Author Tales: Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker is the author for this Thursday’s Author Tales! She is the author of the Violet Series, which includes: Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design and Violet in Private. Violet in Private will be released on August 5, 2008! I love this series and if you haven’t read it yet, I recommend that you do!

Melissa had an different idea for her Author Tales appearance. Instead of doing a regular blog or interview, Melissa has done a Vlog! I hope you like it, I think it is really cool! And don’t forget to sign up for the Monthly Contest by leaving a comment! Tonight July 31st at midnight is the deadline!!

Thanks to the Story Siren for having me! It was a hot and sweaty late July Day in Brooklyn, and I had to drink and iced coffee and hit the bookstore (tough life, I know). Here’s what I bought! Love, Melissa


Thanks Melissa for a super cool VLOG post! You have some great books to read!

For more information about Melissa and her books you can visit the following links:


Book Review


Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Release Date: August 1, 2008
Publisher: Little Brown Bks Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Charlotte has worked for this all summer. The first day of school. This year is going to be different, this year she is going to be noticed, this year she is going to get the most popular boy in school. She gets really close too, well she had the whole lab partner thing going for her, until she choked to death on that soft red gummy bear.

She doesn’t show up at the pearly gates instead she’s still stuck in high school only this time it’s high school for the dead. Now her crush really doesn’t know she’s alive, but Charlotte doesn’t let that damper her determination. She just realizes she’ll need to be a little more creative to reach her goal.

Ghostgirl definitely wasn’t what I expected, but it was still really fun to read. Poor Charlotte, the girl can’t seem to catch a break! The plot was unpredictable although I thought the ending could have been a little stronger, no one lets go of a grudge of that proportions just like that. I would try to explain more, but I don’t want to give anything away. The characters were fun. You have your stereotypical popular rich bitch girl, the stupid jock, the goth girl and the dead girl. If there can be something considered a stereotypical dead girl! Hurley’s writing style is easy to fall into and I finished the book in no time! The cover for the books is exceptional! It is a die-cut cover and the color scheme is pink and black. very cool. I loved the quotes and illustrations introducing every chapter and the page borders were a nice touch as well. I know that has nothing to do with the story itself, but I like creative additions like that!



New Read!

Here is the Awesome New Read for today!

There are some girls who have everything…

She has the right clothes, the right friends, and the right last name, but fifteen-year-old Maddie Crane sometimes feels like an outsider in her clique in the wealthy, seaside town of Hawthorne, Massachusetts. And when her gorgeous, eccentric cousin Cordelia LeClaire moves to town, Maddie is drawn toward her ethereal, magical spirit and teeters even more toward the edge of her friends’ tightly-knit circle…

Then there are the jealous ones…

Kate Endicott and the Sisters of Misery—a secret clique of the most popular, powerful girls in school—are less than thrilled by Cordelia’s arrival. When Kate’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Trevor takes an interest in Cordelia, the Sisters of Misery become determined to make her pay…

Now Maddie must choose between the allure and power of the Sisters of Misery and her loyalty to her beloved cousin. But she’ll have to give up on ever fitting in and accept the disturbing truth about the town, her friends, her mysterious cousin, and even herself as she faces the terrifying wrath of the Sisters of Misery… (Summary from

I loved this book!! You can check out my review here.


Book Review

Making A Splash: Whitney

Making A Splash: Whitney by Jade Parker

Release Date: July 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., POINT
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240
Other Titles in the Series: Making A Splash: Robyn & Making A Splash: Caitlin

Whitney is working for the summer at a water park. It’s normal for most teenagers to have a summer job, except Whitney doesn’t really need a job. Her Dad is a very wealthy business owner, but he thinks Whitney needs a “real life” experience.

Whitney is kind of enjoying her summer working at the water park. She’s made a couple friends Robyn and Caitlin and she has a crush on the very cute ice cream boy, Jake. When Whitney finds out that her ex-best friend Marci will be renting the entire park and throwing her sweet sixteen party, she’s afraid that all her new friends will find out her secret!

Making A Splash: Whitney is a very cute quick read! It’s perfect for summer day. After being burned from her former friends, Whitney has big trust issues, and her Dad almost ruins it for her completely. I was glad to see by the end of the book that Whitney found the confidence in herself that people might actually just like her for her. I really enjoyed Parker’s writing style and I will most definitely be picking up more of her books. I’m especially going to have to read the first two books in the Making A Splash series!


Book Review


Unraveling by Michelle Baldini & Lynn Biederman

Release Date: July 8, 2008
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, Delacorte Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240

Fifteen-year-old Amanda can’t seem to live up to her mother’s– a.k.a. The Captain– standards. It doesn’t matter what she does or what she doesn’t do, it always lands her in hot water. She fights with her mother so often she has to give them names to keep them all straight. She’ll never measure up to her perfect little sister Malady and she resents The Captain for it.

Since Amanda doesn’t get the support she needs at home she often feels unwanted by her own mother. In retaliation Amanda turns to someone that will give her attention, boys.

Rick Hayes the most popular guy at school starts flirting with Amanda and she thinks she is in heaven. No matter that he already has a girlfriend. She enjoys their secret make-out sessions in the parking lot, but she wants more. She wants to be with him in public, more specifically she wants to be his girlfriend. Rick offers her that and a date to homecoming all in exchange for one thing. Her virginity.

What an outstanding debut novel! I look forward to reading more by Baldini and Biederman. The plot was refreshingly original. And Amanda’s character was so truthful and raw. She’s everything I remember about being a teen, insecure, unsure, and only wishes she was popular. I also loved that even though Amanda’s life was less than perfect she wasn’t one of those characters that whines and pitied herself the whole story. That absolutely drives me crazy! And she had plenty to whine about! The mother–daughter relationship was so compelling. I’m glad I never had a mom like that! I absolutely recommend this book to teenage girls. Warning: there are sexual situations and suggestions in this novel.

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