Friday, April 30, 2010

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are 
 Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Series: None
Published: January 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780312573805
Source: ARC from Other Shelf Tours 

Description: Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.  Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.  

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

This book still haunts me a little and makes me a little sick to my stomach.  In today's world of bullying and teens committing suicide from it, the events that take place in the book feel far to real.  You want to hate Regina for who she is (or use to be), but you can't help but ache for who she is becoming.  Because, she's learning her lesson the extremely hard way.  The bullying in this book isn't light.  The girls at the top of the social ladder are out for blood and they don't care what happens to make sure everyone knows their place.   I was amazed at the lengths they went through to make sure Regina was left completely isolated.  The only people who she can turn to are those who were once in the same position when she was the tormentor.  Watching Regina come to terms with what she has done to others is bittersweet.  She forges new relationships and realizes that she never wants to go back to how things were, but it willing to pretend to protect those who have been hurt before.  The ending was truly shocking.  Another book I would recommend to teens and their parents!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) 

Title: Linger
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: July 20, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780545123280
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours

Description: In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole. At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget. 

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

I think this book might have been better if it would have been more of a companion novel instead of an actual sequel.  With 4 narratives, the story seems almost mundane at times.  Grace and Sam's story feels like it's just going through the motions.  I wonder if  the author included them because she was afraid her fans would be uupset if she left them out.  I actually preferred the story when it was told from Isabel and Cole's points of view.  I think it would have be just fine with just those two.  We still would have got some of the story of Sam and Grace, but I think it would have felt more intense from an outside point of view.  In fact, I was really annoyed with Grace at times.  I'm not sure I'm a big fan of the attitude teenagers get with their parents in today's fiction.  I wonder if it sets a bad example...
The book still has that wonderful poetic flow.  It's easy to get caught up the story even if you're not enjoying it as much as you would like.  I don't think fans of Shiver will be disappointed!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1) by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher
Series: Incarceron #1
Published: January 2010
Publisher: Dial
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780803733961
Source: Library

Description: Incarceron - a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology -- a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber -- chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison -- a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device - a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn's escape is born...

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I'm not quite sure what to make of this book.  It was creative in every sense.  A prison that is a self sustained world is a very interesting idea.  Especially when the outside world believes its suppose to be a "perfect" world.  Add in a futuristic society that functions more like the past, and you have the potential for a wonderful novel.  But, it lost me somewhere.  I wasn't bored so much as I just didn't really care.  I think Finn was the most interesting character, but I just didn't feel like I knew enough about him.  Which makes sense it what you learn later in the book, but it doesn't help you connect.  I was indifferent to Claudia.  She seemed like the spoiled rich girl who always gets what she wants.  I don't think she did anything for anything other than selfish reasons.  The whole book felt like it was loosely tied together.  I'll probably read the sequel, but it won't be a need to read it the moment it comes out sort of deal.

~If you are interested in reading some reviews of people who really liked the book, please check out...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wayfarer (Faery Rebels, #2) by R.J. Anderson

Wayfarer (Faery Rebels, #2) 

Title: Wayfarer
Author: R.J. Anderson
Series: 2nd book in Faery Rebels 
Published: June 22, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780061554773
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours

Description: The faeries of the Oak are dying, and it’s up to a lone faery named Linden to find a way to restore their magic. Linden travels bravely into dangerous new territory, where she enlists the help of an unlikely friend—a human named Timothy. Soon they discover something much worse than the Oakenfolk’s loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens the fate of all faeries. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Timothy and Linden 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 a girl far from home must defeat the pervasive evil befalling her beloved faery realm.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I'm having a hard time putting into writing why I liked this one better than the first.  I didn't get a real feel for the characters in the first one.  There is some of the same ones in this one, but the main characters are different.  I felt like I knew them better.  It was faster paced, so I felt the story flowed better.  It also changed locations, which maybe added that little bit of extra spark to the story.  I liked  all of the events that took place in London.  It just exciting and I wasn't sure what would happen next.   I'm probably one of the few who likes Linden better than Knife.  She seemed more genuine.  I was unsure of Timothy for awhile, but once I knew what was troubling him, his character made more sense.  The faery lore that was included in this story was awesome.  I'm not real familiar with these legends, so I feel like I'm learning things as well.  The surprise twist towards the end wasn't so much of a surprise for me.  Will be looking forward to the next book in this series.  

