Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (13)

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!


A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.


I'm so behind.  This one has been sitting on my to-read pile since I bought it for myself for a Christmas present.  It's among friends, but really, I need to get on that. 

Because, seriously?  Dragons. 

I lived my entire childhood for dragons.

Have you read it?  Did you like it?

I need to know!

-geekgirl

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bumped - Megan McCafferty


When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common. 


The best way I can describe this book is as a dark, terrifying dystopian world hidden by a bright pink candy coating.

When I started reading Bumped, I really wasn't sure if I'd like it.  To be honest, both sisters really weirded me out.  One was uber-religious and extremely preachy, and the other was completely absorbed in the culture of teen pregging-for-profit.  

The story opens with them in a mall, with one sister hiding out in the changeroom, dancing around as she tries on a fake pregnancy belly that's marketed as a "fun bump" and singing along to a ridiculous-sounding, but really quite terrifying song about how great being a pregnant teenager is. All the while. her sister stands on the other side of the curtain, essentially praying for her soul.

But I kept reading.  And once you get past the crazy futuristic language and the fact that the entire society is on board with teens getting pregnant and selling their babies to the highest bidder--or even  better, getting the money first, and then "pregging", because pretty much everyone over the age of 20 is sterile--this quickly turns into a really amazing dystopian tale.

What I loved more than anything was the characters and how much growth they experienced over the course of the book.  I think this is part of a trilogy, so we're nowhere near done with them, but all of the characters had a huge amount of growth, and they're all starting to realize that the worlds they've come to accept as normal, really, really aren't.  

This was such an amazing read.  McCafferty has created a whole new world, and I can't wait to get lost in it again.

This one came out just a couple days ago.  Go pick it up!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (17)


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

Here's mine...
 Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.


 I loooooved Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead, and while I can't wait for more of that series, but seriously, Dystopian?  Yes please!  Also, just look at that cover.  *drool*

What do you guys think?

What are you waiting on?

-geekgirl

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Gathering - Kelley Armstrong

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Until now.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.
In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

This was a really great start to a brand new trilogy.  I've heard that this trilogy takes place in the same universe as her Darkest Powers series, which I haven't read, and her adult Otherworld series, which I have read a few of.  I love this universe.  It's full of werewolves and magic and demons and all sorts of stuff.

But this is a little different.  Where in the Otherworld series, the characters knew what they were, in this one, Maya and her friends appear to be completely in the dark.  Following Maya's journey as she learns more about herself and where she comes from was just so engaging.  I don't want to give anything away since this is such a recent publication, so I'm just going to say that Maya is a great main character, and the setting--the strange little town in the middle of nowhere--was gorgeous.

And Daniel.  Oh, Daniel.  You're my favorite.

This was a great read.  Go get it!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Cover-Judgers Anonymous (7)

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.

Here's today's choice... The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong.


  I loved this one, and I absolutely love both the covers.  The North American one is on the left, the UK one is on the right.  I'm loving the blue one, both because it's beautiful and it goes with the covers for the Darkest Powers trilogy, but I also think the green and gray one is mysterious and gorgeous.

I can't decide.  What do you guys think?

Have you read it?  Which one do you think goes better with the story?  If you haven't read it, which would you be more likely to pluck off the shelf?

-geekgirl

Sunday, April 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (20)

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 this week:



Thanks to St. Martins Griffin and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with these.  I love you!

So what did you get in your mailboxes?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (16)


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...

High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—
Are about him.

I don't know what it is about this book, but it sounds amazing to me.  Maybe it's the magic.  Maybe it's that it from a male point of view.  Maybe...oh who cares?  What matters is that I really can't wait for it to come out!

So what are you waiting on?

-geekgirl

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eighth Grade Bites - Heather Brewer

Junior high really stinks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers and no one to teach him, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a strange substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he realizes he has a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer who is closing in . . . fast!


This was such a fun read.  So many YA titles out there these days are from a female's point of view.  It's a great change to see this one told from the male's point of view.  That, and I just really liked Vlad.

