Saturday, March 31, 2012

In My Mailbox (120) Long Time No Mailbox Post



Goodness, the last two or so weeks have been crazy busy (thank goodness I had some posts scheduled), which is why this is my first IMM in a few weeks. I got a lot of great titles that I am beyond excited to share with y'all.

A big thank you goes out to the awesome authors (Jill Hathaway, Cindy Pon and Leah Cypress) that I've won some books from, as well, as to the publishers (Little Brown, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, PYR, Seventh Star Press, and Farrar Straus Giroux) who kindly sent me some books for review.

Won

Masque of the Red Death *ARC* by Bethany Griffin, April 24, 2012. Published by Greenwillow Books.
Black Hole Sun (Black Hole Sun, 1) by David Macinnis Gill, 2010. Published by Greenwillow Books.
Invisible Sun *ARC* (Black Hole Sun, 2) by David Macinnis Gill, March 27, 2012. Published by Greenwillow Books.

Nightspell (Mistwood, 2) by Leah Cypress, 2011. Published by Greenwillow Books.
Entwined by Heather Dixon, 2011. Published by Greenwillow Books.
So excited about these five books! Thanks so much Cindy!


Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, 1) by Cindy Pon, 2009. Published by Greenwillow Books. I have been wanting to read this one for AGES and could never find it! Thanks so much, Leah!
Slide (Slide, 1) by Jill Hathaway, March 27, 2012. Published by Balzer & Bray.
Thanks so much, Jill! I am really looking forward to delving into this one.
Croak (Croak, 1) by Gina Damico, March 20. 2012. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Thanks to HMHkids. One of my sister was so excited to hear that I won it (we've both think it sounds awesome).

Review

False Covenant *ARC* (Widdershins, 2) by Ari Marmell, June 26, 2012. Published by PYR.
I was definitely surprised when this one showed up. Surprised and excited since the first book was so very good.
Sela (Leland Dragon, 2) by Jackie Gamber, March 16, 2012. Published by Seventh Star Press.
Y'all, I am so excited to be participating in the Sela blog tour; that's not the only thing I'm excited about...I'm blurbed in it! *fans self*

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad, April 17, 2012. Published by Little Brown.
Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo, April 10, 2012. Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

That is all for me this week. Still more to catch up on from the past month or so (and some that I got for Christmas/birthday).

Also, do not forget to enter to win a copy Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (US only).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (93)

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, May 1, 2012. Published by Walden Pond Press.

Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as "Prince Charming." But all of this is about to change...

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Guztav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it's up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
Why: It's really quite simple why I want this one. It just sounds like a great read and I am definitely intrigued to learn more about the "Prince Charming's", as well, as where their stories will lead.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Guest Post: Julianne Donaldson (Author of Edenbrooke) + Giveaway

This week I am excited to have Julianne Donaldson stopping by the blog as part of the Edenbrooke Blog Tour. Hope y'all will give her a warm welcome. Y'all can check out my review of Edenbrooke (post was a little long to include it here).

About the author:
Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children. Edenbrooke is her first novel.



My love of reading was born with "Go Dog, Go" as a preschooler, and once I discovered the magic of reading, I couldn’t find a reason to stop. As a child I enjoyed reading all kinds of books, but the first time a book really changed me was when I was in the fourth grade and read "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L’Engle. I’m still enveloped in a kind of other worldly sensation whenever I think of that book. How it carried me away!
At that point my reading changed, and I began to look for stories that would give me that same feeling of being carried away into another world. A good storyteller can do that to you, no matter what genre they write in. Some of my favorite storytellers (and my favorite of their books) include Mary Stewart ("Nine Coaches Waiting"), Jane Austen ("Persuasion"), Scott Westerfeld (the "Leviathan" series), Nancy E. Turner ("These Is My Words"), Kate Morton ("The Forgotten Garden"), Martine Leavitt ("Keturah and Lord Death") and Georgette Heyer ("Frederica").

Of course, there are countless more I could name. But every good book I have read has added something to me, both as an individual and as a writer. It would be hard now to pick out exactly who shaped me most as a writer. I only know that I am grateful for every good storyteller who has written a "carry-me-away" kind of story. They have all inspired me to try to do the same.

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, March 27, 2012. Published by Shadow Mountain.


Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.
From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will Marianne be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.
A Proper Romance is Shadow Mountain Publishing’s brand of clean, smart, engaging, romantic stories that will never embarrass the reader.
Giveaway:
1 ARC of Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. Open to residents of the US.
Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter and leave a comment on the guest post (extra points for commenting on my review). Please, do not leave personal info in the comments.

ARC Review: Edenbrooke

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, March 27, 2012. 240 pages. Published by Shadow Mountain. Source: Blog Tour.
Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.
From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will she be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.  
First Sentence (ARC):
It was the oak tree that distracted me.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Audiobook Review: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, 2) by Cassandra Clare, read by Ed Westwick and Heather Lind, 2011. 13 discs (15.5 hours). Published by Simon Audio. Source: Publisher (requested).
The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous Benedict Lightwood. In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain's past.
First Sentence:
The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight.           

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blog Tour Review: A Grand Murder

A Grand Murder (Catherine O'Brien, 1) by Stacy Verdick Case, 2011. 224 pages. Published by  Before the Fall Books. Source: Partners in Crime Book Tour/Author.
A Grand Murder is the first book in the Catherine O'Brien mystery series.When a prominent local businessman and friend of the chief of police is murdered on the front steps of his posh Grand Avenue Hill home, Saint Paul homicide detective Catherine O'Brien a pithy, vertically challenged, St. Paul, Minnesota, homicide detective with a monstrous coffee habit and her partner Louise are given two days to find his killer.They soon discover their victim had a list of people with motives to murder him, including his fashion designer ex-wife, his mistress's husband, and the chief of police. The only evidence they have to go on is a missing cell phone, a stolen book, the victim's letter opener, and an ugly pair of Alpaca wool mittens.
First Sentence:
I rolled out of bed and lowered my feet onto the hardwood floor.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (92)

A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, 1) by Brandon Mull, 2011. Published by Aladdin.
Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.
Why: I've actually been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it last year. Hopefully this year I will be able to get my hands on a copy (maybe my library will have it).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (84)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin, 2012. 288 pages. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons. Source: Publisher for review.

Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.
Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.
Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…
First Sentence:

Here it is, practically mid-September, and it's still too hot to live.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Guest Post: Meredith Zeitlin (Author of Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters)

This week I am happy to have Meredith Zeitlin, author of Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, stopping by the blog. Hope y'all will give her a warm welcome.

About the author:
Meredith Zeitlin is a writer and voiceover artist who lives in Brooklyn with two adorable feline roommates. She also writes a column for Ladygunn Magazine, changes her hair color every few months, and has many fancy pairs of spectacles.
In case you're wondering whether any of Kelsey's experiences are based on Meredith's own, the answer is NO WAY. When she was fourteen, Meredith looked and behaved perfectly at all times, was never in a single embarrassing situation, and always rode to school on her very own unicorn.

Five of My Favorite Authors and the Books that Made Them So!
AUDREY NIFFENEGGER: The Time-Traveler's Wife. This book is magic. It destroyed me – first, because I simply couldn't believe that the author had gotten it all to work out so perfectly. I would go flipping back to previously read scenes, thinking, “There's no way there isn't a mistake here somewhere..” but there were no mistakes. The humor in this book, the language, the images, the raw emotion, the sex, the visceral pain of loss – it's all there. I cried so hard when I got to the end (and, FYI, I almost never cry, period) that a woman on the subway asked if I needed help. This is probably the most perfect book I've ever read.
(Do not ever mention the movie of this book to me. No, I haven't seen it, and I certainly never will. There's simply no point.)
SHEL SILVERSTEIN: Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back. Yes, everyone loves Uncle Shelby. But for me, this is his best book, and one I have loved for a thousand years. Go read it right now, if you haven't. It's about what it means to be human, and what it means to fit into your own skin. It's funny and strange and brilliant.

FIONA WALKER: French Relations. I bought this book at Heathrow Airport when I was 18 and wanted something juicy and fun to read for the flight back to the US. Little did I know I had stumbled on the BEST BOOK EVER. It's just everything about a fabulous chick-litty, beach read only more – fashion! Scandal! Drunken midnight romps! Misunderstandings! Puns! Horses! English people! It's like Bridget Jones if she lived in a Judith Krantz world. Seriously, I know it sounds ridiculous and very unliterary, but everyone I have ever loaned my copy to (on pain of death if it not returned, btw) has agreed. Best. Book. Ever.

