Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Best & Hardest Thing by Pat Brisson

The GR cover is all pixely. =|

Hardcover: 240 pages
Published May 13th 2010
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 0670011665 
ISBN13: 9780670011667
Series: Standalone
Received: Bought
Challenge: 2012 Goodreads Challenge, 2012-13 Verse Challenge
Fifteen-year-old Molly Biden has always been studious, dependable, some might even say saintly. And she's sick of herself. So when she spots mysterious bad boy Grady Dillon, she devises a plan to make herself over into someone new, someone who will attract Grady's attention. She succeeds but a little too well. When Molly discovers she's pregnant, she's forced to make the hardest choice of her life. This addictively readable portrayal of Molly's struggle to accept her pregnancy and the fact that her life will never be the same is told entirely in poetry, from sonnets to haiku.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (7)

Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

A couple weeks ago I bought:
A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young
 I bought it from Changing Hands ONLINE where Suzanne Young was having her A WANT SO WICKED signing. I of course could not go to Arizona!! So of course, mine was signed and shipped to me! 
It is sooooo pretty beside A Need So Beautiful. 

For Review:

TEETH features a sixteen-year-old boy whose family, in an effort to cure his ailing brother, relocates to a remote island where legendary magic fish are said to have healing powers, and he discovers the island has terrible secrets, including a half-teenager, half-fish.

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

What did you get this week?! Link me. I'll be sure to check this weeks and LAST weeks later this week when things slow down!! Sorry for the delay in comments, been moving!

Happy Birthday to my Lilah

Today is my daughter Lilah's Birthday! 
I cannot believe that she is ALREADY 4 years old. 
Time really does fly by. 
She is something else. When I say that I mean wow.
SHE keeps mommy very VERY busy. 
But she is such a joy. 
(when she's sleeping)
This child NEVER slows down. And her outside toy of
choice? Basketball. 

On this past 4th of July this was Lilah's 1st time at HOLDING this sparklers. As you can see she was leery of it. She was like TAKE THE PICTURE MOM THIS IS ON FIRE.

Then we told her to "Wave" it around... and well.. she "waves" at it =D

Silly girl.
(pictures of that below)

Happy 4th Birthday Lilah Amor
Mommy, Daddy & Landon love you tremendously. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Pack by Suzanne Cox

Title: The Pack: Marked
Author: Suzanne Cox
Expected Pub: July 23rd 2012

Nightmares and sleepwalking haven’t made good bedfellows for Alexis Miller for the last year. Now that she’s been exiled to the swamps of Lebeaux, Louisiana to spend the summer with an aunt she barely knows, she’ll have to deal with the problem on her own. But Lebeaux has its own problems. People are dying here and no one seems to be able to stop it.New friends and a new guy she’s falling in love with should make for a good summer, but Alexis’ nightmares and sleep walking are escalating and are populated with the wolves she sees lurking in the woods near her aunt’s home. The visions she’s seeing of blood and death has Alexis wondering what exactly she’s doing when she’s sleepwalking and the discovery of her aunt’s bloody shirt makes her question her Aunt Louise’s involvement in the recent deaths. Even the sheriff is giving Alexis accusing looks.
Before summer ends Alexis will learn an ominous truth. One that will change her life forever.
Author Bio:
I remember writing my first stories when I was about nine or ten years old. I've been writing ever since. In 2002 I decided to seriously try and get some of my work published. On February 14th of 2005 I sold my first book, A Different Kind of Man, to Harlequin Superromance. While trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, besides a writer, I went to college (alot) and worked a variety of jobs. I have a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in secondary education, a bachelor of science in nursing, a master of science in career and technical education with an emphasis in adult education and most recently, a master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner. I was also a National Board Certified Teacher in career and technical education. Along the way I've worked as a high school English teacher and an elementary teacher. I've worked as a registered nurse on a cardiac unit, brain injury rehab unit, and several different medical-surgical units. I've also done stints as a home health nurse and a commnunity health educator at a hospital, and many years as an allied health instructor at a high school career and technology center. Presently, I'm working full time as a family nurse practitioner at an inpatient psychiatric facility.
If I'm not writing I like to spend time reading. My husband and I share our home with our four legged children. Our boy and girl in puppy dog clothes, Toby and Sassy, who masquerade as Miniature Pinschers. We are also owned by three cats Chase, Jackson, and Spots. We are all terrorized by Gray Kitty, a stray who decided to stay and take over.
Find Suzanne Here:

