21 December 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

FORM IS NOW CLOSED THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED!

Just wanted to say that this might be my last, quick post before Christmas. Things are getting down to the wire and all around our place here and what little time I had over the last couple weeks is totally gone now. That's how it is each year right about now. I just wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! I've really enjoyed getting to know some of you and I'm looking forward to, not only getting to know each of you better, but getting to know more of you - my fellow bloggers/bookies in the new year.

With the new year comes a contest here and I'm still looking for people to help me out. You can earn an extra entry and it's REALLY easy to do. The contest is open INTERNATIONAL!!! If the Book Depository ships to you, your free to enter. Follow the link and scroll down in the post to find the quick and easy form to fill out. By filling it out, and answering one question you'll earn an extra entry. One per person please.

Extra entry for up and coming contest!!

I hope that everyone has a great time over the next couple weeks. Have fun with family and friends. Eat, drink and be Merry!! I hope you all get some great things from Santa!! :o) Looking forward to seeing and hearing all about your holidays and telling you all about ours here. I'll see you all after Christmas. Merry, Merry to everyone.

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15 December 2009

Master Review Link List

-A-

Author: Adornetto, Alexandra - Review: Halo (Halo, #1) - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Anderson, M.M. - Review: Werewolf Dreams - 3.5 Stars, Read 2009


-B-

Author: Banks, Catherine - Review: Song of the Moon (Artemis Lupine, #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Banks, Catherine - Review: Kiss of a Star (Artemis Lupine, #2) - 4 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Baratz-Logsted, Lauren - Review: Crazy Beautiful - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Baratz-Logsted, Lauren - Review: The Twin's Daughter - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Barnholdt, Lauren - Review: One Night That Changes Everything - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Barns, Jennifer Lynn - Review: Raised By Wolves - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Brian, Kate - Review: Megan Meades Guide to the McGowan Boys - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Benway, Robin - Review: Audrey, Wait! - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Benway, Robin - Review: The Extraordinary Secrest of April, May & June - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Black, Jenna - Review: Glimmerglass - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Bloss, Joise - Review: Albatross - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Bodeen, S.A. - Review: The Gardener - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Briggs, Patricia - Review: Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) - 4 Stars, Read 2010


-C-

Author: Cabot, Meg - Review: Shadowland (The Mediator, #1) - 3.5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Caine, Rachel - Review: Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires, #6) - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Carter, Renee - Review: His Eyes - 3.5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Cast, P.C. - Review: Divine By Mistake (A Goddess of Partholon Novel) - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Chibbaro, Julie - Review: Deadly - 3 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Colasanti, Susane - Review: Waiting for You - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Collins, Suzanne - Review: Catching Fire - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Collins, Suzanne - Review: Mockingjay - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Cook, Kristie - Review: Promise (Soul Savers, #1) - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Cook, Kristie - Review: Purpose (Soul Savers, #2) - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Creagh, Kelly - Review: Nevermore - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Curham, Siobhan - Review: Dear Dylan - 3.4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Cusick, John M. - Review: Girl Parts - 3 Stars, Read 2010

-D-

Author: Delany, Shannon - Review: 13 To Life: A Werewolf's Tale - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: DeLucy, Jennifer - Review: Seers of Light (Light, #1) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2011
Author: DeLucy, Jennifer - Review: Whisper of Light (Light #2) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Despain, Bree - Review: The Dark Divine - 5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: DeStefano, Lauren - Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Devlin, Ivy - Review: Low Red Moon - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Durham, Holly - Review: Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Duvall, Dianne - Review: Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2011

-E-

Author: Echols, Jennifer - Review: Going To Far - 4.5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Elkeles, Simone - Review: Leaving Paradise - 5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Elkeles, Simone - Review: Perfect Chemistry - 5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Eulberg, Elizabeth - Review: Prom & Prejudice - 5 Stars, Read 2011

-F-

Author: Feasey, Steve - Review: WEREling - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Finn, Daniel - Review: She Thief - 2 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Fitzpatrick, Becca - Review: Hush, Hush - 5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Flinn, Alex - Review: Beastly - 2 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Francis, Melissa - Review: Bite Me! - 3 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Franklin, Emily & Halpin, Brendan - Review: Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance - 3 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Freitas, Donna - Review: This Gorgeous Game - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Friesen, Jonathan - Review: Jerk, California - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Frost, Jeaniene - Review: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)4.5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Frost, Jeaniene - Review: One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Frost, Jeaniene - Review: At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2010

