Wednesday, March 30, 2011

97 -- One Crazy Summer

Day 99 -- Book 97
One Crazy Summer -- Rita Williams Garcia

1968 - Delphine and her two younger sisters have been sent to California, from Brooklyn,  to visit their mother. Pa decided it was high time  they get to know each other.

Upon their arrival, they are told by Cecile that they are not wanted. She sends them to a center during the day to get them out of her house. The center is run by a Black Panther group. There, the girls learn about the revolution. They also discover learn that their mother, known as Inzilla to the Black Panthers, writes poetry for the group.

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

"Waiting on" Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone's excited about. (Created by Jill at Breaking the Spine)

Putting Makeup on Dead People -- Jen Violi

It's been four years since Donna Parisi's father passed away, but it might as well have been four days. Donna makes conversation and goes through the motion, but she hasn't really gotten on with life. She's not close with anyone, she doesn't have a boyfriend and she's going to college at the local university with a major that her mother picked. But one day Donna has an epiphany. She wants to work with dead people. She wants to help people say goodbye and she wants to learn to love a whole person--body and soul. She wants to live her life and be loving, at grieving and at embalming and cremating,too. Even as she makes the decision, things start to change. Donna makes friends with the charismatic new student, Liz. She notices the boy, Charlie, at her table and realizes that maybe he's been noticing her, too. And she begins to forgive the rest of her family for living their lives while she's been busy moping.

It just looks good!
Will be published on May 26, 2011.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Giveaway : March Madness

Addicted 2 Novels is giving away a book that was published in March. (Winner's choice) Visit her site to find out more information.

Monday, March 28, 2011

96 -- Close to Famous

Day 97 -- Book 96
Close to Famous -- Joan Bauer

Things you should know about twelve-year old Foster:

1. She loves to bake cupcakes.
2. She wants to be the youngest cook on the Food Network.
3. She hates anything Elvis. (Thanks to mom's EX boyfriend)
4. She just moved to Culpepper, VA with her mom. (Don't tell the EX boyfriend)
5. Sonny Kroll is her favorite person on the Food Network.
6. She'd write him a letter, but she can't read.

Foster and her mother are running away. Will their past catch up to them? Can bad things happen for a good reason?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

95 -- The Demon Trapper's Daughter

Day 96 -- Book 95
The Demon Trapper's Daughter -- Jana Oliver

Riley is following in her father's footsteps to become a demon trapper. She's his apprentice in the Trappers Guild. 

Until, she meets up with a level five demon on her own. Her world is in a downward spiral from there. Her father, Paul Blackthorne, dies while trapping a demon. Riley must sit watch at his grave so he's not taken by the necromancers. She is assigned to a new mentor who would rather have her shovel demon poo then teach her.

Riley also has "normal" teenage life to deal with. She's still in school. There's the guy, Simon, also a trapper apprentice. Then, there's the other guy, Beck, also a trapper, but he's already shot her down years ago.

Riley continues her father's research about the increasing ineffectiveness of Holy Water and demons. The demons know her by name and are out to get her.

This is the 1st book in the series. The 2nd book, Soul Thief, will be out on August 30, 2011.

My Mailbox -- Week of March 20

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that was post inspired by Alea and hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Check out her post to see what others received in their mailboxes this week!

 Blink & Caution -- Tim Wynne-Jones
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? -- Louise Rennison
Stop in the Name of Pants -- Louise Rennison

Close to Famous -- Joan Bauer
One Crazy Summer -- Rita Williams-Garcia
Death Cloud-- Andrew Lane

Sean Griswold's Head -- Lindsey Leavitt
Wither -- Lauren DeStefano
Timeless (ARC) -- Alexandria Monir  

Thursday, March 24, 2011

94 -- Cloaked

Day 93 -- Book 94
Claoked -- Alex Flinn

Johnny is a cobbler. He repairs (and designs) shoes at the family store in Florida.

Nothing much happens around the hotel he works near, until Princess Victoriana of Aloria shows up. She persuades Johnny to go on a hunt to track down her brother who has been turned into a frog. She gives him a cloak that will take him anywhere he wants, and a set of headphones that allow him to hear animals when they speak. Victoriana also supplies him with $10,000 to assist him.

Johnny meets up with his friend Meg on his journey. Well, she kinda saves his butt...

In the end, Johnny finds fame, wealth, and love.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

"Waiting on" Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone's excited about. (Created by Jill at Breaking the Spine)

Between Here and Forever -- Elizabeth Scott

(From Goodreads)  Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...

