Archives for the month of: November, 2010

I was going through my Google Reader the other day when I came across this post, about a new challenge for 2011. I really enjoy reading historical fiction, so I knew that this was one challenge I would have to join for 2011.

Here are a few of the books that I’m going to read for the challenge once January rolls around:

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Published by: St Martin’s Griffin

Year of Publication: 2010

Categories: Urban Paranormal, Vampire, YA

Pages: 310

Summary (from Goodreads): Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have — to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her new found life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

Review: Infinite Days was one of the best vampire books I’ve read in awhile.

Lenah was a great character. Her actions and decisions made sense to me – I felt like they were things she would legitimately do. I felt so sad for her at parts, and really happy for her at others. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I rode the highs and lows right along with Lenah. I thought Lenah was the opposite of many of the main characters in vampire novels – she was smart and self reliant.

I thought Rhode was another great character. Although he wasn’t in much of the book, I really enjoyed his presence, and even when Lenah was thinking and talking about him. It revealed a lot about her personality and how she related to other people. It wouldn’t hurt if I found a Rhode of my very own either.

I felt Maizel put her own spin on vampire lore without changing it too much, while at the same time giving it some originality. I thought it was fast-paced in the right places while at the same time, the scenes that needed more time and attention were given them.

I really enjoyed the Maizel’s writing style. She was descriptive without being boring, while still adding enough details to make me feel like I was really there as events were unfolding.

This is the first book in what will be a trilogy. After reading Infinite Days I’m definitely hooked and will reading the second book, Stolen Nights, being released in March of 2011.

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Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.

Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren and Alea at Pop Culture Junkie for In My Mailbox. All links go to goodreads.com. Summaries are from goodreads.com.

I know I’ve borrowed some of these books before, but I didn’t get around to reading them the first time I had them out from the library. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to read them before I have to return them this time.

The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion by L J Smith

Elena: Now she rises from the dead to recreate the powerful vampire trio.

Stefan: Summoned by Elena, he keeps a promise to her and fights the most terrifying evil he’s ever faced.

Damon: Joining the brother he once called enemy, Damon battles this new horror with strength, cunning, and deadly charm.

Betrayals by Lili St Crow

She’s no angel . . .

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England School for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem— she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by–and torn between–two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .

If she even has one.

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme started by Jill at Breaking The Spine highlighting books that are going to be published soon. Here’s what I’m looking forward to.

The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

Kate Lowry didn’t think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, who died mysteriously a year before, she’s not so sure. When the emails continue, Kate is forced to confront her school’s resident druggie, a sketchy administrator, and even her own demons.

As Kate moves closer and closer to the truth, she teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not so)shining armor–the dangerously attractive, bad boy, Liam and her love-struck neighbor, Seth. The three uncover an ancient secret lurking in the halls of their elite private school with the power to destroy them all.

But the truth doesn’t always set you free. Sometimes it’s only the beginning.

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I’ve finally decided to sign up for the 2011 Debut Author Challange, after reading about the 2010 one on Kristi’s blog, The Story Siren. It’s looked like a lot of fun for 2010, so I couldn’t resist it for next year.

Click here for more info on the challenge if you’re interested in signing up.

Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren and Alea at Pop Culture Junkie for In My Mailbox. All links go to goodreads.com. Summaries are from goodreads.com.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren and Alea at Pop Culture Junkie for In My Mailbox. All links go to goodreads.com. Summaries are from goodreads.com.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

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I’m always adding books to my TBR list. Here are the books that I added this week, along with where I saw them, and a summary.

Book: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

From: This post by Eleni at La Femme Readers.

Summary (Goodreads): Torn between what is and what should be, sixteen-year old Tempest Maguire, must decide just how far she’s willing to go to defy her destiny. Add in her love/hate relationship with the ocean, her completely inappropriate crush on the new guy on the beach and an ancient underwater feud only she can stop, is it any wonder that these days she can barely stay on her surfboard? But with the fate of half the Pacific Ocean resting on her head, can Tempest get beyond her feelings of betrayal to fight the battle she was born to win?

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Published by: Belle Books

Year of Publication: August 24, 2010

Categories: Middle Grade

Pages: 202

Summary (from Goodreads): Eleven-year-old Elaine Rewitzer is funny, smart and happy being a geek, but when she wins a spot on the Cross Creek Middle School Buccaneers cheerleading squad, she gets totally into her new life. Her mega-brain best friend Bethany warns that Elaine will just become “part of the herd,” and her best geek-guy-pal, Tim, (who‛s struggling with nose polyps) feels forgotten. Will Elaine survive the roller coaster of pre-teen cheerleader fame? Will she win the heart of the cutest boy on the basketball team? Will she confess her “uncool” love for comic books? Will she lose Bethany and Tim‛s friendship for-evah? AND WHEN WILL SHE GET HER POM POMS???

Review: I really enjoyed reading this book, it was truly great. I think most of the credit has to go to Elaine, because she’s such a great character that I fell in love with instantly.

It’s in the format of Elaine’s diary, which I thought was perfect for this story. You really got a sense of what Elaine was like from the way she described people and events. It was great to have her point of view.

I saw a lot of Elaine in myself when I was 11 or 12. I wanted to be popular, yet I liked hanging out with my “nerdy” friends, cause well, they were like me, nerdy. While I liked them, I still wanted to be like the popular girls in my class. I thought she was a very honest character – she felt all the same things I think I would have felt in her situation when things happened (whether they were positive or negative). There was no sugarcoating the consequences when she made a bad decision. I also found her to be strong and gutsy when she had to be. I think that’s a great thing to have in a character that tweens will read about.

Being a tween is such a hard age. You’re trying to figure yourself out, right at the time when you’re also trying to juggle school, friends, popularity, family, just discovering girlfriends/boyfriends – there’s a lot going on! It’s tough to be true to yourself and authentic to who you are when all you want is to fit in with everyone else and not stick out. I thought this book gives the reader a great look into Elaine’s journey to try to figure that out for herself.

I would recommend this book in a heartbeat to any tween. It has a great message while at the same time being funny and honest.

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Disclosure: I got this book from the publisher for review.

Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren and Alea at Pop Culture Junkie for In My Mailbox. All links go to goodreads.com. Summaries are from goodreads.com.

Linger

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love – the light and the dark, the warm and the cold – in a way you will never forget.

The DUFF

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

Purge

Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That’s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover. But first Janie must survive everyday conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers, attempts by the head psychiatrist to fish painful memories out of her emotional waters, and shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.

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