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Friday, September 30, 2011
Book Blogger Hop

“In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite “banned or frequently challenged book”?”

Looking at the 2010-2011 list of banned/challenged books, I'm shocked by the reasons that some of the titles are challenged. I had expected the books to be on there because of the topics they highlight, but for the reasons listed? Not really.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is not a book that “glorifies drinking, cursing, and premarital sex.” The books centers on the struggles that a teenage girl goes through after being raped by a guy at her school. Reading it never influenced me to drink, curse, and have premarital sex. You might even say that it resolved my determination never to drink to get drunk, curse just because, or have premarital sex.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was challenged "by a parent claiming that it gave her eleven-year-old nightmares and could numb other students to the effects of violence." If reading a single book with violence in it numbed students to the effects of violence, then we should all stop going to the movie theaters, and we should all stop reading any book. And then maybe we should all go see the psychologist because someone's wrong with our heads. The Hunger Games is a powerfully written novel that I and many other readers out there would recommend most everyone reads. It has so much to tell us about society, and at the same time is a book that I really enjoy reading and will continue to read. It's a classic.

** Quotations taken from the 2010-2011 list of banned/challenged books**

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Q. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

I actually wrote a post about this at my personal blog a while ago. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and the Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale, are three examples of books that I'd love to see turned to film. If you want to see my explanations for why I want to see them turned to film, you can read my original post. For this post, I'm just going to copy over my reasoning for Anna and the French Kiss since it was published most recently and because I love French culture so much!

I love this book. It named by NPR as one of the top five teen books of 2010 and for good reason. The characters are lovable, Anna’s voice is charming and so is the light romance. Etienne St. Clair, the love interest – the “English French American Boy Masterpiece,” to quote the novel – is hot all around, which is a big must with the (main) romantic interest! Not to mention that Anna finds a great crowd of friends.

It would be fun to see it as a movie because of the cultural experience. It’s easy picturing Anna and St. Clair touring Paris and hanging out over the holidays brought to the screen. Anna does make mistakes sometimes, but no matter her course of action, the reader keeps falling more in love with her and the story. Perkins has a cute, realistic writing style and a story to which every girl can relate. Her book is chick-lit material.

Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Thursday, September 29, 2011

4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Cold Kiss #1
Hardback: 292 Pages
Publication: September 20, 2011 by HarperTeen

When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved.

Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.

Amy Garvey’s transcendent teen debut is perfect for fans of Shiver and Beautiful Creatures. Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Amy Garvey has brought us a gem within the flurry of dark, tension-ridden paranormal romances. From the first pages, Amy caught me within the haunting, chilling embrace of Cold Kiss. The imagery is vivid, and Wren's yearning for the Danny before the car accident had me pining for him too. Zombie Danny is sweet, but he's cold, clingy, and has no heartbeat--a stark contrast from the once warm, vibrant, and living Danny.

Wren is a very relatable narrator. While her regret over Danny's situation give her a bleak view on her life, her sarcasm and wit add spice to the narration. You might question why she's so obsessed--protective--of Danny, but when she flashbacks to life before the accident, everything becomes clear. You might even want Danny for yourself.

It's clear that Wren has it bad for Danny. She really loved him. Now, she regrets having brought him back to life. Zombie Danny is needy. Taking care of him has caused her to push away her closest friends, and Wren has no desire to start a new relationship. However, Gabriel comes into her life and refuses to be daunted by her attempts to push him away. Their relationship takes time to develop unlike her relationship with Danny. It's fresh and sweet. I loved every moment of it.

So what about Wren's powers? Cold Kiss is a paranormal romance, but it is more about emotion than action. It is more about romance than powers. It's clear that Wren isn't quite normal; at the same time, Amy doesn't make a big deal about Wren's powers. It's different, and I like how it all comes together.

Cold Kiss is about love, regret, and moving on... with some supernatural happenings on the side. It is a definite must-read for those of you who seek emotion and soul in a book.

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Hikar's Review of Cold Kiss


An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes

Book Review: The Carrier of the Mark

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Title: The Carrier of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Pages: 352
Publisher: Harper Teen
Buy it: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository

A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?

A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRís calls to her body and soul.

She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Carrier of the Mark's coming out next week! I can't wait until the rest of the population gets their hands on Carrier and finally get to see what I'm going to be ranting about.

Two things. One, Adam DeRís is freaking hot. Two, Carrier is freaking good. That's about the whole book summed up, really. Of course, Megan's powers are cool, she's part of something big, and she's one epic heroine. But really, the main thing is that Adam DeRís is hot (in the world according to me).

Maybe you think the whole "there's this huge prophecy--ah!--and I'm going to have to save the world, oh--side note!--I'm like, super attracted to this guy by fate and they're telling us we can't be together" thing has been done too many times. But trust me, try Carrier--just give it one little try. It can be your last "huge prophecy, etc..." book if you like, but... give Carrier a chance. You won't regret it, promise!

