Posted in 2011, December

Love & Leftovers Character Interview


My 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.

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Published on December 27, 2011 by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Character Interview with Marcie Foster:

1. Your demographics? Name, age, where you live?

 My name is Marcie Foster. I’m sixteen and I’m stuck on summer vacation in East Nowhere, New Hampshire (okay, Durham). Usually, I live in Boise, Idaho.

 2. What do you believe is a person’s first impression of you?

 I’d like to think that they’d see me as a friendly person, but I get the feeling people take one look and say, “Leftover.” You know the type—one step up from Loser.

 3. Do you have a boyfriend? A crush?

 Both. Oops. I shouldn’t tell you that. You’re going to post it on your blog.

 See there’s J.D. in New Hampshire. Think Prince Harry and throw in a little David Beckham (or other soccer-playing jock of your choice) and add a New England accent. Adorable. And he brings me breakfast.

 Then there’s Linus, my boyfriend, back in Boise. He’s super sweet and 4.0-smart with deep, espresso brown eyes. He’s the youngest of four boys and wears hand-me-down t-shirts that are all soft and huggable. He writes me love songs and posts them on YouTube. Who couldn’t love a guy like that?

 4. Your best friend’s name and how long you have known each other?

 My best friend is Katie Raskolnikov—the blonde with a pink streak in her hair. Yes, I noticed. Her socks don’t match. She plays bass guitar in Linus’s band. We’ve been best friends since sixth grade. Yeah, I’ve gotten used to the hair. And the socks. Did you know she has a tattoo?

 *Thanks to Sarah Tregay for taking the time to answer all of my questions and introduce us to Marcie!

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Posted in 2011, December

Happy New Years Eve with my list of Top Favorites of 2011!


This has been one crazy year! It was one year ago that I started NightlyReading and I feel that the blog has progressed nicely! I am so grateful for all of the authors, readers and fellow bloggers that I have met over the last year! Looking forward to another great year, let’s make 2012 even better!

I have compiled a list of some of my favorites that I have read over the past year….

Stand Alones:

5.  Hex: A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray

Read in March 2011, I was hoping this would turn into a series, but Ms. Wray assured me that she did not plan on continuing the saga:( I really enjoyed the storyline in this book and the romance of a love triangle.  Lily was being torn into 2 directions and was not sure which way to turn?

4.  But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

Read in July 2011, This book was written from the present and backwards toward the past. It was interesting to read a book this way but it totally worked! I felt heartbroken for the characters, all of them and really suggest this as a good read! But, make sure you have your tissues ready:(

3.   Forbidden by Tabitha Suzema:

Read in June 2011, A lot of people are afraid of this book due to the storyline and content. I was definitely intrigued by it. It was one of my favorite reads of this year and left my heart aching for days after. The shocking ending will break your heart and leave you sobbing!

2.  The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Listened to the audiobook in October 2011, If you have not read this book yet, YOU NEED TO!!! I was mesmerized with the writing style and loved the poetry. I also wouldn’t mind a Fontane boy for myself…Bat, BAt, BAT!!! LOL!

And my number one pick is…..

1.  Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire

Read in November 2011, Never before have I ever been rooting for a couple that is so dysfunctional and probably should just quit and run away! But, the love story in this book was fantastic and left me sooo wanting to read more. Okay and Travis was not so bad either:D

Series:

5. The Dirty Blood Series by Heather Hildenbrand:

Dirty Blood

Cold Blood

I love the storyline in this series, especially Ms. Hildenbrand’s take on the wolves. I am so excited to see what the next installment in the series will bring!

4. The Hollow Series by Jessica Verday:

The Hollow

The Haunted

The Hidden

With this series, I was not impressed with the first book, but I insisted that I keep reading. I am glad that I did because the second book was better and the last left me crying. The love affair in this book is antagonizing and frustrating, but oh so worth waiting for:)

 

3. The Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine:

Glass Houses

Dead Girls Dance

Midnight Alley

Feast Of Fools

Lord Of Misrule

Carpe Corpus

Fade Out

Kiss of Death

Ghost Town

Bite Club

Last Breath

This is another series that I did not care too much for the first book, but continued reading with much coaxing from my Goodreads buddies. It has quickly become one of my favorite series and I believe that we have 3 or 4 more books to come! I cannot say that I have one favorite character, but all the characters mesh well together to fit into the perfect vampire story!!!

