Thursday, April 29, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: April 30 - May 6, 2010

It's that time again! The great Book Blogger Hop is back! What is the Book Blogger Hop you ask? Here's a short overview from Crazy For Books, the host. 

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all book bloggers and readers a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

So all you have to do is link your blog and hop around and visit other peoples blogs! It's a lot of fun and a great way to discover new blogs, bloggers and more!

So get hopping.

Click HERE to start hopping! 

Vampire Academy's Spirit Bound Teaser Trailer #2

Alright, for starters, who here is a fan of the Vampire Academy? If you don't know, I am a HUGE fan of the series. And hopefully, like a lot of you, I am anxiously awaiting the release of Spirit Bound, Vampire Academy #5! This teaser campaign will preview seven important quotes in Spirit Bound (one every three days)! So here's Teaser #2!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (20)

Waiting On Wednesday
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
 Not Avail
June 29, 2010
Synopsis from Erin Kellison’s Website

Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.

Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

This is the place between life and what comes after - a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

Ooooh, intriguing or not? I think so and I love this synopsis! 


Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James 
July 13, 2010

'Truth or dare?' she asks.

I hesitate. I have so many secrets, so many things I don't want to reveal, but this is only a game, only a bit of fun. 'Truth,' I say finally. 'I can imagine one of your dares, and I don't fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight.'

'Truth,' Alice says slowly, drawing out the vowel sound as if she's savouring the word. 'Are you sure? Are you sure you can be completely honest?'
'I think so. Try me.'

'Okay.' And then she looks at me curiously. 'So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?'

Katherine has moved away from her shattered once-perfect family to start a new life in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic Alice, and her life takes her in new directions. But there is a dark side to Alice, and as we learn the truth of Katherine's sister's death and Alice's background their story spirals to an explosive finale.
A potent, intense and simply unputdownable psychological thriller from an exciting voice.

This one sounds good too. I really want to know how Katherine's sister died and what Alice's secret is!

What are you waiting for?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Vampire Academy's Spirit Bound Teaser Trailer #1


Alright, for starters, who here is a fan of the Vampire Academy? If you don't know, I am a HUGE fan of the series. And hopefully, like a lot of you, I am anxiously awaiting the release of Spirit Bound, Vampire Academy #5! This teaser campaign will preview seven important quotes in Spirit Bound (one every three days)! So here's Teaser #1!

Is it just me or do you want to read this book even more

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Movie Review: The Last Song

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Tybee Island, Georgia. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father ...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer on Tybee Island with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts ...and heal them.

Based on the novel of the same name by Nicolas Sparks

Cast: Miley Cyrus as Ronnie Miller
Greg Kinnear as Steve Miller
Bobby Coleman as Jonah Miller
Liam Hemsworth as Will Blakelee
Hallock Beals as Scott
Kelly Preston as Kim
Nick Lashaway as Marcus
Carly Chaikin as Blaze

Click HERE for the rest of the cast.

Movie Review: Yet another movie based off of one of Nicolas Sparks great books. I actually read the book before I saw the movie and I loved the book.

Though the plot line was similar to the other movies, this one was different. For starters, it was much more modern and was actually more with teenage life reality than most people would think. I know girls who are abused by their boyfriend as Blaze is by Marcus. There are girls in this world who hate their father for cheating or such. Sometime during the movie, I felt the plot was as slow as a slug. Sometimes, it was so fast I was lost.

The actors. Liam Hemsworth made his debut with this movie as Will Blakelee, Ronnie's love interest. While watching this movie, I forgot that Liam was a new actor. He looked so professional, as if he's done many movies before this one. He really pulled of the character of Will perfectly. But I also feel he could have done a better job. I won't name certain scenes, but I felt he could have done somethings differently or said something else. But whats done is done. I think we're going to see a lot of Liam Hemsworth in the future, and I sincerely hope his acting becomes better.

Ah, Greg Kinnear as Steve Miller. He was astounding as Steve, the father. With this movie, he was one of the few people who made this movie so memorable and worthwhile. His way of portraying Steve was one of a kind. He could do the funny parts and the sad parts and the in-between without a flaw. He also did a great job with his kids. With Jonah, he was definitely the kind of father a ten year old needed. With Ronnie, he was sweet and kind and yes, protective. But he also told her he loved her in his own way. I was so sad when he got sick.

