{Book Review} Spellbound

By: | Aug 30, 2011
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Spellbound (Spellbound #1)
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Format: eBook
Pages: 324
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: June 28, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

My Take: Magic, teenage hearts, story set in New York?  Where could I possibly go wrong with a story that holds so much that I already enjoy?

So it’s true, I based this book at first completely off of the synopsis and dove in head first.  And it’s with greatness that I did, because I ended up absolutely enjoying the way the story played out.

Emma is a really enjoyable character who is very intrigued by what’s happening to her as her life gets flipped upside down and she’s thrown into a totally different situation.  Not only does the prospect of a small school seem strange to her, but she’s forced into it without anyone she really knows – at least that’s what she thinks.

She does have her cousin to help her out…but her cousin is only a freshman and Emma’s a junior.  Those simply don’t mix right?  So relying heavily on her own cousin is something she didn’t really think she’d do, nor was sticking up for her cousin.  But she does.

Emma also meets the boy who causes her a lack of sleep, and a little heartache along the way.  Brendan is this great mystery in the beginning of the story and someone I didn’t know if I could fully understand.  He was such a fantastic character in his own right because he wasn’t the same as every other male character that’s played out in stories…at least to me.

Honestly, if I’m to say more, I’d end up basically giving a retelling of the story – so that’s what I leave you all with.  It’s enjoyable, cute at times, and fell right into my heart!

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{Tens List} With Cheryl Rainfield

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Cheryl Rainfield, author of the amazing novel Scars is with us today as part of The {Teen} Book Scene tour with a great Ten’s List!

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Ten Things You Can Do Instead of Hurt Yourself

1) Reach out to someone and tell them what’s going on and how you feel

2) Ask for a hug, or give one. If no one’s around, hug a pillow or a pet

3) Write out how you feel, or draw, dance, or sing out how you feel

4) Listen to music that makes you feel happy and hopeful

5) Read a favorite book that comforts you

6) Watch a feel-good movie

7) Go for a walk and notice everything around you, feel yourself in your body

8) Figure out what the emotion is and get out that emotion. Anger—scream into a pillow. Pain—sing or draw or write it out, self-soothe. Sadness—cry it out, self-soothe, distract yourself. Fear—hold a pillow, reassure yourself, ask for reassurance, distract yourself.

9) Eat a favorite food, and notice every bite, every taste

10) Look at images or photos that make you feel good, happy, comforted.

 

Cheryl’s book is hard hitting and completely relevant and I hope that every teenager would read it. I mentioned before in my REVIEW of the book that I wish I had had something like this to read when I was a teenager, it would have made me feel a lot less alone.

Here’s some great information for you, if you or someone you know is hurting themselves or thinking about it:

Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself: http://www.cherylrainfield.com/freebies/reasons-not-to-hurt-yourself-handout.pdf
Alternatives To Self-Harm: http://www.cherylrainfield.com/freebies/alternatives-to-self-harm.pdf
How To Stop Self-Harming http://www.cherylrainfield.com/freebies/how-to-stop-self-harm.pdf
Helpful Responses to Someone Who's Self Harmed 
http://www.cherylrainfield.com/freebies/helpful-responses-some1-self-harmed.pdf

Here’s a link to 3 FREE PRINTABLE book plates to help you keep a a positive outlook on things. Print one for you, and share with friends!!
http://cherylrainfield.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/23/3-free-printable-bookplates/

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 18

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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!
As always they are in no particular order


This Weeks Topic is:
TOP TEN BOOKS THAT ARE ON MY
TO BE READ LIST FOR FALL!



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Sometimes, as a reviewer, what HAS to be read and what I WANT to read fight each other. So some of these I actually have and just haven't had time to read, but am determined to get done this fall!

1 - Don't Breath A Word - Holly Cupala
2. Bloodlines - Richelle Mead
3. Bloody Little Secrets - Karly Kirkpatrick
4. Witch Eyes - Scott Tracey
5. Small Town Sinners - Melissa C Walker
6. Sleepers - Megg Jensen
7. Bossypants - Tina Fey
8. Witches of East End - Mellissa DeLa Cruz
9. The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson
10. Never Knowing - Chevy Stevens

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Agreeably, sometimes the most difficult thing to do as a blogger is to put some of the Wants behind the Have to’s. It’s not to say that I haven’t loved a lot of the Have to’s because I have.  There are quite a few that I would LOVE to get read this fall though and to limit myself to 10 may actually prove difficult!

