Thursday, June 30, 2011

amartin ARC: 292 pages
Publisher: Hyperion

Release Date: May 3, 2011
ISBN:
9781423121350
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket. Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen. But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know. Talented newcomer Alexa Martin delivers a poignant story of first love, jealousy and friendship, where the ups and downs of senior year have never been so complicated. What else can Charlotte do but throw her hands up and ride?

Leslie's Review:
This book was truly an interesting and enjoyable read for me. With the many complications that Charlotte had to face all throughout the book and how she overcame them had really brought me to think of things in a new light. Yet despite how crazy and dramatic Charlotte's life would get, the book was a quick, easy read with realistic characters, an appealing plot and great writing.

Throughout the book, the plot was well-paced and enjoyable until the very end.
But to be honest, I ended up not relating or connecting with any of the characters in Girl Wonder because they were all either thoughtless teenagers or just plain weird to me. All of their personalities and actions were very different from mine but I couldn't help but end up liking them all a bit anyway because they were all real enough to me that I could imagine them as actual people from my school. Out of all the characters, though, I ended up liking Charlotte the most out of all of them. Charlotte went through a lot in the book but she dealt with her problems in ways I wouldn't even imagine of doing. Things went from bad to worst because of her bad decisions. I had the urge to reach inside of the book and shake some sense into her a couple of times. But still, I ended up rooting for her anyway because I knew that she meant well and was dealing with her problems the only way she knew how at the time. It's easy to look at her and judge that she's making bad decisions but if I'm put in a similar situation as her, I don't know how I'll act. But all the bad catches up with her and she must set things to right. And when I finally reached the end, I was glad and proud of Charlotte for growing up, becoming the stronger and better person she was meant to be. Charlotte was very different from me but I grew to really like her and care about her as if she was a close friend of mine.

In the end, I really like Girl Wonder.
The characters were great and made the book was a quick and enjoyable read. This was a great debut by author Alexa Martin and I can't wait to read more by her. 4 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Books We Covet: Murderous Boyfriends?

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Why we covet these books: Two words: murder mystery.

We love a good murder mystery and devour criminal dramas on TV every week. We love a good whodunit in our reads as well. Both The Predicteds and Deadly Cool sound like they'll deliver and we love that both have the possible murderous boyfriend aspect.


thepredictedsThe Predicteds by Christine Seifert (out September 2011)
Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse... sort of. He wants to be more than "just friends," but there's something he's not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student's capacity for drug use, pregnancy, and violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse-and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer.

For more info about The Predicteds, visit the author's blog. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.




deadlycoolDeadly Cool by Gemma Halliday (out October 2011)
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he's pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren't enough, now he's depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool. But as much as Hartley wouldn't mind seeing him squirm, she knows he's innocent, and she's the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school's resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer's next victim.

For more info about Deadly Cool, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.


What YA book(s) do you "covet" this week?
***We are not here to link up our WoW post on Jill's Breaking the Spine blog. If someone could please add our post on her blog, we would very much appreciate it. Thank you in advance! :) ***



"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here.
It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Monday, June 27, 2011

cpatrick Hard back: 288 pages
Publisher: Little Brown

Release Date: June 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780316094610
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future. Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

Leslie's Review:
I was super excited to read it because the synopsis was amazing and
I had really high hopes for this book. After I finished the last page, I was speechless because it turned out to be better than I expected. I loved everything about this book--down to the very last word of it.

Forgotten was unlike any book I've read before. I loved the idea of how London couldn't remember her past but can remember her future. But I first began reading it, the idea was sort of hard to understand and confusing for me. I went a little crazy trying to figure how this would work but as I continued to read, I just went with it and was about to enjoy the book more and more. I finished reading Forgotten in three days, which is like super fast for me. Also, like it says in the synopsis, the plot line of this book had a mystery that was very interesting and surprising. London's memory played a key part to it.

The characters of this book were especially amazing. My favorites were London and her love interest Luke Henry. Despite her different way of remembering things, London was a great main character. At first I didn't quite know what to make of her character because everyday she was like a new person who still hasn't experienced the world. But as I continued to read, I've decided that she has a strong character, can be pretty stubborn and that we share two things in common--being a total klutz and loving to laugh. And Luke Henry... *sigh*... Luke Henry was absolutely one of the sweetest, swoon-worthiest hero I have ever read. He was both cute and hot and he was really charming and sweet, super caring and supportive towards London. I loved watching London fall in love with him all over again--literally--everyday. When I finally reached the ending, I wasn't ready to leave them yet. I have gone back and reread my favorite parts just to prolong my time in London's world.

