Monday, May 31, 2010

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
rating 8/10
Release Date: June 1, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Bronwen Oliver doesn't just want a family. She has one of those, and there's nothing terribly wrong with them apart from bickering grandparents, an image-obsessed mother and a brother she describes simply as Jesus. But there's no natural sense of connection between Bronwen and her family, leaving her with the belief -- and the hope -- that she was switched at birth, that she was never supposed to be Bronwen Oliver but someone else entirely.



When she begins dating college senior Jared Sondervan, she finds herself thoroughly embraced by the loving family she has always wanted and does not hesitate to say yes when Jared proposes on her 18th birhday. Plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her junior year of college become plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her freshman year of college. And a wedding so soon isn't exactly what Bronwen wants. But Jared is. And his family is. Or so she thinks.


Before Bronwen can determine what she truly wants, she must first determine who she truly is, and the answer, she discovers, is only partially what she thought it was. She wasn't switched at birth, but she's also not Bronwen Oliver and hasn't been for a very long time.

I must say that when I started INPYSE I didn't quite know what I was getting into. It looked interesting enough, but I just wasn't sure that it was my type of book. Well, I was wrong. I adored this one! It was cute and sweet and just the type of light, fun novel that I was looking for this summer.


Bronwen was definatly a lovalbe character. She knew what she wanted, and she wouldn't let anyone get in the way of that. She kind of lost sight of it towards the end, but she quickly got back on track.

Bronwena and Jared were incredibly cute together. Jared was very sweet and cute. I must say that their relationship moved way too fast, but this being just a light book, I'm not going to hold that against them. I wouldn't expect it to go into detail about how their relationship grew or anything. It was cute and sweet just the same.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's not the kind of book that you want to read if your in serious mood, but if your looking for a short, cute summer read this is perfect.

Contest: Big Box o' Books 'n' Stuff

nother Contest!
Don't you just love contest? Of Course! Cuz you get free stuff!
So since its summer, and what a fabulous time to celibrate, I decided to have this contest!
What do you get?


Up for grabs:

  • The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen (ARC, donated by Tish)

  • The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King (paperback)

  • The Secret Society by Tom Dolby (Hardcover)

  • I Now Prnounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (ARC, donated by Erin)

  • Penitence by Jennifer Laurens+signed book mark (Paperback, donated by Jennifer)

  • The Julian Game by Adele Griffin (signed ARC, donated by Adele)

  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Hardcover, Donated by Corrine @ Lost for Words)

  • Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown (signed Hardcover, donated by Adele)

  • Kiss It by Erin Downing (signed paperback)

  • Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George



And Some Swag:

  • Mistwood postcards

  • Mistwood bookmarks

  • The Dust of 100 Dogs bookmarks (donated by Meg at Book Mac)

  • 13 to Life Postcards

  • 13 to Life glow in the dark pin

  • 13 to Life "eye" Pin

  • 13 to Life bookmarks

  • 13 to Life mini poster (not shown)

  • Twenty Boy Summer bookmarks (donated by Meg at Book Mac)

  • Faithful singed postcards

  • Faithful singed bookmarks

  • Shadow Hills singed bookmarks

  • Secret Society tattoos

  • The Body Finder stickers
There will be 2 winners. There will be no 1st or 2nd prize, and I'll try to make everything as even as possible for the 2 winners. Now, I do plan to add more books as this goes along, and depending on how many followers I get, I'll add more winners. There are 8 books up for grabs right now. (8 is my lucky number. Remeber that!)

  • You must be a follower. Since I am trying to get new folowers, 5 extra entries for any new folowers, and 3 for my beautiful old followers :)
  • This contest will end Thursday, July 30
  • I'm sorry, this is not open internationally. One day, I promise
Extra Entires:
So how do you enter? Just fill out this form.


Good luck to everyone and hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

In My Mailbox (30)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

I didn't have a IMMB last week, so thes books are not only from this week but last week, too.

Bought:
My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent- WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES

AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD OFF...

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.
Until something does.

Demon’s breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves. 


