Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (13)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...
 The first book in this series (Born at Midnight) only came out yesterday, and I already want the next one.  But since the first one did just come out, and most of you probably haven't had a chance to read it yet (unless you're super-speedy, and in that case, bravo *tips hat*) here's a teeny-tiny sneak peek at the summary for book two...

Kylie Galen thought her life was a mess before she went to Shadow Falls Camp...(more at goodreads.com)

But come on, the first one was about a summer camp for supernatural teens.  What's not to like?  Besides, the covers in this series are gorgeous, no?

Can't wait.  Needy.

So...what's on your Waiting on Wednesday this week?

Let me know in the comments!

-geekgirl

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lisa McMann Author Signing Toronto



Last Wednesday I attended Lisa McMann's Cryer's Cross book signing in Toronto. I've never been to a signing before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and I think this one was a little skewed due to the terrible (awful-no good-very bad) weather we were having that day, which turned my twenty-minute drive to the bookstore into an hour-and-a-half drive.


But I persevered, and for that I was rewarded.


It was a small event, due to the weather, but it was a great time.


First, Lisa shared with us a little bit about Cryer's Cross (which I haven't read yet, though I loved her Wake Trilogy), and then she broke out the big guns, and read us a couple chapters of her upcoming YA/Middle-Grade dystopian novel, The Unwanteds.


Just FYI, The Unwanteds was amazing. I sat and listened to Lisa reading, and had to tell myself that No, rushing the stage and snatching the book out of Lisa McMann's hands was a bad idea. So I didn't. But I really, really wanted to. (please notice my restraint).


I also discovered that it's really, really hard to take a good picture of someone while they're talking (or in Lisa's case, reading out loud).



Lisa also handed out some "dead body" silly bands.



Hint: They're not actually dead bodies. I'm pretty sure they're soccer players. The BF discovered they have tiny cleats.
Lisa was also nice enough to give me a big handful of the "dead body" sillybands, to give away on the blog. So, if you'd like one, send me an email at gkgrlbk@gmail.com, and I'll mail you one (first come, first serve).


Lisa was kind enough to sign my books "To GeekGirl", which I adore her for. Because I am just that geeky.



All in all, despite the terrible-awful-no good-very bad weather, Lisa McMann made my first author signing a great experience. She was lovely and welcoming and we all had a great time.

Born at Midnight - C.C. Hunter

Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…


Why I Read It
It's about a summer camp for teens that's populated completely by supernatural beings--vampires, werewolves, fairies, the whole she-bang!  Also, I'm pretty sure this was another 2011 YA debut, so I wanted it for The Story Siren's challenge.

What I <3'd
Kylie, the main character, is a "troubled" teen (she's really not, she just keeps getting caught up in bad situations) that's going through some pretty tough times right now.  Her grandmother has just passed away, her boyfriend has dumped her, her best friend might be pregnant, and her parents are getting a divorce.  Oh yeah, and she has a stalker that no one else can see, so she's being shuffled first off to a shrink, and then, when she's caught at a party where there's drugs, her parents decide the shrink isn't enough, and send her off to summer camp.  The only problem is that the rest of the campers are freaks...literally. 
Encountering vampires and werewolves and witches and so on for the first time in her life, I thought Kylie has a very believable first reaction...disbelief.  Then, when it's proven to her that, yes, these things are real and she is one of them, I really liked the fact that Kylie really doesn't know what she is (and continues to maintain the hope that she really isn't a supernatural) and that she isn't perfect.  She doesn't suddenly come into her powers or make guys fall in love with her.  She's a lot more believable.  And while there is a love triangle, I enjoyed her interactions with the guys she was interested in, and the fact that she was interested in each of them for different reasons.
The characters were great.  I loved the campers, but I especially loved her forever-bickering roommates and Kylie's reaction to them, and their growing friendship.
All in all, a very fun paranormal read.

What I Didn't <3
The only thing I didn't love was that it was a little hard to keep track of the characters, because there were so many introduced all at once.  But other than that, nothing that I could really hold against it.