You guys, this book has everything--a unique, interesting plot, a shocking mystery, a great heroine and a totally crush-worthy hero in Luke. I sped through this book because I couldn't get enough of it and then I was sad to see it end. I LOVED it and will most definitely reread it in the near future. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who loves psychological dramas and mystery reads. This book will delivers and leaves you satisfied but also leave you wanting more--there's enough unanswered questions that there's a possibility of a sequel. Forgotten was an amazing debut by Cat Patrick. She is an author to watch out for.
I can't wait for her next book to come out. 5 out of 5 stars

Friday, June 24, 2011

huntress Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: LBYR

Release Date: May 31, 2011
ISBN: 9780316044738

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Niebla #2
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery...
Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life...
Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night--and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.


Michelle's Review:
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novel The Shadow of the Wind is an all-time favorite of mine and I was very eager to read more by him, especially one written for young adults. This is the second book after The Prince of Mists but this book can be read as a standalone. I have not read Prince but I didn't feel I was missing anything.

The book began with a man, with newborn twins in his arms, running to escape an evil man and his thugs intent on taking the babies, a girl and a boy, from him and to kill him. He brings the twins to their grandmother who in turn separates the them for their protection. The girl baby remained with her and she takes the boy to an orphanage. The boy, Ben, grew up relatively normal without knowing of what occurred when he was a baby. The girl, Sheere, had been traveling non-stop for the last sixteen years with her grandmother not staying in one place too long in fear that the madman will find them. Knowing Ben, who at sixteen years old was considered an adult, is ready to leave the orphanage to make his own way in the world, the grandmother and Sheere comes back to Calcutta to warn him of the danger. Family secrets are revealed and the mysterious identity of the evil man must be solved in order to stop him because this time he is determined to get what he wants and nothing will stop him.

The author writes in a unique style and it's very pronounced in this book--sometimes I find myself thinking that I am still reading The Shadow of the Wind. But plot didn't flow as naturally here. There were some parts that were somewhat cheesy but the story was by still satisfying in the end. Like in Shadow, my favorite part of this book was the setting and the mood the author invokes with his wonderful descriptions. The characters were also wonderful--I really liked the friendship between Ben and his orphanage friends and their loyalty to one another. I quite enjoyed this dark, creepy and mysterious tale with supernatural elements. I have finally read a book I can readily recommend to boys (but girls, of course, can enjoy it too) for a great summer read. 4 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Books Michelle Covet: Iron and Blood

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 with
Why Michelle covets Heart of Steel: I have the first book in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series on my shelf and I'm so excited to read it this summer. If it's as good as everyone says it is I know I'm going to want Heart of Steel ASAP.

heartofstealHeart of Steel (Iron Seas #2) by Meljean Brook (out November 2011)
As the mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has learned to keep her heart as cold as steel, her only loyalty bound to her ship and her crew. So when a man who once tried to seize her airship returns from the dead, Yasmeen will be damned if she gives him another opportunity to take control.

Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox isn’t interested in the Lady Corsair — he wants her coldhearted captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him. To reclaim it, Archimedes is determined to seduce the stubborn woman who once tossed him to a ravenous pack of zombies, but she’s no easy conquest.

When da Vinci’s sketch attracts a dangerous amount of attention, Yasmeen and Archimedes journey to Horde-occupied Morocco — and straight into their enemy’s hands. But as they fight to save themselves and a city on the brink of rebellion, the greatest peril Yasmeen faces is from the man who seeks to melt her icy heart…

For more info about Heart of Steel, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.


Why Michelle covets Nalini Singh: It's Nalini Singh. 'Nuff said.

I LOVE her Psy/Changeling series and I am so excited to get started on reading the Guild Hunter series this summer--I know it's going to be just as good.

archangelsbladeArchangel's Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh (out September 2011)
The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more…

To read an excerpt of Archangel's Blade, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.


What romance novel(s) do you "covet" this week?
***We are not here to link up our WoW post on Jill's Breaking the Spine blog. If someone could please add our post on her blog, we would very much appreciate it. Thank you in advance! :) ***



"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here.
It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

egray ARC: 211 pages
Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: May 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780545317016
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

In a terrifying future world, four girls must depend on each other if they want to survive. Louisa is nervous about being sent away to a boarding school -- but she’s excited, too. And she has her best friend, Maddie, to keep her company. The girls have to pretend to be twin sisters, which Louisa thinks just adds to the adventure! Country Manor School isn’t all excitement, though. Louisa isn’t sure how she feels about her new roommates: athletic but snobby Rosie and everything’s-a-conspiracy Evelyn. Even Maddie seems different away from home, quiet and worried all the time. Still, Louisa loves CMS -- the survival skills classes, the fresh air. She doesn’t even miss not having a TV, or the internet, or any contact with home. It’s for their own safety, after all. Or is it?

