Review:


I was lucky enough to read this title from NetGalley.  I especially enjoyed the first title in this series - The Goddess Test so I was thrilled to see a copy in the NetGalley catalogue!  Ms. Carter combines Greek myths with modern day events for teens to relate to.  Throughout Book #2, Kate struggles with her insecurities with Henry and their relationship.  She is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld but can she really fill this role properly?  Once again she is challenged by the other gods assuming she is not yet ready for this position.  Even though she passed the previous tests set before her, she still must prove herself to this family, to herself and to Henry.  Plus, she needs to get over her insecurity of Persephone, Henry's first true love, and ask for her help.  Interesting twist!  Can she do it all in 300 pages?

Because most of this book was based on Kate's insecurity with her position in Henry's life and the responsibilities associated with her title, there were times when I was a bit irritated by Kate's attitude.  However, when you are insecure and unsure of where your trainwreck of a life is heading, I guess you really do second-guess EVERYTHING.  One thing that this character did well was to stick to her guns and stand by her values.  The gods in mythology have done a lot of incestuous things and made some very questionable choices.  She establishes her values, sticks to them and lets others know how important they are to her.  This was one area where she was very vocal.  I had wished for her to be a bit more assertive throughout the story (especially taking control of the role of a goddess).

I did enjoy this read and I think it best to start with The Goddess Test before jumping to this one however be forewarned...Ms. Carter throws a doozie in the last 3 pages of the book.  For those of you who have read this title, I'm sure you'll agree that it had me slack-jawed.  I was not expecting this ending.  No matter how much Kate's initial attitude irked me, I'll be looking for book #3 - The Goddess Inheritance when it comes out next April.  If you are into spins on history and greek mythology, you'll enjoy the Goddess Test series!


Now for our giveaway!  Please fill out the attached form to win a copy of Goddess Interrupted for yourself! Here are the rules...this contest is open to USA and Canadian peeps only.  So sorry!  The book will be shipped directly from the publisher so The Paperback Princesses are not responsible for any misdirected mail.  This contest will run from today until June 15th.  Good luck!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - May 30

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.

OMG!!!  We didn't do a supernatural/dystopian/paranornal WOW this week!!  Shocker huh? Yeah, once in awhile we like to shake things up a bit and see if you're really paying attention. Hey, a little contemp never hurt anyone....Keep Holding On is released May 31st.  Keep your eye out for it!



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gleek Update


I was a late bloomer when it came to jumping on the Glee train.  I'm not sure when it started but a few months ago I was watching Glee music performances on YouTube.  My daughter is 3 and she loves to sing top 40 songs.  I like the Glee versions because usually they are less raunchy than the originals.  Now we watch them online regularly and she likes to dance to her favorite tunes (Rumor has it is our fav).

So I have to be honest and say that I've fallen behind on my Glee watching so I pulled a 5 episode marathon to catch up.  I'm so sad that its over and I have to admit, it just won't be the same without Season 3's seniors.  What do you think?

These were the funniest moments

Darren Criss without hairgel


A character switcheroo (Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch were the most hilarious)



And of course, I chose my favorite songs from the past few episodes...




This made me laugh so hard I almost fell off my bed....



I guess this seems like the most appropriate video to end with...I'll miss you seniors. Glee won't be the same without you (but my daughter and I will be watching your youtube videos and dancing to your songs after its all over...)


Monday, May 28, 2012

In My Mailbox - May 28th

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren in which bloggers post about the books they have received for the week.  Books may be won, taken out from the library or bought from a store.
Had these waiting for me from the library when I got back off holiday:




This one was from the publisher, thank you so much:



Then I just had to go to the book store for:


Watch out for the reviews, coming soon.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Winner of Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom


Kristin F!!! 

Congratulations!  The publisher will be sending your book out shortly!  
Thanks for following The Paperback Princesses!

Shout out to Indies - our newest meme

SHOUT OUT TO INDIES


We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with  free book copies.  Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves.  That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though!  We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME.  For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule.  We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy.  For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left.  We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting.  Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think.  We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can!  So without further ado, here are this week's picks -


Summary (by Goodreads)

“The Substitute” is set in an alternate Britain, where Vampires and Mortals co-exist more or less in harmony. However, that may soon be about to change . . .

