24 February 2012

{Cover Reveal + Giveaway} TEN by Gretchen McNeil

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 February 2012 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | 27 Comments so far
Ten days.
Ten clues.
One amazing prize!

It’s Cover Reveal & Giveaway day for Gretchen McNeil’s newest novel TEN!
*throws confetti* *jumpy claps*
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And their doom comes swiftly.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
If you’ve been living under a virtual internet rock the past TEN days and you happened to miss the AWESOME scavenger hunt Gretchen put together to count down the TEN day’s to this BIG COVER REVEAL – Don’t panic, I’m going to help you catch up so you can enter to win the most fantastic, unique and perfect of all prizes…..

ONE Unbound, Annotated Galley of TEN
Wait, what’s annotated mean? OMG it’s so cool – so Gretchen’s going to go through the galley page by page, line by line even, and write little anecdotes, bits about the writing process, things she thinks are awesome or maybe didn’t work, etc.

This prize is way more than awesome, it’s one of a kind! It will never happen again and it can be yours…HERE’S HOW:

Starting at Gretchen’s Blog, hop through the TEN other blogs you’ll find listed there & collect the TEN clues you need to fill out the Raffelcopter form below! (seriously, it’s easy! don’t worry!) All we require is you get the TEN clues entered correctly, all the rest of the entry options just earns you extra chances to win!

(note: DO NOT leave your entry in the comments please)
GOOD LUCK! OH! And be sure to tell Gretchen what you think of TENS kick-ass cover in the comments section below!

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{Book Review} There You’ll Find Me

There You'll Find Me

There You’ll Find Me
Author: Jenny B Jones
Format: Ebook
Pages: 314
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Published: October 4, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

Grief brought Finley to Ireland. LOVE WILL LEAD HER HOME.

Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. She's witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to compose her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.

She decides to study abroad in Ireland so she can follow Will's travel journal. It's the place he felt closest to God, and she's hopeful being there will help her make peace over losing him. So she agrees to an exchange program and boards the plane.

Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he meets Finley. She's the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.

Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her audition, and whatever it is that is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise?

Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Could it be God convincing her that everything she's been looking for has been with her all along?

My take: Take a minimal twist on an old storyline and you come up with a pretty good read! 

Finley is this girl who’s incredibly lost (okay, what teen isn’t really) but she just keeps going…trying to figure out ways to be closer to God.  She’s also trying, in a sense, to be closer to her brother who passed on.  Finley is courageous in a sense, because she goes off to this foreign land where really, her only knowledge is that of the fact her brother went there first…and she just has to learn what’s holding her back from performing a perfect audition piece.

Writer’s block is honestly one of the things that seems to be holding her back, but her fears are another.  What if things aren’t perfect in the way that her brother would like.  What if there’s someone…or something that can help in the least expected way?

I liked that Jenny used Beckett not as a “here’s the heart-throb and we’re going to make him be all awesome and soft at all times” – he had his own problems too!  I found it almost endearing.  Beckett has to get over a hump of telling his own dad…”no”.  That’s probably one of the hardest words to say to a parent.

We also learn that as a project, Finley has to “take care” of a grandmother – and I think that’s where she finds her biggest strength in learning more about herself, and her path.

Really, if I were to say everything I loved or didn’t love about this book, I’d be writing a novel in and of itself…so let’s leave it with – expect the unexpected in this book!

Find more on Jenny B Jones:

 

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23 February 2012

{Author Interview} Lori Culwell

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Lori Culwell is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. Not only is she an author, she’s also a blogger and a Marketing Consultant! She can do it all!

Even with all this on her plate, she has written two fantastic YA novels, The Dirt and Hollywood Car Wash (click the names to see our reviews) and I highly suggest you read them too!

If you’re the kind of person who needs to get to know an author before reading one of their books, well I can help you with that – check out this awesome interview I did with Lori! I particularly love the answer to the last question where she tells us about a weird bus experience! ENJOY!

Lori, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop into MMSAI! It’s always a joy to review your novels, and I’m really excited to pick your brain about them!