Borrowed:

Mistwood by Leah Cypess-The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwod.
But when she is needed she always comes.

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty--because without it, she may be his greatest threat.

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.


Anything but Normal by Melody Carlson- Sophie is starting a new school year. Shopping for it with her best friend should be fun, but nothing seems to fit, which is a major issue to a high school girl. But her biggest problem is the secret she's keeping. And she's about to find out that she won't be able to keep things under wraps for much longer. This page-turning novel explores the tangled web of choices, secrets, and love that all teen girls navigate. Melody Carlson enjoys a huge audience of teen readers. Now, Revell presents another new stunning story from an author who understands teen girls right where they are.









Hearts at Stake by Alexandra Harvey- The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.









Zen and Xander Undone by Amy Kathleen Ryan- Zen and Xander are sisters—truly, madly, deeply sisters, and this is their last summer together.

Zen is the "good" girl with a black belt in karate and a newfound penchant for kicking heads. Xander is a wild scientific genius with a self-destructive streak a light-year long. They have three things in common: they’re brown-eyed blondes, they’ve noticed the boy next door has turned into a hottie, and they miss their mom, who died almost a year ago.These sisters are surviving just fine—except Zen keeps getting into fights that are harder and harder to finish, while Xander spirals into a vortex of late-night parties, scary men, and drugs. What’s worse, Xander has scholarships to the most coveted universities in the country, but she’s about to ruin everything. Should Zen keep trying to protect Xander, or finally let her go?



And Also:




Holly Capula sent me this two-chapter preview of her book, Tell Me a Secret. She's so sweet! She also sent me the bookmark and magnet, too. I can't wait for this book!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Halo



Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Release Date: September 14, 2010

Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone—especially herself—from the Dark Forces.







Is love a great enough power against evil?

Who wouldn't want to read this? It's about angels which I love, and, well, I mean, look at the cover! Its Gorgeous! I definitely can't wait for this one.



 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blog Tour: Alyssa B. Sheinmel On Names in The Beautiful Between

Alyssa B. Sheinmel, author of The Beautitul Between, was kind enough to stop by Book Fanatics on her Blog Tour and talk about the names from her debut novel The Beautiful Between.
To read my raving review, click here.

And without further adieu, here's Alyssa:

I was planning to write about Connelly’s mother, because I thought I’d never given her a name. But then I remembered that I actually did name her. Her name is Ellen, although it’s only mentioned once in the whole book, in Chapter 2, when she introduces herself to Jeremy. I can’t believe that I actually forgot having given it to her. In fact, over the last few days, I’ve been talking quite a lot about that character and at one point, I actually thought to myself that it would be so much easier to talk about her had I given her a name. So I’m feeling pretty guilty and completely scatterbrained for having forgotten it. It’s like forgetting the name of one of your children. (I don’t have any children and I imagine that, really, forgetting the name of one’s child would be much worse than forgetting the name of one’s character.)







Naming your characters isn’t entirely dissimilar, I imagine, from naming your children. I even keep a running list of the names I’d like to use in stories, the way some people have already narrowed down a list of names for their future children. Of course, as an author, you can change a character’s name halfway through the story if it turns out the name you chose originally doesn’t quite fit. You don’t really get to do that with a child. Plus, a character will never complain about the name you chose to give it. I remember, when I was very young, complaining quite a bit to my mother about her having named me “Alyssa.” It seemed to me there were much cooler names she could have chosen.






But back to The Beautiful Between, and the only name with a story behind it: Connelly’s. I got the idea for the name Connelly from the actress Jennifer Connelly. She’s one of my favorite actresses (if you haven’t seen “Labyrinth,” do so immediately), and she’s also very beautiful. Since The Beautiful Between is in the first person, I couldn’t very well tell the reader that Connelly was pretty; I couldn’t even really give a detailed description on what she looked like. I tried to hint at it throughout the book, in the flirtations between Connelly and Jeremy, in the way Connelly thinks about her appearance. At one point, Kate flat out says that she thinks Connelly is pretty. But naming her after a woman I think is beautiful was my own private reminder that Connelly was pretty, my own inside joke. Plus, while The Beautiful Between was on submission with my editor, I actually happened to see Jennifer Connelly in real life, at a restaurant in my neighborhood called Bubby’s. Maybe it was just a coincidence, or maybe it was a sign that my Connelly was about to find her publishing home. For a split second, I even considered going up to Jennifer Connelly and telling her about my Connelly, but I was much too embarrassed (and besides, she seemed to be having a private day with her family). Still, at the time, it made me think that maybe Connelly’s name was a little piece of good luck. And what book couldn’t use a lucky charm?