Emily Brown starts her new job at Pathway Software, and at first everything goes well. She makes new friends there and her bosses are impressed so things are really looking up for Emily. Until her friend is killed. Murdered. The official account said it was a gang hit gone bad, and rumours suggest she had drugs in her possession.

However another, unofficial, report suggests that the bullet wounds were all post-mortem, and the drugs were planted on her in the morgue. It also says that she suffered multiple broken bones, cuts, contusions and…vampire bites. Everything suggests that her friend died a brutal and vicious death at the hands of a number of vampires.

Vampire and Mortal relations are, on the whole, very good. Ever since The Compact, there have been eighty five years of unprecedented peace between the two worlds. But there are some dissenters, the foremost of which are the sinister Circle of Ixiom. And Emily is about to become their bitterest enemy . . 

Holly has been gracious enough to offer up an e-copy of her book.  Please leave a comment with your email address and this title if you are interested in winning a copy!  Contest ends June 3rd!  This contest is INTERNATIONAL! 


Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes. 

If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

The 2nd novelette in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for Fall 2012. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013.

Shelley has been kind enough to offer up an e-copy of her book.  Please leave a comment below with your email address and this title if you are interested in winning a copy!  This contest is INTERNATIONAL!  Contest ends June 3rd!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini


Published: May 29th, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 487
e-copy: Courtesy of publisher and Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.


Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.


As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.


Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.

Before I tell you how absolutely wonderful this book is, I have to point out that if you are not a fan of Greek myths then Dreamless is definitely NOT the book for you.  Ms Angelini has delved into the world of Greek mythology so deeply and successfully that it's hard to remember it is just fiction.  It's confusing, complex, complicated and completely compelling.

It's been some time since I read  and reviewed Starcrossed, the first book in the trilogy, and on hindsight I wish I had re-read it - it took me a while to remember what had happened and I spent the first chapter or so with a bit of a puzzled expression on my face, but once my memory was jogged it was so easy to fall back into the world of the scions and their families. There is a lot of familial love in the story and it emphasizes how important family is for everyone, especially when refering to characters who have missed out on this. 

This is a story about a family, or House, who are being manipulated by fate - 'The Fates', to be precise, and of the struggles that ensue while trying to control their own destinies and beat 'The Furies'.  Helen and Lucas; Jason and Claire; Ariadne and Matt, - they are just the almost couples in the story.  There's also Orion, Hector, Daphne, Cassandra, Zach and too many others really to mention, but all are crucial to the story in their own way. And let's not forget the bad guys who are majorly creepy and revolting.  Dreamless has a love triangle that is just not quite what you are expecting and is so heart-breaking. I'm not normally a huge fan of triangles, but this one works, on so many levels.

I love the fantastical elements of the story - the superhuman strength, abilities like flying, bending light, shooting lightning from fingertips, etc - and they way that they all just seem so normal.  Couple all of this with mind-bending trips to the Underworld and meetings with Gods and you're in for the read of your lives. Wonderful storytelling, fascinating characters and a brilliant love story - what more could you want?  Number three perhaps? Not soon enough for me, that's for sure. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Follow Friday - May 25th




Feature and Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer! This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. This weeks question is:


Dreamcast your current read

K. So I'm going to cheat a little bit here...I'm going to dreamcast the book that I JUST finished reading ('cause this is my favourite series and because this is MY post)

City of Lost Souls

Is it really a surprise to you that my vote for Jace is 


Next is Clary


Sebastian/Jonathan


i feel like these actors remind me of the characters from the Mortal Instruments Series but of course they are older than 'teens'.  I'm looking forward to the movie and the cast is really interesting.  Can't wait to see what their chemistry is like!

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rambling Thoughts From an Airport Bookstore

I just got back from a trip to England, which was a  lot of fun, and as usual I found myself at the airport with time to spare.  What better to do than find a bookstore and have a look at what is on the shelves.  At Toronto's Pearson Airport that would be nothing!  I could not believe how bad the selection was there.  I knew that there wouldn't be too much in the YA line, but I was expecting just a little more than The Hunger Games.  Thank goodness for well a stocked e-reader, or my flight would have been book free.