Leslie's Review:
I've never read a dystopian middle grade before so I was curious to see the difference between it and the ones written for young adults. I am happy to say that Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates is pretty good. The plot grabbed my interest and we meet great characters that the middle grade set will love.

The story was set in futuristic America where a terrible and deadly War currently going on. The girls are sent to a all-girl boarding school that may have a hidden agenda planned for its students. Something fishy is going on and the girls are determined to find out what the boarding is hiding. The plot was exciting with an great climax and a cliffhanger ending. The cliffhanger ending left me curious enough that I had to read the included preview of the second book which left me even more curious. The characters were the best part of the novel. I also really liked how even though the book was in first-person point of view through Louisa I was still able to get to know the three other girls--Maddie, Evelyn and Rosie. All four girls were well-developed and readers can find a girl from the four they can relate to. Or maybe like me I saw a little of myself in all of them.

This book was a quick read for me but I feel like I'm a little too old for this novel. However, younger readers from third grade to sixth grade will enjoy this dystopian. 3.75 out of 5 stars

Monday, June 20, 2011

huntress ARC: 487 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: May 3, 2011
ISBN: 9780062024022

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Divergent series #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves... or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


Michelle's Review:
The synopsis does an good job at giving just enough of what the story is about without giving any spoilers so I'm not going to reiterate the story again. I'll just talk about what I like most about this book and my other thoughts about it. Okay, so first what I like best and that is the romance aspect. It wasn't a central theme in the book which I found refreshing but I just love how the romantic relationship between Tris and Four, one of the Dauntless instructors for the initiates, developed. It wasn't a love at first sight, insta-love. It was gradual borne by mutual respect and admiration and friendship. The world building was well done as well. The different factions reminded me of the different houses (Gryffindor, Slytherin, etc.) in Hogwarts. The faction politics was interesting and I'm eager to see what will happen next because a huge crack has been made in the seemingly comfortable society where everyone was segregated according to the virtue they most value.

Divergent is similar to the Hunger Games series by all the action-filled scenes and dangerous (sometimes bloody) situations Tris and the other Dauntless initiates find themselves in as they fight to be in the top ten (only the best will be welcome in Dauntless--others will be cast out and become factionless or the outcasts of the society). There's more action still at the climax of the book when chaos ensues and one must kill or be killed. But between the action scenes were shocking and heartbreaking scenes. Unfortunately, I wasn't as emotionally invested in the story as I would have liked. For example, there was a big emotional scene toward the end between Tris and her mom and usually I would be bawling or have a huge lump in my throat but while I was sad I felt a sense of disconnect. The same goes for the other emotional scenes in the book. That may be because while I liked Tris and other characters in this book I couldn't care about them as much as I would like.

Ever since the Hunger Games series I have been looking for another dystopian that will make my heart pound with non-stop action and danger, has heart-melting romance and great world building. I have found that in Divergent. Although I was a little disconnected from the characters I thought it an excellent start to what is going to be an addicting dystopian series. I am excited for the next book in the series. 4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, June 16, 2011

ARC: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: April 26, 2011
ISBN: 9780765365040
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Time of Transition #2
Synopsis
(from Goodreads):
Born into a magical family, Reggie Scott is content to live out her life as a normal human until the moment she’s informed that she’s a newly appointed fairy godmother. Left struggling to deal with powers the never thought she’d have, Reggie faces a curse, a plot to overthrow the Arcani, and an entirely too enthusiastic mother—all in a matter of days.
Jonathan Bastion is a man of power and wealth—and a dangerous secret. He desperately hopes that Reggie's new powers will hold the answer to his problem and he isn't above using her to achieve his goals. What he doesn't expect is how much Reggie will affect him. Her honor, her honesty, and her strength quickly make cracks in his ruthless exterior.
As danger from the Arcani swirls around them both, Jonathan realizes that what was once a ploy to get Reggie to assist him has become a battle to keep her safe and protected…in his arms.


