>Waiting on Wednesday: Jessica Rules The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it’s awesome” This blog post is to alert those that visit about “the” book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

I think I am okay to write this now that I have stopped going around the house screaming. YES! YES! I absolutely ADORED JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE and so wanted a sequel and had believed that was not going to happen. Then…my wishes were GRANTED and now I can look forward to JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE by Beth Fantaskey. I am so happy you cannot imagine and then when the book jacket came out I was beyond ecstatic.

So without futher preamble her is my WOW choice for this week.

January 9th 2012 by Harcourt

When Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian vampire princess, she had the shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part. Now, married to Prince Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a vampire nation she’s fit to be their queen. But Jess can’t even order a decent meal from her castle’s Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who would love to see her fail.
 
And when Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder and imprisoned without the blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals.
 
Desperate to clear her husband’s name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her best friend Mindy Stankowicz and Lucius’s mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero Lovatu. But both of them are keeping some dark secrets. Can Jess figure out who to trust – and how to rise to power – before she loses everything, including the vampire she loves?
 
Full of romance, mystery, and danger, the highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side shows that sometimes a princess has to earn her “happily ever after” – with a sharpened stake in hand

>REVIEW: WAKE UNTO ME by Lisa Cach

WAKE UNTO ME by Lisa Cach

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Speak (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142414360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414361
  • Source: Publisher
  • Rating: YYYY
  • Caitlyn Monahan knows she belongs somewhere else. It’s what her dead mother’s note suggested, and it’s what her recurring nightmares allude to.

    Desperate to flee these terrifying dreams–and her small
    town–she accepts a spot at a boarding school in France. Only, when she arrives, her nightmares get worse.

    But then there are her amazing dreams, so vivid and so real, with visits from an alluring, mysterious, and gorgeous Italian boy from the 1500s. Caitlyn knows they are soul mates, but how can she be in love with someone who exists only in her dreams?

    Then, as her reality and dream world collide, Caitlyn searches for the real reason why she was brought to this school. And what she discovers will change her life forever.

    REVIEW

    I did not know what to expect when I began reading WAKE UNTO ME by Lisa Cach and I was pleasantly surprised to encounter a story that is filled with historical intrigue, mystery and a romance that transcends space and time.

    Caitlyn Monahan is a 15 year old girl haunted by dreams since she was a little girl, some dreams are harmless and other dreams are nightmarish, filled with screams and disturbing images. Caitlyn longs to be normal and to escape those dreams that plague her, but she cannot deny the feeling that she does not belong and that leaving Oregon is the answer. Then an opportunity presents itself to Caitlyn, one that she immediately embraces and soon she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school, Chateau de la Fortune.

    Once within the stone walls of her new boarding school her infrequent dreams escalate to a frequency that is unsettling. And despite that fact Caityln is eager for those dreams because there she encounters a charming young man named Raphael. She cannot believe the feelings that come forth whenever she is with him, the undeniable pull and attraction and the sense that she belongs to him. Together they uncover a mystery that is hundreds of years old, one that reveals a startling history of her school and it’s grounds, but nothing frightens her like the secret of whom and what she is, her destiny finally revealed.

    I have to admit that initially, within the first few chapters I was shaking my head. I found that the ease in which Caitlyn found her new school and was accepted to be a bit far fetched, and I am always sceptical with sudden romances. Yet, I pushed forth and found myself pulled into the romantic mystery of this book. I could not pin point the exact moment at when I was totally consumed by this story but I could not stop reading it, the need to find out about this castle, this boy and what brought them together was the only thing I cared about. There were many twists and turns on the road to this discovery and it made this book all the more intriguing. I enjoyed uncovering the bits and pieces of the puzzle as I went along, even those that I could see coming that would usually annoy me. Yet, with this story it all seems to fit.

    I really enjoyed The Davinci Code and WAKE UNTO ME reminded me alot of that favored read. The historial and religious aspects that were presented were well detailed and intriguing. Not to forget the paranormal edge that was paramount to Caitlyn and her own mystery that was unique and a great distraction. This book great read for all ages.

    >CONTEST: Signed Copy of The Mockingbirds

    I have the pleasure of living in the SF bay area where there are many talented authors and It provides me with an opportunity to go to many books signings and such. Today I am hosting a contest for a signed copy of THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney (see picture)
     

    Contest Rules:
    For those interested in a signed copy of THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney, please fill out the FORM
    This contest is open Internationally 🙂
    Must be over 13 years of age with consent of parents to receive goodies in the mail
    Contest ends March 9th, 2011 Midnight PST.