While away I was able to visit a Waterstones (2 actually, about 1/2 km apart) in Liverpool and I was astounded when I asked where the YA section was and the clerk looked at me and said 'what's YA?'  I kid you not!  After some discussion we settled on 'teenage' section and I went upstairs to see what they had - what a disappointment.  Of the three sections of shelving that had been designated for teens, I think I had already seen about 90 % of them.  I am really thrilled that UK teens are able to read our fantastic North American authors and vice versa, but I must admit I was dismayed that there was so little that was new to me.  I guess it really is becoming a small world.  I was hoping for some amazing UK authors that I didn't know and could get all excited about.  Then, when I asked for a copy of Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (to send home to Australia, with my brother, for my nephew) it wasn't even in the correct section, but was with the adult books!

The flight home was from Manchester airport (England) and what a difference there was.  There is a huge W H Smith's at the airport with a whole section for YA (sorry, teens) but again, I was disappointed.  Just the same old, same old.  My eyes lit on a title that I hadn't seen before, 172 Hours on the Moon, by Johan Harstad, and I eagerly grabbed it up and went to pay for it.  Then when I read a bit further, I realised why I hadn't seen it before - it has been translated from Norwegian.

Actually when I searched after I got home, it is available in Canada, with a different cover which is why I didn't recognise it.




The top cover is our Canadian one and the bottom is the UK cover. Has anyone else seen it, or read it?  I've almost finished reading it now, so I'll be putting a  review up soon.  Anyway, to cut a long story short - no nice new UK books to review.  And be warned - when travelling, make sure you take your reading material with you, I'd hate for you to be out of luck the way I was.
PS I actually took the opportunity while I was away to read an adult book - one that I won't be reviewing, but for those of you that are interested it was Event by David Lynn Goleman- courtesy of the sale cart at the library. (Actually it was a pretty good, creepy aliens invading earth, adventure type that I really quite enjoyed.)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Dreamless by Josephine Angelini


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Dreamless is Book #2 in the Starcrossed series!  Can't wait until it comes out!!  Need to get caught up?  You can find a review of Book #1, Starcrossed here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Musings by Knitwits - Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-step Methods by Leslie Anne Bestor




Once a month Christinabean and I like to bring a craft, knitting or cookbook to your attention. We both love to pick up a pair of knitting needles or some other type of needle, or putter about in the kitchen and we like to share the love when we find a book that will help.  This months selection is:

Published: May 30th, 2012
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Copy: Courtesy of Netgalley and publisher
Summary: Goodreads

Casting on and binding off are two basic skills every beginning knitter must master. While there are literally dozens of ways to get yarn on and off the needles, most knitters stick with the methods they learned as beginners, missing out on the opportunity to create edges that are more functional and long-lasting as well as decorative, adding distinctiveness to their finished knits.

In Cast On, Bind Off, master knitter Leslie Ann Bestor offers a one-of-a-kind reference to more than 50 different ways to begin and end a knitting project - from the charming bobbles of the picot approach to the tidy, refined edges of the tubular method. For each method, she provides detailed instructions with step-by-step color photography, advice about best uses, and tips for making the most of the technique's strengths and appropriateness. At-a-glance charts pinpoint the right cast on or bind off for various types of knitting and cast on/bind off pairs that work especially well together.

Today's knitters are branching out and exploring new knitting styles - from chunky cables to delicate lace - and all they are missing is the perfect cast on or bind off technique to create edges as beautiful, professional, and functional as the stitches that come between. Cast On, Bind Off is an indispensable tool for every knitting bag - a trusted reference that will ensure each project is polished and pleasing .... from start to finish.


I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this ARC available on Netgalley.  I have been knitting toe-up socks for some time now, and I have been frustrated at not being able to find a really nice cast-off edging with enough elasticity.  My problem is now solved.  Leslie Ann Bestor has managed to put together the quintessential guide for casting on and casting/binding off.  The instructions are straightforward and clear, the pictures are sharp and easy to see and the layout is simple and easily navigated.

Cast On, Bind Off may not contain every possible method of doing each, but it certainly has enough to satisfy the majority of knitters.  Me for certain.  My problem is that now I want to go and try each and every method to see what the differences are.  So many possibilities, so little time!   I highly recommend this wonderful book as a must-have addition to any knitters library - I'm off to pre-order it for myself.

Monday, May 21, 2012

In My mailbox - May 21st



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren in which bloggers post about the books they have received for the week. Books may be won, taken out from the library or bought from a store.