The Tension of Opposite by Kristina McBride

The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
rating 8/10
Release Date: May 25, 2010


It’s been two years since Noelle disappeared. Two years since her bike was discovered, sprawled on a sidewalk. Two years of silence, of worry, of fear.



For those two long years, her best friend Tessa has waited, living her own life in a state of suspended animation. Because how can she allow herself to enjoy a normal high school life if Noelle can’t? How dare she have other friends, go to dances, date boys, without knowing what happened to the girl she thought she would share everything with?


And then one day, someone calls Noelle’s house. She’s alive.


A haunting psychological thriller taken straight from the headlines, The Tension of Opposites is a striking debut that explores the emotional aftermath of a kidnapping on the victim, and on the people she left behind.


The Tension of Opposites was an total emotional roller coaster. While reading this story about the effects of kidnapping on a victim and the effect it has on those around them, you can't help but be pulled in with the characters and what they are going through.




The Tension of Opposites pulls you in from the start. It was very intense. I was drawn in by Tessea's character. She was really sweet and just wanted her friend to be okay. Elle (Noelle) on the other hand, I did not like. If she was just like that after the kidnapping, I would totally understand. But she was mean to Tessa and a horrible friend even before that.


Overall, I really enjoyed The Tension of Opposites. It was a fabulously written book by debut author Kristina McBride.

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading (3)


Last Week I Read:
The Iron King- Julie Kagawa
The Clearing- Heather Davis

Currently Reading:
Nothing. Finals. What else can I say?

I Plan on Reading:
This World We Live In (I know, it was on last week's, too)
The Line- Teri Hall
Girl Overboard-Justina Chen Headley

Hopefully I will actually read those this week :)

Oh, and don't forget to sign up for my contest. Win a signed copy of The Reckoning here.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Contest Over at An Addicted Book Reader

Adrienne over at An Addicted book Reader has reached 250 followers! She's holding a contest over at her blog.

Here's what she's giving away:
Beautiful Dead: Jonas- Eden Maguire
Dedication- Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Merlin's Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton
Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
She Thief by Daniel Finn
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

To enter, go Here

It ends June 18

Also, I'll be having a huge contest next weekend after I get out of school (I can't wait!!!) So keep an eye out for that!

In the mean time, sign up for my Signed Reckoning Giveawy here.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In My Mailbox (29) & New Layout!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren




Borrowed:
~The Iron King- Julia Kagawa
~The Lucky One- Nicholas Sparks
~The Rescue- Nicholas Sparks

Library:
~The Clearing- Heather Davis
~The Line- Teri Hall
~Girl Overboard- Justina Chen Headley

For Review:
~Girl Stolen- April Henry

Bought:
(I actually recieved these last week but for got to post them)
~Sing Me to Sleep- Angela Morrison
~This World We Live In- Susan Beth


And also, I just got a new template. What do you think?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Shade

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
rating 7/10


When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in SHADE.



When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in SHADE.
 
I've been looking forward to reading this book, and when I finall got it, I started right away. But, as I got further into it, I wasn't as entralled in it as I thought I would be. Don't get me wrong, I know that some poeple really liked it a lot, and I did enjoy it, just not that much.




One reason I couldn't really get that into it was because of the main charachter, Aura. She bothered me way too much during the book. There wasn't anything really wrong with her, it was just that I couldn't relate to her at all.


Also, there were a few plot holes in this. I mean, it could just e me, but they really bothered me. And who knows if they will be answered in the next book.


