Waiting on Wednesday: THE CLEARING by Heather Davis

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for also.



April 2010
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever

In My Mailbox: 9/27/09

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

These are my list of items for the week.

DRAGONFLY by Julia Golding

THE SORCERESS by Nicholas Flamel

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken

CANDOR by Pam Bachorz (not pictured)

What is in your mailbox this week?

Sneak A Peek Saturday: THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

It is Saturday and time for SNEAK A PEEK SATURDAY! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book, or as in this case up to 9 chapters. YEAH!!


by James Dashner

October 6, 2009

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

AWESOME!! right? You can read chapters 1-9 HERE

Am I A Freak Magnet? My endless search for a peaceful place to read

Hello! My name is Nancy and I am a freak magnet. Yes, I know this is not a title that anyone would aspire to hold let alone admit to. Yet I find that it is the most logical reason for why I am constantly plagued with less than favorable public reading environments.
I would love to read at home and some times I do so, but I can be easily distracted and dissuaded from my mission. So I decided to make some quality time for me and my books. I would set aside a day (MONDAY) and go and visit a different location in search of the "perfect" spot for me and my reads.
I began my quest by visiting the public libraries in my area believing that those would be the epitome of peaceful, quality reading time. Wrong Wrong WRONG!!! For the past six weeks I have been plagued by some of the most unusual and offensive characters around. For instance, when did the public library suddenly become the "in" spot for nappers, snorers and apnea afflicted people? I truly believe that they all wait for me to walk into the library just so that they can come in and sit by me. Honestly, I have yet to spend time at the Library and not have to vacate my spot because I am unable to concentrate on my book due to the noise that my sleepy neighbor is making. I have done all that I can do but walking away is always the best policy...believe me. I have tried it all and it is the best solution.
Then I have had people ask me about the book I am reading, which is great. I don't mind giving a quick synopsis about the book I have and then getting back to the task at hand. If only it would stop at that point..but no, never in my universe. Unfortunately the small verbal exchange seems to mean that I want to talk.....NO! I come to the library to read, sorry I know that may seem rude, but that is why I am there and not at the local coffeehouse. Besides I hate it when people question my reading choices and if I have read Twilight or if I know where the bathroom is or if I know how to spell "planned" (yes I was asked that) or if they could use my phone. See what I mean?
This last Monday adventure proved to be most difficult. I was seated in a new spot and after a bit I acquired a neighbor that decided to clear his throat for what seemed an eternity and then he proceeded to have a conversation with himself and then shouted at the load speaker announcement. That was my cue to get up at go. I somehow managed a nice spot only to find another i vacated again and found a spot in the corner near the teen section to encounter a couple in make out mode that proceeded to give me the evil stink eye. Ok! I got up yet again and nearly am mowed down by two children chasing and screaming at each other. That! was my breaking point. I had spent an hour at the library and barely read a chapter. I had to move several times in order to find some peace that never came and was so frustrated I had to leave and decided to call my friend.
I asked her why does this kind of situation always happen to me. What is up with the library? She proceeded to tell me that it was the fact that I was a Freak Magnet. At first I denied this possibility but what other explanation could it be. I am almost afraid to try other public places to enjoy my reads but I am willing to try. I am asking. What other places do you go to for some good quiet reading time? I am begging for suggestions. HELP!

Waiting on Wednesday: THE MARK by Jen Nadol

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for also.

I had used this Waiting on Wednesday earlier this year, but I had to put it out there again. I so want to read this book.

THE MARK by Jen Nadol

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 she shouldn't do it again, so Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until 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 keep her secret. How does the mark work? Why her? Most importantly, if you know today is someone's last, should you tell?

Trailer Tuesday's: Beautiful Creatures

Today I posting a most beautiful trailer, for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES that completely captures this most amazing book that I am totally absorbed in. LOVE IT.

This video totally rocks and you gotta check it out.

