Posted in Books To Read, Giveaway, Giveaway Roundup

Upcoming Release: Firespell by Chloe Neill (contest info)

I’ve talked about this book in the past. I did a WoW and a Sneak Peek post.

Firespell: A Novel of the Dark Elite by Chloe Neill

Firespell will be released January 5, 2010 and is available for pre-order on

Summary Chloe’s web site

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…


Chloe is currently running a contest for a chance to win a lovely key necklace from Tiffany & Co. See Chloe’s blog for more information. Contest ends 12/31, with one entry per day. Just mention it on any social networking site once per day and email it to her.

Here’s the necklace one lucky winner will receive:

Please let her know I sent you over! 🙂

Jess Sig

Disclosure: Associate. If you click on my links and purchase something I will receive a very small percentage of the purchase price.
Posted in Books To Read, I Want

Alert! The Hunger Games: Three by Suzanne Collins

In case you haven’t heard yet, the release date of the much anticipated third book in The Hunger Games trilogy has been announced with a release date.

The Hunger Games: Book 3 by Suzanne Collins



August 24, 2010

Upon further research I found a title on Goodreads, whether or not it’s legit I don’t know. The title is The Victors (Hunger Games, #3).


Book 3 is also available for pre-order on


If you haven’t read this series yet you are sorely missing out!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games: Book 3 by Suzanne Collins

So what do you think? August is pretty far away but it seems logical since Catching Fire was released September 1, 2009.

Source: The Compulsive Reader on Twitter.

Jess Sig

Disclosure: Associate. If you click on my links and purchase something I will receive a very small percentage of the purchase price.
Posted in Books To Read, Cover Art, Sneak Peek, Vampires

Sneak Peek: Soulless by Gail Carriger

I’m reading this right NOW!

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
September 29, 2009
373 pages (ARC edition)

It is just delightful. It’s so Mary Poppins meets paranormal it’s comical.

And I just love saying Miss Tarabotti. 🙂

Description from

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.
First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both
Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking
all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there?
From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire
— and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and
werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing,
everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what
is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless
ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain
embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

What a sneak peek?!

Page 16:

The earl gave her generous curves a rude once-over, observed that Miss Tarabotti was nicely padded in exactly the right places, and refused to be suckered into becoming sympathetic. He maintained his frown. “I suspect that is precisely what the vampire was thinking when he found you without a chaperone. An unmarried female alone in a room in this enlightened day and age! Why, if the moon had been full, even I would have attacked you!”

Alexa gave him the once-over and reached for her brass parasol. “My dear sir, I should like to see you try.”

Isn’t it just amazing?! Loving it! And I’m only on Chapter 2.

Connect with Gail Carriger:
Facebook (The Parasol Protectorate)

Pre-order it from

Posted in BEA, Book Expo America, Book Reviews, Books To Read, Conferences, Cover Art, Rachel Vincent, Road Trip

BEA 2009 Wrap Up

Yeah, I’ve been hording my BEA wrap-up from you!

Lets start at the beginning:

Friday my car was in the shop getting some repairs. I got a call mid-day Friday letting me know it would NOT be ready to pick up until Monday. I’m supposed to leave for NYC Saturday morning at 4:00 AM! I rushed to find a rental car. It wasn’t a big issue but it did increase my BEA budget significantly ($108). Not too crazy but I wasn’t expecting to spend more than $100 on the entire trip.

Friday night was crazy. I wanted to go to bed no later than 9:00 pm. I went to bed at 12:00 am! I then got up at 3:30 am, showered and started on my 4 hour trip to NYC. It took me 5 hours to get to NYC! My stomach was a mess. I’m assuming lack of sleep, nerves, and just plain excitement had everything to do with it. I made several stops along the way, only ran into one accident on the interstate and only made one wrong turn in the city.

I paid $50 for parking right across the street from the Javits, which was awesome cause I unloaded my heavy ass bag full of books mid-day into the car! 🙂 The parking was scary though. The lot was sooo small! The guy sardined the cars onto the lot and I about had a heart attack because it was a rental car he was parking so close together with the other cars! Geesh! All was well though. The guy was a sweetheart.

When I first arrived I picked up my badge and the lovely BEA Bible. I ventured into the exhibit hall and sighed in relief. I made it. I was here on personal/blog business and I was going to have fun and grab some amazing books! I referred to my “to-do” list and set out to conquer my conquests.

My first stop was the Penguin booth to grab a signed copy of Fire by Kristin Cashore. The signing was being held in the “traditional” area, which was downstairs in the children’s section. I got in line and left with a signed copy of Fire! 🙂 (NOTICE: It’s not in my picture because I’ve lent it to my good friend Kevin, who lent me Graceling.)