Miley Cyrus. First of all, the only time I've seen her in a movie was Hannah Montana the Movie. That movie was okay compared to the show, and I'm NOT a big fan of the show. So, the movie wasn't that good either. Now, seeing her in The Last Song, I don't know what to think. Okay, she cannot not cry. Or act in a sad scene. She did a terrible job with that. She was okay with the rebellious Ronnie. When she was being mean to her dad and such. She was great with Liam, though, and I wonder if maybe it's because the two of them had already been dating during the shooting of the movie? Any how, I didn't want to see this movie in the beginning because I felt she couldn't act. But after giving it a shot, I do feel she has grown off of her "Hannah Montana" role. In the future, I think she's going to get much, much better.

Bobby Coleman as Jonah Miller was a perfection. In this whole movie, he was my favorite character. When he laughed, I laughed. When he made a witty comment, I laughed. When he cried, I was sobbing. When I pictured Jonah in my head after reading the book, I didn't really pay much attention to him. But in this movie,man, he caught my attention and every time he wasn't around, I hoped for him return. I love his acting and he is going to be even better in the future. He was able to play the annoying brother, the devastated brother after his father's news, and mostly, a character people will hope for, grieve for, and love. Even after the end of the movie.

Recommendation/Overall: A good family movie. I think everyone should give it a chance before judging it for what they have heard, etc. It'll make you laugh, cry and truly be grateful for what you have.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The New Look

I want to thank Kristi from The Story Siren for helping me change my blog around to make it look better! I'm still working on the look but I like how it is. If anyone has any suggestions or comments, please let me know!

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Eclipse Trailer

Here's a new Eclipse Trailer and honestly, I like this one a whole lot better than the others. I also think this movie is going to be pretty good and hopefully lives up to New Moon. And does Taylor get hotter every time?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Full Beastly Trailer

It's different from the book but I think this movie is going to be good. Personally, I'm glad the Beast isn't all hairy. He's still kinda hot as a beast! I think Vanessa is going to be very good in this movie and Alex is already hot, so good acting comes with it (just kidding).

Let the Voting Begin

I'm sure you all remember my entry to Book Crazy's Before I Fall cover contest. And I am one of the contestants! Honestly, I didn't think I'd come this close but I guess I was wrong!

Here's my entry:

I don't regret anything about it but I would love it if you all went and voted for me!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (19)

I'm sorry for being so M.I.A this week. I've been very busy reviewing and reading loads of books as well as keeping up with school work. It's time consuming!
Anyway's off to this week WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson
HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
June 22, 2010

In a time of deadly crisis, Linden alone has the power to save her people.

The faeries of the Oak are in danger of extinction, and their only hope for survival rests in fifteen-year-old Linden. Armed with the last of her people's magic, she travels bravely into the modern human world. Along the way she makes a reluctant ally—a human boy named Timothy.

Soon Linden and Timothy discover a danger much worse than the Oakenfolk's loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens to enslave faeries and humans alike. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Tim and Linden must risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it's too late to save everyone they love.

R. J. Anderson has artfully crafted a world of stunning magic, thrilling adventure, and delicate beauty, where the key to the future is in an unexpected, forbidden friendship.

I love a good fantasy, urban-fantasy, non-human-girl-go-on-a-quest-to-save-the-world-with-a-human book!

Remember Me (Books #1-3)
Christopher Pike
August 3, 2010
Simon Pulse

She won't let them forget?

Shari Cooper wakes up dead. The last thing she can remember is falling from a balcony during her friend's party. Her death has been ruled a suicide, but Shari knows she was murdered. All of her closest friends are now suspects. As she tries to find her killer from the other side, she discovers her friends may not have been so loyal to her after all. Now, Shari is not just out for justice, she's out for revenge.

Ooh, sounds kinda scary doesn't it? Maybe that's why I love it so much! And the cover, so dark and intimidating! I love it! The short synopsis makes me want to read it all the more!


A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

May 1st 2010

Terrified that her mother, a schizophrenic and an artist, is a mirror that reflects her own future, sixteen-year-old Aura struggles with her overwhelming desires to both chase artistic pursuits and keep madness at bay.

As her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet keeps drawing Aura toward the depths of her own imagination—the shadows of make-believe that she finds frighteningly similar to her mother’s hallucinations.

Convinced that creative equals crazy, Aura shuns her art, and her life unravels in the process.

A physic thriller/finding-yourself book? I think this book looks and sounds really interesting. I want to know what happens to Aura and how the author writes this book!


Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
May 4, 2010

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Ah, road trip+cute boy+finding yourself= a great book! I sounds so cute and I love books like this. Plus, how cute is the cover?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Book Cover: Iron Daughter and Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

Ok so if you don't already know, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is book one is The Iron Fey Trilogy.