Megan was a charming narrator, and I liked her voice immediately. I also loved the whole DeRís family, although they're rather cold at first, they have their reasons. Eventually, they just got to me and I ended up loving them (almost) as much as I loved Adam. Ireland was a very unique location. I fell in love with the beautiful scenes in Ireland and the way Leigh painted them in my mind.

The ending just leaves so much to be desired. I have a million questions whirling in my head, wondering what's going to happen in Carrier #2. Can't believe I'm going to have to wait a whole year before that comes out (and everybody else has to wait another week before Carrier comes out). I'm not happy with the ending at all... I wish it could've been pushed back, oh, another 400 pages?

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Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book from the author. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.

Author Interview: Scott Tracey

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Today, I am delighted to be interviewing with Scott Tracey, author of Witch Eyes!

Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden’s powers to unlock Belle Dam’s secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father–and Trey, the enigmatic guy he’s falling for, is Catherine’s son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.

First, how does it feel to be getting published? Was there anything about the publication process that you found surprising or interesting?

It's a little strange to actually get close to the day when I can say I'm a "published author." It's one thing to dream about some day seeing your name in print, and a whole other one for it to actually happen.

I think one of the most surprising things for me is just how many people get invested in your book.  As the author, you have an editor you deal with, and then someone from the publicity department as you get closer to release date, but there's a ton of other people behind the scenes who get involved.  The art department who mocks up your cover, the copyeditors that make sure you know how to use the word 'its' properly, and everyone in house that reads your book in advance.  Not to mention the book bloggers who do so much promotion on your behalf, and the readers who can't stop talking up your book.  It's crazy.

How did you come up with the idea of witch eyes?
The idea of the witch eyes came from an ordinary day.  I was working mostly evenings at the time, so when I'd leave my apartment, the sun would be setting, and it would blind me as I stepped foot outside my apartment.  This led to me thinking about people who are allergic to sunlight, or photophobic.  So then I wondered, what if there was a supernatural cause to light sensitivity like that?  And the nature of the witch eyes came from there.

Where did the name 'witch eyes' come from?  I'm not sure - I knew the power that Braden had needed some sort of name for it, but the first day I sat down to write, the term 'witch eyes' popped up in the first few paragraphs.  And as soon as I saw it, I knew that was what I was going to title the book, too. Flux liked the title, and thankfully let me keep it.

Witch Eyes sounds like an epic read. Tell us a little about your writing process and how you balanced the real world with the supernatural.
My writing process is really simple. I have giant stereo headphones that I put on, turn up a playlist of songs that 'fit' the book, and then try to spend a few hours at a time working.  Some days it's easier than others, but when I'm seriously drafting, I do at least 2 or 3 heavy 'rounds' of writing per day.  I usually draft fast, as a result.

It was really important for me to try to bring the city of Belle Dam to life. One of the things that I did was to figure out exactly where Belle Dam would be located (it's a town in Washington state), and once I found one that fit all my criteria, I started researching. So Belle Dam is an original town, but it's directly influenced by a real life counterpart. So I look at weather patterns, natural resources in the area, etc.

I also spent a lot of time figuring out how the people of Belle Dam cohabitated with this magical, supernatural underground all around them.  Certain aspects of the feud came to light as a direct result of this, and gave me a lot of unique perspectives to play with.

A picture of a town that resembles Belle Dame, the city where the events of Witch Eyes takes place

What do you believe makes your story unique? (Well, it obviously is, but we'd love to hear your take on it!)
Well, I think one of the most obvious things is that the book has a gay narrator, even though his sexuality is one of the least important things about him.  Belle Dam is a city full of secrets, and Braden's arrival brings some to light, while exposing even more secrets waiting in the wings.  It's a novel filled with intrigue - everyone has an agenda, and Braden has the unenviable task of trying to figure out the truth before something terrible happens.

Your novel features a gay couple, and I saw on your guest post at the Gay YA blog that you believe novels featuring gay characters should focus more on the story. Would you talk a little about this to the readers at Imaginary Reads?
Sure. I think that there are many different kinds of books about gay characters.  Two of the biggest are the coming out novel (in which the character has to come to terms with his sexuality) and the dealing with adversity novel (in which the character has to deal with the rest of the world coming to terms with his sexuality).  I think there's a growing need for novels where the characters aren't defined by their sexuality, which we're starting to see more and more of in supporting roles.  One of the most important things for me in writing Witch Eyes was to write a book where the character's sexuality never defines him, and there's nothing to come to terms with because he accepts who he is wholeheartedly.

Why do you believe that there have been so few stories like this out there? What would it take to get more of these stories in the market?
I think it's just a business decision at this point - the belief that the only people who would read a novel with a gay protagonist are gay people and possibly some women readers.  All it will take is for one book with a gay protagonist to catch on, and that trend will start to change, and you'll start to see more and more books coming out.

