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We'll call this the "cutsie" edition.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

ISBN: 9781250012579 | Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 12th 2012)| Amazon | Goodreads

 

This sounds epic and adorable. Dear Rainbow Rowell, please be different and unique from the stereotypical YA novel, and don't let me down.

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I love this series… and I love Cassandra Clare. I'm putting off reading the other books in the series until their all published so I can sit down and read them all at once :D

 

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.

Authors Who Contributed: Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman

ISBN: 9781937856229 | Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by SmartPop | Amazon | Goodreads

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I tend to be suspicious of Simon Pulse books, because I've had so many bad experiences, but who knows, maybe this one will shine. You can always hope, right? Anyway I'll try not to judge until I've read. (Also, I know, it's already out. but it's new. so it counts.)

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and Gone, Gone, Gone.Be careful what you believe in.
Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.
Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

ISBN: 9781442465329 | January 1st 2013 by Simon Pulse | Amazon | Goodreads

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This looks particularly interesting… Maybe because I'm a crime writer?

 

 

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

ISBN: 978-1606843215 | EgmontUSA (January 22, 2013) | Amazon | Goodreads

Review: Iron Hearted Violet

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill, read by Simon Vance
Genre: Children’s fiction, Young YA
ISBN: 9780316056731
Published October 9th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5
Amazon | Goodreads

The end of their world begins with a story.
This one.

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.

Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being -- called the Nybbas -- imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true -- not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

I read a lot of fairy tails as a kid, but never have I read one this profound and unique: an ugly princess, a helpful dragon, a gifted farm-hand, a crazy story-teller, and an evil god trapped in the stones of an ever-changing castle. The language was beautiful and fluid and enchanting, the characters were all unique and special, and the plot itself had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. I never wanted it to end but I was so happy with the conclusion. On top of it all, the audio-book was wonderfully read, full of character and voice, and Simon Vance nailed the personalities of the characters. I have no doubt I will re-read this book eventually, and I am adding Barnhill to my Author Watch list.

Content/Recommendation: Clean and suitable for ages 9-Adult

Guest Post and Tour: You're Busting My Nuptials

Today we're kicking off Ann Everett's book tour for her new novel, You're Busting My Nuptials, a comic novel about a wedding gone wrong.

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Today she's writing about her characters and how each one has a little bit of herself inside them.

People ask me all the time which character in my books is me? Well, they’re all me! Does that make me a narcissist? I hope not. What I should say is I give each of my characters one of my traits.

Not only did Tizzy Donovan think her cup was always half empty, she was pretty sure someone had spit in it.

That’s the first line of LAID OUT AND CANDLE LIT and definitely describes me. I tend to think my cup is always half empty. I’m not a pessimist, but sometimes I feel bad luck is looming just around the corner, which is crazy, because I’ve had a ton of good luck. The same man has loved me for over 45 years. I’ve been healthy forever…still have all my original parts, AND I got published!!

“I don’t like skunks. I’m afraid of skunks. I’m more afraid of skunks than I am of vampires.” ~Rayann/LAID OUT AND CANDLE LIT


Oh my Lord! I can’t go in, Tizzy. They’ve got clowns in there. I’m afraid of clowns.”
~Rayann/YOU’RE BUSTING MY NUPTIALS

Poor Rayann. She got the burden of all my fears. In real life, most of the time, I’m fearless. However, I live in the country and when I step outside , if I smell a skunk, I’m a nervous wreck. I’m afraid one of those awful creatures will bite me. Then as a child, I had nightmares about clowns, so I’m afraid of them too. Who would have thought someday my fears would help me write a character like Rayann Tatum?

“I’d rather be stung to death by a bunch of piss ants.” ~Synola/YOU’RE BUSTING MY NUPTIALS

Synola Harper was a fun character to write. She’s a sassy-pants, just like me, only worse. There’s not a lot that will get her flustered and if you’re ever in a gun-fight, you’d definitely want her on your side!