1. Silence – Becca Fitzpatrick (comes out this fall! SQUEE)
2. Everlasting & Night Star – both Alyson Noel
3. Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson
4. Passion – Lauren Kate
5. Immortal Beloved & The Balefire Series – Cate Tiernan
6. Die for Me – Amy Plum
7. Claim to Fame – Margaret Peterson Haddix
8. The Seven Rays – Jessica Bedinger
9. A Beautiful Dark – Jocelyn Davies
10. The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han

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{Book Review} Jane Was Here

By: | Aug 28, 2011
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Jane Was Here
Author: Sarah Kernochan
Pages: 296
Published: June 14th 2011
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Grey Swan Press
Reading Level: Adult
Rating: 4 Birds
A mysterious young woman calling herself Jane turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in this place, yet she has never been here before in her life. Upon her arrival, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town's inhabitants. As Jane's memories reawaken piece by piece, they carry her back to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide

This book was like riding a roller coaster in the pitch black, you never know where the twists and turns will take you and when you’re done all you can say is “Wow”.

Jane Was Here took me a bit longer to get through, as you will notice is is an adult level reading book, not as light and fluid as the YA I tend to read more often. Deep descriptions, of not only place, but time bring you into this masterfully created story.

The simplest way to describe the plot is that Jane lived once long ago, and now is out to solve her cold case murder from centuries prior. Rich with suspense and almost constant curve balls, you are literally forced to pay clos attention to every tiny detail for fear of missing something important.

On more then half a dozen occasions I literally was moved from my seat in awe of Sarah Kernochan’s ability to meld this world together and have all the intertwining relationships I may have thought to be useless page filler at the very start, wrap up into one neatly delivered,  bone chilling package at the end.

Please note, there is graphic sexual content with in this book and I do suggest this for my 18+ fans.

Sarah’s publisher has graciously gifted our blog a few copies of this book and I would love to pass them on! So we’re going to give away 2 autographed copies! Enter below and also be sure to add this to your TBR!

Still not sure about reading it, well watch the book trailer HERE first!
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{Book Review} Darwin’s Children

By: | Aug 27, 2011
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Darwin’s Children (Volume 1)
Author: Natasha Larry
Format: eBook
Pages: 260
Published: June 8, 2011
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing
Rating: 3.5 Birds

Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts!

Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie’s mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie’s godfather John is more than persuasive – he can literally convince anyone to do anything.


As far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love Jaycie’s pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – and that’s her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of...

My take: Given the whole of “abnormal powers” introduced with the synopsis of this book, I thought I would tackle it and see if it proved to be as interesting as my own studies on powers.

I’m going to go out on a limb and explain that although I liked the supernatural feel of the book, the story just seemed to slow moving for my taste.  The premise was there, but it was just like “okay, so what’s the point of her power, what’s the point of her father’s power, etc…” and it made me wonder why I was reading it.

Natasha does a great job of giving the characters very strong personalities, and for that, I’m grateful.  It kept each of them interesting in their own way.  The downfall to that, was that sometimes they were explained in too great of detail.  I mean, I like being able to get a sense of how someone looks, but getting detail about just how they style their hair for different events, or what they’re wearing almost to exact detail can sometimes make a story cumbersome.

I know this review is short, but I don’t really know what to say without giving away aspects of the story that ARE important to the end result.  So I enjoyed the book enough to not be completely let down, but I felt like with some tweaks, it could have been even better!

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{Book Review} Descended by Blood

By: | Aug 26, 2011
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Descended By Blood
Vampire Born #1 
Author: Angeline Kace
Pages: 263
Source: eBook
Rating: 3 Birds

Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it

Descended by Blood has a strong cast of character's, and a great heroine, Brooke. Taking place in modern day we follow Brooke through life, boys, school and the fact she found out she’s a vampire apparently people want dead. 

You definitely get a lot of action and I applaud Kace on the back stories she built to make her characters all the more solid, I think this is always really important in novels and sometimes get’s over looked or isn’t handled well in some.

