Friday, December 28, 2012

Unexpected Hiatus and Tumblr

Hey all! Sorry I disappeared on you. Remind me to never take six classes in one semester again. I'm trying to get back into the swing of book reviewing, but it won't be on the same scale as it was before. School is too big a part of my life right now and I need to focus on it. I have started a Tumblr blog so that I can streamline both of my book review blogs into one place. The Tumblr posts are more likely to be short and sweet and not all of the books I talk about will be YA. With that said, I hope to return to active duty on this blog at a later date, but I don't know when that will be. If you want to follow me on Tumblr you can find me at

Thanks for being such amazing readers! And thank you authors for being so supportive!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

The Cinderella Society
by Kay Cassidy

ISBN: 9781606840177 (hardcover)
Release Date: April 2010

from the author's site: 

Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider.  So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it’s like something out of a fairy tale.  Swept up by the Cindys’ magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she’s finally found her chance to fit in.

Then the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch-enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there’s more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside.  She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.

Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her.  Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn’t want to be seen with her in public?  And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?

my thoughts: 

This is a girl power handbook that every girl should read. We've all been in situations we're unsure and all we want to do is fit in with everyone else. The Cinderella Society is all about Jessica and her journey towards empowerment. As Jessica comes into her own she learns not only to stand up for herself but for others as well. Jessica becomes a role model for others to stand up for themselves against the Wickeds also. 

The Cinderella Society is pure empowerment and a must-read.  

how I acquired this book: 
I won the ARC in a contest held by the author.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

 Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt/Macmillan 
Release date: Today! June 5, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Darker Still
by Leanna Renee Hieber

Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781402260520
Release Date: November 1, 2011

from the author's site: 

I was obsessed.

 It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen - everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable... utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike. 

There is a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury didn't commit suicide. He's alive. Trapped within his golden frame. 

I've crossed over into his world within the painting. I've seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked- bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit, cobblestone streets of Manhattan. And unless I can free him soon, things will only get darker still...

my thoughts: 

Absolutely positively love it! I was engrossed in Natalie's story immediately. The structure of the book instantly engages a reader's curiosity. The story opens with a letter from a police sergeant indicating that the contents are a diary and are part of an investigation. While I'm sure similar literary devices have been employed before, I still feel this is a unique way of grabbing and keeping your readers attention. And it worked. :) I breezed through Darker Still because I could not wait to see how the story would unfold. I anxiously await the release of book 2 in November. 

If you haven't read this one already, I strongly recommend it. Not only is Leanna a fabulous writer, but she's an all-around awesome person. You want to support an awesome person, so she keeps writing don't you? You know you do. :) If you have read it, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. 

how I acquired this book: 
I bought it. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Eyecatcher: Above by Leah Bobet

by Leah Bobet

Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN: 9780545296700
Release Date: April 1, 2012

from the author's site: 

Matthew’s father had lion’s feet and his mother had gills, and both fled the modern-day city to live in underground Safe, a secret community of freaks, ghost-whisperers, and disabled outcasts hidden beyond the subways and sewers. Raised underground, Matthew is responsible for the keeping of both Safe’s histories and the traumatized shapeshifter Ariel, the girl he took in, fell in love with – and can’t stop from constantly running away.

But Safe is no longer safe: the night after a frightening encounter in the sewers, Safe’s founder Atticus is murdered by the one person Safe ever exiled: mad Corner, whose coup is backed by an army of mindless, whispering shadows.

Only Matthew, Ariel, and a handful of unstable, crippled compatriots escape to the city that cast them out; the dangerous place he knows only as Above. Despite Ariel’s increasingly erratic behaviour and with the odds against them, Matthew must find a way to rescue Safe from Corner’s occupying army. But as his quest leads him through abandoned asylums and the dregs of urban poverty, Matthew discovers that the histories he’s devoted his life to aren’t true: Corner’s invasion — and Ariel’s terrors – are rooted in a history of Safe much darker and bloodier than Matthew ever imagined.

And even if he manages to save both home and Ariel, he may well lose himself.

why it caught my eye: 

I love the look of the dragonfly wings on the cover. :) Can't help it. I'm a dragonfly kinda girl. The premise is certainly interesting, I'm curious to see what happens. Anyone read it yet? Share your thoughts in the comments.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You Recommend Wednesday

Your turn. Tell me what to read. Come on, it's summer, I finally have time to read for fun again. :) What's new and exciting that you just have to gush about? Feel free to gush all about it in the comments here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Eyecatcher: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

The Gathering Storm
The Katerina Trilogy Book 1
by Robin Bridges

Delacorte Books
ISBN: 9780385740227
Release Date: January 10, 2012

from the author's site: 

Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1888.
As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.
An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts unwanted attention . . . including from two young men.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

why it caught my eye: 

It's a paranormal and it's set in Russia, need I say more? Ok, so maybe that's only a big deal to me. One of my two minors at school is Russian so it's interesting for me to read about Russia, even a fictionalized Russia. These books look really interesting and I can't wait to get a hold of them.   