 2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:

Vampire Academy

Frostbite

Shadow Kiss

Blood Promise

Spirit Bound

Last Sacrifice

If you have not heard of this series, you have been living under a rock! It took me awhile to start this one because I was so hung up on Twilight. But, once I started, I quickly started loving it!!!

1. Fifty Shades Series by EL James:

 Fifty Shades of Grey

 Fifty Shades Darker

Definitely NOT a YA series, but after reading, I was left breathless. I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters in this one. As soon as I was finished, I wanted to just pick it up and start over again! I am very much looking forward to the last book in the series due out in January!!!

 

So there you have it, my favorites of 2011! What are some of yours???

Thanks for following and have a safe & Happy New Year!!

Posted in 2011, December

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic Review/Interview/Prize Pack


Move on, live your life, Kaylee, but please, never forget me.

To be published on January  17, 2012 by HMH Children’s Books.

Rating: 4 Stars!!!

Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life.

Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go.

But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.

My Review:

This was a very quick read for me and I finished it in one sitting. I just could not bring myself to put the book down. I wanted to see what crazy scenario Austin was going to come up with next.

Austin is a typical seventeen year old kid whom has cancer. He is trying to deal with it the only way he knows how while trying to come to terms with certain things that have happened in his short life.

With him on his journey, he brings his best friend, Kaylee. She drives him wherever he wants to go and does not ask too many questions. Some of the places he visits are just to see an old friend. Others are places he just had to see one more time.

While reading the book, I felt very sad for Austin. No teenager should have to go through all of the heartache he has. At first, I thought he was only doing this little life journey for himself, but it turns out that he is trying to help others in the process.

I loved the idea of Austin and Kaylee and was saddened that they had so little time together.

This story made me laugh and blubber like a baby. I was really able to feel for the characters and felt their loss. The ending was perfect and I was happy that there was an epilogue for us to see the “what happened after”. Ms. Bostic wrote a wonderful insightful story about one boys struggles with death and trying to piece together those he cares about before his final time comes. Absolutely epic!

Interview with Megan Bostic:

How did you come up with the title of the book?

 Well, it’s kind of an uninteresting story.  The original title was Mending Fences, and my editor, Julia, said that, while it was a good title, it didn’t really portray the gravity ofAustin’s situation.

 One day at my parent’s house, I told them I needed to come up with a new name.    We talked about the details of the book— Austinand his journey, his predicament, and my dad simply said, “Never Eighteen”.  There was no need to think anymore after that.  It fit perfectly.

 What were the challenges to getting the book published?

 I think a better question would be, what weren’t the challenges.  As all writers know, getting a publishing deal feels about as likely as winning the lotto. 

 This biggest challenge is finding an agent.  Without an agent, most publishing houses won’t even glance at you.  I’m not sure what the ratio of aspiring writers to literary agents is, but I’m sure it’s probably about 1,000,000:1 or worse.  It’s not just about writing the book either, it’s about the talent, the market, the timing, and of course, you have to throw a huge amount of luck in there too.

 I toiled over Never Eighteen to get it to a place where I felt good about querying it out.  Fifteen revisions, about twenty-five rejections, a handful of cry fests, and a couple fists full of hair later, I found representation.  After that, for me at least, it was cake.  The book sold in about two weeks.

 What book are you reading right now?

 I just started OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy.  It’s about a Jewish girl at a Christian summer camp facing challenges, boys, and adversity.  I’m only a short way in, and so far, I’m really enjoying it.  I knew I would of course, Amy is part of the Class of 2k11, and I’ve not been disappointed by any of the 2k11 novels so far.

 When did you write your first book and how old were you?

 I always loved to write since I was little, but sat down to write my first novel at age thirty-three.  It was the beginning of a superhero series.  Um, that one didn’t get me very far in my journey to publication. J  I am planning on doing major revisions and maybe putting it out there again.

 Do you have any advice for other writers?

 I stand by two pieces of advice. One, always try to be better.  We will never reach perfection, but we can always improve our craft.  How?  People will tell you to take classes, join writing groups, etc.  Those things are well and good, but I think every writer needs to find their own method of improvement.  Mine is to practice (by writing as much as possible) and to get feedback.  Feedback can be difficult to bear, but can also be an invaluable learning tool.