We've definitely seen this happen with the swarm of dystopian novels flooding the market recently! If you could see into the world as it truly is like Braden, what would you look into?
First off, I would say I would NEVER want to see the world the way Braden does, haha. It's a horrible, painful process.  It's like memorizing everything that ever happened the entire year of fifth grade in one single moment.  Not so much fun.  Even using his powers just a little bit gives him nosebleeds, headaches, or migraines.

But if I had to, I'd want to go to one of the really old castles in Scotland or Ireland, and just look around for a while and absorb all the history, and sift through generations of emotions and memories.

What would you like readers to get from reading your novel?
I just hope that readers walk away enjoying the novel. I think, if you read into it a little bit, Witch Eyes tells you a bit about how the only person who can define who you are, is you. And that the things that are different about you aren't always the things that matter most.

Quickshot questions:
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would you choose?
Teleportation over long distances.  Because being able to teleport across the room would not be as cool as popping into Paris for lunch.

It's always smart to read the fine print when asking for magic powers. In honor of the advent of summer, what would be your ideal vacation spot?
I'd love to live in a cabin on a lake for a few months.  Either that, or getting dropped into the middle of England to live and work.

Personally, I'd go with the first choice. What could be more relaxing than a few months in a cabin on a lake? If you could bring one extraterrestrial creature to life, what would it be?
Can we go with supernatural creature? Because I would choose witches. Obviously. ;) Who wouldn't want to have magic powers?

I don't know, but that person isn't me! Do you have a playlist for Witch Eyes?
I do!
  1. "Unbreakable" by Fireflight is the main song on my playlist, but almost every character has their own theme song.
  2. "The City is at War" - Cobra Starship
  3. "What Would Happen" - Meredith Brooks
  4. "The Running Free" - Coheed and Cambria
  5. "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" - The Offspring
Nice. Now, I want to get me a theme song of my own. Tell us five random facts about yourself.
  1. I'm left handed.
  2. When I was younger, I thought that anyone could learn to fly like Superman, they just needed enough momentum. That's how I broke my arm the first time.
  3. My favorite book growing up was The Secret Garden.
  4. My imaginary friend was an old man named Henry.
  5. My favorite food is probably tuna casserole.

Thanks for interviewing with us, Scott!

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Scott Tracey lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think). His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement. He is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Author Interview: Kendare Blake

Saturday, September 24, 2011
There's this book I've been wanting to read for ages... It just came out, but HK's bookstores still aren't stocking it yet (what is this blasphemy?). It's Anna Dressed in Blood, and if I can't get my hands on the book just yet, I'll sink my claws into the author...! So, here's an interview with Kendare.

(And I've received a copy of Anna from Kendare's lovely publicist, so it seems. It's with my ever-awesome US contact, and hopefully, it'll arrive in HK soon so I can devour it and post a review)

For those of you who aren't pro-stalkers, here's a little about Kendare. She's from South Korea, and I just find that so, so cool! (It's the Asian pride in me.)
Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master's degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn't make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.

And for those of you who haven't heard... This, is Anna. (Cue squealing. Lots of squealing)
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

Now for me to start interrogating... Let me think, something about the book I can't wait to read--what inspired Anna?

Anna Dressed in Blood was inspired by...Anna Dressed in Blood. Her name. It came out of nowhere, and I really liked it. Sort of like being introduced, and then writing the rest of the book was like doing research to learn more about her. Also, I love the horror.

I love horror too, but there aren't many YA horror novels out there. So what sets Anna, as a horror, apart from mainstream novels out there?

I don't know. I mean, I think there are things that set every novel apart from...every novel. I hope that certain elements stand out as quality elements, like the characters of Cas and Anna, and Thomas and Carmel. From what I hear, I write dead bodies pretty nicely.

Hm... dead bodies. Sounds scary--and kind of gross. Looks like I'll be having a fun (read: scary) time reading Anna, can't wait. Did you ever scare yourself writing Anna?

Occasionally. I love to creep myself out. Even if it's not as atmospheric as writing on a clacking typewriter in the attic of an old empty house. I'm just in the safety of my apartment. But it's pretty cool, when the scene comes up around you. I remember being creeped out during the scene near the end, in Cas's bedroom. And I did it again while writing the sequel. The scene in the woods. You'll see.

That shipment had better arrive quickly... You just made me want to read Anna even more--if that's even possible! "Cas's bedroom" reminds me of the girl-meets-boy romance though. What would you do if a ghost fell in love with you?

That would depend. Are they all creepy and obsessive and infringing on my daily life? Because if not, then I'd probably be cool with it. Otherwise, I'd hire an exorcist. Sorry Casper. No cramping my style.

Poor Cas... How about if you were the ghost?

Can't be sure about that, but I think being a ghost would pretty much suck. I'd probably be the most emo ghost ever. I mean, can you imagine? Never being able to eat that yummy soft homemade fudge again? That is seriously depressing.

That just made me drool, damnit. But yeah, that'd be depressing... Speaking of depressing, would you wear a dress made of blood--not stained with blood, but made with blood? (Okay, maybe that's kind of cool and not really depressing, but still.)