It was a very original plot, and I did really enjoy parts of it. but other times, I just wasn't that into it. But don't let my review turn you off of it. I've heard some great reviews about it so I'd deffinatly check it out

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bleeding Violet

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
rating 8/10

Love can be a dangerous thing....


Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.


I think one word sums up this whole book:


crazy

No, no. Scratch that:

Insane


Dia Reeves created a beautiful world of just that: craziness.

The book was so friggin weird I can't even tell you if I really liked it or not. At times I was so into it and loved it and other I was like: WTF was that?

But, if I did have to decide, I think overall I did like it. It was so addicting! I couldn't put it down, and I had to know everything; How would everything turn out, what was going to happen, so on and so forth.

I loved the writing in this, and the way this whole new world was created was amazing. How anyone could come up with something like this is beyond me, and I certainly look forward to reading more of Reeve's books and seeing what else she can come of with

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)


Last week I read:
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Penitence by Jennifer Laurens

I'm Currently Reading:
Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw

I plan on reading:
This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Favorite Quotes 1

Favorite Quotes is a new feature I'm starting. It's where I'll share some of my favorite quotes, not from anywhere in particular, just from research I've done or if I notice something during the week.
So, here's this week's:

I was bored and just looking up quotes for fun, and this is one that i found that I really liked.

What do you think?

In My Mailbox (28)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

Bought:


Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw- “Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”

Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.






Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey- The undead can really screw up your senior year ...


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 fiancĂ©. 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.




That's all the books I got for me this week, but I will be having a husge contest pretty soon and I started rounding up books for that :) So, keep and eye out fot that!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Contest Time: The Reckoning Giveaway

It's been a while, and I figured it was time for a contest!
I went to a Kelley Armstong book singing today, and I also just happened to have an extra copy of The reckoning ;)
So, I decided, it would be perfect to get it singed for a contest!
Whoop!

So one lucky winner will get a signed copy of The Reckoning!

How can you win, you may ask? well, its simple. Just fill out This Form


And of course, there are rules/extra entries:

  • You must be a follower of my blog, +3 new +1 old

  • Links +3 each, and you can have up to 3 different links

  • Answer this question: What is your favorite book that is not well known?

  • And finally, the contest ends Thursday, June 3 (I may add more time, depending)
Good luck to you all :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

April Rewind

So here's all that I read in April:

1. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
2. Shadow of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorne
3. Fullmoon by Rachel Hawthorne
4. Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne
5. The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell
6. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
7. Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
8. Winter Longing by Tricia Mills
9. Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger
10. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
11. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
12. Captivate by Carrie Jones
13. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
14. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
15. Things I Know About Love by Kate Le Vann
16. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
17. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
18. LA Candy by Lauren Conrad


All the bold ones are the ones that I reviewed in April. I only reviewed 2, which sucks butt. But, hopefully in May I will start reviewing a lot more!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rating System

I have a rating system of 1-10, 10 being the best and 1 being the worst. Now, I've had a little confusion in the past (not so much recently, but just in the past) about the rating and the review. So I decided that I would do a post and break down each rating.

Also, I was looking back at all my posts and I haven't done anything real personal in a long time. Like pretty much everything is just reviews and memes (Whoa!) Now I do love posting about both those things, but I think I need to start doing posts about other stuff, too, don't you think? So I decided I'm going to try to do something else( I'm not sure what exactly, just whatever I feel like posting about) at least every couple weeks. Now, I sometimes get lazy, or I don't know what exactly I want to post about, so I'm not sure how well this will work out. But I'll try, I swear ;-)

So, Anyway, back to the rating system.
I'll start from the top.
10/10- This is the best any book can get from me. I have a shelf right above my bed where I keep all my favorite books. I keep them there so that I can have them on hand if I ever want to read from one of these. If I give a book a 10, you better believe that that book is going up there. So, of course I hardly ever get a new one of these. If I don't get a book a perfect score, It's not because I didn't absolutely love it. It's just because it wasn't one of my all time favorites.

9/10- This is where I place all the books that I loved and didn't find anything wrong with, but I don't consider them my favorites. This is still a pretty amazing rating that you can get from me.

