{Winner!} The Advice Girl eBook

By: | May 31, 2011
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{Top Ten Tuesday} 9

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!

This Weeks Topic Is:

Top Ten Books That Should Be
In Your Beach Bag

ROSMELIE’S LIST

1) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot - The movies do NOTHING for the books, and the first is a great way to start the summer!

2) Performance Anxiety by Betsy Burke - a little smutty, there had to be one!

3) The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg - A fun little read to get you through and make you laugh!

4) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - if you haven't started Harry Potter, you should start with it at the beach. Plus you'll probably freak out a few other beach goers when you start reacting out loud to different things in the book!

5) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - simply put, a fabulous book. Follow it up with the movie while you're cooling off inside from the sunburn.

6) Divergent by Veronica Roth - Why haven't you already read this? Start while on the beach!

7) Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey - Want a well written YA vampire novel that will leave you asking questions? Start the series in the summer, and keep divulging with the next two in the series!

8) The Host by Stephenie Meyer - But only if you're into aliens taking over human bodies. Seriously though, I had this in my summer reads and it was great!

9) Dawn by V.C. Andrews - the first in the Cutler family series, it's a great book.

10) Sweep: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan - Want a little Wicca mystery? Start your summer with confusion, mystery, and a very dreamy guy.

AMBER’S LIST

Since I don’t really take books to the beach (I have kids to watch..hard to read lol) …I’m just going to list off what I read in the 6 days I was at my cabin in Northern Minnesota last year :0)

1) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson – this series is a sore spot for me. The first book I loved, the second I FORCED myself to finish even though I found it highly over explained and full of information not pertinent to the book. I could have cut it in half and not even disrupted the actual story.

2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – after months of speculation on weather to read these I picked up the first one and read it in one sitting!

3) Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood – OMG I cried and cried. I was determined to read it before I saw the movie version. Pluse Zac Efron was on the cover of the book I got..and he’s pretty.

4) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – after finishing THG I begged my sister to drive me to the little town near by so I could pick up this. I had a glass of wine and didn’t want to drive. I scared the CRAP out of the shop keeper when I lowed in demanding Catching Fire! LOL And they didn’t have it I had to wait until the next day to get it in the larger town near by.

5) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen – love this. And long before anyone was cat to play in it!

So that was one week of reading for me at the cabin!

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{Book Review} 44

By: | May 30, 2011
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Author: Jools Sinclair
Format: eBook
Published: March 10th 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death.
But she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.
Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him.
But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters. The truth.
In the tradition of Amanda Hocking, 44 is a thrilling paranormal romance mystery novel that keeps readers at the edge of their seats and glued to the very end. The ending will haunt you forever.

My take: When I was offered the spot to read and review this book, I readily took it when I saw the description. I myself have been saved, so that alone spoke to me.

Abby is a phenomenal character and she’s written to a tee description wise. When an author can pull that off, they’ve done something right…and Jools definitely did. The way Abby’s recovery is described, not by simply always saying “she went to therapy, she went to the doctor” was fantastic. There’s the relationship between each of the two doctors within the story, and it’s beyond a doubt a way to see that not all therapists and doctors are bad people. There is a twist though, so be prepared. I’ve warned you.

There’s also Abby’s sister Kate. At times she seems so angry, and I feel like she has every right to be in this book. She’s also one of Abby’s biggest supports in recovery, which thought mostly due to the fact she’s her sister, is also because she’s seemingly one of her only friends.

With Jesse it was always so different. Throughout the story there are hints of what’s lurking at the end of the story, and if I say too much, I’ll give it away. Jesse is well written too, and to have that sort of off the wall character that you just can’t help but hold a love/hate relationship with was amazing.

There were definitely times throughout reading that I was very suspicious of one particular character, and to find out it was that character all along was fun for me. I couldn’t help but high five myself that I’d figured at least one of the puzzle pieces out! The other puzzle piece that was the shocker at the end though…I am still amazed I didn’t completely get that one!

I gave 44 a 4 bird rating because I was kept interested the entire time I read it. The way the words warped into my mind was great. I’d love to see more from this author, and will probably get to it as soon as I can.

