April 18, 2014

Book Trailer for Holly Schindler's New YA Book - FERAL

I'm excited to be able to share the book trailer for Feral by Holly Schindler.  
This book looks awesome, and the trailer is great!

Check it out!

About the Book
Release: August 26
The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened. 

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

April 16, 2014

Book Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

Just finished this one.  With the second book in the series, Unforgotten, just coming out this book has been all over for blog tours etc.  It was enough to catch my attention and make me want to read it.  It ended up being pretty good.  The whole not remembering her past bit was great! But it was great because it wasn't a typical amnesia story.  This girl didn't remember ANYTHING.  One of my favorite scenes in the novel is when she eats a grilled cheese sandwich for the first time and finds it the best thing she has ever eat.  Honestly I'll never look at a grilled cheese the same again.   

The book had just enough mystery, action and suspense to keep me entertained wanting to read.  The more clues that are uncovered about what happened to Seraphina, the more questions that seem to come up.  I like when that happens because it always keeps me guessing.  And the full story unraveled in a wonderful way was both a surprise and yet not. Definitely well done.  

I do plan on reading the second book in the series because I'm curious to know what happens after the ending (it has kinda a cliff hanger!).

One last note - there is a romance in the book, and it is very sweet and genuine.  I haven't seen that in a book in awhile so I doubly enjoyed it!

April 14, 2014

I Am Grateful For: Midnighters Series by Scott Westerfeld

The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1) by Scott Westerfeld

OMGosh if you haven't looked at this series you NEED too! I'm so grateful for it because it got me super hooked on a series that I tore through and didn't give up on! It's by Scott Westerfeld that you might know from the Uglies series.  (those are great too) This was a series that came before those, and I wish more people read them because they are just great.  So full of action, so well constructed, great characters and a unique concept!  Please look into this series!!

Nobody is safe in the secret hour.

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.

Time freezes.

Nobody moves.

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.

These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School.

Jessica Day is not an outsider like the other Midnighters. She acts perfectly normal in every way. But it soon becomes clear that the dark creatures sense a hidden power in Jessica . . . and they're determined to stop her before she can use it.

A story of courage, shadowy perils, and unexpected destiny, the secret hour is the first volume of the mesmerizing Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

April 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley - Guest Post

Today I'm very excited to host a stop on the blog tour for Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley.  
You can catch my review of the book HERE.  

She is here with a guest post on The Heat in Florida.  Ask Me takes place in Florida, and I remember the heat being a big part of the main characters thoughts.

About Kimberly Pauley
Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world. 

Welcome Kimberly!

The Heat of Florida
I lived in Florida from the ages of 6 to 16, then came back for college at 18 and stayed until I was mumble-something-mumble years old. So I feel like Florida is part of me. I’ve lived in the complete boondocks of the Ocala National Forest, in the hot mess that is Miami, and in the sleepy retirement communities of St. Petersburg. But, I live in London now (the UK one, not the Canadian one) and Florida feels like it is a long, long way away.

It felt very strange to be writing about the heat of almost-summer in Florida while sitting in front of a fireplace in a pub in London. Surreal, even. But there’s definitely something about the memories you make when you are growing up that stay with you throughout your whole life.

Like Aria, the main character in ASK ME, my family was pretty darn poor. We lived in a hunting cabin that had been converted (sort of) into a house. There was no such thing as central air or heat; just one ancient wheezing window unit that only cooled about a square foot of the living room. The sound of oscillating fans was the background music of my life.

Like Aria, I wandered the woods alone for hours. I practiced my silent walk over crunchy dead leaves and followed deer trails. I got caught in the sudden thunderstorms and would come home drenched to the skin.

Here’s a secret -- my original impulse was to set the book in Maine or somewhere cold. Northern. The image that was stuck in my head was of a lonely girl with long hair blowing in the wind, hiding behind it. I liked the idea of the cold, how it can inhabit your body until you feel frozen inside and out. But then someone (a writer friend) asked me if that’s really where I saw Aria and as I came to understand her better, I knew she lived where I had lived. Old Florida. Arguably, real Florida. Not the postcard Florida, but the inside of the state...the places the tourists pass through only briefly. And I’m so glad that’s where Aria wound up. Because writing ASK ME felt a little bit like coming home.

If you want to know more about Kimberly Pauley or Ask Me, check out the links below.

About Ask ME
Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone. 

But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.

Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.