     

    >REVIEW: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

    The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
    Reading level: Young Adult
    Hardcover: 352 pages
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books (November 2, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0316090530
    ISBN-13: 978-0316090537
    Source: Purchased
    Rating: YYY

    Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way–the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds–a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

    In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl’s struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone–especially yourself–you fight for it.

    REVIEW (a tad spoilerish)

    Debut author, Daisy Whitney has written a story that is very close to her heart. The subject of rape is never an easy subject to broach and she gives us a story that tells us to stand up for the injustice, to let your voice be heard.

    The Mockingbird’s opens up with one of the most frightening situations around; waking up next to someone and having no knowledge of what happened the night before then knowing that something has gone horribly wrong. Alex Patrick is that girl, waking up next to Carter, a boy she barely knows, and as she presses her mind bits and pieces come forth and she realizes that they had sex. Still confused she leaves his room and goes back to her dorm and after confiding in her friend she realizes that she had unconsensual sex…rape.

    Knowing that justice needs to be served Alex’s friend leads her to THE MOCKINGBIRDS, a not-so-secret-society that quietly governs the student body when crimes are committed. Alex is not convinced at first that she should engage The Mockingbirds for any assistance, she just wants everything to go away. Then more bits and pieces of that night fall into place and she is soon witness to the rumours that Carter has begun. Scared and traumatized, Alex begins to alter her day to day life avoiding Carter and all things that remind her of that horrible night, even her beloved music serves as a painful reminder and it isn’t until she takes control and decides to fight does the tide turn and put her in control.

    What I liked about this story is how well Daisy described the emotional turmoil that Alex was going through. The emotional and physical support she recieved was good to witness and the budding romance with Martin, a Mockingbird, provided the contrasting difference between being in control of whom your with and the date-rape.

    What I had issue with is the vigilante justice of The Mockingbirds. Although their presence and actions became a source of power for Alex in this story I think that certain actions were of the same bullying nature that they themselves advocated against. When I stopped to think about it, I could not condone it. I believe that Alex should have gone to the authorities, because the sentence that Carter recieved would never have been enough. I was also a bit put off by Alex not going to the doctor and verifying if she had sex or not for never was the mention of pain or blood being present afterwards.

    That being said THE MOCKINGBIRDS is a good read, dealing with a subject matter that is difficult with a voice that should be heard.

    >COVER LOVE: Gorgeous Covers to Covet

     

    I adore a beautiful book jacket, who doesn’t? The past few weeks have been amazing especially this past week when some of the most gorgeous book covers were revealed. I know most of you have seen these out and about on the media world that we live in but, they surely deserve another glance.

     
     

    SUPERNATURALLY by Kiersten White

     SO SILVER BRIGHT by Lisa Mantchev
    SWEAR by Nina Malkin
    TRIS and IZZIE by Mette Ivie Harrison
    JESSICA RULES THE DARK SIDE by Beth Fantaskey

    GORGEOUS! Right? What do you think of these covers and do you have some that I may have missed?

     THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter

    >Sneak A Peek Saturday: SHADOWCRY by Jenna Burtenshaw

    >Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that lets you “peek” into an upcoming book. Sometimes it is a chapter or two and maybe less, either way it is an amazing opportunity that I enjoy sharing.

    This week I have selected SHADOWCRY by Jenna Burtenshaw. This cover is beautifully haunting, showcasing some amazing architecture and looking at it gives me the chills. *BURRR*

    Then I read the synopsis and the mix of adventure combined with this wondrous new world has me intrigued. Now you can read the first chapter of this upcoming novel.

    Just click on the awesome book cover and enjoy.

    06/21/11
    SHADOWCRY
    The Secrets of Wintercraft Book One

    Ten years ago Kate Winters’ parents were taken by the High Council’s wardens to help with the country’s war effort.
    Now the wardens are back…and prisoners, including Kate’s uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane – the High Council’s most feared man – recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council’s experiments into the veil, and he’s convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace.

    The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft – a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft…

    >CONTEST: Win A signed set of The Dark Divine series

    >

    Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Bree Despain at KEPLER’s my favorite book store. Besides getting to listen to Bree talk about her books and talking to her I was able to get signed copies of both THE DARK DIVINE and THE LOST SAINT to give away on my blog. Now is that golden opportunity for anyone that is a Bree Despain fan, or just a fan of paranormal romance reads.
    Just fill out the form HERE and the contest is open INTERNATIONALLY 🙂
    Make sure to post it on twitter, your blog, tumblr, facebook…you name it and to fill out the form. Contest Ends March 5th 2011.

