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Nov 25, 2014

What's new? The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher


 
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.

Expected publication: May 19th, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books


 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 


It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.

If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.

Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.

But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana- and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…


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Nov 22, 2014

Some Books Ago: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

 
If you realize, every Tuesday I post about the new books I discover. So, I wanted to give a shout out to all those books published some years ago, that maybe some readers may have forgotten.
 
I read Cold Kiss on December, 2011. I don't remember much about this book, just that it was sweet and sad. I also remember loving it, so I think that if you haven't read it you can still give it a try.
 
Cold Kiss was published on september 20th 2011 by HarperTeen  


 


Summary:

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.
Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants--what she must do--is to bring Danny back.

But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.

Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her--and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought--even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

“What I wanted was to blow a hole in the sky, explode a star, let the burning embers scorch me and everything they touched.” 
 
 
 
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Nov 20, 2014

My Never-ending Booknotes: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


 
My Never-ending Booknotes is a weekly meme created by my awesome friend April @ Books 4 Juliet's Diary where we can share our favorites quotes or conversation from a book.
If you want to join, just go HERE and have fun.


I just finished this book and I am completely in love with it. The writing, the characters, the plot, everything is perfect. That's why today it's part of my never-ending booknotes. I love its quotes.
“I know the expression love bloomed is metaphorical, but in my heart in this moment, there is one badass flower, captured in time-lapse photography, going from bud to wild radiant blossom in ten seconds flat.” 
“Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us. A rope dropping down from the sky. How can the word love and the word life even fit in the mouth?”


“According to all the experts, it's time for me to talk about what I'm going through... I can't. I'd need a new alphabet, one made of falling, of tectonic plates shifting, of the deep devouring dark.”



 THE BOOK 



 


Summary.
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

 
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Nov 13, 2014

Book Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley



Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Pages: 272
My Rating: 6 stars/ Special rating.
Summary
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.


******

 
This was such a wonderful book!
I have to thank Ari @ Reading After Midnight for always recommending the most awe-inspiring stories.
I don’t really know why it took me so long to finally read Graffiti Moon. The moment I started reading I knew I’d love it, and I did.
I read it in a few hours because it’s a very short book and it was impossible to put it down.
There was something magical about Graffiti Moon. It was the writing, the plot, and conversations.
It was funny and delightful.

It all takes place in one night. And one night was all I needed to fall in love with the characters.
Ed, Lucy, Leo, Jazz, Dylan and Daisy…
And last but no less, Shadow and Poet. They were mystery for the girls, but a thrilling reality for the readers.

I love graffiti, and I love glass. Maybe you love them, too, or maybe not, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy this fantastic story.  Because Graffiti Moon is art. The characters are art, the writing is art, the things they do are art.
I am officially in a book hangover since I read it.

If you’re a fan of contemporary books and Aussie brilliance, this is a must read.


“Every time he looked at me I felt like I'd touched my tongue to the tip of a battery. In art class I'd watch him lean back and listen and I was nothing bust zing and tingle. After a while, the tingle turned to electricity, and when he asked me out my whole body amped to a level where technically I should have been dead. I had nothing in common with a sheddy like him, but a girl doesn't think straight when she's that close to electrocution.”


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Nov 11, 2014

What's new? Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge


 
Ookay, this book sounds like Cruel Beauty, the cover is like Cruel Beauty's, and I want to read it just like I wanted to read Cruel Beauty. But at the end of the synopsis says: This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.
So, I don't know what to think, really.
Check it out!

Expected publication:  May 5th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

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Nov 10, 2014

Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie *Book Blast & Giveaway*


 

Welcome to the Book Blast for Creed by authors Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie.
This blast is hosted by Me, My Shelf and I, so make sure to stop by their site for more info.







THE BOOK.



 


By: Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
Release date: November 8, 2014 
Publisher: Flux 
Genre: Young Adult psychological horror 
ISBN: 0738740802

Synopsis.

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.
When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear. 




Praise For CREED:


“Debut authors Leaver and Currie make an auspicious foray into YA horror...creating a believably desperate and terrifying situation for their characters, and Dee's history of physical and sexual abuse adds another layer of terror to this suspenseful and sporadically gory thriller.” ~Publishers Weekly
Welcome to a town that makes "Children of the Corn" look like child's play. There's no shortage of scary shenanigans happening in "Creed" ... We'd rather take a year-long gig teaching botany to the "Children of the Corn" than take a gas-and-bathroom break on a sunny day in Purity Springs.  ~Kat Rosenfield author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone/ MTV News
"This is: a straight-ahead, cover-your-ears tale of terror that grows more nihilistic and grueling by the page.... Leaver and Currie do the best thing horror authors can do, presenting protagonists who make smart choices, over and over, but to no avail. Now that's scary" ~ Daniel Kraus/ Booklist



THE AUTHORS.



Trisha Leaver: Trisha Leaver graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three kids and one rather irreverent black lab. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the YA Scream Queens
TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | Instagram: @trishaleaver
 


 
About Lindsay Currie: Lindsay Currie graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with an English Literature degree. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the YA Scream Queens. 
TWITTER | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK Instagram: @lindsayncurrie







GIVEAWAY.

A $20 Amazon Gift Card.
INT. 



 
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Nov 8, 2014

Some Books Ago: Slide by Jill Hathaway


 
If you realize, every Tuesday I post about the new books I discover. So, I wanted to give a shout out to all those books published some years ago, that maybe some readers may have forgotten.

 


Summary.

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth--her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

 
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