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.  Click on the picture to be taken to Sheila at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books!

I've had a good reading week. I love those!  I started off the week with Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs.  Awesome edition to the Mercy Thompson series!  Can't wait for the next one (wish it was sooner than next year).

I read Linger by Maggie Stiefvater next.  I was excited to get my hands on an ARC of this highly anticipated sequel.  I'm sure many will love it.  I thought it was good, but not great.  I felt 4 narratives was a bit distracting. 

I read Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers next.  Books like this make me wonder how accurate of a picture they are of high school (especially teenage girls) bullying.  It makes me a little sick to my stomach to think this is actually happening.  Wonderful book though!

I finished The Rose Without A Thorn by Jean Plaidy next.  It was an okay read.  I liked The Queen's Mistake by Diane Haeger better though.  I felt like this one made Katherine Howard look really simple. I also thought the end was really thrown together.

I managed to squeeze in one more over the weekend.  Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin was totally not what I was expecting.  It was an extremely fast read, but I loved it!  The ending totally surprised me!

I'm currently reading Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull.  It's the last one in the Fablehaven series.  I'll read Nightshade by Andrea Creamer next!  I'll finish of the week with Underkingdom by Jonathan Culverhouse.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

In My Mailbox!

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and she was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!


Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Some Girls Are

  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Around The World Tours)
  • Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (Other Shelf Tours)


Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the 
Sisters, #1)

  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink


Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)

  • Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, #4) by Patricia Briggs

Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, #4)

Title: Bone Crossed
Series: Mercedes Thompson #4
Author: Patricia Briggs
Published: February 2009
Publisher: Ace
Pages: 309
Source: Library

By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for. Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after. It'll be her friends'.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

This was everything I've come to expect and love of a Mercy Thompson book. I wasn't sure were the author would take the series after the events in the last book, but I wasn't disappointed. I loved the way Mercy handles herself after the traumatic events that occurred. I was afraid it would make her cold and harder her demeanor a little. I loved watching her relationship with Adam grow. And the vampires in this one are fantastic! I love vampires story that are more true to the myths of vampires. Their suppose to be scary! (Don't get me wrong I like a lot of the novels that romanticize them as well). This book actually made me rethink reading it late at night with all the lights off. It's a dramatic and fast passed book that will leave you wanting the next book!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

It's Friday!  Time for another Book Blogger HOP!! 
This is for ALL BOOK BLOGGERS (NEW AND OLD) and READERS!  Let's make some new friends and have fun!  It's FRIDAY!!! 

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

Princess for Hire

Title: Princess For Hire
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Published: March 2010
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781423121923
Source: Publisher sent copy after I requested

Description: When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you A) run B) faint C) say yes? For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right? Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

contacted the author (who directed me to her publisher) about this book. It just sounded so cute and since it was sort of set in Idaho, I wanted it! Thankfully the publisher consented to my wish! From the pink glittery cover to the princess story inside, I felt like the this story had Disney written all over. But, not in the cheesy straight to DVD sort of way. I was reminded of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries (OK the movie version since I haven't read the books). Desi is a great character for pre-teens. She's struggling with who she is, but knows she wants to make a difference. I think she does a fantastic job helping princess' who feel the exact same way she does. And, in doing so she gains confidence in her own life. The story had a little bit of fairy tale magic that makes it all cute and bubbly (pun intended)! Overall perfect for pre-teens, or even younger girls. I think even some adult might like this as well (I know I did)!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2) by Kristin Cashore

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2)

Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Published: October 2009
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780575085114
Source: Library

Description: Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells. Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans. Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story. Wondering what makes it a companion book/prequel? Fire takes place 30-some years before Graceling and has one cross-over character with Graceling, a small boy with strange two-colored eyes who comes from no-one-knows-where, and who has a peculiar ability that Graceling readers will find familiar and disturbing...

