Jun 29, 2012

I'm Advocating A Crush!

That's right, folks! I get to be an advocate in the YA Sisterhood's YA Crush Tourney!

But what is a YA Crush Tourney, you ask?

It's this huge tournament (complete with a bracket) where readers (like YOU!) vote for their favorite male hotties in Young Adult literature. The nomination rounds are over and the crushes have been announced. Voting for the 32 crushes begins July 6.

But how does it works, you ask? (And what on Earth is an advocate?)

Well, people applied to be advocates and 32 were chosen, one for each crush. An advocate basically says why you should vote for their crush. Pretty cool, right? Crushes go up against each other (it's the ultimate fight!) until one is declared the winner!

Now, for the most important part: Who am I advocating?

I'll give you a few clues:

1. He's totally swoon-worthy. (I love saying that.)
2. He's part of a New York Times bestselling trilogy.
3. He's in a relationship.
4. He's a musician--he sings AND plays the guitar. (*Fans self*)
5. He kind of does this thing where he turns into a wolf sometimes. 

Have you figured it out yet? I hate to keep you guessing, so I guess I'll just tell you.

Ladies and gentlemen, my crush for the YA Crush Tourney is...(drum roll please)...

SAM ROTH                                                                        from Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy!

How totally awesome is that? Now, I'll have more information coming soon, but for now all you need to know is that I'm representing Sam and that you should vote for him!

Sam is in Match 4 and he is up against Eddie from the Vampire Academy series. Match 4 voting is Monday, July 9!

I love Sam; do you love Sam?

Stay tuned for more information!

Jun 28, 2012

Get Your Work Critiqued!

Lisa Burstein is celebrating the release of her novel Pretty Amy by having a totally awesome contest.

She's giving away 3 chapter critiques: 1 from her, 1 from her editor, and 1 from her agent!

AND she's giving away a gift card for Amazon or Barnes and Noble worth $25!

For more information about the contest and Lisa and her books, just click here.

While you're debating clicking the link (and I won't be upset if you don't; you're my competition!) please admire the cover and synopsis of Pretty Amy.

Sometimes date is a four-letter word.

Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.
Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

Sounds good, right? Now, go check it out! And, if you're interested, try and get your work critiqued. Good luck!

Jun 27, 2012

My Library Load

The library is in my backyard. Literally. (Okay, so it's not my actual backyard, but if you look at the back window you see trees and the library.) Therefore, it is quite easy for me to make trips over there and check out books. Lots of books. This is my current haul, not including educational books or movies.

The Future of Us: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Trial by Fire: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Vow: Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson
Heist Society: Ally Carter
Awakened: P.C. and Kristin Cast
My Week with Marilyn: Colin Clark
Teeth: Vampire Tales: Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Revolution: Jennifer Donnelly
Unearthly: Cynthia Hand
Hex Hall: Rachel Hawkins
Catch-22: Joseph Heller
Zoo Story: Thomas French
Balthazar: Claudia Gray
Fateful: Claudia Gray
Juliet Immortal: Stacey Jay
Endure: Carrie Jones
Passion: Lauren Kate
Fallen in Love: Lauren Kate
Sea: Heidi R. Kling
Faery Tales & Nightmares: Melissa Marr
The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern
Another Pan: Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Various Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Shift: Jeri Smith-Ready
The Lucky One: Nicholas Sparks
The Scorpio Races: Maggie Stiefvater
Dracula: Bram Stoker
Kiss Me Deadly: Trisha Telep
Paranormalcy: Kiersten White
The Mockingbirds: Daisy Whitney

Phew! That's a lot of books! Will I get to reading them all before they need to be returned? Probably not. Does it hurt to have this many books? Absolutely not. Any favorites in this pile? Let me know!

Jun 26, 2012

Review: Fear by Michael Grant

Fear: Michael Grant

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Published: April 3, 2012
Pages: 509

It's been one year since all the adults disappeared. 
Despite the hunger and the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.
Within the FAYZ, life breaks down while the Darkness takes over, literally--turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. In darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. But even in their darkest moments, the inhabitants of the FAYZ maintain a will to survive and a desire to take care of the others in their ravaged band that endures, no matter what the cost.
Fear, Michael Grant's fifth book in the bestselling dystopian Gone series, will thrill readers. . . even as it terrifies them.

