Review: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany

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13 to Life by Shannon Delany
St. Martin's Press
June 22nd, 2010
Young Adult & Paranormal
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-60914-6
Available formats: Ebook, Paperback - Pages: 320

Purchase links: Goodreads, Amazon, Author website
Check out my giveaway of 13 to Life here!

Book provided by publisher for this review.




Book Description:

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.




My thoughts…


Jessie likes to keep to herself yet that doesn’t keep her from daydreaming about her crush, Derek. Ever since the night she’s lost her mother to careless accident, Jessie keeps her days busy taking care of her family and friends. No, Jessie doesn’t care much for changes… But fortunately for her life never asked for her what she wants.


Then like magic a new family moves to Junction and Jessie meets the new guy Pietr Rusakova. Jessie is forced to be the tour guide for Pietr. For some reason there is just something about Pietr that drives her crazy. The sparks are there every time Jessie and Pietr meet face to face. Who could blame a girl when she tries to win over the new hottie of Junction High?


Jessie does just about everything she can to dissuade Pietr from falling for her. Even so far to get Pietr to go for her friend Sarah who’s seems to be crushing on him.


Things get weirder and stranger occurrences just keep on happening around Jessie and Pietr. What are the real secrets surrounding Pietr and his family. There is also the secret of Jessie and her family. I think the key to discovering Jessie’s could possibly be her mother. Unfortunately for Jessie and us her mother is not alive to tell no one.


I love this! I truly love 13 to Life. Definitely a smash hit and the must read book of this summer 2010! Who could not love the angst and drama going on between the Jessie, Pietr and Sarah love triangle. One other potential couple… Max and Amy… I actually LOL when Max was showing Pietr just how to let a girl know a guy is interested in her. What happens next is one of the best OMG moments ever. Way to go, Amy, lol!  If you read only one book this summer than let it be 13 to Life by Shannon Delany. You will not be disappointed..  



I give 13 to Life a rating of 5 out of 5 Pink Kittens!




Review by


Veronica



Review: Pixie Dust by Henry Melton

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Pixie Dust by Henry Melton
Publisher: Wire Rim Books
April 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 0980225388
ISBN-13: 978-0980225389
Available Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Purchase Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Author website
For Readers 14+

Book provided by author for this review.







Book Description:

Jenny Quinn’s life was on course for her advanced physics degree until a lab experiment in vacuum decay turned her life upside down. With career hopes destroyed and her professor dead in an unexplained fall, she is forced to cope with a strange change in her own body. With nothing but her own resources, a childhood infatuation with old comic books may be her only guide to help solve the twin mysteries of cutting edge physics and the murder of her professor, before one or the other puzzle gets her killed.







My thoughts...


After a strange yet slow building beginning… Pixie Dust picks up quickly with the non-stop action. Jenny's life changes and not for the good when her professor inexplicably dies after a mysterious fall. She finds herself in a world of trouble. Jenny learns how hard it is to find someone she can trust. Jenny turns to her an old obsession... Comic book and clues to help her solve the mystery of her professor’s death.

Henry Melton is one creative and wildly entertaining author. Never knew how and why authors can drag out the storyline in the beginning… now I do… That is how they get readers sucked in, forcing them to keep on reading the very end.

I admit ... I was wondering why Henry was giving us such a slow start. Then it literally hit me… That was Henry's plan all along to tease me with this and keep me from letting this book go. Boy, am I ever glad I did not give up reading Pixie Dust.

The action, the suspense, and the romance between Shawn and Jenny are just what every reader can wish for in a book.

Thanks to Henry for sending me another of his awesome novels and once again giving me another chance to review them.

I hope this will be a good enough review for my blog readers to check out Pixie Dust and many of Henry Melton’s wonderful selection of books.


I give Pixie Dust a rating 4 out 5 Pink Kittens!


Book reviewed by:

Veronica

13 to Life by Shannon Delany Book Giveaway!!

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Hey all. Its been a while. Sorry for being away. But I am back with a new giveaway!

I have (1) Copy of 13 to Life by Shannon Delany to giveaway.






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The Official Trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!