Thanks for inviting me! It’s my pleasure to be here.

You have two Young Adult novels out currently, The Dirt which was released November 2011 and Hollywood Car Wash, which came out March of 2007, as well as a self-help book called Wealth from Within and a marketing book called Million Dollar Website. Put simply, you really cover a lot of different areas in your writing. Which of these genres do you enjoy writing the most and why?

That’s a tough one! I love writing novels because it gives me the chance not only to make up stories, but to use many wacky things people tell me in the course of my daily life. I am the kind of person who remembers weird things (in fact, I have a whole blog dedicated to it! http://funnystrange.net), and it’s fun to put all of those weird things into a story. More on that later.

On the other hand, I totally also like writing the “practical” books, because I really love helping people solve problems. I think I am pretty good at explaining concepts in “plain English” (or at least that’s what I’ve been told), and teaching/ writing non-fiction books helps me to understand things better. So, I guess it depends on what I’m reading most at the time, but I really like writing both.

Hollywood Car Wash is about a Midwestern teen who gets the chance of a lifetime to star in a TV show. We follow along as she is thrust into this new world and watch all the transformations she makes trying to fit in. What inspired you to write this book?

hwcwAs I mentioned, I totally love it when people tell me weird stories. I grew up in Southern California and have several friends who are in movies/ on tv/ etc, plus my husband is a voiceover actor, so we are always coming into contact with working actors, and they tell some of the greatest and strangest tales you will ever hear, just about the industry and the people in it. We were in LA for a few years, and I heard so many of these stories, I thought it would be fun to turn them into a novel.

What was your research like for HWCW? Did you have any “insider” help, you have a lot of very specific details and one can only wonder if this is what it could really be like. Is the book based totally on fiction, or is there some reality thrown in there too?

I did! I have a friend who was on a popular show back in the nineties, so I sat him down and grilled him about every step of the process, from the audition to the callback to getting the part to actually doing the show, so (and I’ve been told this) the actual story is very realistic about what it’s like to be on a show. Then I mixed in the crazy stories, and voila! Novel.

21 February 2012

{Happy Book Birthday}

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | 5 Comments so far

Wow, what a fantastic book birthday!!! Look at all this awesome coming out on ONE DAY!!!

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Fever
The Chemical Gardens #2
By: Lauren DeStefano
Pages: 341
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

SEE MMSAI’S REVIEW OF FEVER

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.
The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

 

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Farey Tales & Nightmares
By: Melissa Marr
Pages: 432
HarperCollins

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.

 

 

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Bloodrose
Nightshade #3
By: Andrea Cremer
Pages: 406
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But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

 

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A Beautiful Evil
Gods & Monsters #2
By: Kelly Keaton
Pages: 285
Simon Pulse

Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly reimagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari.
Ari, along with the superhot Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine....

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The Catastrophic History of You and Me
By: Jess Rothenberg
Pages: 400
Penguin Young Readers Group

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.
BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.
But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.
With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

To add any of these amazing novels to your GoodReads TBR, simply click the book cover!

Which one are you most looking forward to reading?
Which have you been waiting for?

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20 February 2012

{Cover Reveal + Excerpt} INBETWEEN by Tara Fuller

By: Me My Shelf And I | 20 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | 3 Comments so far

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Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s
life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving
“accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so
Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling
in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who
makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.
It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate
has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him
hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before,
and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves
from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the
only thing he has left…his soul.

 

Paperback Available for Pre-Order from Amazon:

Add to your Goodreads TBR by clicking the book cover above!

Can’t wait to start in on this book!!!??
Well – I’ve been lucky enough to secure an excerpt of INBETWEEN just for you, my wonderful readers!
Just click MORE and ENJOY! Oh and HEY, don’t forget to tell me what you think of it in the comments section!

17 February 2012

{Guest Post} Liz Reinhardt

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | 4 Comments so far

We’re welcome Liz Reinhardt, author of Double Clutch to the blog today as part of The {Teen} Book Scene tour.  We are the 5th stop on the tour and will be back with a review on the 28th.  Be sure to click on the banner for more reviews and guest posts!