-G-

Author: Grant, Michael - Review: Gone (Gone, Book 1) - 4 Stars, Read 2009

-H-

Author: Holt, Simon - Review: The Devouring (The Devouring #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Hopcus, Anastasia - Review: Shadow Hills - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Hunter, C.C. - Review: Born at Midnight (Shadowfalls, #1) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2011

-I-

-J-

Author: John, Antony - Review: Five Flavors of DUMB - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Johnson, Christine - Review: Claire de Lune - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Jones, Carrie - Review: Captivate (Need, #2) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Jones, Carrie - Review: Entice (Need, #3) - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Joseph, Danielle - Review: Shrinking Violet - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010

-K-

Author: Kade, Stacey - Review: The Ghost and the Goth - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Keyes, Pamela - Review: Jumbee - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Kincy, Karen - Review: Other (Other, #1) - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Klein, Lisa M - Review: Cate of the Lost Colony - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Koertge, Ron - Review: Stoner & Spaz - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Kohler, Sharie - Review: Marked By Moonlight - 4 Stars, Read 2010

-L-

Author: Landon, Kristen - Review: The Limit - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Letts, Jason - Review: Inevitable (Inevitable Trilogy, #1) - 5 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Littman, Sarah Darer - Review: Life, After - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Lore, Pittacus (AKA James Frey) - Review: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2010

-M-

Author: McBride, Kristina - Review: The Tension of Opposites - 4.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: McCafferty, Megan - Review: Perfect Fifths - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: McDaniel, Lurene - Review: Breathless - 3.5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: MacColl, Michaela - Review: Prisoners in the Palace - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: MacHale, D.J. - Review: The Light - Morpheus Road (Book 1) - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Maizel, Rebecca - Review: Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Mantchev, Lisa - Review: Eyes Like Stars (The Théâtre Illuminata: Act 1) - 5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Mantchev, Lisa - Review: Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Marchetta, Melina - Review: Saving Francesca - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Mead, Richelle - Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Mendle, Jane - Review: My Ultimate Sister Disaster - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Miller, Kristen - Review: The Eternal Ones - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Morrison, Angela - Review: Sing Me To Sleep - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Moskowitz, Hannah - Review: Break - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Murry, Yxta Maya - Review: The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped - 3.5 Stars, Read 2009
 
-N-

Author: Naylus, Mary - Review: The Dresskeeper - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Nelson, Jandy - Review: The Sky Is Everywhere - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Newark, Lynne Patricial - Review: The Green Bronze Mirror - 2 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Nichols, Lee - Review: Deception (Haunting Emma, #1) - 4.5 Stars, Read 2010

-O-

-P-

Author: Potter, Ryan - Review: Exit Strategy - 4.5 Stars, Read 2010

-Q-

-R-

Author: Renninson, Louise - Review: Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Book 10) - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Ryan, Jesi Lea - Review: Four Thousand Miles - 4 Stars, Read 2011

-S-

Author: Schroeder, Lisa - Review: Chasing Brooklyn - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Schutz, Samantha - Review: I Don't Want to Be Crazy - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Selfors, Suzanne - Review: Mad Love - 3.5 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Showalter, Gena - Review: Intertwined - 3 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Smith, Lane - Review: It's a Book - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Smith-Ready, Jeri - Review: Shade - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Standiford, Natalie - Review: How To Say Goodbye In Robot - 4 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Stiefvater, Maggie - Review: Linger - 5 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Stiefvater, Maggie - Review: Shiver - 5 Stars, Read 2009
Author: Summers, Courtney - Review: Some Girls Are - 4.5 Stars, Read 2010

-T-
Author: Tiernan, Cate - Review: Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1) - 4.5 Stars - Read 2010
-U-

-V-

-W-

Author: Walters, Ednah - Review: Awakened (The Guardian Legacy, #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2011
Author: Ward, Rachel - Review: Num8ers - 3 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Warman, Jessica, - Review: Where the Truth Lies - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: Weingarten, Lynn - Review: Wherever Nina Lies - 4 Stars, Read 2010
Author: White, Kiersten - Review: Paranormalcy - 4 Stars, Read 2010
-X-

-Y-

Author: Young, Suzanne - Review: The Naughty List (The Naughty List, #1) - 4 Stars, Read 2009

-Z-

Author: Zarr, Sara - Review: Sweethearts - 3.5 Stars, Read 2010



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10 December 2009

Guys, I'm looking for help with my next contest!