First of all, let me say that I'm soooo jealous that Curlypow received a copy of this title prior to publication.  I did get my friend's daughter hooked on the series so I ran out  sat at my computer like a lazy bum and bought the e-book version. I have been happily reading it on my phone every chance I get. 
- Christinabean

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke


Published: June 2-11
Publisher: New American Library
Pages: 308
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads


Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal, except she's been told she's destined for great things. Zoë's the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she's sent to a Pyr boot camp.

Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line-unless Zoë and her friends can work together and save their own kind.

Every now and again I pick up a book from the library that is unknown to me.  Flying Blind was published almost a year ago, and I don't remember seeing it or hearing about it at all.  That's a great pity, because it was really good.  It's about shapeshifters. Shape-shifting dragons to be exact. I am a huge fan of dragons, (Anne McCaffrey's Pern anyone?) whether they shift or not, so this was a bonus.

The main protagonist, Zoe, is young and unsure of herself and her powers.  She has a vague idea of what she's supposed to be able to do, but she has no clue how to get it to happen.  So she's off to boot camp with a parcel of hot young men.  Tough, right!  Well actually it is, but Zoe handles things really well.  I loved the progression of her character and the way she gained in strength and courage.  She doubted herself, but found the strength to believe in herself when others told her she could do it.

Garret, Liam, Nick, Adrian and Jared.  Five very different young men, but all appealing in their own way.  Not all of them dragons though, and not all of them on the good side.  Ms Cooke wove a complex and captivating story full of mystery, suspense and surprise that had me turning pages at lightning speed.  The story took some unexpectd turns that in equally surprised and delighted me.  In fact I just fell in love with her dragons, or Pyr as she calls them.  Luckily for me, the library already has the second in the series, Winging It and the third, Blazing the Trail is on order.  I can't wait to get them.  Definitely recommended for anyone who likes dragons, or contemporary fantasy of any description.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Destined by Aprilynne Pike


Published: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 213
e-copy: from publisher and Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.


Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.



I love this series and I love this book.  Everything that was in the first 3 books, (Wings, Spells and Illusions) was just the lead up to this fantastic finish.  OMG it was just so exciting and moving and thrilling and exciting and ... well, you get the picture, don't you.

Ms Pike took the tension in this book to a very high level right at the start, and basically did not let it go until the last page.  There is so much going on and it's all so dangerous and completely tragic.  I found I was holding my breath in some spots.  It's very hard to tell you about this without giving away major spoilers, so I will just say that if you've read the other three you will not be disappointed.  If you haven't read the other three, don't read this one until you have.  You really need to read all of them to appreciate the bittersweet sacrifices made in Destined. 

Laurel, Tamani, David and Chelsea have an amazing adventure that will affect them all greatly on so many levels. It was hard to remember they are all just fictional characters. There  is a letter at the end of the book that just about had me bawling, but was the bow that tied up the package neatly.  I think I'm going to have to go out and buy this series - I've read them all from the library - but now that it's finished I know I'll read them again.  Thank you Ms Pike for giving me such an enjoyable read.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Follow Friday




Feature and Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer! This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. This weeks question is:

Summer break is almost upon us!  What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to relax and catch up on your reading?


When I was younger and traveled more, Bali was one of my favorite places to visit.  In fact, I visited twice on my own!  Loved it.  It was so relaxing and I took each day as it came....ahhhhh...that was the life...
- Christinabean

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting


Published: April 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages:  358
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
In the end, all that's left is an echo...
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye....

Review:

Interestingly, this is the second book that I've read this month with the name Rafe.  Before this, I'd never even heard of the name.  The first book was The Calling by Kelley Armstrong.  Is Rafe always associated with a dark, brooding stranger?

So I'm a big fan of Ms. Derting.  She is one of my favourite authors and doesn't seem to get enough credit for her work.  I have enjoyed every single book she has written and has the same level of creepiness as Simon Holt's The Devouring series.  Reading the Body Finder series is like a cross between riding a fast moving rollercoaster and walking through the set of a horror movie flick.  Kimberly has a knack for making the reader see into the minds of the sadistic villains in her books...which makes me wonder...uh Kim, is there something you aren't telling us?  Like maybe an alter ego of sorts?