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

You Recommend Wednesday

Happy Wednesday lovely readers! How is everyone today? Well, as you can see it's that time of week again for you to tell me what to read. Don't be shy. What have you fallen in love with that you haven't seen me mention here? What do you think I should be reading. Leave a comment and let me know.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: Blood Feud by Steven A. Roman

Blood Feud
The Saga of Pandora Zwieback Book 1
by Steven A. Roman

StarWarp Concepts
ISBN: 9780984174102
Release Date: June 15, 2011

from the author's site: 

It’s a war among the houses of the undead! Elegant Gothic Lolitas from Japan, silk-suited London vamps, leather-clad hunters from Eastern Europe—all seeking the same prize: a mysterious crate recently delivered to the horror-themed museum owned by the father of Pandora Zwieback.

What is the terrifying secret of Item #179? How do its contents tie into an incident from the blood-drenched past of Pan’s new friend, a 400-year-old, shape-shifting monster hunter named Sebastienne Mazarin? And, more important, will Pan survive long enough to get any answers?

my thoughts: 

Wow! From the first page I was hard pressed to put Blood Feud down. In fact, the first night the only reason I put it down at all was because I had a friend in labor and I was obsessively checking Facebook for updates on her condition. But seriously, Blood Feud is non-stop action from page one. The focus switches back and forth between Pan and Sebastienne better known as Annie which keeps the story moving. My only complaint is that I don't have book 2 in front of me so I can find out what happens next. I need to know! 

Blood Feud by Steven A. Roman is highly recommended. Unless of course you don't like monsters and violence, but if you do, then you should definitely read this one. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Guest post: Meredith Zeitlin author of My Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Happy Monday everyone! Well it's extra happy for me because it's my last Monday of the semester. :) I've just got to get through my finals and I am free for three months! Then you'll finally get to see some reviews up on this site again. Yay! In the meantime I've got a great guest post for you today. 

Today Want My YA is visited by the lovely Meredith Zeitlin, author of the book My Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters. So without any further chatter from me, I give you Meredith. 

My freshman year was both really hard and ultimately really rewarding. I started at a brand new school that year, which was nerve-wracking. I missed my friends from middle school and could barely find my way around the place, much less comprehend why I had to bear the additionally heavy cross of braces and awful bangs and a nose I had yet to grow into. But I actually ended up loving it - I did make friends, and figure out where to sit at lunch, and got cast in a lead role in the school play, and somehow ended up on the lacrosse team - a sport I'd never even heard of before. (In a related story, I was TERRIBLE at it. But I had fun!)

Of course, this is me as an adult looking back; at the time I know I was incredibly frustrated much of the time. It's so hard to be new. It's so hard to be fourteen! It took a long time for things to be mostly fun instead of mostly terrifying.

I've been asked a lot during this book tour what I'd say to myself if I could go back in time, and the answer is: PLENTY. Of course, I can't. So here are some tips for those starting on the often horrifying, sometimes awesome journey that is freshman year. Who, if they're anything like I was at fourteen... will probably ignore me. Ah, well. Points for trying?

1) Don't try so hard. Trust that people will like you even if you aren't always "on," or cracking a joke, or proving you're right about everything, or agreeing with the popular opinion, or whatever your go-to self-defense method is. Here's the thing - all the other kids are just as insecure about themselves as you are. Be yourself. Relax. All that energy you're expending working to fit in (or be deliberately different)? No one is noticing. Just do your thing.

2) The guys (or girls) you're agonizing over don't deserve your agony. People used to have to wait for their high school reunions to realize the crushes they lost their minds – and many, many tears, and occasionally even friends – over end up being, well, not nearly as great as they seemed at the time. In the era of Facebook, you don't even have to wait! So have fun, date, hook up, flirt, and do all that stuff. Even get your heart broken – we all have to go through it sooner or later. But try not to take it too seriously if you can. You will look back and think “I liked THAT guy (or girl)?! Whyyyyyyyyyy?” in ten years. I promise. 
3) Don't suck up to that junior after the cast list for the fall play goes up - or whatever your corresponding situation is. It's annoying to everyone else and usually backfires. You will be better off earning upperclassmen's respect and admiration for your writing or art or whatever makes you special. Let them come to you, or see if friendships just unfold naturally. . (Trust me on this one – that cafeteria scene with Julie Nelson in the beginning of the book? Ripped from the headlines of my life. Nightmare.)