This book wasn't so much about Vlad discovering he's part vampire.  He's known that for ages.  It's part of his daily life.  He drinks blood (nearly-expired bloodbank blood, that is, he tries to avoid biting humans) and slathers himself with sunscreen every day.  This book is about him finding more about his family's history, and trying to solve the mystery of his missing--probably dead--teacher.  That, and trying to get the attention of his crush, who totally seems to be into his best friend instead, all the while trying to make sure his classmates, and his creepy new teacher, don't figure out his secret.

This was a really great start to a series.  I can't wait to pick up the next one and follow Vlad as he goes to highschool, which, as everyone knows, sucks.

Happy Reading!
-geekgirl

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cover-Judgers Anonymous (6)

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.

Here's today's choice...Die for Me by Amy Plum.

On the right we have what I believe was the original cover, and on the left is the final one.  What's your take?

Personally, I prefer the more whimsical one on the left.  It shows the more fantastical side of the novel, and also that it's set in Paris.  On the right, if you didn't happen to get the mythology, it just looks like a girl in a boat.

But that's just me.  I haven't read this one yet (though it's currently sitting very close to the top of my to-read pile) so I can't say for sure yet.

What do you think?  Have you read it?  Which one suits it better?  And if you haven't, which one would you be more likely to snag off the shelf?

-geekgirl


Saturday, April 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (19)

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 picked up this week.  Once again, the allure of the library was too strong for me to resist...


Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
Choker - Elizabeth Woods
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer - Lish McBride
The Nature of Jade - Deb Caletti
Extraordinary - Nancy Werlin
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Fallen - Lauren Kate
Incarceron - Catherine Fisher

I've got a lot of reading ahead of me...and I cannot wait.

What about you?

What was in your mailbox this week?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Weekend Wishlist (12)

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!


 Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic, sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series

This series has been sitting on my to-read pile for ages.  I've actually read the first book in Sara Shepard's other series, The Lying Game (which I loved) so I have great expectations for this one too.

I know a bunch of you guys must have read this series.  Did you like it?  Which one was your favorite? (no spoilers pretty please).

What's on your wishlist this weekend?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Thursday, April 14, 2011

If I Stay - Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

 Okay, I know I'm a little late on the If I Stay train (considering the sequel just came out a few days ago), but seriously, this was one of the most heartbreakingly lovely books I've ever read.  All those amazing reviews floating around out there are true.

This is basically about a teenage girl named Mia who's stuck in what I can only call limbo after she and her family get in a devastating car accident.  Her parents and younger brother all die, and she's laying in the hospital bed in grave condition.  No one, not the doctors, the nurses, or her extended family know whether she's going to live or die.  Mia doesn't know either.  She's overheard the nurses tell her grandparents that, more than anything that they or the doctors do, it's up to Mia whether she stays or goes.

The story is told through Mia's eyes, alternating between flashbacks of her life before the accident--of her family, of falling in love, of pursuing her music--and the current day, as her spirit wanders about the hospital and she gets to see and hear the reactions of everyone who comes to visit her.


This was completely heartbreaking and so incredibly beautiful that I can't do it justice. 

This book almost made me cry during my break at work.  And that would have been really hard to explain.  But I kept reading anyway.  I couldn't stop.

The only (nitpicky) bone of contention I have with this book, is nothing to do with the story or the writing.  It's the blurb on the front cover saying "Will appeal to fans of ... Twilight".  If that's the only thing you have to say about this book, then you didn't read it at all.  Twilight has it's (very major) place in YA fiction.  But this is something different.  This is literature.

Amazing read.  I cannot wait to get my hands on Where She Went.

-geekgirl

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (15)


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 move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?

A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRĂ­s calls to her body and soul.

She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.


Isn't that the most rediculously beautiful cover you've ever seen?

The answer is yes.  Yes it is.

Also, Ireland.  Also, Destiny.  Also power, mystery and ancient orders.

Yes please.

