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Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: Life Is But a Dream by Brian James

Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 234
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, 

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it's the world that's crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences. 

*Galley provided by publisher for honest review*
I ended up reading this novel without really skimming through the synopsis (which I find I've been doing often with the books I review, it seems to be impulsive reading on my part) and mainly relying on the cover. Again, I seem to be doing this now and again with novels. But that way there really isn't much of an expectation to live up to while reading. 

I gave this novel an average reading because of the fact that I couldn't really find myself believing some parts of the novel with Sabrina and Alec, the dull and mundane pace the novel goes at towards the beginning, but the beautiful and fluid writing that Brian James weaves through the pages. 

It was a bittersweet read. I did enjoy the ending but I disliked the relationship between Sabrina and Alec in the beginning, with how fast they moved towards each other and how fast feeling flourished. But playing off the fast-paced love and turning Alec into a crutch for Sabrina was another factor that happened to turn me off. Half the time I was up in arms about the mental predicament Sabrina was going through, the encouraging support from Alec to stop taking the things that would make her better, and then irresponsible actions they take together had my self-control limits breaching maximum. But in the end, after events that I will not reveal because of spoiler warnings up the wazoo, I found myself content with Sabrina's choice to get better and Alec getting his shit straight and finally telling her to get better. I wanted to smack the boy upside the head half the time throughout the novel, I tell you!

A novel that can be predictable for the most part, it is still a beautifully written prose with some character annoyance but something I think people should give a try to see if they like it.  

First Line: Something is wrong with the sky.

Story: A

Cover: A

Monday, March 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Vaempires: Revolution by Thomas Winship

Publication Date: October 31, 2011
Publisher: Self Published
Series: The Evolutionary War #1
Young Adult
Pages: 216
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal

It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event. 
     Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet. 
     The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons—væmpires with special powers. 
     What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, or walk through walls?

With an individual intake on Vampires, Thomas Winship definitely blew me away with this unique and action packed novel.

Starting off in the heat of the moment we are introduced to the main protagonist Daniel, a fifteen-year-old vampire whose the boyfriend of Princess Cassandra and son to a leading military official, and the raging antagonists to the cause: Vaempires, genetic mutations that can no longer survive on the synthetic blood that proved a symbiotic counterpart to the human-vampire cause with enhanced powers.

I loved the action, the pure nature of the vampire species. It had me shivering, made me excited, and brought hope that there are still people who know the very nature of a vampire and doesn't twist it into obscene imaginations. Even the depth of Daniel and Cassie was engaging to read, the strength of both the characters in such brutal times flushed under the sparks of the limelight. 

The only thing that would have made me enjoy this novel more is if there was more word building. The scenes would have moved much smoother with some enhanced wording. But for a self-published novel this was definitely enjoyable and with almost impeccable grammar and sentence structure.

Definitely recommend to those who enjoy a satisfying vampire story and also those who love or need a serious dose of action-packed fighting because Vaempires is something you should get your hands on.

First Line: Daniel swung his arm in a vicious arc, cutting the head from the væmpire to his right while parrying a blow from another to his left.

Story: S

Cover: S

About the Author
Thomas Winship was born in Middletown, NY and still resides in Orange County. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as an adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He also spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.
Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December. 
He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.   
He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series, which is scheduled for an early 2012 release.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Publication: February 28, 2012

Publisher: Walker Childrens
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 272
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.
*Galley provided for an honest review*

I so love a book with a good Asian main character and Shooting Stars brings Zo Jo out in a cute adorable way. When I read the synopsis for this novel, the idea about paparazzi sounded extremely interesting as well as unique for YA. More or less, I did enjoy this story but it didn't blow me away.

Zo Jo has been a paparazzo from a very young age and at the age of sixteen she can still be considered a young child from her young appearance and the fact that certain outfits and styles can mask her actual age. This helps make her job easier, for when the security is tight in situations, Josephine can manipulate her way into certain Hollywood hot-spots as well as get the certain shots she needs. When Ned Hartnett, a celebrity around her age having Jo's swoon radar commence, has rumors spread faster than a gasoline started fire, Jo is offered a job of a lifetime with a hefty 50,000 reward for her efforts. Morals and obligations begin to brawl against each other inside her head.