Michelle's Review:
Reggie Scott has Arcani (magical) parents but she is born without magic much to their disappointment, especially her mother. Her parents insist that she go to an Arcani school but without magic she was put in special ed. But despite the less than ideal childhood, Reggie now runs a successful bakery with two of her friends, Tommy and Joy. She's pretty happy with her normal, non-magical life until one day she is told that she's the newest fairy godmother. Now, Reggie must learn how to deal with her new-found powers and learn spells, figure out who is trying to overthrow the Council (Arcani government) and put a stop to his plans and help the Godmothers (and Kristin and Tennyson from book one) convince the Council that something bad is afoot. Good thing she has wealthy and super sexy Jonathan Bastion and his mysterious friend Nate to help her. But Jonathan has a secret and he is convinced that Reggie, being a new godmother, is the the only one who can help him. He plans to seduce Reggie, get her to trust him so that she will help him but as he gets to know her he finds himself falling for her.

As You Wish is the second book in Gabi Stevens's Time of Transition trilogy (check out Leslie's review of the first book, The Wish List). I did not read the first book but that did not keep me from enjoying AYW. It was a light, quick read with a fun plot, humor and great main and supporting characters--except for some character inconsistencies with Reggie's mom and sister. There were essentially three main characters: Reggie, Jonathan and his friend Nate. They were wonderful, likable characters. I enjoyed the friendship between Reggie and Nate and the Beauty and the Beast thing going on with them. However, I feel like Reggie and Jonathan got together a little too fast, more insta-love than something that came about naturally but there was good chemistry between them. Don't worry, there's no kinky love triangle here--I easily figured out the connection between Jonathan and Nate early on though the author kept readers guessing all through the book.

I guess my main problem with As You Wish was the characters of Reggie's mom and sister. Reggie painted her mom as a disapproving, snobbish type which made me compare her to Emily Gilmore, Lorelai's mom from the television show Gilmore Girls. But how the mom's acted throughout the book and her easy acceptance of what Reggie told her in the end about the plot to overthrow the Council didn't quite match the critical mom Reggie kept describing. Same goes for her sister Del--in the beginning there was a scene between Reggie and Del that showed how self-centered and uncaring Del was to Reggie. Del's character wasn't seen again until the end of the book when she did a complete one-eighty (which was brought on by her fiance choosing to side with the Council who thinks that Reggie and the Godmothers are the ones trying to overthrow the Council), suddenly believing and supporting Reggie and going on the run with her. This may be minor but it bothered me a lot while I was reading the book (but I was reading an ARC copy so there may be changes in the final book).

I talked a lot about characters in this review but my favorites were Tommy (who has Down Syndrome) and Joy (who may have Intellectual and Developmental Disability [IDD] but is "simply Joy"). They were Reggie's classmates from the Arcani school and they were just lovely with their easy acceptance of everyone, warmth and innocence. Tommy and Joy are very special characters and readers can tell they were written from the heart. I loved all the scenes that included them. They reminded me of (and made me very much miss) the children I used to work with as an educational assistant. Overall, As You Wish was a fun read. There was a little bit of everything: romance, action, humor, magic, secrets, friendship and a grouchy gnome--I was entertained throughout. If you need a break from the usual vampire and werewolf fare check out this magical read. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Books Michelle Covet: Regency Lords and Ladies

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 with
Why Michelle covets these books: I read Regency romances like I eat like potato chips. I can't get enough. I love the drama of a lord and a lady falling in love amidst glittering Regency era and that inevitable happily ever after no matter how much the hero and heroine suffer along the way.

I've discovered Jennifer Ashley last year with Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage and I was hooked by her writing and the super sexy heroes she created in the Mackenzie brothers.

lordcameronThe Many Sins of Lord Cameron (Highland Pleasures #3) by Jennifer Ashley (out August 2011)
Lord Cameron Mackenzie is intrigued when he finds the pretty widow, Ainsley Douglas, hiding in the window seat of his bedchamber. Cam remembers Ainsley Douglas all right—six years ago, he’d caught her in this very bedchamber, during a house party in the Mackenzies’ Scottish manor. Enchanted by her ingenuous excuses, he decided to seduce her, but stopped shy when she’d made a rather touching appeal about her “good husband who didn’t deserve to be heartbroken.”

Later, Cameron learned that her visit to his bedchamber was part of some female intrigue against him, the kind his late wife used to practice. Ainsley protested her innocence, but Cameron’s anger made him never want to see her again. Now she’s back, at another houseparty—and Cameron finds the gray-eyed minx in his bedchamber, again. Her excuses are just as ingenuous, but this time Cameron is determined to teach her a lesson.

