April 2009



HarperCollins – April 28, 2009

Reading book 1 in this trilogy, THE SUMMONING, is recommended before reading THE AWAKENING.

Chloe Saunders can see ghosts.  She can also raise the dead – mostly without meaning to.  After being sent to Lyle House because her dad thought she was unstable (see THE SUMMONING), she found out that it was just a front for the Edison Group – a corporation that studies paranormal activity.  Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Rae escape in hopes of finding Derek and Simon’s dad and putting a stop to the Edison Group’s evil plans.  Freedom doesn’t last long though.  Chloe is captured and forced to reveal the location of Simon and Derek when THE AWAKENING begins.

After regaining her freedom and being reunited with her friends, Chloe begins to learn more about her powers while staying one step ahead of the Edison Group.  Simon, Derek, and Chloe learn some very disturbing information about their genetic makeup and struggle to come up with a plan to bring down the people responsible.  In addition to the struggles she is already dealing with, Chloe is faced with a massive betrayal. 

With the help of an unexpected ally, Chloe and her friends move one step closer to taking down the Edison group.  She realizes there is no way she will ever be able to return to her old life and that she is going to have to find a way to make this new one work.  Chloe’s relationship with Derek becomes stronger, but it is still unclear what is going on with her and Simon.  It will be interesting to see if there is a romantic element in the future and how the brothers will handle it if there is.

THE RECKONING is the third and final book in the Darkest Powers  Trilogy.  Readers will be clamoring for it to find out how everything turns out for Chloe and her friends.

Visit “Chloe’s” blog for a free novella about Simon and Derek and events leading up to their arrival at Lyle House.  It is being written in serial form.  Kelley Armstrong is posting a section on the 1st and 15th of every month.  When it is complete it will be transferred to the locker section of “Chloe’s” website

The Summoning
(Darkest Powers, Book 1)

The Awakening
(Darkest Powers, Book 2)












While browsing the Borders website, I saw something curious in the sidebar.  They are providing a .pdf download of THE ALCHEMYST for free.  Click HERE to read it for yourself.


calvin-waiting-on-wednesday1Well, another week has come and gone.  Last week I was lucky enough to get my WOW pick and have already read it.  I loved INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter.  Be sure to come back soon for my review.

This week I find myself

Waiting and

Waiting and

Waiting for…


by Richelle Mead


Visit the website for a description soon.  The first chapter will be posted on the website in July.

The release date is August 25, 2009 from Penguin Razorbill.

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Sometimes after I finish a book and it is time to choose my next one, I am tempted to go back and reread one of my favorites.  I’m always torn though.  There are so many new books out there that I haven’t read so how can I justify rereading something I’ve already read.  I feel like I’m not using my time wisely.  Basically, I feel guilty.

I have a friend that rereads books all the time.  In fact, her goal this year is to reread many books and series she loves.  When I asked her how she feels about rereading her old favorites as opposed to reading something new her response was, “It is like comfort food.  Whenever I have a lot going on in my life, I know I can return to my favorites and get a little down time.”

I’ve decided to devote this post to the books that I want to reread.  I’m sure I’ll leave some out, but this will at least be a good start.  I’m hoping to reread a couple of books this year, but I think I’m going to have to force myself to do it.  I know once I start it won’t be a problem because I’ll love it, but taking that initial step is going to be hard.

Here is what I want to reread:

1. FREAK SHOW by James St. James
2. CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare
3. CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare
4. CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare
5. SHADOW KISS by Richelle Mead
6. GLASS HOUSE by Rachel Caine (and the others in the series)
7. HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
10. FAIRY TALE by Cyn Balog
11. WONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley Livingston
14. EVERNIGHT by Claudia Gray
15. STARGAZER by Claudia Gray
16. SWOON by Nina Malkin
17. SEA CHANGE by Aimee Friedman
18. WINGS by Aprilynn Pike
19. COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL by Suzanne Selfors
20. INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter
21. UNWIND by Neal Shusterman
22. UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld

See what I mean?  Right now I read about 10 – 11 books a month so my rereading list consists of 2 months of my year.  How can I justify that?  Grrrrr.

I’m interested in hearing what everyone else thinks about the issue of rereading.  Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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HarperTeen – June 1, 2009

What comes to mind when you think of unicorns? Flowing, curling, pastel manes?  A single, glittery horn?  A kind and magical creature?  Well, you’d be wrong.  Unicorns are vicious, man-eating creatures.  Their teeth are razor sharp, they are faster than a sports car, and their ability to track prey is eerie.  To make matters worse, unicorns can only be killed by female warriors that are direct descendants of Alexander the Great – and oh yeah – the female warriors must be virgins.  

Astrid has grown up with her mother’s stories of evil unicorns and how her ancestors were some of the fiercest unicorn hunters in history.  When Astrid’s friends enjoyed the fairy tale versions of these creatures, she was always a little creeped out by them.  Astrid also had to come to terms with the fact that her mother might be crazy since all she talked about and researched was man-eating unicorns.

Astrid loses control of her life after witnessing a unicorn attack.  It, coupled with reports of  mysterious “wild animal” attacks around the world, leads Astrid’s mother to believe that this is proof of the beginning of a reemergence of the unicorns.  Astrid is immediately shipped off to Rome to begin training to be a warrior – against her will.

Astrid experiences a lot during her time in Rome.  She learns about her family’s history and their role in unicorn hunting.  She experiences some of the local culture and meets a handsome young man.   Most importantly, she comes face-to-face with unicorns and is forced to see if she has what it takes to be a warrior.

RAMPANT is a unique story.  Never before have I read or even heard of killer unicorns.  Astrid is a strong, female character and extremely likable and her strong relationship with her cousin, Phil, adds a lot to the story.  Rome’s romantic atmosphere provides an interesting backdrop for bloody unicorn battles and adds to the mysterious feeling of the book.  Romance is scattered throughout the tale, but it doesn’t dominate or take away from the action.  The way the story ends, it seems possible that Astrid’s story could continue, but the ending is satisfying enough as it is that it definitely works as a stand-alone.



full-mailboxThe “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Alea’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

I had an excellent week.  Here is my haul:

ROAWR! by Barbara Joosse












TROLL’S EYE VIEW: A BOOK OF VILLAINOUS TALES edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

TMI by Sarah Quigley


MONSTER PROOF by Richard Lewis (ARC)













INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter (ARC)













MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent (ARC)













The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams












So, color me happy.  What about everyone else?

say it again saturday“Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me want to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

This week I’m going back to a book I read last October.  HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY is a wonderful combination of fantasy, humor, and romance. 


Here are some of my favorite passages:

My spoffs looked funny in the top, which is odd because my spoffs are tiny.  I pulled the top up and tried to push them back where they belonged.  Didn’t work.  Somehow the top was pushing my right spoff under my armpit and my left toward my neck. (p. 1)

I snuck another pee, at the irksome twosome.  He was smiling at her in a soft, wet, gooshy way and she was staring down shy and overwhelmed.  It seemed unlikely they were merely hiding the pain of a breakup.  If only Basu would five them multiple demerits. (p.67)

Microseconds later my alarm went off: six a.m.  I pried my eyes open with my fingers; they were glued shut with sleep.  If the gunk in the corner of my eyes was bad fairy aura, then I was in for a vastly horrendous day.  I rolled out of bed and into the shower before I realized I hadn’t taken my pajamas off.  I’d worked off three demerits last night at public service.  It was not enough. (p.82)

Does anyone else have any great lines this week?  If so, share them with us.

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