Well, that's enough about me.  What are you waiting on?

-geekgirl

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.


It's been quite a while since I've read fantasy, and I hadn't realized how much I missed it.  Brightly Woven is such a gorgeous fantasy tale set in a world of wizards and magic.

And although the setting and fantasy aspects were both beautifully crafted, it always comes down to the characters for me.

The interaction between Sydelle and North was by far my favorite thing about this novel.  North is pretty ridiculous at first, not good at human interaction with strangers at all, and Sydelle wants nothing to do with him.  He smells and he's a drunk and instead of staying to fight and protect her hometown like any real wizard should, he's fleeing across the country to the capital, hoping to stop the war.  And he's dragging her with him for reasons she doesn't really understand.

Then he starts calling her Syd (which she hates) and beautiful, beautiful darling (which she hates even more--but I love) and she has pretty much decided that he's not worth her time.  But there's more to North than meets the eye, and throughout their journey they start to grow on eachother until their lives are so intertwined, they can't be unwoven.

I was also amazed by how Alexandra Bracken managed to tie together so many things that foreshadow what's really going on, without ever giving anything away.  I'm not going to spoil anything for you if you haven't read this amazing book (and if you haven't, why not?) but there's such so much more than what meets the eye.

This was a great read, and I can't wait for more from this author.

Happy Reading!
-geekgirl

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cover-Judgers Anonymous (5)

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.

Today, in honor of the recent release of Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride in paperback, I bring you a comparison of the two (very similar) covers.  I feel nitpicky today.  Please excuse me.

On the left we have the original hardcover image, and on the right we have the the new paperback image.  Pretty much the only things they've changed are the title font size, and color pink to red.

So why on earth was this bothering me so much?

It took me over a week to figure it out.  Yeah, that's how much I think about these things.

If you've read the novel, you'll know that the color pink is a pretty big thing.  Auden has spent her life rebelling against all things feminine, especially pink.  Then, when she decides to spend the summer with her father and her new step-mother, she ends up working in said step-mothers clothing shop, and suddenly is surrounded by all things pink and girlie and revolting to her.

Pink is the color of Auden's growth as a human being over the summer, as she becomes more than just a carbon-copy of her mother.  So her wearing a pink dress on the cover is a pretty big thing.

But maybe I'm just being crazy.  It's Monday.  It's been known to happen.

So what do you think readers?  Which cover to you prefer?  Have you read the book?  Haven't you?  Which do you think fits the story better, or which do you just like better visually?

Help me feel less crazy.

Thanks!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Sunday, April 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (18)/Kelley Armstrong Signing

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
 
I wasn't going to do an IMM post this week, since I managed not to pick anything up this week.

Then I remembered the Kelley Armstrong signing last Sunday, and what I'd gotten there, so I decided I'd share what I got. (especially since I managed to forget my camera, so I have no pictures of the actual event...because I clearly know what I'm doing).


I picked up the first in her new series, The Gathering, as well as one of her adult anthologies, Tales of the Otherworld.  I also got a bookmark for myself, as well as a little button of one of her characters (which I think I've left in the car).

Kelley was also nice enough to sign three bookmarks for me, which I'll be giving away sometime soon.  So keep checking back.


So that's all for me this week.  Sorry this post is so late today.

So what did you all get in your mailboxes?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (11)

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!
On a trip to visit his father, 13-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. With only the clothes on his back and a hatchet he received as parting gift from his mother, Brian begins to shape a life for himself in the wild. 

I've read this before when I was little, of course.  I've actually read the Hatchet series many times.  Every once in a while I get an urge, and suddenly I find myself tracking down all the books and devouring them again.

I've been getting that urge all week, but I've been trying to resist, as there are so many other books I need to read right now.  But seriously, if you haven't read this series, do give it a try.  It's one of the epic loves of my adolescence. The series follows Brian after he survives a plane crash and ends up having to fend for himself in the wilderness with nothing to help him but the hatchet his mother had given him before he left.  (I'm pretty sure this is the origin of my survivalist kick).


