Monday, December 31, 2012

End of Year Wrap-Up

Goodbye, 2012!

Well guys,  we have officially reached the end of yet another year. **Sigh** It seems the older I get the more quickly the years fly by. In 2013, I'll be turning 25! Yes, 25!! Words cannot express how not looking forward to that I am!

However, I am very much looking forward to another year of blogging! This is my first official new year in blogging and I am so excited. I have lots of ideas to make my blog more fun and entertaining and I can't wait to get started! However, that is all for tomorrow's post. Today's post is all about this past year!

Favorite Books from 2012

*The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
*The Selection by Kiera Cass
*Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
*Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
*Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
*Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski
*Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
*Florence by Ciye Cho
*Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
*If I Die by Rachel Vincent

These are just the highlights! Of course, there were many other books that I enjoyed but I had to stop at some point!

Favorite Experiences from 2012

I had a lot of amazing experiences in 2012. I got to go to my first book convention which was AWESOME! I met some wonderful authors that were so kind and happy to speak to me and sign my books. I will admit I was a little nervous! I mean how could I not? 

In 2012, I met Kiera  Cass, Richelle Mead (for the second time), Melissa Marr, Heather Brewer, Rick Riordan, Rachel Vincent, Rachel Caine, Stephanie Perkins, Anna Banks, Aprilynne Pike, Chloe Neill, and a whole bunch more!

Here's a few pictures from different events from 2012! 

What I Learned from 2012 

**Blogging is time consuming! Seriously! I never seem to be able to get ahead! 

**I need to be more social in the blogging community! I feel like I don't interact with everyone enough!

**Don't accept too many review requests! I definitely was able to read some good books from review requests but I also didn't get to read some books I had been really excited about. Also, whenever I got behind it really stressed me out! I think I bit off more than I could chew a couple of times!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013 Reading Challenges

Hey Everyone! 

Just wanted to let you all know what challenges I'm going to be participating in this year so you can join if you want! You can click the icons to go to the sign up pages for each.

My TBR pile has gotten completely and insanely OUT OF CONTROL! Yes, I am one of those people that purchase books at such a rate it is completely impossible to read them all! That is why I thought the 2013 TBR Reading Challenge would be a great idea.

Since there is a rule that you can move up but not down I thought I would start my goal somewhat low and then move up if need be. So I'm starting off at the "Friendly Handshake" level which means I will read between 11-20 books off of my TBR pile.

As I said earlier, my TBR is out of control so here's just a starting point for books I'm hoping to get caught up on.

Stealing Parker
The Lost Prince
Sisters Red
The Lost Saint
The Savage Grace
Something Strange and Deadly Comes
The Glass Throne
Bitter Blood

Okay, I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot but that's what I came up with off the top of my head. I'm pretty confident I can at least get to 11. I guess we'll see!  :)

Last year, I got into audiobooks. I listened to two and absolutely loved them. They were Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Cinder. I highly recommend both if you are looking for audiobooks. 

This year, I'm going to try to listen to more because I'm on the road a lot with my job and I figure audiobooks are a great way to get some more reading done at times when I can't actually be reading. 

So with this challenge I am aiming for the "Tickle me Audio" level. This means that I am going to try to listen to between 10-15 audiobooks. 

Right now, I have 3 audiobooks wanting to be listened to and I'll add more as the year goes on. Here's the start of my list.

Poison Princess

Also, I will be doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge again this year. Last year, I set a goal for 100 and only made it to 79 so I think I'll lower my goal a little this year but I'm still undecided on what my goal will be.

So what Reading Challenges are you participating in? Maybe I'll join a another challenge!  :)


Review: Taking Chances

Title: Taking Chances
Author: Molly McAdams
Pages: 331
Release Date: September 1, 2012

Goodreads Description:

Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit; she's on her way to college at San Diego State University. 

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy. 

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Due to sexual situations and language, this is Mature YA/New Adult. Recommended for ages 17+.