Find Jools Sinclair and pick up 44:

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550 Follower Celebration Giveaway!

By: | May 29, 2011
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We did it! We reached 500 followers, and true to our work we are giving away an

AUTOGRAPHED COPY of
Divergent by Victoria Roth.

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The inscription reads: “You only get one choice….choose your factron wisely

Also, since we hit that 550 mark so quickly I am going to add a 2nd and 3rd prize as well!

2nd Place will win: AUTOGRAPHED Book Marks from

- Courtney Allison Moulton – Angelfire
- Sara Bennett Wealer – Rival
- Lisa Roecker – The Liar Society

3rd Place will win: An Autographed Bookmark from

- Saundra Mitchell – The Vespertine

Thank you everyone for being amazing followers and for supporting Me, My Shelf and I continually. It means so much to us!

Contest runs until June 7th

Contest is Closed.

You must be a follower to enter, no exceptions
This contest is a reward for my followers so a follow is required.
CONTEST open to US Residents only - as stated in rules on Contest Page.:

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{In My Mailbox} 9

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme, hosted by The Story Siren, held usually on Sundays that encourages bloggers to share what they bought, won, borrowed or even begged for this week.

No actual photos this week, most were eBooks anyway but I’m just so short on time that taking pictures is not a top priority. LOL.

FOR REVIEW:

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I also got Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma and The Day Before by Schroeder, but I read and reviewed them already this week. I’m a fast reader what can I say.

And an arrival of Children of the Lost Moon by Gabrielle Blue specifically for a giveaway showed up this afternoon as well as some book marks from DJ DeSmyter for his debut book Hunted coming out in August.

Thank you so much Simon and Schuster, Dark Days Publishing, Pendrell Publishing, Papoti Books, Spencer Hill Press and, Balzer + Bray.

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{Q&A} Just For Fun Book Survey

By: | May 28, 2011
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I don’t have a thing to blog about today, my girls and I are between reviews, I have no guest posts or new giveaway to list. I’ve literally reached a point where I have nothing to say (hell has frozen over!)

In an effort to not leave you with nothing for the day since I will be away, I did what any smart girl does. First, I begged my Twitter followers to give me something and when that didn’t work out too well (I guess everyone is looking for something….) I googled it. It’s very common, you can…sorry I’ll stop that Twilight movie quote right there.

And I found this fun little survey on Brooke Reviews. Yay!

All weekend I’m going to be coming up with great ideas for a Saturday meme, us bookies don’t seem to have one (that I have come across anyway) and we need one! If you have ideas let me know and we can start it together!

Rules of this survey - no two answers can be the same book, all books must be fiction.

bird_pinkBook next to your bed right now: The only thing next to my bed is “Mah Nookie” (say it like Bill from True Blood!) which has like 600+ books on it right now. So, I’m not listing all of them…lol.

bird_pinkFavorite series: I have 2. The first is Twilight, and you can keep your comments to yourself. This series brought me back to my passion of reading and I will be forever grateful. My second is The Mortal Instruments Series.

bird_pinkFavorite book: The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks

bird_pinkThe one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: I’d go with an anthology probably. Maybe like An Infinite Thread by The Merry Sisters of Fate Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff. You know or “Mah Nookie” as it’s technically like one book…lol.

bird_pinkBook/series you would take with you on a long flight: Probably The Hunger Games, I’ve only been through them once and I want to get through them sevral times more.

bird_pinkWorst book you were made to read in school: Shakespeare. Don’t get me wrong I love HIM, but I could never READ it. It didn’t flow for me.

bird_pinkBook that everyone should be made to read in school: Number The Stars by Lois Lowery

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Book that everyone should read, period: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

bird_pinkFavorite character: Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments. Never have I wanted to simultaneously slap the crap out of, and make out with someone all at once. Plus, he’s easily one the most quotable character's I’ve ever read!

bird_pinkBest villain: Voldemort from Harry Potter

bird_pinkFavorite invented world: “Klunk Head”, “Greenie” and all the other terms he coined - James Dashner’s Maze Runner Series


bird_pinkMost beautifully written book: Oh this isn’t fair. I’m just going to go with Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen because otherwise the list would be massive.

bird_pinkFunniest book: The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

Now, if you do this link me to it so I can read your answers. I hope you all enjoyed my Saturday fun!

