From that time on, the world was hers for the reading....


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Must Read: Paranormalcy

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White has been on my "to read" list for the fall since I heard people buzzing about it on Twitter. I was beyond excited when Kiersten announced that the release date has been bumped up to August 31!

Synopsis:
Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours.

But Evie's about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.


For more information, visit Kiersten White at:
@kierstenwhite
kierstenwhite.com

Three Books From Lauren Barnholdt!

Lauren Barnholdt has been busy! She has THREE YA books coming out this summer!

One Night That Changes Everything will be out July 6.

Synopsis:
Four dares - Two secrets - One night

Eliza is in a full-blown panic. Her notebook has been stolen--the one that lists everything she wants but is afraid to go after. And the absolute worst person in the world has it: her ex-boyfriend, Cooper.

Like it's not enough Cooper was lying to Eliza for their entire relationship, now he and his friends are blackmailing her. They're giving her just one night to complete the most humiliating tasks on her list or they'll post her secrets online--including the ones that aren't just about her.

Eliza's sure of only one thing: she isn't going down without a fight. Cooper may have what's left of her dignity, but she's not the only one with something to hide...


The re-release of Reality Chick (see my three-hearts review HERE) under a new name--Watch Me--will also be out on July 6.

Synopsis:
Ally has everything under control. She's about to move into a house full of strangers and have her life broadcast to the world, but as long as she still has her long-distance boyfriend, Corey, nothing can go wrong. Nothing, that is, until Ally starts spending time with her housemate Drew, the hot and sensitive guy who always seems to be around when she needs someone the most.

As suspicions and lies start pulling Ally and Corey apart, she's not sure if she can trust anyone, not even herself. Ally is about to learn the hard way that life is what happens when everyone is looking, and it doesn't always capture her good side?.


Finally, Aces Up will be out on August 10.

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.

When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.

Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?


For more information on Lauren Barnholdt, visit:
@laurenbarnholdt
laurenbarnholdtsummer.com

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

One Year Blogoversary

I started this blog one year ago today.

I had hit rock-bottom and needed something to help me climb my way back up to the land of the living. I found Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher on the shelves at my local library and, as my user name suggests, it had a major impact on my life. The story hit so close to home that I couldn't even bring myself to review it. Some things are just too personal.

In short, that book saved my life. This blog gave me a purpose every day.

And what a year it's been!

I've stumbled upon so many amazing authors--old and new--that I know I never would have heard of if it hadn't been for my interest in book blogging.

I found myself having conversations with actual authors, which is something I never thought would happen. Authors are rock stars to me!

I couldn't let today pass without thanking:

~ Stephanie Kuehnert () and Crissa-Jean Chappell () for being the first authors to read my blog and comment.

~ Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus for their fun Friday Five interview.

~ Jay Asher for writing Thirteen Reasons Why.

~ My 12th grade English teacher Mrs. Stratton for fostering my love of books.

~ My friend Bobby from St. Louis for being as enthusiastic about books as I am and filling pages of hand-written snail mail with reviews and suggestions.

~ Susane Colasanti () for unabashedly loving John Mayer as much as I do and including this lyrics in her amazing books.

~ Kay Cassidy for being an unstoppable force of kindness and positive thoughts.

~ The Westfield Athenaeum for keeping my "to read" pile stacked high.

~ The many authors who wrote, revised, and poured their heart and souls into the books I read and reviewed. Your imagination helped me escape and go on many adventures during a time when I needed to the most.

I fly under the radar without many readers or comments, but I'm grateful for every one and absolutely love the book blogging world.

Here's to another year!
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