Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Keep Holding On

Keep Holding On
Susane Colasanti
Release date: May 31st, 2012
by Viking Juvenile

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A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.
*A copy was provided by Penguin Canada for review purposes*

School was the most difficult time in my life. I didn't have it as bad as Noelle. I have a great family who gave me everything I needed, but my school life was terrible. I was picked on and laughed at for being little. I had a hard time approaching people to make friends. I was even bullied by a teacher who made it a point to humiliate me. I was too young to realize this back then, but I will never forgive her. This all made me lash out and act in ways that made myself unapproachable. Being from a very small town like Noelle, this story hit incredibly close to home. It may not be a perfect book, but it still deserves every single star I can give for the simple fact that this sends a strong message that could help people live through what may be the hardest years of their lives.

Noelle had my sympathy from the very first page. She's an immensely strong willed person to have kept herself together the way she did. She is intelligent and caring. She has a huge heart that has been trampled on, but she never gives up. I admire her will and I think a lot of people could learn from her. Her emotions are vivid. She made my heart break and gave my goosebumps by seeing her finally stand up for herself. Yes she makes some stupid decisions, yes it's obvious to us how Matt is using her, yes her reaction to others being bullied is ironic. It may be hard to understand, but when you can avoid making your life even worse, you do so. We have to realize that this girl is stifled in a life of depression and shame, her irrational decisions are due to an unconscious defense mechanism.
We'd like to think someone who gets bullied would help others in the same boat, but I call that wishful thinking.

The side characters, though some more than others, have a big a role in the story as well. From her best friend to the bullies, these were plucked out from real life with real problems of their own. I also found her mother very convincing. She's a horrible parent figure, but unlike some other books I've read it didn't feel exaggerated for the sake of the story. It felt like a realistic situation where the parent is just as lost as the child. It's sad, but more often than we realize there are kids who raise themselves, do their own laundry, don't get enough to eat, etc. It's horrible. It really is.

Being a very short book it packs quite the punch; the story is packed full of emotional highs and lows. Like I said it's not perfect, some things could been fleshed out - like her friendship with Sherae, her relationship with Julian, and the ending which I felt was a bit implausible or too good to be true. In real life things don't usually turn around so quickly. Nonetheless, the story is touching. It could definitely help give some kids hope and I think this is what matters in the end.

Yes it's true, things get better. What happens in school doesn't matter when you're older. If only this was easy to believe when you're a teenager. I commend Susane for taking her experience and writing such an encouraging story. It takes courage, I know just by writing this that it IS embarrassing to admit you were bullied, but you know what? Don't ever be ashamed! This is what defines who we become, and I would not change a thing about my life today! 

5 Hot Espressos

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Lovin' Giveaway

That's right! It's that time again! To celebrate 1) my wonderful followers, 2) summer, 3) the fabulous peeps who support these giveaways via the link on the sidebar for The Book Depository, I'm throwing this appreciation giveaway to say how much you all rock my face!!

Let's see what's up for grabs

There will be one (1) winner, it's open internationally, but the ARC can only be picked from winners in the US/Canada (sorry, it's very expensive to ship from Canada- if international followers want to pay the difference in shipping for the ARC, though, I'm fine with that). So the deal is this:
  • International winner can pick their book of choice from the list below.
  • US/Can winner can pick either the ARC, or their book of choice from the list below.
Here are the fabulous summer releases you can pick from
*If the book is not released by the end of this giveaway it will be pre-ordered*

Followers in Canadian/US address can also pick this ARC:

Hopefully everyone sees something here worth drooling over! :)

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Waiting on Wednesday (38)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

My pick this week:
Elsie Chapman
Release date: February 26th, 2013
by Random House

Would you live through the ultimate test of survival?

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Killing yourself takes on a whole new meaning, huh?
I actually found this one last week while checking out some WoW posts so I'm sure a lot of you have seen it, and doesn't it Just. Sound. Epic!? This one is 100% up my alley and so far my most anticipated debut of 2013 (2013!!! *sobs*) so I just had to feature it today. I also just met Elsie on Twitter and 1) she's Canadian! Booya!! And 2) she seems totally awesome. Plus, this cover is badass! Conclusion: WAAAAANNNNNT!

