Book Review

I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler

I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler

Release Date: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut Author
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

“For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel envy…”

Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that’s okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn’t hold it together, who will?

Whew… so heartbreaking, but realistic. This was an especially difficult book for me to read right now. Having cancer affecting a few people in my life right now. Luckily they are fairing very well to their treatments, but it’s still hard to read about what they might have had to gone through.

But this wasn’t a story about a girl with cancer. This was a story about a family dealing with someone they love having cancer, and how they are each are affected… in very very different ways.

I was mad at Kristina and Tess’s parents, but at the same time, I can’t imagine how devastating it would be as a parent, to be powerless to protect your child from something like this. I enjoyed that the focus was on Tess and how she dealt with her sister’s condition, how it made her realize the important things in life, and learn to stand up for herself when the occasion called for it.

It was a beautifully written story… I felt so many emotions while reading, it was hard to keep track. One moment I was devastated for Kristina, the next moment I was in shock for Tess… then excited for Tess. Great characterization and just a great story.

Giveaway: Box of Advance Reader Copies!

I should have had a review to post today…. I mean it’s wednesday and I don’t have one review posted yet, which is pathetic for me. I actually have not even finished a book since sunday… which again is pathetic for me. I’ve had a CRAZY/INSANE personal schedule going for the last few days, and as you know, shit happens. So here I am review-less for the day. Instead of posting nothing, I am going to post a contest. I’ll be honest it’s a cop-out! BUT, I had been planning on doing this giveaway, if you saw the sneak peek on twitter a few days ago, I just hadn’t planned on announcing to so early…. but anyway, I know why you’re here and it’s not to read this paragraph, you just want to see the goods.


A picture is worth a thousand words right… I don’t need to list all those titles there do I? There are some rockin’ goodies in there people!

Now here’s the deal. I can afford shipping within the US, but if you are an international reader that wants to partake in this goodness, it will be your responsibility to front the shipping costs. You MUST have a paypal account and payment must be received before I can ship the box. You don’t have to be a blogger, but you must a be a lover of books.

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Author Interview: Cat Patrick & Giveaway

Cat Patrick


  • Forgotten
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What if every day when you woke up, you had no recollection of the days before?

Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get
complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, but try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting – before it destroys her future.

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a webinar featuring Forgotten author, Cat Patrick! Along with some of my fellow book bloggers; Michelle at Galleysmith, Stacey at Pageturners & Sara at Novel Novice.  We had the oportunity to talk to Cat on the phone and ask her some questions. Below I have the transcription of my questions with Cat, be sure to stop by the other blogs to check their questions… which were a lot more thought provoking than mine! And I’ve realized how absolutely ridiculous I must have sounded durning this phone conversation! Ah well….

Kristi: My question is not near as thought provoking as everyone else.

Cat Patrick: That’s okay.

Kristi: Well, okay, so Forgotten has like a million covers.

Cat Patrick: Oh, yeah.

Kristi: The French one, the Australian one – which one is your favorite?

Cat Patrick: Oh, I can’t pick a favorite.

Kristi: I like them all.

Cat Patrick: I really do like them all. I like the US one for its boldness. I think it just jumps off the shelves. When I go into a bookstore and I look for it and I’m not quite sure where it’s supposed to be, I can find it in five seconds, which is great.

And I also really like–I don’t know if everyone’s taken off the dust jacket, but the case of the book itself has a nice alternate treatment printed on it, and it was just one that they were considering, and it was sort of their second choice. And so, instead of just trashing it all together, they put it on the case, which I really love.

And the UK version, I love so much, and I think it’s really cool that the cover model is actually the photographer. And so, it’s a self portrait, which I think is really neat. And it also has that kind of windy and sort of barren looking landscape that reminds me of the setting of Forgotten, so I really like that about it.

And I think the Australian one is just lovely and dreamy and I’m a little obsessed with it. And then, the French one, I’m loving that they did the purple because I’ve really been into purple with this book, so. My fingernails are painted purple right now for a little event that I had. They matched the cover.

Kristi: –Now, our–the advanced reader copy cover, now that’s the same girl that’s on the US cover, right? But just kind of different version of the picture?