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I've waited patiently to read this book. I got the first from the library and was waiting for them to get this one as well. It was well worth the wait. Like Graceling, it builds slowly. But, the characters slowly start to grow on you. Fire was very similar to Katsa in my opinion. Both young women did not like who they were and how their powers could be used and abused. Fire was just as strong in this one. Although, I think she was more afraid of her own abilities. It was like she had to come to terms with the fact that using them did not make her a bad person. It would be how she chose to use them. Brigan was just the sort of male character you can't help but love by the end, and maybe drool over as well. The author built him up so fantastically. Brigan and Fire's relationship was built up well. It wasn't the typical see each other and fall in love sort of moment. It has much more substance too it. There isn't as much action in this one. It seems to be more about relationships. But, I still thought it was wonderful. My only issue was the author seems to have a agenda with female empowerment. I got a little tired of the talk about birth control, abortion, etc. I'm all for women's rights, but it seemed a little bit much in this one.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1
Published: August 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780545123266
Source: Library Book

Description: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I must have missed that memo that stated this book was like Twilight.  I saw it a little (girl likes boy who is not human, the "sleeping" together without the parents knowledge), but after that I don't think the stories compare.  Grace and Sam just clicked.  Aside from the fact that this is a paranormal romance, their relationship is totally believable.  Grace was an interesting voice in the story.  She's someone who tries to make the most of her relationships because her parents are emotionally distant.  Maybe that's what promotes her fascination with the wolves.  She can sense the feeling of family with the pack.  I thought the different take on wolves changing with temperature was great.  I don't think the rules that govern the pack were as developed as much as other stories.  But, maybe that will come with future books.   I did really like Sam's history.  It was a total surprise to me, and think it really defined who he was as a wolf and as a human.  I'm curious to see what it is that makes him a special wolf.  Because, I know it's there.  There didn't seem to be a lot of minor character development.  But, I think that's the point.  The story is about Grace and Sam.  I was surprised at how fast the story seemed to fly by.  I started it one night intending on reading about 50 pages and soon realized I was 100 pages into it.  

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking 
BootsTitle: Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
Author: Abby McDonald
Series: None
Published: April 2010
Publisher: Candlewick
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780763643829
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours 

Description: Jenna may hail from the ’burbs of New Jersey, but Green Teen activism is her life. So when her mom suggests they spend the summer at Grandma’s Florida condo, Jenna pleads instead to visit her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Canada. Jenna is psyched at the chance to commune with this nature she’s heard about — and the cute, plaidwearing boys she’s certain must roam there. But after a few run-ins with local wildlife (from a larger-than-life moose to Susie’s sullen Goth stepdaughter to a hot but hostile boy named Reeve), Jenna gets the idea that her long-held ideals, like vegetarianism and conservation, don’t play so well with this population of real outdoorsmen. A dusty survival guide offers Jenna amusing tips on navigating the wilderness — but can she learn to navigate the turns of her heart?  

I Give This Book 4 Stars! 

I was a little worried about this book and the environmental standpointI come from rural Idaho, which is not to far off from the rural Canada in this story.  I was surprised that I felt that aspect just added to the story.  It's not shoved down your throat, and it turns out it doesn't define Jenna as a character.  I identified with her a lot more than I thought I would.  I understood trying to make friends when your visiting a place for the summer.  It's hard and especially so when your ideals are on a completely different level than everyone else.  I liked watching Jenna interact with the group of kids she eventually became friends with.  And, I liked how the story involved bring back some tourism to the town.  I thought it was a good example of how people and friendships can grow and evolve.
There was one little aspect of the book that did bother me both while reading it and even now thinking about it.  Jenna goes out Kayaking with the boys without any training or a life jacket.  Now, I've never been Kayaking, but I know plenty who are very into the sport.  Even the most extreme would not dream of going without a life jacket and training, especially in the rivers in the Rocky Mountains.  And by training, I mean knowing how to tip the kayak back right side should you end up capsized and stuck upside down.  It's not as easy as it looks.  I had a friend that spent almost an entire summer learning how to do it on a lake before her parents would let her go out of the rivers.

Monday, April 19, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.  Click on the picture to be taken to Sheila at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books!

I somehow managed to get in 4 books again this week.  While, not completely unusual, it is for this time of year when I seem to be busier (especially since my mother-in-law will be here Thursday).  Maybe it's because I've had a hard time sleeping this past week.

I started off with The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells.  Sadly my review won't post until June at the request of the publisher.  But, if you like young adult and coming of age stories, I recommend this one.  One of my few 5 star books for the year!