FORM IS CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED!

I wanted to have another contest to send a lucky winner or 2 something for Christmas, but just couldn't come up with what I wanted to do or even what books to offer to my winner(s). In my last post I had a form for anyone to fill out who wanted to earn an extra entry to the contest early.

Fill out the form for my next contest here!

It's pretty easy, just fill it out with the info. I've requested along with 3 books you'd like a chance to win. See, easy. Right now I only have a few people who have filled out the form.... and I know everyone likes a chance to earn extra entries! Not to mention that this next contest will be open INTERNATIONAL! Yep, International!!!! If The Book Depository ships to you, your free to enter! Only one extra entry per person for now. There will be more info. to come. Thanks for all the help guys.

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09 December 2009

Quick update...

Hey guys! Things have been slow around here for a couple weeks. Mainly it's because of my dad rehabing after his full knee replacement. I've been driving him to and from 3-4 appts a week and I stay there while he's at therapy. It usually takes over 2 hours and is pretty boring. Yeah, I take books with me, but you can only stay sitting and reading in those horrible Dr. office waiting room chairs for so long. He's doing so much better, which is great. He still has a ways to go yet, but he's making his way through things.

Then on top of all that, it's a busy time of year without helping him. I don't think I'll be around much until after the first of the year. The hubby has off the week between christmas and New Years, so I'm sure we'll be going to the movies, hitting up sales, etc. just spending some time together.

I wanted to do another contest for the holidays, but just didn't get a chance to set it up. Not even sure what books you guys would love to win. So, I'll have one right after the first of the year and wanted to give you guys all a chance to let me know what books you'd love to win. I'll make it all worth your time. If you fill out the form below you'll get an extra entry into this next contest. Like the idea? The contest will be open INTERNATIONAL! Yep, you heard that correct! If The Book Depository delivers to you, then you can enter. One extra entry per person please. Please don't leave your email address in comments. It's a privacy thing for your safety. If you have any questions, please let me know!

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07 December 2009

Review: Captivate By: Carrie Jones

Title: Captivate
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
From: Publisher for review

Synopsis: Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.


A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.
 
Review: 4.5 stars - Wow, what can I say about Captivate? In my opinion this next chapter in the series was even better then the first book - Need. It was really a great read, which I enjoyed from the first page and hated when it was over. Captivate picks up a couple months after Need left off. (I won't give away anything else of the story so, don't worry for the rest of the review.) It makes feel like you haven't missed a thing.


The characters were the same, yet different in their development. I felt that I still knew who each of the characters were, yet the writing really did shine in allowing me to see just how much they had all grown from the first book. Some of the characters had to deal with some major issues and I was really able to see each of their struggles and joys with the choices they made.

I didn't know exactly where the story was headed from beginning to end. There were some great shocking parts throughout and I always love it when a story keeps me guessing.

The new characters were the perfect addition to the story and will no doubt lead to many more choices for each and every one. With the new and interesting characters and lets not forget about all the lore that was introduced, fit like puzzle pieces into Zara's story... and will only add to the next book. I can't wait to see just where the author takes her characters, the story and us next. The ending left things open to where things for the characters could go.

This is one that I'll be reading again. It was one of the better books I've read so far this year. I can't wait for the next book; I hope that Carrie Jones is writing away on the next book.

FTC Disclaimer: I did not pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this review.

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In My Mailbox, is brought to us by Kristi at The Story Siren Thanks Kristi!!


