Thursday, December 30, 2010

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

 Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Summary from Goodreads:

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny? 

My Two Cents:

Wowwww. How many different languages can I say I loved this book in??? ummm well I only know English so there. Okay first let me calm down and take it one step at a time.

The Characters-I love ALL of them. Clara because even though she's part angel and that supposedly makes her perfect in everything she does, she's not. Surprise! Her character will appeal to many teens because she's so honest about her faults. She's not always graceful and almost a bit clumsy. She has crushes and rivalries just like every other girl. Her mom is a bit mysterious but in the end when I see why, I can definitely respect it. Clara's two friends Angela and Wendy are so different but they each add something to the story and help Clara in sticky situations.

Clara keeps seeing bits and pieces of her purpose on earth which involve a guy she only sees from behind for the longest. The family packs up everything to move to where this mysterious boy lives to be closer to fulfilling it. Turns out it's Christian and he makes Clara's heart flutter with one look. During the day she's spending her time trying to get closer to Christian to find clues about her purpose and at night she's learning to fly with her angel wings.

What she didn't count on was meeting Tucker, who's the exact opposite of Christian. Even though Tucker wore cowboy boots and probably looked like something out of the Wild Wild West he still made me smile at his charisma. By the end of this book your head will probably be spinning from so many twists and turns. The romance factor in this book is perfect. Great timing and not rushed.

This is such a different take on an "angel" book. This turns regular old angels into pretty much human beings that have real lives. It's almost like a secret society. But there's rules to this and not everyone is a good angel. One thing I've learned here is that a lot of times we think we have a map of our future but sometimes things have a way of changing at the drop of a dime.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 5 Greatest Author (In the Flesh) Moments

As part of the Top Five Challenge hosted by Adele @ Persnickety Snark, today's topic is the Top Five Greatest Author (In the Flesh) Moments. 

Living in New York definitely has its perks. I do get plenty of opportunities to meet authors. Unfortunately some of them are during the day when I'm at work but when they're in the evening I try my best to make it. So here goes:

I met Ebony Joy Wilkins, author of Sell-out. Isn't she pretty?? She was all dressed up for the event. She had champagne and custom made cupcakes with the name of the book on them! She was just such a sweetheart and so was her mom. This was definitely one of the best signings I've ever been to.


Here I am with Angie Frazier author of Everlasting and Heidi Kling author of Sea. These ladies were so awesome.  This is the second one we ended up taking because they wanted to make sure it was perfect if I was going to post it LOL.

Simone Elkeles!! That's my homegirl. She was so cool that her booth at BEA had chocolate covered strawberries and champagne! She keeps it sexy in her books AND her signings. I love it! 

Myself with Irene Latham author of Leaving Gee's Bend. That's actually a doll of her main character Ludelphia. We had such a great conversation about her writing about a POC and why she chose Gee's Bend Alabama. She's really nice and I loved her accent.

Last but not least Ms. Laurie Halse Anderson who needs no introduction. How could anyone read YA and not know her?? I must admit I was so nervous..shaking even. She's such a legend I didn't know if she would be all hollywood.  She definitely was not! She called us twins because we both decided on fabulous purple sweaters for the day :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (27)

In My Mailbox highlights all the good stuff we've received throughout the week. It is hosted by Kristi The Story Siren. First off, Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope everyone received what they wanted. Most of my family is in Florida for Christmas so we're all going to get together to open gifts next weekend when they come back. So it was just me and James :) This was a slow week for books for me. Just one but I'm excited about it!

Intrinsical by Lani Wood

Publication Date: August 20, 2010
Summary from Amazon:

Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist's attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly.

What good stuff did you get??

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Publication Date: February 22, 2011
ARC Source: ATW Tours
Summary from Goodreads:

Eden didn’t expect Az.

Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings.


So long happily-ever-after.

Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.

She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else’s game. Her heart is her own.

And that’s only the beginning of the end.