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What inspired you to write Double Clutch?
Double Clutch actually started as an idea right after I read New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I felt so bad for Jacob Black, and started to think about a love triangle that involved a girl and two guys she really, really cared about and was torn over. I was also really homesick for NJ, since we’d just moved to GA. Brenna’s voice was really loud in my head, and I just started writing like crazy!

Can you describe Double Clutch in one sentence?
What happens when you fall in love with two amazing guys on the same day?

Why is Double Clutch called Double Clutch?
Double clutch refers to a breathing technique that runners use. The runner breathes out once for every two breaths in. Brenna gets involved in running, and she’s involved with these two amazing guys, so there’s so much more she’s taking in than she’s able to put back out.

Which Author do you admire the most?
My all-time favorite writer is Amy Tan. Her writing is gorgeous, her characters leap off the page, and I reread her books every single year. I love The Joy Luck Club. Every time I read that book, I find new things to love.

Why is a Raven like a writing desk?
Both are super cool accessories for getting a book written…one day I’ll have an office with a raven AND a writing desk in it. For now, all I need is my laptop, which comes with me wherever I go.

A huge thank you to Liz and The {Teen} Book Scene for this amazing post.  It was a lot of fun!

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16 February 2012

{Book to Movie} We Bought a Zoo

By: Me My Shelf And I | 16 February 2012 at 9:06 AM | | | | | 1 Comment so far
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We Bought A Zoo, the true story by Benjamin Mee probably doesn’t have a cover that you YA readers would go rushing to grab off the shelf. But when you take that book, and make it into a movie staring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, suddenly that cover doesn’t really matter much anymore.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you like to read the novel before seeing the movie and as luck would have it, you still have plenty of time to grab this one from your local library or book store and finish it before the movie comes out on April 3rd.

 

 

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FROM DIRECTOR CAMERON CROWE COMES THE UPLIFTING TALE BASED ON A TRUE STORY

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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (Contagion, True Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy A, Sideways), WE BOUGHT A ZOO is “a sweet-natured tale…that you’ll want to see with your kids” (Liz Braun, Jam! Movies).

Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.  Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team.  With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo.  Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard.

Now, I’m a total IMdB fanatic…meaning, ever single time I’m watching a movie I have my iPhone out and am constantly on the app while going, “I KNOW THAT PERSON” – (“know”, of course means: “seen them in something else I can’t place at them moment”….but “Know” makes me sound so much cooler!) So I had to look this one up too, even though I have not yet had the opportunity to watch the movie.

Here’s some fun little tidbits for everyone!!

The first one is, ELLE FANNING is in the movie. The not so little, little sister of Dakota Fanning. You saw her in SUPER 8 right….OMG go rent it!

And here’s one for my SUPERNATURAL fans….little Sam Winchester is in this – COLIN FORD! Yup that adorable mini Sam is in We Bought a Zoo!!!

WE BOUGHT A ZOO comes out on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download April 3rd

from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC

And be sure to check back in a few weeks when we will have a review of WE BOUGHT A ZOO up!

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15 February 2012

{Guest Post} S.R. Johannes

By: Me My Shelf And I | 15 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | 1 Comment so far

We want to not only welcome, but thank Shelli for involving us in the release of her book On the Bright Side and giving us the opportunity to do a fun Q&A with her.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow when we put a review up for this cute little tween book!

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Do real-life situations ever influence things that happen in your books?

I think there are pieces of my life and myself in every character and book I write. I think you can tell when stories are made up or when they come from the heart and place of real life.

 

Has your background in Marketing given you a better way to communicate your own books?

It helps me reach out to different people about me book. I am not afraid to test the waters in marketing where I think if authors are not comfortable with it, they tend to back off. I will say, my platform online and my presence has nothing to do with marketing. My goal has always been to build relationships with people authentically. It has never been about networking. My marketing also helps me do my own stuff – swag, press kits, web sites etc. So I save a lot of money.

 

For On the Bright Side- what was the hardest part in writing about a character that now has to guard her nemesis?