“I swear, when that woman dies, she’ll be deader than everybody else.” ~Pattiecake/LAID OUT AND CANDLE LIT

Ahh, Pattiecake McAlister. She’s the character in the books actually based on me. Her sister, Sugarpie, also based on my real life sister, are co-owners of Sweet Thangs Bakery. They were the easiest to write, because they are actual people and I know them so well.

I base many of my characters on family members. Tizzy’s dad, Saint McAlister is based on my daddy, Saint McLean. Tizzy’s brother, Sheriff Dan McAlister is based on my real brother Dan, who was never a sheriff, but was in law enforcement for many years.

Everyone else in the books came right out of my imagination even though I pull some characteristics from people I’ve known. Cover_You're Busting My Nuptials

All of my leading men, at least their sensitive sides are based on my husband. He’s thoughtful and kind and puts others before himself. Dang, if that’s true, then why do I want to knock him upside the head most days?! Hmmm, I think I just came up with another trait I can give a character!

About the Book

After almost five years, widow and single mother, Tizzy Donovan finally met the man of her dreams in Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper. But when he fails to show up for their wedding, she’s determined to find out why.

Enlisting the help of first cousin Jinx Monroe, and best friends, Rayann Tatum and Synola Harper, it’s not long until they’re dealing with clowns, yard gnomes, a missing stripper, and a Baptist deacon.

After a car chase and gun fight, head-strong Tizzy is more committed than ever to claim her happily-ever-after. All she needs is a séance with an old witch and a little help from Positive Jesus.

 

About the Author

Ann Everett is a Texas girl from her big-bar-hair AuthorPicdown to her bare toes. For many years she did stand-up comedy for businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Creator of the White Trash Facelift, halter tops, and beer bling bracelets, Ann embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are the funniest people on earth.

She’s an award winning author and active member of Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization where she serves as director of their twenty-seventh annual writers’ conference.

When Ann’s not writing, she spends her days listening in on people’s conversations at the local Wal-Mart, beauty shop, Dollar Store, and numerous other gathering spots. She draws from that research to pen her romantic comedies, full of southern sass and Texas twang.

Giveaway

Ann will be giving away a $25 gift card to one randomly drawn commenter on the tour. Check out the other tour stops for more chances to win!

Tour: Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad

RBGGB by Naomi Rabinowitz
Genre: YA
ASIN: B009NNXUJI
Published: October 8, 2012
Amazon | Goodreads

About the Book

MEDIA KIT Revenge Of A Band Geek Gone Bad D2 (2)  Shy, overweight Melinda Rhodes' sophomore year of high school isn't going so well. Her mother mocks her weight. She spends her weekends holed up in her room making what her friend calls "Freaky eyeball paintings." Her pants split in the middle of school, earning her the nickname, "Moolinda." She then loses first chair flute in band to Kathy Meadows, the pretty and popular mean girl who's tormented Mel for years.

Her luck changes when she catches the eye of sexy hottie Josh Kowalski, a rebellious trumpet prodigy and class clown. Josh has also been hurt by Kathy and asks Melinda to help take Kathy down. Mel figures that she has nothing to lose ... and Josh is adorable with gorgeous blue eyes and a winning smile. She agrees to team up with him and looks forward to finally getting back at her rival.

At first, the pair's pranks against Kathy are silly, and as they work together, Mel comes out of her shell. Wild, impulsive Josh gets her to do things she'd never done before and Mel enjoys being a bad girl. Even better, she and Josh fall in love and their teen romance blossoms.
However, as their schemes become more involved and dangerous, Mel begins to question her loyalty to Josh -- and is surprised to find how dark her dark side really is. Just how far will she be willing to go to get what she wants -- and is keeping Josh really worth the risk of going against her beliefs?

About the Author

MEDIA KIT NaomiRabinowitz[1] (2) Naomi's love for writing emerged when she was in the second grade and her poem, "The Four Seasons," won first prize in a local literary competition. She became interested in journalism in junior high when her English class was selected to write for Newsday's "Kidsday" column. She received a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and an M.A. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. From 1998-2012, she worked as a reporter/editor for national TV magazine Soap Opera Digest.