 My other piece of advice is to never quit. This business can be slow, frustrating, irritating, and downright nasty, but it’s like childbirth, when you’re sitting there holding your baby in your arms for the first time, you’ll forget all about how painful the process had been.

 What are you currently working on?

 I’m working on another contemporary YA that deals with teen issues.  This one is about a girl who suffers depression that leads to cutting.  It’s tentatively titled Sad.  I like to call it a story of loss, loathing, and lacerations.

Character Interview With Austin:

 Your demographics? Name, age, where you live?

My name is Austin Parker.  I’m seventeen-years-old.  I live in Tacoma, WA, in the north end.

What do you believe is a person’s first impression of you?

When people first look at me, there is always pity and sadness in their eyes.  When they talk to me though, they see that I’ve very much still full of life and I want that for everyone else too.  That and I’m a bit of a joker.

Do you have a girlfriend? A crush?

I’m in love with my best friend, Kaylee.  I’ve loved her since the first day I saw her, way back in third grade.  I’ve never told her how I feel about her though.  I’m afraid she’d reject me and things would get weird between us.

Your best friend’s name and how long you have known each other?

Well, I already mentioned Kaylee.  My other best friend was Jake.  We’d been friends since kindergarten.  We loved just hanging out, watching movies, and were on the same soccer team.  That’s all I can say about him.  Talking about him is too upsetting.

Giveaway Prize Pack:

Here is a look at the prize pack that was sent to me by Megan Bostic! The swag for this book is awesome!

 

What you will receive:

1 signed ARC copy of Never Eighteen

1 Button

1 Bracelet

1 Temporary Tattoo

1 Notepad and Pen

3 Stickers

2 Bookmarks

Rules:

1. MUST be a follower

2. Must live in the USA, sorry to my international readers:(

3. Contest will end on the Book Birthday of January 17th.

4. Winner will be chosen by Random.org

5. Fill out the form:

 

 
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Posted in 2011, December

Blindsided (With the Band) by Sayer Adams


Kindle Edition

Published March 16, 2011

Rating: 3 Stars

Can two people who can’t overcome their own pasts help each other move on and find happiness? When a disillusioned rock star is confronted by an anxiety ridden travel writer, he has a week to prove he’s not one of the bad boys she’s sworn off. But first he has to convince himself and find out why she’s running herself into the ground by running around the world.

Chelsea Spencer is a travel writer who has spent the last six years traveling at a punishing pace that leaves little time for food or sleep. When her body shuts down in the Australian Outback, her doctors give her strict orders to stay put for two months. Chelsea complies by staying in Seattle with her brother, but for Chelsea, stopping is more hazardous than running. Old anxiety and panic fueled by feelings of helplessness flood Chelsea when her mind isn’t otherwise occupied and the months seem like torture. All she wants is to get back on the road without any further complications – like a broken heart.

 

My Review:

I love this cover. Any man with tattoos is swoonworthy in my book. It must be the fact that I love bad boys?? Luckily, my husband has a few tatts to keep me occupied;) LOL!

The story is told from several characters POV’s. Mainly from Nate & Chelsea, but the writer threw in a couple of others too. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. I like to get an idea of whom each character is and it is much easier to do while reading their thoughts and feelings.

Chelsea is a travel writer and she has been heart-broken many times. She, too, loves the bad boys, which we all know that most of the time bad boys are only in it for one thing… Any who, she only has one night stands and does not get her heart involved at all. Until she literally lands on Nate’s doorstep. With one evening, that all changes!

Nate is singer in a rock band. He is 12 years older than Chelsea and is highly irritated when she comes knocking on his door. He thinks she is a fan and is very arrogant towards her. But once he realizes her innocence, he makes her an offer and convinces her to take it.

The relationship between these two is exhausting. He is trying to save her and she is not willing to give herself over to him wholly. They have their ups and downs and eventually seem to come together.

Although we get a glimpse into the mind of each character, I still did not feel connected to either of them. I wanted to love this book more, but for me, it was just okay. I was expecting Nate to be a little more “bad boy” but he was really a huge teddy bear. I did not get the bad boy vibe from him.