What book are you excited for this week?
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Blood & Love and Other Vampire Tales

Blood & Love and Other Vampire Tales
Rhiannon Frater
Release date: March 7th, 2012

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Award-winning author Rhiannon Frater delves deep into the vampire mythos in her new short story collection featuring the beautiful, but deadly undead.

Spanning a hundred years and a diverse cast of characters, Rhiannon explores the themes of loneliness, revenge, blood and love in seven tales.

How far will the bloodthirsty vampires go to find love, revenge, and family? Discover the truth in Love & Blood and Other Vampire Tales.
*A copy was provided by Rhiannon Frater for review purposes*

Eeeeh, vampires à la Rhiannon Frater? Yes please!

This vampire anthology gives us vampiric tales from the vengeful to the romantic. Divided in 3 parts, we've got a good bunch of unique short stories that sticks with the classic vampire beliefs. The first part's stories are very short but they're fun; perfect to get you in the mood - like those little preluding mini movies in Pixar films. Although these ones aren't so cutesy. I mean - coming from Rhiannon and all.

All about strong, dependent women who don't take kindly to be treated like trash, part 2 is all about revenge on creeps who deserve it. Treating girls like a possession - manipulating and stalking them - has been ongoing in novels these days so I'm relieved when I read about empowered females who fight back. And these ones surely do. One thing I've noticed about Rhiannon's work is how she handles the fate of the hateful characters. They get everything that they deserve and my sadistic side relishes this! I could not have ended these better even if I tried.

As for part 3, we get a trilogy filled with romance, magic, and a touch of heartbreak. Each short story is a different point of view showing us unique sides of this family's tale. My personal favorite - of this part as well as the whole book - is The Memoirs of Moniki the Great. It's the POV of a little girl who's only 7 years old. Her tale is tragic and heartbreaking, but so very sweet. I loved her voice, she's so compelling she basically put me in her shoes. I felt her pain, her hope, and above all, her innocence. For a short story it was surprisingly profound. It's worth a read just for this one. It's unorthodox, though, as it includes a touch of magic, but I thought it was brilliant. Just a quick note of the final story of this trilogy. It was my first venture in a 2nd person narrative so it was very different for me. I'm not sure I would enjoy reading a full length novel with it, but it was interesting to see it applied.

True to its title, Blood & Love and Other Vampire Tales contains plenty of blood and an abundance of love inside this fantastic variety of vampire themed stories. Fans of Rhiannon Frater - this one's a given! Not a fan yet? You are missing out!

4 Hot Espressos

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Angel Eyes Tour Stop: Review + Giveaway

Angel Eyes
Shannon Dittemore
Series: Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1
Release date: May 29th, 2012
by Thomas Nelson Fiction

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Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .


Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.
*A copy was provided by Thomas Nelson for review purposes*

Angel books are not a rarity nowadays. I have read my share and even though this one didn't absolutely wow me, I enjoyed it for the most part. It starts to feel long, plot-wise, after a bit, but the characters are engaging and the angel lore is enticing.

My immediate thought was that this was going to be the same old - full of clichés - kind of story. We have Brielle moving back to her old town, starting school and meeting the gorgeous new guy who, to her surprise, seems to be into her. Sounds familiar? It's not a very unique start, but as the story progresses it does get a lot more original with some surprising elements and, amazingly, no love triangle. I was also quite surprised by the direction of the heroine herself. I had imagined the usual cookie cutter plot where the protagonist finds out she's really an angel, so I was happy to get a different sort of twist that kept this story fresh. Brielle is a well-rendered character with raw emotions. I found her easily relatable as she's an average Joe but with a heavy, mysterious past that I was kept captivated by. The story itself alternates from a few different POVs, including the villain's which I always find intriguing as we get the anticipation of seeing their plans unfolding. I did find it sometimes got distracting, however, especially at the beginning where I felt flopped around from side characters I wasn't connecting with. But It does leave us with a deeper understanding of their whole world.