In order for the book to work, you had to like Gabby and feel sorry for her and cheer her on. So it was very hard making her a grumpy, snarky angel, yet still likable and relatable. It was also hard coming up with pranks that were more funny and less nasty that Gabby could not redeem herself.

Where has your favorite place been to hike?

We love hiking up in Blue Ridge Mountains and Just outside Cherokee where Grace lives. I think that is why the setting feels so real. I’ve been up there and I love it. I don’t think I would give up my bed to live under a tarp but a nice hike with my family is doable.

 

Does your husband ever use British slang - and do you ever use it in your writing?


Mo is my hubby. My hubby says everything Mo says. It’s funny when I read reviews of people saying I went a little overboard on the accent. My hubby and I laugh. I actually toned Mo way down from all the things my hubby says. I think it could seem exaggerated unless you live with a Brit.

What has the hardest part of publishing been?

The rejection. It takes a toll on your confidence. And somehow you have to push forward even if someone says you suck.

What is the best piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer?

Don’t give up. If you do, you will never make it. But if you keep trying, you might.

In turn, what is the best piece of advice you could give someone pursuing a marketing career?

First know what it is. Some get it confused with advertising and publicity and they are all different even though they overlap. Get a degree. Marketing is a methodology. You have to think like a marketer. You can’t just go out and slap up an ad or web site. You have to know the principles behind it.

Are you inspired to write from music, and if so, is there a specific artist or collection of artists you stick to?

I love Adele and Coldplay. I love Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. I do write my first draft to music because I want to keep plowing until the end. During edits, I listen to instrumental. Why? It drowns out my kids :L)

If you could fly anywhere regardless of cost, where would it be and why?

To the moon. I love the phrase: shoot for the moon and you land on the stars.

Thank you again Shelli for gracing our blog for another tour!  It was nice having you here!!

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14 February 2012

{Book Review} In Too Deep

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 February 2012 at 1:42 PM | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

In Too Deep

In Too Deep
Author: Amanda Grace
Format: ARC {Teen} Book Scene
Pages: 228
Publisher: Flux
Published: February 8, 2012
Rating: 3 Birds

I never meant for anyone to get hurt. All I wanted to do that night was make a play for Carter Wellesley. His heartless rejection was mortifying, but people got the wrong idea when they saw me leaving his bedroom, crying. That's how rumors of rape started.

Now girls at school are pouring out their sympathy to me. Guys too. But not everyone's on my side. The school has become a war zone and the threats are getting scary. What began as poetic justice has morphed into something bigger--forcing me to make a terrible choice.

We continue The {Teen} Book Scene tour of In Too Deep with a review.  Don’t forget, you can see more reviews and author guest posts by clicking on the banner!

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My take: I’ll admit, the book was a pretty easy read, and can suck a person in without a doubt…but I almost found it to be too cliché really. 

Here’s the deal – Sam totally wants to make this boy Nick jealous…so what does she do? Goes after one of the most popular guys in school.  (There’s the first cliché thing). How does she do it you ask?  She goes to a party (thus, cliché number two).  And what happens at said party?  Drinking, trying to get a boys attention, and a whole multitude of things…that don’t actually happen?

Yes, you guessed it, someone ends up lying in the book…and guess who it is.  I get the authors direction with this story, and her style of writing is pretty gosh darn good, but the entire story I was just thinking to myself “haven’t I seen this scenario played out before on a t.v. show, or in a movie…or maybe even another book?”  And to be quite honest, I’m pretty sure reflecting on it, I’ve seen all three.  Sam tells a lie, things happen, Carter becomes the bad guy in the entire thing, and Nick’s left utterly confused.

While I did enjoy that Carter kind of got his butt handed to him (and you’ll find he’s quite a…*expletive here*), it was almost sad that he got treated so horribly.  I guess the saying is true though, payback can be a…sunny beach.  And the other thing that bothered me, is that Sam couldn’t just take two seconds to go “wait, what is this girl talking about” when the entire lie started to unfold.  Not only did she make the lie run deeper, but then she couldn’t even figure out a way to stop herself from going, and going…kind of like the energizer bunny. 

