Friday, November 27, 2009

2010 Debut Author Challenge Information

I don't know about you but some of the best books I have read in 2009 have been Debut books by really talented new authors. So when I read on Twitter (do you tweet? follow me: @ReadingItAll) that @TheStorySiren will be holding the 2010 Debut Author Challenge!

For more info about the Challenge go to The Story Siren blog and subscribe to stay updated!!! or follow this link to the sign up page!

I will be adding my book list to the side column - so stay tuned and look for my list soon!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Amanda Project: invisible i

invisible i
The Amanda Project:
Book One
by Stella Lennon and Melissa Kantor

I gave this book four stars because that is my honest opinion of the book The Amanda Project: Book 1: invisible I.

It reads easily and rings true for it's depiction of high school and teen cliques. I remember being the creative, quirky, artistic "new girl" and so much of this book prompts flash backs of my high school days.

What I found interesting in The Amanda Project: Book 1: invisible I, the first of a series of eight books, is the way it looks at Amanda from the viewpoints of three different classmates. Of course, when Amanda disappears, they soon realize that none of them new much about their new friend.

If you want to make this a 5 star experience, you have to take it to the next level...the interactive website! The Amanda Project website - from the home page:

What Happened To Amanda?
AMANDA VALENTINO came to our high school on Halloween. She disappeared on the Ides of March. She left us some clues, but we're not sure what they mean. The only thing we know for sure is that she utterly, completely changed our lives.

Join in with hundreds of readers nationwide to try to solve the mystery, find the clues and the coolest...write your own story!

The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff

The Bride's Farewell
by Meg Rosoff

In her latest book, The Bride's Farewell, author Meg Rosoff takes us to rural England in the 19th century.

In the ultimate case of "cold feet" heroine Pell Ridley is the runaway bride - shunning all the traditionally accepted ideas of "the woman's place".

Pell is determined to be her own person and develops a talent with horses ....

This is a journey book that teens,young adults and their parents will enjoy. With stories of romance and longing for family and of the family she eventually finds.

For me a strong female lead is all it takes for a recommendation. I probably would have given this book 5 stars but it was a little hard for me to get into it - stay with it though it is well worth the effort.

Product Description from Amazon:

A young woman runs away from home and finds love in the most unexpected place

In Meg Rosoff's fourth novel, a young woman in 1850s rural England runs away from home on horseback the day she's to marry her childhood sweetheart. Pell is from a poor preacher's family and she's watched her mother suffer for years under the burden of caring for an ever-increasing number of children. Pell yearns to escape the inevitable repetition of such a life.

She understands horses better than people and sets off for Salisbury Fair, where horse trading takes place, in the hope of finding work and buying herself some time. But as she rides farther away from home, Pell's feelings for her parents, her siblings, and her fiancé surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels. And her journey leads her to find love where she least expects it.

Rosoff's magical voice and her novel's ethereal setting will thrill her passionate longtime fans and garner her new ones.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY!!! Child of Fire by Harry Connolly


My First GIVEAWAY!!!!

YAY! Free Books!

I just received the most wonderful package from DelRey Publications - FIVE - yep 5 copies of the debut urban paranormal book by Harry Connolly!!!!

by Harry Connolly

*** Let me give a quick caution to my loyal YA followers - there is some graphic violence in this book and I wouldn't recommend it to readers under 18.

That being said this is probably the best book I have read in this genre - I love Connolly's style! You view this eerie incredulous world (the world of the Twenty Palaces Society) through the eyes of Ray Lilly - but Ray is as much in the dark about the mission as you are!

Publisher's Synopsis:
Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He’s the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job. Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise’s next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who’s sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find–and destroy–the source of that inhuman magic.

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Contest closes on 12/01/09 so you should have it to read during your Holiday break!!! BTW - I would really love it if the winners would take the time to post a review on their fave platform (Amazon, Shelfari, GoodReads, LibraryThingy, etc..). Open to US entries only (unless you want to cover the shipping?)

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