Friday, February 24, 2012

REVIEW The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

The Girls of No Return
by Erin Saldin
Hardcover
Scholastic
February 1, 2012
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Erin Saldin's The Girls of No Return is a lacerating young adult debut about girls, knives, and redemption. The Alice Marshall School, set within a glorious 2-million acre wilderness area, is a place where teenage girls are sent to escape their histories and themselves. Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, Jules, and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp. As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia's friend. Everyone has their secrets – the “Things” they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.

Cover Watch - Through to You by Emily Hainsworth


A romantic sci-fi thriller about love and second chances.

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the pain meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become, and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.
This sounds so interesting!  I love the idea of parallel worlds and how the different choices we've made will turn out.

Can't wait for this one!

What about you?

-geekgirl

Cover Watch - Elemental by Antony John


A lost colony is reborn in this heart-pounding fantasy adventure set in the near future . . .


Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine.
Dude, this has magical powers and pirates.  PIRATES!  And a male main character.  I'm all over this one.

Love it!

-geekgirl

Thursday, February 23, 2012

REVIEW The Humming Room by Ellen Potter


The Humming Room
by Ellen Potter
Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
February 28, 2012
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Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday



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 on.

My Waiting on Wednesday picks are a trio of highly-anticipated sequels.

Let's have a look, shall we?


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

REVIEW The Whisper by Emma Clayton


The Whisper
by Emma Clayton
Hardcover
Scholastic
February 1, 2012
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Suddenly alert to the microchips implanted in their brains, the army of stolen children revolts! But the response of the tyrant Mal Gorman is swift and brutal: He quickly quells the mutiny, sweeping up the fleeing children in spiked nets like so many trapped fish and dragging them back to their training camp.

Cover-Judgers Anonymous - Queen of the Dead

Never judge a book by its cover.


If you've read my blog, you've probably heard me refer to myself as a shameless (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.

Let the (shameless! SHAMELESS!) cover-judging begin!

In today's edition of Cover-Judgers Anonymous I bring you a favourite series of mine, The Ghost and The Goth.  Here's my problem...I NEED to get myself a copy of this one (my bookcase just won't be complete without it) but they've changed the cover for the paperback, and I CAN'T DECIDE!

Monday, February 20, 2012

REVIEW Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched
by Amanda Hocking
Paperback
St. Martin's Griffin
January 3, 2012
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When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

REVIEW Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake
Hardcover
Tor Teen
August 30, 2011
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Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

I didn't really know what to think when all the amazing reviews started to pour in for Anna Dressed in Blood.  It was a ghost story, right?  But...the ghost hunter falls in love with the ghost?  And the ghost has a bad habit of killing people?

I may have been a little skeptical.  But I was willing to give it a shot.

And, boy, am I ever glad I did.

This was a scary, bloody, rather disturbing horror story that begins when Cas decides that the next ghost he's going to "kill" is Anna, Anna Dressed in Blood.  So when he and his mother move to Thunder Bay, he gets close to the popular crowd at his new highschool in hopes that they'll shed some light on the history behind the ghost story.  Unfortunately, he ends up flirting with the wrong girl in order to get his information, and her jealous ex-boyfriend (after leading Cas to Anna's haunted house and informing him of the fact that no one who goes in ever survives) bashes Cas over the back of the head and dumps him inside the house, leaving him for dead.

That's when Cas first sees Anna, and when his world gets turned upside down.

Anna is flippin' terrifying.  And she is very, very dangerous.  So when she doesn't kill Cas, he is left floundering, and starts focusing more on WHY Anna's still there, and why she's so powerful, instead of actually trying to get rid of her.

There's SOOOO much more to this story, but the part that makes it terrifying is the fact that you don't see it coming.  I've spent the last two days trying to figure out how to gush about my absolute fave scene in Anna Dressed in Blood, without spoiling it, and I've come to realize that I just CAN'T.  Here's what you need to know... it's about three-quarters through the book and I was shaking in my seat.  When you read it, YOU WILL KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.  When you've finished, email me and we can discuss further.

This book is definitely topping my list of fave reads for this year, and the fact that there's going to be a sequel is making me so, so happy.

Horror fans, this one's for you!

Happy Reading Everyone!

-geekgirl

Saturday, February 18, 2012

REVIEW Legend by Marie Lu


Legend
by Marie Lu
Hardcover
Putnam Juvenile
November 29, 2011
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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

In My Mailbox

Once again, it's a snowy Saturday where I am, so the adorable mail-squirrel is warranted.  Thanks to Wendy at A Cupcake and a Latte for the graphic!