GEEKOUT Moment (no spoilers)
The unicorn.  Also, the kitten (the one that was once a unicorn).  Also, "stealing Big-Macs"...best metaphor ever.

This was a really fun read, and a great start to a new YA paranormal series.  I can't wait for book two, and this one is only coming out today!

Go get it.  You won't regret it.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cover-Judgers Anonymous (3)

Never judge a book by its cover.

 If you've read my blog, you've probably heard me refer to myself as a shameless cover-judger.  I know, I'm seeking help.  But I don't think I'm the only one out there who does it.

So I invite you, readers, to share your opinion, and maybe we can find a cure for this problem together...or not.


Personally, the reason I was drawn to this book in the first place was the fact that I fell absolutely head-over-heels in love with the cover.
Which cover, you ask? Well, because I'm a twisted, twisted soul, it was the cover on the left. I saw that cover with the pram and the knives and the scissors and my messed up little heart went pitter-pat. I saw it, and instantly thought What is this? I must know what this book is! Gimmie *grabbyhands*.


But at the same time, I have a good friend who works in a major bookstore. We were chatting away about books, and she mentioned this one. She couldn't remember its title, but remembered how creepy the cover was and started explaining what was on it. I jumped up and cried "I know that one!", all pleased with myself.

I wanted to read it. She didn't.

So where do you stand? Do you prefer the creepy, chilling, disturbing cover on the left (as I do), or do you prefer the beautiful blue one on the right, which more resembles YA fiction as of late?

Inquiring minds want to know people! I want to pick your brains. :)

-geekgirl

Across the Universe - Beth Revis

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


Why I Read It
It's a dystopian in space.  On a spaceship.  Dystopian.  In space!  (also, it's a 2011 debut).



What I <3'd
I have a huge thing for dystopian, which is great, because they're really big in YA fiction right now.  However, I have always loved sci-fi as well, so this was pretty much made for me.


The story really surprised me.  I had heard amazing things--I've yet to find a bad review of this book--but it really wasn't what I thought it would be.  The world Revis created in this ship was a lot more complex than I thought it would be.  Instead of taking the easy way out and having Amy wake up with everyone else, she is woken up alone and is forced to deal with the persecution of being the only "different" person on Godspeed.


The relationship between Amy and Elder was also really surprising.  While there is a definite attraction, their relationship isn't the absolute focus of the story.  The focus is more on the society itself and the mystery behind the attempted--and successful--murders of the other frozen crew members (which includes Amy's parents).


Every step of the story was fresh and surprising, and Amy's plight was very moving, as was Elder's struggle to choose between being his own person instead of just accepting his position as future leader mindlessly.



What I didn't <3
The only thing I didn't love was the scene at the beginning, where Amy and her parents were being frozen--and that's mostly due to the fact that I have an overactive imagination and am really susceptible to graphic stuff.  The scene was really well written, but was a little too realistic to me, and it made me feel like it was happening to me...and that made me feel woozy.  But I think that's just me.



GEEKOUT Moment

Other than the fact that this entire book is a dystopian in space?  The very last scene between Amy and Elder.  I can't say more.  Just read it--the whole book, not just the last scene.  Don't spoil yourself.  Trust me!

Loved this one so much.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Saturday, March 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (16)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

Here's what I got!


  For Review
Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier

  Bought
Cryer's Cross - Lisa McMann (signed!)
Wake - Lisa McMann (signed!)

  From Library
Eighth Grade Bites - Heather Brewer
Ninth Grade Slays - Heather Brewer





I also bought myself my very own copy of The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (which I reviewed here) but forgot to put it in the picture.  Oops.

That's all for me this week.

What about you?  What did you get in your mailbox?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Weekend Wishlist (9)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.
I'm still working out the kinks of this meme, so for now, if you'd like to participate, either leave a link to your WW post in the comments, or email me at gkgrlbk@gmail.com, and I'll add your link below.


Anyway, here's mine!

In the blink of an eye.
Everyone disappears. 
Gone.

Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents-unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers-that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.  -from goodreads.com

This series--which I have heard NOTHING but good things about--has been sitting on my TBR pile forever.  I'm going to love it.  I can tell.  My coworker loves it (and gives me grief for not having read them yet), my friend loves it (and half the time looks like she's heartbeats away from pinning me down and making me read them), even Stephen King loves them!  So I KNOW I'm going to love them.

I have no excuse.  Bring on the flogging.


There are three books out in this series so far, and the forth one is coming out any day now, so I really have to get reading.

What do you think?  Have you read this series?  Did you like it?

Let me know!

-geekgirl


Friday, March 25, 2011

Vesper - Jeff Sampson

Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.
The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely— something not human?
As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want?




Why I Read It
Because it sounded very Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde...and that intrigued me.  Also, "Emily Webb is a geek" was in the summary.  I felt an instant bond.  We bonded I tell you!  Also, it was on The Story Siren's list of 2011 debut titles.


What I <3'd
Geek Emily.  I loved Geek Emily like no tomorrow.  I felt an instant connection to her with all things geeky.  Then I got to see through the eyes of Nighttime Emily (the personality that begins taking over at night) and she's totally kickass.  Nighttime Emily is so full of confidence (which I didn't have as a teenager) and toughness (which I barely have now) and sexiness (jury's still out).  Seeing through the eyes and hearing the thoughts of Nighttime Emily made me want to be more confident and kickass myself.  Although, at the same time, being in her head kind of made me want to pick fights...which the author kindly warned me away from (thanks Jeff!).

Also, I absolutely adored the fact that this book gave nothing away.  Nothing.  You figure out exactly what's going on (which was a total surprise for me) exactly when Emily does.  And I loved that.  It made it real.

That, and the ending.  I'd like the next book please...PLEASE?


What I didn't <3
Megan, Emily's best friend wasn't my fave character...but that might just be because Emily was so awesome by comparison, and Megan kept accusing Emily of just wanting to be popular instead of actually worrying about her friend.

Other than that, the only thing I don't love is the fact that book 2 is so very far away.  *pouts*


GEEKOUT Moment (no spoilers!)  When Emily finally tracked down the person that her "Nighttime" self was so focused on finding.  OMG.  New fave character.  <3's

-geekgirl

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Along for the Ride - Sarah Dessen


It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect
.

I have a confession to make....I have never before read a book by Sarah Dessen.

There.  Now that I have that off my chest, I can review.

I loved this book.  I read it straight through while sitting on my sofa in the sunlight, wishing that it was summer.  This book made me want summer so badly, I cannot even tell you.

The character of Auden was endearing in her awkwardness.  She'd spent so much of her childhood trying to be mature for her age, that she'd never learned how to have any fun--or how to have any friends.  She's not perfect by any means.  She's too much like her mother--overbearing and opinionated--which is only a hindrance when she goes to stay with her father and her stepmother for the summer before she starts college.

She doesn't fit in at all in a town where everyone knows everyone and she's the only outsider.  But she's happy that way, at least, in the beginning.  But as her father and stepmother's relationship begins to fall apart after they have a new baby, Auden is left feeling very alone.  Slowly, she begins to bond with the girls she works with, and she begins to spend more time with Eli, the town loner, who has problems of his own to deal with.  She and Eli have a very sweet, gradual relationship that was full of mistakes.  I loved it.

And slowly, Auden realizes that she can't make everyone else happy all the time, so she starts focusing on making herself happy for once.

This was a really sweet and touching read.  I loved it a lot.  I'm definitely going to be picking up more by Sarah Dessen in the future.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (12)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...

 A dystopian fantasy novel about kids who are exiled from their homeland when they display signs of creativity to a hidden world where they are trained to use their abilities and hone their magical skills.

 Not much of a summary, but I'm sure there will be a better one closer to the release date.  This one is by Lisa McMann, who wrote the amazing Wake Trilogy, and Cryer's Cross.

I'm going to see Lisa at a signing tonight, and I'm hoping she'll talk about this one!  I'm really looking forward to it!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

6-Month Blogoversary Giveaway Announcement!

Hello Readers!

I realized today that we're only 2 weeks away from my 6-month Blogoversary, and I've decided that it's a great time to do a GIVEAWAY!



