Posted in Awesome Authors, Book Reviews, Books To Read, Highly Recommend, Must Read, NetGalley, Read in 2011

A Must Read Preview: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

So, I started this book last night and finished it this afternoon. I’ve written my full review for it already. (Aren’t you proud!?)

The problem I’m having is that IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! I have to share it with you now. A little bit any way. The other problem is that it doesn’t come out until Valentine’s Day 2012!

It’s available on NetGalley so if you’re a member go grab this now and read it!

So, read this little bit of my review that’ll post in full on Feb. 13, 2012. You will love this book if you love YA Romance at all. Think Simone Elkeles.

Graffiti Moonby Cath Crowley272 pages, Knopf Books for Young Readers, (2012-02-14)

$11.46 (Amazon.com)

Overall

So much swoon I nearly died by heart bursting! An epic tale of finding love, acceptance, painting, and broken noses.

Summary (Goodreads)

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

Most Memorable Scene

Goodness me! There are way too many. The scene where Malcolm finds Ed and Lucy in the park is one of the best! Lucy sure knows how to handle herself.

“Why don’t you give it to Leo? Wait, I know, it’s because you’re scared of him, you cockroach-eating-coward motherfucker.”

I look at her. “Motherfucker?”

“Motherfucker,” she says.

“The next one to call me a motherfucker takes the message,” Malcolm says.

Motherfucker“, Lucy and I say together.

Romance

Gah! This book is so packed with so much swoon it’s not even funny! I thought for sure my heart was going to burst a few times with the amount of “Awwww” that came pouring out of some of these scenes! I was a giddy teenaged girl all afternoon! Yes, I read this in only one afternoon! It’s amazing and you have to know what happens and it’s so easy to read the words just flow into you and fill you with pure joy.

Preorder this book. I promise you won’t regret it!

Posted in Awesome Authors, Books To Read, Highly Recommend, Karen Marie Moning, Must Read, OMG! I wantz it!

OMG! Fever Series Update!

I know I just posted about this series the other day but this truly deserves another dedicated post!

Karen Marie Moning just announced on her Facebook page that she has contracted to write a trilogy set in Fever-Dublin featuring Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious “Dancer”! And the cherry on top? She’s agreed to write TWO MORE books after the trilogy back to the core story featuring Mac and Barrons!!!! SQUEE!

If you have no idea what I’m even remotely talking about you need to go purchase the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning RIGHT NOW! It’s the best Urban Fantasy series ever, well, it’s bloody amazing in the least.

Slideshow of books available via Amazon.com below:

 
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Posted in Awesome Authors, Release Day!

The “Launch” of the Godspeed with Beth Revis

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Today is the official release of Beth Revis’ book, Across the Universe! Not only is her book releasing today but a newly updated website has been released too! Go check out the awesome ship, Godspeed.

Did you catch my review of Across the Universe yesterday? Go read it now!


Across the Universe by Beth Revis416 pages, Razorbill, (2011-01-11)$17.99 (Amazon.com)

io9 will have a 111 page excerpt but only for 12 hours! Starting NOW at 11:11 am Eastern and ending tonight at 11:11 pm Eastern.

Here’s a brief interview with Beth and how she came up with the idea of Across the Universe,

Interview with Beth Revis
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Posted in Awesome Authors, Book Reviews

Review: Dreamfever (Fever, # 4) by Karen Marie Moning

Dreamfever: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

512 pages, Dell, (2010-10-26)

$7.99 (Amazon.com)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mini Review (Reviewed 09/28/09)

This review is from last year, I’ve updated or crossed out irrelevant information.

I finished this book last night. It’s book 4 of KMM’s Fever series. It was amazingly good and I will not be doing a formal review of it.

"I’m not a dude. Lose it." I was not going to ask, "So, how did he look at me?"
"Like it was his birthday and you were the cake."
At least he hadn’t smashed this one into the ceiling. It seemed Barrons had finally gotten his cake and eaten it, too.