My Thoughts:

Taking Chances.... There is not much you can not say about this book! Mind Blowing! Epic! Love Story! And just enough bad boy for any girl to swoon over! I have a hard time with books that tend to combine too many of those things in one, however, this book was put together fantastic. I just finished this up this morning and I still swooning over it. 

Let me start by saying that Harper, the female lead, was not my favorite. However, I did enjoy her and loved following this twisty slope she was on. Brandon is the one who took my heart. He is so warm, so kind and the right amount of good and bad to make you want him to jump off the page. His story may only be a small piece of Harper's but you know he is going to fall into a bigger picture or at least you hope he does.  

Harper makes you want to scream. I wanted to shake her on so many occasions. Her story unfolds and she drags in everyone else with her. I came to love Chase even though he irratated me more than I liked him. He pushes his way in time and time again. I had the right amount of love for him that I was crushed about half way in. I struggled liking Bree, Harper's roommate. However, as time goes on she feels more like a sister. 
I think this book was very well written. I had my doubts with it for a little bit with how fast it was moving. I thought the author was just going to leave me hanging. But she wrapped this story up and put a bow on it. She left nothing out there to even make you think there was going to be more. That made me love this book more. So many times authors leave a book hanging so that you want to read another book. Which is fine, however, I felt this book moved so fast as it was I couldnt see another book being written. 

Every page turned brought out another detail of the story. This book is what I needed. I wanted to have a book that would just end I didnt have to hope for more. I fell in love with this book and the story in it. I went through so many emotions from laughing to crying to screaming at my kindle, "Why!"

I have to fully tell you this is one story that I love more then any of the others I have read. I promise you will want to read this over and over. I found myself telling everyone I know about this book! 

So read it really! 

5 outta 5...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Guest Post: Faith McKay

Hey Everyone!

Today I am happy to hand over the blog to Faith McKay, author of Prophecy Girl! Faith is going to tell us a little about how a book gets a cover! And be sure to keep reading because you'll also get a look at the cover for her book (which is beautiful in my opinion) and there is also a giveaway for an ebook of Prophecy Girl!

Guest Post:

A Journey to a Book Cover

I was really worried about getting a cover for my novel, Prophecy Girl. I know there is that old adage about how you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and I'm sure you'd believe a writer wouldn't do such a thing—but I definitely do. I scan books at the store, or on the internet, and I'm drawn to the ones with the covers I like. I do not read book descriptions. I find them to be absolutely full of spoilers! Even with a carefully written description, by someone who didn't want to spoil the novel, the description covers the first thirty percent of a book. In the worst case scenario, they told you the very end! I've seen this happen a couple of times.

So, I judge books by their covers. I go with authors I've already read, or who were recommended to me. I learn the genre most of the time, and I'll go ahead and check the rating on goodreads fairly often. This baffles a lot of people, of course, but they're also expecting that I'll stick with a book if I don't like it. My kindle list is full of samples of books—I crack open those digital files and I start reading. If I'm bored, I move on.

But what makes me download a sample in the first place, is the cover.

So knowing that about me, you can imagine how horrified I was at the idea of having a cover for my novel. What was I going to tell an artist that I wanted to see? What did they need to know about my book to know what to do? What if everything they came back with was just wrong, and I didn't even know what to tell them as an explanation? I had a long list of worries.

When I finally emailed my cover artist, I wrote her this long rambling email. I told her that if there was going to be a model on the cover, she needed to have red hair—and it had to have some volume. I described Lacuna Valley, the setting of Prophecy Girl. I told her I wanted something pretty with the title font. I told her that Prophecy Girl isn't a werewolf book, and I didn't want to be misleading by giving that impression, but it would be cool if somewhere small there was a footprint hidden in the snow or something. I told her all of these things and more, and then I waited nervously in front of my inbox.

When she sent the cover back to me, I was a little taken aback. It was such a strange experience to see the main character of my novel staring back at me.

I've gotten a lot of compliments on the cover since then, so I think it all turned out well in the end. I think if I saw my book on a shelf, I'd pick it up and read the first few pages. I like covers with interesting people, pretty fonts, and colors that catch my eye (Incarnate by Jodi Meadows is a great example of eye catching colors).