My Two Cents:

 At first it took me a little while to get into this one. It was a bit confusing. The author created her own world where there's Bound Angels that are good, Fallen Angels that are bad, and Siders that are in between the two. The terms also took some time to get used to such as Touch, Screamers, Siders, Passing. Once you get used to all of those things and understand it all, it can be a very interesting book. It's very hard to step out of the box and write about something different, so I commend the author for pulling it off successfully.

Eden is very no-nonsense with her pink streaks and dressed in goth wear. In the beginning she's got a pretty sad life until Az and Gabrielle come into her life. But the question is, did they make it better or ruin it? That's up to the reader to decide. However, they definitely changed it. She falls extremely hard for Az. I love them together because I felt the chemistry from the first time Az told her that horrible pickup line. It was all so natural, but turns out they needed each other. He needs her in order not to Fall and she needs him to stay alive.

When tragedy strikes and she begins to put all the pieces together, her heart turns cold. That's when Eden really becomes a force to be reckoned with. She changes her whole look and gains a posse who will do anything to protect her. A love triangle, distrust, angels, demons, it's all here. My only complaint is that the plot seemed to jump around a bit. The past, the present, this person's view verses this other person's view.  I loved the minor characters and I hope to learn more about them in the upcoming novels. 


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Guess What My Blog got for Chistmas???

A new outfit!! After a year of thinking hard about what direction I wanted to go in with this blog this is what I came up with. The old one made me cringe! It was so dark and drab and soo not ME and what my blog was supposed to be about. I want to give a HUGE Thank You to Jessica from A Fanatic's Book Blog for designing this one for me. This girl is just full of all kinds of awesomeness! If you're ever looking for a new look she's definitely the way to go. She's so patient, helpful and her prices are very fair. I'm sure I will be using her again in the future! Please note that it is still under construction and some links aren't working just yet.

Give me your thoughts, comments, feedback, suggestions..anything.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

In My Mailbox (26)

In My Mailbox highlights all the great things we've received during the week and is hosted by Kristi The Story Siren.

~The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (pbs)
~The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (pbs)
~The Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov (pbs)
~Hidden by Tomas Mournian (for review)
~Leviathan by Scott Westerfield (pbs)
So that's it for me! What did you get??

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It highlights the upcoming books we are most anticipating. I've decided to start back up doing these. This week I'm excited about:

Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

Publication Date: January 3, 2011
Why I'm So Antsy:

Jasbir, otherwise known as Jazz, has always been a stellar student and obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine - she has good friends in the "genius" program she's been in since kindergarten, her teachers and principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of high school, her mother hears that Jazz was seen hugging a boy on the street, and goes ballistic. Mom immediately implements the Guided Dating Plan, which includes setting up blind dates with "suitable," pre-screened Indian candidates. There's only one problem: the new boy at school, the very UNsuitable hottie, is the one who gets Jazz's blood boiling. When Jazz makes a few out-of-the-ordinary decisions, everything explodes, and she realizes she'll need a lot more than her genius education to get out of the huge mess she's created. Can Jazz find a way to follow her own heart, and still stay in the good graces of her parents?

I'm so excited for this one! I've heard great things about this author and the summary makes it seem light and cute. Plus the main character is a POC!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Publication Date: January 11, 2010
Source: Different Area Code Tours
Summary from Goodreads:

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

My Two Cents:

Can you put a time limit on love? According to this book, no. Michele's had dreams about a young man since she was a little girl and never understood why she felt so much love for this stranger. When Michele finds the beautiful chain with the key, she is transported back in time to her ancestors. From 1910, to the roaring 20's, and through the World War Michele is there.

Monir paints such a vivid picture for the reader while describing old NYC. I live in NY so the landmarks and streets that were being named, I knew. I literally saw the horse drawn carriages, the flapper dresses, to the smoky cotton club. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction so this was right down my alley. Usually I'm upset when romances happen fairly quickly in books but this was a different case. Michele's been dreaming about Philip since she was a young girl. Well of course all she needed to do was see him for that love to awaken in her.