Now, people not fans of love triangles beware – this could change your mind. Kace keeps things fun with Jaren and Mirko. I know I really have a hard time picking a team – check out what the boys look like HERE Even still, I can’t decide…maybe I’ll just be on both Teams..*wink*

All that wonderfulness said, I did feel like some parts of the book ran parallel to several other novels I had read. I would just suddenly go “This reminds me of….” I would prepare yourself for a little bit of this when you pick the book up.

I definitely think this book is worth grabbing when you have a hankering for a Vampire read. And since you can get it on Amazon for .99, I would ask what you’re waiting for!

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{MMSAI Book Tour} The Power of Six–CLOSED

By: | Aug 25, 2011
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The Power Of Six
By Pittacus Lore
TOUR CLOSED


Please start HERE if you would like to participate. You will need to scroll to bottom of the page the link takes you to for information and the form needed to participate in our Book Tours.

You need only to read this info and fill out this form once (if you’ve previously filled out the form for another tour, no need to do it again).
If you would like to be considered for the 
THE POWER OF SIX Book Tour, please leave:
1) Your Name 2) Your Email 3) The State you live in
In the comments below. I will close this tour as soon as fill all the spaces.
1.Sara O (FL)
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3.Kaye (NY)
4. Amy (TX)
5.Lisa (WA)
6. Jen S or O or whatever she's using today (MN)
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And The {Winners} Are:

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We have a lot of winners to announce today!

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Winner of the ARC of Misfit by Jon Skovron:

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Winner of The Autographed Copy of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater + Swag for the Best Followers Giveaway

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Winner of Autographed copy of Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton + Swag for the Best Followers Giveaway

Hannah

Winner of the hand painted, autographed "Forever ‘F’ + Swag for the Best Followers Giveaway

Amy (ArtsyBookishGirl)

Winner of Possess ARC by Gretchen McNeil

Jackie McPherson

Winner of Possess SWAG from Gretchen McNeil

Paige B.

Winners of Vampire Academy Box Set
for the {Show Me Your Teeth} Giveaway Hop

Erin L.   &   Aurora M.

Autographed Hollywood Car Wash by Lori Culwell

Amy S.

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{Author Interview} Mary Lindsey

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We were fortunate enough to be selected as part of The {Teen} Book Scene’s “Shattered Souls” tour.  As a part of the tour, we were given the opportunity to interview Miss Mary Lindsey and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her to our blog!  Make sure to check out the other stops on this tour to find out more about the book, and a little more about the author!

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Thank you Mary so much for taking time to pop into our blog, it really is a honor to have you here! We are going to shake things up a little and ask you totally random and off the wall questions, just to have a little fun!

If I dumped out your purse, what would I most likely find?

Now that is a scary question. In my purse right now, you’d find my Kindle, a pack of gum (probably empty if my son is anywhere near), a retainer case I keep in there to prevent restaurant gross-out (I hate it when my teens but their retainers on the table), feminine supplies (I have two teen daughters), a wallet with no cash (again, I have teens), a dog biscuit to bribe my dog, Shattered Souls bookmarks so I won’t miss a magic publicity moment, and my phone (unless it’s lost at the time).

If you could be any character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who would you be and why?

Charlie. He’s the winner. IMG_2033d_2

How long do you think you would survive during a zombie apocalypse?

I’ve no idea and don’t want to find out. My daughter says I’d last a long time because I’m “one tough mama.”

If you were a box of cereal, what kind would you be and why?

Lucky Charms! They’re magically delicious… and lucky… and they’re cute.

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 about how weird you, then list a few things that helped you reach that number.

I say 6. My family says 10. They point out that I should use the following example to illustrate their position:

One day, on a dare, I began or ended every request, question, statement or demand with the phrase, “in accordance with the prophecy.”

“In accordance with the prophecy, it’s time to get up and go to school.”

“Hurry up, or you’ll be late, in accordance with the prophecy.”

“I missed you today. Do you have any homework in accordance with the prophecy?”

So, here’s the thing about this little experiment/dare: everyone answered me as if I were not talking funny. It was maddening. Even the waiter at our favorite restaurant took it in stride.

“Hi, Jim. In accordance with the prophecy, I’d like a glass of wine.”

“And just what type of wine was prophesied, Mrs. Lindsey?”

Not one person asked me why I was acting weird, and I did this ALL DAY. My kids say it is because it is self-evident why I was acting weird. It’s because I am weird.