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{Follow Friday} 3

By: | May 27, 2011
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Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by ParaJunkee – helping bloggers get out there and meet new bloggers!

Be sure to hit up ParaJunkee’s blog to add your name to the linky if you’re joining in, and to get the button with code below. Simply Click It and you will go right to her blog! Instructions are below for follow Friday fun!

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Q. How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?

Amber's crazy reading habits:
Roughly 2 books a week. Mostly in eBook form, but some are in physical form. Hey – I have kids! Otherwise I’d pull off more! Wait until I’m on vacation, I’ll get through 6-8 that week easy! :0)

NOTE: I realize the GFC followers is missing from the blog. FOLLOW UNTIL THEN BY CLICKING FOLLOW IN THE NAV BAR AT VERY TOP,LEFT OF BLOG.

Remember we’re giving away an AUTOGRAPHED copy of DIVERGENT when we hit 550 – currently at 532!

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://ninjagirlreads.blogspot.com/
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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{Author Interview} Andrez Bergen + Giveaway

By: | May 26, 2011
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In light of the recent review of Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, I bring you a hilarious interview with author Andrez Bergen in that strange foreign language…British/Australian (heheh)

I know this book didn’t jump out at most of you, and I want to give you a chance to get to know the writer and even win 1 of 2 free eBooks of it and give it a try. I promise it will be just like my review of it! I haven’t lied to you before and I’m not about to start not.

MEET ANDREZ: Writer, Musician, Photographer, Dad.

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bird_greenWelcome Andrez, it’s great to have you here. (And by “here” I of course mean, in front of your computer filling out this interview).

Thanks, Amber! Absolutely chuffed to be able to do this with you. I threw in “chuffed” because I know now that you like the word, and it’s nice to do small favours for nice people. Oh yeah, and your North American readers may notice I spelled “favour” with a “U” in it, British/Australian style. Old habits die hard. Like rambling—which is really what I’m doing right now.

And to be honest, luckily this isn’t face-to-face, Amber, as I just got up, it’s 5:00 am here in Tokyo, obviously I’m bleary-eyed and my hair is awry, and I’m about to get stuck into one very, very strong cuppa coffee. Ye gods, why did I wake up so early?

Sorry. What was the question again? Oh yeah. There wasn’t one.

Thanks for joining me.

And straight back at you—ta for asking me on board!

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The title of your book Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat is, well, it’s certainly different. Can you briefly explain how you came up with it and why you chose it?

When I was a kid, just a wee tacker in primary school, I vividly recall staying home sick from school one day and watching the midday movie on the TV. I loved Bob Hope at the time (still do, I guess), and this was one of his lesser known and less respected films, a 1956 romp called That Certain Feeling. It co-stars the great George Sanders, who at one stage watches a dirty-looking dog run through his swanky home, and he says “Get that tobacco-stained mountain goat out of here” in that suave British dialect of his.

I had a bit of a minor debate with my editors early on in the piece about using Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat as the title of the book. At the time they didn’t feel it was appropriate, but I think during the course of the editing journey since then they got attached to TSMG too. By the end we were just arguing about whether or not we should put a hyphen between the words tobacco and stained. The hyphen won. We’re thinking of entering the little bugger into the Grammar Olympics.

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You quote a lot of old movies, and reference a lot of movie characters in the book as well. Can you tell me what is your all time favorite movie and why?

Being a rabid film aficionado, it’s an excuciating task to hold up just one particular movie; I’d prefer to throw dozens into the ring, dependent on my mood and the genre. But in relation to the novel, there are a few particular noir films that stand-out.

Taking pole position in that context would be the Howard Hawks’ version of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep (1946), John Huston’s take on Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon (1941), and two films by British director Carol Reed: Odd Man Out (1947), and The Third Man (1949), for which Graham Greene did the script. I adore The Maltese Falcon in particular—everything about the way it’s written, the cinematography, the wry quips, the ensemble cast. I think I’ve seen it over a hundred times. Really.

