Goodbye 2010!

2010 is on the way out, and 2011 in stepping through the door. I’m going to take this time to list some of my favorite books I read in 2010, some of the ones I’m looking forward to reading in 2011 and touch on a few other things (like a list of 2010 debut’s I read!)

My Top Ten Reads of 2010 (in no particular order):

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Shade by Jerry Smith Ready
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Honorable Mention:

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Debuts Read in 2010

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Firespell by Chloe Neill
The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton
The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Line by Teri Hall
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
Mistwood by Leah Cypess
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
Other by Karen Kincy
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
13 to Life by Shannon Delany
The Ghost & The Goth by Stacey Kade
A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
The Candidates by Inara Scott
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Split by Swati Avasthi
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Matched by Ally Condie (review to come)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (review to come)

Total: 45 total

Lenore at Presenting Lenore did a post recently called 18 books I wish I would have read in 2010….  and  I thought it was such a great idea. I mean I know I have a list of books I wish I would have read… don’t you?

Although I read 45 debuts… and I think that’s a pretty good number… there were still quite a few debuts that I wish I would have gotten to:

Wish by Alexandra Bullen
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
Sea by Heidi R. Kling
Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
and a dozen other ones……

Titles from some of my favorite YA authors that I wish I would have read:

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Torment by Lauren Kate
White Cat by Holly Black
Dark Flame by Alyson Noel
Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund

Books I can’t wait to read in 2011:

before we get to that… I want to mention a few 2011 titles I’ve read, that you MUST add to your 2011 reading lists

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

and back to the can’t wait list of 2011….

Abandon by Meg Cabot
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini… and all the debuts on this list.
Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
and a dozen more titles, ha!

2010, you’ve been a great year of reading. 2011 I hope you are even better.


2010 Wrap Up

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Tuner came up with an End of 2010 Survey, and I thought it would be fun to participate! (This is me participating!) Basically it’s about our reading experience through the year….

1. Best Book of 2010

This is such a hard question. I’ve read so many fantastic novels this yes…. can I narrow it down to just one!?!?! If I had to pick one it would probably be Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I bawled while reading this book, and getting to meet Lauren and hear first hand about the novel, made me love it even more.

2. Worst Book of 2010

I don’t think I read a “worst” book… sure there were some I wasn’t to fond of, but none that I’d put under this category.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010

I would have to say The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott. I think I was disappointed because I absolutely adore Elizabeth Scott and her novels…. and I think I was expecting huge giant sparkly fireworks…. and all I got were those black snakes… you know the little black disc you light and out grows a snake of ash.

4. Most Surprising Book (in a good way!) in 2010

Hands down, Split by Swati Avasthi. I wasn’t really sure about this one, but the story really blew me away. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have read it, had it not been for my PoC Literature Days I did. Lesson learned.

5. Book You Recommended to People Most in 2010

I would have to say The Iron Fey Series (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen) by Julie Kagawa. It’s such a fun series, I love it!

6. Best Series Discovered in 2010

Hmm…. I didn’t really discover a new one this year (besides the Iron Fey which I already mentioned). Read a lot of firsts in a series, that come out this year, but I don’t really think that would be considered ‘discovering’ one. Although, I did read the first two books in The Oracle Series (The Oracle of Dating & The Oracle Rebounds) by Allison van Diepen and those were very fun reads!

7. Favorite New Authors of 2010

Lauren Oliver, Michelle Zink, Jeri Smith-Ready, Holly Schindler… and about a dozen more.

8. Most Hilarious Read of 2010

Probably a tie between A Match Made in High School by Kristen Walker and Kiss It by Erin Downing, both had spectacular moments of hilarity, yet at the same time, touched on some serious issues.

9. Most Thrilling Unputdownable Book of 2010

I’m going to have to go with Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins for this one. I don’t think I did put it down until it was finished. I along with a dozen other people.

10. Book You Anticipated the Most for 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I love to sleep and I woke up at the ass crack of dawn to make sure that I got one of these at BEA….. (and I may have walked VERY QUICKLY to the booth upon the opening of the exhibit floor.) I started it on the plane ride home, and it did not disappoint.