Before I delve into my review, I'd like to say a few things. 1) Before you read Fear, read the books that precede it in the series: Gone, Hunger, Lies, and Plague. (Notice how they were so coolly interlaced in the synopsis?) 2. If you haven't read Fear yet, go to a library or bookstore and get it.

I liked this book. It wasn't my favorite in the series, but it certainly had its moments of OMG and WTF (excuse my text lingo; it gets the point across). Fear had everything and anything: romance, action, death, happiness, and fear. The best part of the book--and the series, really--is that none of that is really centralized. For example, romance. It is present in all the books, but the books are not about romance. It's just an aspect in the book. Sam and Astrid have it (and I absolutely love that they do) and so do Caine and Diana...well, sort of. Grant manages to take myriad themes and place them throughout his books, making phenomenal stories.

Michael Grant does not play nice in the Gone series, Fear included. The death count isn't as high in this book as it is in the others, but enough people die to make in impact, including some major characters. However, some characters come to life, too, and not just by actual birth. I feel like Quinn became a bigger part of the FAYZ, and so did Penny. Penny, by the way, is not my favorite character. She's a horrible, sick, crazy person who is absolutely evil. (Her and Drake would make such a great couple.) Speaking of Drake, or Whip Hand, he shows up, too. In fact, pretty much everybody shows up, including people that were never expected. I really like the characters in the series; each one brings something different, whether it's important or evil, to the table.

The other thing about this book that was enticing was all the twists and turns and surprises. Some character's injuries and fatalities were nothing to compared to the shockers this book had. I won't give away any spoilers, but I will say these shockers are composed of Caine, Diana, Jack, and the dome, among others. The biggest "wow" moment would have to be the ending, which leaves you extremely thirsty for the next installment in the series. 

I liked how Fear bounced back and forth to different characters, some of which we've never heard from before. It was nice to be able to see what life was like outside the dome, even if it was for just a little bit. I was intrigued that Fear gave me actual fear. I was able to place myself in the book, imagining myself in the FAYZ. Let me tell you: it wasn't pretty. It really got me when the idea was presented that the whole dome could go completely dark, as in blackout, no light, nothing. I'll be honest: it totally freaked me out. But it was great that Grant could make readers feel like that.

There you go, folks: my review of Fear. If you have any doubts, just read the series, staring with Gone. I'm new to the whole book blogging, reviewing gig, so I may not have adequately presented the book to you. But it wouldn't hurt to try and read it: it's a great dystopian novel that is seriously compelling and interesting and totally likable. Plus, Stephen King blurbed it. Stephen King, as in the Stephen King. That means something, right? So get off the computer and go check out Michael Grant's books!

Memorable Quote
But something fundamental had changed. . . Because she no longer belonged with them. She was no longer theirs.
She was his.
And he was hers.
And this was their world.

Rating: 4/5

For more information on Fear or Michael Grant, click here.

Jun 21, 2012

Win NIGHTMARE books!

Hello all!

So I've been trying to get this blog up (and up and up) and running, and I think I'm finally getting there. Now that it's summer (sigh) I finally have time to do whatever I want. Since I'm finishing up some books right now so I can review them, I have a little contest to share with you to hold you over!

Recently, Mindee Arnett's cover for her novel The Nightmare Affair was released. (It looks and sounds totally wicked.) See it's prettiness and awesomeness?

The best part? She's hosting an ARC giveaway!

The first winner will receive an ARC of The Nightmare Affair AND an ARC of Kendare Blake's Girl of Nightmares (I WANT).

The second winner gets an ARC of The Nightmare Affair AND an ARC of Renegade by J.A. Souders. So check it out! And if you decide not to enter, that's okay--less competition for me!

Good luck!

Jun 20, 2012



Enter now for a chance to win some!

Just click here!

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Jun 19, 2012

YA Crush Tourney


I've been going crazy over the awesomeness that is the YA Crush Tourney. Voting ends soon--as in very, very soon--so get on over there and vote, vote, vote! (Actually, it's the nomination round, so nominate, nominate, nominate.)

If you're not sure who to vote for, here's a list of some of the crushes I voted for.


Shane Collins: The Morganville Vampires series
Patch: The Hush, Hush series
Finnick Odair: The Hunger Games series
Etienne St. Clair: Anna and the French Kiss
Cricket Bell: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Edward Cullen: The Twilight series
Zachary Moore: The Shade series