Episode Review: Pretty Little Liars

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I am newbie when it comes to the Pretty Little Liars series and have never heard of this series until I first saw the promo to television series…


This is my first television review. I hope that you will all enjoy this.






Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk















Pretty Little Liars premiered tonight on
ABC Family Channel.
June 8th 2010

Theme song: Secrets by The Pierces





Meet The Ladies of Rosewood







Don’t Trust Me is playing out the background while it was a dark and stormy night. Four friends are sitting around and hear a noise. They get up and head over to see who it is…

Cue Alison. Girls screamed as Ally jumps out in front of them.

“Friends keep secrets… that are what keeps up close.” says Alison.

The next shot is one of the friends wake up. “Where are Ali and Spencer?”

Spencer walks into the guest house and tells us the friends Ali’s gone and she’s looked everywhere for Ally. Spencer thinks she heard a scream.



One year later. . . . .

Seems like that girls are not the only one that have been keeping secrets… Ali has still been missing and Aria returns with her family and move back into town.

Aria hooks up with a stranger who shockingly turns out to be her new English teacher. *GASP*  And what is even more shocking is that Aria after she discovers who her new teacher is, immediately after, Aria receives a text from “Ali”

I am impressed with the awesome job with the storyline and fresh new talent these girls have. The performances rock and love the mystery that surrounds the girls.

Definitely look forward to unraveling the mystery of behind Ali’s disappearance and murder. The foursome girls all have secrets that they would rather not the world know about it and major props to the writer for giving us the chance by letting us know bit by bit about the characters secrets. Pretty Little Liars is definitely not people of all ages.


With that said can I say that I loved that kiss between Ezra and Aria.

Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna all have done things that would shock many.

Questions I thought of…
Who the hell was Ali?
Why was she the way she was?
Whose life did she push too far for Ali to lose her life like this?
What else has Hanna’s mother done to protect her?
Who’s Jenna?
And finally if Ali is really dead… Then who is behind the notes and text messages.


What an awesome way to end the premiere with this quote:


I’m still here, bitches and I know everything.

I rate tonight episode a 4 out of 5 Pinkys


Songs played in tonight’s episode:
Artist: 3OH!3
Song: "Don't Trust Me"

Artist: Colbie Caillat
Song: "I Won’t"

Artist: Ben's Brother
Song: "Beauty Queen"

Artist: The Fray
Song: "Happiness"

Artist: Mozella
Song: "More Of You"

Artist: Michael Rossback
Song: "When Love Goes Well"

Artist: Overnight Lows
Song: "I Got Up"

Artist: Orelia
Song: "Suggestions"
 

Teen Channel Reviews welcomes Shannon Delany's Start Your Day with Serial Tour!!

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Welcome to Shannon Delany's Start Your Day with Serial Tour!

Shannon's debut novel (and first in her YA paranormal series) 13 to Life started as a winning cell phone novel written in serial segments. During the tour you can read bits of the book in order. Miss a day? Hop to Shannon's blog http://13toLife.us/blog and check the link to the blog tour calendar in her sidebar.

There will also be a contest that will close at the end of the tour. Winners get a bunch of stuff.



When did you first decide on becoming an author?
I’ve always wanted to pursue writing (and art) but only recently began being somewhat serious by picking up freelancing jobs. As much as I wanted it, I didn’t decide on it at some specific point—I think it was a desire for self expression that just grew.

Was it hard choosing a genre when you first began your writing career?
The genre sort of chose me. I’m currently most comfortable writing with a YA voice and (as for the paranormal) weird stuff tends to happen around me.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Mercedes Lackey, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Maria V. Snyder, Ann Aguirre, Jim Butcher, Anne McCaffrey and Jeri Smith-Ready.


Can you tell us a bit on how 13 to Life and how you came up with it?
13 to Life is a story of teenage love, loss and—oh, yeah—werewolves. It’s not meant to be this heavy paranormal story when our narrator, Jessie, first starts to realize what’s going on around her. It walks readers into the world Jessie’s seeing open up as she sees it open. It’s very much a story of teens, family and real world trouble that deepens into trouble of a paranormal sort as the story progresses. It all developed very organically (written “by the seat of my pants” as some authors say). Two thoughts simply bumped together in my head and I gave that seed room to germinate.