These days, Naomi writes, plays jazz flute and designs jewelry for her businesses Naomi's Designs and MayaGirl Creations. She lives in Queens, NY with her husband, Jonathan, and their cat, Maya.

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Giveaway

Naomi will be giving away a CD of flute music, and a pair of hand-made earrings to one randomly drawn commenter on the tour. Check out other tour stops for more chances to win!

Exploring Etsy: Back to School!

January! Time for a new semester! or if you've got kids in k-8, time for mid-terms! (ew.) I don't know about you, but I've found that I tear through school supplies like there's no tomorrow. Why not support a small business when you replenish?

Wool backpack by Baby Bags

 

Deathly Hallows backpack by Catbird Creatures

 

Weekly Planner by Storybook Journals

(She's also got If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Where the Wild Things Are, Lemony Snicket, and tons more!)

 

Chalkboard Wall Calendar by Simple Shapes

 

Twig Pencils by The Papery Nook

 

Laptop case (15" macbook pro) by Jiu Jiu

 

Tablet case and Laptop bag by A Phillip Art


*I don't get anything in exchange for posting these artists, I just like their work. If you have an etsy shop, or an idea for a theme, leave a comment!*

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Three levels. Two loves. One choice. Debut novelist, Lenore Appelhans has written a thrilling otherworldly young adult novel about a place that exists between our world (Level 1) and what comes after life (Level 2).
'I pause to look around the hive - all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories ... I've wanted to get out of here before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me. There has to be more to death than this.'
Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend ... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.
Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves.

ISBN: 9781442441859 | Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Amazon | Goodreads

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This. Looks. Amazing. As someone who deals with feelings and emotional problems on a daily basis… this concept is pretty high. Dear Suzanne Young, please don't let me down!

The Program by Suzanne Young

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

ISBN: 9781442445802 | Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Simon Pulse | Amazon | Goodreads

Review: The Right Hand

The Right Hand by Derek Haas
Genre: Adult, Spy, Mystery, Thriller
ISBN: 9780316198462
Published:
Rating: 5

I started listening to The Right Hand with absolutely no idea what it was about, and within seconds I was entranced. Everything about this book was 5 stars or higher. The writing was right for the genre: descriptive and witty, but more focused on the point of the story than the writing itself. The pacing was perfect, the tone was awesome, and the characters were fabulous. I mean, a CIA spy who is so bad-ass and awesome at what he does that the organization doesn't even want to know how he gets his job done, only that he gets it done? How awesome is that? The plot never stopped moving, changing, turning. (And since I did listen to the audiobook, I will say, the reader did an excellent job!)

Sometimes I have long drawn out reviews and lots to say about books… and don't get me wrong, I have a lot to say about The Right Hand, but it all circles around one thing: If you like spy thrillers and adventure novels and don't mind a good murder or some bloodshed, go read this book now. This book is Exciting, entertaining, funny, emotional, and just downright awesomely cool.

Content/Recommendation: Mind language. Violence (not gruesome, but still bloody). Ages 16+

 

Meet Austin Clay, the CIA's best-kept secret.
There has always been a need in the spy game for operations outside the realm of legality-covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, is aware of their existence. The left hand can't know what the right hand is doing.
Austin Clay is that right hand, executing missions that would be disavowed by his own government were he ever to be compromised. His team consists of only his trusted handler and himself. His missions are among the most important and dangerous in U.S. history.
Clay is sent to track down a missing American operative, a man who was captured outside of Moscow, in the Russian countryside. Soon he discovers the missing officer is only the beginning of the mission, and finds himself protecting a desperate woman who believes a mole has penetrated the top levels of the U.S. government, throwing the international balance of power into jeopardy.
With blistering pace, international intrigue, and a high-stakes plot that spans continents, THE RIGHT HAND introduces a new hero, from the novelist whose work the New York Times Book Review has proclaimed "devastatingly cool."