The series doesn't follow a definite time-line.  After Hatchet, the series breaks off in two, one going to Brian's Winter, the other going to The River.  The series has a lot of what-ifs, but I'm not going to give them away.  Just know that if you enjoyed Hatchet, you'll probably enjoy the rest of them.  I know I did.





I absolutely adore this series, and I can't wait until I get a chance to pick these books back up.

Happy Reading!
-geekgirl

Friday, April 8, 2011

Through Her Eyes - Jennifer Archer



Every ghost has a story to tell.
The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But it's the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar—a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal—that have the most chilling impact on her.
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality—before she loses touch with her own life forever.


Okay, before I start my review, I'm gonna tell you a little story.
I thought this was a vampire book when I picked it up.
(So I was pretty surprised when it turned out not to be about vampires at all).
To be fair, this was not entirely my fault.  Really.  Honest.
When I received this one, it basically went like this...

Book-person stands with me in front of the big wall of books.
Book-person: Ooooh, do you like vampire stories?
GeekGirl: Um, yeah.
Book-person grabs Through Her Eyes and hands it to me.
The End.


Epic Fail, Book-person.

So yeah, this resulted in this book sitting on my to-read-pile with me complete certainty that it involved vampires.  Even after I read the summary.  (i know...)  So I feel a little dumb now, but that's okay.

Because this was a really good read, and very different from what I was expecting (even once I figured out it was a ghost story).  Most ghost stories involve the ghost coming and directly haunting the character in some manner.  But Jennifer Archer does things differently.

Tansy Piper is stuck moving to a small town in the middle of Texas, where the townspeople are nosy and judgmental, both of her, her beloved grandfather whose health is failing, and her zombie-novel-writing mother.  She's only been there a few days, and already she's sick of it.  So when she finds some strange objects in the cellar, she becomes obsessed with them, and when she starts having visions through the lens of her camera, she allows them to take over her life.

This was a really surprising--and delightful--take on ghost stories for me.  I was expecting more interaction with Henry the ghost himself.  Instead, Henry's story is told through Tansy's flashback visions and through her research into what had been going on back when her grandfather had been her age.  This was unique and original and I really enjoyed it.

As always, though, it comes down to the characters for me, and this story had some great ones.  Tansy was a great narrator, but my favorite by far was Bethyl Ann Pugh (nickname Stinky Pugh) the tiny super-smart, Shakespeare-quoting thirteen-year-old who is a friend to Tansy when she has none.

The one thing that freaked me out in this story (which I think the author was going for anyway) was, due to the fact that when Tansy had the visions, she experienced them through the eyes of a girl who at the time was deeply in love with Henry, Tansy began falling in love with him too.  And let me tell you, Henry is not good news.  He's deeply disturbed, and watching Tansy slowly fall more and more in love with him scared me.

This was a great twist on the modern ghost story, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, I wish it had been given a different cover.  I have nothing against the cover.  It's very pretty.  I just wish they'd used something that was closer to the fell of the book.

<3'd it!

-geekgirl

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blogoversary Winners!




I'm so pleased!  I've officially had been blogging for 6 months!  My Blogoversary was yesterday.  I would have posted this then, but I wanted to give everyone one last chance at the giveaway...which I'm certain you're all excited about...so....

Without further ado, here are our WINNERS!

Laura (LauraBookNerd)

Lilly


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...all of whom have been emailed with the news!  Winners, please email me back with your mailing address and choice of 1 book each (that I've reviewed) and I can get them ordered for you!

Thanks so much everyone for making my 6-month blogoversary so enjoyable.  And I know many of you signed on as followers for the contest, but I'm really hoping you'll stick around.

There's much more fun to be had.

Love ya!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Waiting on Wednesday (14)


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...


New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.


Because it's Meg Cabot, and probably my favorite Greek myth...together, all rolled into one.

I really cannot wait for this one.