After that I browsed the children’s exhibits and then headed upstairs until it was time to go to the Harlequin booth to pick up two amazing books by two of my most favorite authors! Rachel Vincent and Gena Showalter! They were both signing at the same time at the Harlequin booth. So I had to pick who’s line to get in first! Such a dilemma because I hated to pick! But it really was easy because, I’m like, obsessed with Rachel Vincent and all of her books are just amazing, Gena’s are too but Gena’s books have never hit me as hard as Rachel’s. When an author brings me to tears they are forever going to be at the top of my favorites list and the first author I’m going to read when it comes down to picking. So, there I was in line to get a signed copy of My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I knew she would recognize me once I showed her my badge. And I was right. It was such a pleasure to meet her in person. I only wish I could have “talked” with her or had my picture taken with her. I also picked up a very cool white MSTT t-shirt. I wore it while I read it. 🙂 I finished MSTT in one day and will be posting my review one week before it’s release day in coordination with Rachel and a giveaway. So stay tuned! 🙂

After I grabbed my copy of MSTT I jumped in Gena’s line. She too knew who I was. I only stalk my favorite authors. 😉 It was great to grab a copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter. I really want to read it and will probably make it my next couple of books to read. (I really need to read Witch Fury by Anya Bast! She was so kind to send me a copy before it’s release date but I put it aside. Sorry Anya! :() Anyhow, I’m super excited about Intertwined.

Those two books were my must haves of BEA. I spent the next hour or so browsing the booths. I grabbed a few other books before my scheduled “blogger signing” at the NetGalley-Firebrand booth.

The signing was great. I meet a few fellow bloggers and publishers as well as some authors. My time was scheduled with Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Sarah Wendell, who got a ton of people to come see her, which only benefited me! 🙂 Thanks Sarah! A few pictures were taken during that time. One shows the amazing “trading cards” that were created, printed and available for us to “sign” for our visitors by Glatfelter Paper, Melissa Klug @PermanentPaper.

Jessica Kennedy

And here’s a picture of Sarah and I (I didn’t know it was being taken, obviously).


The signing was fun and I thank Mr. Fran Toolan @ftoolan for the opportunity to have a presence at BEA! Connect with Follow the Reader #followreader on their blog.

After the signing I continued to browse the booths. I soon meet up with an online friend and aspiring author, Lacey. Lacey and I meet years ago on, strangely, an online multi-player shoot’em up game Counter-Strike, which I still play. She was a blast to send a few hours with. We walked the children’s section mostly, because that’s her specialty. She’s currently working on a young adult novel. Check out her website, which I just LOVE! Thanks Lacey for meeting up with me. It was a pleasure to meet you in person! 🙂

I ventured over to the Blogger Panel. I didn’t stay very long because it was 2:00 and I hadn’t eaten yet. It was cool to see the panel of bloggers representin’ us bloggers. I’m proud that we are being recognized as a legitimate and very influential marketing tool. We do deserve some recognition and praise for our hard work to get the word out about the books and authors. I ended up spending $13 for a very crappy Chinese lunch. 😦

The very last thing I wanted to accomplish before leaving BEA was obtaining a copy of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I did and I was sooo excited! I read Shiver right after My Soul to Take and I’ve already posted my review of it too.

I left shortly after obtaining Shiver.

Overall, BEA was a blast. I got everything BUT Another Faust while at BEA. I requested a copy of Another Faust from Dina, one of the authors, via email when I got back home. I ended up with two copies some how. So, I’m going to have a contest for my extra copy this week.

Books From BEA: Fire by Kristin Cashore My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent Intertwined by Gena Showalter Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist Pushing Past the Night by Mario Calabresi Dreaming Anatasia by Joy Preble The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr If I Were You by L. Ron Hubbard
ForestBorn.jpg image by blbooks Forest Born by Shannon Hale Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Emperor's Mercy (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) Emperor’s Mercy by Henry Zoo False Gods by Graham McNeill

Not from BEA: Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

I’ll be posting the contest for my extra copy of Another Faust very soon!

Posted in Books To Read, Giveaway, Giveaway Roundup

Put Twenty Boy Summer On The Map Contest

Put Twenty Boy Summer on the map!

Twenty Boy Summer has escaped from its boxes before the official June

1 release date and has already been spotted in the wild at a bookstore

near Buffalo, NY. Author Sarah Ockler is hosting a contest to track

sightings of TBS all over the country. Now through June 30, if you

spot her book in a bookstore or library, you can enter to win a cool

TBS Beach Prize Pack!


  1. Take a picture or video of Twenty Boy Summer on the shelves in the

    store, kiosk, or library

  2. Email it with your first name, store/library name, and the city and

    state where it was taken to sarah (dot) ockler (at) gmail (dot) com

    with the subject “TBS Map Contest”

  3. For an extra entry, take a picture or video of the book with YOU in

    it, holding it or pointing at it or singing to it or doing some other

    creative (but not illegal) thing 🙂

Pics and videos will be posted at along with a Google

map showing all of the places Twenty Boy Summer has been spotted in

the wild. The more times you find and document TBS in different stores

and libraries, the more times you can enter!

The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Participants under age 13

must have a parent/guardian enter for them. Sarah will randomly select

a winning entry from all of the entries on July 1 and will notify the

winner by email.

Good luck and happy book hunting!

Posted in Books To Read, Cover Art, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday!

I love a good series. And a good series is the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.
This series is a Balls Worthy series. It’s totally kick ass!

So, today, Wednesday, I’m waiting for the next release! Dreamfever (Fever Series, Book 4)!

