Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love StoryTitle: Love Story

Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre(s): contemporary fiction/romance; new adult

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

She’s writing about him. he’s writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines.. 

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions–it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

My Review:

Wait, just a minute! What?! It’s over. Wow!

Can i just say that i love Jennifer Echols for writing this story. It was just the right amount of everything – angst, love, sexy and then everything else!
I absolutely could not stop reading and within a span of hours it was finished – and it’s well into the night, i have school tomorrow, and my brain wasn’t going to shut up unless i wrote this review.

Erin writes from her fantasies, from a longing crush that achieved nothing from. But she doesn’t expect is for her to crush to walk into her creative writing class and read it all. Thus, unfolds a series of stories that are both of their lives and their writing about each other. Feelings bubble to the surface and secrets start falling over.

Echols weaved this amazingly funny and entertaining story whereby i was just waiting for the two characters to hook up. I wanted to be in that creative writing class with them. New York played through my mind as i imagined the places and how i know i too would have been excited at the sight of Simon&Schuster, HarperCollins and other such publishing houses.

Something that i really found beyond sexy (spoiler): When Hunter barges into the class waving Erin’s recent story ‘Obedience’ all angry and shouts at her. Imagined it! LOVED IT! (When you read the story, or if you’ve already read it then you know the reason why Hunter is so upset.)

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Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (Chemical Garden, #1)Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; dystopian
Source: hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

My Review:

Women die at the tender age of 20. Men die at the tender age of 25. Wealthy men have polygamous marriages to keep the population going. This is the worst possible outcome of medicine going wrong!

Wither had me hooked from the very first page! DeStefano’s writing has this magnificent pull that immediately sucks you into the world of her characters. This being her debut novel, she has done a wonderful job.

Rhine was determined and strong. She wanted her old life back and didn’t want to be a wife to a man who himself did not know the truth about the world. From the very beginning of the book she was plotting her escape, making sure that the glitz and the glamour of this artificial world did not convince her of staying.

DeStefano created this riveting world that scared and intrigued you at the same time. This actually became about why i like dystopian novels and enjoy reading them so much. The title of the book went very well with the background of the story. Science has left us to rot and in the end while we look for an antidote we’ll actually just ‘wither’ away.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

Review: Gone (Dream Catcher #3) by Lisa McMann

Gone  (Dream Catcher, #3)

Title: Gone (Dream Catcher #3)
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; paranormal
Source: hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she’d made her peace with it. But she can’t handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He’s amazing. And she’s a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves: She has to disappear. And it’s going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life — and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she’d ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out. . . 

My Review:

The Dream Catcher trilogy has been an amazing series. I loved it! When McMann writes, she incorporates all these vivid images and emotions that are just so raw and real, if not a little too raw.

I bought Gone the same time i bought Fade, but i didn’t start reading it immediately after i finished Fade because the premise of the books were depressing and i wanted to create a gap between that. So i read two other books and then jumped into the water again.

Gone, the title is symbolic to many things. The fact that Janie loses the father she never knew, but at the same time knew better than anyone. Gone is the choice that Janie thought she had. Gone is that happy ending she was looking for, there isn’t one in her book and Gone is (eventually) the things she knew she was going to lose.

The scary/creepy part about Gone was the dreams that haunt Janie. They were vivid and the way McMann wrote the whole dream sequence it really scared me. It was almost like i was having the dream. And unlike the last two books, the problems were internal rather than external. It was Janie’s decision, one that she would have to live with for the rest of her life. The fight was very much internal.

Overall, this is a great series and i recommend it as a whole!

Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

The Unwritten Rule

Title: The Unwritten Rule
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; teens; friendship
Source: hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

He’s looking at me like—well, like he wants to look at me.Like he likes what he sees, and he’s smiling and his eyes are so blue, even in the faint flow of the porch light they shine, and I nod dumbly, blindly, and then grope for the door handle, telling myself to look away and yet not able to do it.

“Sara,” he says, softly, almost hesitantly, and my heart slam-bangs, beating hard, and this is what it’s like to want someone you can’t have. To want someone you shouldn’t even be looking at.
Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it’s always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she’s not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him).

The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan’s friendship grows until one night an innocent exchange between them leads to a moment that makes Sarah realize that Ryan might be interested in her after all. But if there’s one unwritten rule, it’s this: you don’t mess around with a friend’s boyfriend.

So Sarah tries to resist temptation. But with the three of them thrown together more and more, tension builds between Sarah and Ryan, and when they find themselves alone together at one point, they realize they just can’t fight how they feel anymore….

