29 June 2011

{Waiting on Wednesday} 13

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 June 2011 at 9:41 AM | 3 Comments so far

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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.

I just finished reading Swoon by Nina Malkin and I can’t wait for the release of #2, Swear. Watch for my review on Swoon on the 1st of July!

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Swear
Swoon #2
Author: Nina Malkin
Pub Date: October 18th 2011

A promise broken. A bond betrayed. It’s been six months since ghost-turned golem Sinclair Youngblood Powers confessed his love, stole Dice’s heart, and disappeared from Swoon, perhaps from existence. Despite the hurt, Dice has been moving steadily toward ordinary. Dreams of Sin still plague and pleasure her sleep, and the mark of Sin’s love remains on her skin, still sore. But Dice has been throwing herself into music, finding solace in song and sometimes even in the arms of her band mate, Tosh. Life seems almost…normal. The last thing Dice wants is to mess with anything remotely supernatural. But when her best friend’s boyfriend goes missing, Dice has no choice but to become very much involved. She knows that his disappearance was no accident, and it somehow has everything to do with Sin. Because Dice can feel it: Sin is back. And the promises and deceptions he left in his wake have returned to haunt him.
What do you do when an oath of devotion threatens to destroy the one you love?

Find Nina Malkin:

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?
Link me here so I can stop in and see yours too!

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28 June 2011

{Teaser Tuesday} 7

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 June 2011 at 8:28 AM | 8 Comments so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

*Grab Your Current Read
*Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
*Post it to your blog with title & author so other
TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
*Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

Grow your TBR list and make new friends!

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Swoon
Swoon #1
Author: Nina Malkin
Published: May 19th 2009

“Weird shit happens here all the time. Here’s a for instance: Driving with the Leonards to Torrington (a big town, replete with mall), and on one side of the highway it’s pouring rain and on the side the sun is out. Or how’s this: Daddy on the phone, reporting he landed a role in this Mark Wahlberg thriller because the casting director remembered him from elementary school. And what about the day when Ms. Brinker, Swoon Librarian, showed up to work clad in this…dress, pastel pink, with a pattern of interlocking hearts. You’d have to know Ms. Brinker, queen of khaki – know her and see her almost daily as I, her dutiful, unpaid assistant did – to understand that this was not merely monstrous, but very, very weird.” p. 35

Watch for a review of Swoon the first week of July and also while you’re adding Swoon to your TBR, add Swear the second book in the Swoon series, to your list. We will be reviewing that closer to it’s release date in October!

What’s your Teaser Tuesday – Link me here so I can see it too!

{Author Interview} Tessa Gratton

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 1:44 AM | 1 Comment so far

It’s a honor to have Tessa on the blog today!
Check out my review of Blood Magic HERE

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Tessa, thanks for being here today and doing an interview for my readers! I’m thrilled to have you on the blog!

I just finished Blood Magic and I loved it! Silla is such a dynamic , well written character and I notice that you share a love for acting with her, which your fans can see played out in your Tessa Does Shakespeare videos on You Tube (will link) – do you and Silla share any other traits?

Well, obviously we’re both blood witches. But besides that, I’d say we’re most strongly linked by our love of Shakespeare and theater – I don’t enjoy a lot of the things she does, like cleaning for example. Shudder

Blood Magic takes place in a small town called Yaleylah Missouri; does this town hold any special meaning to you? How did it come to be where the book was set?

I invented it to be similar to many of the southern Missouri towns I drive through near the Ozarks and east near the Trial of Tears park. The land is very mysterious, and I wanted a place that had a touch of southern Gothic to it, but also basic practicality. I knew from the beginning Blood Magic needed to be in a small town.

I was fortunate enough to attend KidLitCon 2010 where you and your critique partners, Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff did a lecture called “If I wanted Unconditional Love, I’d call my mother” where you talked about the importance of a critique partner. For those that are unaware of how your critique group works and the importance of it, can you briefly describe it for us?

The three of us met more than three years ago, and we basically talk almost every day, share our work, brainstorm, and hang out as friends. I trust Brenna and Maggie to tell me when what I’m doing is just NOT WORKING, and need them for perspective when I don’t seem to have it myself because I’m too close to the work. We started Merry Fates, our short story blog three years ago almost exactly, publishing free short stories on line as a way to challenge ourselves and improve our writing skills.