What do you look for in a cover?

Prophecy Girl:

Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?

Author Bio:

Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties.

Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don't like her because she laughs too much. It's also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She's a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband and their pet bunny rabbit, Dorian Gray.


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

This, That or Thought Thursday (9)

Why hello there,

Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question: Do you believe ebooks are the beginning of the end of traditional bookstores?

My Answer: OHMYGOSHIHOPENOT! If bookstores cease to exist tomorrow, I'm not sure my life would go on! Okay, so yeah I'm being a little dramatic but COME ON! A world without bookstores how sad would that be! 

I'll be the first to admit that I do buy most of my books online. However, the closest bookstore to my house is an hour away and the closest Indie bookstore is about an hour and a half. So yeah, I don't have a lot options. However, I do visit bookstores as often as I can and I love going my indie bookstore, Page and Palette. They have had some amazing signings (Richelle Mead, Heather Brewer, Erin Morgenstern, and Rick Riordan) and I always enjoy stopping by. 

So my official answer to the question no I don't think ebooks are the end of traditional bookstores, just like online retail wasn't the end of retails store. Like everything in life, bookstores just have to change, adapt, and keep moving forward. 

What do you think? 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Review: Reaping me Softly

 Kate Evangelista 
Pages: 220 
Publisher: Omnific 
Format: E-ARC
Release Date: October 30, 2012 

Goodreads Description:

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

My Thoughts:

Ever had a book that you were immediately drawn to because of the beautiful cover then you read it only to realize that the cover is the best thing about the book? Yeah, I’ve been burned by beautiful covers on more than one occasion! Fortunately, that was not the case with REAPING ME SOFTLY!
REAPING ME SOFTLY is a fast paced book that you will easily be able to read in a couple of days. The book is relatively short at 220 pages but Kate Evangelista does an excellent job of making each page count. The story is interesting and entertaining with enough twists to keep readers happy.
REAPING ME SOFTLY is told in alternating perspectives. It was great to be able to see the story from multiple characters’ points of view. I especially loved Death’s perspectives! I thought that was an interesting idea.
I loved the main characters Arianne, Ben and Niko. Arianne is a strong female character that faced some very difficult situations and handled them well. I loved that Arianne finally stood up to Darla, the school bully. Also, I was completely shocked with the twist about why Darla hated Arianne so much. Niko and Ben were both interesting male characters. Ben was just an all around good guy that had Arianne’s back no matter what. Niko had the whole mysterious thing going for him.
I really thought there was going to be a love triangle but I was pleasantly surprised to find there wasn’t. I do typically love, love triangles but I liked that this wasn’t the case between Arianne, Ben, and Niko. Of course, this could change in coming books!
REAPING ME SOFTLY is a great start to the trilogy and the ending has me eager to read book two. If you loved the Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent, REAPING ME SOFTLY is sure to become an instant favorite!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Mini Review: Under the Mistletoe

Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor, #6.5)

Under the Mistletoe
Lucky Harbor 6.5
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central
Pages: 55

Goodreads Description:


There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.

Nick grew up without a family of his own so he's overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he's ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia's love for a lifetime.

My Thoughts:

For a short novel, it was amazing. I loved Nick and Mia. They were both amazing together. Its love! Its under the Mistletoe!  I was, however, left waiting for more. 

For those who love lifetime movies, I have to tell you this is like reading one. Mia is not sure about her actions and doesn't know if she should make the move, so instead she runs away.  Nick, who well comes off, a little dominant or like he is trying to be dominate in the relationship has no brain. Still, I fell for Nick and wanted him to go to Mia. 

I hope to read some more of the short spin offs. I think that Jill did a good job in wanting you to want more, however, I think all the stories should be put in one book and make it a whole book not a novella.  Overall, if you're looking for a short read for the holiday, or something that you can just read while waiting for dinner or just to kick back after shopping this is a good book for you.