GREGORY MAGUIRE: Wicked. People who are only familiar with the (in my opinion, totally awful – and I say that as a fully-fledged and knowledgeable theatre geek, btw) musical version of this need to go buy the book AT ONCE. It's totally different. It's a political manifesto, and so complicated, so nuanced, so brutal... every time I read it I discover something I completely missed the last time. I think it's the best of his books (and I've read them all) - but that might be because it's the first one I read and I don't know if anything could compete afterwards.

REBECCA WELLS: The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I love Rebecca Wells. I love the way she makes sentences, the ways she creates characters, and the way she tells a story. Her words are delicious. Her point of view is so specific. I think she has one of the purest voices in fiction – and I love Southern fiction. The Prince of Tides was a favorite novel when I was growing up, and her stories remind of it in all the best ways. (And no, I haven't seen the movie version of this either! You can't make me!)
It's funny, because I just realized that three of my choices are books that have become very well known in recent years and developed for other mediums... but I've had them on my shelf for AGES. That makes me really happy, actually. Anyway, I could do this all day, of course – but you only asked for five! Maybe if I write a second book of my own, you can ask me for five more? ;) 
Thanks, Meredith, for the awesome post! Y'all can check out my review of Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters. =)
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin, 2012. Published by G.P. Putnam.
Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…
You can haunt Meredith Zeitlin at-

Friday, March 16, 2012

ARC Review: The Cabinet of Earths

The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbit, 2012. 272 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Published for review (requested).
On their first day in Paris, Maya and her little brother, James, find themselves caught up in some very old magic. Houses with bronze salamanders for door handles, statues that look too much like Maya's own worried face, a man wearing sunglasses to hide his radiant purple eyes . . . nothing is what it seems. And what does all that magic want from Maya?

With the help of a friendly boy named Valko, Maya discovers surprises hidden in her family tree--grandmothers who walked in magic, a cousin so unremarkable she's actually hard to see, and a terrible family habit of betraying one's brother. And now the shimmering glass Cabinet of Earths, at the heart of all these secrets, has chosen Maya to be its new Keeper.

As she untangles the ties between the Salamander House, the purple-eyed man, and the Cabinet of Earths, Maya realizes that her own brother may be in terrible danger. To save him, Maya must take on the magical underworld of Paris . . . before it is too late.
First Sentence (ARC):
It was his own grandmother who fed Henri-Pierre to the Cabinet of Earths, long ago when he was only four.

Cover Reveal: Perfection by J.L. Spelbring

Y'all, I am soooo excited to be revealing the cover for Perfection by J.L. Spelbring because it sounds like an epically good read. Cannot wait to see what y'all think of this one (let me know in the comments). =)

Perfection by J.L. Spelbring, May 7, 2013. Published by Spencer Hill Press.
The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.

Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.

Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.

But he does.

His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (91)

Bewitching by Alex Flinn, 2012. Published by HarperTeen.
Bewitching can be a beast. . . .
Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t.

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age.
You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.
Why: I absolutely loved the first book of Alex Flinn's that I read last year, Clocked, and cannot wait to read another of her books. Plus this sounds like one awesome book.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Teaser Tuesday *ARC Edtion* (83)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lucy

Lucy (Daughters of the Sea, 3) by Kathryn Lasky, 2012. 320 pages. Published by Scholastic. Source: Publisher for review (requested).
A choice between love and survival . . .Lucy's family is excited to spend the summer in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her minister father is pleased to preside over such a prestigious congregation, and his social-climbing wife is ecstatic at the chance to find a rich husband for her daughter.Yet Lucy wants nothing to do with the Bar Harbor social scene; she's simply excited to spend the summer by the sea, watching the waves from her favorite spot on the cliff. Despite having never gone swimming, Lucy feels an intense connection to the ocean, and meets a handsome ship-builder who shows Lucy a world she's never known, yet somehow always longed for.However, her mother will stop at nothing to keep Lucy and the ship builder apart, even if it means throwing Lucy into the arms of a wealthy man with a dangerous secret. Can Lucy break free and embrace her destiny as a daughter of the sea? Or is she doomed to waste away in a gilded cage, slowly dying of a broken heart?
First Sentence:
Majorie Snow, wife of the Reverend Stephen Snow, peered into the bedroom of her daughter, Lucy.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sparkling Reviews' Follower Appreciation Day

Sparkling ReviewsMary at Sparkling Reviews is celebrating with a gigantic "Follower Appreciation Day" giveaway. Trust me, y'all are going to want to check out the awesomeness (all giveaways end tonight at midnight, so you may want to hurry).

