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00004Poison Princess, which is the first book in The Arcana Chronicles,October 2nd. Author Kresley Cole is a NY Times bestselling author of the adult Immortals After Dark series. I am excited to see what she does in the YA genre.

(Book Summary from Goodreads)
Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….(goodreads)

To preorder your copy, visit Amazon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1442436646/simonsayscom

Interview/Giveaway w/Jennifer Estep

Good morning friends!

Blogger is not cooperating with me today, so I am crossposting this interview. Stop by my blog to read my exciting interview with Jennifer Estep and enter to win a copy of VENOM. Here is the link...see you there!
http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/2010/09/interview-and-giveaway-jennifer-estep.html

New Soul Screamers coming soon!



Stop by Rachel Vinent's website to find out how to enter to win a copy of My Soul To Keep and a Harlequin Tshirt.
http://urbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/05/first-my-soul-to-keep-contest.html

SISTERS RED!!

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Sisters Red in advance through an arc tour. Let me say, you have to read it. The only bad part was that I had to send the ARC to someone else. This is one of those books I would read again! Here is my review...

My thoughts...I have gotten in the habit lately of NOT reading the book summary for fear of spoilers. So I went into this knowing the cover is brilliant and the author is bubbling with personality, a bit risky I know. The prologue, which quickly reveals this is a sort of Little Red Riding Hood tale, instantly sets me on the edge of my seat, chewing on my lip. It is scary, edgy and intense-and that's just the prologue.

The actual story starts years later, when the March sisters, Scarlett and Rosie live in a small cottage where they live as hunters. They search for and destroy the creatures that destroyed their former lives and their innocence. We also meet Silas, the young woodsman who lives up the road. His fate has let him on a similar path, although it is clear early on he does not embrace his fate like Scarlett March does. I felt that all of the characters were brilliantly written. I could sympathize with each of the March sisters and their unique situations.

I have to admit once I discovered this was a fairy tale remake, I was a bit concerned. Fortunately, there was no reason for concern. Sisters Red takes some of the themes from Little Red and uses them to create a very exciting paranormal tale. The story is full of suspense, the kind where you want to warn the characters to "turn around" or "don't talk to them". Aside from the action, this blooms into a love story, a bittersweet one. I found myself torn between heart and head, wanting peace for all the characters involved. I did find the twist a bit predictable, but this just allowed me to enjoy the details of the story more. It actually built my anticipation, waiting to see how things would unfold.

Overall, this is a wonderful book for fans of YA of any age. I did not notice an abundance of foul language or sexual situations (just some mild kissing). The book is rated ages 15 and up, I imagine due to the violence. Some of the scenes are pretty grizzly. For my first fairy tale retelling, this one set the bar pretty high!

Cover LOVE? Just now, I realize the wolf's face in the picture. All I noticed before was the two sisters. Brilliant. This is one of my favorite covers.

Visit Jackson on her livejournal for a chance to win your own copy.
http://watchmebe.livejournal.com/656703.html

LINGER arc giveaway

Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.


Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie's blog.

The 12 Blogs of Christmas has begun!



The 12 Blogs of Christmas

On the first day of the Holiday, The Neverending Shelf gave to YOU...
Not 1, not 2, but 9 prizes. Visit The Neverending Shelf to enter.

http://www.theneverendingshelf.com/2009/12/12-blogs-of-christmas-contest.html

2010 Debut Author Challenge

I have decided to join the 2010 Debut Author Challenge. What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge you ask?

The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year. I will probably be reading these books anyways, so...sounds like fun huh?

The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime! Visit
The Story Siren for more information. She will be our gracious hostess.

Here is my list so far...
1. The Mark by Jen Nadol (Jan)
2. The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard (Jan)
3. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (Jan )
4. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Feb)
5. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omolou (Feb)
6. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (March)
7. The Line by Terry Hall (March)
8. Forget Her Nots by Amy Brecount White (March)
9. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis (April)
10. Hex Hall by Rachel Hopkins (April)
11. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (April)
12. Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw (May)
13. Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia (May)
14. Sea by Heidi King (June)
15. Everlasting by Angie Frazier (June)
17. Shadow Hills by Anastacia Hopcus (July)
18. The Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (September)
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I am shooting for 24, but I may read more. This list will be a work-in-progress, especially since I need to fill the rest of the year.

**Authors and publishers-if your book is on the list, I would love to review it, set up an interview, or contest to help you promote your new releases!

Happy Reading.