This turned out to be a pretty good 2 weeks in books if you ask me. I missed last weeks (again, ugh! Sorry guys. I'll try better for future IMM's)... I think lol. So this will be what came in the mail to me or I picked up for this week and last week. (Yet, you guessed it, no picture again. Maybe next time. What can I say? It's a busy time of year)

So over the last couple weeks... here's the books that I was either given or purchased:

These books were given to me as early Christmas gifts -

Beautiful Creatures By: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Leviathan By: Scott Westerfeld

From the author - (I couldn't find the second in the series anywhere. Thankfully the author sent me an early Christmas gift as well. Thanks for the book! It was signed and came with some bookmarks and a postcard.)

Kiss of a Dark Moon By: Sharie Kohler

And last but not least... to me this was yet again another early Christmas gift... I came home to find on my door step one afternoon. For review -

Captivate By: Carrie Jones  (Review to be posted today!)

Thanks it for me for the last two weeks. Things should be slow book wise for me until christmas. Maybe I'll get some surprises in the mail between now and then... I'll keep my fingers crossed. What did you guys all get?

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03 December 2009

2010 100+ Reading Challenge

2010 100+ Reading Challenge also hosted by J. Kaye's Book Blog. You can find out more info and how to join in on this challenge here: 100+ Reading Challenge.

This list will be updated as I read books throughout 2010. Links open to my reviews.


001. How To Say Goodbye In Robot By: Natalie Standiford
002. The Dark Divine By: Bree Despain
003. Waiting For You By: Susane Colasanti
004. Stoner & Spaz By: Ron Koertge
005. Beastly By: Alex Flinn
006. Shrinking Violet By: Danielle Joseph
007. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (Georgia Nicholson - Book 10) By: Louise Rennison
008. Jerk, California By: Jonathan Friesen
009. I Don't Want To Be Crazy By: Samantha Schutz
010. The Green Bronze Mirror By: Lynne Ellison
011. Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) By: Suzanne Collins
012. Break By: Hannah Moskowitz
013. Albatross By: Josie Bloss
014. Perfect Fifths By: Megan McCafferty
015. Wherever Nina Lies By: Lynn Weingarten
016. Some Girls Are By: Courtney Summers
017. Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2) By: Lisa Mantchev
018. Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires, #6) By: Rachel Caine
019. Num8ers By: Rachel Ward
020. Exit Strategy By: Ryan Potter
021. Claire de Lune By: Christine Johnson
022. Shade By: Jeri Smith-Ready
023. Sweethearts By: Sara Zarr
024. Sing Me To Sleep By: Angela Morrison
025. Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) By: Patricia Briggs
026. At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3) By: Jeaniene Frost
027. Saving Francesca By: Melina Marchetta
028. Morpheus Road (The Light, #1) By: D.J. MacHale
029. Divine By Mistake (A Goddess of Partholon Novel By: P.C. Cast
030. The Tension of Opposities By: Kristin McBride
031. Marked By Moonlight By: Sharie Kohler
032. She Thief By: Daniel Finn
