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Cover Art: Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott

This cover caught my eye today.

WATERSMEET by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott

  • Publication Season/Year: Spring, 2009
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books
  • Release Date: April 1, 2009
  • ISBN (hardcover): 978-0-7614-5536-3
  • ISBN (paperback): TBD

From her birth, Abisina has been an outcast-for the color of her eyes and skin, and for her lack of a father. Only her mother’s status as the village healer has kept her safe. But when a mythic leader arrives, Abisina’s life is ripped apart. She escapes alone to try to find the father and the home she has never known. In a world of extremes, from the deepest prejudice to the greatest bonds of duty and loyalty, Abisina must find her own way and decide where her true hope lies.

What do you think? I’m wondering how old Abisina is? 15 – 20? And what an unusual name.

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Top Teen Books

I grabbed this list from The Page Flipper.

The following list of books teens love, books teens should read, and books adults who serve teens should know about was compiled IN ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENTIFIC MANNER and should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

Put an “X” next to the books you’ve read
Put a “+” next to the books you LOVE
Put a “#” next to the books you plan on reading
Tally your “X”s at the bottom
Share with your friends!

1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams #
2. Kit’s Wilderness / David Almond
3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie
4. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Feed / M.T. Anderson
6. Flowers in the Attic / V.C. Andrews
7. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher X +
8. Am I Blue? / Marion Dane Bauer (editor)
9. Audrey Wait! / Robin Benway
10. Weetzie Bat / Francesca Lia Block
11. Tangerine / Edward Bloor
12. Forever / Judy Blume X
13. What I Saw and How I Lied / Judy Blundell
14. Tyrell / Coe Booth
15. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares X
16. A Great and Terrible Beauty / Libba Bray X
17. The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot
18. The Stranger / Albert Camus
19. Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card +
20. Postcards from No Man’s Land / Aidan Chambers
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky
22. And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie
23. Gingerbread / Rachel Cohn
24. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist / Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
25. Artemis Fowl (series) / Eoin Colfer
26. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins +
27. The Midwife’s Apprentice / Karen Cushman
28. The Truth About Forever / Sarah Dessen
29. Little Brother / Cory Doctorow
30. A Northern Light / Jennifer Donnelly
31. Tears of a Tiger / Sharon Draper
32. The House of the Scorpion / Nancy Farmer
33. Breathing Underwater / Alex Flinn
34. Stardust / Neil Gaiman
35. Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden
36. What Happened to Cass McBride / Gail Giles
37. Fat Kid Rules the World / K.L. Going
38. Lord of the Flies / William Golding X
39. Looking for Alaska / John Green X
40. Bronx Masquerade / Nikki Grimes
41. Out of the Dust / Karen Hesse
42. Hoot / Carl Hiaasen
43. The Outsiders / S.E. Hinton
44. Crank / Ellen Hopkins
45 The First Part Last / Angela Johnson
46. Blood and Chocolate / Annette Curtis Klause
47. Arrow’s Flight / Mercedes Lackey
48. Hattie Big Sky / Kirby Larson
49. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee
50. Boy Meets Boy / David Levithan
51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks / E. Lockhart
52. The Giver / Lois Lowry X +
53. Number the Stars / Lois Lowry X +
54. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie / David Lubar
55. Inexcusable / Chris Lynch
56. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things / Carolyn Mackler
57. Dragonsong / Anne McCaffrey
58. White Darkness / Geraldine McCaughrean
59. Sold / Patricia McCormick
60. Jellicoe Road / Melina Marchetta
61. Wicked Lovely / Melissa Marr X
62. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer X +
63. Dairy Queen / Catherine Murdock
64. Fallen Angels / Walter Dean Myers
65. Monster / Walter Dean Myers
66. Step From Heaven / An Na
67. Mama Day / Gloria Naylor
68. The Keys to the Kingdom (series) / Garth Nix
69. Sabriel / Garth Nix
70. Airborn / Kenneth Oppel
71. Eragon / Christopher Paolini #
72. Hatchet / Gary Paulsen X
73. Life As We Knew It / Susan Beth Pfeffer
74. The Golden Compass / Phillip Pullman X
75. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging / Louise Rennison
76. The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan
77. Always Running: La Vida Loca / Luis Rodriguez
78. how i live now / Meg Rosoff
79. Harry Potter (series) / J.K. Rowling
80. Holes / Louis Sachar
81. Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger X
82. Push / Sapphire
83. Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi
84. Unwind / Neil Shusterman
85. Coldest Winter Ever / Sister Souljah
86. Stargirl / Jerry Spinelli
87. Chanda’s Secrets / Allan Stratton
88. Tale of One Bad Rat / Brian Talbot
89. Rats Saw God / Rob Thomas
90. Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
91. Stuck in Neutral / Terry Trueman
92. Gossip Girl / Cecily Von Ziegesar
93. Uglies / Scott Westerfeld
94. Every Time a Rainbow Dies / Rita Williams-Garcia
95. Pedro and Me / Judd Winick
96. Hard Love / Ellen Wittlinger
97. American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang
98. Elsewhere / Gabrielle Zevin #
99. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak
100. The Book Thief / Markus Zusak