How did you find out that your book was going to get published?
My agent, Stan Soper, told me that one of the editors who was interested in the book wanted to talk to me on the phone. That was probably when it first hit me that the book was very close to getting contracted. I mean, we’d been talking to a few people, but that made it suddenly real.
Who was the first person you told that your book was going to be published?
Wow. I don’t remember. It was probably a girl who was my best friend at the time (because my husband would have been at work). But I might have called him to interrupt anyhow. Huh. I just don’t remember who got the call first.

Are you working on anything right now and if your are... Can you tell us a bit about?
I’m getting ready to finish the first real draft of book 3 in the 13 to Life series. I’ve had a rough draft sitting around for months now but needed time to get back to it. As soon as that’s done it’ll be time for something completely different.

Would you ever, if given the chance... would you ever work with and write a novel with one of your fellow authors?
Maybe, but it would have to be a very unique situation. I get a bit control freaky about things. ;-)

and if you would... who would you like to work with?
Ann Aguirre. I think we’d work well together. Ann and I both fast-drafted novels together (where you write a rough draft in 2 weeks) and when I’m really freaked about something in publishing she’s one of the first people I contact. She’s simply wonderful (and if I was being stupid, I think she’d tell me).

What do you consider some of the harder parts of being a published author?
Finding time to write while trying to promote a book’s release. It’s like there’s never enough time in the day!

What are some of great things about being a published author?
Almost everything’s great about getting published (but I’m repeatedly told I’m one of the lucky few—there are some horror stories out there)!

What do you do on your free time? Do you have any free time?
Ha! Barely! Free time is time I veg out and just let my mind wander and my eyes and ears observe. It’s time I spend refilling my creative well.

What is one thing that always manages to relax you?
Being alone in a quiet house with a few spare moments to let my mind wander to fantastic places I’m writing or will be writing soon.

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13 to Life: Chapter 3, part C (used with the author’s permission)

He had dumped that prima donna Jenny… Everyone knew there was nothing to her but bleach, makeup and some well-structured bras. Maybe Derek realized he wanted a more complete package — someone with a brain. But in the back of my head a voice kept whispering, Does it matter why he’s interested? Be happy he's actually interested!


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Shannon's hosting several contests during the Start Your Day with Serial Tour. The big contest will award one lucky winner with a royal amber pendant, pietersite jeweled bookmark, stuffed wolf, 13 to Life mousepad, pen, tote, signed poster, personalized copy of 13 to Life and both of the 13 to Life pins. All you need to do is comment at 13 of the blogs hosting Shannon during her 30 day tour. Everyone who does so will be entered into a random drawing. Winner may be international.

Shannon Delany info and links:

My main site: http://shannondelany.com/
My main blog: http://13toLife.us/blog
The 13 to Life Series Website: http://13tolifeseries.com/
Link to massive list of where you can buy 13 to Life online: http://tinyurl.com/BuyLinks
 

Serial Tour participants, the first excerpt Shannon's sharing with everyone on this blog tour can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/13toLifePro12  (scroll down a smidge). Each day throughout the month of June Shannon is at another blog or site sharing another serial bit of her story. If you follow along and comment as you go, not only are you entered for great prizes, but also you'll get to read the:
Prologue, Chapter 1, 2 and most of 3 of 13 to Life for free! Watch http://Twitter.com/Shannon_Delany  to know where to hop to next!

Remember to follow the tour each day throughout June to read the next section of 13 to Life free and online!



Wanna just commit and buy? Awesome! Here's a list of places you can go and place your order! Right now (early June) Book Depository appears to have the best deal--if you wanna wait until August for the book! So check out your choices carefully and I hope you love the book!

Winners Annoucement -- Did you win??

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So very sorry for the delay. Anyway, here are the list of winners posted below!

The winner of the choose your book (The Iron King or The Body Finder) is...

Kirthi


For The Body Finder Gift Pack giveaway.

The Three winners of the signed poster and book marks are:
mBlogger, Brodie and Kate


The Grand Prize winner is....