Blood Magic just dropped on May 24th, how did you celebrate? Any pub day gifts or appearance of a crow tattoo possibly?

The crow tattoo happened last November! On the 24th, I relaxed at home, blood magicdidn’t do anything huge, and drank some champagne with a couple of close friends. It was very laid back and pleasant.

What would you say was the part you struggled with the most when writing Blood Magic?

Well, the real answer I can’t tell you because it’s hugely spoilery, so what I will say is that it was a long, hard slog to keep making the mystery as layered and interwoven and tense as I could. Every draft I focused on that a while.

What do you do to kick back when you’re not writing bloody stories for the masses?

I watch TV. Especially I enjoy streaming TV series through my Wii. Like Criminal Minds, Community, Bones – those kind of things. I tend to hop between drama and comedy.

Let us know what you’re working on currently:

A series! But it’s a total secret! Sorry, but that’s just how it works in this business. I can’t say anything about it.

Tessa, thanks again for stopping in and since no author has made it through an interview with MMSAI without having to answer one wacky question, I give you yours:

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? And what would the movie be called?

It would be called “Guts of a Writer” and an unknown would have to play me, so that this movie could launch her career!

You can Find Tessa Gratton and her works:

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27 June 2011

{Cover Reveal) The Last Echo

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 June 2011 at 11:59 AM | 4 Comments so far

I adore Kimberly Derting, both as a person (she’s a hoot to chat with!) and as a writer. The Body Finder is among my favorite series and here is the cover of the 3rd installment The Last Echo.


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Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye...

What do you think of it? Are you looking forward to this book as much as me?

Hurry – Go add it to your TBR list on Good reads now!

{Book Review} Hourglass

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Hourglass
Hourglass #1
Author: Myra McEntire
Format: eBook
Pages: 397
Published: June 14th, 2011
Rating: 2.5 Birds

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Being the cover snob I am, I want to start with that. It’s amazing. If you look closely, you will notice that Emerson is actually walking down the wall towards the floor – and I think it is perfect for this story of time travel! While I am sure most if it is photo shopped (hair, dress falling) I would really like to know how this photo shoot went, and HOW! Love this cover, *round of applause*

Onto the book itself. Sadly I can not scream praises for what lies under it’s amazing cover. This book was built up so much and I felt it just didn’t meet my expectations.

Emerson, to be perfectly honest, is rather annoying and I especially had a hard time with all her internally spoken side comments. They portrayed her as indecisive and wishy - washy. It was frustrating to me because she had such a solid foundation and fantastic backstory it felt wasteful for her to wind up as she did.

You will get some romance in this book, but I wouldn't compare it to a “Love triangle” as others have. The third person who fills out the triangle is just like blip on the screen compared to the main love interest. It felt like he was added as an after thought almost, he’s there, and then he’s not. Very dissatisfying. Also a lot went unanswered in this, and in some cases things were mentioned dozens of times but never explained or even hinted at an explanation would eventually come.

The plot and concept were amazing. Another factor that makes me so upset that the ingredients to this were lacking so much. We have time-travel, romance, suspense, “ghosts” so to speak, it was just a really neat concept. Hourglass is part of a series that I will admit that I will read the next in but mostly because I am in love with Michael, one of Emerson’s love interests.

Wrapping up, it was alright. It felt all over the place to me at times. I feel it was overrated and the hype behind it doesn’t stand up to the actual novel. Like mentioned before I will read at least book 2, see if things get any better but if there’s more after that and I struggle through it like I did the first one I will cease reading any more Hourglass books.

2.5 birds

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26 June 2011

{Book Review} Abandon

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 June 2011 at 10:25 AM | | | | | | 6 Comments so far

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Abandon
Abandon Trilogy #1
Author: Meg Cabot
Pages: 320
Published: April 26th, 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

My take:

A self-proclaimed mega fan of Meg Cabot, I wanted to take a stab at this story because not only did the premise set off with the whole realm of the dead, but it immediately reminded me of a story I’d read in my Greek mythology class. Low and behold – Meg actually did use the story of Persephone to write this, or at least part of it.

From the get go, I was drawn in to this book. Pierce is snide, and a little bit crazy. Despite what had happened to her before moving to Isla Huesos (and you’ll totally get the understanding of the name by the end), she’s trying to make a fresh start. I think that was a big part of what can pull any reader into this book. It gave off the feeling of the lost girl who didn’t really know where she fit.

