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Tyger, Tyger E-book Special Promotion & Signed Paperback Giveaway!

In 2010 at BEA I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton. It had an interesting summary and sounded like something I would enjoy. And I did enjoy it (Check out my review here!) It was unique compared to everything else I had ever read, and something like that sticks with you.

In just two days, the sequel to Tyger, Tyger, In the Forests of the Night, will be released. In celebration of the upcoming release, Kersten's publisher is having an e-book promotion for Tyger, Tyger. You can get it at a special price of only $2.99. This special is available at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble and Google. Don't wait too long, this promotion is only going on for about another week!

Since In the Forests of the Night will be out so soon, Kersten has kindly offered up one signed paperback copy of Tyger, Tyger to one lucky winner.

This is a US only contest! It will run from now until Sunday 11/27/11.

This is my first time using Rafflecopter so I hope everything works well for you guys. Enter your name(whatever you don't mind people seeing) and email (only I will see). Leave a comment to enter and tweet to get an extra entry (you can do this once a day!).

To learn more about Kersten Hamilton check out her webpage!



Covers and trailers and EPICNESS! OH MY!

Just because I've been absent from blogging lately, doesn't mean I still don't see the recently revealed covers of upcoming books, as well as the release of book trailers. If anything, I'm on the lookout more, so that I can keep track of what books are coming out and when, so I can snag myself a copy.

It seems that this week has gifted us with many a book covers, and one magnificentally well made book trailer.

First: As an inkpopper, I've known about Wendy Higgins' upcoming Sweet Evil ever since it was first announced (Coming May 1st, 2012). Well, yesterday Wendy tweeted the cover (you can follow her on twitter too @Wendy_Higgins) and I must say: WOW! It's incredibly beautiful, and elegant and it says so much without saying anything at all. It offers a contrast with not only the bright vs. dark side, but also the vibrant, rich red vs. the deep black. It shows that some type of romance is obviously involved, and I unsurprisingly, am okay with this (Duh). I want to stare at this book cover, and then I want to pet it. A little much? Probably... but I don't care. If I knew nothing about this book, I wouldn't care, I would still pick it up and buy it because of this cover alone. And while one should never judge a book by its cover, if you get this book and don't like it (I haven't read it so I can't tell you my feelings about it yet) at least you have a gorgeous book sitting on your shelf. Anyways... STARE AWAY!

Second: We got TWO cover reveals yesterday for two of Lauren Kate's books. One of which is Rapture: A Fallen Novel (June 12th, 2012 from Delacorte Books). This cover while being very similar to the other, a girl in a dress, is different because it feautures the girl in a white dress, rather than a black. And it is by far my favorite of them all. All of the covers are very beautiful but this offers a different tone. Each of the other covers shows a girl whose hanging her head. In this cover, at the very least she is looking straight ahead, maybe up a little. What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite cover of the four Fallen novels?

Last but NOT LEAST: Trailer of EPICNESS. I have seen many books trailers, and I can say that this is one of my ALL TIME favorites (So many capitals, sorry this is kind of exciting). I have already had the great pleasure of reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Out Nov. 15th, 2011 from Harperteen), and this trailer does a wonderful job of showing off this wonderful book in such a short period of time. No need to say much, watch and decide for yourself. Share your thoughts in the comment section, I would love to hear what everyone thinks of this!

What are come recent cover reveals that you went ga-ga over? Book trailers?


Deadly Cool Blog Tour: Character Interview

For my stop on the Deadly Cool Blog Tour, I got to interview Josh, Hartley's boyfriend.



1) Basics:
What is your birthday? Middle name? Favorite Color? Favorite Number?

                                                              Josh: Birthday: January 11
Middle Name: Xavier (But please don’t tell anyone!)
Fav color: Blue (I’m a guy. We like blue.)
Fav number: 10 (Because that’s how many days I spent in jail as an innocent man, and I will NEVER forget that experience!)

2) In Deadly Cool, Chase has an array of books on his bookshelf. Do you read, and if so, what type of books do you like?

Josh: Dude, I totally read! I have a subscription to MAD magazine, AND Sports Illustrated. Plus I’m, like, reading all the time for school. History text books, and Literature text books, and Math text books…

3) Hypothetically speaking, if you're going to cheat on your girlfriend, why not just break up with her first?