Anya..


Congratulations to the winners...

Please send me a email at
theteenchannelreviews at gmail dot com
with your addresses and on the subject line the book or prize you've won.

Thanks to you all for making this awesome!

I will be adding a new giveaway this weekend. So please get your top three choices.. You never know, you just might win them.


Book Review: Extreme Makeover by Henry Melton

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Extreme Makeover by Henry Melton
July 2008
YA Science Fiction
Ebook & Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN: 0980225329
ISBN13: 9780980225327
Purchasing Links & Info: Author site, Goodreads, Amazon
Book provided by author for this book review


Book Description:

High school senior Deena Brooke struggled to make sense of the impossible changes to her body, grateful for the interest Luther Jennings had in her puzzling insights and quirky urges, until she discovered that he was hiding a deadly secret of his own. What could she do about this unseen influence that was changing her into something else, and was Luther helping her or dragging her into his criminal scam?
Henry Melton, who brought you the award-winning Emperor Dad, crafts a tale of invasive nanobots with an alien agenda in the the dark towering redwood forests of far northern California.



 

My Thoughts



On what was suppose to be ordinary school field trip; Deena Brooke has an accident that changes her life forever. It doesn't help Deena having to deal with her overprotective mother. Yet despite the changes and a smothering mother, she befriends the mysterious new guy Luther Jennings. Deena has no clue the she isn't the only one good at keeping secrets.



Extreme Makeover is a heck of a lot more than just the changes Deena Brooke is going through. This tale has all the makings of movie on the big screen. There's little aliens, mobsters, car chases and no one is really who they pretend to be.


The mini romantic moments between Luther and Deena are just perfect. They make each other want to lose control when they get together on their road trip. It’s true what they; guys love to make good girls go bad.


Luther has kept himself two steps ahead of the dangerous men out to get him. He didn’t count on befriending loner Deena Brooke. He doesn’t want to make any connection with anyone but it may just be too late for that as he fights and defends the girl who soon becomes more than he ever wanted. She is nothing like any girl he has ever met before.


There is just nothing that will make Deena turn away from Luther. She knows that whatever fate has in store for them will be worth it.


The secondary characters mix well with the leading female/male characters. Just like the tiny little aliens in Extreme Makeover. These aliens make their presence known; whether the host wants to hear them or not.


Extreme Makeover started off slow but this just a ploy of seduction created by the author. And won’t let you let go until you become hooked.


I want; I really want to write more. I just cannot. Extreme Makeover is just something you have to read for yourself so you can see how wonderful this tale is.


Extreme is a love story with characters that are tired of hiding out and realize what they stand to lose if they don’t make a stand.


I rate Extreme Makeover 4 PinKs.


Book review by

Veronica
© Teen Channel Reviews 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting Giveaway - Now Closed

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Hey all! Its The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Release Day!









Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.


Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.


Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.





Now you may be wondering why I am doing another post on Kimberly's novel. Well I just recently became a part of Kimberly Derting's street team.  And I have some wonderful goodies to share with a few of you.
 
 
You'll be enter in a drawing to win one of three signed The Body Finder posters by Kimberly Derting and some TBF bookmarks.
 
And one of you win a grand prize package consisting of a signed The Body Finder poster, a book bag with the BF logo, an extra copy of the Body Finder for you to keep or giveaway to friend or family
 
Also included a copy of @KimberlyRPauley 'Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, teen vampire (maybe)'
 
And also a copy of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins @LadyHawkins and TBF bookmarks.
 
 
For every person who buys and sends me proof of purchase email of The Body Finder to

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+5 Share this giveaway promo on your blog, facebook, etc.. (leave link on the comment section below)


+4 For each twitter follower @theteenchannel @KimberlyDerting @LadyHawkins


+10 Picture of you and your copy of The Body Finder

+7 Old Blog Follower

+3 New Blog Follower

+25 For each person who gets Kimberly Derting, Kimberly R Pauley and/or Rachel Hawkins To leave a comment on this post.
And +1 for adding up your points.
Thanks and Good Luck! Everyone is welcome to enter! (international too!) Contest ending on April 4th.