And with the realizations of not knowing who to trust, or who your real friends are, Abandon set the true experience of feeling alone through the eyes of Pierce. To me, she felt like that girl I was back in high school – though I never died and came back to life.

The greater part of this in my experience were the likeness’ to the mythological story of the underworld, and Persephone. The downturn, in my opinion, was that we hardly find out much about John in this story – or rather, who is the likeness of Hades.

I feel like there could have been a little bit more on Pierce’s cousin Alex too, but I feel like there is going to be more on him in book 2. There was also little on her mother – but I don’t feel like she’s as important to the entirety of this trilogy – and won’t be.

The biggest twist came near the end of the story, and in an unusual fashion, I didn’t really see it coming. It’s not the last thing that happens, which I did expect, but one of the things that led to it that made me stop and say “Whoa, hold up…” So I’m really looking forward to seeing that particular thing play out in the next book!

Meg will always be someone I admire. Her style of writing pulls you in, no matter how much you don’t want it to sometimes (like when you need to leave for work, or go to class…or run a silly errand), and reading Abandon was no different. I deducted the half a bird for not giving me more on John. I know it will be coming, but I just felt sort of let down by not getting just a tid more. Maybe I should really be giving this one devil horns, or flames…

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25 June 2011

And The Winners Are:

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 June 2011 at 9:32 AM | 1 Comment so far

Thank you everyone who entered our Mid-Summer Eve blog hop contest! We had a great turn out in the end and I am really excited to give these prizes away so, with out further ado, our winners are:

Grand Prize Winner
Charm bracelet with 10 charms
Devan @ Book Strings
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Second Place Winner
A Touch Mortal Book Cover Scrabble Piece Necklace
Jessi E. (The Elliott Review)
http://elliottreview.blogspot.com

Third Place Winner
Stay Mortal Scrabble Piece Necklace
Tiffany Drew

Fourth Place Winner
Children of the Moon Book
Janelle Ashton

Each person will be e-mailed sometime today to confirm! :0)

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23 June 2011

{Blogger Babble} Hey, How do you Review?

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 June 2011 at 12:01 AM | | 4 Comments so far

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Keeping in step with the Blogger Babble I did entitled Hey, How’d You Get That ARC? I thought I would keep going and answer another few questions asked of me in the past few months.

This weeks topic is:

Hey, How Do You Review?

Do you take notes when you read?

My brain moves at about 800 miles a minute. I read roughly 4 books a week. If I didn’t take notes I would easily have the worst reviews known to man. Some of you might already think I do as is..lol. If that’s the case, just don’t tell me. I’m better off not knowing..hehe.

Now, there is a few parts to this though. The first being, I am more likely to take better notes when reading on “Mah Nookie” because I can easily highlight favorite quotes, or if I have a great idea while reading about what to put in the review I can put the note in and then go back and have them all laid out neat and pretty for me. You would be surprised how often an idea hits me, mid book.

When I’m reading a physical copy this is more difficult. I find it a sin against man and unicorns to mark up a book (with the exception of my copy of City of Bones which looks a lot like some Christians bibles – long story!) I always mean to have a note pad with me while I read, but even if I do, I tend to misplace it or a child finds it and makes it a work of art. Because of this, my note taking for physical copies has become strictly post-it note based. In general I’ll mark a page number and jot a note about what I’m trying to recall. Doesn’t always work as well as the Nook process, but way better then nothing.

Do you think note taking is necessary for good reviews?

Heck no! I just think it’s the way I need to do it. Find your groove and go with it, that’s what I say!

22 June 2011

{Waiting on Wednesday} 12

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 June 2011 at 9:42 AM | 8 Comments so far

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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.

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The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: November 15th, 2011

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.

I am so excited about another book from Brenna! I really enjoyed her first book, The Replacement. If you haven't’ read it yet, it too should be added to your TRB!

Find Brenna Yovanoff:

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21 June 2011

{Book Review} Oubliette

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 June 2011 at 9:11 AM | | | | | | 4 Comments so far

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Oubliette
The Cloud Prophet Trilogy Book 2
Author: Megg Jensen
Pages: 222
Format: eARC
Release Date: June 20, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

Reychel thought she was finally free. She was wrong.
Everyone saw her gift of prophecy as a blessing, but her gift is uncontrollable. No one alive can teach her to manipulate her unique gift and the answers she needs lie buried within a madman’s journals.
She’s thrust in the midst of a brewing war and the only uniting factor for her people is their belief in the Prophet. Will Reychel learn to control her gift or will she be forced to deliver a false prophecy that could lead her people into a violent, unwinnable war?