033. The Sky Is Everywhere By: Jandy Nelson
034. WEREling By: Steve Feasey
035. Raised By Wolves By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
036. My Ultimate Sister Disaster By: Jane Mendle
037. The Gardener By: S.A. Bodeen
038. 13 to Life: A Werewolf's Take By: Shannon Delany
039. Glimmerglass By: Jenna Black
040. Deception (Haunting Emma, #1) By: Lee Nichols
041. This Gorgeous Game By: Donna Freitas
042. The Ghost and the Goth By: Stacey Kade
043. Shadow Hills By: Anastasia Hopcus
044. Dear Dylan By: Siobhan Curham
045. Other (Other, #1) Karen Kincy
046. Linger By: Maggie Stiefvater
047. One Night That Changes Everything By: Lauren Barnholdt
048. Promise (Soul Savers, #1) By: Kristie Cook
049. Life, After By: Sara Darer Littman
050. Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, #1) By: Rebecca Maizel
051. Girl Parts By: John M. Cusick
052. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) By: Pittacus Lore (AKA James Frey)
053. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June By: Robin Benway
054. Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City By: Holly Durham
055. It's a Book By: Lane Smith
056. Paranormalcy By: Kiersten White
057. Song of the Moon (Artemis Lupine, #1) By: Catherine Banks
058. The Eternal Ones By: Kirsten Miller
059. Mockingjay By: Suzanne Collins
060. Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1) By: Cate Tiernan
061. Low Red Moon By: Ivy Devlin
062. Where the Truth Lies By: Jessica Warman
063. The Twin's Daughter By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
064. Nevermore By: Kelly Creagh
065. Cate of the Lost Colony By: Lisa M. Klein
066. Prisoners in the Palace By: Michaela MacColl
067. the Jumbee By: Pamela Keyes
068. Five Flavors of DUMB By: Antony John
069. Birdy's Smile Book By: Laurie Keller
070. Candy Fairies - Chocolate Dreams By: Helen Perelman
071. Candy Fairies - Rainbow Swirl By: Helen Perelman
072. Candy Fairies - Caramel Moon By: Helen Perelman
073. Candy Fairies - Cool Mint By: Helen Perelman
074. Cloudette By: Tom Lichtenheld (to be reviewed closer to release date)
075. Won-Ton By: Lee Wardlaw (to be reviewed closer to release date)
076. Born At Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) By: C.C. Hunter (to be reviewed closer to release date)
077. Halo (Halo, #1) By: Alexandra Adornetto
078. Snap By: Alison McGhee
079. Delirium (Delirium, #1) By: Lauren Oliver (to be reviewed closer to release date)
080. Giving Chase (Chase Brothers, #1) By: Lauren Dane*
081. Taking Chase (Chase Brothers, #2) By: Lauren Dane*
082. Chased (Chase Brothers, #3) By: Lauren Dane*
083. Making Chase (Chase Brothers, #4) By: Lauren Dane*
084. Kept (Blood Lust, #1) By: Zoe Winters*
085. Her Chosen Wolf (The Were Chronicles Bk 1) By: Renee Michaels*
086. Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, #1) Larissa Ione*
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091.
092.
093.
094.
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096.
097.
098.
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Note: If it's listed, it's been read. Anything without a link needs to be reviewed and a link will follow. OR if you see an (*) it's been read and not reviewed on my blog.

