05/31/08



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Breaking Dawn Cover!

All you Twilight fans, here is a picture of the final book in the series, Breaking Dawn. Looks like possibly some symbolism in play! Guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Also the Special Edition of Eclipse is officially released today. It has of course the cover to Breaking Dawn, the first chapter of Breaking Dawn and some iron-on t-shirt transfers!

Hope you are having a great weekend! Don’t forget to sign up for the copy of Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson!! Tonight is the deadline for the Monthly Contest!! I will be announcing the winner tomorrow! Good luck!
05/31/08



Book Review

Reckoning

Reckoning by Kate Cary

Release Date: February 2007
Publisher: Penguin Group, RAZORBILL
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 311

Even though its been two years since Mary fled Castle Dracula for her life, she is still haunted by the images she saw and the monster that was once her fiancé. She hides away at home, using her father’s frail condition as a reason to stay at home and refrain from socializing. Her father suspects her fear and encourages Mary to move on and not dwell on the evil that exists in the world.

At a party held by the adoptive parents of the baby she saved at Castle Dracula she meets Lord Bathory, a man with a quite demeanor. Mary finds herself immensely enjoying his company and frequents dinners with him. But she never forgets the evil that may be lurking.

When he father’s condition worsens and he becomes pale and listless, she suspects a vampire is to blame. The appearance of Quincy Harker only confirms her fears. Quincy confesses to Mary that he is trying to change his evil ways. But is he telling the truth or is he toying with her like a cat would a mouse?

Reckoning was a overall an entertaining sequel to Bloodline, although I have to admit that I liked Bloodline better! Mary was one of my favorite characters from the first book, so I was happy to see that the second story consisted mostly of her story. I also liked the look into Quincy’s history, he is obviously a very complex character and I enjoyed the small insight! The plot was steady, but there wasn’t anything that really grabbed my like in the first book. At first I didn’t understand Quincy’s motives, but by the end of the book, it made more sense to me. However, I never saw the twist at the end of the story! The ending made the story worth the read! Another complaint, I would have liked having seen how John was handling his new vampiric ways….. perhaps in the next one! If you are a vampire fan, I think you would enjoy Reckoning, but read Bloodline first. 

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05/31/08



Book Review

Bloodline by Kate Cary

Bloodline by Kate Cary

Release Date: August 2006
Publisher: Penguin Group, RAZORBILL
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 324

John Shaw is sent to the front lines of World War One. He can’t help but awe at his Captain, Quincy Harker, but there is also something strange about him as well. When John is injured, he is sent back to England to recover. A nurse, Mary Seward, recognizes John and she nurses him back to health as well as befriends his sister who lives nearby, Lily. John suffers from a fever that causes delusions. Mary hoping to help calm his fears reads his diary to learn about what John has faced.

John describes his fearless leader Captain Harker and his strange ways of war, but of also his rescuing John. Mary tells Lily of Harker’s heroic act and when Harker comes to England he stays at the Shaw’s mansion. In turn winning the love of John’s sister Lily.

While John is away on business, he returns home to find Lily and Harker gone and a note that they are traveling to Transylvania where they are to be wed. John on learning the news, also learns the true identity of Captain Harker, he is a descendant of Dracula and a vampire himself. Fearing for his sister’s safety, John and Mary vow to rescue her from the clutches of Harker!

This is supposed to be a continuation of sorts of Dracula. Although I’ve never read Dracula, I most likely will someday. If you know anything about Dracula, you know that is a horror story. So don’t expect these vampires to be vegetarians like the Cullen/Hale clan or a soy-based blood substitute drinker like Morning McCobb. These vamps are the bloodsucking monsters that started it all. Even so, I really liked the story! It is told in diary entries like the original Dracula. It was nice to be able to see which each character was feeling. It made the story much more compelling. It’s obvious that Harker is a vampire, but Cary leaves a big twist for the end, one that I know I didn’t see coming! This was an awesome reinterpretation of a classic! I only wished I’d read it so I could compare. I am really looking forward to the next book Reckoning

05/29/08



Author Interview

Author Tales: Keri Mikulski

Keri Mikulski is the guest author for this Thursday’s Author Tales! Keri is the author of Screwball, which I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but is currently hanging out in my to be read pile, so you can expect a review soon!
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Dance Do Over


The prom season is coming to a close. How about a dance do over?

What’s the deal with dances, anyway? Do they freak you out like they used to bug me? I mean, the pressure of finding the perfect one of a kind dress, deciding who you’re going with, what table you’re going to sit at, what you’re going to eat, whether or not you’re getting your hair done or doing it yourself, etc. is enough to make even the coolest cringe.