Jake could be seen as Brielle's savior. In him she finds a companion to whom she is able to open up to and move on from a place of sorrow and grief. It's a sweet, natural relationship that I would simply call nice. It's not filled with pulse pounding chemistry, nor is it monotonous, it's the kind of relationship where they just fit, balancing one another. It's not swoon worthy but it's satisfying.

Struggling with the death of her best friend, Brielle is questioning her faith and the existence of God. From someone who is not religious I wasn't too enthused by the strong religious undertone in this novel. Nevertheless I understand the importance of its addition in the story; it serves its purpose. Obviously, being an angel book I was expecting it, but this one can get particularly heavy in that department. I also appreciated that it doesn't force any belief system on the reader. It's merely commonly asked questions and reflections by someone who has been through such a devastating loss like Brielle.

There's not a whole lot that you can do to make angel lore original while keeping it inside common beliefs. Dittemore does stray from the usual notions, but by re-imagining, not necessarily recreating. The realms, the spiritual warfare, the angel's purpose, and my personal favorite - the halo, all have the common assumptions at their core, but with an added creative flair to leave it mysterious with some exciting twists. I thought it was all wonderfully described, keeping me fascinated - which has not been accomplished by many angel books to be honest. The pacing itself could have been better, especially at the beginning and end. It takes a while before we start getting some answers, then the ending feels overly prolonged. Otherwise, though, it flows nicely.

An enjoyable addition to its genre, Angel Eyes delivers beautiful angel lore with three-dimensional characters. Even though it didn't absolutely enchant me, fans of Angel stories will most likely find this one surprisingly up to par with the most recent popular angel titles today. 

3 Hot Espressos

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Xpresso Weekly: Stacking the Shelves (5)

Xpresso Weekly is my edition of Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring the books
I got this week, and I also mention blog news/happenings of the past week

Good Sunday, lovelies! I hope you all had a great week! Mine was awesome the great weather does wonders on my mood and productivity! :) Have you missed anything on Xpresso Reads this week? There was the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Exclusive that featured a cover reveal, trailer, excerpt and giveaway! I also had Sarah Alderson drop by for a fun interview as part of my Hunting Lila tour stop. I posted a couple cover reveals on my Facebook page that you should not miss! There's Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel, The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington, Carnivals of Souls by Melissa Marr, and my personal favorite (I'm a sucker for red accents) Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.

Reviews this week:
-The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
-Venus City by Tabitha Vale
-Tommy Nightmare by J.L. Bryan
-All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

This week I received for review (click on cover for Goodreads): 

*Big thanks to Macmillan Publishers, Scholastic, and Hachette Book Group Canada for these pretties!*

What's new on your shelf this week?
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fresh Batch (May 27th - June 2nd)

Exclusively titled for Xpresso Reads, Fresh Batch features the hottest releases of this upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:
Darkness Before Dawn
J.A. London
Release date: May 29th, 2012
by HarperCollins Publishers

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This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

J. A. London is the mother-son writing team of Jan and Alex Nowasky. As Rachel Hawthorne, Jan has written many novels for teens, including the popular Dark Guardian series. Alex, a recent graduate with a degree in Historical Studies, enjoys combining history and fiction to create unique worlds.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

All These Lives
Sarah Wylie
Release date: June 5th, 2012
by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky.  She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal.  And Jena is wasting away.  To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives.  Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one.  Someone like Jena.  But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization.  Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all.  Maybe she really only ever had one.
*A copy was provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for review purposes*

While I was a bit thrown off by the nine lives viewpoint, All These Lives is a really captivating story about dealing with cancer in a loved one. What's different in this one, is that the story is not actually about the cancer patient, but her sister, Dani. Dani and Jena are twins, Jena has cancer and Dani is battling with guilt. Specifically, she feels guilty for having nine lives, when Jena is fighting for her one.