But there’re other influences at play in the book, a lot of them (thankfully) far from serious and hardly noir in style at all—comedies like That Certain Feeling and Catch-22, a bit of Japanese anime and cinema, American ‘60s TV series like F Troop, Star Trek, Time Tunnel and Department S, swords-and-sandals epics from the 1950s-60s, old musicals, even classic horror like The Thing from Another World. The sci-fi influences are pretty easy to read, too: Blade Runner, Brazil, The Running Man, THX 1138 and Rollerball (though the 1975 version, not the crap 2002 reboot). The irrespressible romantic in me is also probably drawing from Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain.

Basically I reference things that I love, and every morsel that’s ever moved me gets a swing of the cat in the subtext of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat.

Does this actually answer your question, or am I waffling again?

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{Book Review} Forbidden

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Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Format: eBook (ARC)
Pages: 432
Published: May 27, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But ...They are brother and sister.

Woah.

I put this book down last night at about 11:30 PM. I have had a full nights sleep, some coffee, breakfast…and I am still reeling from the book. I can not stop thinking about it. I was taken aback dozens of times, my heart ached, I cried, I got angry. This book took it all out of me.

In Forbidden, Suzuma takes the impossibly taboo topic if incest and turns it in a book where, I’ll be damned, but I was rooting for those kids. It honestly made me take my morals into account, I found myself second guessing how I was raised. Don’t worry, I don’t have any intention of falling in love with my brother – I don’t even have a brother, but you get the point. This book will turn you upside down.

I have to admit when I read the blurb for this book I was a bit shocked at the bluntness of the topic and I think that’s why I dove in head first to it. I have found that the books which have topics I normally wouldn’t’ discuss in polite company tend to be the most thought provoking. And after hours of what can be sometimes mindless fantasy I just really need something to get those rusty cogs a-moving up there.

I am giving this book 5 Birds and Suzuma a standing ovation for writing a incredibly realistic, captivating and utterly fascinating account of what is commonly a highly disfavored topic. I suggest this book for anyone 18+ as there is graphic sexual content, more then I have run into in a YA novel before in fact.

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{Blogger Babble} Sign On The Dotted Line

By: | May 25, 2011
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I know, I’ve talked about weather a blog should request a follow, or not for contests. We’ve been over the pros and cons and I have noticed that my numbers have stayed growing at the same rate regardless of the required follow or not…(still doesn’t mean I may not go back you requiring, just saying) This rant is not about that….completely.

Today there is a Splash into Summer Hop going on, and I actually do like these hops, and really admire I’m a Reader Not a Writer who starts the majority of them. I love seeing blogs I may otherwise not find just popping about the WWW. I have been to, enjoyed and followed just because I wanted to, dozens of blogs today. And, entering for some cool prizes is a bonus too. But not all blogs I followed did I enter a contest at, and vice versa.

The one thing that is driving me freakishly insane at the moment, the muse behind my rant right now, is these bloggers who have forms SO LONG I have to scroll 2-4 times to see it all. Question after Question, did you do this? Will you do that? GAH! Really? Want my first born and the deed to my house as well?

Yes, I WILL follow your blog to enter, and I will probably even follow you on Twitter weather you ask me to or not, because you know I love my feed full and moving and full of fun….but I will not do the other 56,876 things you ask. I am not signing up for your e-mail, I see your blogs daily in my blog role – what purpose does this serve me? The e-mail should be an option for those who don’t use blogger or RSS?. I will not, WILL NOT tweet your contest! IT’S A BLOG HOP – your blog and contest is on 300+ blogs as we speak, you get hundreds of hits a day simply because of this – you do not need us pimping out the contest further and clogging everyone’s feeds.

Now bloggers are asking you to not only follow, tweet and sign up for this, they as asking you sign up for their other contests, click on something on their other blog, comment on one of their posts – then leave a link. This means I have to have this blog open in two tabs so I don’t loose the…ARRRRGGGHHHH! *bangs head into wall*

STOP COMPLICATING THINGS.

Here’s my words of wisdom to help everyone out there in bloggerville hosting, or planning to host a contest…when I look at contest and decide if I’m going to enter or not, this is the rules of thumb I keep in mind….

