Thank you for visiting Jagged Edge Reviews. We have a lot of exciting reviews, guest posts, cover reveals and book blitz coming up! I apologize we are going through a bit of a change as we have been away for a short time but we are getting back into the swing of things! Just getting a bit organized again, please be patient.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Apocalypse Gene: Guest Post


WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT DEATH?
Unless you’re Bill Compton, Edward Cullen, or one of the new vamps to rise from a coffin onto the pages and screens of a zillion fans, there is only one thing in life that is absolutely unavoidable. DEATH. 

I don’t care how good a communicator you are – a champion freestyle rapper, world famous slam poet, master negotiator, multilingual Pulitzer-winning author with seventeen simultaneous best-selling novels, a memoir, and a blockbuster screenplay, you will never talk your way out of Death. That scares the flaming crap out of most of us. Laughing at it makes it seem a tad less horrifying. After all, what choice do we have? A hundred years from now, virtually every person sharing oxygen with you today will be dead, and it won’t stop there. Plants, animals, microbes, viruses, even cockroaches die. Planets, suns, galaxies, universes – all of CREATION – will die. We might as well face that with a smile and say, “Hey, Reaper-man, how ya doin’, what’s the haps? It was fun while it lasted.” 

In The Apocalypse Gene, the subject matter couldn’t be more dismal. The population is dying off, utterly without hope. Olivya’s neighborhood, once full of life, is now called Hospice Row where homes have been converted to warehouses for the dying. The only businesses still thriving are those that offer euthanasia services. But our intention for writing this story was to entertain, not send our readers plummeting off twentieth-floor ledges. It might be hard to imagine anything in that scenario being laugh-out-loud funny. Yet that’s what many reviewers have said.

As Kirkus said in their review, “ . . . the irreverent dialogue puts a lighthearted young-adult spin on the apocalyptic happenings; lines such as “It seemed perfectly natural to have a god-dude just chillin’ in her room,” and “That psychotic gash of a smile wasn’t just out of character, it was absolute creepsville” inject wit and levity into the somber storyline.
Exactly, Kirk! We injected “wit and levity”, which made it not only ridiculously fun to write but funny too. The snappy dialogue provides relief from such dire circumstances, a break from tragedy. 

Kirkus also said, This action-packed, breakneck-paced novel featuring a duo of lovestruck teenaged protagonists is a wildly imaginative young-adult apocalyptic thriller . . .

We did our best to build tension into every scene, but if we didn’t have comic relief, we might have been compelled ourselves to run into traffic to meet the grill of a fast-moving semi.

You’ve never read anything like this before, but don’t worry. When you read The Apocalypse Gene, you’ll see DEATH, but you’ll also be laughing. Read more about it at www.theapocalypsegene.com

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: December Moon


Title: December Moon
Author: Suzy Turner
Publisher: Suzy Turner
Release Date: 8.27.11

SUMMARY:
On her 15th birthday, December Moon discovers she is the descendant of a family of witches, kept in the dark her entire life in an effort to protect her. But when Lilly, her best friend, finds herself in danger from one of the world's most evil vampires, December will do everything in her power to stop him. 

REVIEW:
December Moon is Lilly tuluqaq's best friend, and even though Lilly now lives in Canada they always manage to keep in touch. But even bestfriends sometimes have to keep secrets from each other (or so they think). Even when both want the other to know, their families have made it clear that some secrets are better left untold. You see, on December's 15th birthday, really strange things start happening around her and without getting into far to much detail, she finds out that she's a decendant of a family of witches. (Like I said, Lilly also has her secret but you'll have to read the books  to find out what it is. :D) 

There's a rogue vampire on the loose and is turning SOME people while savagely killing others. After a series of murders start taking place, and people start disappearing in Canada, both families will come together to try and find the person or people responsible. But what happens when a handsome stranger comes into town?? What will happen when it seems the stranger is drawn to Lilly?? What about, what will happen when an old love is threatened??  Will Lilly finally find out what happened to her father after he disappeared?? All of these questions will be answered in December Moon.   There's even an unexpected return of a lost family member, but I can honestly say that its someone who I found to be a nice surprise.

December Moon is the second book in The Raven Saga and Suzy Turner did an excellent job with the sequel. I'm looking forward to book 3 in the series and other then many grammatical errors the book itself was hard to put down. 