Between Bookish Time Warp (3)

Between Bookish Time Warp is where Ashley @ The Bookish Brunette & I shamelessly flaunt the other’s awesome all over the blogophere, flash any other super awesome posts, giveaways, or random whatever by other bloggers (or authors!) we’ve come across during the week, and possibly talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week.
Between the Pages
Between The Pages will be 2 Years Old in 11 DAYS! How freaking awesome. 
I just want to say a quick thanks to you all. & here is to hoping I can get something planned up, to celebrate with you guys!!
I've been M.I.A
*I'm Moving*
 Between The Pages Weekly Recap:

My Zombie Loving Stiletto Rocking Sister in Arms:

Ashley talked about some very interesting and TRUE things this week in her BB Thinking To Hard post. She actually has 2 parts this week. And I tell you right now, everything she said NEEDED to be said. & she lays it all out there.
Taking no prisoners.  

In the Land of Brunette..

Moving, moving, moving.. What more can I say.

I have not had time to read, and when I do my mind does not want to. I have never not really ever "not" wanted to read. But lately I have not.
Study, study, study. This is the majority of reading that I have been doing lately. To say "I'm sick of it" would be an understatement. Seeing as how I had to move my test due to the move. It will be sometime in August before I take it. I am just ready to be DONE moving & DONE studying. Then I will be working.... so.... *hectic*  
Took the kids to see Ice Age: Continental Drift. They enjoyed that. Lilah did better then she did the 1st time. I think having her brother there 2 helped. 

Blogosphere Awesome

  • On July 22nd be sure to come back here for Jenny's 2nd Birthday Celebration. There will be a big giveaway, and you will have 6 chances to win the whole series SIGNED! There will be 6 other blogs participating. So be sure to check that on on the 22nd & Get Infected.
  • Cass @ Books With Cass had an awesome idea for a challenge. Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge. Which sounds like it is going to be super fun. & of course I am a host! Mine is up today as well so check that out {Here}
  • Book Savvy Babe is looking for an Associate Reviewer: If you are interested go {Here}
  • Author Rhiannon Frater talks about "Why Reviews are Important
  • Para Junkee talks about: Book Blogging 101: ARCs & Greedy Bloggers
Search Terms
Imaginary Girls spoilers: why would anyone want a spoiler!? & this book... was nothing fancy. For me.
Group Coaching: uhhhh huh? What? Idk.
"pushing the limits" giveaway: Yes I am having one right now! Go enter. 
mocking jay review: Well that book was a complete LET DOWN. 
how many pages is Tiger Lily: 292 =D
Loretta Lynn: That's me. Unless you was looking up the famous one.. and then.. well I am not her.. obviously! =D
Original content & concept by Amanda @ On a Book Bender & Tara @ 25 Hour Books... Ripped off & corrupted by Ashley @ The Bookish Brunette & Loretta @ Between the Pages!

Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge: Info + Sign ups

Fall Into Autumn Reading Challenge was thought up by Cassie @ Books With Cass
Where myself;
Danie @ Booktacular 
Come together to host this awesome Idea.
There is still ONE spot open so email Cass{here}
The aim of this challenge is to read outside what you would "normally" read.
 We're aiming for you to read books that you wouldn't usually.
  Give some new genres a try! 
Normally, I am not BIG on: 
Sci-Fi, Middle Grade & Non-Fiction.
 So that is what I am aiming to read. 

So what should you do now?
Grab you a button to place on your blog.
Sign up on the linky below. 
If you would like to make a post, to spread the word & tell us a little bit about the books you would like to read, you normally don't. Feel free. 