What about you?  What are you waiting on?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Red Glove - Holly Black

WARNING! SUMMARY (and my review) CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR WHITE CAT! READ THAT FIRST!
Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.


Why I Read It
Um...because it's the sequel to White Cat, one of my absolute faves.  In case you haven't read the first book in the series (and why not?  Also, what are you doing reading this review?  You'll be spoiled!  shoo!) Holly Black has created an alternate universe in which a small percentage of the human population is what is known as Curse Workers--people who have special abilities and change change things (luck, health, emotions, death, etc) through touch.  Pretty much the rest of the world is terrified of them and wants nothing to do with them.  So, in order to survive, more often than not Curse Workers turn to a life of crime.
Yeah, that's right.  Magic and mobsters.  Gotta love it!



What I <3'd
Just as with White Cat, I'm absolutely in love with both the world that Holly Black has created, and with Cassel Sharpe, the hero of the story.  It's a great fusion of mystery and magic, and there's just so much to this story that I'm having a hard time putting it all into words, but I'll try.
What I loved the most about this story was the characters.  And not just Cassel.  I also adored his friends Sam and Daneca who are trying everything they can to help him while being adorable and endearing and completely in love with each other.  Then there's Cassel's family, who are some of the most unique characters I've ever read.  They're criminals, and most of the time they're working under the impression that they're doing absolutely nothing wrong, while at the very same moment, they're killing or stealing or running a con.
Cassel, though.  Cassel is what makes this series for me.  He's stuck trying to figure out who murdered his brother while simultaneously trying to keep his family out of trouble and attempting to stay away from the girl he's completely in love with because she's not in love with him, she only thinks she is because of a curse.
Oh yeah, and he's been scouted by both the FBI and the Mob.
Poor Cassel is what kept me reading long into the night, because there's something just so endearing about a guy who knows it doesn't take two wrongs to make a right, it takes about a thousand.  And he's trying really really hard to get it right.


What I Didn't <3
Dear lord, that boy can never catch a break!

GEEKOUT Moment
When we find out who the killer is.  My goodness, Holly Black always manages to do make me do a double-take.

Loved it.  Absolutely loved it.

Can't wait for book 3.

-geekgirl

Monday, April 4, 2011

Reminder Post, International Giveaway!




Hi All! 

Just a little reminder about my International Giveaway!  The contest ends April 5th at 11:59pm EST, so make sure you get your entries in, because there will be three (3) winners, each of whom gets to choose one (1) book each out of the title I've reviewed on this blog since I started it 6 months ago!

That's 3 winners, 1 book each!  (I mentioned it in the initial post, but I think some people stopped reading after I posted that I'd be giving away three books, so I just thought I'd make sure everyone's on the same page.  Good?  Good.)

Good luck everyone!

Love ya!

-geekgirl

Cover-Judgers Anonymous (4)

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.

Today I bring you another series.  This one by the lovely Sarah Rees Brennan, the Demon's Lexicon series. 
I'm in love with these books, and if you haven't read them, you should go out and read them right away, because they're awesome, and the third and final book is coming out in mere months, and you have to read these first two before that happens.  Just, you know, so you're prepared.

Anywhoo, here are the books.

First, The Demon's Lexicon...



For this one, I've found 3 very different covers.  Personally, I adore the first one (top left).  I love the dark, cartoon-y style and I think Nick looks awesome.  My own copy, however, is the next one (top right) which I'm less in love with.  I think the pose is pretty awesome, but his hair bothers me.  (I know...I'm awful).  The third (bottom, middle) is cool, but it doesn't really grab me, and honestly, he looks kind of like Superman to me--which Nick definitely is not.


For book two, The Demon's Covenant, here's what I found.


Once again, I love the one on the left.  It's cartoon-y, it's dark, and it's totally Mae in the picture (and that's who's narrating the story).  The one on the right is the one that was on the copy I actually read (from the library), and while it's pretty, that really isn't Mae to me.  I think it's supposed to be Sin, but I can't be sure.  Help me out here if you know for sure.