Here's the cover of Book 1, The Iron King:

And here are the newest covers:

Book 2, The Iron Daughter:

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, Book 2)
Julie Kagawa
August 1, 2010

An Iron Fey Novella, Winter's Passage:

Winter's Passage (An Iron Fey Novella)
Julie Kagawa
June 1, 2010

Iron Daughter: So what do you think? I think this cover is very beautiful...but there's just something about it. I think it's because both this book and The Iron King have a girl on the cover and their expressions are somewhat similar. Where as, The Iron King's cover is phenomenal, I'm not sure I could say the same for this one. The colors and the font and the designs are great but I don't particularly like the way the model is facing. I had hoped for something much different form the first book, so I guess I am a little dissapointed.

Winter's Passage: As I have not read The Iron King (I know! It's crazy isn't it?) I'm not sure why there is a wolf on the cover but I'm sure it has something to do with the novella. I love this cover. I like how we only see the wolf's eyes so it gives a lot of mysteriousness to the cover. The color blend is well done, as well. The forest scene in the background and the snow (for what it looks like) add a great touch to this cover.

Go HERE to see Julie's post!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Author Interview: Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting

About the Author: Kimberly Derting lives in western Washington with her husband and three children. The Body Finder is her first novel!

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary: Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issue: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies-or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world...and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent as a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agree to help Violet find the murderer--and Violet us unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

Please join me in welcoming Kimberly!

1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?
In high school, I would write these heart-wrenching notes for the attendance office about how sick I was the day before, and then sign my mom’s name (sorry, mom!). That was when I thought that just maybe I could be a fiction writer, or maybe just a really good liar!

2. While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?
For me, writer’s block means that I’m just not “feeling it” at that time of the day. Usually, if I just take a break, I can get back into the flow of things pretty quickly. If that doesn’t work, Skittles will usually do the trick!

3. The Body Finder has a very interesting story line. A girl, a boy, love and a dead body! Come on, where’d you’d you get this idea for a book?
It all came to me in a dream! Just kidding, that didn’t actually happen but wouldn’t that have been cool???

Actually, my husband came up with this random idea about a boy who could find dead bodies. As soon as he said that, I immediately started creating Violet’s creepy ability and of course, changed the main character to a girl. Of course if you ask my husband this question, he will tell you that since it was his idea that makes him my co-author! :)

4. I’ve been hearing such good things about The Body Finder. What is it that you want (and hope) people learn from The Body Finder, if anything?
I’m just hopeful that the readers will connect with the characters and get caught up in their story…although a laugh, a shiver, or a tear here or there wouldn’t hurt either!

5. There are many genres you could have written about. Why did you choose to write YA? Why not write for adults or children?
I think I chose YA mostly because of my kids. Their ages are so spread apart that I’ve had teenagers in my house for what feels like FOREVER, which makes “research” extremely easy! Any time I need some new YA material, I just do a little secret spying on them. (Just don’t tell them that I eavesdrop!)

6. Is Violet supposed to be you? Is she based off of someone you know in real life?
Well, Violet and I can both sense the dead…

Okay, no, that’s just her creepy skill. No, she’s not really based on anyone I know.

7. What was you’re writing process like for The Body Finder? How much research did you have to do, if any?
I actually interviewed two close friends who helped me with all of the technical aspects related to Search & Rescue and the cooperation that occurs between the Police and Fire departments. If there’s anything incorrect in the book, let me know and I’ll give you their home phone numbers so you can complain! :)

8. I’m hearing a lot of talk about a sequel. Can you tell us anything about it?
Desire of the Dead will be released in 2011. We get to see the love story between Jay and Violet develop…and there may or may not be a dead body or two!

9. Favorites’ time!

Book- To Kill a Mockingbird

Movie- The Last of the Mohicans

Fictional Character- I’m kind of diggin’ on Daniel from The Dark Divine right now. I haven’t finished it yet, but I think I have a little crush…

Author- Stephen King

Actor/Actress- George Clooney (for his acting skills, of course!)

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks so much for having me here! Hope you all enjoy the book!!!

Thanks Kimberly! I've never actually hear of her favorite movie. Interesting how she get the idea, though.

You can visit Kimberly:

You can go HERE to read my review of THE BODY FINDER.

Top 100 YA List

April at Good Books & Good Wine worked very hard gathering votes and compiling a list of the top YA books (click HERE for the list on her blog) . I'll keep it as a reference to which book I have or have not read! Over the course of this week and next week, over 20 posts I was say my feeling towards all the 100 books that have been chosen. So, I'll be critiquing 5 books a day! I'm not sure when I'm going to start though!