They have unfinished business, Cameron tells her. He asks her how many of her many buttons she’ll let him unclasp, promising that before the houseparty is over, she’ll be asking him to undo them all.

Ainsley’s dismay is real. She’s on a mission to prevent embarrassment to Queen Victoria, and time is running out. Though the needs he’d stirred long ago during her unhappy marriage rise again, she knows it would be foolish to fall for love-them-and-leave-them Cameron Mackenzie.

But he asks her a question that challenges her beliefs about love and happiness, and she finds herself risking all to be with the black sheep of the Mackenzie family.

For more info about The Many Sins of Lord Cameron and the other books in the Highland Pleasures series, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.

Mary Balogh's Mistress series were one of the first romances I've read and I'm so excited that she's finally writing Angeline Dudley's story.

secretmistressThe Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh (out July 2011)
Lady Angeline Dudley is poised to make her coming-out. A lady of her stature is expected to catch a wealthy, titled gentleman of the ton, but Angeline harbors a secret wish: to marry a simple, ordinary man. When Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her from public embarrassment, Angeline falls instantly in love. But the stuffy Earl has little concern for Angeline. Edward wishes only to wed an old friend for an amicable companionship, a good match for his staid persona. But Angelina may show Edward that comfort is no match for passion...

For an excerpt and more info about The Secret Mistress, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.



What romance novel(s) do you "covet" this week?
***We are not here to link up our WoW post on Jill's Breaking the Spine blog. If someone could please add our post on her blog, we would very much appreciate it. Thank you in advance! :) ***



"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here.
It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ARC: 352 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 1, 2011
ISBN: 9780446572804
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Book #1 of a trilogy
Synopsis
(from Goodreads):
He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching... And once he has you, all you can do is...
BEG FOR MERCY
Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn't just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother - the only family she has left - for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.
Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.


Michelle's Review:
Megan Flynn and Cole Williams, a Seattle detective, were dating and about to take their relationship to the next level when Cole gets a phone call. There has been a gruesome murder of a woman and Megan's brother (and her only family--they were orphaned at an early age) Sean was arrested. Megan knew her brother couldn't have murdered the woman but with all evidence pointing him as the killer, Sean was sentenced to the death penalty. Fast forward three years later and Megan is still trying to prove that her brother's innocence with zero success and has been written off as delusional. Her relationship with Cole ended when he arrested Sean but they cross paths again when a woman murdered by the serial killer Seattle Slasher was found. The Slasher's MO bears some similarities to that of the murder Sean was framed for. With her brother days from getting the lethal injection, Megan is desperate and will stop at nothing to find enough evidence to find the true killer--with or without Cole's help.

The story was mostly told from three perspectives: Megan, Cole and the killer. When the story shifts to the killer (in third-person point of view) and we see first hand what he does with his victims and read his thoughts **shudders**--afterward, especially at one particular scene, I had the strongest urge to shower. I love my romantic suspense and I have read some pretty graphic stuff but this book is GRAPHIC. I caution those who don't like reading rape and detailed murder scenes, the author doesn't hold back. The killer's identity was easy to figure out early on for the reader, but trying to figure out how and why he became so twisted was the true mystery.

The second chance at love romance plot was what drew me to read this novel and despite the dark mystery and sadistic killer, the author did not forget about the romance. There was great chemistry between Megan and Cole and plenty of tension as Megan refuses to give up on her brother and Cole's firm believe in the evidence against Sean. Cole was not knight-in-shining-armor, all-for-the-heroine kind of hero. He took almost the whole book to get on Megan's side. I liked their characters and I can see where both were coming from and why they did what they did.

Like I said, this book was graphic and I almost stopped reading because of that but the writing was really good that I kept going. Ms. Alden can write one heck of an edge-of-your-seat suspense. With the way Beg for Mercy ended, I'm excited for the next book in the series Hide from Evil which brings back Megan's brother Sean and the prosecuting attorney who put him on death row. Read this book if you like your romantic suspense extra dark. 4 out of 5 stars

Monday, June 13, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden

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As part of her blog tour, I am excited to feature author Jami Alden here on our blog today! Her newest release is Beg Mercy, the first book in a new dark romantic suspense series. I recently read Beg for Mercy recently, and, wow, it blew me away. Be on the look out for my review tomorrow.

The Author: Jame Alden

Jami Alden is the Holt Medallion–nominated author for sexy romantic suspense. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her socially well-adjusted alpha male husband, her sons, and a German Shepherd who patiently listens to dialogue and helps her work out plot points.