I am so thrilled to be apart of this Blog Tour for Oubliette!

Oubliette delivers the same suspense, intrigue and beautiful imagery that Anathema did and that I have grown to expect from Megg Jensen.

More then once, well okay more then twice…no wait….okay at least 3 times I was tossed a curve ball while reading that made me scoot to the edge of the couch, face 2 inches from my Nook saying “Nooooo?” with a a hint of shock and awe dripping from the word.

The ending, well Miss Megg Jensen, be happy you live several hours away. I honestly turned the page expecting more and was floored to find out I was left hanging until the final book in the trilogy comes out. It left me with just enough curiosity clawing away at my brain to make Megg Jensen happy (the evil mastermind she is!) and feel she’s done her job sufficiently *wink* Always leave them wanting more! And she has!

Oubliette gets 5 birds from Me, My Shelf and I and I can not wait to finish off the Trilogy, though I have to say that saying good bye to this magical land Jensen created will be difficult.

Want to win Oubliette, Anathema and other amazing prizes including a $25 gift card to Amazon?? Click HERE to find all the details, conditions and GOOD LUCK!

Find Megg Jensen and The Cloud Prophet Trilogy

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{Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway} Blog Hop

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | | 5 Comments so far

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Me, My Shelf and I is so happy to be participating in the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. We are number 136 on the list.

There are 240+ blogs participating so be sure to stop in and try your luck at as many of them as you can! Good Luck! Check Linky Tool at bottom for all other participants.

Just fill out the form, and be sure to do so before June 24th, when the contest closes!

There will be
FOUR WINNERS!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER gets make their own book inspired charm bracelet with a total of 10 charms from Inspired by Books Designs (click photo below for some charm ideas!)

Make a bracelet to represent your favorite book, or get a bunch of different charms and represent all your favorite books! Your bracelet will only have 10 charms on it, and will not be as crowded as the ones below - but you can continue to add as time goes on!

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SECOND & THIRD PLACE WINNER gets a scrabble piece necklace with the cover of A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford on it or with the phrase Stay Mortal, inspired by A Touch Mortal You’ll be twinsies with Leah herself as I sent her one of each as well - and she loved them!

2nd place get the Book Cover and 3rd place gets Stay Mortal

Both of these were also made by Inspired By Books Designs

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FOURTH PLACE WINNER will get an autographed copy of Children of the Lost Moon by Gabrielle Blue – which has great reviews on good reads!

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Winners will be announced on the 25th via a post here on the blog and contacted by e-mail! Open to US Residents only.


20 June 2011

{Author Interview} Laura Goode

By: Me My Shelf And I | 20 June 2011 at 9:34 AM | | Be the first to comment!

As you all may recall, I reviewed Sister Mischief not too long back and now I’m really excited to be bringing you an interview with the author, Laura Goode!

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What was the biggest thing that led you to sitting down, and writing Sister Mischief?

My love for young people, and my frustration with the lack of strong literary role models for young women of all different cultural backgrounds and sexual identities.

Before actually becoming Sister Mischief, did the novel have a different title as a WIP, or was it always straight out "Sister Mischief"?

I originally wanted to call it "Glamourpuss," but my best friend, who is way smarter than I am, talked me out of it. It was actually her who came up with Sister Mischief. Thanks, Rae!

You grew up in Minnesota, was that the biggest factor in deciding the setting for the novel?

Yes. I love the Twin Cities, and wanted to celebrate Minnesota with my first novel; it's the cauldron in which my whole love of literature was fired. I also had a very dear friend from childhood pass away suddenly in 2007, and I think his death pointed me toward home and forced me to be honest with myself about the depth of my relationship with it in a way I wasn't brave enough to do before.

You're extremely straight forward in your writing, not just in the novel, but also in the works on your website - Do you find it fits better/is more beneficial to how people perceive you, or does that stem from the way you were raised? (I completely admire that characteristic in you and wish I could be more straightforward, I'm just curious.)

Ha! You might call me blunt to a fault. I prize the ability to communicate clearly and directly about even the hardest, most uncomfortable things above all others, so 51meAatPhGLI'm honored that you think I'm straightforward. And yes, I do think it also stems from the way I was raised--my mother tells it like it is more than anyone I know. I think teens, especially, deserve more direct, honest communication about the issues that trouble them--sex, identity, becoming.