Cat Patrick: Yes, they used the same girl. And her name is actually Cat, too.

Kristi: Oh, really?

Cat Patrick: Yes, I know all this random stuff about the cover models, apparently. So, that’s fun.

Kristi: So, that’s my question for now.

Cat Patrick: Okay. That’s a great question. I love talking about covers. I can’t wait to see the rest of them. I think it’s going to be in 17 countries.

Kristi: Oh, wow, that’s awesome.

Cat Patrick: And so, I keep seeing the covers, because they’re not all published at the same time. And so, they keep coming through.

Kristi: That’s fantastic.

Cat Patrick: And it’s so exciting to see the new ones.

Kristi: That’s exciting then for your debut, too.

Cat Patrick: Yes, it is. I love it.

Kristi: Cool.

Kristi: Okay. All right. This is kind of a silly question, but the first date between the Luke and London–Go into the van, and he has the pizza back there, which was super cute, okay, was–did you just make that up, or was that like based on a date you had, or–?

Cat Patrick: –No, no guys that I knew in high school were that cool. No, I made it up.

Kristi: Dang it.

Cat Patrick: Yeah, I know. It would be great if it was a real first date, but unfortunately, it wasn’t. I do drive a minivan. I’m somewhat hiding under my desk in embarrassment to tell you that but it’s easier to cart around the twins. And I bought it just before I was writing the book, and I thought the little pop down DVD was so cute and that it would be fun to watch a movie in the van. And I just kind of went with it when I was driving the minivan around.

Kristi: I loved that part.

Cat Patrick: I like it, too. I thought it would have been such a romantic, wonderful date. I wish it really happened.

Kristi: I loved Luke after that, so–.

Cat Patrick: –Oh, thank you. I’m glad you did.

Kristi: I want to know what books are in your summer reading pile, if you even have time to read with twins.

Cat Patrick: That’s a really good question. I have a huge summer reading pile.

Right now, I’m in the midst of Divergent, which I love so much.

Kristi: Oh, I loved it, too.

Cat Patrick: Oh, my gosh. I just want to go read it right now. I read it on the elliptical today and I’m not that coordinated. And yet, I did it.

And then A Need so Beautiful is next up.

And I haven’t read Beauty Queens yet, and I am so excited to read it. And then Lanie Taylor is also a Little Brown author, and so I have an ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I can’t wait to read.

Kristi: Heard good things about that one.

Cat Patrick: Yes.

Kristi: Cool. Thank you.

On a rainy November morning, new baby sleep deprived, Cat Patrick forgot what she was doing. She retraced her steps but instead of remembering, the idea for Forgotten was born.

Cat lives near Seattle with her husband and twin daughters who now, thankfully, sleep through the night. Forgotten is her debut novel.

I have a SIGNED copy of FORGOTTEN for ONE lucky winner!

Official Contest information:

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  • contest deadline is July 13, 2011
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Book Review

Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

Release Date: July 7, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Children’s
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut Author
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela’s way home.

Luminous is unlike any other book I’ve read.

This is a hard review for me to write, there are things about this story that I was enamored with but at the same time there were other aspects of the story that just fell flat for me.

The creativity of the story was amazing… the concept of the Flow, it’s inhabitants, those aspects of the story where intriguing. Metcalf had a very distinguished writing style, one that I haven’t encountered in any previous young adult novels, it was as creative as the story it was telling…. very different.

I didn’t exactly understand what the Flow was… and as a result I found myself confused durning most of the story… confused and not really caring what happened as a result. The characters, were interesting, but they lacked the development that I needed to feel connected to them. Instead of feeling engrossed in the story, I felt cut off. I didn’t have that drive to find out what was going to transpire.

Although Luminous didn’t completely work for me, I think that it will definitely appeal to other readers.

Flowing from Mundie Moms, the next stop on the MundiMoms’ LUMINOUS Blog Tour is The Book Celler.

This review on the MundiMoms’ LUMINOUS Blog Tour was brought to you by the letter: R. Collect all the letters along the blog tour, unscramble the puzzle, and win a secret surprise as well as an extra entry in the LUMINOUS Grand Prize Giveaway, June 30th! Details at www.dawnmetcalf.com.


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