06/29/09



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Winners

I’ve been so busy I didn’t realize that the contest for Front & Center was over! So, here I am a little late in announcing the winner. I’m also going to go ahead and close the Giving Up the V contest today too and announce that winner also.

The winner of an arc copy of Front & Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is:

Amber of Just Your Typical Book Blog

And the winner of Giving Up the V by Serena Robar is:

Brandi

Congrats to both of the winners! Please send me your information via email, asap! I’ll be emailing your sometime today. Thank you to all who entered!

06/29/09



Book Review

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Release Date: June 23, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256

Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They’ve been best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah- they’re totally hot for each other.

But a week before their joint Sweet Sixteen bash, everything changes. Cam’s awkward cousin Pip comes to stay, and Morgan is stunned when her formerly perfect boyfriend seems to be drifting away.

When Morgan demands answers, she’s shocked to discover the source of Cam’s distance isn’t another girl- it’s another world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. No, seriously. A fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies. But as Cam continues to change, she has to decide once and for all if he really is her destiny, and if their “perfect” love can weather an uncertain future.

Fairy Tale is Cyn Balog’s debut novel. I must admit that I loved the original title Fairy Lust, but novel was fantastic no matter the title. I’m a huge fan on the fairy/fae genre, so I’m always on the lookout for fairy related literature. Fairy Tale is in the lighter side of the genre compared to say the darker content of Melissa Marr & Holly Black. I’d group Fairy Tale with Wondrous Strange by Lelsey Livingston and Lament by Maggie Stiefvater.

This novel was addicting. I absolutely loved Balog’s writing style! It had a wonderful flow and was easy to read, plus it told an incredible story. There are always similarities amongst stories featuring fairies, but I thought Balog’s attempt was notably unique. I also enjoyed that the story was told through the eyes of Morgan the human, rather than Cam who was experiencing the changes.

Balog’s character’s were impressive. I loved Morgan’s character, she was a charming and relatable character. She totally underestimates herself, but her humbleness makes her even more appealing. And Cam and Pip, their stories of transformation were captivating. If I had to name a villain it would probably be Dawn, but Balog somehow makes even her conniving character worthy of empathy.

Awesome debut novel, awesome fairy novel.

06/28/09



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In My Mailbox (34)

In My Mailbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. (This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

How Do You Get All Those BOOKS!?


Things and people mentioned in this vlog:

For review:

  • The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
  • Gateway by Sharon Shinn
  • Cashing In by Susan Colebank
  • Wanderlust by Lucy Silag
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  • Undead Much by Stacey Jay
  • The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara Zeises
  • Second Skin by Jessica Wollman
  • Girl to the Core by Stacey Goldblatt
  • Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

Bought:

  • The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling
  • The Summer Kings by O.R. Melling
  • The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones
  • The Lost Queen by Frewin Jones
  • The Sorcerer King by Frewin Jones
  • Ironside by Holly Black
  • Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
  • Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate
  • Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall

Okay so now you know what’s in mine, what did you get in yours? You can sign the Mr. Linky below, if you would, please link your actual post, so that it is easier to find! Thanks!

06/28/09



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Crazy Beautiful Winner!

The winner of the arc copy of Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is:

Bookmac

Congrats! Thanks to all that entered! I had a ton of entries for this one. I hope Bookmac enjoys! Please email me your info asap! Thanks again!

06/27/09



Book Review

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 11, 2009
Publisher: Viking
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 383

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

I’m just going to start this out saying that I love Sarah Dessen. Along for the Ride is definitely on my Dessen all time favorite list. Right up there with Just Listen and This Lullaby.

The characters is this novel are freaggin fabulous! That is one thing I can always count on with Dessen, she knows how to create a believable and relatable character no matter the situation. And Auden is no exception. I reveled in her transformation throughout the story. Ultimately that’s what this story was about for me, some people might see it as a love story, but for me is was a story of transformation.

Even though I’ve read almost every novel Dessen has written, it still surprises me how engrossed I can become in the atmosphere and settings that she creates. I mean the places she writes about are often based on actual places, but she has a knack for making them rich and enticing places. For example; a coffee place in the back of a laundromat, with pie! How ingenious is that!

I’ve read people complain about how every Dessen book is the same, and to some extent I agree with them. They follow similar plot lines, but each individual story is unique in it’s own way. I’ve never felt the same emotionally with any of her novels. She’s a spectacular writer. I’d love to see her do a male pov.

Along for the Ride is outstanding and it’s a great summer read!



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