You know, it's funny that you ask this. Because I know that the book descriptions says that Anna's dress is "stained red with blood". But in the book, it's actually made of blood. Total blood. Except when she's not killing people. So, would I wear one? Well, probably no. I can write about gore but in real life it makes me sort of queasy.

Woah! I actually guessed something right! Okay, so no gore in real life. What about ghosts then? Do you believe in them?

Yes. Because If ghosts are real I don't want to entice them into proving it. Someday I'd still like to go ghost hunting. There's a house that you can stay at, somewhere in the Midwest I think, that was the site of a mass murder. Pretty freaky, eh? (Haven't done it...yet. Or maybe ever...)

You should go! (As long as you don't drag me with you...) Er... since reading the description for Anna, I've been meaning to ask this... Do you think "girl-kills-people" reflects anything about the author? (Just kidding!)

Ha, ha, Hikari. But perhaps it does....

Haha, I hope not...! Now for some randomness: five things we probably don't know?

Umm....well...One, you probably don't know how many types of mollusks there are. And I don't either. probably don't know that I used to read to my horse in the womb because I have always been an advocate for reading. probably don't know that when I lived in London I was under a poop curse, that I would fall into or walk through poop at really inopportune moments. Not that there are really "opportune" moments. Four, you probably don't know that Pepe the King Prawn is the best new Muppet. But you should. And five, you probably don't know that sometimes I look back and wonder if there is anything better than this bumpy and cratered road to publication...and I don't think there is.

Oh, ew, poop curse. I've stepped in quite a number of dog poops, and I've had to throw all those pairs of shoes away. Such a waste...
Just to round things off, some quick-fire questions (also known as really random questions Hikari makes up for the sake of it):

Guns or knives? Knives.
Pen or keyboard? Keyboard. My handwriting blows. As anyone with a signed book can attest to.
Where do you want to go for summer? (Summer just passed, I know, but school just started and I feel like reminiscing... good times, good times)
Well, next summer I want to road trip it down to California and Las Vegas, with a pit stop in the northern part so I can trail ride through redwood trees and by the beach.

Thanks so much for the interview, Kendare! Is there anything else you'd like us to know? 

Just that I'm grateful to Hikari, for the lovely interview, and to everyone who reads, not just my books, but any books.

Aw, thank you!

Wow, Kendare's just made me want to read Anna even more than I did before... She's a magician in disguise, I swear (or a ghost with powers, something like that). I can't wait for my parcel from the US to arrive--it seriously needs to be here in HK now! I pity the rest of my fellow Hong Kong-ers though, Anna Dressed in Blood is still not out... can you believe?

Banned Books Week Giveaway

Friday, September 23, 2011

We're participating in the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not a Writer and I Read Banned BooksOne lucky international winner will be winning their choice of an ARC of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (too good not to share), or... in keeping the theme of banned books... a copy of Scars by Cheryl Reinfield or a copy of Cut by Patricia McCormick.

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Q. Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

Okay, I know this is probably what everybody's going to say, but Harry Potter, definitely! I just keep going back to it, again and again.

I've definitely read Ranger's Apprentice, Percy Jackson, Maximum Ride, Cherub, Alex Rider, and Artemis Fowl more than a few times too. Those are probably my childhood favourites. Oh, and the Inheritance Cycle (Inheritance is coming out soon, yay!!).

Ahh... there are too many series I love, I swear. Anne of Green Gables, I've also read a number of times (every time a rainy day comes along, I just go straight to it), and Princess Diaries too--it's always a fun read!

Review: Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

Thursday, September 22, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Kowalski Family #2
Ebk: 384 Pages, pub November 1, 2010 by Carina Press
Pbk: 384 Pages, pub January 24, 2012 by HQN Books

One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly...

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child...

After reading Joe and Keri’s love story, I didn’t think that Shannon Stacey could write a love story to match. I was wrong. Once again, she succeeded in amazing me with yet another hilarious account of another Kowalski man’s struggle with love. This time in the form of Joe’s younger brother Kevin, the only brother left after Exclusively Yours to find true love.

The drop-dead owner of a sports bar, Kevin is a playboy seeking to settle down when he meets Beth Hansen. Unfortunately for him, Beth doesn’t feel the same despite their chemical attraction to each other… and getting pregnant with their child. Usually, I don’t cheer on the playboy, but Kevin’s actions are true to his thoughts and his heart. He is a good man who doesn’t fool around.

As for Beth, you have to love her stubborn nature and hesitance to open her heart. She works well with Kevin, as she knows how to keep him in his place. Throughout the book, I kept on screaming for her to just get together with Kevin, but at the same time I understood why she didn’t want to give in to her desires. When there’s a baby involved, you have to know you won’t get divorced later on because you got married too soon.

Undeniably Yours is about taking a step back and learning to trust your partner. It is about falling in love and embracing both the good and the bad. Shannon Stacey has written an amazing companion novel to Exclusively Yours. Be prepared to fall more in love with the men of the Kowalski family and the women in their lives.

Undeniably Yours is currently available as an e-book, or you can wait until January 2012 to buy it in paperback.