As a bonus, here is a video of the authors responsible for the awesomeness that is Beautiful Creatures...

Author Interview with Michelle Rowen and Win a signed copy of Demon Princess and MORE!!

Today on the Ravenous Reader blog I am pleased to present an author interview with the fabulous Michelle Rowen author of the upcoming YA novel Demon Princess: Reign or Shine.

I am most excited about this interview because I adored Demon Princess, it was one of my favorite reads this year. Full of danger, excitement, romance and yes DEMONS. You cannot go wrong with this amazing read. Also! Michelle is just super duper spectacular, the sweetest ever and we love the same type of books and can we dish about them :)

Demon Princess is to hit the shelves this upcoming Tuesday 9/29/09. So, take a few minutes get to know about a great author and then go and get Demon Princess when it hits the shelves. You will not be dissappointed.

Thank you Michelle for spending some time with me at the Ravenous Reader blog.

RR: If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?
MR: That’s a tough question. I’m usually really mean and nasty to my characters and make them go through a lot of very unpleasant stuff. *evil smile* But if all was right with the world and my character was having a lovely, non-scary day, I think I’d like to be Nikki from Demon Princess because she has some cool powers and it would be interesting to be sixteen again.

RR: What’s your favorite genre to read?
MR: It varies. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of young adult fiction—Vampire Academy is one of my favorite series and I will readily admit to anyone that I am a total, unapologetic Twihard (Team Jacob for the books, Team Switzerland for the movies). I also love urban fantasy as long as it has a little bit (or a lot) of romance in it. Basically I love fantasy fiction in all its forms!

RR: Who or what influences you when you write?
MR: I’m influenced more by television and movies than by other books. My biggest influence for my writing is probably Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- that mix of humor and scarier, more dramatic stuff was something I really enjoyed watching.

RR: What do you do on a typical writing day?
MR: Procrastinate a lot. Ha! Seriously though, on an official writing day I will sit on my couch until I get the words I need. I have a set amount of pages to do per day to meet my personal deadlines (which are usually well before my “official” deadlines). I do have a tendency to wander off mentally to various places online, but I try to be somewhat disciplined. Right now I’m trying to get a first draft done and I have a ten page a day goal that I have been sticking to pretty closely.

RR: When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
MR: I tend to get writer’s block at the beginning of a new book, but this usually indicates that I haven’t let the idea simmer long enough or I haven’t done enough prewriting to help me feel comfortable with my plot and characters. The best way to get out of it is to brainstorm plot points and direction. I also try not to expect too much out of myself at the beginning. It takes a while for my engine to warm up. But once I’m going, I can be super speedy. In my opinion, writer’s block is usually caused by either fear (of failing to write a good book) or poor preparation. Once those two things are axed, there is no reason not to move forward.

RR: Can you please give us a sneak peek of your upcoming YA book?
MR: Sure! DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE is about a girl who, shortly after her sixteenth birthday, learns that her father whom she’s never met before is a demon king in another dimension called the Shadowlands. And now that she’s sixteen she’s going to start manifesting her demonic powers and needs to see him for guidance on this life-changing problem. He sends a (really cute) messenger named Michael to her who also acts as her bodyguard since not everyone is thrilled to learn that she’s the missing heir to her father’s throne.

RR: You are a successful author of the paranormal genre, what made you decide to go into YA?
MR: I never really decided to go into YA, I’ve always been a YA writer. I just got published in paranormal first. I was writing YA long before I started writing paranormal romance. It’s my first love and I’m so thrilled to get the chance to officially become a part of this wonderful genre.

RR: How did you come up with the idea for DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE, it was quite unique, funny and engaging.
MR: Thank you! In my books, I like to take seemingly normal people and thrust them into very not normal situations and see how they react. The spark for Demon Princess was wondering what would happen if a normal sixteen year old girl found out her father was a demon. At a time when you really want to fit in -- and Nikki just started a new high school after a move so she’s struggling to fit in to begin with -- and a zit on your chin is embarrassing, what if you might suddenly sprout horns and wings at any moment?