 May 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

93 -- Revolution

Day 91 -- Book 93
Revolution -- Jennifer Donnelly

Andi Alpers is your everyday teenager. Well, not really. Her brother Truman died two years ago. In dealing with his death, Andi turns to self-medicating her antidepressants.  Her mother, a painter, spends her time painting pictures of Truman, trying to get the perfect blue of his eyes. Andi's father, the Noble Prize winner, is never home. Once he hears of Andi's lack of effort in school, he travels to New York. Andi's mom is placed in an institution and Andi is forced to return to Paris, France with him.

Once in Paris, Andi's father is working on finding DNA evidence that a found heart belongs to the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Andi has time to work on her senior thesis about a French composer. She also discovers a diary belonging to  Alexandrine, the friend to the prince.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Giveaway: Demon Trapper's Daughter

Enter for a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Demon Trapper's Daughter at IceyBooks

My Mailbox -- Week of March 13

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that was post inspired by Alea and hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Check out her post to see what others received in their mailbox this week!

The Demon Trapper's Daughter -- Jana Oliver
Trapped -- Michael Northrop
Illegal -- Bettina Restrepo

Haven -- Kristi Cook (Received from GoodReads)
Jane Eyre  -- Charlotte Bronte
Jane -- April Lindner (Received from Hope Junkie)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

92 -- Haven

Day 88 -- Book 92
Haven -- Kristi Cook

Violet can see the future, but only of the people close to her. Since her father died,she is left living with her stepmom who just got a job in New York. Violet applied, and was accepted to Winterhaven boarding school. It didn't take long to realize that there was something special about Winterhaven. All the students there have gifts.

For the first time, Violet feels like she belongs. She's made friends and the hottest guy in school, Aidan,  is paying attention to her. Things get complicated when she has a vision of Aidan covered in blood and realizes she's the reason for it.

Kristi's website says that this is meant to be a trilogy. Book #2 is a go, but no other information. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

91 -- Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

Day 87 -- Book 91
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing -- Ann Angel

This book follows the life of Janis Joplin. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Joplin never really followed what others were doing. She bounced between California and Texas. Attending several colleges, she never seemed to settle down.

Includes a timeline of her life, color pictures, and an index.

90 -- Trapped

Day 87 -- Book 90
Trapped -- Michael Northrop

It started snowing and it didn't stop. It just kept coming. School was released early, but not everyone made it home. Cell phones don't work because of the snow. No one knows they are there.

Scotty and six other students are stranded in the school. Hours turn into days. The electricity and water go out. They survive on canned peaches, pudding, peanut butter and jelly from the cafeteria. The snow rises up to the second floor. There's no escaping. Can they hold out? Will they all make it?

Giveaway : ARCs

Another giveaway for 2011 just in time for spring.  Giving away two sets of advance reader copies to two lucky winners!  The first set includes The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks, Huntress by Malinda Lo, and Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef.  The second set includes Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, Clarity by Kim Harrington, and Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen.  

Visit Nostalgic Librarian for more details.

Giveaway: Wither

Visit Fantastic Book Review for more details.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

89 -- Miles from Ordinary

Day 86 -- Book 89
Miles from Ordinary -- Carol Lynch William

Lacey is really hoping for an ordinary summer. She has a job at the library and her mom has a job at Winn Dixie. There's hope. Momma seems to be doing better.

They both get on the bus and go to work. After four hours, Lacey heads back to Winn Dixie to pick up mom. Only, she's not there. Panic sets in. The manager said that mom left after an hour. Lacey rushes home to find her. All the lights are on in the house, but Momma doesn't seem to be around.

88 -- The Mockingbirds

Day 86 -- Book 88
The Mockingbirds -- Daisy Whitney

Alex attends Themis, a  private school in which the teachers choose to ignore the goings-on of the student body outside of the classroom.

Alex woke up naked in Carter's room. It took a bit to realize what had happened. She was date raped. Her friends and sister convince her to seek help from The Mockingbirds, a student lead group that seeks justice for the wrongdoings of their fellow students.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Giveaway: The Goddess Test

Visit Flipping Pages for All Ages for more details.

87 -- Illegal

Day 85 -- Book 87
Illegal -- Bettina Restrepo

Nora's father has left Mexico for the United States to find work. He lands in Houston, Texas.After eight weeks, the money and the notes stop coming.

Nora and her mother pack up and travel to find him. They hide in pallets on a fruit truck to cross the border. They arrive in Houston not having an address for her father because he has to move around.

They get fake work papers and work at a food cart. Nora secretly hopes that her father will stop by the cart someday.

86 -- Audrey, Wait!

Day 85 -- Book 86
Audrey, Wait! -- Robin Benway

 Who knew that breaking up with her boyfriend, Evan, that Audrey's life would start spinning? That's what happened. Evan wrote a song for his ban, Do-Gooders, about Audrey dumping him called Audrey, Wait! It became an overnight sensation.