Josh: Ugh, I know. It was a mistake. I admit it. But I’m only human, you know? I mean, Courtney was really hot. And totally hitting on me. It wasn’t right, but I had a moment of weakness.

4) How does it feel to be a murder suspect?

Josh: It totally sucks! I mean, there’s a HUGE difference between cheating on your girlfriend, which I am totally sorry about, and being a murderer. Just because I made one little mistake did NOT mean I killed someone. Even now there are some people who still give me that stare at school. You know, the stare where I think they’re secretly thinking that maybe I really did do it? So not cool. All I can say is thank God for Hartley. At least she believed in me enough to investigate who really killed Courtney.

5) For fun: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Josh: Oh, wow, wouldn’t that be sweet? Okay, um, I think I’d want to be able to be invisible. That way I could totally listen to any conversation at school and no one would know I’m there. I could even, like, be standing over the teacher’s shoulder as he writes down test answers. I mean, not that I’d ever cheat on a test, but it would be kinda cool, right?


*To learn more about Gemma Halliday or Deadly Cool check out her webpage.

**Special thanks to Gemma Halliday for the post and to Teen Book Scene for organizing this blog tour!


Vanish Blog Tour: This or That List feat. Cassian

Vanish by Sophie Jordan recently hit the shelves at the beginning of this month. As part of the blog tour for its release, my post features Cassian, who we get to see a different side of in Vanish.

A provided a list of This or Thats, and we get to hear from Cassian what he would choose, and why!


This or That List: Cassian

Spring or Fall: Spring … when everything is new again and full of hope.

Movies or Television: When I bother to watch anything at all … it’s usually movies.

Day or Night: Night … when I can fly.

Chocolate or Vanilla: Favorite flavor is verdaberry … probably the same with all draki. Nothing new there.

Fight or Flight: I’m an onyx draki, born to fight, born to fly … one of the fastest of my kind. I’m a warrior to the core of me. I’ll do whatever necessary to protect my pride and species.

Shoes or Sandals: Barefoot

Books or Music: Books

Written Letter or Email: Letter … not much use for email in the pride.

Blonde or Brunette: Redhead, naturally. A specific redhead, actually.

Peanut Butter or Jelly: Peanut butter with verdaberry jelly.

Coke or Pepsi: Water … or verdaberry juice.

Blue or Green: Green … like the mountains and woods that feed my soul.



One winner that leaves a comment (along with their email address) will win a Swag Pack. US only. This giveaway will run for five days only!


Thanks for stopping by/following Sophie's Blog Tour for Vanish!

**Special thanks to Sophie for providing the This or That List and to Teen Book Scene for organizing this blog tour!


Witch Eyes Blog Tour- Character Tens List: Trey Lansing

Welcome to today's stop on the blog tour for Scott Tracey's debut, Witch Eyes (which officially hits stores in two days!!).

Today's stop consisst of a Character Tens List featuring character Trey Lansing.


10 Reasons why Trey Lansing's blood pressure is higher than it should be:

1. My sister's reckless endangerment of every vehicle she comes into contact with. Her driver's license has Murphy's Law printed on the back, I swear.

2. Talk about Angry Birds. A legion of them keep crapping all over my car. I'm single-handedly putting the car wash owner's kids through college.

3. My mother insists on throwing dinner parties at least twice a week. Attendance mandatory. There is only so much foie gras a man can eat.

4. English papers. Especially English papers on The Crucible or Macbeth. Find a new theme.

5. The woman at the gas station flinches every time I try and buy a coffee. Someone should switch to decaf.

6. There's a violent animal on the loose in Belle Dam.

7. People constantly asking me to talk to my mother about something no one cares about. In case you haven't noticed, Catherine Lansing doesn't take advice from anyone.

8. Jade keeps stealing my car and thinks I won't notice. Yet she never puts the seat back.

9. I think my boss keeps forgetting that he's the one in charge. He keeps asking me to make decisions for him.

10. Braden. Seriously, that kid needs to be surrounded by hazard cones at all times.

Don't forget to get your copy of Witch Eyes which will be hitting shelves soon (Some have said Amazon is already shipping!)
To learn more about Scott Tracey, check out his webpage or follow him on twitter.
***Special thanks to Scott Tracey for this wonderful Tens List, and to Teen Book Scene for organizing the Witch Eyes blog tour!

Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Title: Vanish (Firelight #2)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publication Date: September 6th, 2011
Published By: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 304 Pages
Source: ARC received from the Publisher for an honest review


"To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?"

Review: ***** = 5 Stars

Last year when Firelight came out, I absolutely fell in love with the story of Jacinda and Will. It was intense and romantic, full of adventure and dragons (I love dragons). Vanish is full of everything I loved about the first book, and more.

When Jacinda manifested to save Will's life, she not only showed her true self to humans, but hunters. She had no choice but to travel back to the Pride with Cassian, along with her mother and twin sister Tamra. Vanish picks up right where we left off in Firelight. It's not long after you start reading the book that you will find out exactly what is going on with the girl on the cover (I was glad that my guess was completely right hehe).

When Jacinda returns to the Pride, she is treated differently than before, and even more so when Miram, Cassian's bratty little sister, spreads it around that she fell in love with a hunter. She decides to forget about Will, and try to make life for herself in the Pride easier. Except Will shows up at the Pride, pretending to be a lost hiker, and Jacinda must decide whether to continue on as she is, like one of the Pride, or leave the Pride forever and follow her heart.

Man does Sophie Jordan know how to write a book! There is so much emotion and romance within these pages I'm surprised they didn't spark into flames while I was reading it. Not only do I still love Jacinda and Will, but now I love Cassian too. It's easy to choose who you want the main character to be with when you only like her with one of the choices, but in this case, I'm so lost! I was able to learn so much about Cassian in this one, to see how he truly feels and to see what he really wants. His character has grown from the first book to this one. He's one of my favorites to read about now.

Don't think the choice of Pride or Will is all Jacinda has to face in Vanish! There are twists and turns, some expected and some quite surprising. There isn't a dull moment, and each page you read will leave you wanting more. I don't know anything about Book #3 yet, except that I want it in my hands as soon as possible. Vanish doesn't necessarily end with a cliffhanger, but I have to know how this entire story, from page 1 of Firelight to the last page of the final book, ends. How the story comes to a close.

Firelight was one of my top 10 books of 2010, and Vanish is definitely a top 10 pick of this year. If you haven't read it yet, make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday the 6th so you snag a copy and enjoy this for yourself. And if you haven't read Firelight yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??


To learn more about Sophie Jordan and her work, check out her Webpage or follow her on Twitter.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this book! Feel free to let me know in the comment section, or to send me the link to your review!


Review: Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Title: Possess
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2011
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Hardcover, 384 Pages
Source: ARC received for blog tour for an honest review


"Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king."

Review: **** 1/2 = 4.5 Stars

Possess was a stunning, page-turning debut from author Gretchen McNeil. Taking place in San Francisco, the main character Bridget, who wants nothing other than to be left alone, begins hearing the voices of Demons after the death of her father. There are many things I look for in a YA paranormal novel, and this had it all, plus some. Action, romance, horror/thrills/mystery, and Bridget's attitude made it able for us all to relax a bit (even with the creepiness).

Bridget's ability to hear, and rid others of, Demons, was certainly a unique idea which allowed me as a reader to breathe a sigh of relief that not all books in similar genres have to share concepts/creatures etc. A breath of fresh air is the simpleist way to convey what this book is as a whole.

Bridget was a wonderful character. My favorite part about her has to be that she is consistantly her own character. She never lets others influence who she is. We see it time and time again, a female character will cave to her mans wishes, or even a friends, and let's face it, it's kind of depressing. It's refreshing to have a character that stands up for themself. Another thing I love, she has three best friends, all males, and she doesn't have something going on with any of them. They are best friends, that's it. Oh if only it were always that simple in books. Why can't a girl just have guy best friends without it elevating to something more??

Did I mention this book has a serious creep factor?? I've read YA books that can sometimes be creepy-ish... but this takes the cake. If you've read other reviews, I don't doubt that they mention the dolls. *chills* You'll have to read it for yourself, but let me tell you... read this during the day, or sleep with your light on... otherwise there is a high probability that nightmares will ensue.

Overall.. this is a must read. If you're looking for something original and captivating, Possess is right for you!

Cover Love: This dark, creepy cover fits the story within perfectly. Even without very much variety in the color within it, its still very eye-catching.


To learn more about Gretchen McNeil or her books, check out her webpage or follow her on twitter.