4) Do not to go into Manhattan to stay over at the apartment of a random girl you barely know from camp. She turns out to be really weird and live in what is essentially a room filled with garbage! This will not end up being the cool adventure you think it's going to be – not even close. (Hrm. Maybe this one really only works for me? Sorry 'bout that.)

5) Don't let your parents – or teachers, or anyone - make you think that every single thing you do in high school is going to make or break the rest of your life. My parents had me panicked about my SAT scores the second I set foot in high school. Not to mention grades, extra-curriculars, clubs, leadership positions... the pressure to succeed was incredible. And I'm certainly not saying those things aren't important – of course they are. BUT. One C (or even an F!) on a paper or test is not going to kill your chances at a good school. Your SATs will not determine the kind of person you end up being or the quality of the life you end up having. So yes - study hard. Join clubs and activities that interest and motivate you. But also have fun. Make choices. Make dumb mistakes. Learn from them. Don't let this looming senior-year mission to get accepted to Yale or wherever predicate every move you make in high school. There are just as many important experiences to have that are never going to come up on a college application, and you don't want to miss them.

By the way - the advice I could offer for the next three years after ninth grade? Or college? Well... that's another post (and book!) all together. Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by Meredith! :) And fabulous advice. I seem to recall not being overly thrilled with my Freshman year either, or really with any of high school. lol Now I'm just spending the rest of my life in college. I swear I'll be done one day. 

Thanks again Meredith for the guest post. Readers be sure to check out her book, My Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Eyecatcher: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly
by Susan Dennard

ISBN: 9780062083265
Release Date: July 24, 2012

from the author's site: 

There’s something
strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
The years 1876, and Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.
Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

why it caught my eye: 

I LOVE that cover. It's absolutely gorgeous. That was enough to entice me to find the blurb on the author's site, and I have to say I'm intrigued. I love Victorian stories as well as all things paranormal so I suspect I'm going to love this one as well. Too bad I have to wait until July for it. Guess I'll just have to be patient. :) 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Eyecatcher: Crave by Melissa Darnell

by Melissa Darnell

Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210350
Release Date: October 25, 2011

book description: 

 Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….

why it caught my eye: 

This is another one that popped up on Amazon. I'm rather curious about it, have any of you read it? I'd like to know how it is. If you've read this one be sure to leave a comment.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eyecatcher: The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

Here's another book from another fabulous author that I met at Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon. 

The Demon Trapper's Daughter
by Jana Oliver
St. Martins Griffin
ISBN: 9780312614782
Release Date: February 1, 2011

from the author's site: 

 It’s the year 2018, and with human society seriously disrupted by the economic upheavals of the previous decade, Lucifer has increased the number of demons in all major cities. Atlanta is no exception. Fortunately, humans are protected by Demon Trappers, who work to keep homes and streets safe from the things that go bump in the night. Seventeen-year-old Riley, only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing attraction to fellow Trapper apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving citizens from Grade One Hellspawn. Business as usual, really, for a demon-trapping teen. When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood, she realizes that she’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell.

 why it caught my eye: 

I believe this book was originally recommended to me on Amazon, so when I saw Jana at the Barbara Vey event, I thought, "Hey, I recognize this book. It's on my list." It's always nice how that works out. :) So I made sure to pick up a copy and get it signed. Now to find the time to read for fun again. lol How long until my semester's over?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

You Recommend Wednesday

What's everyone reading this week? What should I be reading? Come on, it's your turn to recommend to me.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Layout

So what does everyone think of the new look?

Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon

In yesterday's post I mentioned that earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending Barbara Vey's first Reader Appreciation Luncheon. It was so much fun, I'm already looking forward to next year's event. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of either of the authors that I'm featuring here as Eyecatchers. Rest assured Erica O'Rourke and Jana Oliver are both lovely ladies and I was thrilled to meet them. 