** This is an adult novel, and there is mature content.**


An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes

Book Review: Cold Kiss

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Title: Cold Kiss
Author: Amy Garvey
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperTeen (Imprint of Harper Collins)
Buy it: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository

When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved.

Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.

Amy Garvey’s transcendent teen debut is perfect for fans of Shiver and Beautiful Creatures. Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive a paperback ARC of Cold Kiss, and the first thing I thought when I had it in front of me (looking delicious) was that the colour was really, really pretty. I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but hey, this one deserved the prettiness it got.

Raising your boyfriend from the dead? Awesome premise. Hook, line, and sinker. I just had to read it.

Let me say, wow, Danny definitely wasn't the kind of zombie I was expecting. I didn't like him much, he was clingy, kind of dull (but hey, he's undead, what did I expect?), and just plain annoying at times. Wren's powers are actually very cool, even though she raised her boyfriend from the dead and her mother refuses to say anything about them, and so is Gabriel's power--even though his is a little on the creepy side.

Cold Kiss was more about emotions than action. It's a new take on paranormal romance and I found it extremely refreshing. The flashbacks gave me just right doses of detail, making me feel a little sorry for Danny at times, while not revealing too much. Along with Gabriel and how sweet he is, Cold Kiss left me wanting the best for all the characters and growing seriously attached.

I'm not happy with the ending, even though it's not bad at all. I don't know if I want a sequel to Cold Kiss, but if Amy Garvey writes anything else, I know I'll definitely be reading it!

Read Kris's review of Cold Kiss!

Kris Visits Literary Rambles!

Monday, September 19, 2011
Hey everyone!

Today I'm dropping by Literary Rambles with Natalie for "Ask The Expert," a weekly event that she hosts to interview children and teenagers about their reading habits and what influences their reading choices. Go check it out. I LOVE Literary Rambles, and I am honored to be appearing there, talking about two of my greatest loves: reading and blogging (as the two go hand in hand for me).

Here's a direct link to my interview.

Book Blogger Hop (20)

Friday, September 16, 2011
Book Blogger Hop

“As a book blogger, how do you introduce yourself in your profile?”

I believe that it's important for readers to be able to get to know you from your profile. While blog content is important, you want readers to be able to get a feel for who you are. I talk a little about my hobbies and my love for books. Some people also like to talk about the kind of books they read, but my blog content kind of gives it away already (any YA book that isn't horror or gory).

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Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

Inkheart, definitely! There are other book worlds I'd love to live in, but if I had to go for one, it'd probably be Inkheart. See, I could go into whatever book I want and have whatever I want to have--as long as it's in a book. And as long as I have Silvertongue or his daughter, of course--who I shall (obviously) be friends with. Or maybe she won't be friends with me... but the world of Inkheart'd still be pretty cool!

Review: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

Thursday, September 15, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Kowalski Family #1
Ebk: 282 Pages, pub June 7, 2010 by Carina Press
Pbk: 318 Pages, pub December 20, 2011 by HQN Books

When Keri Daniels’ editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.

Joe’s never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he’s intrigued to hear Keri’s back in town—and looking for him. Despite his intense need for privacy, he’ll grant Keri an interview if it means a chance to finish what they started in high school.

He proposes an outrageous plan—for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping and four-wheeling trip, Keri can ask one question. Keri agrees; she’s worked too hard to walk away from her career.

But the chemistry between them is still as potent as the bug spray, Joe’s sister is out to avenge his broken heart and Keri hasn’t ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri Joe 2gether 4ever.

High school sweethearts may not always stay in love with each other, but the old spark doesn't always die. Keri dumped Joe back in the day in favor of pursuing her career; now, she needs to get a story out of him to save said career. Somehow during their reunion, Joe proposes a challenge for Keri to join his family's annual camping and four-wheeling trip with the ulterior motive of winning her back.

You'd think that it'd be impossible to like the girl that would dump a nice guy like Joe and to cheer on the guy who's trying to get back said girl. The problem is that Keri is a nice girl herself; she's just set her priorities wrong these past years. Watching Keri mentally steel herself for everything Joe sent at her, getting closer to his family, and yearning for Joe's life, I couldn't help rooting the two of them on. Reading the book from their alternating perspectives, it's obvious that they still have lingering feelings for each other. Joe puts himself out there from the start, but Keri is determined to restrain herself. Not only is she there to get a human interest story off the bestselling author, she doesn't want to give up her career. Side plots involve a whole bunch of family drama between other couples in the family.

Exclusively Yours is about second chances, about letting yourself fall in love again, even if it means that you'll be hurt once more. Shannon Stacey is an amazing author with a gift for plot, realistic characters, and hooking in the readers. If you don't mind adult scenes and are looking for a fun romantic story filled with characters with a great sense of humor, you don't want to miss this novel!

Exclusively Yours is available as an ebook at Carina Press and will be out in paperback December 2011.