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Hosted by J. Kaye's Book Blog. Find out more info and join in on all the fun here: 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge.

This post will be updated as I read books throughout 2010.

001. How To Say Goodbye In Robot By: Natalie Standiford
002. The Dark Divine By: Bree Despain
003. Waiting For You By: Susane Colasanti
004. Stoner & Spaz By: Ron Koertge
005. Beastly By: Alex Flinn
006. Shrinking Violet By: Danielle Joseph
007. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (Georgia Nicholson - Book 10) By: Louise Rennison
008. Jerk, California By: Jonathan Friesen
009. I Don't Want To Be Crazy By; Samantha Schutz
010. The Green Bronze Mirror By: Lynne Ellison
011. Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) By: Suzanne Collins
012. Break By: Hannah Moskowitz
013. Albatross By: Josie Bloss
014. Perfect Fifths By: Megan McCafferty
015. Wherever Nina Lies By: Lynn Weingarten
016. Some Girls Are By: Courtney Summers
017. Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2) By: Lisa Mantchev
018. Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires, #6) By: Rachel Caine
019. Num8ers By: Rachel Ward
020. Exit Strategy By: Ryan Potter
021. Claire de Lune By: Christine Johnson
022. Shade By: Jeri Smith-Ready
023. Sweethearts By: Sara Zarr
024. Sing Me To Sleep By: Angela Morrison
025. Saving Francesca By: Melina Marchetta
026. Morpheus Road (The Light, #1) By: D.J. MacHale
027. The Tension of Opposities By: Kristin McBride
028. She Thief By: Daniel Finn
029. The Sky Is Everywhere By: Jandy Nelson
030. WEREling By: Steve Feasey
031. Raised By Wolves By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
032. My Ultimate Sister Disaster By: Jane Mendle
033. The Gardener By: S.A. Bodeen
034. 13 to Life: A Werewolf's Take By: Shannon Delany
035. Glimmerglass By: Jenna Black
036. Deception (Haunting Emma, #1) By: Lee Nichols
037. This Gorgeous Game By: Donna Freitas
038. The Ghost and the Goth By: Stacey Kade
039. Shadow Hills By: Anastasia Hopcus
040. Dear Dylan By: Siobhan Curham
041. Other (Other, #1) Karen Kincy
042. Linger By: Maggie Stiefvater
043. One Night That Changes Everything By: Lauren Barnholdt
044. Life, After By: Sara Darer Littman
045. Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, #1) By: Rebecca Maizel
046. Girl Parts By: John M. Cusick
047. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) By: Pittacus Lore (AKA James Frey)
048. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June By: Robin Benway
049. It's a Book By: Lane Smith
050. Paranormalcy By: Kiersten White
051. Song of the Moon (Artemis Lupine, #1) By: Catherine Banks
052. The Eternal Ones By: Kirsten Miller
053. Mockingjay By: Suzanne Collins
054. Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1) By: Cate Tiernan
055. Low Red Moon By: Ivy Devlin
056. Where the Truth Lies By: Jessica Warman
057. The Twin's Daughter By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
058. Nevermore By: Kelly Creagh
059. Cate of the Lost Colony By: Lisa M. Klein
060. Prisoners in the Palace By: Michaela MacColl
061. the Jumbee By: Pamela Keyes
062. Five Flavors of DUMB By: Antony John
063. Birdy's Smile Book By: Laurie Keller
064. Candy Fairies - Chocolate Dreams By: Helen Perelman
065. Candy Fairies - Rainbow Swirl By: Helen Perelman
066. Candy Fairies - Caramel Moon By: Helen Perelman
067. Candy Fairies - Cool Mint By: Helen Perelman
068. Cloudette By: Tom Lichtenheld (to be reviewed closer to release date)
069. Won-Ton By: Lee Wardlaw (to be reviewed closer to release date)
070. Born At Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) By: C.C. Hunter (to be reviewed closer to release date)
071. Halo (Halo, #1) By: Alexandra Adornetto
072. Snap By: Alison McGhee
073. Delirium (Delirium, #1) By: Lauren Oliver (to be reviewed closer to release date)
Note: If it's listed, it's been read. Anything without a link needs to be reviewed and a link will follow.

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The 2010 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by Kristi over at the Story Siren.

The rules are easy, but you can get a full run down and addtional info here: 2010 Debut Author Challenge Info. And you can sign up for it here: 2010 Debut Author Challenge Sign Up Info.

I'm adding a couple books that I really want to read. They will be highlighted once I've read. I'll continue to add to the list as I find new and exciting books. Books are listed in no particular order. Links open to my reviews.

Books Read:
01. The Dark Divine By: Bree Despain
02. Claire de Lune By: Christine Johnson
03. Exit Strategy By: Ryan Potter
04. Shade By: Jeri Smith-Ready
05.

Own To Read:

Firespell By: Chloe Neill
The Line By Teri Hall
The Body Finder By: Kimberly Derting
The Iron King By: Julie Kagawa
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

WEREling By: Steve Feasey


On Order/Coming Soon(ish) or Coming For Review:

13 to Life by Shannon Delaney
Other By: Karen Kincy
Nevermore By: Kelly Creagh
Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Wish List: (this list will be added to)

Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
A Love Story: Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
The Mark by Jen Nadol
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu
A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Nomansland By: Lesley Hauge
The Voice of Dragons By: Carrie Vaughn

And many others. Checkout my 2010 Debut Author List on Good Reads HERE. It's added to often, so keep checking back.

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So, I figured I'd take part in a couple reading challenges for next year. Here's the first one and it's Hosted By: J. Kaye's Book Blog.

I'll be doing a couple and here's two that I'll be working my way through:

2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge - Stepping it up 50 Young Adult Novels. I'm sure I'll read more then this and if that's the case I'll change it up. I'm going to follow Kari from A Good Addiction's lead and not add the books until I've read them. Way to many books to be read and way to many books coming out.

Another challenge I'll be doing is the 100+ Reading Challenge. Also Hosted By: J. Kaye's Book Blog. And again I'll add books as I read them.

I'll be adding a link for both of these challenges once I get them started. You'll be able to find the link in one of my sidebars. These should all be fun!

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I was awarded the Honest Scrap Award from Peace Love & Pat! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You or this award!!