Here's what other authors say about Jami: (taken from the Hachette website)

“Jami Alden always takes you on a wild ride!”
—Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author

“Gripping, hot, and emotionally charged. Alden always delivers!”
—Shannon McKenna, New York Times bestselling author

“Jami Alden writes gripping suspense with the perfect balance of emotion and romance. Combined, these elements weave an enthralling story with richly drawn characters. I enjoy her writing immensely.”
—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

To learn more about Beg for Mercy and Jami's other books, check out her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Beg for Mercy
(blurb taken from the Hachette website)
He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching... And once he has you, all you can do is...

BEG FOR MERCY

Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn't just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.
Do you want to win your very own copy of Beg for Mercy?
Thanks to Brianne and Hachette, I have 2 copies to give away.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Enter to win a copy of Ruby Red HERE.

huntress ARC: 324 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt

Release Date: May 10, 2011
ISBN: 9780805092523

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Edelstein Trilogy #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.


Michelle's Review:
Ruby Red took me completely by surprise--I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. This novel was a great start to a series. There's plenty to hook a reader in Ruby Red: great writing, a wonderful heroine in Gwen, great secondary characters, plenty of action, humor, mystery, a secret society and Gideon has the potential to be crush-worthy.

Admittedly it did start confusing and a little slow as the author introduces the reader to two characters (we don't know who they are and how they figure into the story until later on in the book) in the prologue and we find out about Gwen, her friends, her school and the circumstances of her family. It took me a few chapters to get into the story but once I got over the first couple of chapters I literally couldn't stop reading and read into the night.

I loved the character of Gwen. Told in first person narration, I really enjoyed her voice. She thinks, talks and acts like your normal sixteen year old. Often in young adult fiction we get the cynical, broody, weight-of-the-world-on-my-shoulders main characters but not Gwen. She was happy and silly as teens her age should be but without being dumb. I loved her movie references throughout the book. I found her character very refreshing. Besides Gwen, there were a lot of great secondary characters like her friend Lesley (she is the kind of friend you want by your side), Gideon (the love interest who was the right mix of nice guy-ness and obnoxiousness), the present day Guardians especially Madame Rossini (who dresses Gwen and Gideon in stylish period-appropriate clothes when they time travel) and the mysterious Paul and Lucy (they intrigue me and I can't wait to read more about them).

I'm not usually a fan of time-traveling stories but I am a fan of secret societies and piecing a mystery as secrets and information are revealed. The plot was exciting and I really liked that we learn about the secret world of the Guardians and their mission and the intricacies of time traveling along with Gwen. The time-traveling concept here it was very well done as well and believable. It was just a really fun book to read, perfect for light summer reading. It ends in a satisfying cliffhanger and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Sapphire Blue. I highly recommend everyone read this excellent, unputdownable book. 5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Why we covet The Space Between: It was book love at first sight when we saw the cover and then when we read the synopsis, we know we just have to get our hands on it and read it.

It reminds us of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series except instead of fairies it's about a half-angel/half-demon girl who travels to the human world and it sounds much darker.

spacebetweenThe Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff (out November 2011)
Everything burns in Pandemonium

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped—and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.

For more info about The Space Between, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.


Why we covet Legend: We love our dystopian and Legend has a compelling story line that promises a fast-paced non-stop action and great world building. This novel is also garnering a lot of pre-publication buzz and we are eager to see if it delivers (it sounds like it will).

legendLegend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu (out November 2011)
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.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

For more info about Legend, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.


What YA book(s) do you "covet" this week?
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"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here.
It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I am taking a break from the packing frenzy to share with you a book trailer for Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red. I am so happy we are still here to be able to take part in this promotional opportunity. [Yes, we are still at home but we are leaving in a couple of days and me being the queen of procrastination waited until this week to pack and get everything ready for an extended trip. Argh!!]

Anyway, I received a copy of Ruby Red earlier last month, read it recently and I absolutely loved it (look for my review scheduled to post next week)! The next book in the series can't come fast enough. I know you are all going to love it too. Enjoy the trailer and read on for a chance to win a copy of Ruby Red.

Here's the blurb (from Goodreads) and book cover:

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Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

GIVEAWAY
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popular Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: Flux

Release Date: May 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780738727998
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

For reigning popularity queen Hamilton Best, the very idea of graduation is filled with fear. She's always been the star of Fidelity High's most exclusive clique, idolized for her perfection and her fabulous parties—you know you're "in" when you make Hamilton's guest list. As high school draws to a close, Hamilton is about to lose everything that makes her who she is. To make matters worse, the clique is slowly coming apart at the seams. Although the hand-picked members—Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly—all have their own agendas, desires, and secrets, they do have one thing in common: they're desperate to break away from Hamilton. Yet Hamilton has the biggest and most shocking secret of all, one that only her devoted boyfriend Alex knows. If the truth got out, it would completely destroy her fragile world. And she'll do anything to keep that from happening.