We see a little triangle develop in this episode of The Body Finder series and I have to say, tsk! tsk! tsk!  Violet and Jay are such a perfect couple, how can she (Violet) even doubt their perfection?  Sure she has some kind of electric thing going on with Rafe but she has so much history with Jay!  And trust. And understanding.  Does anyone else feel that Violet and Mia (from The Calling) should see if they can get a double discount for relationship counselling?  Girls, the perfect men are right in front of you.  Don't fall for the dark and brooding Rafe's in your lives!

Did you know that Kimberly Derting is doing a huge tour and giving away lavender nail polish to her readers?  You'll need the phrase that pays to collect your prize.  Make sure you say to her - "You can't hide!" in order to collect your prize!  (creepy...hey, could another name for lavender be VIOLET???...oh the irony!)

The Last Echo was a thrilling read for young adults.  She did have a little language in this title so you might want to keep that in mind if you are referring younger readers.  It is a bit scary but in a suspenseful way, not violent or gruesome.  Kim did not disappoint in keeping me entertained and wanting more.  I think I sped through my title in 2 days.  That's quick for someone who doesn't have much time to read, like me.  Needless to say, I was tired all week.  I tweeted Ms. Derting and there will be more books in The Body Finder series.  I'd be happy to lose more sleep reading your books Kim.  :D

Need a video to entice you to read?  Check out the book trailer



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - May 16th



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


I'm a fan of Alyson Noel's Immortal series so I was excited to hear that she has new series coming out.  Should be a good one!  BTW, did I also mention that she's on my 'awesome authors' list?  I had the chance to meet her in person and she was so personable and down to earth.  Love it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fantastic Fairytales - Bewitching by Alex Flinn



Published: February 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336
Copy Provided by: Borrowed
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t.

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age.

You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.


Review:

First of all, I loved the narrative voice in this novel.  Alex Flinn has to be my favourite for fairytale retelling.  She is the queen for twisting up a fairytale and mashing it together with something else.    I was about 3/4 of the way through the book when it seemed to be wrapping up and then things really took a turn I wasn't expecting.  I LOVE it when that happens.  Bewitching was highly entertaining and I of course I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a good fairytale...even if it starts out a little messed up....

Throughout the story, there were interludes where Kendra would cut out to talk about other aspects of her "witch life" during different time eras.  It felt like a mini-commercial.  I have read some reviews where reviewers did not like this.  I would have been ok with these "glimpses" in or out of the book.  They were not necessary but it was interesting. BTW, for those of you who haven't realized it, Kendra was the witch from Beastly....

On a random note, have you ever stopped to think about the things you learn from reading?  Did you know that triskaidekaphobia means the fear of the number thirteen?  Who would have known.  Thanks Kendra, for that bit of random useless information that I will no doubt pass on in the future...like on our blog....

Favorite quotes

"Where am I taking you anyway?" I asked her.  "Do I have to go to an enchanted train platform to get there?"

...Sometimes when you give people their comeuppance, they actually learn something.

High school is like a hamster wheel that never stops 
(I feel like that about paying a mortgage - Christinabean)

Looking for a fun fairytale Cinderella mashup?  Check out Bewitching.  I'm looking forward to seeing how she mixes up her next fairytale and how Kendra will lay a part in it!

Monday, May 14, 2012

In My Maillbox - May 14th


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren in which bloggers post about the books they have received for the week. Books may be won, taken out from the library or bought from a store.


Should it really be any surprise that this would be in my mailbox?  The store wasn't open when I went to work last week at 6:30am so I had to wait for lunch to run out and get it.  I love lunching with Jace.  Its too bad he stood me up.  (Sorry, you have to have read the last title in the series to get that....)
What's in your mailbox?
 - Christinabean

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Guest Post on Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Published: November 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 352
Copy: Library

Shatter Me (Good reads Summary)

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


REVIEW
Shatter. Crack. Glass. Mirror. Reflection. Me. You. Us. Them. Us versus them. Win. Lose. Fall...

Stream of consciousness: A writing exercise in which you start with a single word, and write down every thought that follows, no censoring allowed. It was one of my favourites in my creative writing class in high school. Shatter Me reminded me of this writing exercise, which is probably why, once I started, I had to force myself to put it down. I absolutely RACED through this book, which I haven't done in months. The narrative is told from 17 year old Juliette's perspective. It is a stylized way of writing that may not resonate with all, but struck a chord with the poet in me. The book opens with a chronicling of Juliette's time in prison - and her reaction to an unexpected cell-mate. We are privy to the initial thoughts she has (emphasized with a strike-through in the text) followed by the thoughts or words she actually shared. Wouldn't it be interesting to have that insight in our daily lives?! On second thought...perhaps it's better left to the books...yikes!