 

My Review:

I. Am. Torn. There is no doubt in my mind that i loved this book, because i did. I do. Want to know what i was torn about? Sarah and Brianna. I didn’t know who to like. It goes without to say that you end up falling in love with the lead character either way but in this book i actually sat there and considered the options. So, i did think.

Sarah is torn. Torn between loving the guy who is off limits and torn being the best friend. At the end of the book there is a quote that fits so well:

All the things I’ve thought about love are true. It’s beautiful and terrible and it doesn’t make things perfect. It ends things, and it brings beginnings.

This is mine.

That is literally how the book ends. Anyway, when the book started i loved Sarah’s character but like every girl, i too knew the rule. You do not date your friend’s boyfriends. And Sarah couldn’t help but be in love with him. Minus points there, or lack thereof. But then Brianna unfolded. You saw everything about her and you didn’t hate Sarah anymore.

This book was pure beauty. I loved it! Ryan has got to be the most amazing guy out there, even if some of the choices he made in the book weren’t all that great.

Don’t let yourself be driven away from the book just because its about a friend who falls for her friend’s boyfriend. There is more to it.

 

Review: Fade (Dream Catcher #2) by Lisa McMann

Fade (Dream Catcher, #2)

Title: Fade (Dream Catcher #2)
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre(s): fantasy, paranormal romance; young-adult; mystery
Source: hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

SOME NIGHTMARES NEVER END. 

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They’re just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. 

Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody’s talking. When Janie taps into a classmate’s violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open — but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie’s in way over her head, and Cabe’s shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both. 

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability — and it’s bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what’s to come is way darker than she’d feared…. 


My Review:

Honestly, being a Dream Catcher is hard work and the rewards come with many twists and turns. In the sequel to Wake, McMann shows us that while what you do is worth the effort, in the end you inadvertently hurt yourself. She shows us Cabel and Janie as a couple, albeit a secret one. And then leaves with the saddest ending ever!

After i finished of Fade and went to put it away, i saw the cover of Gone beneath it and i had a light bulb moment. Now i truly understand the meaning behind the titles of the books. ‘Wake’: when Janie realises her abilities and comes to accept them, choosing to help others. ‘Fade’: when everything starts fading at the seams, leaving the future uncertain, yet very certain. ‘Gone’: (i’ve already sort of figured it out, but since this is not a review for Gone and i am yet to read it, i have nothing to say.)

In the book we finally get to see Cabel and Janie a couple, even if they are hiding it from everyone. Makes me happy to see these two connecting, because they are just about perfect for each other. The stakes, however, are even higher in this novel and when i think about Janie helping to uncover a crime, i have to think, “This girl has strength! I would never be able to do this.” And its true. Janir is really a magnificent character.

After i finished the book, i just sat and thought about what just happened. The book ends of on a sad note and even though i didn’t cry, i was on the verge. And then i went and listened to this song:  and then i was further saddened.

This book was really easy to read and i breezed through it. The fact that it’s written in diary format, makes it interesting to read, not to mention the fact that it is in third person. It’s McMann’s diary! Great read, seriously read it!

Review: Elixir by Hilary Duff

Elixir

Title: Elixir
Author: Hilary Duff
Genre(s): contemporary romance; young-adult; fantasy, paranormal
Source: paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

As the daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington D.C. politician, Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. And though she dreads the paparazzi who track her every move, she herself is a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. 

But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful young man begin to appear in Clea’s photos—a man she has never seen in her life. 

When Clea suddenly encounters this man in person she is stunned—and feels an immediate and powerful connection. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance and discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond. 

Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fate, together they race against time to unravel their past in order to save their future—and their lives.

 

My review:

Addictive and un-put-down-able!

Honestly, i was a bit apprehensive about this book. When i first heard about this book i was intrigued and i really wanted to read it, but when i bought it, i wasn’t quite sure. The fact that Hilary Duff wrote it, played a huge part. As a child i was a huge fan on Hilary Duff but i just wasn’t quite sure about her as an author. But nonetheless i decided to give her a shot.

I started the book at 10 p.m. last night and couldn’t put the book down until it was 1.30 a.m. and my eyes were hurting far too much. The book had me hooked from the first chapter and i loved it. The story was simple but at the same time a roller coaster. I could tell major research had been done to put it together. But all good books need to be thoroughly thought out before penned down.

The story is loosely based on the Elixir of Life and reincarnation, which is slowly becoming the new fad (doesn’t mean i don’t like it…in fact i love it). The story is fast paced because there is so much happening on ever page in the book and personally i feel that is what had me hooked, other than the fact that there was a undeniably amazing guy there as well.