The other books of this series are:
Darkfever (Book 1)
Bloodfever (Book 2)
Faefever (Book 3)

They are chronological and should be read in order.

Aren’t these covers cool too?!

Visit Karen’s site to get more detailed info on her books! There are excerpts for the books. However, after just visiting I see that it hasn’t been updated too recently because she doesn’t even have the cover art for Dreamfever up yet. What’s up with that?!

She does have an April contest going though, for an audio book of Faefever. She also has a newsletter that you can sign up for.

(Book 4) is scheduled to release August 25, 2009! I wish she would release these 6 months apart instead of 12 – 13 months! Drives me crazy to have to wait sooooo long for the next book in a series!

You can pre-order Dreamfever now or order the other books from this series! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Click on the cover images above to go to!

Posted in Books To Read, Cover Art, Sneak Peek

Harlequin Teen! Sneak Peeks!

As previously mentioned Harlequin is starting a new division!
Harlequin Teen!

The first two books to be released are two of my favorite authors:
Gena Showalter and Rachel Vincent!

There’s a new site for the Harlequin Teen division and I’m so excited to share it! Why? Because there are sneek peeks inside each book!

They both have the first 14 pages available to read. How cool is that!? I know it’s kind of a tease to only get 14 pages but at least it’s something!

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamer, Book 1) by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, Book 1)

My Soul to Take is set to release on August 1, 2009.

Pre-order it from!

Visit Rachel’s blog!

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Visit Gena’s blog!

Intertwined is due to release Sept. 1, 2009.

Pre-order it from!

Enjoy the sneek peeks!

Posted in Books To Read, Cover Art, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday! YA Books Galore!

Two of my most favorite adult romance authors are branching out and releasing some YA books! Gena Showalter has previously written YA books but Rachel Vincent is a noobie! Her adult books can easily be enjoyed by YA readers as they aren’t too steamy on the sex scenes but they are very graphic in other areas.

Rachel Vincent’s upcoming YA release is My Soul to Take (Soul Screamer, Book 1)which is a series already written and ready to release with a total of three books I think .

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, Book 1)

The back cover flap:

Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh. She doesn’t see dead people, but….

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee know who’ll be next….

This sounds very interesting. And it sounds so different than what Rachel as written in the past. I can’t wait to read it!

And isn’t that cover just gorgeous!? Love the cover.

Visit Rachel’s blog!

My Soul to Take is set to release on August 1, 2009.

Pre-order it from!

Gena Showalter’s upcoming title is Intertwined.

Back cover flap:

Aden’s image was burned into her mind.
He had black hair with inch-long blond roots. A face as perfect as the Grecian statues she’d seen in her world history textbook, even with the grime. For the briefest of moments, when a beam of sunlight had hit him, she could have sworn his eyes were striped with green, brown, blue and gold. But then the ray had disappeared and the colors melted into each other, leaving only an intense black.

The colors didn’t matter, though. Those eyes were feral, wild, and she’d felt that undeniable shock that had ended as quickly as it had befun, for one second seeming to hook her to a generator, jolting her, unnerving her.

Even hurting her.
And here he was again…

How amazing does that sound!?! The cover is kinda freaky but I’m guessing the whole book might be that way too!

Visit Gena’s blog!

Intertwined is due to release Sept. 1, 2009.

Pre-order it from!

Will you be joining me with these books? Have you read either author before? Let me know!

Posted in Book Reviews, Books To Read, Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent Teaser!

Rachel Vincent is by far one of my most favorite authors. She has a terrific Shifter series that I just love.

She’s taking a journey and venturing into YA. Her upcoming release, August 1, of My Soul to Take, Soul Screamers series, is about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee). Here’s what Rachel summarized about the main character Kaylee Cavanaugh:

Kaylee Cavanaugh is a high school junior who thinks she’s losing her mind when she’s struck by the grim certainty that someone near her is going to die–and by the irresistible urge to shriek in response. But when it turns out that she’s not crazy and people are dying, Kaylee becomes determined to stop the deaths she foresees. Especially when they begin to hit close to home…

And here’s the excerpt she has teased us with:

Nervous sweat gathered on my palms, and for once I was glad I couldn’t talk. I swallowed, my throat clenching around the scream scalding me from the inside. The gray haze was darker now, though no thicker. I could see through it easily, yet it tainted everything my terrified gaze landed on, as if the entire gym had been draped in a translucent cloud of smog. And still things moved on the edge of my vision, drawing my eye in first one direction, then another. I would have given anything to be able to speak in that moment, not just to warn Emma – because that was evidently a moot point- but to ask Nash what the hell was going on. Could he see what I saw? More important, could they see us?

Rachel’s post is available at Deadline Dames. Visit Rachel’s blog and web site too!

I’ve read 3 of Rachel’s Shifter books. You can read my reviews for Stray (Werecats, Book 1), and Rogue (Werecats, Book 2), and Pride (Werecats, Book 3). Book 4, Prey, is due out July 1, and I SOOO can’t wait!

My Soul to Take is available for pre-order at

What do you think? A possible YA read for you? I’m totally on board. I told Rachel I would read anything she wrote. Bring it on Rachel!