An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes

Book Review: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen (Imprint of Harper Collins)
Buy it: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

There's just something about Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) that made me smile through the entire thing. It was a light and easy read and I found myself whizzing through the entire thing in one plane ride (short haul from HK to Singapore).

Staying with a friend--sounds good. No adult supervision--even better. That's why I dove into Ten Things We Did straight from page 1. April and Vi's plan seems foolproof, false emails, faking voices, they did it all. But then things start getting outrageous, what with parties, hot guy contests, hot tubs, and an adorable cat. And that is when the story really starts.

April was a lovable character, as was Vi. I had doubts about Noah right from the start, and seriously, what kind of guy would wear fluffy parkas 'cause he's insecure about being skinny? Sounded like a egocentric narcissist to me... Though then again, there was Hudson to balance Noah out, so it was fine.

Ten Things We Did takes you on a rollercoaster ride with April and Vi as they go through hot tubs (and hot guys) and the things they shouldn't have done. It's a book I'd happily curl up with on some fluffy comforter any day.

Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Monday, September 12, 2011
5 Stars: Incredible
Series: Sky Chasers #1
Hardback: 307 Pages
Publication: September 13, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

Kieran and Waverly are two strong, admirable characters. Kieran is an amiable, good-looking boy while Waverly is a headstrong, independent girl. If the Empyrean hadn’t been attacked, they would have been two strong leaders for their generation. As it is, they must struggle to survive on their own with Waverly looking for opportunities to free the girls from the New Horizon and Kieran fighting to gain control over the boys on the Empyrean.

A fast-paced novel, Glow had me switching my sympathies constantly with its many, many twists and turns. The story is told alternatively from Kieran and Waverly’s perspectives, and as is bound to happen, the two form their respective opinions about the people around them. I found myself hating a person one minute and finding him or her decent the next. One problem that I’ve noticed with novels incorporating multiple points of view is the lack of sufficient details, but Amy doesn’t have this problem. You really get to know both Kieran and Waverly and the problems that they face.

For a YA novel, Glow is dark, very dark. I can’t count the number of times that I despaired over Kieran and Waverly’s situations. With every victory gained, a high price is paid, and even the ending left me wondering if the children will reach New Earth with their sanity intact… if they ever make it. Out of all the potential conclusions I came up with, I never saw the ending coming. If it weren’t for the alternating perspectives, I would have thought that the next problem for the children would be making it to New Earth by themselves. However, it seems as though they still have some issues to resolve before they get there….

Glow is a sci-fi/fantasy / adventure / dystopian novel that is not to be missed. Glow will be published on September 27th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin, and I'm already anticipating the sequel!


An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes

Review: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Saturday, September 10, 2011
5 Stars: Incredible
Paperback: 368 Pages
Publication: August 3, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Reads

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school, until a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie's circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with her best friend, Kevin. Ellie herself has an unhealthy fascination--a handsome boy named Mark who seems to have put a spell over her. As shocking revelations and lusts unfold, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.

Original. Alluring. Dark and mysterious. That’s The Guardian of the Dead. I love the mythology behind the story. From the beginning, Healey had me wondering who—what—Mark was, and she still surprised me. Now add in the mystery serial killer and a best friend with a unique characteristic. Just when I thought I had everyone figured out, the plot took another turn. I was never bored while absorbed with Ellie’s life. Especially with the gorgeous New Zealand setting.

The Guardian of the Dead starts off dark and creepy. I was honestly reluctant to read it at night, but I couldn’t put it down at the same time. Put it down, and I’d stay up wondering what would happen next and start imagining horrifying creatures lurking around my bed. Stay up, and Healey might end up scaring me anyhow. So I paced myself, reading three chapters a night until Healey had me so wrapped up in the plot that I had to finish the novel in one sitting.

Healey develops every single character as needed. Everything fell into place without being overly predictable. As I mentioned earlier, Healey continued to surprise me with every new plot development. Despite her past actions, I ended up really liking Mark’s mother, I fell in love with Mark, and I love Ellie. Mark's mother is strong and unforgiving--she stays true to herself. Mark is gorgeous and oh so sweet. Ellie isn’t a wimp, but she doesn’t seem too brash the times that she takes charge--two character traits that I've seen too much recently. I loved all the characters, even the ones that I'd love to kill myself given the opportunity and the guts to do so.

If you’re looking for a unique paranormal story, don’t miss The Guardian of the Dead. It starts out eerie, teasing at the plot, and builds up to an epic climax with… well, just the fate of the world at hand.


An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes

Book Blogger Hop (19)

Friday, September 9, 2011
Book Blogger Hop

“Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn’t read that genre anymore?”

NOT READ PARANORMAL ROMANCE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? *prepares a suspicious black bag* I'm going to kidnap all the paranormal romance authors that I know and love and force them to write more.

Just kidding.