Ben (Clea’s bestie) was at times really annoying because he played the part of the older brother and the scorned lover. But i knew he meant well even though he took away page time that could have been rightfully Sage’s (the immortal hottie).

The ending, however, was not a happy one. It was actually cliffhanger-ish. So, i need definitely need to read the next book which Devoted! Also, there is a love triangle, so beware. I personally, don’t enjoy them much because they leave me frustrated but understand why people like them because they make the story more real as there is always a chance to fall in love with to guys. (even though in my opinion you don’t actually love the first guy if you fell in love with the second)

Aspects that left me baffled were: hello! did you not go to find your father? what happened? nothing led to where he was, even though a few questions were answered. i think the next book in the series might reveal some more.

Great read. Grab your copy!

 

“Clea and I were touring one of the cathedrals in Italy, and in front of the whole tour I go ‘That’s so cute! Look, they have birdbaths in the church!”  – Rayna

 

“Who are you?” I asked.
“You know who I am,” he replied. “I’m yours.” – Clea/Sage

Review: Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Bloom

Title: Bloom
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre(s): contemporary romance; young-adult
Source: paperback – borrowed

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

There’s a difference between falling and letting go.

Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy?

It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: She’s been holding back. She’s been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the “right” thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect boyfriend?

But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can’t see herself in — and as Lauren’s craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce — Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice…before one is made for her.

Review:

My first Elizabeth Scott novel and it was beyond GREAT! She is a fantastic author that made sure that the book never left my hands till i actually finished. While i was reading the book, i was thinking, this the only book of hers that i have come across after scouring the shelves for the longest time, and now i feel that i have seriously been missing out.

Bloom is a simple enough story about reflecting on your life and the choices you have to make regarding your life. Its about analysing perfection and if its always the best thing for you.

I loved how she made comparisons in the book about how many other books talk about the cliched life and she differentiated it in hers.

Also i fell in love with Evan during the first few chapters only. He was just plain DREAMY! Dave actually started getting on my nerves and i hated how he unintentionally (fine, i know its not his fault) deciding Lauren’s life for her.

“Waiting On” Wednesday #10

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare

by Melissa Jensen
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming 
romantic comedy 

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends— the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art— and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. 

Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?
Expected publication: February 16th 2012 by Speak

Shooting Stars

Shooting StarsMeet 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.
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by Walker & Co (J)

Unraveling Isobel

Unraveling IsobelIsobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. 

“Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious.” –Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance SummerTaylor’s family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it’s stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains. 

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them very aware that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Love and Leftovers

Love and LeftoversMy wish 
is to fall 
cranium over Converse 
in dizzy, daydream-worthy 
love. 

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. 

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this “vacation” has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you’ve watched your parents’ affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? can you even know it until you’ve lost it? 

Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.

Expected publication: January 1st 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published December 27th 2011)

“Waiting On” Wednesday #9

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Under the Never SkyUnder the Never Sky

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—nicknamed The Death Shop—are slim.

If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms eventually will. In this dystopia, even the very air she breathes

could kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous—a savage. He’s also her only hope.

Perry needs Aria, too. She alone holds the key to his redemption. And their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Expected publication: February 7th 2012 by HarperCollins

Wanderlove

Wanderlove


 It all begins with a stupid question:Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Expected publication: March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
The Story of Us

The Story of Us

A new novel about love, life, and everything in-between… from fan-favorite and award-winner Deb Caletti.Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend, trying to figure out whether she’s in it for the right reasons. But this is a bad week to try to figure it all out. After ditching two previous husbands-to-be at the airport, Cricket’s mother Daisy is finally getting married, to Dan Jax. Cricket loves Dan, but as the families and friends start to arrive for Wedding Week at the beautiful guest house on Bishop Rock, run by old hippies Ted and Rebecca Rose and their sweet, sexy son Ash, things start getting complicated.There’s no airport on Bishop Rock, as far as anyone knows, but Cricket fears that Dan is in danger of becoming ditched husband-to-be number three, and Cricket’s own desires have chosen now to have a mind of their own. Because even though her boyfriend looms large in her mind, Ash is right in front of her….

Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse
Article 5

Article 5

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police — instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior — instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.

17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.

In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Expected publication: February 14th 2012 by Tor Teen
Slide

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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins

“Waiting On” Wednesday #7

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Someone Else's Life

Someone Else’s Life

When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all… Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family’s deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own – one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all…
 
Expected publication: April 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books(first published February 14th 2012)
 
 
 
 
 
Everneath

Everneath

17-year old Nikki Beckett has just returned from the Underworld to a family who doesn’t know where she’s been, a boyfriend who doesn’t know why she left, and old friends who think she’s an addict.But Nikki won’t have time to make everyone understand what she’s been through. She only has six months at Park City High before the tunnels of the Underworld come for her again. Six months for goodbyes she’ll never be able to say out loud. Six months to find redemption, if it even exists.