The plot of the book was simple, cute, definitely something worthy of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, or ABC Family. But Jo happened to have some characteristics that irked me. The constant rambling of "This is wrong," "I shouldn't be doing this" thoughts that articulated through out her head made Jo a fairly weak character in my mind. Like most paparazzi, the money becomes the object of worship and Jo had taken that into account. 

The writing style was simple, a book like this would definitely be marketed for a younger target audience but if you're looking for a simple but cute book to lift your spirits then Shooting Stars could be something for you.  

First Line: I crouch behind some thick green shrubbery to do my final check.

Story: A

Cover: B

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Interview: Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde + Giveaway

Welcome to the second day of the Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde blog tour, I am your host, Shortskie, and here there are a multitude of things going on for your enjoyment. Today I offer you two very special items. The first: an Interview with the lovely author herself, Suz Korb. And second: one lucky winner will be given an e-book copy of choice, more details below!
Book Description:

     Kidnapped by a vampire, epically farted on by a pug and dragged through the pits of Hell. Welcome to Eve Eden’s world in the small and strange town of Twin Forest.
     Eve has goals. She has dreams and ambitions that don’t involve staying in this weird, podunk town. When supernatural forces collide, dropping her into the heart of England, she’s not pleased. When Eve said she wanted to get the heck out of dodge, she didn’t mean getting transported into a castle dungeon.
     A hellish incident turns Eve’s hair white. She can’t explain a slight attraction to a vampire who’s been sent to kill her. Can life get any worse? Apparently it can, because just around the corner at Twin Forest’s cemetery…
     waits the zombie horde.
What sparked the idea for Eve Eden?

I've always loved writing about hell, demons, the supernatural, vampires and more! And what better element to add to a story with all this than zombies? For brain chomping action.

Favorite thing to do to get inspired?

I'm inspired all the time by everything around me. It's why I always have a notebook handy in case I need to jot down an idea. But if the ideas ever stop flowing (which would be rare) sometimes I like to search for new photography images online to see what stories they might inspire.

Is there a specific time of day when you can easily write?

I can write whenever, wherever. When I was drafting Eve 1 I'd take my netbook with me to the park so that I could write in between playing with my kids on the playground!

What songs to be your background music what would it be?

Also while writing Eve 1, I listened to movie soundtracks such as Resident Evil: Afterlife and the soundtrack for The Matrix: Revolutions. Quite heavy metal stuff to accompany the action packed adventure scenes of this zombie infested story!

Winter or Summer?

Neither. Spring or Autumn as both seasons are not too hot or too cold :)

What movie could you watch over and over again?

Cowboys & Aliens. 

Author Suz Korb writes supernatural comedy-horror novels with a splash of paranormal romance. The first novel in her Bedeviled trilogy, Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde, is a young adult adventure tale of hellish proportions.
Visit Suz at her website

*Giveaway of one e-book Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde, format of your choosing*
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Cover Reveal: Cataclysm by Karice Bolton

Cataclysm by Karice Bolton
The Watchers Trilogy #3
Publication Date: April 2, 2012

When it becomes obvious that the dark side will stop at nothing to control the mortal world, Ana is faced with a decision that could determine the fate of Fallen Angels everywhere. Determined to not use mortals as pawns, Ana does her best to prepare for the battles ahead while protecting the innocent souls around the world. As danger looms at every turn, she realizes that the ones she thought were prey might actually be the predators, and it will take an army like never before to stop the wickedness from spreading throughout the world. 

 The covers for this trilogy are always gorgeous and Phatpuppy Art, the one behind the image, does a stunning job on all of her pictures. I don't think there isn't anything that I could pick out to dislike. If I saw this on a shelf my hands would be grabbing for it right away, I can tell you that much! Post in the comments below what you think of the cover! And don't forget to check out Cataclysm or Phatpuppy Art! Give them some love!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Guest Post: When Copper Suns Fall

Welcome to the When the Copper Suns Fall blog tour stop! This evening I would like to announce that we have a wonderful blast to the present today. This post will have a wonderful interview with an important person to Chelsa, our main protagonist, the very mysterious Faris Toulan. Let's have the interview commence!
I’m inviting Faris to the present (2012).