4 out of 5 hearts is my take on the book, but maybe you'll give it more. :) Happy reading!! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nephilim

Author : Mary Ann Loesch
Series : Hell’s Leak
Publisher : Lyrical Press Inc.
Publication Date : July 12, 2011
How Received : For Review
Rate : 4.5

Summary : (as quoted from Mary Ann Loesch’s website)
Don't let him brand your soul...

Tattoo artist Nathan Ink—an angel secretly living on earth—forces his clients to face their flaws by tattooing images of their sins on their bodies. In the urban fantasy, Nephilim, this little glimpse into the soul often results in his client’s death. Though Nathan shuns the other angels, when he is asked to keep an eye on Faye, an attractive nightclub singer being stalked by a malevolent being, he reluctantly agrees.

Faye is a nephilim (half angel/half human) and unaware of her stalker. She believes the other angels have asked her to investigate Nathan because of the high mortality rate of his clients. Despite her distaste for his methods, Faye discovers that Nathan is not a rogue and is forced to question her mission. Unwittingly she learns her stalker’s secret: he’s also a nephilim whose twisted plot is to exterminate the angels and breed a new race of beings with Faye. Knowing this, she realizes that teaming up with Nathan and using his unique artistic abilities may be the only way to stop this nephilim’s hellish plans.

My thoughts :
Nephilim was a very fun read. I really liked the two main characters, Faye and Nathan. Faye is a strong willed woman, a beautiful lady with a unique sense of sarcasm, a lot of nerve, and a lot of heart - oh, and she happens to be half angel, too. Nathan is the superior bad boy who, when you get to know him, is actually pretty sweet. He’s also a full blood angel, and a tattoo artist who specializes in tattoos of the Seven Deadly Sins. The story starts when Faye is asked to investigate Nathan, as all of his clients seem to enter misfortune after receiving a tattoo by him. The thing is, Nathan doesn’t seem all that bad, and even worse, she might actually be falling for him. And while Faye is keeping an eye on Nathan, Nathan is keeping an eye on her. I really wasn’t expecting all of the twists and turns in the plot, and, oh my, I was definitely not expecting that ending. Nephilim is a very fun, slow-paced, enjoyable read, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an intriguing new angel story.
4.5/5
~Moujnir

Friday, October 28, 2011

THE LAST BLIND DATE

Author: Linda Yellin
Series: ---
Publisher: Galley Books
Publication Date: 
October 4, 2011
How Received: For Review
Rate: 5



Summary: A fun, charming memoir about a woman who falls in love, packs her bags, and starts over in the city that eats its young.


Review: This book is cute. It actually inspired me in ways I didn't think it could, in a creative way. It helped me figure out what I was going to write for NaNo WriMo. This book is funny, and sad and it has a bit of self-advertising in it. In ways my life was much like the one I was reading about (Linda's). Except we were 30 minutes away and we are much much younger. :] But this is a must read for those who are in love and for those who have forgotten what real true love is.  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Captivate


Title: Capitvate
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 12.14.10

SUMMARY: 
He smiles. It's a wicked smile. Kind but not kind. Handsome but dangerous. Feral almost. I can see why Nick nearly killed him. Nick... I ask again, "Why were you in the road?" "I was waiting for you."
Zara and her friends thought they'd solved the pixie problem. And they did - sort of. The pixies are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king's needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it's enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn't have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him... until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she's got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they're practically inseperable. But when the very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what's at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined...

REVIEW:
This is a perect example where the second book in a series surpasses the first. The series starts off by preparing you to meet pixies and that you need to stay away from them because of their manipulation and bloodlust. But Captivate cleverly clouds all of that when you meet Astley, a new pixie who claims that not all pixies are violent and uncontrollable as those Zara has previously faced.

There are also new threats as well as tragic consequences. And while the plot takes some dark turns, Carrie Jones give the emotional journey a huge pay-off by the time you finish the book.

In Captivate, Zara deals with the consequences of her choices, and come to terms with the fact that ideals are never as black and white as we'd like them to be in the harsh light of reality. Her actions, (and reaction) to newcomer Astley create a crisis that challenges the attitudes of her friends towards pixies.

With everthing you learn about pixies, I found the action more intense, the stakes are MUCH higher and the conflicts are way more interesting and complicated. By the way Captivate ends, you know there’s way more to come. 

