I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, used countless tissues to soak up the tears, and I now have this over...moreI stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, used countless tissues to soak up the tears, and I now have this overwhelming desire to run up to complete strangers on the street, shake them and shout, "READ THIS BOOK! IT'S PHENOMENAL!!" (less)
SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE by Joanne Levy - (Bloomsbury-7/3/12)
SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE (SMaL) first caught my eye when I was reading through the Publisher's...moreSMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE by Joanne Levy - (Bloomsbury-7/3/12)
SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE (SMaL) first caught my eye when I was reading through the Publisher's Marketplace New Deals several months ago (the title is just so brilliant!) so I was thrilled when Joanne Levy joined the Class of 2k12 debut authors group. I am the lucky first Class of 2k12 author to read the ARC of SMaL and since I have a 7th grade daughter (like M/C Lilah), I asked my daughter if she would like to read it before I did.
My daughter is a finicky reader, so I was thrilled to hear her laughing out loud at some of the scenes in Small Medium at Large. Joanne Levy has totally captured the voice of a 12 year old girl - I adore Lilah! Right from page one, she proves herself to be a positive, happy kid who deals with the typical problems any 12 year old girl has, plus the added dilemma that she can hear dead people. And what a cast of dead people! Any writer knows that a story must have conflict, but the pleasure of SMaL is that this is not a dark book ... it's bright and funny and filled with positivity. Buy Small Medium at Large for your tween/teen daughter, but moms will want to borrow it for a fun read too!(less)
TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini (Simon Pulse - 9/4/12)
I am the lucky first from the Class of 2k12 debut writers group to read this beautifu...moreTOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini (Simon Pulse - 9/4/12)
I am the lucky first from the Class of 2k12 debut writers group to read this beautifully written, highly anticipated ARC of Kimberly Sabatini’s TOUCHING THE SURFACE, about a teenage girl named Elliot’s death and her experience in the afterlife. Anyone’s death gives us cause to think about life, but the death of a teenager is especially tragic. I got this ARC in the mail a week ago, one day after I learned of the sudden death of an eleven year old girl in our town. This child left so many questions that we’ll never know the answers to, questions that were heavy in my mind when I started reading TOUCHING THE SURFACE.
Kimberly Sabatini has created a rich, thoughtful afterlife setting where souls are sent to delve through their past memories to find answers to questions we all struggle with … relationships, inner turmoil, ‘what ifs’ – all the obstacles to our own happiness and what’s worse for some, how our decisions, actions and mistakes affect the lives of others. In Sabatini’s afterlife, a soul gets three chances to get it right, but then what? Conventional wisdom would dictate that they are immediately shuffled off to heaven or hell, but what does that mean? Elliot has a lot to learn about souls she's incarnated with and decisions she's made, both in her past lives and here in the afterlife, and there are plenty of obstacles in her way, including Trevor, Oliver and best friend Julia. Such heavy themes are balanced by Sabatini’s incandescent voice – it’s obvious to me that so much love and thought went into this book, and the message she brings to readers is truly a gift! Keep your tissues handy!! This is the song I've had on loop all week, and it would make a perfect theme song for TOUCHING THE SURFACE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdN5Gy... (less)
Jessica Spotswood is a fellow Apocalypsie debut writer, and I've had BORN WICKED on my radar since I saw the cover and read the synopsis months ago, s...moreJessica Spotswood is a fellow Apocalypsie debut writer, and I've had BORN WICKED on my radar since I saw the cover and read the synopsis months ago, so I was thrilled to find an ARC in my mailbox on Saturday. So hooked, so fast - BORN WICKED has all my favorite elements of a story - paranormal/historical/romance with a strong heroine (love Cate!!), gorgeous writing and a nail-biting plot. And the ending? AHHHHHHHHH!!! BORN WICKED isn't out until February 7th and already I can't wait to read the sequel!! (less)
First, a disclaimer ... Eve Marie Mont is a fellow Class of 2k12 and Apocalypsie debut author, and although I've never met her in person, I have enorm...moreFirst, a disclaimer ... Eve Marie Mont is a fellow Class of 2k12 and Apocalypsie debut author, and although I've never met her in person, I have enormous love and respect for her. That said, I was a bit concerned about reading A BREATH OF EYRE because obviously this is a book about Jane Eyre and although I love historical fiction, I am not a fan of classic literature. Really. To the point that one of my favorite quotes comes from Mark Twain - "Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig Jane Austen up and beat her over the skull with her own shin bone."
So when I received an ARC of A BREATH OF EYRE in the mail on Friday, I was very happily surprised about two things ... 1) you don't have to have read Jane Eyre to fall in love with A BREATH OF EYRE and 2) the majority of A BREATH OF EYRE takes place in present day ... I'd call it a contemporary novel with a paranormal twist. I was hooked on page 1 by M/C Emma's dry sense of humor and she wastes no time finding herself in a dangerous situation. Her travels into the past are so beautifully written, it's whet my appetite to give the classics another try. What blew me away the most was how brilliantly Eve Marie Mont wove the two stories together, how the themes from Jane Eyre are so significant today and how often I was awestruck by Mont's ingenious metaphors (and swoony kissing scenes!) Charlotte Bronte would be thrilled to know her story inspired A BREATH OF EYRE, and because of its intriguing concept, fast-paced plot, well-rounded characters and realistic dialogue, engaging voice and brilliant execution, I shower it with well-deserved Goodreads stars!
And for fun, at the end of the book there's a quiz to find out which classic heroine you are ... I'm Catherine (which means I should go read Wuthering Heights ;)
And one more thing ... pictured on the back of the ARC are the covers of Eve Marie Mont's next two novels, and they look Amazing!!!
There aren’t a lot of books that I’ll stay up until 1:30 in the morning to finish, but oh, how I love Scarlet!! A.C. Gaughen has managed to wrap up al...moreThere aren’t a lot of books that I’ll stay up until 1:30 in the morning to finish, but oh, how I love Scarlet!! A.C. Gaughen has managed to wrap up all my favorite story elements … action, suspense, unforgettable characters, rich historical detail, and such deliciously tight romantic tension that I admit it, I cheated and peeked at the end before I finished. This is a brilliant twist on the familiar tale of Robin Hood, and in my opinion, so much more interesting than the original story. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to read Scarlet in its ARC form, and it’s with a heavy heart that I forward it to the next person waiting to read it. Normally, I look forward to Valentine’s Day because it’s an excuse to eat chocolate, but this year, I’ll look forward to finally buying my own copy of Scarlet! (less)
The Wicked and the Just is a brilliant and fascinating account of the tumultuous time when the English sought to rule Wales, told from the POVs of two...moreThe Wicked and the Just is a brilliant and fascinating account of the tumultuous time when the English sought to rule Wales, told from the POVs of two teenage girls, Cecily (English) and Gwenhwyfar (Welsh). Beyond the staggering amount of historical research that is seamlessly and vividly woven into this book, J. Anderson Coats provides us with a world so real you'll feel your stomach growl with hunger, and two fascinating main characters who are alternately humorous, heartbreaking, endearing, hateful, wicked and just. A must for fans of historical fiction, but I also found The Wicked and the Just to be an incredibly well drawn-out psychological look into the gray area of right and wrong and how people will react when pushed to the end of their rope.
Note that I read an advanced reading copy of The Wicked and the Just ... it will not be published until April 17, 2012.The Wicked and the Just(less)