Books With Cass
Here are some of the books out of my normal, that I plan to read during this challenge.
  • Across The Universe by Beth Revis
  • A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  • The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  • Liesl & Poe by Lauren Oliver
Among Others.. full list and more information closer to date to start. 
Challenge will start;
September 24th & end December 20th

Along the way we will have Author Interviews, Blogger Interviews, Q&A's, Challenges, and Giveaways.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview with Jodi Lynn Anderson

About Jodi:Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author ofPeaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches, the popular May Bird trilogy, and Tiger Lily. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets.
Hobbies, Interests, and Enthusiasms:Banjo, teaching, biking, reading like crazy, making claymation, running, music, and spending lots of time with my friends and family and my dog.
*Information from HarperCollins *
1.) As a child I grew up on the classic children stories, and movies as well. Peter Pan was always one of my favorites. What made you want to write a story about Tiger Lily? 
I always felt the same way. To me, the original Peter Pan and Wendy is about everything important: growing up, imagination, loss…it’s so exhilarating but also so honest and bittersweet. I feel like you could probably take any character from that book and write volumes about them…but it was courageous, mysterious Tiger Lily who just grabbed me. I felt there had to be so much more to her than what we got to see, and also so much more to her relationship with Peter. 

2.) Writing a story from Tinkerbell's point of view is an interesting concept. What made you want to tell the story in Third person, rather then First person?
I know it will surprise some people that Tink tells the story, but once I added her as the narrator it just felt like a lightbulb had gone off (no Tink pun intended!). She gives us this insight into the characters, especially Tiger Lily. But also, she’s got her own rich storyline: her loyalty to Tiger Lily, her love for Peter, her indecision about stayingwith the humans she loves or returning to her own swamp. And then, she ends up playing such a crucial role in the lives of the people who barely notice her.

3.) Out of all the Fairy Tales there are, what other characters would you like to possibly maybe write about in the future? 
I keep having dreams about the Troll Under the Bridge. I like Sleeping Beauty a lot too – maybe because when I can’t sleep I imagine I’m in a peaceful castle in the middle of the woods that no one can get to (my husband likes to jokethat he’s going to come meet me there and I’m like “noooooo!”) But I don’t think I’ll ever do another retelling. I guess you never know.

4.) What part of Tiger Lily was the easiest for you to write? The story itself or the characters? The last twenty pages came out really fast because I knew exactly how things had to end, althoughemotionally those were the hardest. But writing Neverland was hands down the most delightful part of the process. I had such a clear picture of it in mymind: like the Galapagos meets the rainforest meets mermaids.

5.) Do you have any other books in the works? Or anything that you are planning for the future?
I’m working on a ghost story set on a peninsula in Lake Michigan, about two girls who live next door to each other but have very different lives.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

Let's Talk Covers: New Covers

It's been so long since I have done this feature. 
But here we are again. And this week instead of having a 
"designated cover" I am just going to show you all the new pretty covers I have spotted lately!

Original hardcover Tempest!!
So it seems they are changing the cover of the paperback version to match their NEW Vortex cover. 
WHY? Why? Do you understand it is a

I haven't read the other 2 books. BUT this is my favorite cover of the 3.
& when this comes out I will defiantly have this on my shelf.

Another "WHOLE" cover change...oh great!!
So now my #3 book will not match #1 & #2... 
I do not like these covers.
At all. 
These were pretty. 
And the new ones are just..... different.

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
I loved #1. But at least the cover maker people or WHOMEVER 
are keeping the covers matching!!
Book #1
Mysterious, yet just enough creep factor to know... I will have this book. 
And look who is writing stories in this book... uh, Win!

Imposter (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway.
Haven't read the 1st book just yet.
Book #1
Fragments (Partials #2) by Dan Wells
1.) They kept the covers MATCHING
2.) Partials was such a great book that I cannot wait to read this one!
Book #1
I loved both 1 & 2 and I am so anticipating this book!!

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi
I have Under the Never Sky but have yet to read it... *sigh*
That needs to be fixed immediately!!
Book #1
I have read #1 in this series and LOVED it.
So book #4 cover looks just as amazing as all the others!
& I cannot wait to continue on with them!!
I don't want to be mean. I mean I REALLY DON'T.
What the heck? This cover is plain & boring..
I mean the author may be fabulous.. ALTHOUGH I HAVE NOT READ "HP"
But, this cover is not fabulous, and if I seen this cover on the shelf, I would just keep on walking.. It does not speak to me.. it's just there!!

I have not read NOR do I have #1 but I am loving the covers!!

I really enjoyed Pretty Crooked. So I am looking forward to Pretty Sly.

What covers do you love? Have you spotted any more new fabulous covers I have not listed?!


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