The Giveaway:  Reader's Choice!

I will be giving away three (3) books that the reader may choose from the books I've reviewed since I started this blog.

This contest is International.  I'm using the BookDepository.com, so if they ship to your country, you are eligible!

Each of the three winners may choose one book that I've reviewed between the blog's inception, and the day of my 6-month Blogoversary...What does this mean?  It means that between now and April 5th, if I review it, you could win it! (so check back!)

A complete list of reviewed titles will be up soon, but until then, feel free to browse the blog, or go here to scroll through the reviews.  (please note that there might be one or two titles that are unavailable at bookdepository.com, so those can't be included in the giveaway...sorry!)

Here are just a few of the titles available to win!

 
 




Winners will be chosen and announced on April 5th, 2011.

Good luck everyone!

-geekgirl



The Twin's Daughter - Lauren Baratz-Logsted


Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled woman appears at the door one day…a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy's own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy's mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn't sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?

Filled with shocking twists and turns, THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayal, jealousy, and treacherous secrets that will keep you guessing to the very end.



This was such an engaging read.  Normally I don't read a lot of mystery, but this just sucked me right in.  


The story is told by Lucy, who is thirteen at the beginning of the novel, and it follows the course of her life after her aunt Helen--her mother's twin sister that she didn't even know she had--shows up on their doorstep.


At first it is a very sweet novel, taking a liking to My Fair Lady, as Lucy's family takes her aunt in and re-clothes and re-educates her to fit in with their standing in society.  They show her the life she's never had, and during this, Lucy and Helen bond and grow close.


But Helen soon becomes very good at imitating her sister (Lucy's mother), and soon it becomes difficult to tell the two women apart.


Then, when one of the twins is murdered, and Lucy's life is turned upside down, she finds herself wondering just which one is still alive.


This was a great read.  It's set in the Victorian era (or something like that, I've never really gotten the hang of eras, so please correct me if I'm wrong), and is beautifully written.  This story is full of mystery, suspense, and a little romance.  Pick it up.  You won't regret it.


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cover-Judgers Anonymous (2)

Never judge a book by its cover.

 If you've read my blog, you've probably heard me refer to myself as a shameless cover-judger.  I know, I'm seeking help.  But I don't think I'm the only one out there who does it.

So I invite you, readers, to share your opinion, and maybe we can come to a cure to this problem together...or not.

This week's entry is Cryer's Cross (aka The Missing) by Lisa McMann.  Now, I haven't read this one yet, but as I'm going to her signing on Wenesday, I'm totally planning on picking up a copy and devouring it.
Here are the two covers I've come across for this book...the North American cover is on the left, the U.K. (I think...correct me if I'm wrong pls) cover is on the right.


The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried. - from goodreads.com


So what do you think?  I've got to say, I'm completely torn.  When I first heard about this book, the first thing that grabbed me was the cover, and the one I first encountered was the one on the left. 
It looked so dark and creepy, that I instantly made up my mind that I had to know what this book was about.  But today, I discovered the other cover, the one on the right, and now I'm stumped.  While the one on the left looks all-out-creepy, the one on the right (The Missing) is alluring to me in a completely different way.  The model's beautiful, and it looks like she's frozen in time--like you aren't supposed to know if she's alive or dead, making it terrifying in its own way.

What do you think?  I can't decide, but then, I haven't read this one yet.  Maybe after I do, I'll be able to choose better.

What about you?  What do you think?  Have you read the book?  Which do you think captures the book best?  Or if you haven't, which do you think you'd be more likely to pick up?

Inquiring Cover-Judgers want to know!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Steel - Carrie Vaughn

It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.
This was the tip of a rapier.
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.
The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.
Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn. 

In the midst of all the paranormal and dystopian YA out there right now--which I love, don't get me wrong--there exists this little novel about time-travel and pirates.

Time-travel.  And Pirates.

This was an awesome adventure.  Jill, a teen fencer who just lost a huge tournament, is on vacation with her family.  While walking along the beach she finds the tip of a sword.  It is this piece of metal that drags her back in time and drops her smack dab in the middle of a war between pirate queen Marjory Cooper and her former lover Captain Blane.