Bold- Read

100. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
99. Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
98. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
97. Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
96. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Claus
95. Forever by Judy Blume
94. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
93. Tithe by Holly Black
92. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
91. Wings by Aprillynne Pike
90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
89. Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
88. Marked by PC And Kristin Cast
87. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

86. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
85. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
84. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
83. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
82. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot

81. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
80. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
79. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
78. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
77. Evernight by Claudia Gray
76. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
75. Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
74. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
73. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
72. Alana: The First Adventure series by Tamora Pierce
71. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
70. Unwind by Neil Shusterman
69. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

68. Paper Towns by John Green
67. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
66. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
65. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
64. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
63. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
62. Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz
61. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
60. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
59. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
58. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
57. Eragon by Christopher Paoloni

56. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
55. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
54. Fallen by Lauren Kate
53. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
51. Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
50. Number The Stars by Lois Lowry
49. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
48. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
47. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

46. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
45. The Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong (ONLY ONE)
44. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
43. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
42. Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
41. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
40. Wake series by Lisa McMann
39. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
38. Are You There Good? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume

37. Looking For Alaska by John Green
36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
35. A Great And Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray

34. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
32. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare
31. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
30. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
29. Forest of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan
28. Holes by Louis Sacher
27. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
26. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
24. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
23. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
22.Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
21. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

20. Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder
19. Book Thief by Markus Zusak
18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carlson Levine
17. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

16. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
14. Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
13. The Giver by Lois Lowry
12. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
10. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
9. A Wrinkle In Time series by Madeline L'engle
8. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore ( ONLY GRACELING)

7. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan
6. Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Summary:I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Review: I've heard a lot about this book and I watched the movie trailer before I read this book. The trailer was aprt of why I read it in the first place. It looked so good. And of course its based on a fairy tale so I just had to read it. I'm happy to report that I wasn't dissapointed at all.

Kyle Kingsbury is your typical, popular, spoiled brat. The one guy all the girls love and all the guys hate because all the girls love him. Ans Kendra Hilferty is the goth class mate, like all girls, is in love with Kyle. So as a joke, he "asks" her out to the dance and she accepts. As the readers we know whats going to happen. But what does happen surprised me. I won't say anything else about it.

Linda is your typical nerdy girl, girl-next-door. There isn't much of her in the beginning and I thought I was going to see her often. Guess not. Anyways, I loved her character. First she has a crappy father but is able to go on with her life even though its a really sucky life. Then she's the scholarship kid at a big, hug school full of rich snotty kids but she still hangs in there. Like any other girl though, she's got a crush on the popular guy....aka Kyle.

After the dance and after "the witch" (won't tell you who) casts a spell on Kyle turning him into a beast. He's got two years to make a girl fall in love with who he is, beast and all, and have her tell him she loves him to break the spell. After a while he changes his nameAfter that, I lost a lot of interest in the book. Mainly because I wanted the girl (I just knew who it was going to be) to come and fall in love with Kyle. After reading a lot of it, I realized we had to know more about the Beast to understand the book.

Alex Flinn took an old timely fairy tale and brought it into modern times. He had great characters, the plot line was great and well written. It was a great read!

Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it.

Cover: A+, I love the white rose and the symbolism is has to the book. I think having the thorns on the stem makes it looked even better!

Overall: A great read for all of you fairy tale lovers. If you want a quick, good read, check this book out too!

I'm sorry for not posting in a while. I've been writing up some reviews and interviews with authors plus other posts so more to come!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Book Cover: Hexbound by Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill unveiled the cover art for Hexbound, which is the second book in her Dark Elite series. The book will hit shelves in January 2011. There is no blurb or anything out yet for the book but I will post it ASAP!

Hexbound (Dark Elite, Book 2)
Chloe Neill
January 20, 2011

I love this cover and I can't wait to find out what its about! I also like how they kept the same model. And she looks just as dark and mysterious as she did on the cover of Firespell!

"Waiting On" Wednesday (18)

Waiting On Wednesday
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Penguin/Razorbill Books
May 18, 2010

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.

OMG! I love this series and I CAN NOT WAIT for this, the fourth, book to come out. But I'm also not waiting for it because if I read this book than I'll want to read the sixth (and final!!!) book but it won't be coming out till December 14, 2010.


Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
Simon & Schuster
June 22, 2010

Twelve-year-old Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age, ever since the death of their father. Their mother, who turns tricks to support her family, is a reluctant and unreliable parent—at best. During the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative from an exceptionally promising YA voice, readers will discover the chilling reason why Lizzie has stopped speaking—and why Hope is the only one who can bring the truth to light and save her sister.