Don’t get me wrong, the prom or dance itself is fun, but it’s like a mini wedding. The prep sucks, but the actual day is worth every minute.

Warning: Blatant SCREWBALL promotion ahead:


Even Ashley Clarke, my main character in SCREWBALL deals with a dance dilemma. Instead of going to the Homecoming dance with her new hot boyfriend, Andrew, Ashley is committed to attend a softball tournament in another state. Consequently, Andrew asks Ashley if it’s okay if he takes a senior ‘friend’, since Ashley can’t attend. Does Ashley skip the tournament and go to the dance? Or does Andrew go to the dance with his ‘friend’?

Wouldn’t it be nice to travel back in time to change some things?



Here are my Top Three Dance Do Overs:

8th grade Holly Ball – I would have never agreed to ditch my date and spend the whole night dancing and talking with another guy that I liked, but blew me off after the dance to make out with another girl. Sorry, I’m a jerk. And it’s been like 18 years, so I forget your name, but thanks for the really sweet silver corsage that matched my braces and silver fake jewelry.


8th grade Graduation Dance – Bad decision to wear the strapless flowered poofy dress. I was not ready to give in and face the fact that my body was not made for strapless dresses even with a triple padded strapless bra. Consequently, I spent the entire evening pulling the above dress up.

6th grade Graduation Dance (In Maple Shade, we graduated a bunch of times. J) – When a certain boy asked me to dance, who I happened to like, I shouldn’t have ran into the bathroom and hid until Journey’s “Open Arms” was over. I should have said yes and extended my straight arms barely touching his shoulders. Then, he could have reached out and barely touched my waist with his fingertips like everyone else. Instead, I declared “Open Arms” our song and liked him even more.

Would you re-do a dance? What would you change? Or if you can’t think of a dance do over, tell me about your fave prom, dance, or formal of all time. A lucky commenter will be chosen at random to win a loved hardback copy of Laurie Halse Anderson’s PROM. Have a great summer everyone and thanks for the blog invite, Story Siren. Keri

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The deadline for the Prom giveaway will be June 3rd midnight eastern time! The winner will be announced Wed, and if you would, please leave an email address! Thanks! Your entries will also put you in the Monthly Contest!! And unlike the Evernight contest, since this book isn’t Keri’s own, you will still qualify for the Monthly Contest, if you win the copy of Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson.


Thank to Keri for her awesome post and for an even more awesome contest!!!

05/29/08



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New Reads!

Here are the super cool New Reads for today!!!

La Petite Four by Regina Scott
Lady Emily is determined to be belle of the ball in this irresistible romantic romp.
La Petite Four is the sweet, playful tale of sixteenyear- old Lady Emily’s self-discovery on her way to finding love and having a ball-literally!
Emily and her three best friends can’t wait for the year’s biggest party: the Coming-Out Ball that will plunge them into the seductions, scandals, and decadence of nineteenth-century London Society. But when dashing Lord Robert puts a wrinkle in their plans, Emily and her crew hatch an investigation to expose his dark side-a move which puts them right in the path of the stubborn, yet curiously attractive James Cropper. Readers will have to fluff up their ball gowns and hang on to their corsets as Emily decides between Robert and James, love and independence, and ultimately discovers just how far she’ll go to follow her own heart.

Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott
Everyone loves KJ Miller, especially the geeks. She’s pretty, smart, and super nice to everyone, which has made her the geek pied piper of Washington High. If only Cameron, the star of the basketball team, would follow her around and worship her the way her dorky entourage does.
As the stage manager of the spring musical, Grease, KJ has to deal with a few geeks, but she also gets to hang out with Tama, queen of the popular crowd and star of the play. Tama has the solution to all of KJ’s problems: get cruel. After all, the nice girl never gets the guy. Can KJ actually pull off a transformation into a mean girl?

Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
In one short week . . . three lives change.
Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicole’s ex is still in the picture, but she can’t help having a new crush. James and Rhiannon are just friends, though he may try to take it to the next level. Will their desire to take a mean girl down a notch bring these three friends what they want . . . and more?
Set during one life-altering week and told in three realistic perspectives, this engaging, witty novel by the author of When It Happens shows the ups and downs of love, friendship-and karma.


And for all you Twilight fans, Eclipse Special Edition will be released Saturday May 31st!

The countdown to Breaking Dawn will begin on Saturday, May 31, 2008 with the publication of the Eclipse Special Edition…. This deluxe hardcover version of the third book in the series not only includes the cover art for Breaking Dawn, but also the first chapter — both of which will be revealed to the public for the first time.

You can check out my review of La Petite Four here, or scroll below!

All summaries from Barnes & Noble.com.



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