RR: Can you please tell us what you have planned next in the series?
MR: Someone otherworldly Nikki met very briefly in the first book who has taken a very keen interest in her, shows up at her high school unannounced -- only one of many indicators that it’s going to be very difficult for Nikki to keep her two lives -- the demon and the human one -- separate and controllable.

RR: What do you do for inspiration?
MR: I read, I go to the movies, I go on vacation. I find that I get inspiration when I’m not really thinking about anything specific -- so I get a lot of ideas when I’m driving or on the treadmill or even in the shower. I think inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere. I just have to make sure I have a piece of paper and a pen when it happens!

RR: Do you have a favorite character from your DEMON PRINCESS series?
MR: Luckily for me, my favorite character in the series is Nikki herself. Since the books are written from her point of view, my fondness for her definitely helps bring her to life.

RR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
MR: I’d like to write a comedy romance novel that doesn’t have any fantasy elements to it. However, I’m in no hurry to do this since right now. I’m all about the fantasy. :)

RR: What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
MR: I always joke that I hate doing research which is why I’ve chosen to write fantasy, since I can just make stuff up. LOL. But every book requires a bit of research. I do enjoy it, to a point. I don’t overdo it, though. For the book I’m writing now (an adult urban fantasy) I have researched Death Valley. How to get to Death Valley from San Diego. What exactly dialysis entails. German names for vampires. And the side effects of arsenic. Quite a mix, but I just glanced at each one to get a feel for it, then bookmarked it in a folder specific to the book I’m writing so I can always go back and do more research if I have to.

RR: Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
MR: They help. My muse is incredibly lazy. She likes to take a long time writing books. Like, two years, which is about how long it took me to write my first book. But with having deadlines, she’s gotten into really amazing shape. Her abs are fantastic. I can now write a book in about three months from beginning to end, currently helping me to write four books a year.

RR: What would you like to tell your readers?
MR: That they’re all brilliant and gorgeous. :)

RR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
MR: I’m an outliner. However, Demon Princess was a rare exception to that rule. I wrote the first draft for Nanowrimo three years ago without an outline and only a vague idea of what I wanted to happen. When I finished it, I knew I wanted to have it published someday. Unfortunately, since I hadn’t outlined, it was a mess. It took a lot of work and about six drafts to get it in the shape it is now. I’d never write another book without at least a vague outline again.

RR: How many novels to do you have planned for your new YA series?
MR: I have enough material for at least six books stored up in my imagination. I certainly hope to be given the opportunity to continue to explore Nikki’s world.

RR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
MR: I’m all over the internet. My website (paranormal romance and YA) is at and there’s a contact page there with my email address. I’m on MySpace but I don’t really check that as often as I used to. I’m on Facebook a lot with a personal page at and a book-specific fan page at And I’m on twitter (too much) at

RR: How can readers find out more about you and your books?
MR: They should definitely check out my website at

THANK YOU! MICHELLE for being such a sweetie and answering my endless questions. Congrats on Demon Princess and hope that you come back sometime soon :)

Now onto the book give-a-way goodness. Michelle is graciously giving away a signed copy of Demon Princess to a lucky commenter.

Give-a-way goodness rules:

1) +5 points Send some well wishes HERE to Michelle and tell her why you want to read Demon Princess. (pssssssst...because it is awesome!!!)
2) +3 points Follow me and I will throw in an extra goodie. Demon headband and pitch fork...great for Halloween!!!
3) + 2 points Post a link to this post.
4) Contest available internationally and this ends on the 30th of this month and will be selected via random generator :)

In My Mailbox: 9/20/09

In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

My week was good. So, how was your week?