Taylor Swift & Zombie Parody

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#JAPM Paranormal Promo:



This song is now available on itunes! http://tinyurl.com/justazombie
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This song is now available on itunes!

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Original spoof music by the amazing Steve Goldstein

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Twilight Thursdays - World Premiere Eclipse Trailer

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Here you go, Twilighters! The World Premiere
Trailer
of
ECLIPSE






New Spotlight - The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

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 Romance; Juvenile Fiction - Girls & Women
· Delacorte Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · March 9, 2010 · $17.99
· 978-0-385-73684-8 (0-385-73684-3)
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover library binding.

About this Book From Goodreads

Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

Eclipse Teaser - 10 Seconds of Awesomeness!

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Watch a :10 preview of the new trailer for 

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

The full trailer will be available tomorrow (3/11)




In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge.
 
In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf.
 
With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.


Two Authors Spotlight of the Month & International Giveaway (Now Closed)

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Hey all! Can't believe how fast February flew past us.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Enough chit chat! I know you all don't want to read about me.  I am going to chose two book choices for you to pick this month.  The winner will chose pick the book of their choice.


First up:


The Iron King By Julie Kagawa





MEGHAN CHASE HAS A SECRET DESTINY— ONE SHE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED…






Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Read an excerpt of the Iron King here.







Next Choice is The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting



Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.


Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.


Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.





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Winner of Gone by Lisa McMann Announced

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I just to thank everyone who entered. Got lot more entries this time! An astounding 354 entries. 

The winner was picked from random.org generator -- entry #183


Winner is donnas!!


donnas if you can please send me reply below with your email and I will get in touch with you shortly.



Thank you all who enter..  I will be posting my new monthly giveaway in shortly.  Hope you will continue to enter and visit my blog!

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (ARC Review)

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Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Little, Brown and Company
April 2010
ISBN 978-0-316-04430-1
Received ARC copy for review by the publisher
Be aware this review might contain book spoilers






 Description from author's website:





In less than a day I had been harassed, enchanted, shouted at, cried on, and clawed. I’d been cold, scared, dirty, exhausted, hungry, and miserable. And up until now, I’d been mildly impressed with my ability to cope.




At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. Then everything changes: In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.



Debut author Karen Healey introduces a savvy and spirited heroine with a strong, fresh voice. Full of deliciously creepy details, this unique, incredible adventure is a deftly crafted story of Māori mythology, romance, betrayal, and war.




 My Thoughts...





Ellie Spenser is just like any other teenager. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin while secretly crushing on the mysterious bad boy at her boarding school. Her biggest worries are getting her assignments done on time to be turned.



As fast as hat drop to ground, everything changes around Ellie and not necessary in a good way. An unusual foggy woods close by the school hides something ancient and quite dangerous.



The mysterious bad boy, Mark seems to be everywhere Ellie is. She can’t help but become even more obsessed about Mark. Then there is Reka who is so strange and does whatever it takes to lure Kevin away from those closest to him. Ellie sense something is definitely right with Reka as she tries to get Kevin away from her.



Just when Ellie doesn’t things cannot get any worse, it gets even more dangerous. Ellie knows that there is a connection between Mark and Reka but she gets no help from Mark when she confronts him.



Ellie does her research and discovers just who Mark and Reka really are. An epic battle is heading there way and Ellie must find the courage within if she expects to survive.



A wonderful and crafty novel that is full of mystery and action with the epic love story mixed in. I have to hand it to Karen Healey, she throw my world upside with her Guardian of the Dead novel.



Ellie is strong and determined young woman who sets out to save the world from what’s coming while trying to find some time to spend with her new love Mark who is completely not what he seems. Ellie soon realizes she will have to go to hell and back in order to save the day.



I really want to say more, seriously!!! Yet I know if I do I would only let out the secrets of Guardian of the Dead and ruin it for lots of potential readers.







I give Guardian of the Dead a 4 PK's  rating.


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Thursday Spotlight - Hourglass by Claudia Gray

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After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas take refuge with Black Cross, a fanatical group of vampire hunters.

Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at their hands.

But when Black Cross captures her friend...the vampire Balthazar...hiding is no longer an option.