I read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater next.  I've been meaning to read this one forever, just needed the push to put the hold in at the library.  I thought it was great book and really excited to get my hands on Linger (should be here tomorrow)!

I decided to finish The Ten Best Days of My Life by Adena Halpern.  I'm still not sure of this one.  Thankfully, it was a fast read.  If it hadn't been, I probably would not have finished it.  I don't mind chick-lit, but I do mind when the lead character is 29 and her narrative sounds more like she's 15.

I finished off the week with Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson.  I liked the first in the series, Spell Hunter.  But, I felt this one was so much better.  I think the faery lore is more thought out and the story line was great!

I started Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs last night, and managed to finish it this morning.  I think that counts in this weeks reads lol.  I didn't intend on doing that.  I have The Rose Without A Thorn by Jean Plaidy set out as part of my Read From My Shelves challenge this week, so I will probably read that next.  Then, I will read Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.   Last for the week is Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers! 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

In My Mailbox!

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and she was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!

Picture the DeadWayfarer (Faery Rebels, #2)We Hear the Dead
  • Picture The Dead by Adele Griffin
  • Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson (Around The World Tours)
  • We Hear The Dead by Dianne K. Salerni

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson, #5)
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Inkdeath (Inkheart, #3) by Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath (Inkheart, #3)

Title: Inkdeath
Author: Cornelia Funke
Published: October 2008
Pages: 663
ISBN: 9781905294718

Description: Ever since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the enchanted book Inkheart drew Meggie and her father, Mo, into its chapters, life in the Inkworld has been more tragic than magical. Dustfinger is dead, having sacrificed his life for his apprentice's, and now, under the rule of the evil Adderhead, the fairy-tale land is in bloody chaos, its characters far beyond the control of Fenoglio, their author. Facing the threat of eternal winter, Mo inks a dangerous deal with Death itself. There yet remains a faint hope of changing the cursed story—if only he can fills its pages fast enough.

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

After a so-so first book, a fantastic second one, I was not sure what to expect for the final book in the Inkheart trilogy. Honestly, it fell somewhere in the middle. It was still rich in descriptions. I really love the characters the author has created. And the story is such an original concept. But, at times this book was just too long. I found myself skimming areas just to get to the next set of adventures. I don't think we need long paragraphs about why or why not something is going to happen. At this point, we already know the characters and nothing was out of the ordinary. And it switched view points a lot. When you have so many characters that play important parts in the story and they are in so many different locations, the story gets overwhelming. There are still some fabulous parts of this book and it wraps up the story wonderfully. I'm sure it won't disappoint anyone who has enjoyed the series.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Head on over to Crazy for Books 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!

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and
 the Olympians, #4)

Title: Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: May 2008
Pages: 361
ISBN: 9781423101499
Source: Library

Description: Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.  In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

This book in the series just didn't have the same pull as the first 3 did.  The story lost me a little.  I think I expected more action while they were in the labyrinth.  But at times, I felt like the story was going in circles.  There are parts that I really liked.  The story of the labyrinth and it's place in the modern world was extremely interesting.  I loved that an actual human plays such an intricate part of the story.  I think the story weaving was better in this one.  It's starts to connect everything together and sets up for the final book.  Although this one made me curious what part the gods would actually play in the final battle.  They seem to interfere  (or help) and the strangest times and I'm not sure what they actually want out of the demigods.   I still think the author does a fantastic job of weaving Greek mythology into the story.  It reminds me how much I love mythology.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

The Red Necklace

Title: The Red Necklace
Author: Sally Gardner
Published: October 2007
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780142414880
Source: Personal Copy