So what do you think?  Have you read the series?  Did you like it?  Which covers do you think more fully mesh with what you've read so far?  And if you haven't read them (and why not?) which would you be more likely to pull off the shelf?

You've heard my take, now I want to hear yours.

Love ya!

-geekgirl





Saturday, April 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (17)

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

As always, I am physically unable to stay away from the library.  Here's what I picked up this week.


Hunger - Jackie Morse Kessler
The Education of Bet - Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare

That's all for me so far this week.  But I'm heading out to Kelley Armstrong's signing this afternoon, so I'm sure to come back with more goodies.

Happy Reading Everyone!

...and what did you get in your mailbox?

-geekgirl

Weekend Wishlist (10)

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!
  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. 

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White has been sitting on my to-read pile forEVER.  I don't know why I haven't gotten around to it yet, because I'm dying to read it.  (commence the throwing of tomatoes at me).

I am resolved to read this one before Supernaturally (book two, also of the gorgeous cover) comes out though, so I'll be prepared.

Have you read it?  Did you like it?  Isn't the cover gorgeous (CJA!)?

Let me know!

Love ya!

-geekgirl


Friday, April 1, 2011

The Demon's Covenant - Sarah Rees Brennan


WARNING: THIS SUMMARY & REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE DEMON'S LEXICON (aka Book One of the series) I'll try to keep them to a minimum...but...you've been warned.  Read Demon's Lexicon before you read this review.  That's an order! -geekgirl

Mae Crawford's always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she's even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn't told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick's powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician's carefully laid trap?

Why I Read It
It's the sequel to The Demon's Lexicon, which was AMAZING.  Also, because the author is hilarious on twitter.  Also, because book three (The Demon's Surrender) is coming out fairly soon, and I needed to feel prepared.

What I <3'd
I love the entire world that the author has created.  It's modern day England, and there's demons.  And magicians.  And Demons.  The demons are beyond awesome. 
After the revelation at the end of Lexicon, we get an even deeper insight into Nick, even though he's not the one narrating this book.  We get a chance to understand him and his relationships with the other characters so much better, and it made me love him even more.  Nick is so far away from perfect it isn't funny, but he's trying so hard in his own way.
Also, Jamie.  Pretty much everything Jamie said in the entire book either made me laugh, or touched my heart.
Sarah Rees Brennan's characters just have so much depth to them, that it's easy to fall in love with them.  There are a few new ones in this book, and they're all so complex and there's so much more to them than just good and evil.


What I Didn't <3
At first I was a little disappointed that Covenant wasn't narrated by Nick, like Lexicon was, but Mae grew on me pretty quickly, and it was nice to see a different point of view.  Other than that, my only complaint was that I had to give the book back to my library.  I'll be picking up my own copy of this very soon.


GEEKOUT Moment!
Just like with Lexicon, Covenant has a twist close to the end.  I'm not going to tell you what it is, but I loved it!
And since I'm not telling you what it is, here's one of my fave moments instead:


"Sometimes when you pull knives on people, they get this impression that you're going to hurt them, and then they're completely terrified. Crazy, I know!"
"Okay," said Nick. He turned to Jamie & popped his left wrist sheath again. "Look."
Jamie backed up. "Which part of 'completely terrified' did you translate as 'show us your knives, Nick'? Don't show me your knives, Nick. I have no interest in your knives."
Nick rolled his eyes. "This is a quillon dagger. That's a knife with a sword handle. I like it because it has a good grip for stabbing."
"Why do you say these things?" Jamie inquired piteously. "Is it to make me sad?"
"I didn't have you cornered," Nick went on. "You could've run. And this dagger doesn't have an even weight distribution; it's absolute rubbish for throwing. If I had any intention of hurting you, I'd have used a knife I could throw."
Jamie blinked. "I will remember those words always. I may try to forget them, but I sense that I won't be able to." 


 This was a great addition to the Demon's Lexicon series.  I can't wait for Demon's Surrender.


Happy Reading!
-geekgirl
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