Really, Amanda Grace is a very well versed writer, but this was definitely not my cup of tea.

For more on Amanda Grace (i.e. Mandy Hubbard):

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{Love} Happy Valentines Day!

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 9:24 AM | 5 Comments so far

Happy Valentines Day to all my readers and their loved ones as well!

And on this day, made for romance and love – don’t forget to love the most important person of all – YOURSELF!

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Love, The MMSAI Team!

12 February 2012

{Check it Out} Lauren Oliver Fans!

By: Me My Shelf And I | 12 February 2012 at 11:16 AM | | | | | 2 Comments so far

Have you heard that Lauren Oliver wrote a short story entitled HANA that tells the events of DELIRIUM as seen through the eyes of Lena's wild child best friend?

We're so excited for it to go on sale 2/28— in fact, we're so excited that we actually can't wait that long to read it! If enough people pre-order PANDEMONIUM, MTV.com will post HANA for free on Valentine's Day.

YES FREE!

Wait, okay does this sound too good to be true…well…hear it from Lauren herself HERE

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PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF PANDEMONIUM:

Trust me, you want PANDEMONIUM on your books shelf, you want to devour this amazing sequel to DELIRUM!

Check out my 4.5 Bird Review of it HERE

And be sure to click the book cover above to add HANA to your GoodReads TBR list!!!

FIND LAUREN OLIVER & HER NOVELS:

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{Respect The ARC} When Good Book Stores, Go Bad

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 10:20 AM | | | | | 24 Comments so far

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I want to believe that my experience at a local Half Price Books store was a fluke. A mishap on the part of a new employee. A sick twist in the time space continuum, where it forced everything to be backward for a short span of time?

I don’t even think that last bit made sense, but let’s just go with it. Kthanks.

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Yesterday I went shopping with my family, and Half Price Books was on our list of stops. I’ve been known to pop into the few locations around me, sometimes several times a week. Looking for something new, something for a giveaway, something unique. Never in all my time shopping there have I ever found an ARC on their shelves. So when this very thing happened yesterday, you can bet your bottom bookmark I was a bit ticked off.

Below is the letter I wrote to the customer care department of Half Price Books, and I think sharing it should sum up my feelings for you:


Dear Customer Care for Half Price Books,

 
I have to say that I was rather taken aback at my experience in Half Price Books yesterday. I have been shopping at HPB for years, and I've been known to be in several times a week to several different locations. Never once have I ever seen what I saw yesterday at your Roseville Minnesota location.


While perusing the Young Adult section with my daughter, I came across not one or two, but several ARC's, (Advanced Readers Copies). Uncorrected proofs used by a publishing house for promotional reasons. As a writer, a book reviewer and having friends who are published authors, I know these books are not intended for sale and in fact on 99% of the books, it has it says so on the cover. I will go ahead and say I could understand a few of the copies being on the shelves, as they didn't actually say Not For Sale on it, and one could argue that obviously leaves you able to sell it. Even though it is labeled an ARC and the knowledge of what it is, remains.

However, one book in fact did have Not For Sale printed quite plainly on the cover. The sale sticker placement shows it was clearly positioned in a way that was an effort to actually cover it. The ARC was POSSESSION by Elana Johnson, a YA novel. I took the copy to the counter when I checked out, because I believed or at least hoped the ARC's wound up on the shelf due to some mishap, even though the number of them and intake dates on the labels certainly suggest otherwise.

 
I handed the copy to the cashier, and quietly said I thought she should take the copy off the shelf along with the handful of others I found, as it was illegal to sell them. She smiled at me like she thought it was "so cute I thought I knew what I was talking about", and said "No, this is an uncorrected proof, that's all" and went back to ringing up my items. At this point I was a little upset to find out the ARCs on the shelf clearly were not accidentally put there, the staff knew they were there, what they were and were still being instructed to sell them. I smiled, politely even though I was being talked down to, and said "I know what they are. They say very clearly on the covers Not For Sale. It's illegal to sell them." She set the book to the side while we finished the transaction and I went home with my family hoping the girl would do the right thing.