Description: Clever and head-turningly attractive, fourteen-yearold Yann is an orphan who has been raised in Paris by Tatu, a dwarf with secrets he has yet to reveal to the gypsy boy. It's the winter of 1789, and the duo have been working for a vain magician named Topolain. On the night when Topolain's vanity brings his own death, Yann's life truly begins. That's the night he meets shy Sido, an heiress with an ice-cold father, a young girl who has only known loneliness until now. Though they have the shortest of conversations, an attachment is born that will influence both their paths.  And what paths those will be! Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her, and he'll be up against a fearful villain who goes by the name Count Kalliovski, but who has often been called the devil. It'll take all of Yann's newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of his past and Sido's and to fight the devilish count.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I was pleasantly surprised by the book.  I had a hard time connecting with the last book I read concerning the French revolution.  that was not this case with this one.  This book made the revolution feel very real and frightening.  Especially for those of the upper class, which is what Sido is.  She's a shy and quiet female character.  Very different from the strong vocal females in some young adult books.  Not that either are bad, and Sido is strong in her own rights.   I felt very sorry for her because I could see that she truly felt unloved.  Yann was an interesting character.  I was surprised when the book took most of the focus to him.  His life was interesting.  He comes from gypsy background but taken in by English aristocrats as a teen.  Seems conflicting, but it brings out the best in him I think.  The book as a whole was a fast and easy read.  But, the last 100 (maybe it was 150) pages are riveting.  And just when you think they've made it, your left holding your breath again.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and will be reading the sequel.  And just for further information, the end ties up nicely.  It just leaves you wanting the next chapter.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Voyager (Outlander, #3) by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager (Outlander, #3)

Title: Voyager
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: August 2001
Pages: 1072
ISBN: 9780770428785
Source: Personal Copy

Description: Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams. Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite—or forever doom—her timeless love.

I Give This Book 5 Stars!

At the start of this book, I was afraid it wasn't going to live up to the first two. It took me awhile to figure out why I wasn't liking it as much. While I enjoyed learning about Jamie and Claire after they were separated, it's the two of them together that make this series so special. And then I realized that story of their 20 years apart is important too. As a reader we need to understand how much of an influence they had on one another. That even after 20 years (not to mention 2 centuries), they still hold those outstanding feelings for each other. But, I have to admit, that moment in the print shop was what I was waiting for! This book takes you on a ride. It's not stop action with all that heart stopping romance in between. It's suspenseful, and at times I really wondered if Jamie and/or Claire was going to get out of whatever situation they managed to find themselves in. It had some major shocks and twists in it, things that I was down right not expecting. And, at times I wondered if 20 years of separation was just too much to overcome. At the end of the story, I was left with a book that rivals my first love of Outlander! I was amazed at the story Diana Gabaldon has managed to create.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - The Summer of Skinny Dipping

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:
 For a moment I felt sorry for Simon's Father.  He didn't sound like the greatest guy, but his want to fit it was something I could relate to.  And though Simon dissed his dad every chance he got, I knew that somewhere underneath, he had some sympathy for his dad too, because Simon knew the truth firsthand: in the end, it didn't matter if you had good taste or no taste at all; some clubs you couldn't join unless you were born into them.

~ The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Tell Me A Secret

Title: Tell Me A Secret
Author: Holly Cupala
Published: June 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780061766664
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours
Description: Tell me a secret, and I'll tell you one…
In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own. Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own. In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future

I Give This Book 4.5 Stars!
I'm beginning to collect a list of must reads for teens and their parents.   I think this would be one of them.  While I do think its a fantastic read for teens, I think it's also a great example for parents.  Everything the parents did (well maybe up until the end) would be prime example of what not to do when you either lose a child or your teen comes to you with the news that they are pregnant.  The mother made me cringe every time she came up with a new idea.  It was amazing that Miranda had the strength to do what she did.  She had absolutely no support at home.  Even going as far to having to go to the doctor by herself.  Not that her home life was much better before she found out she was pregnant.  Her social life was also completely shattered by her so called friends.  It was amazing to watch her discover who she really was in this journey.  And in doing so, I think she came to terms with her sisters death.  In the end, I think she may have been able to help her family piece a little bit of their life back together.  The only part the bothered me a little was after the baby was born.  I found it hard to believe that the hospital would allow her to stay for 3 weeks and then basically live in the hospital for another 2 months or so without being noticed except by the occasional guard.
On a side note, the target audience won't get much out of the reference to the BabyCenter birth boards.  But, as an adult with 2 children, I spent lots of time on those very same birth boards.  I found it touching that the author was able to work that into the story.  I understand how important those online friendships can be!

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.  Click on the picture to be taken to Sheila at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books!

I started off with Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.  I thought it was an interesting read, but I didn't really connect with the characters.  I can see how lots of people will like it though.

I read Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala next.  It was a wonderful book that I enjoyed immensely. 

I felt like I needed an adult book next.  I chose Thank You For All Things by Sandra Kring.  It was a little slow, but wonderfully written.  It even made me cry!