11. Favorite Cover of a Book You read in 2010

Paranormacly by Kirsten White & Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce.

12. Most Memorable Character in 2010

Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I am going to miss this girl something fierce! She’s everything a heroine should be.

13. Most Beautifully Written Book in 2010

A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler. The writing in the novel really blew me away.

14. Book that had the Greatest Impact on You in 2010

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu. It’s easy to be disgusted by something like hoarding, but experiencing this story definitely opened up my eyes to this disorder/illness. It was heartbreaking.

15. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2010 to Finally Read

Not that this one is an oldie by any means, I just don’t know why it took me so long to get to it! Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink. Such a great story! (And I’m procrastinating already with the next one…. I really need to get to The Guardian of the Gate already!)

Most likely I’ll be working on a top 10 of 2010 list to post soon! Perhaps even a most anticipated of 2011?


Book Review

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Release Date: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher/Requested Title
Interest: Genre
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves -Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student.
But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

Don’t let the awesome cover fool you!

Okay, I’ll admit it. One of the main reasons I wanted to read this book was because of the cover. I mean it’s awesome! Look at it! And it’s about werewolves and I just love werewolves! You can’t go wrong with an awesome cover and a book about werewolves, right?

I wanted to love this book, but I just didn’t. I will say that it was a cute book. It’s quick to read and I’m sure a vast majority of YA readers will devour it and love it. But it just wasn’t for me. I think I rolled my eyes pretty much through the entire book, and I don’t normally do that.

I think my biggest problem was Celeste. And the Celeste’s relationship with her friends and boyfriends. Celeste is a sweet girl… such a sweet girl that it’s a little bit annoying! The girl needs to get a spine, stat. She supposedly has the two best friends any girl can have, yet she can’t go to them with any of her problems or confide in them about anything. That sounds like some quality friendships there….. if you have to worry about your friends judging you when you do what makes you happy, get some new ones.

Celeste’s relationship with Brandon…. er, I mean smoldering looks, and secret rendezvous….. got tiresome really fast. I need a relationship with substance! Maybe I’m jaded as a reader, who reads too many books, but I need substance…. I need development. I need more than lust. I don’t need flat!

Overall, this just wasn’t the book for me. Full Moon lacks to stand out in the sea of YA paranormals.

Giveaway: Out for Blood

I have a copy of Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey and a Need Pixies/Drake Chronicles bookmark for one lucky winner!And while you are at it. Check out the Bloomsbury Teen Facebook Page… There is also a Drake Chronicles Page and Alyxandra Harvey has a page too!

And as a little added extra…. I have a sneak peek excerpt of Alyx’s new book Haunting Violet!! You can check out the excerpt here.

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Book Review

Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey

Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey

Release Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher ARC/Bought Finished Copy
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Hearts at Stake & Blood Feud
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?

Another fantastic installment in The Drake Chronicles. I think this one might surpass Hearts at Stake as my favorite.

After learning all about the Vampires in the first two installments it was nice to experience the world of the Helios-Ra (the hunters!). Much like it’s predecessors, Out for Blood is told in alternating perspectives between Quinn and Hunter. We’re first introduced to Hunter in Blood Feud when she is a guest at the coronation of Helena Drake. Hunter is best friends with Kieran, and although her entire family are die-hard Vampire hunters (well the ones that are alive anyway, her parents were killed by Vampires) she’s still open to the alliance between the Helios-Ra and the Vampires. Which I think says a lot about Hunter as a character. And she is an awesome protag and heroine! The girl can kick some ass and she has level head.

While Quinn and his womanizing ways annoyed me in the first two books, I actually had a soft spot for him this time around. I think it really helped getting inside his head and watching the inner turmoil.

And I may have known that Quinn and Hunter would fall for each other…. as far as everything else that goes down in between… let me just say WOW. That was one wicked ride.

This is such a fun series! I can’t wait for the next story…. it’s going to be Conner’s right!?!?

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