    >REVIEW: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

    >DESIRES OF THE DEAD by Kimberly Derting

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061779849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061779848
  • Source: Publisher
  • Rating: YYYYY out of 5
  • The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

    Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.


    As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

    REVIEW

    As I began reading DESIRES OF THE DEAD I was instantly reminded of how much I enjoy Kimberly Derting’s engaging and spot on stellar writing style and it was not long before I was totally sucked into this story and devoured it in one sitting.

    DESIRES OF THE DEAD begins a few months after THE BODY FINDER with Violet Ambrose and her extraordinary ability of sensing the echoes of those that had been murdered. These echoes come to Violet in a variation of ways and overwhelm her until she uncovers the source that has caught her attention. And in this story she discovers a body but since she is still afraid from her her last murder case she decides to approach the situation differently and this action brings the attention of the FBI to her doorstep. This is the last thing that Violet wanted, especially now that she and Jay are a couple and the rules seemed to have changed, she feels that she cannot confide in him of this new development for fear of him being worried about her. Yet, that is the least of his worries because someone has it out for Violet and they are making their hatred known. Now Violet is in fear of not only her life but of revealing her secret, but can she make the right decision before it is too late?

    Ok! Can I tell you how much I adore Jay and Violet as a couple. They are one of my all time favorites, because their relationship seems natural and not forced or pretentious in any way. Their interactions are sweet, romantic and yes, sexy as heck. I could not get enough of them and kept going back to read certain of their moments together because I am a sap for romance and well….they are just that good together. There are also some new characters in this book that will keep intrigued along with the wicked plot twist and turns that will have you guessing up until the very end.

    Desires of The Dead by Kimberly Derting is one of those jigsaw puzzles of a read whose pieces slowly snap together creating a smart and nail biting suspense story with each page that is turned. After I finished the last few pages I was completely floored and all I could say was “DAMN, I totally did not see that coming.” I love it when a book can do that to me, and how I after finding out this week that Kimberly has been contracted for two more books I want those books, like right now.

    If your looking for a suspense novel that has the perfect amount of mystery and suspense, combined with one of the most endearingly romantic couple’s around then DESIRES OF THE DEAD is that book. And if you have read Kimberly’s previous book THE BODY FINDER than you know what I am talking about and if you have not, then you seriously need to. This series is fantastically amazing and recommended for teens and adults alike.

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimberly Derting earlier this week and if you go HERE you can read that interview and enter in a chance to win signed copies of her books 🙂

    >Justine Magazine Reel Book Video Awards

    >If you enjoy viewing Video Book Trailers then Justine Magazine has an amazing opportunity for you. Justine *SPARK* is having their reel book video awards and those that participate and vote for their favorite Video Book Trailer will be entered in a contest. Five winners will be selected. Just click on the image below and check out all the amazing videos. I know which ones are my favorites 🙂

    >REVIEW: By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle

    >BY THESE TEN BONES by Clare B. Dunkle

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312659271
  • Source: Publisher
  • Summary: Goodreads
  • Rating: YY
  • There’s hidden places all over this land-old, old places. Places with a
    chain for them to chain up the wolf when it’s time.

    A bone-chilling tale of werewolves and love, set in medieval Scotland

    A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon wins the admiration of the weaver’s daughter, Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver, she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifying secret that threatens everything she loves.

    There is an evil presence in the carver’s life that cannot be controlled, and Maddie watches her town fall under a shadow. One by one, people begin to die. Caught in the middle, Maddie must decide what matters most to her-and what price she is willing to pay to keep it.

    REVIEW

    When I was given the opportunity to read BY THESE TEN BONES by Clare B. Dunkle I jumped at the chance. It was not the first novel that I have read by this author so I was intrigued.

    This story centers on Maddie, a curious young girl who lives in a small Scottish village that one day is visited by a traveler and his mute companion, Paul. It is not long before a dark shadow falls about the village and bad things begin to happen. Paul is gravely injured by a creature one night and while he is on the mend Maddie falls for the handsome stranger that is not mute at all and it is then that Maddie learns of Paul’s secrets and the danger that keeping them can mean for her village and all of those that she loves.

    Although I found this interpretation on werewolf lore to be interesting I did not find it engrossing and at times I found myself meandering through the story that was somewhat vague and esoteric. The character’s of this story were also wrapped up in a cryptic fog that did not allow me to invest a care for any of them and believe me, I wanted to. What I did appreciate about this story was the overall atmosphere that came across as dark and mysterious for it provided enough menace to draw a few good ripples of fear. I only wish that it could have been enough to make me enjoy this story a bit more than I did.