After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.
Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?
Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.
This sounds really, really good. And I’ve heard great things about this author.
In Angel's Wolf a vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court.
In Angels' Judgment a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all...
Plus FIRST TIME IN PRINT
In Angels' Pawn a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless...
And NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
In Angels' Dance an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.
Any fan of the Guild Hunter series must get their hands on this book! These four wonderful novellas were impossible to put down. I wish more authors would put out books like these, with stories of secondary characters readers love. So let me break them down for you, then you can run to the nearest bookstore to get a copy. :)
Ooook, utterly intrigued by both Ashwini and Janvier. I need more of these two!! While we’ve met and read a little about Ash in previous Guild Hunter books, Janvier was only mentioned in Archangel’s Blade. Now having been properly introduced to the Cajun vampire, I need to know more about him. This story is action packed and full of sexual tension. It certainly had me wishing it was longer.
I was really excited when I started reading this one and realized it’s the story of how Sara, the Guild Director, met her husband Deacon. We all know Sara pretty well by now, and we’ve met Deacon. He sounds like a wonderful husband….but this story proves him to be one strong, sexy Guild Hunter! It was an instant attraction between Sara and Deacon, and they have some great chemistry in this story. I also enjoyed reading about how Sara came to decide to take on the role of Director for the Guild. This was one story you, as a Guild Hunter fan, do NOT want to pass up!
In this story we meet Nimra, the angel in charge of Louisiana. She has a hardcore reputation but anyone in her court, or inner circle rather, knows different. Noel has been sent to her court by Raphael. He thinks it’s because he is not seen as the same man he was before he was brutally attacked, but the real reason actually proves this wrong. This was a good little whodunit mystery. I enjoyed seeing Noel play detective. *sigh* Noel….so rough on the outside and a total sweetheart on the inside, yet with total raw sensuality at the same time. Very nice combination. :) Can’t say I blame Nimra for falling for him.
This story is integral for all fans of this series. Mainly because so much is happening in the backdrop of Jessamy and Galen’s story. Their story completely stole my heart. Galen really surprised me. He is this rough, blunt warrior with an unimaginable gentleness when it comes to Jessamy. I was completely fascinated. We get to see Raphael as a fairly new archangel. Illium also played a big role in this book, since we get to see the time when everyone is becoming worried about his relationship with the mortal he loves. I think reading that story would brake my heart. I could not bear to see my Bluebell hurt!
About Nalini Singh
Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.
A weekly feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)
Last Tuesday, Some Nights by fun. was released and it’s all I’ve been listening to in my car. So I wanted to show you some of my favorite tracks from it. Everyone already knows I loved the single We Are Young, so I don’t need to post that one again. Here we go!
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias' death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
I was totally rooting for Day in this book. He is a modern day Robin Hood. He steals from the Republic and gives to those who need it, therefore making him the Republic’s most wanted criminal; mostly because of how stupid he makes them look each time he gets away with something. But like all heroes, he has his weaknesses, and unluckily for him, June is smart enough to have figured them out.
June is the smartest person in the Republic…at least on record. And the only person she has left in the world is Metias. So, ok, she might not have lived in the slums, but her life is by no means perfect. Especially now that Metias has been killed, which I was still extremely sadden by, even though it tells us in the synopsis that he dies. At first I didn’t understand her subdued reaction to his death, but I realized that she needed to grieve in private, not in front of one of the Republic’s most hardcore commanders. Also, part of her grieving included revenge. With all evidence of Metias’s death pointing to Day, June sets out to finally bring him down, once and for all.
And so begins this tale of lies, and betrayal, and secrets, and sacrifice. Because of course nothing is as it seems, especially not in June’s world. Marie Lu gives us characters to feel deep emotions for, whether those emotions vary from rage, to sympathy, to love, you’ll feel them! One of the things I love most in some books is alternating chapters between the main characters and in Legend we get to see this story from the point of view of June and Day. YAY! The action is intense. Can’t say Marie Lu is afraid of writing some very brutal and bloody scenes! And I guess the biggest question I was left with after finishing is, what is the purpose of the Republic’s evil scheme? It has to somehow play a bigger role because I don’t see the point otherwise. I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of it soon though. I can’t wait to read the next part of this mysterious story.
About Marie Lu
I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers’ markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so. :)
I left Beijing for the States in 1989 and went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I’m currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix. In my past life, I was an art director in the video game industry, but now I write full-time.
TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.
This week’s question: Required Reading: Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you’d like to see in today’s curriculum for kids?
I have a HORRIBLE memory…and I didn’t work too hard in high school to be honest. The only book I remember reading is Great Expectations. I’m sure I read others, but I seriously can’t remember. I do remember liking Great Expectations though! And I liked it e
ven more after we got to watch the 1946 film…and I really loved the 1998 movie as well.
I don’t really know which book I would like to see in today’s curriculum though… so many!
That’s my couch. :) I like to lay against that pillow, with the window behind me giving me some awesome light during the day. Oh, and that’s my foot, wrapped in my favorite blanket. Normally there’s books stacked against the back of the couch…there’s one now! But I just cleaned that area up, lol.