This one sounds good. I've heard good things about the author and I love the cover. Plus the summary really makes you wonder why Lizzie stopped speaking and why Hope is the only one to help.


The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
July 3, 2008

Meredith and Mallory Brynn are mirror twins born on either side of midnight one snowy New Y ear’s Eve. They have always been inseparable. But after they are nearly killed in a mysterious fire on their thirteenth birthday, the bond that has always joined them unravels. They begin to have visions and dreams that reveal the deep secrets kept by the people around them. Meredith and Mallory realize they have each been given a gift: Mallory can see deep into the past; Meredith can see the future. But when they discover that one boy is not what they imagined, their lives will be changed forever. If they can survive . . .

Maybe this sounds crazy but I've never heard of this author before. But I love the synopsis of this book and I can't wait to read it. I really want to know whats going to happen to the girls!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Author Interview: Elizabeth Eulberg

I can finally post the interview with Elizabeth Eulberg! Thanks Sheila!

About the Author: Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to Syracuse University and then making a career in the New York City book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. In researching The Lonely Hearts Club, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn’t work.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Point

Summary:Ever since a disaster of epic proportions with her boyfriend over the summer, Nate, Penny is determined to never let her heart be broken like that again. To stay true to this unlikely promise she has made to herself, she becomes the only member of her self-formed Lonely Hearts Club, the "rules" of the club being that she will steer clear of boys and dating until she graduates from high school.

Penny is proud of herself for what she's doing, but initially thinks it's something that she's doing on her own. But when other girls hear about the Lonely Hearts Club, they want to join as well! Suddenly, Penny has more members than she can count, and the males at her high school are becoming a little peeved. Nevertheless, Penny is glad about the girl power her club is demonstrating.

However, what happens when Penny starts to fall for a guy at her high school? If she dates him, fellow club members could turn against her, but if she follows the club's rules and rejects him, she'll be breaking both of their hearts... and wasn't the club formed in the first place to keep hearts from being broken?


1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never thought that I would some day be an author (I still have trouble referring to myself as an author!). I was encouraged by an author I worked with, Dav Pilkey, to write several years ago. He really gave me the confidence to give it a try and I haven’t stopped since.

2. What was the hardest part about writing The Lonely Hearts Club? The easiest?
I think the hardest part with The Lonely Hearts Club was finding the time to write. I have a job that keeps me really busy so I would have to wait until I had a free weekend to write. I think the easiest part for me was working in the Beatles into the book. I’m a huge Beatles fan and once I decided that Penny’s parents were Beatles fans, I liked having them reference the Beatles, no matter how obscure!

3. Are any of your characters based off of people you know? Is Penny’s character supposed to be you?
The characters are all from my imagination. There are parts of me in both Penny and Tracy, but I especially wanted Penny to be someone that each reader could identify with.

4. How did the Beatles come to influence The Lonely Hearts Club so much that you named your main character after one of their songs?
The Beatles came with the title The Lonely Hearts Club. When I realized I wanted to write a book about a girl who forms a single girl club, the title came to me right away. I wanted to have some nod to the Beatles in the book and then I decided to name my main character after a Beatles song – Penny Lane.

5. While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?
Whenever I get stuck, I get up from the computer and will either go for a walk or to the gym. I don’t think staring at a computer screen helps. So I try to do something else so I’m not over-thinking any specific plot point and eventually an idea will come.

6. If you could go back in time and only meet ONE of the Beatles, who would you like to meet and why?
Oh, this is hard. Since Paul and Ringo are alive, I’d like to think I still have a chance to meet them. So I am going to say George Harrison. I have a soft spot for George; I think he is a brilliant musician and songwriter who, understandably so, has been overshadowed by Lennon/McCartney. Plus, two of my favorite songs, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something” were songs he wrote.

7. There are many genres you could have written about. Why did you choose to write YA?
I think I started writing YA because I work in the children’s publishing industry and most of the books I read are YA books. Also, I really think that high school is a really important time in your life. You are trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be. You never forget what it is like to be a teenager—no matter how much you might want to!

8. Can you describe your book in ten words or less? Can you describe yourself in ten words or less?
I’ll try! The Lonely Hearts Club: Penny puts herself and friends before guys. Me: Author. Publicist. Friend. Wannabe rock star.

9. Favorites’ time!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Movie- Moulin Rouge

Fictional Character- This is tough! I’ll have to say Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.