Can you introduce yourself to us?
Name’s Faris. Faris Toulan. I’m a Caducean, a demon slayer. There isn’t really much else to say. **Glances at me with a set of intense gray eyes that shimmer inside the irises. I wonder if they’re really gray, or could they be silver** People around you might not understand why my skills are necessary in this day and time, but they will. You’ll be glad you had this interview with me.

In what way are you connected to Chela? 
Hmm. **massages the back of his neck as he thinks about this**  Our connection is, well…difficult to explain. You see, if I tell you about it, then you’d be at risk. **I’m dying to know what he means. Before I can say anything, he continues.** That means I’d have to take a part of your memories. I can do that, you know. **I suck my breath. Did he just read my mind?** I’ll do anything to protect Chela. Our connection is beyond words.

What can you say about your life? 
I told you, there isn’t really much I can say. But I will tell you to be happy with what you’ve got today. Your blue skies, clean air. **he glances toward the window beside us, staring at it a long moment** Are those birds outside? 55 years in the future, that would be in this world after the Tidal Years, there are no birds. They’re gone. Poof. Vanished. You have robots. Big, black, ugly crows with cameras for eyes. They’re looking for me. Or rather, people like me. I’m an outcast according to the new leaders. They blame the Caduceans for what happened in the past: wars, earthquakes, hurricanes.  **A distant look clouds his eyes. I want to know what they’re seeing**

What do you think of the present world?  (2012)
You’re lucky. Very lucky. See my last answer if you need proof of that.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen here so far? Why?
Everything about this world seems strange since the last time I was here. In my world, you get used to seeing dark stuff everywhere. Black waters, black beaches, gray skies.  **I wonder what he means, but I’ve learned to be patient with him.** I’ve been here before, you know. How is that possible? I can hear your thoughts so easily. **He smiles a drop-down-dead-gorgeous smile with one dimple on the left cheek. My cheeks are probably blushing tomato red**  You’ll have to read about my story to see how I got here. And your outdated cellereaders crack me up. **He means my cell phone lying on the desk beside us. He’s giving it a look of pure pity. I tell him this is the 4G version of the latest Droid. And I’m kinda mad because I used six months worth of my wages to buy it.**  The screen doesn’t have enough pixels. You can’t even read thumb imprints with that thing. Anybody could steal it and use it. **again, he has a point. Sigh sigh**

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve seen here? Why?
As I said, I’ve been here before. But I don’t remember hearing so much laughter. What surprises me is all the happy-smiley people you have here. In the future, smiles are an endangered species. Enjoy them while they last.

If you had a chance to choose between living in our world and in yours, which one would you choose? Why?
The mirrorlands, that’s what we Caduceans call your world, can’t touch mine. Ours is older than yours. I don’t mean to sound conceited. But it’s true. My world Bardonia is on the other side of the doorway. It’s parallel to this world. The skies are clear. The waters are sapphire blue and jade green in some places. There’s even this island where the waterfalls flow toward the sky. No pollution. No disease from contaminated waters. So tell me. Which one would you choose? **Does he even need to ask?**

Can you name one thing, event or custom that reminds you of your world?
Bonding. That type of connection Chela has with me, it’s the same way at home. But the thing is I’m not at home. I can’t go back to Bardonia. I’m exiled, cursed to live in the mirrorlands. And not a pretty little place like your 2012 world. In the future, I’m hunted like an animal by the humans. And targeted by our enemies, the Tainted. I guess the answer could be violence, too. That really hasn’t changed much over time. **he sighs deeply, lowers his head, and stays quiet**

So many thanks for Faris in the wonderful interview, below is an excerpt with our interviewed character so please feel free to read and comment below, and don't forget to read more about who Faris is and his involvement in When Copper Suns Fall by the marvelous KaSonndra Leigh!