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
I can’t express how claustrophobic I felt throughout this whole book, LOL! Thank you, Beth Revis!! I seriously felt like I couldn’t breathe at times and actually had to step outside of my apartment to gulp down some fresh air. How many books can you say have had that kind of effect on you? Me? This is probably the only one so far.
I also can’t deny that I have never imagined being frozen so that I could be woken up in the future. But this book has now changed my mind forever. I do not want to be, essentially, buried alive in ice! Just to have my mind be alert for centuries! How horrible…
Across the Universe was a great mix of scifi, dystopian, and mystery. While the pace may not be fast, I thought it was well done for this story. Also, it had alternating chapters, which I love! A lot of the technology was really cool to read about, especially the gravtubes and floppies. I don’t think I’d like a commlink installed in my ear though.
I loved that this book brings up a lot of questions about morality and ethics. It definitely makes you consider the rights and wrongs and the what-would-I-do-in-these-situations. One thing graphically described was the Season, as in, the mating season. I must say, it disturbed me a little. Also, the almost rape unsettled me. I kind of get that it was to show us just how far gone everyone was, but it was crazy! And the guys got nothing but black eyes for it! I really hope Luthe gets what’s coming to him in the next book. Something needs to be done about it.
While I did enjoy this story, I can’t say I really connected with the main characters. In fact, I probably felt a stronger connection to Harley, who is an important secondary character. He really affected me. With all that said, I was actually unable to put it down. I needed to know what would happen next! I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I want to know if they’ll ever make it to their destination after all!
A fantastic debut from the winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards novel contest.
When Erika wakes up after a horrific car crash, she finds herself somewhere between earth and heaven, between life and death. She doesn't want to accept help from Jeremiah, who she's not sure she can trust, even as she finds herself drawn to him, following him into a grim city of souls. She's not sure who wants to help her and who wants to hurt her. And she's desperate to get back to her children.
Shawn's never thought about having to shoulder the responsibility of caring for his young sister Megan and his reckless older sister. And he never imagined that the three of them would find themselves in a haunted wood, sometimes chased, sometimes assisted, never sure where they're headed.
With Grim, the terrifically talented Anna Waggener delves into the place where myth becomes reality, where family can distort you as easily as it cares for you, where death and eternity meet.
This sounds like a completely different book than what I’ve yet to read, so I look forward to it. :)
A weekly feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)
So one my best friends hits me up on instant messenger with the video you’re about to see below. This is nothing new. She sends me music videos, I send her books quotes. :) I totally fell in love with this guy’s voice. Enjoy some Noah Gundersen!
Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriend—sort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking…something like Liam Murphy.
When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he's back, sending Posey's traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again. She should be giving him a wide berth, but it seems fate has other ideas…
Until There Was You was my first Kristan Higgins book. What had I been waiting for?! I honestly don’t even know where to begin explaining just how much I enjoyed this book. I LOVED it!
Every single character in this book felt so real to me. Maybe it was that Posey and Liam’s story is told through several flashbacks to their high school years, therefore letting us into their past, allowing us to understand them better, but even the secondary characters had so much life. I wanted to know what happened to everyone in this book, every single person I met. After reading the last page, I felt I was leaving friends behind. I wanted to reread it just to see them again.
I loved Posey, but man I wanted her to put her foot down so many times! With her family, with Liam, she needed to set them straight several times during this book. She was by no means a pushover, she was just too easy going to confront people about things. I loved watching her grow more and more confident, seeing for herself just how special she was.
Liam’s character really surprised me. I figured he’d just be this sexy, bad guy from her past, whose defenses Posey would brake down. And he was, in a way. I did not expect him to have so much depth. We get to know him, especially his fears, and my heart broke for him several times throughout this book.
To all of my reluctant romance readers: you should read this book. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to get their feet wet in this genre. By that I mean that if the sexytimes is what makes you nervous about reading romance, this book will in no way scare you off. ;)
Until There Was You is a book with layers and layers of story and characters, which Kristan Higgins perfects in just 300 and some pages. I loved it so much that, when finished, I hugged it close to my heart and sighed with a huge smile on my face. If you want that feeling, read this book.
About Kristan Higgins
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.
Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.
Today on the blog, I have the illustrator of Picture the Dead, Lisa Brown, and she’s here to talk about them. Without further ado, here’s Lisa….Yes! That’s an illustration of herself! :D (Check out my review HERE!)
ALMOST EVERY CHARACTER in Picture the Dead has a real-life 19th century counterpart, unearthed from the archives of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Here are some of my models and their correspondent illustrated selves.
Uncle Henry Pritchett. I drew him unaltered from his original photograph. Couldn’t improve upon perfection. I am especially pleased with the pattern I found for the background, however. All of the “wallpaper” patterns are made from actual Victorian designs that I mostly discovered in clip art Dover books. http://store.doverpublications.com/
Jennie Lovell, our indomitable heroine. I changed her hairstyle in later versions, after Adele described her hair as lush and curly. Her dress reminds me of the clothing in the “Sound of Music;” that is, made from old curtains.