Author- Jane Austen

Actor/Actress- Meryl Streep is amazing in anything and everything!

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for the interview!

Thanks Elizabeth!
She's really an Austen girl! I like Pride and Prejudice my self. And I've never heard of Moulin Rouge. See, you learn things about authors that you didn't even know!

You can visit Elizabeth:

You can go HERE to read my review of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: April 9 - 15, 2010

Alright, its time again! The Book Blogger Hop is back! I began hopping some time ago and it's really a great way to find new blogs and get new followers. Plus you meet really really great people.

So go on over to Crazy for Books to join the fun!

It's Friday! Time for another Book Blogger Hop!!

This is a weekly event, hosted here, where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read. It's a great way to network with other bloggers and make new friends! In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start Hopping!!

Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know! Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added! And, most importantly, the idea is to HAVE FUN!!

**If you're here from the Blog Hop, thanks for visiting! I'd love to visit your blog as well so you can leave a link and I'll come over!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I was reading Kelsey's blog when I stumbled upon this post.

So, The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong will not be the last book in the Darkest Powers series! It's going to be the last book in the trilogy but the new book, The Gathering, is the first book in a new trilogy. This trilogy is set in the same world as the Darkest Powers trilogy but it's going to have new characters. I have only read the first book in the Darkest Powers so I'm not too in tuned with the other two book, but I've come to love the characters...especially Derek. This new series (trilogy) is called Darkness Rising.

Here's what Kelley had to say about the two trilogies, on her forum:

Okay, poor Alison is getting flooded with questions about the end of The Reckoning (don't worry, no spoilers here) Responses range from confusion to anger. Why were several minor plot threads left unanswered when this is supposed to be a trilogy?

At first, I scratched my head. Why would every plot thread be wrapped up when this trilogy is just the first of what I hope to be many stories set in this world? Then I realized the problem. The definition of trilogy.

1) a series of three books, connected in some way but with three separate plots

2) one plot/story stretching over three books

The Darkest Powers is #2, the rarer form. That means The Reckoning is the last book in the trilogy, not the last in the series. It only wraps up the major plotline introduced in The Summoning. It is not intended to tie off every minor plot thread and retire the characters.

The next book is The Gathering. Same world. New characters. New Edison Group experiment. The Gathering starts trilogy #2, Darkness Rising. While my plot line shows Chloe and the others being introduced late in that trilogy, that is NOT a guarantee until the whole thing is written.

So what happens beyond that second trilogy? I have no idea. I'm only contracted for 6 books, so that's all I count on. If the publishers want more, though, I'm sure Chloe and the others will return.

I know my decision to veer away from Chloe et al does not please every reader. I know it greatly displeases some readers. But The Gathering is done. There's no turning back.

I've weathered this storm before, when I announced a change of narrators after book 2 in my Otherworld series. The emails flooded in. I was an idiot. I was sabotaging my career. I'd tasted success and now failure loomed on the horizon. Ten books later, I believe it has stopped looming, but you never know

I believe I owe it to my readers to give them my best. Sure, the Chloe books are selling extremely well. Sure, I could coast on that for a while, keep churning out new adventures for her even after readers start saying "it was fun revisiting the characters, but nothing really happened." To me, though, if I know I'm coasting, then I'm not "giving readers what they want"--I'm cheating them out of decent books. Long series with a single narrator work for some writers. Some can keep it fresh and original. I can't and I know it.

So, with The Reckoning, we bid a temporary farewell to Chloe and the gang and move on to explore new corners of their world. I hope readers will stay with me for the journey. I don't guarantee you'll like the new characters as much as you liked the old ones. Some will prefer them. Some will hate them. I'll gain readers. I'll lose readers. But I'll know I'm giving all of them my best effort, and that's what counts.

I think it's an interesting idea and I hope to read this series. I think I'll work on finishing the Darkest Powers first, though.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Summary:Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Review: Hex Hall is one story we've all read before. There's the teenage girl who has an interesting life to say the least, a normal mom who's married to a man who's nothing but normal, a father who has all but abandoned her. So then she gets sent to a "special kids school" for witches and warlocks and such. But it's the characters, the details, the wonderful way Rachel Hawkin's has written this book that sets this apart for the rest.

The character of Sophie is one of my favorites. She's a brave, witty and down to earth even though she's a witch. Or so we think. She was fun to read about and there were parts where I felt so bad for her and other times where I rooted for her. Unable to control her powers, one Prom night when a simple Love Spell goes wrong, Sophie finds herself at Hecate Hall (or referred to as Hex Hall by the students), a school for troubled withes, warlocks, shape-shifters, and faeries.