When I read this mostly I was on the train. I had no idea what was going on around me. I remember a few times almost missing my stop and thinking "Wait, where am I??" It felt like I was completely transported back in time myself. The author does an excellent job of drawing us in and holding us there. I was not confused by the time traveling at all. The transitions were done very smoothly. I like the way we visited all of Michele's ancestor's, each in a different era. This novel is humorous at times, heart breaking, engaging and romantic. I truly enjoyed it and it is a beautiful love story definitely for hopeless romantics. 


Saturday, December 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (25)

 In My Mailbox highlights the books we've received for the week and is hosted by Kristi The Story Siren. The best word to describe my haul this week is FABULOUS! So many good things in one week.

~Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
~Pearl by Jo Knowles
~Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
~Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick
~Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
~Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
~Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
~Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
~Shine by Lauren Myracle
~Kindred by Tammar Stein
~Thirst No.3 The Eternal Dawn by Christopher Pike
~Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
~Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
~Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
~So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman
~Amazing Acts of Courage by Gloria Whelan
~Lady MacBeth's Daughter by Lisa Klein

~The Pact by Monica McKayhan (Received from my secret pal for Ari's Holiday Swap. Thanks so much Roberta!!)

What did YOU Get??

Sunday, December 5, 2010

2011 YA Historical Fiction Challenge

I am a sucker for YA historical fiction! mostly because the characters are fiction but most of the things in that time period actually happened. Such as important historical events, the clothes they wear, and the language they use. So I end up being entertained AND I get to learn something! Much more interesting than reading a History textbook lol. Anywho, this year it's hosted by YA Bliss. Here's what it's about:

  • All Historical Fiction books must be YA or MG
  • Books don't have to be 2011 releases.
  • Anyone can join. Please link to a public (web) place I can find you.
  • You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011

 The Levels:

Level 1: 5 YA HF books in 2011
Level 2: 10 YA HF books in 2011
Level 3: 15 YA HF books in 2011
Some books I will most likely be reading for this:
  1. Ingenue (Flappers #2)-Jillian Larkin
  2. The Vespertine-Saundra Mitchell
  3. Beautiful Days-Anna Godberson
  4. Forgiven-Janet Fox
  5. Cleopatra's Moon-Vicky Alvear Shecter

I'm going to go for Level 2 but I will probably go over because there are sooo many good historical novels coming out next year. To Participate go HERE

2011 Debut Author Challenge

 The first time I heard of this challenge was this year, but I'd only had my blog for a few months so I didn't really want to commit to anything. But now I think I'm ready! Not to mention I've been reading debuts all year so I probably could have participated anyway. This challenge is being hosted by Kristi The Story Siren. So here's the gist of it:

You have to read at least 12 Young Adult or Middle Grade novels by debut Authors.

The Rules:

  • Books must be a Young Adult or Middle Grade novel.
  • DO NOTE: Just because a book has a teen character or is about a teen, does not mean that it is necessarily a Young Adult novel. 
  • This must be the authors debut with a release date in 2011
  • If an author has a previous novel published under adult fiction/nonfiction or children's fiction/nonfiction, they can still qualify for the challenge if they are releasing their YA or MG debut. 
You also don't have to be a blogger to participate. Here are some of my definite reads for next year:

  1. XVI-Julia Karr
  2. The Trouble with a Half Moon-Danette Vigilante
  3. The Water Wars-Cameron Stracher
  4. Between Shades of Gray-Ruta Sepetys
  5. Wither-Lauren DeStefano
  6. Clarity-Kim Harrington
  7. Die for Me-Amy Plum
  8. Wake Unto Me-Lisa Cach201
  9. Entangled-Cat Clarke
  10. Entwined-Heather Dixon
To Sign Up go HERE

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In My Mailbox (24) Black Friday Edition

In My Mailbox highlights all the books we've received throughout the week and is hosted by Kristi The Story Siren. This week was awesome because of the great books but I also got my stuff that I ordered on Black Friday. So I'm HAPPY :-D

~The Flappers:Vixen by Jillian Larkin
~Wither by Lauren DeStefano
~Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
 ~The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
 ~Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
~Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

And Now Because I couldn't control myself during Black Friday...........

New suede Pumps from my favorite shoe store!!

 New ankle Booties from there also!

 Don't ask me how much I spent but in my defense they were all practically half off the normal price!

What did YOU Get???