She didn’t plan on her former boyfriend’s reaction to her return. Jack doesn’t care why she left him, or why she’s returned, as long as he doesn’t lose her again.

When Nikki discovers she didn’t return to the surface alone, being near Jack becomes dangerous – for both of them. Cole, an Everliving, followed her back from the Underworld, and he needs Nikki in order to make his push for the throne. He’ll do anything to make it happen, even if it means going back to high school.

Together, Nikki and Jack search for answers in ancient myths and from mysterious characters, hoping to find a loophole for Nikki to escape her fate, but in the end, the choice will be Nikki’s: serve the Underworld, or rule it.

 
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray
 
2009 Debs eBook anthology
Contributors: Cyn Balog, Lauren Bjorkman, Leigh Brescia, Jennifer Brown, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Janet Gurtler, Teri Hall, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Stacey Jay, Heidi R. Kling, C. Lee McKenzie, Saundra Mitchell, Jenny Moss, Jackson Pearce, Shani Petroff, Carrie Ryan, Sydney Salter, Kurtis Scaletta, Jon Skovron, Kristina Springer, Rhonda Stapleton, Charity Tahmaseb, Jessica Verday, J.A. Yang, and Lara Zielin.
Reading Level: YA
Release Date: October 2011
Available: eBook format only

Summary: (from Jessica Verday’s post) With 25 different authors contributing, there’s sure to be something here for everyone! From first kiss to first love, there’s no time like the first time. This will be an eBook only(available via Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords) and the tentative release date is October 2011.

This week’s post-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Girl Saves Boy

Girl Saves Boy

The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life.Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?

No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…

But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?

With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.

But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.

Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

 
Published August 30th 2010 by Text Publishing

Cover Love with Jennifer Echols!

 

Love Story

 
1. Did you pick out the cover yourself? Why these two? Not that i’m complaining!
No, authors usually have nothing to do with picking out the cover. The publisher did show it to me and I said it was okay. If I had said it was not okay, I’m not sure that would have changed anything, LOL! But I do love it because Erin looks exactly the way she should, and she is happy.
 
 
2. Why is half the guy’s face missing on the cover? We want to see the rest of him!
I think it is the cover fashion nowadays to cut people’s heads off. Or maybe they cut it off because in the original photo he is wearing a clown wig. We will never know.
 
 
3. I feel like her eyes hold some kind of secret. Is there one? If there is, can you reveal something about it, but at the same time not be spoilery?
Erin’s secret is that she’s had a crush on Hunter since they met six years before, but she has a terrible time expressing her feelings.
 
 
4. What do you say those out there who say YA romance is a silly genre that’s not worth while?
Oh boy. That’s what this book is all about. Erin wants to be a romance writer. When she turns in a romantic story for her creative writing class, the other students make fun of her, and she has some choice words for them. You can read the book to see what I think of people who say romance is silly.
 
 
5. Where do you see the YA genre going in terms of fads in the future? Will you be jumping onto that bandwagon?

Lately YA has gotten very dark, with the vampires, and then the other creatures standing in for vampires because everybody was sick of vampires, and now the end of the world. I have been waiting five years for this dark phase to pass and my light books to come back into fashion. It looks like I will have to wait a little longer.

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog!

 I don’t know, theres always been something about Jennifer’s books that always seem to reel me in without me having actually tough much less read the book. Yup, you caught me! I haven’t read any of her books but i am proud to call myself a fan, or a semi-fan (considering i haven’t been near any of her books). Sad? I thing, YES!
Thanks Jennifer for giving us an insight into that awesome cover of Love Story!
 

“Waiting On” Wednesday #6

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Incarnate (Newsoul Trilogy #1)

Incarnate (Newsoul #1)

by Jodi Meadows

About the only girl who is new in a world where everyone is perpetually reincarnated, and her quest to discover why she was born, and what happened to the person she replaced.

Expected publication: 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books

I have an interview with the author and it will be shared with all of you sometime this month! 😀

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger

 than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong. 

Mara wakes up from a coma with no memory of the accident that caused the deaths of her best friend, boyfriend, and boyfriend’s sister. The doctors tell her parents that starting over in a new state, a new school will be good for her and to let the memories come back on their own. But Mara’s new start is anything but when she sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere and her world is falling apart. And then she begins to see people’s deaths before they happen – at least she thinks that is what is happening. On top of that, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone, but is his agenda more than he leads on?

Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

I think i have major crushes on both these covers! Wowzah!