The above quote is one of the best of the book. If you haven’t read this series, you are sorely missing out. Although, I’d recommend waiting until [January] after Shadowfever is released that way you’ll have ALL the books of the series and won’t have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR or more to find out what the hell just happened at the very end of this freaking book! KMM is the Queen of Cliffhangers.

Now, you’d have to understand my predicament. I was reading this on my Kindle and it has these little dots at the bottom that shows my progress. I can usually tell about how many more pages are left in a book by this timeline. And by pages I mean roughly the number of clicks or even minutes of reading left. However, Dreamfever ended with 4 more dots to go!!!! I was SO upset you don’t even understand. I was NOT prepared for it to just END. GAH! 4 more dots would be at least 50 more pages……

Anyhow, this series is well worth all the angst it’s proving to be. KMM is a brilliant storyteller, world builder, and heart breaker. BUT she promises a happy ending, and for that I have faith.

Series
Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning

384 pages, Dell, (2007-08-28)

$7.99 (Amazon.com)

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands…. – Goodreads

Bloodfever (Fever #2) by Karen Marie Moning

368 pages, Dell, (2008-08-26)

$7.99 (Amazon.com)

Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning

416 pages, Dell, (2009-07-28)

$7.99 (Amazon.com)

Dreamfever (Fever, #4) by Karen Marie Moning

512 pages, Dell, (2010-10-26)

$7.99 (Amazon.com)

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Posted in Awesome Authors, The Contemps

The Contemps are LIVE!

A new group of authors has joined together to help promote their YA contemporary reads.

The Contemps

Celebrate realistic YA with The Contemps!

Their mission:

to help teens, booksellers, librarians and publishers connect with books that feature true-to-life settings, characters, and situations.

 

Their plans for this new site are to  host some giveaways, share (and in some cases, over share) real life experiences from their own teen years, spotlight other contemporary realistic authors, blog about related topics, and participate in multi-author events across the country.

Who Are The Contemps?

The Contemps Challenge

Basically, read 18 of the 21 upcoming releases over the year. Get more information on The Contemps “Get Involved” tab or the below Challenge graphic.

 

Take The Contemps Challenge!

Connect with The Contemps!

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Posted in Awesome Authors, Giveaway, Giveaway Roundup

Living Your Five

Heard of this yet? It’s a very cool thing a few of our favorite authors have joined forces to create.

Check out the site and see what it’s all about!

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LIVING YOUR FIVE IS HERE!

We know, we know… we’ve been hinting about it for weeks. The super secret project of Kay Cassidy, Tera Lynn Childs, Alyson Noel and Becca Fitzpatrick. The #fivers hashtag. The Founding Fiver badges. The huge top secret contest. So many secrets!

Good news. The secret’s out.

Join us for the worldwide launch of Living Your Five! Living Your Five is an online community dedicated to changing our world one person at a time. You don’t have to cure the world of cancer or banish world hunger in a single day. It’s about working together, each of us taking one more step every day. It’s about knowing what you care about–what you’re passionate about!–and stepping away from the sidelines of your life to make your mark on the world.

To celebrate the launch of the official Living Your Five web site, we’re even hosting a contest with awesome daily prizes and a MEGA grand prize all courtesy of our Founding Fivers! Find out all the details at www.livingyourfive.com.

We’re ready to change the world. Now it’s up to you. Will you watch from the sidelines or join us on the ride? (Come on, we know you want to!)

They are so excited about this new development that they are having a contest to celebrate! Enter by 8/28 by 9:00 pm EST.

The prizes are:

  1. A $100 Barnes & Noble gift card
    (because we know you love books!)
  2. A $100 donation in your name to the non-profit of your choice
    (because we know you love making a difference!)
  3. And the latest book (or ARC) from each Founding Fiver
    (that’s four signed books!)

Go forth and learn about the Living Your Five!

I’ll be doing my best to join. It sounds easy enough! 🙂 What about you?

Jess Sig