I have to give this baby a 4 out of 5.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Review: The Farm & Giveaway

The Farm
Author: Emily McKay
Pages: 420
Source: Publisher for review
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Release Date: December 4, 2012

Goodreads Description:

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

My Thoughts:

The Farm is one of those books that has the ability to instantly grab your attention. Even better, The Farm is one of those that also keeps your attention throughout the entire book.

I instantly fell in love with Lily. I loved how Lily fought to protect Mel. Lily is one of those fierce heroines that is willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. While treading the fine line between right and wrong, Lily desperately struggles to devise a plan to get her and Mel off of the farm before their eighteenth birthday. Lily’s story is one of perseverance and discovery. Lily knows that she wants to be on the good guy’s side but soon realizes that if push came to shove, she would do just about anything to get her and Mel safely off the farm.

As much as I loved Lily, I must admit Mel was the character that really intrigued me. Her chapters were brief but were filled with interesting insight. Though on the surface her chapters may seem like rambling nonsense if you look closely you will find that Mel knows a lot more than people give her credit for. She understands what Lily is trying to do and can see the holes in her plan. Unfortunately, Mel lacks the ability to tell Lily in a way she would understand.

Carter’s chapters were great at letting you see the bigger picture. You know from the get go that Carter didn’t just happen upon Lily and Mel. It’s obvious that he’s a man on a mission and that he is working for the greater good. Carter did confuse me at times. I struggled with figuring out whether or not he really cared about Lily. And honestly, after the end of the book I’m still not sure.

The plot is interesting and fast paced. There are vampires and zombies! Yay zombies! Unless, of course, you are one of those poor souls trying to not get your life sucked away by one! And there is also the whole mission of trying to save the world from the zombie apocalypse.

The only compliant I have about The Farm is the weird dialect created by the people there. A lot of books have does this (The Maze Runner, The Forsaken, ect) and each time it bothers me.  This time it did bother me less but still I could have done without the Greens, Collabs, and Breeders. Some new words is cool with me, but I just think some authors take it slightly overboard.

One part of the ending I guessed while the other left me shocked. I am very interested in seeing what happens next and can’t wait to read The Liar! The Farm is a book that vampire lovers in general and fans of The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa in particular will instantly be devouring!

The Giveaway

A special thanks to the publisher for donating the copy for giveaway!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Guest Post: Digital Publishing: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?

Hey Y'all!

So you know how this month is all about ebooks when it comes to This, That or Thought Thursdays? Well, today I am lucky enough to have Tony Viardo, the CEO of the publisher, Astor + Blue Editions do a guest post discussing his view on ebooks and how they have (and haven't) changed the publishing world!

It really is an interesting post and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Guest Post

Digital Publishing: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?

So how many articles have we read about E-books and Digital Publishing this year? For anyone who generally follows the book world (rabid booklover, book-blogger, industry pro or casual reader), we’re literally inundated with the amazing numbers—“E-book sales up 125% (again) over the 175% they were up from last year’s 225% increase!”—and equally amazing technological announcements—“Next Fall, the new ZimWittyZoomDitty tablet not only updates your Facebook and Goodreads friends whenever you snort in disgust … it cooks dinner for you at the same time!”

This leads many to take at least casual stock of what’s going on/going to happen to the “Publishing World” as we know it.  And if your friends are like my friends (hardcore print book consumers), that stock is usually pretty morbid (sharp Greenwich Village angst not included): “Print books are doomed, so are brick-and-mortar stores.  Goodbye literary quality. Oh and some pajama-wearing techie living in a basement with a laptop is going to be the new Sulzburger; we’ll all have to bow down!”

If you (or that good friend of yours) fall into the mortified category, my take (for what it’s worth) may come as positive news:  E-books are not, and will not be, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas; in this case, the “Print World’s” bacon. Now, as the owner of a “Digital First” publishing house (Astor + Blue Editions) my opinions may easily be written off as self-serving and invalid.  But bear with me for a minute… these are fact-based observations and I might just make sense (Someone tell my mom and dad).