Structure your form around your Prize.
Simply put, if you are giving away a paperback copy of “Such and Such” from 2008 that everyone has already read and owns…don’t have a six page form to fill out. Get the Name, Email, and a follow if this is how you roll. That’s IT!

If your giving away a gift card, new/pre-ordered books – maybe ask them to follow you on twitter too, but don’t require it.

If you’re giving away ipads, cars, plane tickets, diamonds, dates with the author…then ask me for everything down to my blood type, because at this point – for this kind of prize I’m willing to go above and beyond…why? THE PRIZE IS WORTH THE TIME I SPEND ENTERING.

Look, I know this is a “to each their own” thing and no matter what I say it’s not going to change anything. Just know this – I will bet a year’s worth of books that you actually lose more potential followers and entrants then you gain when you ask too much.(and this doens't include things like cute questions at the end for fun...."do you have a pet" not asking too much "mail me your first born, a cow and a left shoe" asking too much....)

*steps off of soap box feeling a little better*

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{Cover Reveal} Clockwork Prince

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Cassandra Clares next installment of The Infernal Devices Series, Clockwork Prince has a cover – I would like you all to meet Jem!

Well, what do you think?

Clockwork Prince is out December 6., 2011

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{Book Review} The Day Before

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The Day Before
Author: Lisa Schroder
Format: eBook (ARC)
Pages: 320
Published: June 28, 2011
Rating: 2.5 Birds

Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.

Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.

The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him. And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now—he’s living each moment like it’s his last.

I am having many conflicting thoughts about this book. Most of them surround the fact that this isn’t a traditional book, but instead it’s story is all told through poetry.

Now, I’m not big into poetry. I have my favorites and things like that but I don’t claim to be an expert by any means. That said, I don’t even really know if the way this book is written could be described as poetry….? It was all just choppy paragraphs crammed with information and to me made it feel more like like a writer's lazy attempt to tell a FANTASTIC story with out having to do all the work. There was nothing “poetic” about the lay out to me at all.

You’ll see I did say there is a fantastic story in this, and there is. I tell you no lies.The story intertwined in these “poems” is amazing and new, different and heart-wrenching. The potential for a full novel is there and while I am sure Schroder wrote the book in poetic format for a reason – I didn’t see it nor do I feel it benefited the story in any way. In fact, dare I say it actually hinders it quite a bit.

You might need some tissues with this one. I had some tears welling up at one point. And because it’s written as “poems” you can blow through this in one sitting, easy. Because I wasn’t a fan of the layout, and I feel it kind of ruined the story for me I’m giving the book 2.5 – 3 Birds. I recommend that if you are going to read this that you borrow it from the library rather then buy it.

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Rosmelie is Waiting On:

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Silence
Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 4, 2011

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever

You can find Becca Fitzpatrick’s Blog HERE or find her on TWITTER

Amber is Waiting On:

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Witch Eyes
Scott Tracey
Release Date: September 8, 2011

Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.
After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.
To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves

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What are you Waiting on this Wednesday!? Be sure to link me so I can stop by and see yours too!

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{Book Birthday} Blood Magic

By: | May 24, 2011
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What are you doing today?

The correct answer is RUNNING, not walking to your local book store to pick up your copy of Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton!

Happy Book Birthday Tessa & Blood Magic

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This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. It's a natural next-read for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Becca Fitzpatrick. But instead of mythical creatures, blood magic has everything to do with primal human desires like power, wealth, and immortality.
Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick—the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic. Drawn together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick must find out who else in their small Missouri town knows their secret and will do anything to take the book and magic from Silla

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 8

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!

This Weeks Topic Is:
Top Ten Books You Lied About

Lied about reading, lied about NOT reading, lied about liking/disliking, etc....dish your dirty secrets!!

In no particular order:

ROSMELIE’S LIST:

1) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling - the first time I claimed to have read it, I didn't finish it because I knew Dumbledore died. I've since read the entire way.

2) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares - Claimed to have read it, only managed twenty pages before I got bored.

3) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Totally lied about disliking this book to my mom. It's one of my favorite books of all time.

4) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - Lied about being indifferent to this in the series. It's my second favorite.

5) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - I haven't actually finished it. It was a time when I got a lot of slack from reading about vampires, so I just stopped halfway through. I'm going to finish it though. I was starting to like it.

6) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - Only got thirty pages in, never went back to it. Told my mom and best friend at the time I'd read it so they'd get off my case.

And that's honestly as much as I have. I will admit to hating reading until I was 19 and on my way to New Zealand though. The Princess Diaries turned it all around, and I won't deny that!

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7) The Host by Stephenie Meyer -. Look I tried. I know it’s amazing and I just need to get past the first 100 pages…I’ve heard it all before. IMO if a book has 100 pages in front that suck, it’s not worth my reading no matter how good the rest is. It’s on my READ list, even though I never finished it.

8) House of Night Series by PC and Kriten Cast – My star rating on them is a 2-3, I was being generous I really hated them with every fiber of my being and they should have gotten 1 star if not less.

9) The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards – I watched the movie on TV but could never get around to reading the book. No real interest in bawling twice. It too is marked as read in my good reads account.

10) Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward – I like them, I just don’t like it as much as some of my friends. I can’t whip through the 9 book series on right after the other. They all feel the same to me.

And this is it for me. I can’t think of anything else really.

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{Book Review} The Advice Girl + Giveaway

By: | May 23, 2011
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The Advice Girl
a novella
Author: L.A. Shaw
Format: eBook
Pages: 106
Published: March 27, 2011
Rating: 3 to 3.5 Birds

Kira and Sophia have been best friends since they were five years old. They share an apartment together, and tell each other everything.
Everyone loves Sophia, and she is often called the advice girl by people who know her. Kira believes she knows her friend better than anyone. But in a mysterious accident, Sophia loses her life.
Kira is mourning the devastating loss when she finds a note addressed to her from beyond the grave. Kira realizes she doesn't know her friend as well as she thought, as she starts to uncover the truth. She falls into a deep depression, confused and lost, until a visit from a strange man puts her in the middle of a war between two secret societies.
Kira soon understands that she is in danger, and doesn't know who to trust. She has to fight for her own life now.

Here’s another case of don’t judge a book buy it’s cover. The Advice Girl is suspenseful, well narrated, and has a really great plot behind it. I think that LA Shaw may have sold herself short by only making this a novella. At 106 pages I whipped through this bad boy in a few hours, staggering it between two days though, wanted to savor it a bit.

Things I really enjoyed were, the plot, of course it was an interesting and new idea. Very creative! I also like the realism of the characters and the connections they had with each other. I could very honestly put myself in their shoes, and I really look for this when I’m reading. I want to BE them.

One thing that I found a little annoying was some of the dialog, specifically the conversations between Sophia and Ethan. They almost always said a lot, all at once. No pauses, breaks, no “she moved to the other side of the room and continued”. It felt like, when I read one of their responses I was trying to get it all out in one breath and barely able to make it. Almost like it was a “word vomit” where you say everything in your head to get it out. Also, while Ethan was raised in London, his language just felt forced and unnatural. He sounded like a man 3 times his age at time.

I’m having a hard time pinning a number on this one so it falls betwee 3 and 3.5 Birds. I would recommend it to anyone who likes paranormal Romance or Fantasy for sure. It’s a quick little read and worth the time spent on it! I , personally felt it needed a little tightening up here and there. All in all it was a Good Story.

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{Book Review} Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat

By: | May 22, 2011
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Tobacco Stained -
Mountain Goat
Author: Andrez Bergen
Format: ePub (on Nook)
Pages: 236
Published: April 1st, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

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Cut to Melbourne, Australia--the most glamorous city in the world. It also happens to be the only one left standing, but nevermind that, we're there now and I'd like you to meet your narrator, a certain Floyd Maquina, a likable chap with one hell of a story to share. See, the powers that be are knuckling down on the Deviant menace that plagues the city, and our boy Floyd's unknowingly got himself in the thick of it. Cue guns, intrigue, kidnappings, conspiracy and all sorts of general mayhem that make for cracking good headlines. Does Floyd stop the bad guys? Does he get the girl? Does he make Humphrey Bogart proud? Grab some popcorn and read on

My first thought of the book was, I’m sure the same as yours…Weird title?