Let me tell you straight up. Dany is a bitch! She's snarky, rudely sarcastic, and kind of a bully. This could put off some readers, but I found it strangely interesting. If I knew her in real life I would detest her instantly, in this novel however, her voice is remarkably compelling. She amused me with her peculiar sense of humor, and her reflective thoughts are extremely tormenting. You can understand how much she's really struggling, thus making her personality a little less… inviting. She's hiding behind a mask so people don't see how deeply she's hurting. We've definitely got an original protagonist who may not have the best personality, but her tragically broken state makes this a truly memorable book. I also have to say that I was particularly pleased with the parental roles and their prominence in the story.

Dani thinks she has nine lives. She's been in accidents that should have killed her, but didn't. This aspect in the story is a tad strange. I was never sure if it was meant to add some supernatural elements into it, or if was simply Dany's illusory contemplations about death. Even though it's a big part of the book summary, this side of the story is not the primary focus. It's not even about the actual cancer. It's really more about the sisterly bond, and Dani's unusual way of dealing. It's not your typical cancer novel. Though you can still expect a lot of deep emotions; helplessness, loneliness, and desperation can clearly be felt throughout. There is also some humor and lighthearted moments, even a bit of romance, that gives it the perfect balance. I felt the ending could have gone with more spark; I was expecting more closure in some aspects, but I'm satisfied nonetheless.

A remarkable story about an atypical teenage girl in an unforgiving situation, All These Lives is a wonderfully moving novel that I think many readers will easily get immersed in. This beautify writing debut novel proves that Sarah is an author to watch for!

4 Hot Espressos

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Tommy Nightmare by JL Bryan

Tommy Nightmare
J.L. Bryan
Series: The Paranormals, #2
Release date: April 1st, 2011

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While Fallen Oak recovers from the Jenny pox, someone new is hunting Jenny.

Like Jenny, Ashleigh Goodling belonged to a pair of opposites with powers that mirror each other.

Now Jenny and Seth must face the opposite of love...

*A copy was provided by J.L. Bryan for review purposes*

Jenny has a deadly touch. It's not a pretty death either. It consists of boils, puss, and all that good stuff. Now we meet Tommy - his touch induces nightmares. Your worst nightmares. So in other words, the touch of fear. Fear, considered human's strongest and oldest emotion, is an incredibly fascinating notion especially when used as a tool, so I knew I was in for a good time!

We meet Tommy right away. We get the story of his heartbreaking past, and how his life is about to intertwine with Jenny's. Instead of shying from his touch, he manipulates people to get his way. I hated him. I really did - and I loved it! If there is one thing I have to applaud JL Bryan for, it's his villains. From Ashleigh to Tommy, the villains in this series are masterfully crafted. They will anger you and exasperate you; You. Will. Want. Them. To Die! And if you think you've seen the last of Ashleigh, think again!

Even though it's named Tommy Nightmare, the story is not exclusive to Tommy. We see quite a bit of Jenny and Seth along with some new characters. The one I found the most interesting was Heather. I'm always curious about the general repercussions of horrific events such as the ending in Jenny Pox, and not only are we shown the law enforcement's reaction, we get the actual POV of someone at the CDC: Heather is a CDC investigator and 200+ unexplained deaths in small town, nowhere has gotten her attention. Theories ranging from the plague to bioweapon, I'm especially happy that the aftermath didn't get shrugged off with a mere paragraph, but looked into, questioned, and studied. This also becomes very important in the story as it gives Jenny even more people to fear.

Amounting to strong plot developments, flashbacks are a frequent occurrence in this sequel. We learn a lot about Jenny's past where we see that everyone's character is not always as it seems. We get a deeper understanding of the powers that these people wield, as well as a better perception of who they really are. These flashbacks combined with a multitude of different perspectives makes it a pretty hefty novel; there's a lot to keep track of along with considerable story building. The frequent shifting does cause the pace to slow down at times, but I was impressed at how well it all flows together, giving us a vastly exciting and an overall action-packed novel.

The chemistry filled romance between Seth and Jenny is tamed down in this book. The "new" spark has calmed, plus Jenny is distraught over what she did on top of the doubts being implanted by a certain someone. This is in no way a negative point, though - at least to me. It's realistic and natural for a relationship at their age. Plus, I was never a huge fan of Seth. He's easy to manipulate, I don't mean by Ashleigh which is expected but rather by his parents and friends. I much prefer the tougher, more assertive types. Let's just say that I was very pleased by the ending!