I decided at last minute to participate in the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.  So, I finished the above book and also read Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald.  I really enjoyed it.  Fun and lighthearted but I think it had a good message too!

I'm currently reading The Ten Best Days of My Life by Adena Halpern.  I have to be honest and saying I'm 150 pages into it and it's just not capturing my interest.  It's short so I think I'll put it aside and finish it later in the week.  Instead I'm going to read The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells.  I'll read Shiver by Maggie Steifvater after that.  I'm really looking forward to this one!  I'll finish Ten Days at the end of the week!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

In My Mailbox!

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and she was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!


The Summer of Skinny DippingBoys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking 
Boots Tell Me A Secret

  • The Summer of Skinning Dipping by Amanda Howells
  • Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald (Around The World Tours)
  • Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala (Around The World Tours)


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  • The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  • My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting 

    Saturday, April 10, 2010

    Read-A-Thon Closing Post

    I think this will be my last post.  I know that this continues on for about 10 more hours.  But, I have to sleep at some point (little kids and no sleep do not go well together).   I've enjoyed participating though!  I finished 2 books from my to read pile, which is great.  I do plan on reading a little more tonight, but I won't update (I'll read in bed, with no access to my computer).  So here is my final update...

    Books Read: 2  (Thank You For All Things by Sandra Kring & Boys, Bears & A Serious Pair  of        Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald.)
    Pages Read: 600
    Time Spent Reading: about 6 I think

    Next time, I will be better organized.  I didn't get to visit many other blogs to cheer them on.

    Read-A-Thon Halfway Point!

    Sadly, I have not got much read since last update.  I developed a migraine soon after starting my book.  It finally started to go away and I had to start dinner.  With that out of the way, and the headache gone (for now), I'm ready to start reading again!

    1. What are you reading right now?  Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby Mcdonald
    2. How many books have you read so far? Just 1
    3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  Honestly I'll just be happy if I finish the one I'm reading lol!
    4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?  I would have loved that.  Sadly, I have a sick 2 year old and a husband who is off in the tractor plowing fields.  I've read when able!
    5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Aside from lunch, kiddos naps, migraine, and then
    6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  How many people are participating!  I love it!
    7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  No idea...this is my first year doing this.
    8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?  I would decide sooner that I was going to do this.  That way I could be better organized.
    9. Are you getting tired yet? I'm tired, but not from reading.   Migraines leave me drained.
    10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? I'm just winging it at the moment, and that's not really advice!

    Read-A-Thon Hour 10

    Now, I know I haven't been participating for the whole time!  But, there are some who have and I think that is awesome!

    My upate:
    Books finished: 1  (just finished Thank Your For All Thing by Sandra Kring)
    Pages Read: 300

    I think I'm going to start Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald next!

    Read-A-Thon Update

    I had to stop for lunch and put the little one down for a nap!  I managed to get 125 pages read of Thank You For All Things first though.   I plan on getting back into reading here shortly. 

    24 Hour Read-A-Thon

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    I've decided to participate in the 24 hour read-a-thon!  I'm not sure how much reading I will actually get done, but I'm willing to give it a shot.  I don't have any other plans for the day :)  I have a feeling my 2 kids might interupt a little though!

    What's a read-a-thon you ask?  It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day.  

    I'm a little late joining the party.  This started a couple hours ago.  But, to start off with I'm reading Thank You For All Things by Sandra Kring.  I'm on page 126 out of 430.  Not exactly a fast read, but I had already started it before I decided to do this.  Off to get some reading done!  I will check back in a couple hours!

    The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4) by Melissa De La Cruz

    The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4)

    Title: The Van Alen Legacy
    Author: Melissa De La Cruz
    Published: October 2009
    Pages: 369
    ISBN: 9781423102267
    Source: Library

    Description: With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged. Young, fanged, and fabulous, Melissa de la Cruz's vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series.

    I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

    I have conflicting views of this book. The most distracting part was the narrative. It alternates between Mimi, Schuyler, and Bliss. It would not be so bad if it was more than one chapter at a time in each characters voice. It requires a little bit of concentration to make sure you know the events. But, the chain of events are intense and fast paced. I especially enjoyed Bliss' narrative. Her struggle with keeping control of herself despite the "visitor" was the best part of the story. Especially the ending when she refused to be controlled. I also think Mimi changed a little. She no longer seems to be the selfish character she has been the past 3 books. Schulyer seemed to progress the least. She's still unsure of herself and struggles with her choice of who she wants to be with. I will be interested to see were it goes and how it works out though.