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (B)

Official web site:

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the parking lot to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

The Girl with Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron (B)

When her mother gives her an exquisite full-length mirror that once belonged to her grandmother, Sukie is thrilled. So thrilled that she doesn’t listen to her mother’s warning: “This mirror will be your best friend and worst enemy.” Because mirrors, as Sukie discovers, show not only the faraway truth but the truth close up. And finding out that close-up truth changes people. Often forever.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain(borrowed from Alicia)

A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

The Pricker Boy by Reade Scott Whinnem
The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

Voices in the Dark by Catherine Banner

That was my week, how was yours?

Author Signings: What do you think about them?

Hello and Happy Saturday! Last night I had the privilege and pleasure to dine with a few good friends and wonderful authors Michelle Zink and Malinda Lo. I fascinated, listening to their conversation about books, writing and then the subject of author signings. They both wanted to know what we as readers/book event attendees enjoy about events.

As we all pondered this subject and gave our opinions and ideas. I had seemed to internalize this subject and it stayed in my brain all night and when I woke up this morning I wanted to know what others think about this subject.

Aside from the fact that your going to meet an author that you adore and will travel minutes to even hours to see in person.

What makes for a good book event?
What made it stand out for you?
What are we hoping to come away with from the experience?
What do we wish would have happened instead?
Do you like having the author read from their book? Or do you enjoy a Q & A session?
Getting Swag!!

I know that I enjoy it when an author has audience participation, when they ask us the questions. I love finding out about their journey into writing and any advice they give to aspiring authors. I also love swag; bookmarks, pens, rubber bracelets and such but that is just a bonus and not expected at any time I go to see an author. My favorite part is getting to ask that particular author a question that has burned within me since I read their book and then getting it answered....hazzzah! I will admit to disliking questions being asked of the author that have NOTHING to do with their book, their craft or the subject at hand. I think it takes away from someone that has a genuine question.

So, now the ball is in your court. What do you think about them? :)

Sneak A Peek Saturday: VINYL PRINCESS by Yvonne Prinz

It is Saturday and time for SNEAK A PEEK SATURDAY! A feature that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book, or as in this case a quick peak into an upcoming read.

This week's choice is from a local SF bay area of Berkeley author, Yvonne Prinz. Her upcoming novel VINYL PRINCESS is due out in stores December 22 and you can get a look inside HERE

Summer is here, and 16-year-old Allie, a self-professed music geek, is exactly where she wants to be: working full-time at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music. It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. From the safety of her favourite place on earth, Allie is poised to have it all: love, music and blogging.
Her mother, though, is actually the one getting the dates, and business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighbourhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time….

Local Author Event: Michelle Zink

Youth Event: Writing Workshop with Michelle Zink

Thursday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.

Prophecy of the Sisters BUY NOW

Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park

Michelle Zink lives in New York and has always been fascinated with ancient myths and legends. Never satisfied with simply reading them, she usually ends up asking, "What if?" Sometimes asking only leads to more questions, but every now and then, when everything falls into place just right, a story is born. Prophecy of the Sisters is one of those stories. In this exclusive writing workshop, Michelle will offer advice on how to bring your stories to life.

Hey!!! if your in the San Francisco Bay Area why not come and join Alicia and I and spend some time with the most awesome Michelle Zink and a writing workshop.


Universal makes 'Wicked' deal

Thompson to adapt first book in Marr's series

'Wicked Lovely'

Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to "Wicked Lovely," the bestselling first book in a fantasy series written by Melissa Marr that will see its fourth installment published next year by Harper Collins.

The studio bought the book to be produced by Wild West Picture Show Prods., and has hired "Edward Scissorhands" scribe Caroline Thompson to adapt it.

Wild West is Vince Vaughn's U-based shingle.

The protagonist is a 17-year-old girl who can see fairies, and must fend off the advances of a fairy king determined to marry her to save the planet from his vengeful mother.

CAA brokered the book deal with Writers House and ICM reps Thompson.

This article was posted in VARIETY here


Teaser Tuesdays: GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!
  • My choice this week is...

    GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines
    (October 13, 2009) Page 50
    "I want to take his hand and run away with him but this is one of the first bylaws I was taught; number 96;
    Never leave the stadium when our father is dying."

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!! 300th follower contest

    Hey Hey!!! I have went thru my contest entrants and placed the number in the automatic number generator and here is the resulted winner.
    Please contact me and send me your addy and your prize of a copy of a HUSH, HUSH arc, Angel wing necklace and earrings and special prize.

    Review: CRAZY BEAUTIFUL by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

    CRAZY BEAUTIFUL by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2009) is a contemporary re-visioning of Beauty & the Beast, told in he-said/she-said fashion, about a boy with hooks for hands and a gorgeous girl who meet on their first day at a new school.
    Month's ago when I read the blurb for this Beauty and the Beast modern day love story I was smitten. I knew I had to read it and I was not disappointed.

    Lucius is a great re imagining of the beast; someone dark and brooding, hardened by his past, yet still maintaining the softness of character that we look for in our anti-hero. There were moments that his inner voice conveyed how intelligent he was and the depth of his emotions, and it would leave me with a painful ache in my chest.

    Aurora en captures Belle perfectly, from her pretty face, to her saintly morals and perfect manners; she is the picture of loveliness, and we can easily see why Lucius is drawn to her from the very beginning. Her suppressed sadness a quality that Lucius could relate to. It was as if he could understand her pain and she his. For the moment that their eyes seems as if they KNOW each other.

    The POV switching between chapters had the perfect balance and kept the story flowing along beautifully. I adored witnessing their reactions to one another, and the chapters were the perfect length, so it flowed really well!

    The only complaint I have about this love story is that as it had reached the pinnacle of it's story arc. IT ENDS! quite abruptly and this was quite frustrating only because I wanted more.

    Crazy Beautiful is a story that has a cast of characters that help round out the novel but do not distract from Aurora and Lucius' story. Lauren Baratz-Logsted has written a great story that has the perfect balance between truth and love and the ultimate power to forgive.

    In My Mailbox: 9/13/09

    In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

    This week was a very good one. What was in your Mailbox?

    For Review:

    MUCHACHO by Louanne Johnson

    GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray

    RAGE by Julie Ann Peters

    LIAR by Justine Larbalestier


    THE RIVER by Mary Jane Beaufrand

    DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston

    OMG!!! DARKLIGHT is the book I have been....wanting since I finished Wondrous Strange and I cannot wait to devour it.

    Wedding invitation for Anastasia and Lucius

    For those fans of Beth Fantaskey's JESSICA'S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE you will be pleased to know that the impending nuptials between Anastasia and Lucius will be celebrated on the 20th of this month.
    Beth has made a cute website for those wanting to get involved with the preparations for this amazing event. I am sorry that I did not get hip to this news earlier, but I am actually listening to this book right now and just loving it.
    Just click on the above wedding invite and have fun.
    I hope to see you there on the 20th :)

    SNEAK A PEEK SATURDAY: The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

    It is Saturday and time for SNEAK A PEEK SATURDAY! A meme that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book, or as in this case a whole book for an already released book.

    HARPER TEEN is showcasing L.J. Smith's THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: The Awakening and you can read the entire book for free. Now how amazing is that?


    While I am here and got your attention how many of you watched the show on Thursday night and how did you like it?

    ASH book launch

    Debut author Malinda Lo had a book launch for ASH yesterday at San Francisco LGBT Center. I truly regret not being able to go but I am sick with a cold/bug that has been going through my department. Although I was not able to join Malinda in this amazing event, some dear friends of mine (Amanda and Sarah) were able to partake in the festivities. My friend Sarah has it posted on her blog HERE

    REVIEW: LOVE is the HIGHER LAW by David Levithan

    LOVE is the HIGHER LAW by David Levithan
    Publisher: Random House Children's Books
    Pub. Date: August 2009
    ISBN-13: 9780375934681
    Age Range: Young Adult


    First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

    The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

    Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.