As someone who earns a living from publishing, I have to follow numbers and industry trends as closely as possible.  And while some see doom and gloom for Print, I see exciting developments for both Print and E-book formats.  What do the numbers show?  Digital book revenue is skyrocketing, print revenue is declining.  Natural conclusion?  E-books are killing print books. But not so fast.  Historically, Print revenue has always seemed to be declining (even before E-books were invented), but that doesn’t mean the book market is dying or shrinking.

We have to remember that in fact the book market is growing. Readership always grows because population always grows.  Every year, new readers enter the vast pool of the club that is “adult readership,” (despite Dancing with the Stars). And every year more readers are being born and theoretically being inspired by Ms. Crabtree’s elementary reading class.  **So why the decline?  Readership grows gradually, but the sheer number of books and book vendors grow exponentially, showing an investment loss almost every year. (Basic statistics: the widening universe makes it look like a shrinking pie when it isn’t).

So what does this mean?  If you look at the numbers (historically), revenue for print books may have declined, yes, but not more than “normal,” and not significantly more than it did when there were no E-books around. (This is arguable of course, but the long term numbers do not show a precipitous drop-off). The yearly revenue decline, if there is one, can just as easily be written off to economic conditions as to E-book competition.  Bottom line:  Any drop in print revenue that may be caused by E-books are not significantly sharp enough to declare that E-books are destroying print book sales.  (Hence no Grinch).

What may be happening, and what I believe is happening is that a whole new market for E-books is developing, while the print book market growth, like Publishing as a whole, is still growing at a historically gradual pace. (Boringly flat).  Come up with your pet anecdote here, but I believe that more new readers are entering the market (who otherwise wouldn’t have) because of E-readers; existing readers are consuming more books (both print and e-book) than they did before; and while it would seem that a certain print title is losing a sale whenever readers buy it in E-book format, this is offset, at least somewhat, by the fact that more print titles are being bought (that otherwise wouldn’t) because of the extra marketing buzz and added awareness produced by the E-book’s cyber presence.  All of it evens out in the end, and I believe, ultimately fosters growth industry-wide.

So take heart Print fans, E-books are not the dark villain you think they are.  And here, I should correct my earlier analogy—that E-books are not the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  They may actually be the Grinch…in as much as, at the end of the story, the pear-shaped green guy ended up not only giving all the presents back to the singing Who-villers, he created a flash mob and started a big party as well.

*** Also, Astor +Blue Editions has put its entire first season’s list of e-book titles on a holiday promotional sale for $0.99 or $1.99. Click here to view Astor + Blue Editions catalogue!  The sale will continue through January 7, 2013.

Special thanks to Tony and Astor + Blue Editions for stopping by today! It's so interesting to see a publisher's perspective. I hope everyone checks out their catalogue (linked above) and will take advantage of these GREAT prices!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

This, That or Thought Thursday (8)

Hey you,

Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question:  If there was an option to buy a print copy of a book with a download of the ebook (kind of like the DVD/Digital combo pack) for a couple dollars more would you buy it?

My Answer:  YES! A MILLION TIMES YES!! This is something I would absolutely freaking LOVE if publishers would do! How amazing would it be to be able to read the book on my kindle but also have a pretty hardcover copy on my shelf without having to pay the full price twice. 

Honestly, I think it's a great idea. The movie industry does it and technically the music industry does too (you can buy the CD then download it to itunes or vice versa) so why can't the publishing industry? Seriously, if there are reasons why they aren't I would love to hear them because I honestly don't know.

I just don't see the reason for having to essentially buy the same exact product twice. Now, to be clear, I AM NOT SAYING THAT YOU SHOULD DOWNLOAD ANYTHING ILLEGALLY. I am very much against pirating. All I'm saying is that it should be a way to do it LEGALLY. And yes, I would be willing to pay a little more for the combo pack.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (22)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Of Triton
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013

Goodreads Description:

In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

Why I'm Waiting: To put it simply Of Poseidon was AMAZING! I can't wait to see what Anna Banks has in store for Emma and Galen! 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

WinterHaven Sleigh Tour: Magic of Christmas plus Giveaway

Today Wholly Books is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted byWinterHaven Books. This week, we are posting our favorite Children's, Winter or Christmas story. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.