Add in a vampire named Jenna as a roommate, a girl everyone hates, and making/befriending/becoming enemies with three very popular, beautiful girls, and having a crush on the hot, unavailable, bad boy of the school. Now, Sophie's life is perfect. Not.

Then begins the unusual occurrence around the school and Sophie learns there's more to Hex Hall, her friends and enemies and even herself. With a lot of big surprises that catch you completely off your guard, Rachel Hawkin's has created a wonderful magical world, full of great characters and all.

One thing that was a good addition to this book was the romance. Meeting Archer Cross, he seems like your typical bad-boy-who-just-happens-to-be-the-boyfriend-of-one-of-the-most-popular-girl's-at-her-school-who-just-happens-to-have-a-secret. And the romance between the two is also very predictable. But I was not prepared for the big throw off that was put in this book. Now I want more Sophie-Archer then ever before.

With it's witty, annoying, bratty characters, haunting details and so many surprises that throw you off and you never see them coming, this is one debut book I loved a lot. And Rachel Hawkin's is a great author. I can't wait for the sequel.

Grade:Go to fullsize image I really liked it.

Cover: A+, I love it! The book I have has the three girls on the cover, but I like this one more. It's mysterious, scary, and great looking all at once. The two models look so in character, one probably Sophie and the other one is probably Alice.

Overall: A great captivating, spellbinding (no pun intended) read that many will enjoy!

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Summary: Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issue: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies-or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world...and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent as a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agree to help Violet find the murderer--and Violet us unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

Review: At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book or not. A girl who's got powers to find murdered girls? Sounds gruesome, don't you think? But it turned out to be much, much better than I thought it was. I did have high expectations for this book since I've read a lot of great reviews about it. I am happy to say that it lived up to my expectations.

The love story made me want to read on and the suspense kept me alert and engrossed in this book. I began this book at around one o'clock, and in-between having a late lunch, I finished this book at around two.

Violet was an expectational character. She was brave, strong and independent, but she wasn't afraid to cry or admit she needed help. She was also so willing to help find girls who have been murdered. I know for a fact that if I had the power she has, I would not have handled it with such calmness and strength. Violet was a lovable, brilliant character that you'll fall in love with. You'll root for her and cry with her.

This book is a jumble of so many things. It's got danger, a very, very different paranormal twist that I've never seen before, and a love story that captures your attention from the very beginning. It may seem to you that this book would be hard to follow but it wasn't. Why you ask? Because of how well it was written. Kimberly has done a superb job of conveying a confused teenage girl's feelings and thoughts about first love and realizing exactly all she can do with her "powers."

Then there was Jay. Anyone who didn't read the book fully and understand it, would say that Jay was a cliche, the perfect boyfriend, the one type of guy who doesn't exist. But I beg to differ. Jay was not perfect, he was nice, yes, but not perfect. There were plenty of times in this book that I thought he was being a jerk or a dumb ass, but that just made me love him even more. I think the one thing that got to me the most was his caring, loving personality.

Then there were the minor characters, Violet's friends and her family. There were the worried parents, the "perfect" girl, best friends. In the middle of all the mystery, you got all the gossiping, talk of dresses and dates and make-up and he said she said, and guys being guys. It gave you that set off, a chance to laugh at the dialogue or scenes, a chance to move away from the seriousness of this novel. This was also one book where the parents weren't really the enemies or the bad people or part of the problem. They were loving, caring, supportive and always there for their daughter.

With it's wonderful and intense story line, a unforgettable love story, unique and out-of-this-world characters, this book is a brilliant start to a great career for Kimberly Derting. I know that we will see more amazing work from her. One of which is Desires of the Dead, the sequel to The Body Finder. You would never expect there to be a sequel to this book after where its ended but I'm ready for a surprise. And theres bound to be more Violet and Jay, so why not be happy?

Grade: Go to fullsize image I loved it!

Cover: A+, though its simple and plain, its not. The flower and its color add a mysterious look to the cover and the black background sets it apart.

Overall: A dark, luring book that will keep your mind and eyes glued to its pages. You'll want to finish it to see what happens, but then you'll never want the story to end. After reading this book, you'll want more, not just of the characters, but more from the author as well. An exceptional, brilliant debut novel.

"Waiting On" Wednesday (17)

Waiting On Wednesday
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Brace yourselves, I have a lot of books I can't wait for!