Leslie's Review:
To be honest, at first I was a bit reluctant to read Popular because it's a book about five high school girls all members of a popular and exclusive clique. I like reading about characters I can relate to and I was worried I wouldn't find that in this book. I'm also not a fan of books like the Gossip Girl or Clique series and I was afraid Popular was going to be like those books. Boy, was I wrong.

Popular is a debut novel by Alissa Grosso and now that I had finished the book, I think it was a pretty ambitious debut novel. There were six main characters and each chapter switches off between the girls in first person narration.
You would think it would be confusing but it was not at all. I love it when a book is in first-person because I feel like I get to know the characters on a personal level. Admittedly, at first, the different narrations didn't sound like individual voices to me but as I continued to read, it got better and better until I found myself completely immersed in the thoughts and voices of the girls and Hamilton's boyfriend Alex. Sometimes after I had read, I would still think I'm at Fidelity High watching the most exclusive clique fall apart at the seams and myself admiring quiet and contemplative Alex from a distance. Ms. Grosso writes beautifully with great narrations from all the characters and the book had a great plot that sent me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and reactions.

As for the plot, I loved that Ms. Grosso added a most surprising and interesting aspect to it that I never had suspected to be in the book. The shocking part was something I never read before in other books, it was a bit unsettling yet interesting for me. I can't tell you what it is and why it happened though, it will spoil this amazing book but it seriously caught me off guard. Looking back now, I think I wouldn't have felt as shocked as I was if only I read more carefully because it was hinted a bit at one point.

Overall, this is an amazing debut novel that I recommend to everyone who loves secrets and surprises. It's not a Gossip Girl kind of novel--it's a deep and engrossing read that I'll hopefully be able to reread in the near future to revisit the girls and Alex.
My reading experience with Popular was so fantastic that its words and characters still haunt me days after I finished reading it. 5 out of 5 stars

Monday, June 6, 2011

Q&A with author Nalini Singh

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Hi everyone! I am so excited because my all-time favorite paranormal romance author, Nalini Singh, is our guest here today. Last week Tuesday I posted my review of Kiss of Snow, Nalini's newest release and book #10 in the Psy/Changeling series--the one fans for the series has been waiting for: Hawke and Sienna's book. Kiss of Snow was an excellent read and it met my high expectations. I absolutely LOVED it. If you read the Psy/Changeling series go pick up the first book, Slave to Sensation, right now--you won't regret it.

Okay, without futher ado, here is Nalini...

nalinisinghQ: Hi Nalini. Welcome to our blog. You have spent a lot of time chatting with readers online through your website, blog, on Oddshots and other social media. What have you learned about yourself and your books from these exchanges?
A: I’ve learned that I truly enjoy social media and blogging. I don’t think these avenues work for everyone, but I love being able to exchange comments with my readers so easily, and to get their feedback on my books.

I also want to say that my readers are awesome people, who often make my day with their generous comments.

Q: Do you see yourself or anyone you know in any of your characters?
A: No. My characters have such vivid personalities from the start that I can’t imagine them as anything but unique individuals.

Q: If you could bring any one character from your book to life and hang out with them for a day would it be, who would it be and why? Where would you go?
A: Oh, wow, what a difficult question. There are so many characters I’d love to spend time with, so I’m going to be sneaky and choose two – one from the Psy/Changeling series, one from the Guild Hunter series.

Psy/Changeling: Julian and Roman (I know, that’s two, but they’re twins and always hang out together!) - I think they’d be the most incredible fun, and their curious natures would mean I’d get to explore all sorts of things.

Guild Hunter: Illium - I don’t think he’d mind taking me flying for a little while. How amazing would that be?!

Q: Did Hawke or Sienna ever confused you when you’re writing them? Do you sometimes wonder why they did something, or is there always a reason?
A: I just go with my characters when I write the first draft, and quite often, their motivations might not be absolutely clear. But by the time I get to the end of that draft, I know them on the deepest level, and can understand actions that might not have made sense when I first wrote the scenes.

Q: What’s next after Kiss of Snow? Any current Psy/Changeling projects?
A: Right now, I’m working on a Guild Hunter novella featuring Jessamy and Galen. After that, I’ll be working on the next Psy/Changeling book – there are a number of amazing developments coming up!