I have 13 X’s. There are a ton of books on here I’ve never heard of, then again, I’m not a teen anymore.

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Cover Art: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler


Dear Author had a post up about this cover and I’m wondering what the deal is?

I think it’s pretty. If you really look at the details of this cover you can understand exactly what’s going on.

The issue over at Dear Author is that the cover art looks pre-teen pornish. I can understand where they are coming from. It does look very anime with a twist of teen porn. BUT take a closer look. Obviously this cover will draw your attention. Pick it up and look at it.

I think it’s gorgeous. I’m really interested in finding more out about this book and it’s author.

What about you? Failsauce or are you interested too? Share your thoughts here!

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler, November 2009

Jane True is a twenty-something secret night swimmer and unintentional social pariah. Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane has always known she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. She just didn’t know that her absent mother’s legacy would give her entry into a world that included vampires, goblins and succubae.

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“Eyes Like Stars” Shakespeare Quote!

The Shakespeare quote is located in my blog somewhere!

Find it and copy it for your entry for the “Eyes Like Stars Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt” for your chance to win an ARC (advance readers copy) of the prettiest book ever.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here letting me know you visited and found my quote!

The Rules:

  1. Contest limited to those in the USA. Apologies to our friends abroad, but these ARCs are being mailed out by the generous souls on the blogroll, and there will be other contests which will be eligible to readers overseas.
  2. All entrants must be the age of 13 or older. Entrants 12 and under (if any) can be entered by their parents.
  3. No family members of anyone connected with the Scavenger Hunt, please.

How To Play:

  1. Players should start at Lisa’s Blog ( to get the Official Blogroll and List of Clues
  2. Players then need to visit the blogs, collect the quotes, AND leave a comment (like a trail of bread crumbs… we want to know you actually did the leg work!)
  3. E-mail Lisa with your list of quotes: lisa AT lisamantchev DOT com
  4. Prizes will awarded thusly: to those who collect the most quotes. Should more people remit the complete quote list than we have ARCs to give away, Lisa shall award the prizes by lottery/random drawing. She shall also retain the right to add extra ARCs to the prize pool at her discretion.

I haven’t had a chance to sit down and begin this book, which I’m very sad about. I wanted to get a few other books off my list before I got to this one. I’m super excited about this book!

If you don’t win a copy, don’t forget to pre-order a copy so you get it! I’m going to buy a copy just so I can have the cover!

Good luck and have fun!

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Upcoming Reviews

I’ve been a bit busy lately. I have a few reviews to do but wanted to share some upcoming reviews that I’ll be doing once I start and finish these books!