About the Author: KaSonndra Leigh lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about teens doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.
 She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

When Copper Suns Fall is her debut

An Excerpt from When Copper Suns Fall: a YA Dark Urban Fantasy
By KaSonndra Leigh

            No, a mysterious thing stirred behind his silvery-gray eyes.
            “Feel better, Chela?” he asked. I nodded.
            “You probably shouldn’t do that,” he said.
            “Do what?”
            “Thank me.”
            “Why? Because I caught you using alchemy? That’s what your kind does. Make magic in the shadows, right?” I said.
            His left eye ticked. The girl in the hoodie had called him a Caducean. Could it be possible? Father told me Caduceans were a mythical group—demon slayers from a time long gone. Yet, here I stood with a boy who didn’t deny my claim.
            Around us, fewer people were leaving the Shack. They paid no attention to the two idiots standing and staring at each other. Did Jalen and Lexa make it out safely?  They were taking forever to reach me.
            Did I really want them to find me?
            “They’ll call me, now, and make me a witness against you. I’m sorry, but I already have too many problems. So I—I have to tell the truth,” I said.
            “That won’t be a problem.” Faris smiled, a catchy one that lit his face up. I couldn’t decide whether it was angelic or downright wicked. Just like I couldn’t remember where I’d ever heard an accent like his. What kind was it? Old southern? Old English? Irish? It sounded like a mix of all three, but with a deep timbre, making him sound god like. “In a few minutes, you won’t remember me or any of this.”
            “Really? How do you figure that?” I asked, heart racing.
            “Because my gift to you…” He moved his face closer to mine, pulling me into whatever was happening in his head. “My gift is to remove memories that cause you pain.”
            “Okay, um, right.” Had I lost my mind? It probably wouldn’t have hurt to scream.
            He held my gaze, locking me into something I couldn’t explain. A tear puckered up in his left eye, and slid down his cheek where it stopped on his top lip. Then he blinked, snapping us out of whatever place he’d taken us to, and glanced behind my head. “Here comes your dark knight,” he said, easing his arms away from me.
            He strolled off into the last group of stragglers hanging around the Shack. How did he know my nickname for Jalen?
            I wiped away a tear rolling down my right cheek. 
            “Chela, there you are. You scared me, girl.” Jalen’s voice cut into the moment. He spun me around to face him. I blinked, clearing my eyes. “What’s wrong? Did you get hurt?”
            I glanced around us. The boy was gone. A dull headache joined the fuzziness in my head. Lost inside a clouded mind, I forgot what I wanted to say. The entire night’s events were hazy.
            I fumbled with my thoughts.
            What happened to me in there? 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

Publication: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 256
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism

Sonia's entire village believes she has a gift, but it's only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl's protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power.
*Galley was provided for an honest review*

I've been sitting in a pit in the ground rehersal for my school's musical and figured I could knock out a few books when I don't play. With all the spanish that was being thrown around during West Side Story and my mediocre education of i for four years I was excited to read The Girl Who Could Silent The Wind, not just for the premise but also to put my dusty spanish to the test in some minute sections when words were thrown around.

When coming into the story you are subjected to the introduction of Sonia, the prideful, opportunistic, and reliable main character who is known as "the girl who silence the wind" within her little town. Being dubbed this name because of the calm winds her birth had brought during a horrible raging storm. Though being called this and known as a prophetic child of the town, Sonia really does not have what they all believe she has. And thus our story begins.

Getting into the story I was captivated and adore the strong personality that Sonia emitted but the farther in and the transition into the capital sent a rift between Sonia and I. She started to lack, her actions and reactions didn't sit right with me, and the bland secondary characters also failed to captivated me later on into the story. It gave a strong start but withered like a flower lacking water.

The writing though was absolutely beautiful. If writing alone could do it, I would have been instantly captivated and fallen head over heels. Unfortunately, I wish that was all it took for me to like a novel. But with more cons than pros, I have to say, and after really wanting to enjoy this and having high expectations, that the cons outweigh the pros in my decision. 

First Line: The curse on Sonia Ocampo's life came without warning before she was even born, cleverly disguised as good luck. 

Story: B

Cover: S

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Friday Hops (3/16/12)

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Q: What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?.

I best book I've read in the last month would have to be Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Safran Foer. I instantly fell in love with his thoughts, though the obscene and raunchy text did turn me off at first, I found that looking past that there was an amazing story being told. The worst book would have to have been Various Positions, you can check my review on the blog to see how I felt about that one. Good lord!

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox (32)

A small mailbox this week but ones filled with books I had been excited to read for ages! Thank you netgalley!
Click on the images to add them to your goodreads lists.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Blog Tour: The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

Publication: December 21, 2011
Publisher: Tribute Books
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s
Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.
They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
*Copy provided from publisher for Blog Tour and an honest review*

When reading the title for this novel you'd think it be flooded with religious jibberjabber but really its a pretty minute amount, it doesn't overflow but gives a good amount to satisfy the story line and the characters.