Audrey is now famous. She makes out with Simon, singer of the Lolitas. She is believed to be a muse to other bands wanting to get her vibe. She's offered promotion jobs for cosmetic companies and the ice cream shop that she works at, Scooper Dooper.

Audrey just wants life to be normal. She wants to date James, her coworker, and leave her famous life behind her.

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

"Waiting on" Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone's excited about.
(Created by Jill at Breaking the Spine

We'll Always Have Summer -- Jenny Han
The third installment will be released on April 26, 2011.

Who will Belly pick? Conrad or Jeremiah? Maybe neither?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

85 -- Demonglass

Day 84 -- Book 85
Demonglass -- Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall Book #2

Sophie discovered that she's a demon. She's in love with the demon-hunter, Archer, who is trying to kill her. Life couldn't possibly get any weirder, right?

She's taken to England for the summer by her father, the head of the Council, to convince her that the Removal process is not her only choice. (She's joined by Jenna and Cal, her betrothed.) There she meets Nick and Daisy, both demons who were created. Sophie sets out to find out what is going on. Archer returns to show Sophie that he's really not out to kill her and that Hecate Hall is creating demons for war. Sophie must convince her father of what's going on at Hex Hall.

Book #3 will be published March 2012. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

84 -- It's Not Summer Without You

Day 83 -- Book 84
It's Not Summer Without You -- Jenny Han

It's the first summer that Belly can remember that she's not at the beach house in Cousins. There's no way things can be the same after everything that has happened over the past few months.

Belly and Conrad are no longer together. Conrad has temporarily dropped out of school and hiding out at the summer house.

Jeremiah and Belly drive there in hopes of getting things squared away. Belly is torn between two brothers.

This is book # 2 in The Summer I Turned Pretty series.
Book #3 will be released on April 26, 2011.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

83 -- The Summer I Turned Pretty

Day 82 -- Book 83
The Summer I Turned Pretty -- Jenny Han

Belly has always spent her summer at Cousins with her family and their friends. This summer is no different, or is it?

The boys, Conrad and Jeremiah, are there. Belly has always had a crush on Conrad. He's taken a turn this summer. He's drinking and smoking. Jeremiah thinks it's best to leave him alone. Belly knows that there's more going on then they are saying.

It's a summer of highs and lows for Belly and her friends.

Book #1 in The Summer I Turned Pretty series

In My Mailbox -- Week of March 6

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that was post inspired by Alea and hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Check out her post to see what others received in their mailboxes this week!

Cloaked -- Alex Flinn
Demonglass (Hex Hall#2) -- Rachel Hawkins
Drought -- Pam Bachorz

Hate List -- Jennifer Brown
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing -- Ann Angel
Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival -- Arthur Slade 

A Kiss in Time -- Alex Flinn
Revolver -- Marcus Sedgwick
The Summer I Turned Pretty -- Jenny Han

 Secrets and Shadows (13 to Life #2) -- Shannon Delany
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie -- Tanya Lee Stone
The Girl Who Became the Beatles -- Greg Taylor


Ruby Red (ARC from JoannaReads) -- Kerstin Geir  
The Chaos (Num8ers #2) -- Rachel Ward

Saturday, March 12, 2011

82 -- Revolver

Day 81 -- Book 82
Revolver -- Marcus Sedgwick

Sig Andersson's father is dead. He fell through the ice. Sig was the one to find him. His step mother, Nayda, and sister, Anna, went for help.

While they were gone, an old friend of his father's, Gunther Wolff, shows up. He wants to know where the gold is. Sig knows nothing about this, but he does know where his father kept the Colt revolver. Sig is torn between what he should do and what he's always been told, a gun is not something to be taken lightly. Would he be forgiven by God if he did take Gunther's life?

81 -- Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival

Day 81 -- Book 81
Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival -- Arthur Slade

Newton Starker just arrived at the Jerry Potts Academy of Higher Learning and Survival. His need to survive comes from a long, LONG list of family members who died when they were struck by lightning.

Newton has a dream of becoming a culinary mastermind. With help from his friend Josephine the pig, he becomes a better person. Still checking the weather once or twice, maybe three times or more a day.

Friday, March 11, 2011

80 -- Overprotected

Day 81 -- Book 80
Overprotected  -- Jennifer Laurens

When Ashlyn was younger, she was kidnapped by her father's mistress. Since that time, Ashlyn has always had a bodyguard. The most recent, Stuart, was fired because of his inappropriate feelings for her.

In walks, Colin, an old friend of the family who picked on Ashlyn when they were younger. Ashlyn's father figures that this is the perfect set up, no feelings to get in the way.

Ashlyn and Colin aren't the kids they once were. Feelings change.