I loved the plot development in this story almost as much as I loved the characters; Juliette, Adam (uh hello, I'm in LOVE!), James and Kenji...even Warner, the antagonist of the story. Mafi's writing style is like prose-perfected, and her descriptions of the simplest things are absolutely mesmerizing (Adam's eyes, raindrops, pain, affection). I can't say too much without giving away the plot. But, I will say that I was unabashedly riveted from start to finish with Mafi's dystopian novel. I am anxiously awaiting the second book, as it predecessor left me with a cliff-hanger ending, and a plot twist in its final pages that was completely unexpected. If you were a fan of X-men or the Hunger Games, it is likely you will be a fan of Shatter Me as well!

Many thanks again to Ellie Kathryn from Wide Eyed with Wonder for her review.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong


Published: April 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 326
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
Maya and her friends--all of whom have supernatural powers--have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness.

Review:

So as part of my new plan to remember series, I've been trying to either re-read a series just before the newest title comes out or read it for the first time just prior to the next release.    I am finding that the story is so much more enjoyable for me.  I don't have trouble remember what had happened in the last book and the momentum doesn't have time to fade.

That was my strategy with The Calling.  I just finished the Gathering the week or two before The Calling was released and it was fresh in my mind.  The characters feel more tangible and identifiable.  One of the things about being a blogger is that you read SO MANY books that sometimes they start to cross-over if left too long between readings. 

So back to the book.  I find this series so much more exciting than The Darkest Powers trilogy.  They are completely different but of course linked by the Edison Group.  From the time you open this book, it is non-stop action.  Kelley does not disappoint and I had to force myself to put the book down in order to get some sleep.  Need a preview?  You can actually read the first seven chapters through Browse Inside by HarperCollins.  I have to warn you though, once you start, you'll have to run out to purchase the book!!

Its hard to discuss this title without giving much away.  If you follow us, you probably know that I don't give many titles a 5/5 star rating on Goodreads but this series scored for me.  I found it to be unputdownable.  I'm tempted to loan it to my friend's daughter but I'm afraid she won't give it back!!

**possible spoiler if you haven't read The Gathering **
All the while you will be thinking to yourself - where's Rafe?  Is he really dead?  They have to bring him back...is he in the next chapter?  He can't be dead...

Ms. Armstrong packed a punch with the second book and developed the characters so we start to see more background and history.  Personally, I'd like to see Daniel and Maya get together.  They seem to go together like peanut butter and chocolate.  The whole development of his ability still seems fuzzy.  I'd like to see how it comes together better in The Rising.
**spoiler finished**

My favourite quote 
“I'd always thought of myself as an open-minded person. I had no patience with anyone who put down other kids because of their race, religion, or sexuality. But that's just one kind of open-mindedness. There's another kind, too, the kind that's willing to see people for who they really are and admit when you were wrong about them. That's the part I still need to work on.” 

Are you like me and hooked on Darkness Rising?  You can follow Kelley on her blog.  She often has extended chapters or different POV chapters as added extras for her readers.  Talk about being dedicated to your craft and your audience!  I have to say, I really admire Ms. Armstrong.  She writes anthologies, a YA series and an adult series.  Plus, this woman travels across North America year round to meet her fans. If you haven't met one of our favourite Canadian authors, you really should try to get out and meet her at one of her signings/readings.  She's fabuloso. Oh, and a Canadian fabuloso at that.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Follow Friday



Feature and Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer! This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. This weeks question is:


This Sunday is Mother's Day in North America.  In celebration, what are some of your favourite books with mother/child relationships?