The rules are easy. You have to list 10 honest things about yourself and then pass it on to 10 other honest bloggers.


So, here goes.......

1. I love to bake, but would rather not cook. Give me some cupcakes or a cake to decorate anytime over cooking any meal.

2. I'm a cold weather person. I love the rain, doom and gloom weather over summer and heat. Heat and I don't get along. Never have, never will.

3. I like to be alone and very much am a person who loves to be at home. I tend to stay away from large groups of people. Going to Disneyland at the height of summer is a double No for me. Heat and large crowds... even thinking about it makes me want to cower in the corner.

4. I met my husband on the internet. In a yahoo chat room. Weird, but true. We've been together for 9 years, married for 8.

5. Being that it's christmas time and all, I might as well admitt that I'm a crazy for christmas person. I love everything from the lights to the tree to wrapping to the music to... well pretty much everything.

6. When I'm here, I miss Liverpool, when I'm in Liverpool I miss So. Cal. I even love the area of Liverpool that my husband's from. It's not the best area, but it has felt like home from the first day I arrived there. Now, to figure out where we want to live... here or there.

7. I can get annoyed sometimes to easily.

8. I can't walk around barefoot on cement or grass - sometimes even on carpet. It's like fingernails down a chalkboard to me.

9. I use to draw portraits. I haven't picked up a pencil and pad of paper in awhile. I miss it.

10. I'm scared of Moth's. Yep, Moth's. Spiders, not so much... moth's make me scream and run like the girl I am.
 
Now, it's my turn to pass it on to 10 blogs/bloggers! (some of you have been blogging for longer then I have and you might have already done this. Have fun with it anyways!)
 
Kari from A Good Addiction
Rex Robot Reviews
Enna Isilee from Squeaky Books
Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!
The Book Vixen
The Neverending Shelf
Books Not Bombs
So Many Books, So Little Time
Sherry from Flipping Pages for All Ages
Jill from The O.W.L.

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01 December 2009

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
-BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
-Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Still reading Captivate by; Carrie Jones. Not because I don't like it... I'm LOVING it actually. Just real life is sitll in my way of reading these days. I hope to have this finished later tonight or tomorrow.

"I'm not blue anymore."
"Is that because you're red?"
"Huh? How do you know I'm red?"
"Because your blushing." He laughs (Nick and Zara - Pg. 125)

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First the cover made me want to read this book, then hearing a little more about it.. yeah, it's a MUST READ! Sounds funny.. the word funny just seems like such an understatment when talking about this book. I'm really looking forward to reading it as I'm sure many of you will agree.... here's some info taken from the email about the author, book and sweepstakes:

From the author of 'Dry', 'Running With Scissors', 'Wolf at the Table' and 'Magical Thinking' is the latest offering from the viciously funny Augusten Burroughs, 'You Better Not Cry' from St. Martin's Press:


Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present-as only he could. With gimleteyed wit and illuminated prose, Augusten shows how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, very best. 
 

St. Martin's Press is having a sweepstakes to win a copy! Enter here:
 
http://us.macmillan.com/smp/promo/youbetternotcry
 
Augusten Burroughs Website

 More information about the book:
 
http://us.macmillan.com/YouBetterNotCry
 
Watch the Trailer!  
 


So, enter to win a your copy from St. Martin's Press today!

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26 November 2009

Picked via a combo of my Forth place winner and random.org..............





I've sent you a email, and if I don't hear back in 48 hours I'll be asking my Forth place winner to pick another number.


Congrats and thanks again for all who entered! Everyone who won and those who didn't, keep an eye out here for another contest coming up soon!!! I'm working on ideas for the next couple contests, so be sure to keep checking back.

And please everyone check your junk mail. Winners so far had the email from me go to their Junk Mail and I'd hate for a winner to get passed over because of something like that :o) Thanks guys!

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24 November 2009

Picked via a combo of my Third place winner and random.org..............



I've sent you a email, and if I don't hear back in 48 hours I'll be asking my Third place winner to pick another number.

Congrats and thanks again for all who entered! I'll post my Fifth place winner as soon as I hear from this winner! Keep and eye out.....

And please everyone check your junk mail. Both winners so far had the email from me go to their Junk Mail and I'd hate for a winner to get passed over because of something like that :o) Thanks guys!