One character that I would have liked to get to know better is Chelsea’s mother! I would have loved to have her POV. She was so nasty and critical. She also was a major player in the book and part of the reason Chelsea is so screwed up.

The book had a good storyline, 2 strangers coming together from an attraction and actually falling in love. I just wish it was more:( There were also a lot of grammatical errors and missing words.

“Look, sweetheart,” he said as leaned against the doorframe, “Why don’t you just tell me why you’re here. If you just want an autograph and promise not to tell anyone where you found me, fine. Anything else and you can forget it.”

Posted in 2011, December

Forgotten by Cat Patrick & Giveaway Winner


“I can’t stay away from you,” he whispers…“Don’t stay away from me, then,” I whisper back…”

Published July 7, 2011 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 of 5 stars!

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that’s left is a note telling her about a day she can’t remember. The whole scenario doesn’t exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can’t seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can’t make sense of, she realizes it’s time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if’s in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

My Review:

This book reminds me a lot of the movie 50 First Dates, which I love. The one difference is that London can see the future, she just cannot remember the past.

There is so much going on in this book that it is hard to wrap your head around it all.  London is trying to find her father, then she is having these weird cemetary dreams and she is also falling for the new boy at school.

The reader has to love Luke! It took me awhile to really figure out where he fits into the whole story, but the book finally revealed it. He is perfect for London and I love the whole back story, it was very sweet.

I am upset that this is a standalone title and believe that Ms. Patrick could definitely have a great series on her hands! The ending was left open to the reader’s imagination and I am left still having lots of questions!

“The boy in the closet is your boyfriend. He loves you and will tell you all about last night.”

Sapphire Talisman Winner:

The winner of the second book in the Talisman Series is:

Valia

Congratulations, Your book will be mailed soon!

Posted in 2011, December

How to Rock Braces & Glasses


 

 

Audiobook from Hachette Audio

Book published by Poppy in 2011

Rating: 4 Stars

Gorgeous, uber-harsh, and uber-stylish, Kacey Simon is the undisputed social dictator of Marquette Middle School. That is, until an eye infection and a visit to the dentist leave her with coke-bottle glasses, a mouth full of metal, and… a littttthsp!Dissed and dismissed by her popular friends, Kacey is forced to hang out with a boy who wears skinny jeans and jams in his own band. But as she adjusts to life as a loser, she’s surprised to find that Skinny Jeans is kind of hot and his band is pretty cool. Suddenly, hitting rock-bottom feels oddly uplifting. Could rocking braces and glasses be the best thing to ever happen to her?

In this hilarious reversal of the cool crowd versus the nerd herd, a popular girl finds herself in Loserville and realizes it’s about time she paid back all the bad karma she built up as Queen Bee.

My Review:

Kacey Simon is hilarious! This is a breezy story that will make you laugh out loud. Poor, Poor Kacey. She went from most popular girl in school to most made fun of. All because she got braces and glasses.

The story starts off with Kacey showing off her new contacts. Which she had forgotten to use the drops for and ends up with an eye infection. She needs to wear glasses for a few weeks until her eye heals. On top of that she ends up having to get braces all in the same week which leaves her with a major lisp!

What Kacey soon learns is how quickly your friends can turn on you. She learns a lot about herself and who her true friends are. Which brings me to Zander! Zander is the swoony boy who accepts Kacey, lisp, glasses and all. It just takes her a little while to realize that she accepts him too and his skinny jeans! LOL

This book totally reminded me of junior high. That is when the cliques start to form and all the people you were friends with in grade school start to turn on you and new friendships are formed. Paving the way for high school.

The audiobook was read by Casey Holloway. At first when I started the book, it seemed like Ms. Holloway was talking really fast and I had to struggle to follow the story. It did not take me long to catch on. I thought she did a fantastic job as Kacey Simon, lisp and all!

*Thanks to Hachette Audio for the review copy of this audiobook!

“A note for my second biggest fan. Try smiling with your mouth closed. It will totally accentuate your pouty lips, instead of your metal mouth.”

Posted in 2011, December

Across the Hall by NM Facile


Published October 20th 2010 by ireadiwrite Publishing

Rating: 3 stars!