I've actually gone through many genre phases, going with the flow of what's out there on the market or in my library. I trust my fav authors to do good with whatever they decide to write, and I trust the publishing industry to keep churning out more new awesome works. So yeah. I won't give up hope on paranormal romances (since I love supernatural/fantastical elements), but I wouldn't give up reading completely. Reading's in me. I didn't decide that reading dystopian was a bother since I already loved reading paranormal romances. I gave Divergent a try and fell in love with dystopians, and it didn't hurt my love for paranormal romances either. I read both, and I still read contemporary novels and fantasy novels.

In short, I read books for themselves--because the pitch interested me, the first chapter kept me hooked, and I wanted to find out what happens.

What about you? What is (are) your favorite genre(s), and what would you do if authors stopped writing it (them)?

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Q. Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one??

Misfit by Jon Skovron. If you've read my review of Misfit, you'll know that I got fed up with how easily Jael came into her powers and defeated the all-powerful Belial, the guy that is feared by everyone with a connection to demons. Being a teenage half-demon girl just come into her powers, Jael should have a harder time defeating him--at least, in my opinion. I don't like it when the main character acts brashly, ignores her father's wisdom, charges into things, and actually wins. The points don't add up.

Besides, Belial is cool despite being on the wrong side. I liked him. I liked his arrogance... and he has a reason to flaunt his power. He's the big bad guy. Between him and Jael, I'm on Team Belial all the way.

Except... Jael kind of already won... but a girl can dream, can't she?

Have you read Misfit? What are your opinions on it? In what other stories have you wanted the villain to win?

Review: Fall by Jennifer Hurst & Contest!

Thursday, September 8, 2011
3 Stars: A Good Read
Paperback: 298 Pages
Published July 26, 2011 by Jennifer Hurst

Women and construction shouldn't mix. At least, that is what the client; Mr. Blackwell thinks when Twenty-one year old Julia D. Halstead is promoted to project manager to remodel a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse into a bed and breakfast. However, the schoolhouse contains a dark secret that has been hidden for nearly a hundred years. A secret that will unleash the Furies of Hell and cause the Angels in Heaven to weep as ethereal brothers, Matthew and Nathan battle over Julia's very soul.

Fall is a bit of a crossover between the YA and adult genres, if you count twenty-one as somewhere in between. Plus, there are paranormal elements, which everyone has to love (at least, I do). JD, as Julia goes by, has been given her dream project of remodeling a schoolhouse into a bed and breakfast. Almost immediately, trouble appears in the form of Matthew, a handsome cowboy who is also head of demolition, adding tension to the story as their relationship progresses. If that’s not enough trouble, strange occurrences around the site generate suspense and intrigue.

I liked the characters, especially JD with her weird quirks and her determination to make progress in a male-dominated field. As for Matthew... well, there are times where his intentions are doubtful, but who can resist a handsome cowboy? There's a reason Western novels are so popular. Matthew's brother Nathan also won a place in my heart, but I won't go into spoilers. I also have to admit that I love the out-of-the-way setting. It’s true that too many paranormal stories take place in such settings, but Jennifer Hurst does such a wonderful job setting up the setting and cast of characters. To sum it up in two words, two sentences: Torrey, Utah. Must visit.

There are some mature themes, but you see so much more in many YA books today. Fall is an intriguing book. If you don’t mind somewhat older characters, check it out!


Contest time!

In conjunction with this blog tour, Jennifer is holding a contest. It will involve any of the blogs that Jennifer visits or where her book is featured and will close on December 31st, 2011. The entrants have to answer three questions about the book they’ve read (bought, borrowed, or stolen - shame on you) and post a link to Jennifer's website on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog (need link for verification).

Then the names will be entered in a random name picker generator and announced on Jennifer's website  on January 31st, 2012. The winner will receive a gift certificate for a night’s stay at the actual bed and breakfast where the story takes place.

Other prizes include: (1) an autographed copy of Fall, and (2) she will randomly select 3 contestants’ names to use in the sequel to Fall. Plus, they will receive a free copy of that book when it is published.

Each blog that Jennifer Hurst visits will have a different set of questions people can answer, and they may enter as many times as they want - but they can enter once per blog site that they visit. So the more sites you visit, the more you can enter your name, thus increasing your chances of winning.

Get the book, read the book, and then read over the questions below. Once you have your answers, e-mail them to Jennifer. fall.jenniferhurst(at)gmail(dot)com

Your privacy is respected and your email address will NOT be used for anything but the contest. Once the contest is over - your email address will be deleted from the database.

Here are the questions for you to answer:

  1. What color was Nathan's cowboy hat when JD first met him?
  2. What is JD's favorite treat?
  3. Who was the first person JD ever kissed?

Don't forget to check out the other blog sites participating in the tour!

Seers Blog Tour: Character Interview with Patrick O'Donnell

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Today, in taking part of the Seers book tour, we have Patrick O'Donnell here to talk a little about himself!

For Kate Bennet, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O'Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble.