Self acclaimed feminist and unicorn master - what has your biggest adventure been in having both of those qualities?

Feminism is certainly a driving force in my ideology, life, and work. I think one of the biggest feminist adventures I've ever had was co-chairing the Columbia/Barnard delegation to the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. in 2004. My planning partner and I coordinated over 300 students, professors, and others to go to D.C. and stand up for a woman's right to choose. I'm proud of that, and I'll remember that experience forever. As for my mastery of unicorns--like many of my best ideas, it was pilfered from a close poet friend, who told me that was his ideal job. Poets are entrusted with defending the magic in all things, I think.

Are you more attuned to Hip-Hop now that you've written this novel?

Definitely. I've always loved hip-hop, but in order to create my heroines' encyclopedic love of the genre, I did tons of research. Pandora is an incredible engine for discovering new music and broadening your range of listening. As a poet, too, I revere the language of rap--rhythm and poetry--and would argue that it's one of the most important poetic movements of the 20th century.

And lastly, everyone needs a funny question, so - If you had a kangaroo, what would you name it?

Norman.

Remember Sister Mischief drops July 12th from Candlewick Press

Pre-Order your Hardcover copy for only $9.99 on Amazon or Barns and Noble

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19 June 2011

{In My Mail Box} 12

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 June 2011 at 1:27 AM | 14 Comments so far

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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 got for review, bought, won, borrowed or even begged for this week.

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GIVEN AS A GIFT FROM ROSMELIE TO ME:

Autographed copies of Hereafter by Tara Hudson, Die For Me by Amy Plum and Divergent by Veronica Roth! She picked them up for me at the Dark Days of Supernatural Summer Tour she reported on yesterday

GIFT FROM JENNIFER SOMMERSBY:

Autographed copy of Sleight, with it’s beautiful new cover! Get Yours HERE

eBooks UP FOR REVIEW:

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Between The Land and The Sea & The Moon and the Tide by Derrolyn Anderson

Ultraviolet by RJ Andersson

Flyaway by Helen Landalf

FANTASTIC SWAG

Book Marks, Postcards and GUITAIR PICKS (totally kick ass!) from Jennifer Armentrout for Half-Blood

2 Near Witch Book Marks, one for me, and one to leave some place random, from Victoria Schwab

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Hey, and don’t mind my photos, my camera got left at my dads and the card for my bog SLR decided it was having a bad day and went corrupt..grrr. Thankfully I have my iPhone!

So what’s in your mail box this week?

18 June 2011

{Author Meetings} Dark Days of Supernatural–Naperville IL

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 June 2011 at 1:14 AM | 2 Comments so far

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Coming to you from Naperville Illinois at Anderson’s Book Store June 2011

The Dark Days of Supernatural tour featured five fabulous authors time stop on the tour, and of course their amazing books! The five featured authors were:

Amy Plum, Tara Hudson, Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, and Veronica Roth.

After some great, and funny, introductions on themselves, we launched into a Q&A with the authors. People were picked at random, and I did my best to scrawl it all out via my computer.

Many people now run book blogs. Do the blogs ever impact how you write the next part of your story, how you feel about what you’ve already written, or inspire you? (asked by MMSAI)

Aprilynne – read a lot more book blogs when she first came out because she liked to read them and find out if she’d done anything universally wrong. She doesn’t look much anymore, unless she’s curious about someone else’s book.

Ellen – doesn’t read the blogs but does read her emails – it gives her an idea of what people want to see in the next book.

Veronica – She used to check them more then now…checking reviews makes her nervous so it harms her ability to write. It’s a good place to find out good things to read because some of the reviews are really intelligent and thoughtful.

Amy – In the beginning when there was nothing else to do, she read everything that came out. After things started heating up, she stopped reading about herself. She still loves to read about other authors though.

Tara – She does like when the blogs give more personal aspects that are more specific like author interviews or character interviews. It shows more about the authors/characters personalities.

Here’s Rosmelie with Amy Plum with a little sign saying “Hi Amber”

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The ladies comment on the Wall Street Journal Controversy about YA books being too dark.

Veronica - sometimes things disturb you but sometimes it’s a good thing. It’s okay as a parent sometimes to say not to read it…but what’s not okay is telling other parents to tell their children not to read the books. Some kids need those books to get through their own issues.