 

09 February 2012

{Book Review} Chance to Dance for You

By: Me My Shelf And I | 09 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | 3 Comments so far

Chance to Dance for You

Chance to Dance for You
Author: Gail Sidonie Sobat
Format: Paperback
Pages: 172
Publisher: Great Plains Teen Fiction
Published: May 1, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

Sometimes keeping a secret is harder than telling the truth.Ian lives in a suburb where everything's the same. The houses are the same, the cars are the same, and their aspirations are the same. But Ian is different. Openly gay in his bigoted high school, Ian doesn?t exactly fit in. But he's not worried - he's been training in dance for a long time and soon he?ll be able to leave town and train to become a professional. Then he falls in love with Jess, the high school quarterback?

We’re back with a review of Chance to Dance for You thanks to The {Teen} Book Scene tour.  Make sure to click on the banner for more reviews and guest posts.  And don’t forget, you can enter to win a signed copy of the book HERE.

 

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My take: At this point, there aren’t many teen books out there that tackle the issue of homophobia and being gay in such a straight forward manner (and if there are, they are somewhat under wraps). So seeing the synopsis contain “openly gay” made me want to read this right away.

During this story, we get to see the world through the life of gay dancer Ian.  I think that was the first sort of uplifting point of this for me, because not only was it a book about being gay, but it wasn’t about some girl feeling sorry for herself the whole time!  Learning small things about Ian was well thought by author Gail Sidonie Sobat, because not once was it too far delved into.  The pop culture references mentioned a few times were a great little addition as well. 

When Jess is introduced, it’s that instant – you know something big is going to happen between those two – moment.  Because where Ian lives his life openly gay, Jess has to hide it from his father.  So what happens when he starts to fall in love?

What happens to Ian when he truly starts believing that this is love?  Hiding away from the world because Jess can’t be seen in the public eye, or at least in their highly intolerant town…being able to accept himself, but knowing Jess can’t?  Who should have to face such a thing?  And the saddest part of it all is that his best friend can see it all for what it’s worth, but he’s not willing to listen.

Really, to get the true raw feeling and emotion behind this book, you should just go out and get it!  Better yet, click that link from earlier to try and win a copy.

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08 February 2012

{Guest Post} In Too Deep

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | Be the first to comment!

Today we welcome Sam and Carter of In Too Deep to our blog.  We are the 8th stop on The {Teen} Book Scene tour.  Be sure to click on the banner for more reviews and guest posts!

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The choices you make in life will not always be easy, what's your hardest decision been?

Sam: Oh gosh. I think if you’ve heard anything about the last couple of weeks in my life, you’d know the answer to that one. I’m not sure I want to talk about it. I’m still kind of a mess over it.

If you could take back one moment in time, what would it be?

Carter: Letting Sam stay at my party. If I had known what she was going to do, I would have kicked her out.

Do you feel more people are with you, or against you?

Carter: I don’t even know any more. Some of my closest friends have turned on me.

What is your ultimate goal for success further down the road?

Sam: I just want to go to University of Washington. Take some classes, make some friends, figure out what I want from life. It seems so simple. And so hard.  

What do you feel you've gained over the past year in terms of knowledge and self-value?

Carter: I thought everyone liked me. I thought I lived in a place that would have my back. Instead half the school kicked me when I was down. But the truth has a way of coming out.

We’d like to thank Carter and Sam for stopping by the blog today, and author Amanda Grace for making sure they stayed in line!  Be sure to stop back next Tuesday for our review on the book!

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 22

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 3 Comments so far

 

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

See something you like here?
Click the book cover to add it to your Good Reads TBR List!

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Woah! I haven’t done on of these in a long time! Those holidays take it out of ya, huh? Well, let’s just go with that excuse anyway! I’m back doing them now!

Because it’s been a while since I did one, I have a few books I’m waiting on, here we go!