Still, despite my kids input, I’d rank myself a 6 on the weird-o-meter. SoulsNewCover

Mary, thank you so much again for playing along and having some fun with us here at Me, My Shelf and I. I hope you had a good time visiting!

Thanks, Amber, for having me. It was a blast!

 

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{Book Review} The Liar Society

By: | Aug 24, 2011
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The Liar Society (The Liar Society #1)
Author: Sisters Lisa & Laura Roecker
Pages: 361
Published: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 Birds

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.
To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.
Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder…

My take: So the first I had seen or heard of this book was at a little gathering at a wonderful bookstore while attending The Dark Days of Summer tour.  I wasn’t really sure what to make of it all, just that the authors themselves made it sound quite interesting (plus, those girls were funny so I figured why not?).

Like many other books, it gave a short sense of background to start…but thankfully for me because I feel like I keep getting books of that nature, it didn’t last too long.  I got to take a dive right in and try to solve the mystery of Grace’s death right along with Kate!

The best twists and turns weren’t always made with just Kate, but a very lively, and questionable, Liam.  He held that mysterious boy quality that made you want to love him, love to hate him, and just flat out hate him in every aspect.  He was perfect in his imperfection.

Though Kate’s questioning throughout the book at times would annoy me, it did make me smile to see a book where the main female character was trying to figure out what exactly had happened to a former best friend who died, and a former other best friend who didn’t.

The mystery throughout for me was not as predictable as other things, and since a lot of the time now I’m not quite as logical with word puzzles – you’ll catch what that means if you read this – I had fun trying to understand the clues and the hints that the book gave away.

I honestly became so invested in this by the end, that I kept wondering…what in the name of a grasshopper is going to happen next?!  Guess I’ll be kept in the dark until some time in 2012!

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{Book Review} The Revenant

By: | Aug 22, 2011
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The Revenant
Author: Sonia Gensler
Pages: 336
Published: June 14, 2011 
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour
Rating: 5+ Birds

When Willie arrives in Indian Territory, she knows only one thing: no one can find out who she really is. To escape a home she doesn't belong in anymore, she assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary.
Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie's room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.
Willie doesn't believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn't sure anymore. She's also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys' school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the revenant may be trying to tell her something. . .

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We are the 8th stop on The Revenant Blog Tour Hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene.  Though we won’t be having a guest post from author Sonia Gensler, we would like to share our thoughts on the book with all of you!

Not knowing what kind of world I was getting myself into was an understatement when I started reading this book.  I’ve never taken well to period style pieces, so seeing that this was set in the 19th century was kind of one of those “omg what do I do” moments for me.

However, setting that part of me aside, I jumped into this book full force.  Sonia had a way of making me COMPLETELY forget that the book was set in anything but what felt like the present.  The only times I could recall ever knowing it was a period piece were when they talked so highly about propriety and clothing.

Willie was by far my absolute favorite in this book!  Never have I been so strongly swayed toward a young adult who sets out to do her own thing.  I felt it closely associated to my life and for that, I was more intrigued.  Setting off from a school to this seminary she has no clue about, Willie just grasps at everything a seventeen year old could possibly want!  Freedom!  When it comes down to it though, she’s really not as free as she feels she’s leading her life to become.

With the dark twists and turns along the way, I started to wonder which characters I could trust, and which I needed to keep my eye on.  I really liked the way Sonia brought each character about and gave small glimpses into their backstories too.  I think without them, I may have felt lost.  None of the characters are overly introduced without necessity.  It’s extremely beneficial to the story telling.

The whole ghost feeling behind the entirety of the story too is very graciously done.  Never is it overwhelming or overbearing.  It’s the perfect blend between reality and fiction.

Though most people would probably say “a period piece, I’ll pass” I strongly suggest that anyone with an affinity for ghosts, a strong female character, and mystery read this book.  I’m fully giving it 5+ birds because I loved it so much!

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{Guest Post} Scott Tracey

By: | Aug 21, 2011
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We have all heard of Scott Tracey and his highly anticipated book Witch Eyes which comes out September 9th through Flux.
BUT did you know he is a roommates with another YA author? Well, I wanted to know what it’s like to live with another author and here was Scott’s response to my question.









When your done if you can’t get enough follow the rest of his blog tour through The {Teen} Book Scene by clicking HERE

Thanks Scott and Leah!
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{Book Review} Scars

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Scars
Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Pages: 233
Published: March 24, 2010
Publisher: Westside Books
Source: The {Teen} Book Scene Tours
Rating: 5 Birds
Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-- her abuser's identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it's her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra's abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl's frightening path to the truth.