First, would you introduce yourself to readers?
Of course. My name is Patrick O'Donnell. I was born in Ireland on the 7th of February, in 1780, and I died on June 4th, 1798—so I've been a Guardian for over 200 years now, eternally eighteen. I grew up in Wexford County with a loving family. My father ran the local church, and my mother was a complete angel. My little brother, Sean, pulled me into all sorts of shenanigans when we were young, but he was my best friend all the same. When I was alive, I spent my days painting. After my death, I've discovered how much I love reading.

Soon after becoming a Guardian I left my beloved Ireland, and I haven't returned since. I don't know that I could stand to see the changes that have been made since my death. I've spent most of my time guarding in Europe, but America has been one of my favorite places to live. I first arrived in the States in the 1970s, and I haven't left the country since that time. I'm currently living in New Mexico. It's a great state—a little too warm for me, but at least Guardians can't sunburn.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
When I was 12, my brother and I were beat up by the McCarthy brothers. It happened behind my father's church, and the two of us lost horribly. Strange favorite memory, I know, but I learned a lot about our relationship during that fight. I learned we were both willing to defend each other, no matter the cost. Sean and I were both closer afterward, and that was probably the moment we became best friends.

What was it like getting into Guardian life when you first started? Was there anyone there to help you settle into Guardian life?
It was obviously very difficult. It's quite the adjustment, and there are a lot of rules to learn. Staying invisible around my family was especially hard, but at least I had the opportunity to do so. Some Guardians aren't so blessed with immediate purpose, and as a result many get bored, or have a hard time finding their niche in this new life. At least I had my brother to look after. I think that more than anything helped me adjust to my new reality with relative ease.

And yes, I had help. New Guardians are always paired up with a more experienced Guardian, who acts as a sort of trainer. My first partner was a man named Conor Murphey, and though he's retired from the Demon hunting facet, we manage to keep in touch. He's moved around, but last I heard he's back in Ireland, managing a hotel near Dublin.

What do you enjoy most about being a Guardian? What do you like least?
I like helping people. Whenever I'm able to help a Seer or a human, it just makes immortality worthwhile. The fact that Guardians never get hurt or sick also adds to the appeal. As for what I like least, I'd have to say the separation from my family. Being a Guardian can get pretty lonely if you dwell on what you're missing.

How did you meet Toni and what are your earliest memories guarding with him?
I first met Toni in New York City, in the late eighties. I'd been working alone for a long time, and when I was approached by a senior Guardian with the possibility of getting a partner, I agreed. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right choice, but regardless Toni became my partner. I was told from the start that he was . . . impulsive. I was supposed to be a good influence on him, but I don't think any amount of time with me is going to help him change his ways. He's a thief at heart, and he's gotten us into a lot of trouble. After only two weeks together he got us both arrested when he tried to hijack a police car. I had a hard time talking us out of that one, mostly because Toni looks older than I do. In retrospect, I suppose he has improved a little over time. At least now I only catch him stealing things he can pocket.

We've seen you singing music and flipping through different music stations. What are your favorite musical artists?
I like a wide variety of music. Some of the more notable artists would be The Beatles, Good Charlotte, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Joel, Owl City, Jack Johnson, The Cars, Plain White T's, Vertical Horizon, and Linkin Park. I also like Tchaikovsky.

You once told Kate that she's taking the Seer business pretty well, that you've seen worse reactions. What was the worst that you've seen?
The absolute worst has to be Cody Flint, from Rushsylvania, Ohio. I was working without a partner at the time, and he was the first Seer I was assigned to in America. Following protocol, I tried to observe him for a time before approaching him. We're supposed to find common ground, and befriend new Seers—make them as comfortable as possible before we explain everything to them. But the fifty-something year old man never left his dilapidated house. I finally called on him, offering to help with his yard. He called me a young rascal and threw rocks at me. I came back every day for a week with the same result. I finally just ducked behind his fence and started yelling to him about the auras he must be seeing, and the next thing I knew I was being shot at. I turned him over to someone else after that, figuring my chances of befriending him were pretty small at that point.

What were your first thoughts when you met Kate for the first time?
I'd been watching over her for a few weeks before school started, but I didn't actually come face to face with her until I walked into American Lit for the first time. Up until that point, she was just another Seer. But when I actually saw her . . . Truthfully, my first thought was how similar we were. She was so young to have her life so completely altered; just like me, when I'd died. The urge to help her was stronger than I'd ever felt before, for any Seer. And I'd be lying if I didn't admit that my second thought was how pretty she was.

When did you first realize that you were truly in love with Kate?
Moving from attraction to love was very gradual for me. I don't think I fully realized the extent of my feelings until our first kiss. Before that, I was just trying really hard not to care about her in that way. But after our kiss, I realized I was fighting a losing battle.

Thanks for dropping by, Patrick!

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Heather Frost was born in Sandy, Utah, and raised in a small Northern Utah town. She is the second oldest of ten children, and she loves her family very much. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. She has always been an avid reader, and reading and writing are among her most favorite things to do. She also enjoys playing the flute, listening to all types of music, and watching a wide variety of movies. Ever since she wrote her first short story—at the age of four—she has dreamed of one day becoming an author. Seers is her first published novel.

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