The character development within the story was great, i loved the Peaches each and every one of them even through the constant loss of family member after family member. The fact that all this misery happens to the family gives a sense of longing for things to get better because you feel for them. Mr. Peterson does a fabulous job for creating such realistic characters for the time period. the language was also very engaging, minimal bad language and funny moments that gave fillful chuckles.

I do reccomend this book for those who are looking for light humor and characters that touch your heart.

Story: S

Cover: B

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t… 
     For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
I haven't done WoW in quite a while! Decided to start up again. I've had my sights on this book since it's cover reveal and how gorgeous is it? I mean, I was literally drooling over that cover! And the story definitely hooks you. I definitely want to see where the author goes with such a plot. 

Leave a comment below telling me what you think and leave your WoW so I can see what you're waiting for this week!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge 2012

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
*Galley was provided by publisher for an honest review*

Can I give you a hug, Mr. Andrews? Because this novel was simply the most glorious, hilarious, realistic piece of work that had me captivated with fits of laughter and rivers of tears flooding my eyes, whether out of happiness or sadness depended on the section of the novel. And that cover! That piece of gorgeous needs to be on my shelf, pronto!

Now to the review:

A cancer story that doesn't really rely on cancer as its premise. The hilarity that Jesse Andrews is able to spark and the layers this book emits allows for the laughs and some tears to drip. Now Greg isn't your average male protagonist. He's not "popular," he's not "good-looking," and he's not (that much of an) "asshole" (at times). He's genuine and realistic. Someone I've been waiting to emerge in YA, especially the main male lead. Literally I have been WAITING for someone like Greg. Earl, too. The profane and brash atmosphere their friendship gives off and the realistic characteristics, appearances, households.

Film making. Greg and Earl over the years of their friendship gained a common bond over one movie ultimately setting their course towards a dampened road of success and creation that their own eyes will witness. Until Rachel, Greg's ex-girlfriend from Hebrew School whom he was a complete dick to in the end, gets diagnosed with Leukemia and he is forced, by his mother, to become friends and help console in her time of need. Everything leads back to the art of film making with Greg, and ultimately him and Earl show Rachel their third rate videos.  

I really don't know how many more words I can reiterate for awesome because really that is what this book is made out of. If you're looking for a light read filled with comic relief then take a load off, jump onto that couch, and nuzzle yourself up to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl because you won't regret it. Not one moment. I promise you a whole year of cupcakes! C;

First Line: I have no idea how to write this stupid book.
Four targets slayed for hilarious film making and a fantastic male lead.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cover Reveal: Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
Publication Date: May 15, 2012

Sometimes date is a four-letter word
     Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing. 

     Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.
And don't forget to leave in the comments below what you think of the cover! Isn't the dress gorgeous?! Such a beautiful shade of light blue and the shoes to go with that look like the ones I wore to my Junior Prom.

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.She was a lot like Amy when she was in high school.She is still a lot like Amy.

In addition to the PRETTY AMY cover reveal, we will be hosting a Worst Prom Photo contest in the weeks leading up to AMY's release on May 15. So make sure to dust off your old prom photos,the more tulle, bows, and big hair the better! And watch Lisa's site,, for details on how to submit/enter to win a beauty package. Here's our beautiful author's picture.

Now here's me with my beautiful wife. I'm the one in the blue dress. This happens to be one of my favorite pictures. I don't really have any pictures with my actual date.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

In My Mailbox (31): Massive Haul!

Happy happy Sunday and In My Mailbox my pretties! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend because the sleep I'm accumulating is absolutely enchanting. I must say that I am also enjoying the massiveness of this mailbox! Sometimes you just have to love the auto-request and sexy e-galley's that become available! Remember to leave a comment below with what you think and your mailbox so I can see what you received this week as well!

Big thanks to Netgalley, Random House, Flux, Macmillan, and Bloomsbury!

Big thanks to Random House for Someone Else's Life
Thank you Julie Cross for a signed copy of Tempest! You're amazing!
And Stephanie from Stepping out of the Page for Lenobia's Vow, the cute handmade bookmarks, and the wonderful letter!