 

Sneak Peaks  | Prologue | Chapter 1 |   

To find out more about The Evernight series and Claudia Gray here:









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Sunday's Spotlight -- Spells by Aprilynne Pike

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Spells
By Aprilynne Pike

Price: $16.99
On Sale: 5/4/2010
Hardcover | E-Book
ISBN: 9780061668067
ISBN10: 0061668060












Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.







When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?

Saturday's Spotlight -- The Vampire Diaries:The Return: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith

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The Vampire Diaries: The Return
Shadow Souls
Price: $17.99
On Sale: 3/16/2010
Hardcover | E-Book
608 Pages
ISBN: 9780061720819
ISBN10: 006172081X;
 







On the run . . .




Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan.


In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Along with her childhood friend Matt, they set out for the slums of the Dark Dimension, where Stefan is being held captive. It is rumored to be a world where vampires and demons roam free, but humans must live enslaved to their supernatural masters. . . .


Elena will stop at nothing to free Stefan. Yet with each passing day the tension between Elena and Damon grows, and she is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want?


Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made some dire discoveries. They hastily try to follow Elena and warn her—only to be caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet.

Friday's Spotlight --- Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

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Atheneum,
August 2010

Hardcover, 576 pages
ISBN-10: 1442402008
ISBN-13: 9781442402003
Ages: 14 and up
Grades: 9 and up









At once an homage to one of America's greatest writers and a page-turning psychological mystery that is equal parts horror, humor, and romance, NEVERMORE is the story of Varen -- a Poe-fan and goth -- and Isobel -- a cheerleader and unlikely heroine.

When a Lit. project pairs the two together, Isobel finds herself steadily swept into Varen's world, one that he has created in his notebook and in his mind, one where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

Isobel slowly learns that dreams can be much more powerful than she'd ever expected, and that pain and despair come in all sorts of shades.

As labels of "goth" and "cheerleader" fade away, she sees more in Varen than a tall, pale outcast, and a consuming romance is braced against the ever-clearer horror that the most terrifying realities are those within our own minds.

Play Dead by Ryan Brown - ARC Review

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Play Dead by Ryan Brown
Pocket Books
May 2010
Hardcover & Ebook
352 pages
ISBN-10: 1439171300
ISBN-13: 9781439171301
Paranormal Suspense







Description




Today’s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller writers agree: Ryan Brown’s compulsively readable first novel is unbeatable—a darkly humorous, rich and pungent zombie shocker that melds our national obsession with football and the newest wave of fascination with the undead.


For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship where it will face its most vicious rival, the Elmwood Heights Badgers. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’s bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident—given that Cole himself was severely injured in a brutal attack by three ski-masked men earlier that day. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, with only his coach’s clever daughter, Savannah Hickman, to assist him, Cole must lead his zombie team to victory


. . . in a final showdown where the stakes aren’t just life or death—but damnation or salvation. Boundlessly imaginative and thrillingly satisfying, Play Dead gives small-town Texas an electrifying jolt of the supernatural, and is unquestioningly The Zombie Novel of the Year!


The Comeback Story of the Season . . .








**MY THOUGHTS **



I had this review done last October but just now posting my review now. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Play Dead and hope you will love it as much as I do.


Its very fresh, original and wildly entertaining. Ryan Brown has nothing to be worried about. Play Dead is going to win over plenty of readers and become instant bestseller.

Its football season and the two towns rivalary will hit a all time low when one town's high school football players set out to put their competitors out of commission before the big game.

Too bad for them, that particular team didn't count an unlikely football fan/supernatural prescence to set things straight.. even if for a little while.

This is something like The Craft meets Varsity Blues meets Supernatural. This is book that got me hooked on Team Zombie! Nothing but love and respect for authors who can create such an amazing take on zombies.

Like the book's ending, I was sad to see it end. And however much I loved reading this I can only think just how great Mr. Brown's next novel will. I have nothing but praise for this debut author, Ryan Brown.

And most certainly, I definitely will recommend this title and can't wait to see what else Mr. Brown come up next.




 


I give Play Dead a 5 PK rating!

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