Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Eyecatchers (a day late) and You Recommend Wednesday

Back again. :) I've found some more great eyecatchers this week, and yes once again I've stuck pretty close to the paranormal. I can't help it, it's what I love.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

The Exorsistah by Claudia Mair Burney

She just wants a home, a hootie, and some kickin' boots.Does she realy have to fight the devil to get them?

After the creep who's married to her friend Kiki tries to assault her, Emme Vaughn finds herself in an all-night Walgreens at 3 a.m. with a quarter in her pocket and a rumble in her stomach. She sure does wish she'd gotten to eat her french fries before she had to kick and run. But God has his plan, and apparently tonight He means for her to whip some serious demon butt.

Ever since her mom went crazy, Emme's been wary of the gift they share for seeing demons, but she's not about to let one get to her. So when an ugly beast lurks into Walgreens behind a dude who's clearly up to no good, Emme tells it exactly where it can go. Problem is, the beautiful guy beside her at the magazine rack just helped her conquer the nasty duo, and now he wants her to join a group of demon-fighters led by his father, an aging exorcist bombarded by requests to deliver people from evil. Shoot, and all she really hoped for was some breakfast....
Now it's your turn. Tell me what has caught your eye recently. Tell me what you've read that you think I should read. Let's spread the word, and spread the love. :)
*all book descriptions from publishers' websites

Bestselling Authors for the Week January 11-17th 2009

So as usual, I'm late with my blog posts. Sorry. :) So today I give you all three of this week's posts, starting with last week's bestselling authors.

1. Stephenie Meyer

2. L.J. Smith

3. Ellen Hopkins

4. Scott Westerfield, P.C. & Kristin Cast, Richelle Mead, and Darren Shan

5. Lisi Harrison, Anthony Horowitz, and Christopher Paolini

And on a seperate note, I also just wanted to mention that last week we also sold out of both of our remaining copies of Suck It Up by Brian Meehl. :) I'm sure it has more to do with the current popularity of vampire stories rather than with my blog post, but I find it amusing all the same.

Be back in a bit with this week's eyecatchers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Eyecatchers of the Week

Hello all,

Since YA sales appear to have been kinda crummy last week (at least at my store), I've decided to skip over last week's bestsellers. I do have some great eyecatchers for you this week.

Suck It Up by Brian Meehl

ARE YOU UP to your neck in bloodsucking vampire stories?

Tired of those tales about dentally enhanced dark lords?

Before I wrote this book I thought all vampires were night-stalking, fangpopping, bloodsucking fiends. Then I met Morning McCobb. He’s a vegan vampire who drinks a soy-blood substitute called Blood Lite. He believes staking should be a hate crime. And someday he hopes to march in a Vampire Pride Parade. He was also the first vampire to out himself and try to show people of mortality, like you and me, that vampires are just another minority with special needs. Trust me—this is like no other vampire book you’ll ever feed on.

So, as my buddy Morning says, “Pop the lid, and suck it up.”

How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy, like a specialized good luck charm, is vital to success. And in the case of the students at New Avalon Sports High, it might just determine whether you make the team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for 14-year-old Charlie, having a Parking Fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his own personal parking pass. Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with arch-enemy Fiorenza (who has an All-The-Boys-Like-You Fairy) seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all what she thought it would be like, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to ditch her fairy. The question is: will Charlie herself survive the fairy ditching experiment? From the author of the acclaimed Magic or Madness trilogy, this is a delightful story of fairies, friendships, and figuring out how to make your own magic.

*all book descriptions are from publishers' websites

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

You Recommend Wednesday

Hey all! It's time for "You Recommend Wednesday." It's your turn to tell me and everyone else what to read. If your suggestion catches my attention, you just may find a review of that title here someday. :)

So tell me everyone, what are you reading or interested in reading?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Today's Eyecatching Title

Ok, among the changes for the New Year, this week instead of 5 eyecatchers I'm only posting 1. In the coming weeks I'll try to keep it around 2 or 3, but I just didn't have the time for a long post tonight. :) However, I'd like to think this title carries enough weight all on it's own. I've been hearing such wonderful things about this book, and it's the winner of the National Book Award, so ya know it's good.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Here's a quick blurb from Publisher's Weekly as found on

Blundell, author of Star Wars novelizations, turns out a taut, noirish mystery/coming-of-age story set in 1947; it's easy to picture it as a film starring Lana Turner, who is mentioned in these pages. When first met, 15-year-old Evie and her best friend are buying chocolate cigarettes to practice smoking. Evie sheds that innocence on a trip to Florida, where her stepfather, Joe, back from the war in Europe, abruptly takes her and her beautiful mother, Beverly, and where Evie falls in love with glamorous Peter, an army buddy whom Joe is none too happy to see. But after a boating accident results in a suspicious death and an inquest, Evie is forced to revisit her romance with Peter and her relationships with Joe and her mother, and to consider that her assumptions about all three may have been wrong from the beginning. Blundell throws Evie's inexperience into high relief with slangy, retro dialogue: Peter calls Evie pussycat ; Beverly says her first husband kicked through love like it was dust and he kept on walking. Readers can taste Evie's alienation and her yearning; it's a stylish, addictive brew.

I have heard so many authors gush about this title; I definitely need to pick up a copy, and so do you. :) Be sure to stop by tomorrow for You Recommend Wednesday. I'm looking forward to seeing what you are reading or are interested in reading.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Bestselling Authors for the week of December 28, 2008- January 3, 2009

For the New Year I thought I would do the bestseller's spot a little differently and display the top 10 bestselling authors for the week. I may change it up a bit if the list starts to look the same week after week. We'll see how I'm feeling. So here goes the list:

1. Stephenie Meyer with 188 books (like this one really comes as a surprise to anyone)

2. LJ Smith with 24 books

3. P.C. and Kristin Cast with 20 books

4. Sarah Dessen with 19 books

5. Lisi Harrison with 16 books

6. Ellen Schreiber and Tamora Pierce each with 13 books

7. Christopher Paolini and Richelle Mead each with 11 books

8. Anthony Horowitz and Scott Westerfield each with 10 books

9. Ellen Hopkins with 9 books

10. Kate Brian with 8 books

So that's the bestselling authors from last week. Let me know what you think about the results, the new format, or well anything. I've been gone, I miss ya. :)

Back from the Dead

Wow, so uh apparently I disappeared for the whole month of December. All I can say is that I work in retail and it was December. Nuff said right there.

Nonetheless I'm sorry I was gone so long and one of my resolutions is to not negelct you guys for so long again. Really, I mean it. :) Give me a few minutes to get things together and I'll be posting last weeks bestsellers.