    Do you remember where you were on 911?

    In David Levithan's LOVE is the HIGHER LAW the characters were all in New York city on that fate full day just as he was. David wanted to create a novel that those too young to experience that world altering day could witness through the lives of three teenagers: Claire, Peter and Jasper. They really don't know each other before that day but then everything changes and their lives intersect in the most of beautiful manner of the human spirit reaching out when all seems so very lost.

    Every chapter is told from the individual characters point of view and you witness Claire's vivid fear as she walks the streets at night unable to sleep and feel safe. Peter is moved by music and it is his love for it that seems to motivate him and propel him through some of the darkest times. Jasper is glued to the t.v. watching Peter Jennings and trying to sort through the fact that he slept through most of the attack.

    The personal experiences of the three become intertwined as the story continues. All three are surprised at how directly they feel the emotions of the event. The life they once took for granted, the city they've always known as home, and the atmosphere surrounding them have them asking questions that have no real answers.

    LOVE is the HIGHER LAW is a short but poignant story that brings an ache to my heart upon remembering that day. The lives that were lost, along with the innocence of a nation that believed itself invincible. I also remember the pride, camaraderie and love the many embodied along with the hate and fear. This book is an emotional ride that will stay with you long after the book has been read.

    Favorite Quote:

    "Gone is not forgotten, but our lives cannot be a memorial. This city cannot be a memorial. This city has to be a city. Our lives have to be our lives"

    REVIEW: WONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley Livingston

    WONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley Livingston

    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Pub. Date: December 2008
    ISBN-13: 9780061759147




    Kelly Winslow doesn't believe in the existence of faeries, though as a struggling actress playing a major role in her theaters production of A midsummer Night's Dream, she dabbles daily within the realism of fantasy role playing.

    However on a fate full night filled with a mysterious stranger, dark shadows and an odd water horse. She begins to realize that her play is much more than fiction.

    Sonny Flannery is part of an elite guard chosen to protect the Samhain gates, but once he sets eyes on his beautiful "fire cracker" his love for Kelley grows as strong as his desire to protect her at all costs.

    Will their love be doomed, or will it thrive in all that is Wondrous Strange.

    Once I finished Wondrous Strange all I could do was kick myself for not reading this darkly romantic and immensely enchanting story surrounding Shakespeare, fairies and love months ago. I cannot begin to sing it's praises and I feel anything that I say will not do it justice. Just go run to your local library or store and get WONDROUS STRANGE for it is a must read.

    P.S. I highly recommend listening to this treasure on audio book form because the reader is amazing. She is able to capture the mood of the book and her Irish brogue is spot on brilliant.

    Purchase Wondrous Strange:
    Find it at your favourite

    Independant Bookstore
    Or at Amazon
    Or at Barnes & Noble
    Or at Chapters

    Waiting on Wednesday: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

    Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on. I have decided to participate because I have a list that can go on forever and ever and it is interesting to see what else others are "waiting" for also.

    This new endevour by Tera Lynn Childs has totally got my attention. A gorgeous cover and a cute story. I cannot wait.

    FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs

    Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

    Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

    When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

    Trailer Tuesday's: Freaksville and Under My Skin

    FREAKSVILLE by Kitty Keswick

    High school is hard enough when you’re normal. There’s peer pressure, book reports, the in crowd and the enormous zit that has a life of its own. Having a family whose skeletons in the closet lean toward the paranormal is not a topper on anyone’s list. Sophomore Kasey Maxwell is busy juggling the typical teen angst. Add visions, ghosts and hairy four-legged monsters into the mix and you get FREAKSVILLE. It’s a wonder Kasey has survived.

    UNDER MY SKIN by Judith Graves

    All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life...

    Redgrave had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets, missing children.

    The Delacroix family is taking the blame, but Eryn knows the truth. Something stalks the night. Wade, the police chief's son and Redgrave High's resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn - in fact, she's lethal.