Ellen – There’s not just one kind of book, use your discretion

Aprilynne – She works hard not to make the books dark and disturbing – there is a lot of good stuff…from 12 and up. Bright and fluffy bubblegum, and there is dark and disturbing that shouldn’t be given to anyone under 16. They deserve respect.

Amy and Tara agree.

16 June 2011

{Book Review} Blood Magic

By: Me My Shelf And I | 16 June 2011 at 11:46 PM | | | | | | | | | 8 Comments so far

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Blood Magic
Blood Journals #1
Author: Tessa Gratton
Format eBook
Pages: 405
Published: May 24th 2011
Rating 5 + Birds

Draw a circle ... place a dead leaf in the center ... sprinkle some salt ... recite a little Latin ... add a drop of blood ...
Maybe that last part isn't exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents' horrific deaths. She's willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.
The book isn't the only recent arrival in Silla's life. There's Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She's not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick's first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can't deny their attraction. And they can't ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.
Tessa Gratton's intoxicating first novel will keep pulses racing, minds reeling, and pages turning right up to the very last drop of blood

HO-lee Bejesus, someone please turn this book into a movie!

Blood Magic is an edge-of-your-seat-suspenseful, sometimes tear inducing, blood covered thrill ride! It was a welcomed and much needed change up from your run of the mill YA! I have been waiting for this book..gosh feels like forever! Ever since I met Tessa back…oh, you’ve heard this story? And I tell it too much? Okay I won’t tell it. Again. But I’ve been waiting a long time for it. And it was worth it.

I have never, not once handed out the 5+ Bird rating ever, and I bestow it upon Tessa Gratton for thoroughly creeping me out. (I actually had to stop reading the book on the patio as bugs were dive bombing me and, well that was just just too close to home – read the book, you’ll get it.)

We start the book with Silla Kennicott is making due as best she can, after having just found her parents bloody bodies heaped together in her fathers study, an apparent murder suicide, only months prior

In order to handle the world around her and the ongoing, unwanted attention from the death of her parents, she does what she knows, what she does best. She acts. She’s a bright star in the schools theater club, so she slips on metaphorical masks to give her the strength to make it through the day. A blue mask to calm her, a red one for courage. But someone can see though these imaginary masks she wears. Nicholas. The mysterious and good looking boy-next-door.

Magic ensues (the real sort, not that froo froo Tinkerbell crap). Love blossoms. And an all out war for bodies and spells is set in motion. Blood Magic will leave you guessing, I really thought I had it figured out a few times but Tessa will leave you second guessing. And you know what? I loved it! I had to think, it wasn’t a mindless read, it begged me to participate in it, and I gladly obliged!

Gratton’s impeccable use of imagery is not only beautiful but so well done that it gives life to the scenery on the pages as if it were almost one of the main characters. She balances this with a total realism that a book about blood needs. She doesn't pussy foot around when describing the blood, the death, the love, the kisses. It's all there in black and white, you know...or red. There's just enough magic to make it magical, just enough blood to make it gory, and just enough real life to make you stare your neighbor deeper in the eye, just to make sure it’s him. Blood Magic, is in itself, it’s own little spell.

All in all, before I go on endlessly, this book was amazing. It was great. (I’m clearly running out of adjectives…) It was creepy and gross and different and BLOODY and I loved it. So much, I ditched my cutsie birds for one review and made a special one, just for Tessa and Blood Magic.

(PLUS just a random bit here, NARKOTIKA makes a small, but noticeable appearance in Blood Magic. Who can tell me why this is so freaking cool?)

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{Follow Friday} 6

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 9:08 PM | 23 Comments so far

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by ParaJunkee – helping bloggers get out there and meet new bloggers!

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This weeks Question is:

Q. Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

This one is easy, though I think most of you might feel that it’s a copout.
My favorite genre is Paranormal Romance
And the book that brought me to it was Twilight.
Yes. Twilight. You see before Twilight (which I actually fought, argued and threated to physically harm people who told me I should read it for MONTHS before I broke down due to bed rest and it only being $7) I didn’t even know the genre existed.
I had fallen away from my obsessive reading habits for several years, and when I did read, I read True Crime for the most part. I’m morbid. I know.