Sylvia O’Mara has spent the last four years trying to get over her high school sweetheart, who after breaking off their relationship left town without any reasons. With the help of her friends she has moved on and started dating a mysterious bad boy. She isn’t happy, but she’s content; until she meets the new neighbor.

Quinn Lobato has recently moved to Minneapolis to finish college close to his parents. His mother found the perfect apartment for him close to campus and assured him it has everything he needs. Quinn has had his own hurtful past and is looking forward to starting med school and a new life.

Little do they know that what they each need is waiting just across the hall.

My Review:

The Storyline…..

The storyline itself kept me reading through the book. I needed to find out if the characters ended up okay and if the story had a fairytale ending. Basically, the main characters of Sylvia & Quinn had dated in high school. Quinn broke it off  the summer before college, left town and they never saw each other again. Flash forward to 4 years later when Quinn transfers schools and moves across the hall from who else? But Sylvia.

The Characters…..

I loved Quinn! He was sweet, sexy and perfect boyfriend material. Sylvia was okay, but I think she made MANY mistakes along the way. I also adored the BFF’s, Kai, Kerry, Sloane and Reed. They actually made this book more amusing with their crazy antics! I also was enamorate of the way that all four of them cared so much for Sylvia to actually look after her night and day!

In Conclusion….

This book was an okay read for me. I loved the storyline and adore stories about second chances, me and my husband had a second chance romance! But, there were some aspects of the book that just seemed so fake. I also wanted to mention that this book should be read by a very mature teen or adult due to the explicit sexual scenes. If anyone else had read this, I would love to hear your thoughts?

I exhaled the big breath I had been holding. “Quinn,” I said in a half whispered voice with a nod of acknowledgement. It was all I could get out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Posted in 2011, December

Merry Christmas from NightlyReading!!!


So I hope that Santa has been good to you and brought you everything that you had on your Christmas list!!! Please share with us any books you have received. My family is not really into the same books as I am, so I do not expect to receive any books, but I am hoping for at least an Amazon gift card???

Have a very Merry Christmas to you and your families! As always, thanks so much for following!

Posted in 2011, December

Fractured Light Blog Tour & Rock God


To be published February 8, 2012 by Cedar Fort

ARC copy via Netgalley with permission from publisher.

Rating: 4 stars!

I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.

My Review:

I was immediately sucked into the storyline of this book! The idea of a light manipulator was a different concept and I was intrigued to learn more.

I loved the “who done it” aspect of the story while trying to figure out which character was the Vyken. I immediately thought it was one particular character but blew it off because I thought it had seemed too obvious. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised.

I have to swoon for a moment on these two sorry star-crossed lovers. Christian is very much the perfect boyfriend material and I totally understand why Llona felt like she was getting mixed signals. That is because he was definitely conflicted himself. I really do have hope for these two in the future!

There were some parts that seemed way too cheesy, but I really enjoyed the book anyway. Looking forward to the next one in the series, Fractured Truth, due out February 2013! UGH!!! We have to wait a whole year:( Not sure if I can do it but I will try my best:)

“When it comes to matters of the heart, rules don’t matter.”

*Thank you to Netgalley & Cedar Fort for the ARC copy of this book!

Interview:

My mind only knows how to write. Other people perform simple tasks like cleaning their house or using the bathroom without a distracting thought.

I can’t.Yesterday I meant to vacuum, but ended up scrubbing blood out of my carpet instead. The body’s still in the freezer. And when I went to take a shower, a little girl in a red dress and pigtails appeared to me in the vanity mirror. Again. I wish she would go away.See what I mean? My life is a story and the only way to stay sane is write it all down. I only hope others can find joy in my insanity.

Why did you pick the paranormal genre?
Huge fan of the genre. Anything that gets me out of my normal world and into one where all things are possible is a good thing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Writing full time and hopefully speaking to youth groups. Not to sound cliché, but they are our future, and I’d love the chance to help them find their inner “superpowers”.

If your book was turned into a movie, whom would you cast as the main character, if it was your choice?
Tough one because Llona is not someone I’ve seen before. She has very blond hair with pale skin and blue eyes. Maybe a cross between Amanda Seyfried and Avril Lavigne?
When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Are my kids with me or have I miraculously found a day to myself? If it’s just me, than I love to snowboard, play racquetball, cook, watch movies, catch up on my TV shows, read, and hang out with friends and family.
What is next on your agenda? Any new books on the horizon??