    Friday, April 9, 2010

    Book Blogger Hop


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

    This is a weekly event, hosted at Crazy For Books, 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! Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. 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 head over to and check out all the links!

    Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1) by R.J. Anderson

    Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1)

    Title: Spell Hunter
    Author: R.J. Anderson
    Series: Faery Rebel #1
    Published: April 2009
    Publisher: Harper Collins
    Source: Around The World Tours

    Description: Deep inside the great Oak lies a dying faery realm, bursting with secrets instead of magic. Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost their magic. Robbed of their powers, they have become selfish and dull-witted. Now their numbers are dwindling and their very survival is at stake. Only one young faery—Knife—is determined to find out where her people's magic has gone and try to get it back. Unlike her sisters, Knife is fierce and independent. She's not afraid of anything—not the vicious crows, the strict Faery Queen, or the fascinating humans living nearby. But when Knife disobeys the Faery Queen and befriends a human named Paul, her quest becomes more dangerous than she realizes. Can Knife trust Paul to help, or has she brought the faeries even closer to the brink of destruction? Talented newcomer R. J. Anderson creates an extraordinary new fantasy world and weaves a gripping tale of lost magic, high adventure, and surprising friendship in which the fate of an entire realm rests on the shoulders of one brave faery rebel.

    I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

    This story has the potential to be so much more. I'm not sure why, but I felt like it was missing something. I liked the idea of faery's that have lost their magic. And the circumstances behind the mystery was really intriguing. I think I had a hard time with Knife. She never felt interesting to me. I felt like the other characters had more personality than she did. I enjoyed the parts of the book that had interaction with other characters, and there didn't seem to be enough of that. But, I did enjoy the relationships that Knife forms. The human in the story, Paul, was a touching addition. It was interesting to see his interactions with Knife and how they effected each other. I liked the mystery of the faery people and how the differ from what they once were. I liked the mystery surrounding the Faery Queen and how I never could quite figure out if she was good or not. I think the series has potential though, and will read the next one!

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) by Rick Riordan

    The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

    Title: The Titan's Curse
    Author: Rick Riordan
    Published: May 2007
    Pages: 312
    ISBN: 9781423101451
    Source: Library

    Description: When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the Titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

    I Give This Book 4 Stars!

    This book starts out with a bang. The gang finds two new powerful demigods, the Goddess Artemis is kidnapped, and Annabeth goes missing. I have to admit, I don't recall the Hunters from Greek mythology very well. I was happy to learn more about them. They made for an interesting addition to the story. Especially since I think this series is directed more at boys, and the Hunters are basically "man-haters." Their leader, Zoe, was a wonderful addition to the cast of characters. I wasn't sure about Thalia at first. She kind of annoyed me. But, I think the explanation of being frozen as tree for 7 years without really aging explained a lot. Percy continues to keep me interested in the story. And now that we think we know what his flaw is, should make the rest of the series that much more interesting. Especially since I would consider his flaw to be more "noble." I loved learning a few new things about Greek mythology that I didn't know before. The author continues to weave even the lesser known myths into the story! I especially enjoyed how the story of Atlas was worked in.

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

    Before I FallTitle: Before I Fall

    Author: Lauren Oliver
    Published: March 2010
    Pages: 470
    ISBN: 9780061726811
    Source: Around The World Tours


    Description: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

    I Give This Book 4 Stars!

    It's hard to know what to expect when a book has a lot of hype and a tendency towards raving reviews. You don't want to be let down, but the book still draws you in. The idea of someone reliving the last day of their life 7 times was interesting. I was impressed with how such little changes could effect the outcome. I wasn't sure what to think of Sam at first. She seemed so shallow. And, I couldn't understand her relationship with her friends. But, with each time she relived that last day, I felt she grew as a person. Her actions became more heartfelt and she began to realize how she effected others. I even began to understand her friends. I do have to admit I was hoping for a different ending. But, endings don't always have to be neat and happy to make a story beautiful. This was a very moving book about high school, friendship, acceptance, bullying, grief, and first loves. I was amazed at how the author so neatly tied it all together. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the future.

