07/31/09



Misc.

New Feature: Fresh Face Friday


I’ve been inspired to start something new… something FRESH! Fresh Face Friday will be a new feature here at The Story Siren. I think it would be a great idea to recognize some new YA book bloggers! So that’s what I’ll be doing. Depending on the number of participants, I’m planning on doing a Fresh Face Friday on at least one friday a month.

Sometimes I stumble upon new blogs myself, but I know there are a lot out there that I haven’t discovered yet.

If you would like to be featured on Fresh Fresh Friday please make sure you meet the qualifications below and fill out the form!

  • Your blog must review/feature primarily Young Adult literature
  • Your blog must be less than six months old
  • You must have less than 100 followers (if applicable, some blogs do not have followers)
  • Your blog must be active.

07/30/09



Book Review

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 384
From: publisher
Interest: author & genre

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 knows who’ll be next…

I have Rachel’s adult series sitting on my shelf, they still need to be read, but when the opportunity arose to read her debut YA novel, I knew I had to pounce! (That was totally a pun for her werecats novels, just in case you didn’t get that.)

This was an interesting start to a new series. The whole premise of soul screamers is very original and unique amongst the throng of ya paranormal novels. The beginning was slow, but with the amount of back story that Rachel had to do, it was almost inevitable, you can’t just throw this soul screaming ability out there and not explain what’s going on. Rachel’s writing has a really nice flow as well. I had a lot of “don’t do that to me, tell me more!” moments, but I think that’s what helped keep my attention throughout the novel.

I really liked Kaylee’s character. To me she’s a typical teenage girl, but I still found her and her ability fascinating to read about. Her relationship with Nash seemed a little rushed for me. And perhaps a little too convenient. However, I’m still interested to see what will happen between the two of them. Although, I find myself on team Tod. (That’s all I’m going to say about Tod, you’ll just have to read the book to learn more about that one.)

Overall a exciting addition to the YA paranormal genre. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

07/29/09



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Contest of Awesomeness

I just realized I almost have 600 followers! How cool is that! I know most of it is because I bribed you people with extra entries! But hey, that only gives me a reason to celebrate! And my favorite way to celebrate is to give away more books! I’ve had these two books sitting on my desk, just waiting for a moment like this… eh now this sounds like that cheesy Kelly Clarkson song.

Anyway, I have two very special books here. A signed ARC copy of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and a signed ARC copy of Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater!


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James’ musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

  • leave a comment on this post to be entered.
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  • conest deadline: August 21, 2009 midnight eastern time

Good Luck!! For all the small print, check out the contest policy page.

07/28/09



Book Review

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400
From: author for review
Interest: author& plot

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I first fell in love with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing after reading her debut novel Lament. And when I heard she was writing a “werewolf” novel, I could hardly contain my excitement. Initially you think this is a story about werewolves, but I think the werewolf label is insufficient. This may be a story about werewolves, but it’s mostly about love. The strength that love possesses and the boundaries we’re willing to overcome to keep it.

Shiver is told with alternating perspectives between Grace and Sam. I love when a novel is written this way. Being able to see a relationship evolve from both sides is priceless. Steifvater has this unsurpassable knack of creating this perfect balance of relation and chemistry between her characters and it couldn’t be more apparent in this novel. Surprisingly this chemistry isn’t limited to just Grace and Sam it’s even evident between Grace and her wolf. You can’t help but experience it with them, longing, loss, passion, ahhh, it’s incredible.

Shiver is so beautifully written. So much gorgeous imagery with Steifvater’s lyrical prose, it’s just a truly fulfilling novel. Steifvater also has this amazing talent of creating fantasy worlds that are completely believable.

Unique and alluring plot, extraordinary characters, exemplary written. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

07/28/09



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Very Interesting

I was perusing my Google Reader today and I came across a post that Lenore of Presenting Lenore did, entitled “Where my last 20 reviews came from” She had some interesting links to a few articles, and I suggest you head over there to read them yourself, because they were very insightful.

This intrigued me to do my own 20 reviews post, and I found that I was really surprised in my own “extra stories”

Here are the last 20 titles I reviewed and how I was able to get them:

1. China: Land of Dragons and Emperors by Adeline Yen Mah: provided by publisher. randomly sent.
2. One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin: provided by publisher. randomly sent.
3. 113 Things to do by 13 by Brittany & Terri MacLeod: offered by author.
4. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert: sent by publisher as participant in Traveling To Teens tour.
5. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti: provided by publisher. randomly sent.
6. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev: offered by author.
7. Full Moon: A Dark Guardian Novel by Rachel Hawthorne: bought.
8. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund: offered by author.
9. Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog: provided by publisher. randomly sent.
10. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen: offered by publisher.
11. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel: requested from publisher.
12. It’s Not You, It’s Me by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann: sent by publisher as participant in Traveling To Teens tour.
13. The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts: provided by publisher. randomly sent.
14. Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel: provided by publisher. randomly sent.
15. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison: requested from publisher.
16. The Debs: Love, Lies and Texas Dips by Susan McBride: offered by author
17. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard: offered by publisher.
18. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan : sent by publisher as participant in Traveling To Teens tour.
19. Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti: offered by publisher
20. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow: offered by publisher

When I say randomly sent, I mean that this book wasn’t offered to me, and I didn’t request it. The publisher just sends it to me. I was surprised by the number of those that I reviewed, because unfortunately, sometimes the books that are randomly sent, I have no interest in reading. I’m not surprised by the lack of requested books. I rarely request books. I also don’t usually review read books I buy, since I have so many books to review, unless of course it’s part of a series that I’ve reviewed. Then I usually make an exception. Most of the books I receive for review are books that I’ve been offered to review and have accepted.

Awesome insight into myself. Thanks Lenore for the great post.



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