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Part I by Lisa Mantchev (July 7, 2009) ARC review copy

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Part I

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (Kitty Norville, Book 5) by Carrie Vaughn (Feb. 1, 2009)

Marked by Passion (The Guardians of Destiny) by Kate Perry (Feb. 1, 2009)

Marked by Passion (The Guardians of Destiny)

Stay tuned for these reviews! I have a few other titles that I’ve already completed and have yet to write and post their reviews. I hope to get to them this weekend!

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Witch Fire (Elemental Witches, Book 1) by Anya Bast

I don’t remember why I stumbled upon this series but I’m so glad I did!

Witch Fire

Witch Fire (Elemental Witches, Book 1)

The first of the Elemental Witch series by Anya Bast stars a young woman, Mira Hoskins, who was recently divorced, living in an efficiency apartment, and working at a local diner as a waitress saving money to return to college.

One day at the diner a very darkly sexy man sits in her section for hours only ordering a cup of coffee. His name is Jack McAllister and he’s a very powerful fire witch sent to guard her from the evil witches known as Duskoff International.

Why? Because she’s a very rare, untrained, and wanted air witch with a past she has no idea about. And guess what? Fire and air are natural attractants.

This book was great! The attraction between Jack and Mira was tangible and 100% sincere. They have a lot to discover about each other and not all is good. The writing is great. Everything flowed well together and everything made sense. I was thoroughly entertained.


Here’s a trailer I found on Anya’s website for Witch Fire:

Product Details

Witch Fire

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Gorgeous Cover of an upcoming New Release by Lisa Mantchev

I subscribed to Fangs, Fur, & Fey’s blog. There was a post made by Lisa Mantchev of her upcoming, September 2009!, release of her first novel, Eyes Like Stars.

Isn’t it just beautiful?

It’s a trilogy “about
seventeen-year-old Beatrice Shakespeare Smith and her adventures in a
theater where all the characters from all the plays ever written
actually exist. There are Shakespearean fairies as well as a
temperamental air spirit, a dashing pirate, members of Management, a
mysterious Proprietor and general silliness and mayhem.” Quoted from Fangs, Fur, & Fey

I’ve put it on my “To Be Read” list and asked to send me an email of when it’s available.

I hope they don’t change the cover….it’s just perfect!

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Upcoming Reads

Here’s a brief glimpse at some books I hope to read in the very near future!

Dark Desires After Dusk (The Immortals After Dark, Book 5)Stray (Werecats, Book 1)Wild RainGarden SpellsEvernightLover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6)Cry Wolf (Anna and Charles, Book 1)Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

I can honestly say I’m looking most forward to Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I cannot wait to see how she ends the Bella and Edward tale. I’m really hoping she doesn’t stop writing about the Cullen’s and Bella. It’s such an amazing character line up that they almost seem like family. Oh, and Edward is hot. She could even make a spin off for all the Jacob lovers. It would be great to find out who he imprints on, unless Meyer touches on that in the final book.

Garden Spells is probably the only book up there that doesn’t fit as my usual type of book, however, it seems so intriguing. I lovedthe Secret Garden and I’m thinking it’ll be something like that, but maybe even better! If someone has read it I’d love to hear what they have to say about it.

Wild Rain is a book I picked up and looked at while browsing Wal-Mart yesterday. Again, I’m loving shape shifter books so I’m sure this will be a pleasant read.

The only thing to burden my reading time is that I’m starting my college courses up again this coming week. Bummer! But I’ve been putting off finishing my Assosciates degree for too long now. What better time to do it then while unemployed? Yup.

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Evernight by Claudia Gray

Saw this book in the February 18 issue of Publishers Weekly, page 59. It sounds very Twilightish and I hope to find an excerpt to read in the meantime.

clipped from
Evernight (Hardcover)
by Claudia Gray (Author)

Book Description

Bianca wants to escape.

She’s been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He’s not the “Evernight type” either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

“I couldn’t stand it if they took it out on you,” he tells Bianca, “and eventually they would.”

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can’t be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed.

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 27, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061284394
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