 

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Social Suicide
Deadly Cool #2
Author: Gemma Halliday
Release Date: April 24th
Publisher: HaperTeen

I got to read Deadly Cool as an ARC and really enjoyed it, I can’t wait to see what Gemma Halliday has in store for us with a second installment!

Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.
Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went...a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH's resident body finder, I'm stuck trying to prove that Sydney's death wasn't suicide.
I'm starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos..

 

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Until I Die
Revenants #2
Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 8th
Publisher: HarperCollins

Amy Plums first novel, Die For me was the second ever ARC I got, I am “dying” (no pun intended) to read the second installment!

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.
As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.
In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series

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{Cover Reveal} Long Moon Summer by SM Reine

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | | | 3 Comments so far

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Something is killing innocent people around Rylie Gresham's town. The police think it's a wild animal, but she has other suspicions. There are new kids at school, and they have a lot in common with her: gold eyes, super strength, and a habit of turning furry. It seems Rylie's not the only werewolf around anymore."


It's up to Rylie and her werewolf-hunting boyfriend, Seth, to stop the killings. But saving lives doesn't come naturally to a monster, and territory battles could risk the life of her sickly aunt--not to mention her own. Rylie has no choice but to stand her ground, protect her home, and stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt.

 

Alright everyone – what do you think of this cover?!
I am so in love with it! And, I just noticed that the covers of the first two books in the series got make overs too – I’m in love with them as well!!!

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07 February 2012

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} Shift by MR Merrick

By: Me My Shelf And I | 07 February 2012 at 12:03 AM | | | | | 8 Comments so far
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Don’t-cha wish your blog post was as cool as mine….don‘t-cha **jazz hands, booty shake, jazz hands, running man….**
Oh….yeah, sorry ‘bout that. I uh, well I get carried away when I get to do cool stuff for blog tours.
*clears throat while turning three shades of red*
Okay so now that I’ve explained my terrible off key singing and that thing most kindly refer to as me “dancing”, but looks a bit more like an elderly orangutan having a seizure – let’s got onto the good stuff, the reason you are here…the man of the hour….MR MERRICK and book two in the Protector Series SHIFT! *and the crowd goes wild*
I get quotes, I love quotes. I very seriously could live my life speaking in only move/book quotes…and song lyrics! So this post for me is the best!
MR Merrick (I always feel like I’m calling him Mr. Merrick….wth?!) gave me several quotes for several characters, I am only picking some of the best ones (read: ones I deemed my favorites of the moment…*hehehe*) because truthfully if I put all of his up, I’ll want to add some of the ones I’ve found too and this post is CLEARLY getting long winded and off topic….sooo.with out further ado…here’s what you all waited for….SHIFT QUOTES!

Vincent
- “Could you have left me out there much longer? Gods know what kind of monsters are running amok. This town is full of them, you know.”
- “Wonderful. Our fearless leader hears voices.”
Grams
- “This is what happens when untrained witches practice magic.”
- “Shows what you know, silly girl. Looks like your boyfriend is keeping secrets.”
Tiki
- “Chase Williams, I do not like the clothing here. It is tight and uncomfortable. Especially when it bunches around my–”
- Where does she hide weapons in that tiny…dress?”
Rayna
- “Trust me; when I push, you'll know it. It'll feel a lot like when I punch.”
- That's fine. We're training later, so I have an excuse to hit you.”
- “Who does that bitch think she is?”
**Rayna get’s three, she’s my favorite of all the characters in the book!**
Chase
- “Careful, you don’t know what I might, or might not, be wearing.”
- “You woke me up for shopping? I really hope you're kidding.”
-“You tried to eat my bird?”
**I like Chase too…lol**
Riley
- “I just wanted to see my son. Is that too much to ask?”
- “You’ve met my new pet; do not make me unleash him on you, son. He will change your world in a way you cannot imagine. I am only asking out of courtesy. You do not actually have a choice.”
Willy
- “I ha–, had an accident.”
-“I appreciate you looking out fo–, for me, but don’t.”
So there you have it folks, I’m surprised you all made this far and didn’t bolt off looking for where you can buy the books….here – I will even make that easy for you!! I’m so accommodating, it’s sickening!
Find out more about MR Merrick and his awesome books HERE