Anywhoo, In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren where we can all share the books we picked up during the week (please let me know what you received in the comments.  I love to hear from you!)

Here's what I got...


Friday, February 17, 2012

Cover Watch - What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

I spy with my little eye...something ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!


What's Left of Me
by Kat Zhang
Hardcover
HarperTeen
September 18, 2012
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NEVER LET ME GO meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in a beautiful, haunting YA debut, the first book in The Hybrid Trilogy.

Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the ‘second soul’, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart?

When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…

Isn't that GORGEOUS?  And the premise sounds amazing.  Can't wait for this one.  Hurry up September!

-geekgirl

REVIEW Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly Departed
by Lia Habel
Hardcover
Del Ray
October 18, 2011
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Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

REVIEW Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest
by Julie Cross
Hardcover
St. Martin's Griffin
January 17, 2012
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The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.


That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

The Great Dust Jacket Debate

So...let me just say, that when I posted my question on twitter (Show of hands people. Do you take off the dustjacket when you read books so you don't damage it? Because I do & I feel stupid every time.) that I had no idea so many people would weigh in with their two cents. And I NEVER intended it to turn into a blog post, but after so many people weighed in, well, I'd like to hear what the rest of you think.

Book Trailer - 50th Anniversary Edition of A Wrinkle in Time



Hello Readers!

On Monday I posted about the 50th Anniversary Edition of A Wrinkle in Time on the topic of reading it for the first time.  I was lucky enough to be selected as part of the 50-blogs-50-days blog tour to commemorate the anniversary.

And you know what I realized AFTER I posted my review?  That Monday February 13th, my post day, a random one in the midst of a 50-day-long tour, was THE ACTUAL ANNIVERSARY of the publication of A Wrinkle in Time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cover Watch - Foretold by Jana Oliver



This...OMG THIS!  You have no idea how excited I am at this exact moment.  No idea! 

Do you even know what this is?  This is book FOUR of The Demon Trappers series.  FOUR!  For some reason I thought it ended at book THREE!

Jana Oliver, you made my day.  I thank you.

*toddles off to go stare at the pretty cover*

Oh, you wanted to know what it's about?  Well, I don't know the details, but here's the scoop, as snagged from Amazon...

Stand by as Riley prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to THE DEMON TRAPPERS series. Riley's always known that Beck had a chequered history, but she's not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he's finally admitted to himself that he's in love with her too, there's no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what's to come. . .
*swoon* Beck.

I love you Jana Oliver.  That is all.

Fever by Lauren DeStefano


Fever
by Lauren DeStefano
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster
February 21, 2012
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Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

Waiting on Wednesday



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 on.

My Waiting on Wednesday picks are a veritable trio of end-of-the-world enjoyment.  Yeah...that was hard to say in my head before I typed it out.

Nevermind.

Let's have a look, shall we?


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither
by Lauren DeStefano
Hardcover/Paperback
Simon&Schuster
March 22, 2011
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By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 

Cover-Judgers Anonymous - All These Things I've Done

Never judge a book by its cover.


If you've read my blog, you've probably heard me refer to myself as a shameless (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.

Let the (shameless! SHAMELESS!) cover-judging begin!

In today's edition of Cover-Judgers Anonymous, it's not only the covers we're taking a look at, but the blurbs.  You see, I've had Gabrielle Zevin's All These Things I've Done sitting on my to-read pile for a LONG time.  Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely planning on reading and reviewing it, but something about it just hasn't managed to grab my attention.

Let's take a look...


Monday, February 13, 2012

Cover Watch - Embers & Echoes


Earlier today Karsten Knight revealed the cover to his second in his Wildefire series, Embers & Echoes.  The first book, Wildefire was a thrilling ride and I liked it a lot.

A Wrinkle In Time 50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Blogs Tour


A Wrinkle in Time
50th Anniversary Edition
by Madeleine L'Engle
Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
January 31, 2012
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Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall
by Megan Crewe
Hardcover
Disney-Hyperion
January 24, 2012
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It starts with an itch you just can't shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you'll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you're dead.

When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back. Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

In My Mailbox

Due to the absolute snowiness of today, the adorable mail-squirrel is warranted.  Thanks to Wendy at A Cupcake and a Latte for the graphic!

Anywhoo, In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren where we can all share the books we picked up during the week (please let me know what you received in the comments.  I love to hear from you!)

A Million Suns - Beth Revis

A Million Suns
by Beth Revis
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released January 10, 2012
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In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, "New York Times"-bestselling author Revis mesmerizes readers again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
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