    But she can't help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding - human Alec. And then it all goes bad.

    A normal life? Now that's the real fairytale

    In My Mailbox: 9/6/09

    In My Mailbox lets you peek into the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. I am listing all the lovely books that I have aquired this week. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here on the Story Siren's blog, where it all began..(This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

    This week was a very good one. What was in your Mailbox?

    The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall
    Pastworld by Ian Beck
    Forest Born by Shannon Hale
    The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
    The Good Girl's Guide To Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray
    Ash by Malinda Lo
    Soulstice The Devouring by Simon Holt
    Hate List by Jennifer Brown
    Adromeda Klein by Frank Portman

    Author Tours: Melissa De La Cruz

    Mel Is Coming to a
    Town Near You!

    October 06, 2009 (7:00 PM)

    Van Alen Legacy Ball in St. Louis!

    St. Louis County Library
    1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63131

    Come dressed in your Blue Bloods finest for a Van Alen Legacy vampire ball!

    October 07, 2009 (7:00 PM)

    Van Alen Legacy Ball in Wichita!

    Watermark Books & Cafe
    4701 East Douglas
    Wichita, Kansas 67218

    Come in your Blue Bloods finest to celebrate at the Van Alen Legacy vampire ball! Reading, signing and beauty give-aways!

    October 08, 2009 (7:00 PM)

    Van Alen Legacy Ball in Skokie!

    Barnes & Noble
    55 Old Orchard Center
    Skokie, IL 60077

    Come dressed in your Blue Bloods finest and celebrate with me at a Van Alen Legacy vampire Ball! Reading, signing and beauty give-aways!

    October 09, 2009 (7:00 PM)

    Van Alen Legacy Ball in Downer’s Grove!

    Anderson’s Bookshop
    5112 Main St.
    Downers Grove, IL 60515

    Come in your Blue Bloods finest and celebrate with me at a Van Alen Legacy Ball! Reading, signing and beauty give-aways!

    October 10, 2009 (6:00 PM)

    Van Alen Legacy Ball in Memphis!

    387 Perkins Ext
    Memphis, TN 38117

    Come in your Blue Bloods finest and celebrate with me at a Van Alen Legacy Ball! Reading, signing and beauty-giveaways!

    October 11, 2009 (Time TK)

    Appearance at the Southern Festival of Books!

    Nashville, TN

    More details to come on this event!

    November 01, 2009 (3:00 PM)

    Van Alen Legacy and Secret Society Ball in Pasadena!

    695 E. Colorado Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91101

    Come in your Blue Bloods and Secret Society finest and celebrate with me and my friend debut YA author Tom Dolby! Reading, signing and beauty give-aways!

    November 04, 2009 (Time TK)

    Van Alen Legacy Ball in Vancouver!

    Vancouver Kids Books
    3083 West Broadway
    Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9, Canada

    Come in your Blue Bloods finest and celebrate with me at a Van Alen Legacy Ball! Reading, signing and beauty give-aways!

    November 05, 2009 (7:00 PM)

    Van Alen Legacy Ball in Victoria!

    1212 Douglas Street,
    Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2E5, Canada

    Come in your Blue Bloods finest and celebrate with me at a Van Alen Legacy vampire Ball! Reading, signing and beauty-giveaways!

    SNEAK-A-PEEK SATURDAY: The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

    It is Saturday and time for SNEAK A PEEK SATURDAY! A meme that allows you see a chapter or two of an upcoming book. Yeay!! I am the most excited about this particular post because I just finished reading the entire Blood Blood series. (I know, why did I wait so long) I absolutely devoured them and cannot wait for the next installment.

    The Van Alen Legacy

    Publication Date: October 6, 2009

    Buy from Amazon

    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? Schuyler has made her choice. She has forsaken Jack for Oliver, choosing human over vampire. But old loves die hard...And even coldhearted Mimi seems to suffer from the ties that bind.

    Young vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series.

    Read the first chapter HERE