This is a tough one because I haven't read many mother/child relationship books recently.  However, I think I'm going to have to go with a children's title - I Love you Forever by Robert Munsch.  When I was teaching overseas, I had a class of four year olds and English was their second language. The Chinese teacher was reading this book to them so I decided to read them the English version.  One of my classes gave me a copy of this book in Chinese to thank me and it was filled with their photos.  Beside each photo they had hand-written their names.  I have fond memories of my time with these children and now being a mother myself, I like to read this story to my daughter.
- Christinabean


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue

Published: November 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 282
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

Review:

This writing dual did a fantastic job of introducing us to the Wolf Springs Chronicles.  I was surprised by how quickly I sped through this title.  It kept and held my interest with its fast pace.  Tension built for at least the first 1/2 of the story.  I did not know much about Unleashed before I started reading so it was a treat to see everything unfold.  Sometimes the best books are those you know nothing about. I didn't start reading other reviews until after finishing the book.  Sounds like you'll either love it or hate it.  Personally, I'm on the 'loved it' team.  There were many odd scenarios and characters within the book that kept occurring and I wondered how the authors would bring it all together.  It kept things interesting.  There is one scene in particular where Katelyn becomes involved with her friend's family.  I was a bit shocked at the outcome and I can't wait to see how it plays out in the second title.  I have yet to hear what the official name is but will keep my ears open for updates.  I don't want to give anything away.  


If you enjoyed the Crusade series, don't be fooled.  They are not very similar.  Give it a try and keep reading if its kept you interested for the first hour of reading. 


I sometimes wonder how two authors manage writing a series together.  We've seen it with the House of Night series, Beautiful Creatures and this one as well.  Must take some serious organization skills!


On one last side note, does this cover remind anyone else of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 2?

If you like paranormal, suspense and something a bit thrilling then this would be a good  book for you.  I'd recommend it to followers of Kelley Armstrong's Darkness Rising series.  







Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

OK, so this title was actually released at the beginning of the month but we're excited to read it nonetheless!  


Shine is Book #3 in the Shade series.  We are working on getting some SIGNED giveaway swag for this series so keep your eyes peeled!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Let's Hear It for the Boys

I haven't read anything in the last month that actually screamed 'this is for guys', so I thought I'd just highllight a few that had crossed my path and seem like they might be of interest.  Hope one of them might appeal.




I thought this one sounded intriguing.

Years ago, scientists began developing the ultimate military weapon: deadly sleeper assassins housed within the bodies of teenagers. Now, Subject Seven, the dangerous alter-ego living inside a 16-year-old boy, has escaped the lab and is on a mission. His objective? To seek out others like him and build an army capable of destroying their creators.

Hunter, Cody, Gene, Tina, and Kylie: five teenagers leading typical lives, until the day they each receive a call from a mysterious stranger-and learn that their destinies are intertwined. Subject Seven holds the key that connects them all. And a vicious, bloody battle for their lives is just beginning.





I started this one and I'm really enjoying it so far, but I just haven't had the time to finish it.

An intelligent computer game with a disturbing agenda.

When 16-year-old Nick receives a package containing the mysterious computer game Erebos, he wonders if it will explain the behavior of his classmates, who have been secretive lately. Players of the game must obey strict rules: always play alone, never talk about the game, and never tell anyone your nickname.

Curious, Nick joins the game and quickly becomes addicted. But Erebos knows a lot about the players and begins to manipulate their lives. When it sends Nick on a deadly assignment, he refuses and is banished from the game.

Now unable to play, Nick turns to a friend for help in finding out who controls the game. The two set off on a dangerous mission in which the border between reality and the virtual world begins to blur. This utterly convincing and suspenseful thriller originated in Germany, where it has become a runaway bestseller.






This one is in the junior section at my library, but I think it might have a wider appeal than that after dipping into it.
Fans of the hit TV show Heroes will love Quantum Prophecy! Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them?until now. Thirteenyear- olds Danny and Colin are shocked to discover that they are in fact the beginning of a renewed superhuman race. As they rise to take the place of the lost generation, the unimaginable truth behind the explosive final battle that occurred ten years ago between the superheroes and the supervillains is exposed. And when the past resurfaces, Danny and his fellow superheroes must face the new challenges that threaten their survival. On the run from everyone, and not knowing who is friend or foe, the one ability the new heroes are going to need most is the power to distinguish good from evil.

Monday, May 7, 2012

In My Maillbox - May 7th



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren in which bloggers post about the books they have received for the week. Books may be won, taken out from the library or bought from a store.

I got several good books from the library this week.  The first two should be good for Let's Hear it for the Boys.



These, I've been waiting quite some time for:




A pretty good week all round I think.  Viva libraries!
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