8/10- If I place a book here, it is because I still really like it, I just didn't love it. Most of the time, I'll say in my review what made me not love the book, but sometimes I won't. If I don't say exactly why I didn't like it enough to give it a 9/10, it's probably because I don't know myself. that happens sometimes. There will be a book that I like but don't love, and yet I can't exactly put my finger on why I didn't love. I still consider this a high rating from me.

7/10- the book was okay. I enjoyed it, but definitely had some beef with it. If I give it a 7, it's not like with and 8, where at times I may not know what I didn't like about it. I'll tell you exactly why I thought it was just okay.

6/10- Now this is getting pretty low. It means that I really did not enjoy this book. There may be a part or two that I did enjoy, but mostly I just didn't like it.

5/10- I think that this is the lowest rating I've ever given. I can't remember what exactly for, but I do remember that I have given it out. This means I totally did not like the book. I probably won't give this out too often, because if there is a book that I don't like this much, I most likely won't finish it. But it may come up once in a while. I also probably won't ever give anything below this because I don't like giving out bad reviews, and if there ever was a score lower than this, I would probably trash the book in the review, and I just don't want to do this.

So there you have it. I'm sorry about the long post, and if you are still reading this, I thank you greatly.

So tell me what you think. About everything, about anything. I'd love to here from you!

And also, this is my 100 post! Woo Hoo! I know, it's slow going, but I'm trying to pick up the pace :D

Winter Longing

Winter Longing by Tricia Mills
rating 9/10
Release Date August 19, 2010

A plane crash in Alaska takes



Winter’s first love away forever . . .


When Winter's boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she's robbed of the future she'd only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer's presence continues to haunt her.


But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can't change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love?

Winter Longing was a real and emotional read. I really enjoyed it; I thought it was beautiful and mesmerizing.


In the beginning, Winter's best friend and new found love dies in a tragic accident. You never actually meet Spencer while he is alive. You get a glimpse of their relationship from when they were kids at the beginning of each chapter. I like this because A) It didn't take time away from the story and B) it added to the emotion.

I loved Winter, and really felt for what she was going through. She was such a sweet girl, adn you can't help but root for her and question why she deserves to go through this.

Jesse was so sweet, too. All along he was helping Winter, slowly but surely, get through what she was going through.

Winter Longing was a really sweet and amazing read. The writing was really beautiful, and it felt like I was going through all of this right along with Winter. It's one of those stories that you just can't get over. It scars you in the best, most beautiful way.

In My Mailbox (27)

In My Mailboxis hosted by The Story Siren.

Around the World Tours:

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready- When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in SHADE. [close] When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in SHADE.

Won:
Arson by Estevan Vega- ARSON GABLE FEELS LIKE A FREAK. HE CAN CREATE FIRE. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT. HE NEVER WANTED IT. BUT HE CAN'T SHUT IT OFF.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl-who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin-moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears the most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.




Bought:

Jonas by Eden Maguire- Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances.

Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss. Darina,Phoenix's grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can't escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head! And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina.

Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a 'death mark' - a small tattoo of angel's wings. Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth.Darina's mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and impossibly, her beloved Phoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

Forget You

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
rating 10/10
Release Date July 20, 2010

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. With her life about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.



But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people—suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

The first time that I found out Jennifer Echols was coming out with a new book this summer, I couldn't surpress my squeel of glee. All I can say is that I was not dissappointed with this one.


Forget You was truly beautiful. From the first page, I read it straight through, and couldn't put it down.

I loved the characters in this. Zoey comes from a not-so-perfect family. When her mom tries to commit suicide, she is forced to live with her dad who knocked up a 24 year old. Through the book you can really see how much Zoey is hurting, and yet how strong she is.

As for Doug, all I can say is LOVE HIM!!! He comes from a not-so-perfect background of his own and the tension he shares with Zoey was passionate, intense, consuming and beautiful all at once. You can really feel something between them from the first time they are together, and it only gets stronger.

Forget You was all around amazing. I couldn't get through it fast enough, and when I did finish, I was wishing I din't because I wanted more so bad. It's one of those books that everyone should read.