I Now Pronounce You Someone Else
by Erin McCahan
Arthur A. Levin Books - 1st June 2010

Seventeen-year-old Bronwen Oliver doesn't just want a family. She has one of those, and there's nothing terribly wrong with them apart from bickering grandparents, an image-obsessed mother and a brother she describes simply as Jesus. But there's no natural sense of connection between Bronwen and her family, leaving her with the belief -- and the hope -- that she was switched at birth, that she was never supposed to be Bronwen Oliver but someone else entirely.

When she begins dating college senior Jared Sondervan, she finds herself thoroughly embraced by the loving family she has always wanted and does not hesitate to say yes when Jared proposes on her 18th birhday. Plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her junior year of college become plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her freshman year of college. And a wedding so soon isn't exactly what Bronwen wants. But Jared is. And his family is. Or so she thinks.

Before Bronwen can determine what she truly wants, she must first determine who she truly is, and the answer, she discovers, is only partially what she thought it was. She wasn't switched at birth, but she's also not Bronwen Oliver and hasn't been for a very long time.

I think this book is going to be one of those books where the girl think she has everything but then something changes to make her have second thoughts. This one sounds good.


Firelight by Sophie Jordan

September 7, 2010

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

I think no only is the summary awesome, but so is the cover. Its so luring yet somewhat scary. A cover that makes you want to know what its about.


Insatiable by Meg Cabot
William Morrow
June 8, 2010

Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them. Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die (not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does).

But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets — then makes the mistake of falling in love with — Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side...a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for. The problem is, Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's future, she's never been able look into her own. And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future...If she even has one.

As all of you should know by now, I am a huge Meg Cabot fan. And leave it to her to introduce us to a girl who can see the outcome of peoples futures but not her own. Especially when she falls in love with a vampire. Come one, what can you not love? And with Meg's way of writing, I'm sure I'm going to be laughing, awwing, and all throughout this book.


Things I Know About Love by Kate le Vann

June 22, 2010

Things I know about love.

1. People don't always tell you the truth about how they feel.
2. Nothing that happens between two people is guaranteed to be private.
3. I don't know if you ever get over having your heart broken.

Livia Stowe's past experiences with love have been nothing but disappointing, but all that is about to change. After years of illness, she's boarding a plane for the first time to spend the summer in Princeton, New Jersey, with her brother who's studying abroad. This Brit is determined to make the most of her American summer and to record every moment of it in her private blog.

America is everything that Livia's ever dreamed of. And then she meets Adam.

Swept up in the promise of romance and the magical New York City that Adam shows her, Livia is smitten, but with all she knows about love, is Livia really ready to risk her heart again?

Oh this one I have got to read. After seemingly having no luck in the love department, a girl meets a guy who shows her love isn't so bad. But after her history, is she ready to accept that love isn't so bad? I have to know what happens. How am I supposed to wait till June?


After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy
Simon Pulse
May 4, 2010

This moment changes everything.

Becca has been head-over-heels for Alec from the instant they met. He's a brainy jock with a poet's heart—in other words, perfect for her.

Camille is careful with her words and protective of her heart, especially since Chicago. Then a new boy in her new town catches her off guard with a surprise kiss.

Too bad that new boy is Becca's boyfriend, Alec.

Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.

Not much in the summary but it's enough to have my attention. I've seen so many scenarios like this one and I'm eager to see how this author pulls of this topic which is more common than most people believe.


The Fire Opal by Regina McBride
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
May 11, 2010

There was a time when Maeve O'Tullagh led a simple life; a time when she and her mother, Nuala, collected kelp on the foreshore near their cottage in Ard Macha; a time when she played among the Celtic ruins with her older brothers and daydreamed about the legendary Holy Isles, an enchanted land ruled in a past age by a beautiful goddess.

But after Maeve's sister, Ishleen, is born, her mother sinks into a deep, impenetrable trance. For years, Maeve tries to help her mother "awaken," and then the unthinkable happens: Ishleen succumbs to the same mysterious ailment as Nuala.
Heartbroken to think that her sister and her mother might be lost to her forever, Maeve sets off on an unimaginable quest to a world filled with fantastical creatures, a web of secrets, a handsome, devious villain who will stop at nothing to have her hand in marriage—braving them all to retrieve a powerful glowing stone that will help her recover the souls of her loved ones and bring them home to Ard Macha.
An adventure-filled and spellbinding novel, The Fire Opal will enchant fantasy readers young and old.

Yet another book that sounds good and one I can't wait to read!


Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
September 1, 2010

Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.

But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you wants to sleep with yourself - but only in secret, with nobody ever finding out.
Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices - and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between. (summary and cover from Amazon)

Yet another book I found that I had to mention. This one sounds really good.