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We are participating in The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour for Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars. Be sure to check out the other participants for more great reviews, interviews and fun stuff with Cheryl by clicking the link above. And stop back on the 30th for a great 10’s List with Cheryl!
This book is highly relevant in the world today and I agree with then comment on the back cover from Book Trends that reads: “Scars belongs on every high school library shelf”
Scars isn’t your typical fluffy fun, YA read, but you will not be able to put it down, this much I promise you. I sat, unmoving through the whole 233 pages only scooting the the edge of my seat when the twists started to unravel near the end.
Rainfield grabs realistic fiction and goes straight for the topics that people still want to talk about in hushed tones and pretend don’t exist. Both daring and meaningful Cheryl takes you through the life of a sexual abused teen who is struggling to remember the face of her attacker so he can be brought to justice.
Through out, you walk with Kendra through her cutting habit, brought on by the stress and trauma of a family who doesn’t understand her situation and hopes she will just “get over it”. And also live the terror of her attacker stalking her, sending her warnings not to remember his face.

Sexual abuse and self harm are big part of the world today sadly, and what’s more is that most of the time it’s not reported and hidden. Girls (and guys!) live day to day with a horrible secret buried down inside feeling alone and scared. Afraid of the chain of events that might happen should they talk, they just go on hoping the memory will fade over time. Scars is a testament to being strong, standing up and speaking out and persevering through, and I hope that this book falls into the hand s of someone who has suffered this type is trauma and feels like they are not alone.

I am giving this book 5 + Birds for being a highly relevant read that I think should be required reading in fact. I hope that you will pick up this book asap! Go add it to your TBR, now!

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{In My Mailbox} 15

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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. Since sometimes you can get more then you can actually review, this is a great way to share the titles and still get them some exposure.
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This week Rosmelie got:
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This week Amber Got:
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  • The Death Catchers by Jennifer Ann Kogler (sent by Bloomsbury because they thought I would enjoy it – THANK YOU!)
  • Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (A Gift from April – THANK YOU!)
  • Cold Case by Julia Platt Leonard (Thank you Julia and Aladdin/S&S) 
Also – the blog got 15 awesome book marks from Author Megan Duncan and I plan to use them for “Twitter Trivia” sometime soon! What’s Twitter Trivia? Well simple, follow me on twitter and randomly I will pop up and ask everyone if they want to play trivia! Questions are usually movie/tv related and winners get book marks! FUN!
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{Book Review} Lorelei and the Sirens

By: | Aug 20, 2011
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Lorelei and the Sirens (The Sirens, Book #1)
Author: Aaronni Miller
Format: eBook
Pages: 135
Publisher: REKH Publishing Company
Published: July 17, 2011
Rating: 3 Birds

Lorelei Twila Adams is from the McAdams line of sirens in Ireland and as the second generation in America Lorelei must never fall in love, never let her beauty mark burn (a means of surveillance), and she must practice perfect restraint at all times; to her great chagrin. Lorelei abhors the stifling gaze of her over-protective mother and gets a breath of fresh air when Ellis Latif McMillan, the new boy, shows up at Harry P. Strange High School. With hypnotic, crystal-blue eyes Lorelei stumbles into talking to Ellis at school, trips when he writes a poem about her, and falls in love with him when she sneaks out to meet him late one night, but her days are numbered soon after. Lorelei's family finds out about Ellis and her; they call for her immediate trial to determine her guilt. Lorelei runs away with Ellis; she knows the outcome if her family finds her. Lorelei's first taste of love will either set her free from the lies of her family or it will kill her and the boy she loves.

My take: I’m going to admit straight off the bat: This book was EXTREMELY hard to get into!  It was just so sluggish to start that I kept wondering “when will this get interesting”.  I want to put it out there that Aaronni had a well written character in Lorelei…but the story itself was just lacking that drive in the beginning that made you go “ooh what will happen next!”

I liked the way that the sirens were written in a factor of having so many rules and regulations – which you’ll see later if they really are a factor.  I’m a huge lover of fiction with sirens because generally in mythology, so that wasn’t a far stretch.  When mythology speaks of them being the most beautiful and sought out – Lorelei and the Sirens doesn’t stray from that facet.