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Picked via a combo of my second place winner and random.org..............


I've sent you a email, and if I don't hear back in 48 hours I'll be asking my second place winner to pick another number.


Congrats and thanks again for all who entered! I'll post my forth place winner as soon as I hear from this winner! Keep and eye out.....

And please everyone check your junk mail. Both winners so far had the email from me go to their Junk Mail and I'd hate for a winner to get passed over because of something like that :o) Thanks guys!

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22 November 2009

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox, is brought to us by Kristi at The Story Siren Thanks Kristi!!

This turned out to be a pretty good 2 weeks in books if you ask me. I missed last weeks... I think lol. So this will be what came in the mail to me or I picked up for this week and last week. (Sorry no picture again. Maybe next time.)

Ordered/Purchased from the Book Depository (my new love!):

Skin Game By: Ava Gray
Trick of Light By: Rob Thurman
Going Bovine By: Libby Bray
Shrinking Violet By: Danielle Joseph
Shadowlight By: Lynn Viehl
Soulless By: Gail Carriger
Tempt me with Darkness (Book 1) By: Shayla Black
Seduce me in Shadow (Book 2) By: Shayla Black


Went to the Crown Book Outlet again today... some great finds, well I think so at least lol And they still haven't put out all the books they recently aquired. So, I'll be going back again at least once more, but after christmas. Here's what I purchased there:
 
Being By: Kevin Brooks
The Hunters Moon By: O.R. Melling
Jerk California By: Jonathn Friesen
I Don't Want To Be Crazy By: Samantha Schuts
Saint By: Ted Dekker
The Queen of Everything By: Deb Caletti

I think that's it for me.... what all did you guys get this week?? Good stuff I hope.

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Picked via a combo of my first place winner and random.org.............


I've sent you a email, and if I don't hear back in 48 hours I'll be asking my first place winner to pick another number. As soon as I hear back from Sherry, I'll be posting my third place winner.

Congrats Sherry and thanks again for all who entered!


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Title: Chasing Brooklyn

Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 432 Pages (January 5, 2010)
From: Won in a Book Tour, read and passed on.

Synopsis: Restless souls and empty hearts


Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

Review: 4 Stars - Chasing Brooklyn was one of those stories that allowed me to feel the various emotions that the characters -Brooklyn and Nico were going through a year after a death that affected them both in very different ways. A supernatural twist to the story had ghosts to help pave the way for both Brooklyn and Nico, in what would be a quest to find a life not only worth living, but a way to live without Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nico's brother. They each had such different ways to deal with death, even after a year had passed. They might have both been still alive, but were they really living? I liked how you could feel the struggles to let go and lean on each other, to understand that they were both going through many of the same things. To be able to see both characters change and grow with the turn of each page and as more time passed in the story.


The author - Lisa has a unique writing style that at first glance made me wonder if there would be gaps or missing pieces to the story. I have to say that after reading the first few pages I knew there wouldn't be anything left out. It was a fast read that had me wanting more and fearing it would end to soon.

Written in alternating chapters from Brooklyn and Nico's journals/thoughts it gave me such an amazing insight to just what each was going through. You could feel each and every phase of grief they were feeling from one moment to the next. The struggles are true to life - often at times heartbreaking, yet at other times I found it light and fun.

I can say that Lisa has written a story that to me was emotional, powerful, and strong and filled with love. I look forward to the day when I can purchase this book and read it again. Whether you read it before it comes out or when it's released, you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see just what she writes next.

Disclaimer: I did not pay for, nor did I keep this book. I have not been compensated at all for reading and writing this review.

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21 November 2009

100+ Contest winner!!!

I have my first winner from my first contest!!! Random.org helped me pick the winner now it's your turn...

The winner is......................


I've sent a email and am waiting to hear back. If I don't hear back from you in 48 hours I'll have to pick another winner. The second winner will be posted as soon as I hear back from Nikki. Not to worry, it's all going to still be random!

I had 44 people who entered and over 240 entries! Thanks to everyone for making my first and not my last contest so much fun! I'm thinking up and working on another one, so keep an eye out! I should be posting it soon!

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