Honestly, I don't remember reading a lot of Christmas books when I was younger. I know I watched a lot of Christmas movies but the only book that really sticks out to me is The Night Before Christmas. I think I almost know the entire book by heart! It is after all, a classic! 

Who's that peeking out of the sleigh?

As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky onto the roof of a Victorian house in a snowy New England village, the famous Christmas poem begins. The father of the family narrates the words just as Clement Moore wrote them, and artist Jan Brett captures the spirit in brilliant illustrations that reflect this memorable night. Visually she extends this favorite Christmas story for children, who will delight in watching the two mischievous stowaways from the North Pole enthusiastically exploring the sacks of gifts on the roof while St. Nick, unaware, journeys down the chimney... until the toys spill down onto the lawn and he turns with a jerk!

Antique toys and exquisite ornaments frame the borders in which sometimes the father, St. Nick, or the family cat and dog look on, as the story unfolds.

A unique and beautiful edition to be cherished for years to come by all the family, especially the youngest, who find the night before Christmas perhaps the most exciting night of the year.


As part of The Magic of Christmas, WinterHaven Books is hosting a give-away that will include a Children's or YA book bundle to be shipped to an elementary school or library of the winner's choosing. The winner will be offered a few options and they can choose what bundle and location to ship to within the United States.  Good luck and happy holidays!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Words for Hope Going on NOW!

Hello there my lovely followers,

As I'm sure all of you know last week a tragedy of the most tragic kind rocked the country. While there is nothing that can replace the loss these families have had, a group of people from the publishing world have come together to show their love and support to the people of Sandy Hook Elementary and the surrounding community. An auction has been organized for signed books, ARCs, critiques, swag, and more. Each auction will run for 24 hours. All proceeds will go directly to Sandy Hook where a fund has been set up for the victim's families. There are several auctions that are already open so if you would like to take a look (and possibly bid) I'm sure they would appreciate it!

You can find the post HERE or you can click the Words for Hope button above!

Guest Post & Giveaway: E. B. Black

Hi Everyone!

I am super thrilled to have E. B. Black, author of Medusa's Desire, do a guest post on the blog. Today, E. B. is going to be discussing what she thinks draws adults to read YA novels. Trust me, it's an interesting post!

Also, be sure to check out the giveaway at the end to win an ebook of Medusa's Desire generously donated by the author!

Guest Post

The first place I go to whenever I browse a Barnes & Noble book store is the young adult section. I'm twenty-six years old. My teenage years passed awhile ago, so what draws adults like me to read young adult books?
It's always interesting to me that in the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins, the teenagers were targeted by the Capital. Some people might find this hard to believe. Wouldn't they want to target the adults and leave orphans in order to destroy the people's morale? It sounds like an effective strategy.
Until you realize what teenagers represent to the world. As a teenager, you have your whole future ahead of you. You will be entering adulthood soon. Opportunities are knocking at your door and you haven't yet discovered yourself fully.
It's an exciting time in life that can be almost a foreign concept to adults. Many of us get stuck in our ways. We reach a certain age and think it's too late to change our life. We retreat into ourselves and sometimes lead lonely existences. Because many of us become cynical and know longer no how to reach out to the world and view it in the same innocent way we used to.
To destroy something beautiful like the potential a teenager has is a tragedy. It's why the Hunger Games were so effective.
It's also why Katniss was able to start a revolution when so many of the adults had lost hope. They had lived through decades of Hunger Games; their morale beaten down. They had learned how to obey. But she was newer to it all and they hadn't gotten a chance yet to destroy her spirit.
It's that spirit we crave as adults. The promise of new things and to go back to a time when we felt more hope for the future. When we were still experiencing love for the first time and daydreaming about what we would become. Instead of feeling disappointed in some of our choices or giving up our dreams and settling for a job or a situation that we don't like.
I think it's actually important that adults read young adult books every once in awhile, so we remember there's still chances for hope and happiness in the future, as long as we are able to draw breath.

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Medusa's Desire

Goodreads Description:

It all started the day her god raped her.

She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone.

Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance.


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