Equally as entertaining as Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare is an excellent sequel to a fantastic series. I strongly recommend it to all my fellow horror fans! I do have to warn you that even though they're teenagers, the series is considered an 18+ horror novel as it has some (epic) adult content.

4 Hot Espressos

The Paranormals series:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hunting Lila Tour Stop

This is a great day today as I have the wonderful Sarah Alderson stopping by as part of her blog tour. I'm sure you've all seen her books around the blogosphere, including your one and only over here. If you haven't read Hunting Lila I strongly recommend it! And now you get to know a bit about the mind behind this fantastic novel! In case you're not familiar with Hunting Lila, here's what you're missing:

Hunting Lila
Sarah Alderson
Series: Lila, #1
Release date: August 4th, 2011
by Simon & Schuster

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17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…
Find my review of Hunting Lila here!

Look for the sequel in August!

Interview with Sarah Alderson

Q. Let's start with how you got the idea for Hunting Lila?
I was swimming one day, trying to work out what to do to make some money and bam, I decided to write a book. I’d just read Twilight and figured if Stephanie Meyer could become a gazillionaire writing about vampires then so could I. Except I wanted to make my lead character the one with the super-power and I guess I watch too much TV because I knew I wanted it to be a thriller suspense with lots of action.

Q. Lila is an incredibly well loved character, she's feisty and irrational at times when it comes to Alex, how did you get the idea for her character? Does she have a bit of yourself in her?
Lila’s character was always just there. I didn’t have to think too hard. I often find I start writing and my characters just exist on the page.

I never thought she was like me but then my dad read it and his first words were ‘she’s so you.’ But then again my dad always refers to all my protagonists as ‘you’ when he talks to me. So yes, I guess she has got lots of me in her. My friends always say they hear me talking when she’s talking. Her dry humour is definitely from me. Probably my husband would say I’m also irrational like her.

Q. Alex and Lila's relationship is a big part of the book (and a fan favorite); what's your secret to writing such a swoon worthy romance?
I guess I just really felt it. Writing in the first person I felt every single one of her emotions. And also I’ve had some amazing adventures in my life, and been very lucky to have had some amazing relationships in my life, which I drew on for the romance element.

Q. How many books are you planning on this series? Do you already know how it's going to end or are you going with the flow?
At the moment there are just the two. It may end there, I haven’t decided yet. I’ve been too busy writing other things.

Q. What's the first thing you did after you wrote the very last word and realized you had finished a book?
I think I poured myself a glass of wine and then slept. Back then I had no idea if it was ever going to be published so it was a bit of a quiet celebration. Today though I’m just about to finish a book I’ve been writing collaboratively with another author (a hilarious adult book). We are so excited to finish it. So we’re going out to lunch and intend to celebrate in style!

Thanks so much for having me as a part of your tour! If you're anything like Lila me and you would definitely get along! >.< I can't wait for the sequel, and very intrigued about this adult book!

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool! She finished her first novel just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali. A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012. Losing Lila, is published August 2nd, 2012.

This post is a part of the Hunting Lila Canadian blog tour
hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada

Waiting on Wednesday (37)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

My pick this week:
Fang Girl
Helen Keeble
Release date: September 11th 2012
by HarperTeen

Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:

1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn’t win you many friends.)
5) A pyschotic vampire creator who’s using her to carry out a plan for world domination.

And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.

Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn’t quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined....

Helen Keeble’s riotous debut novel combines the humor of Vladimir Tod with Ally Carter’s spot-on teen voice. With a one-of-a-kind vampire mythology and an irresistibly relatable undead heroine, this uproarious page-turner will leave readers bloodthirsty for more

Eternally pasty!!
I don't know about you, but I think this sounds hilarious!  I love humoristic books and this one has an awesome sounding heroine and a ripped vampire hunter!? Yes please!

What's did you pick this Wednesday?
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