Jill doesn't want to be part of a war.  She doesn't even want to be there.  She wants to go home.  The only problem is that she has no idea how to get back, but since the tip of the sword she found belonged to Blane, she joins Cooper's crew in search of him.

Aided by Henry, a teenage boy on Cooper's crew, Jill learns more than she ever thought she'd need to know about swordplay, rum, and just how hard it is to stay alive.

This was a fun, exciting read full of adventure and just a little romance.

I really enjoyed it.  

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Reveal - Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh (Nevermore #2)

Aaaaah!  I just noticed that goodreads.com has been updated with info and a cover for the sequel to Nevermore by Kelly Creagh!

Apparently it's called Enshadowed.  The cover image I found is tiny, but still... so excited!

While Varen remains a prisoner in the dream-world, Isobel is haunted by his memory. He appears to her in her dreams and soon, even in her waking life. But is she just imagining it? Isobel knows she must find a way back to Varen. She makes plans to go to Baltimore. There, she confronts the figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster—the same dark man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams, calling himself "Reynolds."

Isobel succeeds in interrupting the Toaster's ritual and, in doing so, discovers a way to return to the dream-world. Soon, she finds herself swept up in a realm which not only holds remnants of Poe's presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen's innermost self. It is a dark world comprised of fear, terror, and anger.

When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. With his mind poisoned by the dream world, he becomes a malevolent force, bent on destroying all—even himself. Now Isobel must face a new adversary, one who also happens to be her greatest love. -from goodreads.com
 

I know I'm not the only one flipping out about this.  What about you?  Thoughts?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Saturday, March 19, 2011

In My Mailbox (15)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

Here's what I got!

Bought:
The Hollow - Jessica Verday - read my review here
Aurelia - Anne Osterlund
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater - read my review here

Library:
The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell
Enchanted Ivy - Sarah Beth Durst
Wake - Lisa McMann
Savannah Grey - Cliff McNish


I also went a little crazy at my local used bookstore.  For those that are interested in non-YA titles, here's what I picked up....
 

 Well, that's all for my mailbox.  What about you?  What did you get?

As always, I love to hear from you guys.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Weekend Wishlist (8)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.
I'm still working out the kinks of this meme, so for now, if you'd like to participate, either leave a link to your WW post in the comments, or email me at gkgrlbk@gmail.com, and I'll add your link below.


Anyway, here's mine!


 There's something about the new guy at Crossroads High…
Most sixteen-year-olds have friends.
Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.
Everyone thinks he's crazy, which is why he's spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.
Together they'll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger…but not everyone will come out alive.

I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now.  I love Gena Showalter's adult titles, and the premise of this is really intriguing.

What do you think?  Have you read this one (or its sequel)?  Did you love it?  Hate it?

Let me know.

As always, if you want to participate, leave your link in the comments, or email it to me at gkgrlbk@gmail.com, and I'll add it below.

Happy Reading Everyone!

-geekgirl

Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Trailer Roundup

Happy Friday Everyone!

I've come across a few amazing book trailers this week, and I thought I'd share them for your viewing pleasure!

Enjoy!

-geekgirl





Thursday, March 17, 2011

Need - Carrie Jones


Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.



I'm actually pretty torn about this book.  

I really enjoyed the characters--Zara, the main character, heartbroken and obsessed with phobias and helping people she doesn't even know, Issie, her new friend, sweet and perky, Nick, the sweet, hot guy at her new school who takes an instant shine to Zara, Devyn, the geeky but cute guy who is obviously in love with Issie, and Ian, the hot overachiever who's fighting with Nick for Zara's attention.

I liked them all, they were all awesome characters!

I'm a little undecided about the pixies.  It's not so much the pixies themselves I had a problem with.  It just seemed to me that Zara went from NOT believing in them, to completely believing in them a little too easily.  Same with the shifters.

Also, despite everything that was going on--the danger, the romance--it bothered me a little that the characters stayed pretty much exactly the same.  There really wasn't a lot of growth.

This was a fun read, and I think I'll definitly give book two a try.