Hands down the highlight of my day was meeting Leanna Renee Heiber, author of such fabulous stories as The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and her most recent release, Darker Still. If you haven't read her books, you need to. She's a wonderful writer and just an all around awesome person. 
I highly recommend checking out her books. And just to help you out, you can check out my review of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Eyecatchers: Torn and Tangled by Erica O'Rourke

Hey there readers! I've got a two-for-one Eyecatcher deal for ya today. These two books Torn and Tangled are by the lovely author Erica O'Rourke. I had the pleasure of meeting her earlier this week at Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon. I picked up my very own copies of the books there and got them signed. I can't wait for this semester to be over so I can read them. :)

Erica O'Rourke

Kensington Books
ISBN: 9780758267030
Release Date: June 2011

from the author's site: 

 Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose? 


ISBN: 9780758267054
Release Date: January 2012
from the author's site: 

A month ago, Mo Fitzgerald risked her life to stop an ancient prophecy and avenge her best friend's murder. Now, she only wants to keep her loved ones safe. But the magic—and the Chicago Mob—have other plans.
Mysterious, green-eyed Luc is back, asking for help—and a second chance. Colin, her strongest protector, is hiding a shocking secret. And inside Constance, the magic is about to go terribly wrong. Tangled in a web of love and betrayal, Mo must choose between the life she's dreamed of and the one she's destined for. 

why they caught my eye: 

As I mentioned, I met Erica O'Rourke at Barbara Vey's event. I love talking with authors face to face and will very often buy their books as a result. I was so excited to find YA authors there (It was primarily a Romance event - what can I say? Romance novels are my first love.) and I was totally kicking myself for forgetting my business cards at home. Oh well, lesson learned, I will be sure to have them with me when I attend Spring Fling later this month. Anyway, check the books out, they look awesome. Book 3, Bound will release this June.

Be on the lookout next week for another Eyecatcher from an author I met at Barbara Vey's fabulous luncheon event. :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Published by HarperCollins January 3, 2012
ISBN: 9780062072030

If you've read it, be sure to share what you think about it! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You Recommend Wednesday

Hey all! What's everyone reading this week? I'm getting behind on my YA reading because when I'm not doing my required reading for school, I've been on a bit of a Romance kick lately. I'm going to try to get caught up this week (after my next book club meeting that

So tell me, what's new and hot in the world of YA?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Published by Simon Pulse January 3, 2012
ISBN: 9781442430358

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

You Recommend Wednesday

Hello again, it's another Wednesday and time for you to tell me what to read. So come on, dear readers, what are you gushing over this week? What's out there that I just have to read?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Published by Hyperion January 24, 2012
ISBN: 9781423146162

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: The Raven by Patrick Carman

The Raven
Skeleton Creek Book 4

by Patrick Carman

Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545249959
Release Date: May 1, 2011

from the publisher's site:

Strange things happen in Skeleton Creek - and when they do, Ryan writes them down and Sarah captures them on video. They've solved old mysteries. They've followed clues all over the country and underground. They've investigated secret societies. They've found their answers.

Or so they thought. Because there are still some secrets that Ryan and Sarah haven't uncovered yet. And there's still a shadowy figure standing in their path...someone who doesn't want Ryan and Sarah digging up any more of the past.

my thoughts:

I have been hooked on the Skeleton Creek series from the very start. These books are technically marketed as middle grade novels, but they have a lot of crossover potential. It helps that the main characters are all around sixteen. I love the interactive nature of the series also. The format of Ryan's journals makes you feel like you're reading the real thing. Every few journal entries you get a new password for one of Sarah's videos, and it's always fun to check those out and see what she's come up with now.

The Raven wraps up some story lines left over from The Crossbones. I honestly don't know if this is the end of the series or not; the end of The Raven allows for either scenario. I have to say, I really hope Patrick Carman comes out with another one, but even if he doesn't I know he has more interactive titles available.

I highly recommend the Skeleton Creek books for anyone who enjoys a fun, quick, and spooky read.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Foreign Friday: Rachel Caine in Brazil

For today's edition of Foreign Friday I have for you the Brazilian edition of Rachel Caine's Glass Houses. If you are not familiar with her Morganville Vampires, I recommend them. Glass Houses is the first book in the series, but I strongly suggest that if you're going to read it, you have book 2 handy before finishing, just sayin'.