Yes, several. The sequel to Fractured Light will be out in February 2013. I also have a humorous memoir set for release on before Mother’s Day in 2013.  This is in addition to other projects I’m very excited about.

Speed Round:

  1. Favorite Book? At this moment, The Reapers are the Angels
  2. Favorite Author? Dean Koontz
  3. Favorite genre to read? Urban fantasy and paranormal
  4. Favorite genre to write? Urban fantasy
  5. Favorite place to read? Bathroom – it’s the only place my kids will leave me alone.

Giveaway:

Rachel is giving away a replica of the necklace that Christian gives to Llona for Christmas! Would you like to be the winner? If so, read the rules and fill out the form:

RULES:

1. MUST be a follower.

2. Contest is International!!!

3. Winner will be chosen by Random .org on Friday, December 30th.

Rock God:

To be published January 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks

B.J. Levine, a mild-mannered, 13-year-old boy voted most likely to become a tax accountant, moves to New York City and discovers his true purpose: he must transform himself into the most almighty rocker since Jon Bon Jovi. B.J. battles his father’s disappointment, his mother’s disapproval, his lack of apparent talent, and a secret society of middle-aged bikers as he gathers a ragtag band and embarks on a real life rock Odyssey.

 

I am very much looking forward to reading this book soon, but wanted to give you a little background on the author. In honor of the release of the book, you can find BJ Levine’s single, Three Notes, at the following link:

http://www.facebook.com/rockgodbjlevine

Barnabas Miller has had an extensive career. He started off as a kid jingle singer for Toys R Us and Matchbox! Now, he produces music for film and television. He has brought his two passions together as the drummer for the New York City-based Tiger Beat, the YA-only writers band with Libba Bray, Natalie Standiford and Dan Ehrenhaft. His band mates are helping him launch ROCK GOD in New York City at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side on Thursday, January 19th at 7pm. They’ll be performing “Three Notes”, other music and signing their books as well.

 In addition, Barney is tweeting as B.J. His handle is @bjrockgod.

Just the mention of New Jersey boy Jon Bon Jovi is enough for me to want to read this book! Look for the review coming soon:)

Posted in 2011, December

Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy by Talia Jager & Cover Reveal


“Do you have a lot of seizures?” I nodded, dabbing my eyes. “That’s why they kept me home.”

Kindle Edition published on February 16, 2011.

Teagan Kavanagh’s life is shattered when her parents are killed in a car accident. She must move in with her brother and is forced to attend public school for the first time in her life. As if starting a new school her junior year wasn’t hard enough, she continues to battle epilepsy and the constant unknown of when and where her next seizure will occur. As this new chapter in her life opens, she gets more than she bargained for. Torn between playing it safe and risking her life to be normal, Teagan must make a life changing decision.

My Review:

Ms. Jager does it again! I have reviewed several books by this author and she never ceases to amaze me! Her stories have a reallness to them that allows the reader to fully connect with the characters they are reading about!

I enjoyed reading about Teagan and her struggle with epilepsy. I have heard of the disease but have never really known anyone close to me that was threatened by it. I do recall a fellow classmate in high school that had started suffering from seizures without any notice and I can honestly tell you that it is very scary when they fall to the floor and black out. She was always coming to school bruised or with a bandage around one of her appendages!

The relationship between Connor and Teagan was very sweet! It is not too often that a brother/sister duo get along that well, but I am glad that they did because it added a little something special to the story.

My favorite part was when Teagan finally went to camp and met others that had suffered just as she had. She had finally found “her people” and a place where she felt like she belonged.

I cannot end this review without saying how swoony the character of Zander is! He is very sweet to Teagan and was a great source of strength for her!

I loved the ending and found that the book absolutely ended on the perfect note!

*Thanks to Talia Jager for the review copy of this book!

 Zander leaned in. “I’ll see you in your dreams.”

Cover Reveal:

Chosen One’s by Tiffany Truitt

Expected Publication Date of April 2012 by Entangled Publishing

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

             Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

             Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

             But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

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Here is the beautiful cover for Chosen One’s:

 

 

The cover to this book is stunning and the blurb is intriguing. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!!!