Thursday, February 26, 2009

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

I finished yet another great YA title I've got to tell you about. This week has been my Internet Hiatus Week (with the exception of blogging obviously). This means I've been able to get a lot of reading done. So yesterday I decided to sit down and read Glass Houses by Rachel Caine. This is the first book in her Morganville Vampires series.

Glass Houses

Rachel Caine

Here's a brief synopsis from the publisher's website:

Welcome to Morganville, Texas.

Just don't stay out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.

When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

Glass Houses held me riveted to the page. It was intense. Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael are all very likable characters. I felt most especially for Claire. She's young and trying to adjust to life at a new school. Unfortunately for her she gets on the bad side of the wrong girl and has reason to fear for her life. Claire is lucky enough to be taken in at Glass House. It's there that her new roommates, Eve, Shane, and Michael tell her that there's more going on in Morganville than meets the eye. At first Claire thinks they are insane, until she sees a vampire for herself. Now she's just trying to survive.

If you're in the mood for suspsense and intensity then you need to read Glass Houses. But make sure you have book 2, The Dead Girls' Dance on hand before you finish book 1. Trust me, you're going to want to go right from 1 to 2.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

You Recommend Wednesday - Werewolf Edition

Ok, for this week's edition of You Recommend Wednesday. I need your help with a specific recommend. I need YA titles that involve werewolves. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Blood and Chocolate. I'm sure there are plenty of others, so that's where all of you come in. Help me out! (Please?)

I promise there really is a point to this, but I'm not sharing the details just yet. :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Eyecatchers of the week

I've got two great new eyecatchers for you this week. This first one caught my attention immediately thanks to its very intriguing cover.

Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year

by Amy Belasen and Jacob Osborn

Hell hath no fury...

Jenny Green is a spoiled teen "princess" and the newest junior at Montreal's Molson Academy. Jenny wants a fresh start in her new school, and she's curious to see what Montreal has to offer, most especially in the boy department. Beautiful, charming, and sharp-witted, Jenny has no trouble getting the boys to fall for her.

But when she discovers just how despicable the male gender can be -- with the lying, the cheating, and the utter disrespect -- she decides to make them pay...with their lives.

This next title caught my attention thanks to Tami Klockau over at YA Edge. She was tweeting about it over at and then posted her own blog of recent reads. It definitely looks worth a read. :)

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

by Mary E. Pearson

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?
This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.

*all book descriptions from publishers' websites.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Video from Mari Mancusi, Melissa Walker, and Better TV

Hello again all! *gasp* I know I'm actually blogging two days in a row! Can you believe it? I told you I'd try to get better and I really am working on it.

Alright I'm gonna be upfront about this. I am doing this for a contest. However, if I didn't think this video was worth checking out I wouldn't bother posting it here. Mari Mancusi and Melissa Walker, two authors who have definitely caught my attention were interviewed on Better TV regarding writing for teens. It's a quick little video and it's really kinda neat.

Be sure to spread the word! Here's the link for Mari Mancusi's blog:

And here's the YouTube link as well:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The World Stops for Vlad

...or at least it should. I'm so excited because I got my ARC from Heather Brewer of Tenth Grade Bleeds! Woohoo! I want to drop everything and start reading it. lol However I do want to at least finish the YA books I'm already reading. Not to mention the books I'm supposed to be reviewing for WMY (and CMR). lol I perpetually live in a state of so many books, so little time. *sigh*

I can guarantee I'll be picking up TGB very, very soon. You, my dear readers, won't be seeing my review, however, til much closer to the release date sometime this summer. Not that any of you would dare to forgot about my dear Vlad from the fabulous Heather Brewer, but I know it can get confusing for people to see a review long before the book's release. :)

In the meantime Ninth Grade Slays has been release in paperback, so if you haven't picked up Vlad yet, nows the time to do so. Trust me, it's awesome!

Now it's your turn....since it is Wednesday tell me, what are you looking forward to reading? What's coming out that you can't wait to read?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

You Recommend Wednesday

It's You Recommend Wednesday! Yay!!!!

Today I'm looking for more than just book recommendations (but keep those coming). Today I'd like recommendations on what you'd like to see on the blog. I'm looking to do some rearranging of the schedule and would like your input. I'm considering a new feature for Mondays. I would like to start posting an interview with a different YA author each Monday.

So tell me, who would you like to see interviewed? What questions do you have for your favorite YA authors? So go ahead and comment away. Let me know what you want (other than your

If you are a YA author and you'd like to be interviewed send me an email: wantmyya at yahoo dot com .

Friday, February 6, 2009

Read it! Watch it! Love it!

Today you are all in for a treat. Today is the day I tell you about the book I just can't quit yammering on about. :)

Skelton Creek
by Patrick Carman

Something is going on in Skeleton Creek and Ryan and Sarah are looking for answers. Ryan and Sarah have been best friends for years, and together they always seem to find trouble. This time they've gone too far. Their parents have forbidden them to see or speak with each other. Ryan's parents have gone so far as to threaten to move away if they catch Ryan communicating with Sarah.

Despite their parents' orders Ryan and Sarah are not finished investigating. Stuck home with a broken leg, Ryan is writing everything he finds down in his journal, while Sarah is filming everything she can.
Skeleton Creek is more than just a book, it's a whole new kind of reading experience. The book itself is Ryan's journal entries. Ryan writes everything including the passwords Sarah gives him to view her videos. For the reader this means that you too can go online to see what Sarah has uncovered this time. I love the interactive nature of this story. I was hooked from the first page. Sarah's videos held me spellbound, it was easy to forget that Skeleton Creek was just a story.

Patrick Carman's Skeleton Creek will be in stores on Tuesday, this is a title that you really need to rush out and get right away. Seriously, and tell you friends, I've already told all of mine (and I think they want me to shut up now).

Read it! Watch it! Love it!
And now for your viewing pleasure I have both the trailer for this amazing book, and a sample of one of the videos Sarah sends to Ryan. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Not Your Average Faerie Tale

Hello all!

Sorry I was absent last week. We had some going's on over at Crave More Romance and it left me rather distracted. :) Today I'm here to tell you about a wonderful new book that I've literally been reading since I woke up this morning.

Bones of Faerie

by Janni Lee Simner

from the author's site:

The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so fifteen-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza's world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Corn resists being harvested; dandelions have thorns. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Still Liza feels safe. Her father is strong and has protected their town by laying down strict rules. Among them: Any trace of magic must be destroyed, no matter where it is found.

Then Liza's sister is born with faerie-pale hair, clear as glass, and Liza's father leaves the baby on a hillside to die. When her mother disappears into the forest and Liza herself discovers she has the faerie ability to see --into the past, into the future--she has no choice but to flee. Liza's quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.

I've been curious about Bones of Faerie ever since I read PW's review of it a while back. I was not disappointed. It's a different kind of story. Liza is very much a product of her upbringing. She's not rebellious; she's just trying to do what she thinks should be done. When Liza is confronted with people who willingly use magic she's terrified. She's never known magic to do anything other than kill.

Yet there is a healing here too. It's only the beginnings of healing, but you know it can happen. I'm looking forward to more from Janni Lee Simner. I would particularly like to see if she returns to the world of Bones of Faerie. Be sure to stop by your local bookstore and pick up a copy today. :)