Here's the US version of Glass Houses:

And here's the cover published in Brazil:

What do you think? I like both, but the Brazilian cover is definitely hotter. Which one do you think depicts the series better?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Eyecatcher: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

by Aimee Agresti

Harcourt Children's Books
ISBN: 9780547626147
Release Date: March 6, 2012

from the author's site:

Haven Terra’s soul is in danger, but only she can save herself. Brainy, shy high school outcast Haven can’t believe her luck when she’s recruited for a prestigious internship at a historic hotel in Chicago, under the leadership of powerful and alluring Aurelia Brown, dashing Lucian Grove and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons. But just as she becomes seduced by their glitzy and mysterious world, Haven uncovers the evil agenda at the hotel: they’re devils in the business of buying souls. And hers is the most valuable of all: she’s an angel in training and the devils aim to turn her to their side. Will they succeed in wooing her or will she battle back, summoning a strength she never knew she had? Helping her along the way: a mysterious book instructing her to believe in herself; and her budding friendship with soft-spoken classmate Lance, who has a secret of his own.

why it caught my eye:

I came across this one on Goodreads. The gorgeous dress on the cover caught my attention and I decided to check it out. Looks interesting and I look forward to checking it out. Anyone read it yet? If so, what did you think?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You Recommend Wednesday

Hey there lovely readers! What's everyone reading this week? I'm slowly making my way through my massive TBR pile, but I'm always on the lookout for something new to read.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Got another Tuesday Trailer for ya. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.

Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
Published by Putnam March 1, 2012
Hardcover, ISBN: 9780399254239

Friday, March 9, 2012

Review: Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Try Not to Breathe
by Jennifer R. Hubbard

ISBN: 9780670013906
Release Date: January 19, 2012

from the author's site:

Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bound of friendship and forgiveness.

my thoughts:

Wow. Where do I start? I sat down with this book and flew right through it. It's rare for me to find a book with such an emotional journey. Through Nicki's search for answers, we slowly learn where Ryan is coming from and what he needs to do to keep on living. It's not hard to care about Ryan and Nicki. You want them to find the answers they seek, but in the real world you don't always have answers and when you do, they aren't always the answers you want.

Try Not to Breathe is just what I've come to expect from Jennifer R. Hubbard. It's emotional, and deals with hard-hitting life issues. I strongly recommend checking this one out as well as her previous title The Secret Year.

Foreign Friday: Amber Kizer in German

For today's Foreign Friday I have the covers for Amber Kizer's Meridian and Wildcat Fireflies in German. I loved Meridian when I reviewed it way back when. You can check out my review here

For comparison purposes, here are the US covers:

And now for the German covers:

There are certainly similarities between the two. What do you think? Do you like one more than the other? Leave a comment and let me know.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Eyecatcher: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson

ISBN: 9780399256608
Release Date: September 29, 2011

from the author's site:

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

why it caught my eye:

I believe this one originally popped up as a recommendation for me on Amazon. The cover immediately caught my attention. I love the ghostly look of it. I've yet to read any of Maureen Johnson's books, though I've slowly been collecting them. It's a sad fact that English majors have little time to read for fun. Despite not having read her, I have followed Maureen Johnson online for some time now and she never ceases to amuse, so I'm really looking forward to checking out The Name of the Star.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

You Recommend Wednesday

It's that time of the week again, lovely readers. It's time for you to tell me what to read. I feel like I've been out of the loop for so long since Borders closed and I ceased being a bookseller (in practice, though I've never stopped being a bookseller in my heart). I need to know what the hot new titles are, help me out. :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Cinder book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Today is my first ever Trailer Tuesday! Today's trailer is just a short clip, let me know what you think. And if you have any suggestions or recommendations be sure to let me know. Authors and readers can email me at wantmyya at

Cinder: Lunar Chronicles Book 1 by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends January 3, 2012
Hardcover, ISBN: 9780312641894

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

by Myra McEntire

ISBN (hardcover): 9781606841440
Release Date (hardcover): June 14, 2011
Paperback edition available May 8, 2012

from the author's site:

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there; swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

my thoughts:

Love it! There was a lot of buzz about Hourglass right before it came out, and I have to say it was well deserved. Stories with time manipulation tend to hurt my brain; I have trouble suspending my disbelief. However, Myra McEntire handles the issue in a way that allows for a willful suspension of disbelief.

Emerson is a sympathetic character; I really felt for her while I was reading. When she was in pain, I wanted to cry right along with her. I can't wait for the next book, Timepiece. I want to see more of Emerson and Michael, I want to see more of the Hourglass crew, and I really hope we see more of Lily and her abilities. All I can say is that June is going to take a long time to get here.

I recommend checking out Hourglass by Myra McEntire today. It's currently only available in hardcover, but will be out in paperback in only a couple of months. If you can't wait for the paperback then swing by your local library for a copy. If they don't have it, I'm sure they can get it.

Friday, March 2, 2012


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