Mavis, the little Irish maid. Her dress is much simpler than her employers’, no pattern or stylishly puffed sleeves. Note how she looks a bit frightened.
William Pritchett. The epitome of “dashing.” I’m fairly smitten with Will and his brother. Check out the wonderful Tumblr blog, http://mydaguerreotypeboyfriend.tumblr.com/, for more dead hotties. (Hahaha! That tumblr is awesome!! –Jess)
Quincy Pritchett, my absolute favorite. His original model is a bit too old for the part, so I regressed him to his teenaged self and removed his glasses. He gets even sexier, in my opinion, later on when he sports an eye patch. Arrrrrr! (I must say, I completely agree! Totally had the hotts for Quinn :) – Jess)
And here a little side note regarding dear Aunt Clara. I honestly had trouble finding a model who was detestable enough to represent Clara in all her vile-ness. I was particularly keen to portray Adele’s incredible description of a “chin that wobbled like aspic.” Nobody during the Civil War era seemed to have such a chin. I tried concocting a composite from several existing portraits, but, in the end, I had to invent Clara out of whole cloth, sketching her out by hand. I gave her the requisite double chin, little girly ringlets, and an air of entitlement. Voila. Aunt Clara.
Here, at least, is an example of a model for her dress, expanded:
TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.
This week’s question: Book Blogger Pride: What do you take pride in when it comes to blogging?
I take pride in the fact that I work hard to keep new content up 6 days a week, sometimes 5 or 7…the point is it’s consistent. That I tell you about the books I love with as much enthusiasm and honesty as possible. That every book you see featured here is one I am genuinely excited about sharing with you. But most importantly is that it is totally and completely mine, and I can do what I want with this space and I do. :)
Jennie feels the tingling presence of something unnatural in the house now that Will is dead.
Her heart aches without him, and she still doesn't know how he really died. It seems that everywhere she turns, someone is hiding yet another clue. As Jennie seeks the truth, she finds herself drawn ever deeper into a series of tricks and lies, secrets and betrayals, and begins to wonder if she had every really known Will at all.
"A perfectly haunting combination."
--Jon Scieszka, bestselling author and Caldecott Honor winner
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Jennie’s beloved, Will, was killed in battle. At least that’s the official story. She believes that his spirit lingers in the cold Pritchett house and that he has unfinished business. Clues have been surfacing that point to something different. Something that could prove Will was not who she thought.
She decides to look for answers in the one person who seems to know what really happened, Will’s brother, Quinn. However, she doesn’t expect to find comfort and hope in him instead. While their romance blooms, Will’s presence and other more significant clues keep showing up, now making her question everything.
In Picture the Dead, Adele Griffin tells an eerie story full of mystery and suspense set in one of my favorite eras in history, the Civil War. And together with this mysterious tale, Lisa Brown has created some vivid illustrations to go along with it. Both of these elements together, along with some unexpected twists, sucked me in and made it difficult to put this book down until I knew everything there was to know. The end was awesomely twisty and it definitely surprised me.
How would you like to win an advanced reading copy of BAREFOOT SEASON… PLUS a $300 Amazon gift card?
BAREFOOT SEASON(April 2011) is the emotional story of former best friends who must reunite in order to save the inn they both love. It’s witty, emotional, deeply personal, and has a no-easy-win conflict that readers can dig their teeth into. Plus, of course, a happy ending that will leave you feeling good about the world.
Here’s how to enter:
· Post a video to YouTube no later than February 28 titled “Susan Mallery, I Want Barefoot Season.” (That must be the title!)
· Email the video link to jenel (at) susanmallery (dot) com
The video should be no longer than one minute long and must be set to be viewable by the public. Susan may share the videos on her Facebook page, in the Susan Mallery app for iPhone and Android, and/or on her website. What she’s looking for is a heartfelt message. Why should she send an autographed copy of Barefoot Season to you? (The winner will also receive a $300 Amazon gift card.)
Don’t know what to say? Here are a few prompts to get you started. You don’t have to use any of these, though. Feel free to be creative.
“Susan Mallery, I want to read BAREFOOT SEASON because I loved [your favorite Susan Mallery title or series]…”
“Susan Mallery, I hope you’ll pick me to win an advanced copy of BAREFOOT SEASON because I belong to a book club, and we love books that…”
“I’m really excited to read BAREFOOT SEASON by Susan Mallery because…”
“It’s been a tough year for me, and I need the pick-me-up of a feel-good book like BAREFOOT SEASON by Susan Mallery…”
A team of soft-hearted book bloggers (including yours truly) will select the most heartfelt video on March 1, and the winner will be notified by email and at www.facebook.com/susanmallery. The contest is open internationally.
About Susan Mallery
With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.
Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?
"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."
Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave.
It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!
This book is actually already out in the UK, I believe, but when I saw this cover on the Scholastic catalog I flipped. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it definitely has my attention now! I love that cover, and it sounds like it’s going to be fun. :)