Twilight opened a whole new world for me, and brought me back to my love of reading. Mush to the dismay of my loving husband who has to share me with stacks of books these days.
And this is exactly why I don’t care what anyone thinks of the fact I am a Die Hard Twilight Fan!

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{Book Review} Carrier of the Mark

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Carrier of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Published: October 4th, 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?
A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRís calls to her body and soul.
She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.

Leigh Fallon sets her debut novel, Carrier of the Mark in Ireland, but you never really feel like you are a stranger in the land she chose. Unlike Leigh herself, I’m assuming most of you don’t split your time each year between the US and Ireland :0) The setting is perfectly described and even the sometimes hard to figure out Irish names and pronunciation is explained effortlessly as you learn things along with Megan. It’s never forced or seems out of place at all. In fact, in most cases you find yourself laughing along as Megan learns words like ”numpty”.

The ideas and myths Fallon creates are intriguing and memorizing and will take you on a journey so intense you will have no other choice but to really believe you are in Kinsale, seeing and experiencing everything right along with Megan, Rian, Adam, and Aine. The characters are fresh, layered and have hilarious banter.

This book has a little bit of everything, mystery, intrigue, romance, family, friendships, magic- you know everything that makes for a phenomenal paranormal romance!

Last, just a side note. On the back cover of the ARC, it says that fans of House of Night by PC and Kristen Cast and the Need Series by Carrie Jones will be enticed by Carrier of the Mark. I have not yet read the Need series, though it’s on my TBR; however I have read HON and have to say that it horrifies me that COTM was compared to it. Not only do I dislike with a deep passion the HON series ( I found it tired, poorly written and dragged out), I don’t see much of a connection other then mention of the elements. I just had to get that out of the way, it’s been bothering me since I read it when the ARC arrived.

Please, if you read this same thing anywhere and are not a fan of HON, do not let it deter you from reading COTM. You are doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t put it on your TBR list right now and pre-order!

Find Leigh Fallon and Carrier of the Mark

Also watch out closer to her pub date, for what’s sure to be an amazing and funny guest post done by both me and Leigh!(which will have some fa-tab-u-lous swag giveaways in it!)

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15 June 2011

{Waiting on Wednesday} 11

By: Me My Shelf And I | 15 June 2011 at 2:38 AM | 5 Comments so far

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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.

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White Crow
By Marcus Sedgwick
Pub Date: July 1st 2011
Orin Publishing

A modern gothic thriller about what awaits us after death - angels or the devil.

Rosmelie’s WoW

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By: Helen Landoff
Pub Date: December 19th 2011
Harcourt Children’s Books

Girl loves Mom. Mom loves meth.

Stevie Calhoun is fifteen and knows how to take care of herself. Her mom has disappeared for days at a time before. So why is Aunt Mindy making such a big deal of it now? Whatever. Stevie will pack up her gypsy skirts, midriffs, camouflage pants, and red high heels. She’ll go with Aunt Mindy. But it doesn’t mean she’s going to stay. Mom will return and promise to never see Drake and his white powder again. Stevie will make sure of that. If Mom’s awake, she’ll be with her. If she’s working at the club, Stevie will hang at home and count the hours. Who cares about school? Who cares about Alan and helping those stupid birds? Crap. Does she? With a powerful mix of humor and heartbreak, Flyaway is a contemporary novel that takes a frank, hopeful look at the victims of addiction and their right to a safe and heartening future.

What’s Your WoW This week?

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{Book Review} Bone Dressing

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Bone Dressing
Author: Michelle I. Brooks
Pages: 364
Format eBook
Published: April 20th 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

Sydney Roberdeau lost her parents as a young girl. Waiting for her life to start and the freedom that will come with her eighteenth birthday, Syd spends much of her time haunting the local cemetery. It is there, stretched out among the dead, that she feels most alive, most at home. Until one rainy night when Beau, Sarah and T.J. crash her ghostly sanctuary, appearing out of nowhere, turning her already inside-out world one degree past upside down.
Syd must now revisit past lives, dressing in the bodies of her previous selves … bone dressing. Her only chance to outrun the evil breathing down her neck is to face her own worst nightmares and her strongest desires. But if she can’t stay out of trouble in this life, how can she possibly fix mistakes from past lives? And just how many lives has she lived, loved and lost? What is Syd exactly, and what will she risk for the life of a man she doesn’t remember, the man she spent a lifetime with, the man she loves? Everything … including her very own life?
Bone Dressing, the first in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau on an adventure that transcends life itself

My take: The reason I agreed to read this book was because of it’s premise. I have a firm belief in past lives myself, so that was a big and easy YES to read this. When I received the book, I can’t tell you how excited I was.