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    Teaser Tuesday - Incarceron

    Photobucket Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    My Teaser:
    There was a moment of silence. The guards gripped their axes tightly; Finn knew that this was the moment they expected him to make some sort of break for freedom, now that he had a sword in his hand and his back to unkownn terrors. How many of those brought as Tribute had screamed and fought in panic here?

    ~ Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

    Monday, April 5, 2010

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


    It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila over at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books. So head over if you want to join in!

    I had a good week last week. I fit in 4 books that I really enjoyed!

    I started off the week with Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It was a fantastic book and a great addition to the young adult genre.

    Next I read Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs. I love this series and can't wait until my library gets in the next book!

    I decided to read The Iron King by Julie Kagawa next. I wasn't sure what to think of the first half, but really loved the second. I will be looking forward to it's sequel.

    I finished off the week with Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson. I liked the story, but for some reason felt like it was missing something. It just didn't have that spark.

    I'm currently reading Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. It hasn't really pulled me in yet, but it's got an interesting start. I'll read Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala next. I'll finish off the week with Thank You For All Things by Sandra Kring. I feel the need for an adult book lol!

    Sunday, April 4, 2010

    In My Mailbox!

    In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and she was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!

    • Before I FallSpell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1)Underkingdom: Disco Goblins vs The Machine 
(Volume 1)
      • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Around The World Tours)

    • Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson (Around The World Tours)
    • Underkingdom: Disco Goblins vs The Machine by Jonathan Culverhouse

    Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, 

    • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

    Saturday, April 3, 2010

    Author Interview - Jen Nadol author of The Mark


    I recently read The Mark by Jen Nadol and really enjoyed. I thought she would be a great candidate for my very first author interview. She was kind enough to answer some questions before she headed off for vacation. I want to thank her time!

    Author Bio: I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, hometown of Taylor Swift, John Updike and A.S. King. I went to college at American University in Washington DC and graduated with a Lit degree which spent the next twelve years collecting dust while I worked in human resources for a national retail chain. Now I live north of NYC in an old farmhouse with my husband and three young sons. I still love thrift stores, listen to just about anything from Mozart to My Chemical Romance, and have way too many favorite books to name.
    THE MARK is my first novel.

    Tell us a little bit about your debut book "The Mark" and it’s lead character Cassie?
    The story follows sixteen year old Cassie who’s just confirmed that the soft glow she’s always seen around certain people means they’re fated to die within the day. The novel centers around her internal debate about whether to tell them or not. It’s part paranormal, part romance (but not the fairy-tale kind) and part coming-of-age story.

    I have to admit I know nothing about philosophy. Did you have some knowledge/interest before hand?
    I took one class in college to fulfill a requirement and was shocked at how hard it was! The debate about choice - fate versus free will - was such a natural fit for Cassie’s situation that I knew almost as soon as I came up with the novel’s premise that I’d incorporate philosophy, something I hadn’t seen that often in YA novels.

    Did you realize the role mythology would play in the book before you started writing?
    I didn’t. I’d actually finished the first draft and was talking about it with my husband. He gave me some feedback and ideas that led to incorporating it – the “key suggestion” I thank him for in the book’s Acknowledgments J

    What do you think Cassie should do with the knowledge of knowing someone is about to die? Especially in light of the information she receives at the end (in the book passed down to her) about interfering with death?
    I’m not sure there’s a way to answer this. It’s definitely a big part of her quest in the sequel.

    If you had to pick a favorite book (or series) what would it be and why?
    I love end-of-the-world stories like Life As We Knew It, The Last Ship and The Stand. It’s fascinating to imagine all the great stuff we’ve constructed – physically and otherwise – falling apart, seeing how people react and considering what steps you’d take in a similar situation. I’d never want to actually have it happen, but thinking about the worst case scenario is really interesting to me.

    The Mark - Young Adult, January 19, 2010, Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Sixteen-year old Cassie Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back. The one time she pointed it out taught her not to do it again, so Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until the day she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person's imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today. Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, always careful to hide her secret. How does the mark work? Why her?
    Most importantly, if you know today is someone's last, should you tell?

    For an Excerpt from the book please visit


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