Review: Who Could That Be At This Hour

WCTBATH by Lemony Snicket
Genre: YA Mystery
ISBN: 9780316123082
Published: October 24th 2012 by Little Brown
Rating: 4
Amazon | Goodreads

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.

I had never read Lemony Snicket before, and honestly, I probably won't again. This audio book wasn't a bad experience per se… it was odd. I guess with a name like Lemony Snicket, you have to be odd.

First, he used his own name as the name of the main character. I'm not sure if he did this to allow for getting into the characters head, or if he just couldn't think of anything else at the time and then forgot to change it later, but it was strange and somewhat distracting.

Second, Although it was exciting and interesting, it certainly didn't have me sitting on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting the next word. I was too busy thinking and trying to figure out what the hell was going on.

Third, the writing wasn't bad, but again, it was odd. I really don't know how else to describe it. Maybe it's an acquired taste… if you can acquire tastes for writing voices.

I liked the characters, the plot was good, and it worked itself out well in the end with just enough of a cliffhanger to make me curious about the next book, but honestly, I probably won't be waiting outside Books-a-Million at midnight waiting for the release.

Content/Recommendation: Clean, ages 14-adult

Review: Hating Heidi Foster

Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blount
Genre: YA
ISBN: 9780985762704
Published: October 25th 2012 by Alluvion Press
Rating: DNF, 2
Amazon | Goodreads

Hating Heidi Foster is about a young 14-year-old girl named Mae whose father dies while saving her childhood friend, Heidi. I was expecting a sweet, powerful, poignant novel about forgiveness and sacrifice. Instead I got something else, and really, I'm not even sure what it was, because I quit halfway through. Here is why I didn't bother finishing it.

Jeffrey Blount, I'm sorry, but you're not a good writer. You had a great idea for a novel and it had a very high concept and so much potential but the execution was poor and full of run-on sentences and missing commas such as the sentence that I just wrote about you so that I could depict just how annoying it was to try to read your novel.

A note to all writers: unless you are especially skilled, don't write a novel in the voice or perspective of the opposite sex. It just doesn't turn out well.

Mae… oh Mae, what can I say about you. Within the first few pages, the only thing I knew about her was that there was something strange about her. After a few more pages, that feeling grew, until I realized what it was: She sounded like a seven-year-old. She's supposed to be fourteen in this novel, just entering her Freshman year of High School, but she has the voice of a child, and really doesn't even feel like a girl. She doesn't feel like a boy, but she doesn't feel like a girl either.

Not only was Mae's character strange, but it was also awful. Yes I realize her father died, but that was the only characterization that I had on her. I had even less of her mother. And Heidi? Forget it, I didn't know squat about her. I couldn't tell you what these characters looked like, sounded like, wore, where they lived, anything.

This book is barely over 100 pages. Within the first quarter, literally nothing happened. It was thoughts and reelections and conversations, but nothing happened. In a literary novel that was 700 pages and about fifteen characters and had political and religious stories running through it, I would expect that sort of thing. But not from a YA novel.

Waiting on Wednesday, college edition

So I'm going to rant a little.

I have a strange major at my university, because I made it myself (It's called Special Studies). The classes I need to graduate aren't being offered this semester, but I graduate in the spring. So I'm running around like a headless chicken trying to get the classes I need and fill out paperwork for substitutions and come up with independent studies, so I can graduate.

I'm Waiting on Wednesday to be done with this joke called "Western Carolina University."

Meanwhile, here is a book I wish I had the money to pre-order.

Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter

When Evelyn decided to piss off her parents with a bad reputation, she wasn't planning to ruin her valedictorian status. She also wasn't planning to fall for Todd-the guy she was just using for sex. And she definitely wasn't planning on getting pregnant. When Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn's not sure where to go. Can a distant mother, a cheating father, an angry best friend, and a (thankfully) loving aunt with adopted daughters of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow?

ISBN: 9781599909585 | Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Bloomsbury: | Amazon | Goodreads

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