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl
 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Upcoming YA Author Events in Canada!

Hey Everyone!

We don't get a huge amount of YA Author Events in Canada (something that I hope will change) so I thought I'd just do a little post of some upcoming ones that I've found out about.

Please, if you know of any others coming up in the next few months, feel free to let me know in the comments.  This is just a little reference list for all the Canadian YA book bloggers, since I know we'd all love to attend them too.

Lisa McMann - Cryer's Cross & Wake Trilogy

Indigo Yorkdale, Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday March 23rd
7:00 pm












 

 

 

 

Kelley Armstrong - The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) & Darkest Powers Trilogy

 

Indigo Yorkdale, Toronto, Ontario 

Sunday April 3rd - 2:00pm

 

Coles Argyle Mall, London, Ontario 

Saturday April 23rd - 1:30pm

 










Mark your calendars, readers!


If you know of any others upcoming, please, please let me know!


See you there!

-geekgirl


Waiting on Wednesday (11)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...


 This short story anthology is coming out in late September--which means there will be some great stories to devour before Halloween--and is packed full of paranormal tales by the following YA authors:

Giovanni’s Farewell by Claudia Gray
Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan
IV League by Margaret Stohl
Red Run by Kami Garcia
Things About Love by Jackson Pearce
Niederwald by Rachel Vincent
--- by Melissa Marr
Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong
Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan
Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready
Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting
Leaving by Ally Condie
At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday
Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson
The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Automatic by Rachel Caine


I can't wait to get my hands on this one.  Isn't the cover gorgeous?  (*cough*cover-judger*cough*)

What are you waiting on this week?

-geekgirl

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Miles From Ordinary - Carol Lynch Williams


Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control....


This is a gorgeous, heartbreaking novel that is, above all else, about love. 

It's so hard for me to describe my feelings towards this novel.  It's so unlike so much of the YA fiction out there right now, but it manages to completely embody the life of a thirteen year old girl who is going through what no thirteen year old should ever have to.


Covering the course of a single day, we learn about the relationship between Lacey, a lonely thirteen year old girl who is struggling to take care of her mentally ill mother as she attempts to have a life for herself.  In an attempt to both give her mother a light shove outside her comfort zone, and to keep them financially above water, Lacey has found her mother a job at the local grocery store.  Her plan is that while her mother works there as a cashier, she can volunteer at the local library.  But, as with many things involving Lacey's mother, things do not go as planned, and Lacey is left to pick up the pieces.


Told in alternating scenes between the present day, as Lacey begins her job at the local library, and flashbacks throughout Lacey's childhood, the reader gets a deeper insight into Lacey's life, and we learn just how damaged her mother really is.

While I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers--I found the novel to be quite tense at times and even a little bit frightening, especially towards the end--I thought this was a wonderful, moving read, and the relationships between Lacey and the other characters were nothing short of beautiful.

Miles from Ordinary releases today, and I highly recommend you pick it up.


Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cover-Judgers Anonymous (1)

 Never judge a book by its cover.

 If you've read my blog, you've probably heard me refer to myself as a shameless cover-judger.  I know, I'm seeking help.  But I don't think I'm the only one out there who does it.

So I invite you, readers, to share your opinion, and maybe we can come to a cure to this problem together.

Author Andrea Cremer has gorgeous covers for her Nightshade series.  Nightshade (book one) is out already in hardcover, and while the cover is absoutely breathtaking (the one on the left just below this paragraph), after I read the book, I didn't think it really flowed with the tone of the novel.  Calla, the main character, is tough as nails and a warrior to boot, and while she is beautiful, that's probably the least important thing about her, so I felt the cover of her done up with tons of eye makeup, holding flowers was a little bit off.  

Then, this week, after I had posted my review of Nightshade, Andrea Cremer posted on twitter some very exciting news...her series is getting new covers.  Below, I've posted the original covers on the left, and the new covers on the right.







What are your thoughts?  If you haven't read the series, which do you prefer just on a visual level?  If you have read the first book, which covers do you think embody the series better?

Personally, I think both a beautiful, but I think the newer covers are a better fit.

What do you think?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl
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