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog and answering my questions, Nalini! To learn more about Nalini's books, read excerpts, deleted scenes and other fun stuff check out her website and blog. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Here's the cover and synopsis of Kiss of Snow (just in case you're not familiar or you need to look at that cover one more time ;] ):
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The hardcover debut of New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh and her highly acclaimed Psy/Changeling novels.

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight...

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

In Our Mailbox (34)

Saturday, June 4, 2011 with
These are the books and swag we received in the last three weeks--and what an epic three weeks it has been:


For Review
Frost by Wendy Delsol
Frost by Marianna Baer
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
Spoiled by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
(A big THANK YOU to Candlewick, HarperTeen, Simon & Schuster, Feiwel & Friends, Quirk and LBYR for sending us the books.)


Bought
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Gallagher Girls Books #1-3 by Ally Carter
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade



Won
Drought by Pam Bachorz, swag and $25 B&N GC
Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab

May RAK
Breaking Point by Pamela Clare
(Thank you Ruby!)

Romance Review Books
Lady of Seduction by Laurel McKee
Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden
(Look for a giveaway of Beg for Mercy here on the blog on June 13!!)
(Thanks for Brianne & Forever for sending me the books.)

I got a cool button for being part of the Splash Team for Tera Lynn Child's upcoming book Fins are Forever and also a bunch of bookmarks and temporary tattoos to pass on to my local public library before we leave for our trip this coming week. Goodbye for now everyone! We will see you in July. :)

What did you guys get in your mailbox?


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"In My Mailbox" is a weekly event that gives book bloggers a chance share with each other what books got added to their to-be-read pile for the week. It was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Next week Leslie and I will be leaving for vacation. I am especially excited because I always love traveling and I haven't been on a leave-the-country kind of vacation since I graduated high school six years ago. So, yes, we are leaving the US and we won't be back until July. Woo-hoo!! It'll be nice to leave the islands for a bit.

There will be limited (or possibly no) internet access to where we are going so that means no blogging for us while we are there. But we are going to have a few posts scheduled every week so it will be like we never left blogging-wise. Here are some posts you can look forward to:

Q&A with author Nalini Singh
Divergent by Veronica Roth Review
Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin Review
Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden Feature and Giveaway
Popular by Alyssa Grosso Review
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Review
The Midnight Place by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Review
Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gate by Eva Gray Review
and many more...

We've been very lucky about practically having no spam so we will leave the comments as it but we won't be able to return any until we come back. My parents are a bit a lot paranoid when it comes to traveling to another country, especially the one where we are going so I won't say where right now but expect a lot of pictures when we come back.

Okay, since there will be no internet (yikes!) and there will probably be some down time (plus the nine-hour non-stop trip back and forth), Leslie and I will be bringing three books each with us on our trip. The problem is we can't decide which to bring. Too many good choices. Help!

I'm thinking of taking two of these review books:


And one non-review books from my TBR pile:


These are Leslie's choices--she is taking one review book:


And two non-review books:


Unfortunately, we don't have an e-reader which would be a lot of help in this situation. We are in the middle of packing right now and need to decide. Please help us decide. Which books do you think Leslie and I should bring on our trip?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Books We Covet: Dark Psychological Reads

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Why we covet these books: There's nothing better than a book that will scare your pants off and have you looking over your shoulder at darkened corners when you get up in the middle of the night for a glass of water.


damageDamage by Anya Parrish (out September 2011)
There was a time when I prayed for Rachel to be real. Until the night I learned she'd always planned to kill me.

When Dani was eight, she fell from a building. No one believed her claim that she was pushed by Rachel . . . her imaginary friend. It took years of therapy to convince Dani that Rachel wasn't real.

Now fifteen, Dani wants to make it as a dancer. But a deadly freak accident sends Dani a terrifying message: Rachel is back, she's real, and she'll stop at nothing to kill Dani.

Complicating matters is Jesse, the school bad boy who's being stalked by his own invisible childhood nemesis. Dani and Jesse join forces to learn why their astral tormenters are back. Their investigation leads to a horrifying discovery—and the terrible experiment that binds them to each other.

For more info about Damage, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.


frostFrost by Marianna Baer (out September 2011)
Leena Thomas's senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate -- confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena's anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena's own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste's brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. FROST is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological... well, which answer would let you sleep at night?

For more info about Frost, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.


What creepy YA book(s) do you "covet"?
Please leave a link below so we can stop by your blog too.



"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here.
It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!