Delving into the book, I found myself lost in the world that belonged to Sydney. I must admit, she reminded me a lot of myself at times. And I won’t lie when I said, Michelle had me at page 3 when she used the term “bass-ackwards”. Who does that? Michelle, that’s who! So that drew me in right away. Going through a journey about a girl and her dealing with life itself seemed very natural, until she revealed where she felt most at home.

Throughout the book I kept wondering, “why does she feel so at home…not at home?” But it reveals itself later on through the book as to why exactly she’s more comfortable in a place that’s not a home. Does that make sense? No? Well that’s okay, you’ll get it if you read it. There are so many things revealed throughout the book, but then again, there are things left out so it makes you truly go “okay, what next?!”

I really loved Syd, if you couldn’t tell already…but I also loved Beau. He’s such a forlorn character in the book, and though sometimes we really don’t see much of him, you can tell there’s this hint of something else being there…linking him to Syd in a way no other person could possibly be linked.

Mr. Askew was probably my least favorite character, but he was so well written for the part. He reminded me very much of a former teacher that I had that most people are too unwilling to speak of! No one ever believes that teachers are capable of being these sick creatures, but I feel like Michelle did such a wonderful job of portraying that aspect, that people might now actually believe it.

All in all, the story captured so much in me because of the reactions Syd had to things, the way she talked, and the way the story panned out. You can tell by the ending that there’s so much more to Syd and Beau’s story that it could definitely be turned into more books. Knowing it will be is extremely exciting.

I gave this book 4 birds on a chance. I absolutely ADORE the cover, it’s actually perfect for the story itself. The story itself pulled my mind in different directions, and I think that’s why I liked it so much. I can’t wait to see where Syd, Beau, and even TJ and Sarah go next. It will surely be exciting.

Special thanks to Michelle too for sending the book my way!

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14 June 2011

{Top Ten Tuesday} 11

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 June 2011 at 2:41 AM | 10 Comments so far

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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 "Awww" Moments In Books

(those cute lines, charming actions, kisses, or any other sentimental moment that made you say "AWWW!)

A word of warning, these may be kind of spoilery, so if you glace through I bolded the names of the books so you can skip anything you haven’t read.

Rosmelie reading list

1) When Michael Moscovitz made this computer program for Winter Carnival and wrote the little part of a poem that flashed on the screen and it said "I love you too". - The Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky

2) When Ron and Hermione finally kissed in Deathly Hallows and realized they were truly in love with each other, regardless of the fact they were also fighting off Voldemort! - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

3) Anyone who's read Twilight probably thinks it's an aww moment - but when Edward and Bella finally got married. - Breaking Dawn

4) When Ryan and Penny kiss under the mistletoe after all of Penny's trepidation of dating - The Lonely Hearts Club

5) Lucy set up a date for Kieran and Solange, and the first thing Solange could even do was kiss Kieran. It was aww because she's a vampire and he's a vampire hunter! - Hearts at Stake-The Drake Chonicles.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd that's all I have. Pretty good for thinking on the fly though from me. I know there's a moment in Performance Anxiety that's super aww worthy, but I don't have my book as it's up there in MN with Ashley B.

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1) The end of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – if you’ve read it you know what I mean. If you can’t remember it, first off SHAME ON YOU and go grab your copy and AWWW all over. It’s the last 2 sentences

2) In Meant To Be by Tiffany King, when Mark comes back and fights his way into Krista’s room past her mother to help her.

3) In Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: “You love me, real or not real?” I tell him, “Real” Peeta and Katniss

4) In Vampire Academy when this was spoken: "Rose: "Do you think I'm pretty?"
Dimitri: "I think your beautiful" Rose: "Beautiful?"
Dimitri: You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes"

5) Pretty much everything that comes out of Noah’s mouth in The Notebook, total AWWW moment!

6) Harmony and Johndoe are in bed and he says all that mushy gushy loveliness to her, from Bumped by Megan McCafferty

I couldn't come up with anymore though I know that I have so many more of these. I must go Awww at least once per book for some reason or another.

What is you TTT this week? Be sure to link it in the comments so we can pop in and see yours as well!

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