Follower Appreciation 1 (Ipad)
Follower Appreciation 2 (Best Buy giftcard)
Follower Appreciation 3 (Kobo Vox)
Follower Appreciation 5 (Kitchenaid Mixer)
Follower Appreciation 6 (Coach giftcard)
Follower Appreciation 7 (MacBook)
Follower Appreciation 8 (Apple prize pack)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Audiobook Review: Cinder

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, 1) by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler, 2012. 8 discs (10 hours). Published by Macmillan Audio. Source: Publisher (requested).
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.
First Sentence:

The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. 
          

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hana-Kimi 3

Hana-Kimi 3 by Hisaya Nakajo, 2004. 200 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: Library.
Izumi, his friend Nakatsu and our crossdressing heroine Mizuki are hired to work at a beach chalet run by the family of weird school nurse Dr. Umeda! But when Kagurazaka - Izumi's high-jump rival - shows up with his two younger sisters in tow, the job gets personal! Kagurazaka's attractive sister Tamami has a crush on Izumi too, and she sees Izumi's classmate Mizuki as a way to find out about the object of her affections. And then someone realizes that Mizuki's actually a girl...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (90)

Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler, 2012. Published by HarperCollins.
Princess Meriel's brothers have been cursed. A terrible enchantment--cast by their conniving new stepmother--has transformed the handsome princes into swans. They now swim forlornly on a beautiful heart-shaped lake that lies just beyond the castle walls.

Meriel will do whatever it takes to rescue her beloved brothers. But she must act quickly. If Heart Lake freezes, her brothers will be forced to fly south or perish.
With help from her newfound friends Riona and Liam--a pretty half-witch and her clever brother--Meriel vows to finish a seemingly impossible task. If she completes it, her brothers may be saved.

But if she fails . . . all will be lost.
Why: I have many reasons for wanting Princess of the Wild Swans, and one of them is that I love fantasy books and occasionally I even find myself loving the ones that feature princesses. Besides, this one sounds like a fantastic read.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Teaser Tuesday *ARC* (82)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, March 5, 2012

ARC Review: Fair Coin

Fair Coin (Coin, 1) by E.C. Myers, March 6, 2012. 290 pages. Published by PYR. Source: Publisher for review.
Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified when he comes home from school and finds his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. The reason for her suicide attempt is even more disturbing: she thought she’d identified Ephraim’s body at the hospital that day.
Among his dead double’s belongings, Ephraim finds a strange coin—a coin that grants wishes when he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can turn his alcoholic mother into a model parent and catch the eye of the girl he’s liked since second grade. But the coin doesn’t always change things for the better. And a bad flip can destroy other people’s lives as easily as it rebuilds his own. 
The coin could give Ephraim everything he’s ever wanted—if he learns to control its power before his luck runs out.  
First Sentence (ARC):
Ephraim found his mother slumped over the kitchen table, her right hand curled around a half-empty bottle of vodka.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

In My Mailbox (119) Latest Library Finds

In My Mailbox, inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by The Story Siren.

So, I had not planned on writing an IMM this week. The main reason I was not going to write a post this week was because yesterday I awoke to malware infected computer and thought that it was terminal. Needless to say, I was stressed out and not in the mood to write one up, but now that things are  all straightened out...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hana-Kimi 2

Hana-Kimi 2 by Hisaya Nakajo, 2004. 200 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: Library.
High jump champion Izumi Sano has realized that his slender new roommate Miyuki is a girl, but he's decided to keep her secret so she doesn't get kicked out of their allboys' high school. Now they're becoming good friends, without worrying about "guy" or "girl" stuff - or so Miyuki thought until Izumi kissed her one night Before Miyuki has time to freak out, in steps a bigger problem: her American half-brother Shizuki, who's not too thrilled to find out that his little sister is cross-dressing 24 hours a day. But handsome Shizuki has problems of his own...
First Sentence:

60 seconds.

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