Don’t fret, it’s all explained in the book and it’s a line from an old movie that isn’t even giving reference to goats in fact.The books not about goats, although there is one in there. I wouldn't say he has a big role or anything though – more of a walk-on, if you will.

The beginning of this book threw me a bit, I don’t know a lot of about movies from the 30’s and 40’s and they are referenced quite a bit. Never fear, there is a glossary in the back of each book should you want to check things out- though if you don’t need to know who say, George Sanders is to enjoy the book. My lack of film knowledge didn’t deter me in the slightest. Though…there was kind of an information offloading in the beginning and I’m not a huge fan of that, per say.

Once past it I was hooked. Floyd, our narrator who, in his own words is a “some what pathetic, self-pitting alcoholic..” is also a snarky man after my own heart,who has an ever ready arsenal of one liners. Most of which I intend to store away for use myself might I add!. The witty British humor kept me laughing through out. (yes, I know he’s Australian…but I correlate the phrases with British as my husband is, and a lot are the same - so sue me.)

Inside this movie referenced, story of a man down on his luck also comes a heart wrenching love story with more twists and turns then a roller coaster. And it’s all set in a forever rainy, remarkably built dystopian/futuristic society.

*cue flashback music* Imagine the world has fallen, all but Melbourne Australia, that is. This is where any survivors from all over the world have fled to, to try to survive. There are still a few million people left, and to control the population once someone is terminally ill, old, or handicapped in anyway the are labeled “Deviants” – outcasts. Criminals.

Can you imagine? You’ve got a bum leg so you are no longer play a functional role in society, so you hide or you die. Or They send you away to be “hospitalized” and basically ignored until you die naturally, or otherwise. I promise you the story with in these pages is truly amazing!

Bergen is a wordsmith, there is no doubt about that. His writing style kept me interested and entertained to no end. My review will not do this book justice, I should have let him write it himself – it would have been far more eloquently stated that is for sure!(luckily we have a guest post from him coming up...where we can all bask in the wonderment that is his word-smithery)

Wrapping up – I suggest this to my more mature readers. 16+ for language and some content. I really enjoyed and really can’t wait for more, should there be any (ahem...hint hint!) and while this may not jump off the page and grab you based on title or cover, I implore you to reconsider. I've never steered you wrong before, have I? I back this book so much I’m going to buy a copy straight away for my step dad, at least! 4 Birds, well done mate! Well done!<--- Needed to get in some "Aussie Talk" before the review was out.

And to help get you geared up about Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat…how about I give away a copy? Yeah? Okay I’m going to let Andrez Bergen do a guest post next week and we’ll do a giveaway for TWO eReader copies then! Stay tuned!

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{In My Mailbox} 8

By: | May 21, 2011
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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme, hosted by The Story Siren, held usually on Sundays that encourages bloggers to share what they bought, won, borrowed or even begged for this week.

Please don’t mind the photos – they were taken last minute with the iPhone…

I WON from Supernatural Must Reads and Jennifer Laurens this amazing t-shirt and autographed copy of Heavenly. It goes well with my amazing tote bag I won last week. Don’t, worry I have stopped entering contests with her things in it so others can win stuff *hehe* – I had quite the streak going on and I am now fully Jennifer Laurens pimped out!

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SENT FOR GIVEAWAYS by Megg Jensen is 10 autographed book marks for her upcoming book, Oubliette Cloud Prophet Trilogy #2. You know you want one! Stay tuned I’ll be doing a Twitter contest for this one, so make sure you are following so you can participate!

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UP FOR REVIEW:

Sent by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is Melody Burning by Whitley Strieber I love the cover!

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Sent by K.A. Tucker is Anathema – our Rosmelie will be reviewing this in July so stayed tuned for that! (another awesome cover!)

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Sent by Kate Ellison is The Curse Girl

The Curse Girl

What’s in your mailbox? Be sure to stop in at The Story Siren and leave your link there too!

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