Or, quick buy EXILED Book One ON SALE for only .99!!! HERE

And Buy Book Two – SHIFT HERE


And how about we GIVE AWAY a copy of SHIFT!? Yes? Alright then…I’m sure MR Merrick won’t mind ;0)
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{Giveaway} Balthazar by Claudia Gray

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

I took a twitter poll and the majority of you have said “DO A CONTEST I WANT IT ME ME ME!” So I am crumbling to the pressure of the masses, and here is your contest for Balthazar by Claudia Gray. *teehee*

One may be thinking: “AMBER!? Why are you giving away a brand new ARC, you haven’t even read it yet?”

Well let me explain. One of the issues bloggers can face is getting wrapped up in what they have to or feel they have to read as opposed to what they want to read. Sadly, one of the book series I have wanted to read but not have had time for yet is Claudia's Gray’s Evernight series. As Balthazar falls at the end of the series, and I couldn't possibly catch up in time to read it before it’s released in March – it would be flat out selfish of me to keep it. ARC’s are for promotional reason’s and I want someone who can use it now to have it.

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By Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 6th 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

Haunted by memories from his first days as a vampire, Balthazar has spent hundreds of years alone—without allies, without love. When he emerges from his isolation to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, Balthazar has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Having learned of Skye’s powers and the remarkable effect her blood has on vampires, he plans to use her for his own evil purposes. As they stand together to fight the evil vampire, Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by Skye...just as Redgrave realizes that he can destroy Balthazar once and for all by taking her for his own.

Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below by clicking on the READ MORE and good luck to all!

REMINDER – US Mailing address only, must be 13+, not responsible for lost or damaged items and ALL THIS ENDS ON FEBURAY 14th!

06 February 2012

{Book Review} Truth: XVI #2

By: Me My Shelf And I | 06 February 2012 at 11:36 AM | | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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Truth: XVI#2
Author: Julia Karr
Format: ARC
Pages: 299
Publisher: Speak
Published: January 19, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

An exciting dystopian thriller, and sequel to XVI
Nina Oberon's life has changed enormously in the last few months. When her mother was killed, Nina discovered the truth about her father, the leader of the Resistance. And now she sports the same Governing Council?ordered tattoo of XVI on her wrist that all sixteen-year-old girls have. The one that announces to the world that she is easy prey to predators. But Nina won't be anyone's stereotype. And when she joins an organization of girls working within the Resistance, she knows that they can put an end to one of the most terrifying secret programs the GC has ever conceived. Because the truth always comes out . . . and the consequences can be deadly.

My take: Well, first and foremost – it took my going back to my review of the first book to refresh myself on what exactly happened.  I knew from the time I’d finished the first I wanted to read the second, so when the opportunity came about, I jumped on it!

The continuation of the story was not hard to follow at all, and getting to see Nina grow more throughout this book was fantastic.  From turning 16, or SEXteen, to being the rebellious one who didn’t want to follow what the Governing Council believes, I saw things in Nina that weren’t as apparent in the first book.  I think one of the biggest influences in change in her were all those underlying characters that pushed her to the truth – like her grandparents, her friends, and even her sister.

Not to mention the fact that the Resistance was working harder in this book then the first (or at least I could see more of it), but there were also new characters in this – one being a girl that no one, characters in the book – myself, could tell if she was trustworthy!  Nina has to face not only this new girl, but her semi-boyfriend Sal leaving at every turn.  She was one who thought “I’ll never fall in love, I don’t need a boyfriend” and yet there she is in this book wondering about her boyfriend all the time because he’s not present.

Things happen to her grandparents in this book, and after having lost her mother in the first book, it made me wonder if she’d try to make herself grow up faster or not.  All in all though, she handled it well, but wasn’t over the top about it…well at least the majority of the time.

I don’t really know what to say further about this book without delving into details, so let’s just say…you all need to take a shot at it.  My best piece of advice too when starting this series – get over the SEXteen part of it really quick!

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