My favorite character in this book is definitely Ellis though.  He’s not really hugely known/shown in the beginning, but going through and back on it, he is just like, that “ooh, I bet he’s really good, and he’s going to do something epic!” type guy.  So he just made sense.

The thing that I’m wondering for further in the series after this book though, is wonderment at one of Lorelei’s sisters…to see if she’ll sway sides or if she’ll stay where she is.  She had that sense of humanity and it was like “will she, won’t she?” So I’d like to see her played out more.

Overall, the book was hard to get into, but I ended up really liking nearer the end when things developed and the family story and Ellis broke out as either stars, or less then lovely.

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{In Which I Get a Bit Animated}

By: | Aug 19, 2011
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So writer and tweeter extraordinaire Sarah Spann said she was taking requests for drawings today – I told her to draw me as a Rebel, since I am now a YA Rebel (squee!)

What I got from her was BRILLIANT and had to share it with you all!

2 More days until the new YA Rebels are on the WEB people – get excited!!!

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{Character Interview} Liam from Here Lies Bridget

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We’re lucky enough to have Liam here today everyone, from Here Lies Bridget. If you haven’t read the book yet, check out the review I did yesterday. And be sure to click the tour banner to see all the other amazing stops on The {Teen} Book Scene blog tour!

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Hi Liam, thanks so much for taking time to visit with us today, we really appreciate your stopping in.

No problem. Football season just ended, so I’ve got two weeks of freedom befor training starts up again.

I’m just gonna jump right into the big questions, if that’s ok with you.

Shoot.

We know that you and Bridget broke up and that it affected her a lot when it happened. We see her turmoil but we didn’t get to see yours. How was that for you?

Ah, man. It was pretty brutal. But it had to happen. The more she changed while we were together, the more it frustrated me. If I’d stayed with her, she might have thought I approved of or admired what she was doing and that’s just not true. After we broke up I was pretty bad I guess. I missed her a lot. She can be a lot of fun.

What was the one thing you missed about Bridget the most when the relationship ended.

I couldn’t be in a bad mood around her. Even after a crappy day or whatever, she’d just smile and be dorky and tell me we had to go sneak into the local waterpark or sneak into a movie or something, and that was the only way I’d feel better. She was always right.

You and Bridget grew up together, were best friends from an early age – what’s your favorite early memory with her?

When she got her wisdom teeth out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something funnier. Especially because she was so self-conscious that she wore a little scarf so all I could see was her eyes. It was hilarious. She let me take one picture of her chipmunk cheeks as long as I never showed anyone else. And I won’t.

What was the time like when you thought that you may have lost Bridget for good, because of the accident?

There aren’t words for what it’d be like for me to lose her for good.

What do you think the future might hold for you and Bridget?

I don’t know. I don’t want to ever not know her, that’s all I can say.

Let’s change direction a little, your mother is obviously a big part of your life, can you tell her just about anything?

Yeah, she’s the only one I talked to about Bridget, actually. She really liked her too so she understood why I was so upset.

Tell us a little about your home life, we’ve met your mom in a way what about dad? Siblings? Pets?

Two older brothers off at school. Dad is remarried. I have a black lab named George.

Let’s just get to know you a little bit – If I dumped out your school bag, what would I find?

Probably Gatorade, a binder, a book for class, my phone, some headphones, and like 4 pencils I won’t be able to find when I need them.

What’s on your playlist right now on your iPod?

New Kanye/ Jay-Z album.

Here at Me, My Shelf and I we like to ask odd questions – yes weirder then the ones I just asked!

And you are no exception my friend. So our question to you, being the Twilight fans we are here on MMSAI – If you could pick, would you be a Vampire or Werewolf?

Werewolves are kind of badass. Might come in useful on the field.

Thank you so much for being here, we really have enjoyed it! I wish you the best of luck in all you do in the rest of your life.

Thanks.

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{Winner!}

By: | Aug 18, 2011
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We have a lot of things to give away this month on MMSAI so, you’ll be seeing a lot of these no doubt. Here’s the first!

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Let’s start out by giving away a Hardcover copy of

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Our winner is:

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Don’t be upset if you didn’t win this round, there’s plenty more contests to enter on MMSAI this month. Just check the out on the right side bar under the “Current Contests” button and enter away!

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