5 out of 5 stars for me!
-Sarita

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Heavenly


Title: Heavenly
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Pulisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Release Date: 8.15.09

SUMMARY:
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever. 

REVIEW:
Its not easy being in a family where you feel like your invisible. Especially when you feel like your parents ignore you, your little sister is autistic and your brother is into drugs. This, is life for Zoe. Even though she loves her parents and her siblings, she feels like she needs to get away from her disfunctional family. Her way of excaping is by partying and getting drunk with her best friend Britney. But on the way to church with her family, her little sister Abria runs off and disappears. This can be really dangerous since Abria can't talk and LOVES hiding. Luckily a very attractive, good looking guy brings her back to her family and after everyone thanks him, he just... disappears. 

Zoe starts seeing Mathias (the very attractive, good looking guy) more often and even then he just kind of pops in and out. She's also noticed that he usually appears when Abria is in any kind of a dangerous situacion and needs to be protected. By seeing Mathias with some much frequency, she starts to find him more attractive, she likes seeing him and even though she has no idea who he is or what he does, she has her suspicions. But once she finds out his secret, how will she take it? And even though she's found out he likes her too, how will they be able to stay together?

Heavenly is a really lovely book about the trails any teenager could go through in their personal life. Every home has its problems and Jennifer Laurens description of those personal situations are done in a manner that everyone could relate to. The combination of dealing with your personal demons and family issues, mixed with a beautiful love story gives you Heavenly. Its a beautifully put together story that you wont be able to put down, I would take this book with me everywhere (literally). Anytime I'd go anywhere and didn't have to drive, I'd make sure that I had the book with me so that I could continue reading.

I haven't been able to read book 2 in the series, but Heavenly finishes with a nice cliffhanger that makes you want to run out and buy book 2 as soon as you have the chance. 

I give Heavenly 5 out of 5 Stars.

-Sarita

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October Giveaway

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Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?
Thanks for having me! This question always makes me wonder what reader’s really want to know. The surface stuff is that I’m happily married, have two grown step-children I adore, live in the Pacific Northwest, do technology stuff by day and build fictional worlds by night.

If you want to go a level down, I’d describe myself as an uneasy combination of computer geek girl and creative world dancer--someone who is still struggling with the perfect way to balance both sides of my personality. My geek girl side gets caught up in logic, and revels in clear yes/no options with easy judgments. My creative side loves the challenge of opening up possibilities and inviting people into worlds of expression that are limitless—world’s that find new options I couldn’t have imagined as geek girl. I’m fortunate in that I’m at a place in life where I’ve found a way to explore both sides from opposite ends of the spectrum. My day job tends to begin with logical yes/no needs but I challenge leaders to step outside of the box and open up to resources that may not only meet their needs but their vision. My writing life tends to begin with unwieldy, grand universal ideas that I need to somehow encapsulate in the actions of characters that just want to make their world a little better.

What inspired you to write?
At a young age, I learned that writing gave me a voice that could not be drowned out by those who talk more, or longer, or louder. That was a power I could wield without guilt or feeling like I was “stepping on” someone else’s need to be expressive. I’ve always been an introvert in terms of keeping my own counsel and not pushing my way of thinking on others. However, writing allows me to express my way of thinking in a way that invites others to explore if they wish.

My first taste of that powerful voice occurred in the fourth grade. All fourth graders, across the nation, were asked to write something patriotic for Memorial Day. Having experienced the death of a younger brother that year, the death of the nation’s president (JFK), and the death of a young cousin, I think the essay assignment spoke to me deeply. At ten years old I already had some deeper understanding of grief and how to move on from that, how to remember those who had died but not be stuck in the past. That essay placed second in a national competition and I was asked to read it at a public assembly where not only students, but my family was present.

I never stopped writing after that assembly. Though to date I also haven’t again received such acclaim. Though my topics and books have crossed fiction and non-fiction boundaries, one thing has remained constant. I always write to learn, to better understand, to help others to do something, to share something I believe in – whether that be something as benign as how to use a piece of software or something as large as love will triumph in the end.

What authors influenced you as a writer?
There are so many, and it changes depending on my own journey through life. So, rather than coming up with THE one or two influences, let me speak more generally to my cross-genre fiction influences. I love the big ideas of Science Fiction—Asimov’s I Robot and the Foundation series come to mind. I love the suspense genre when it shows character’s overcoming amazing odds to beat the bad guy, to survive, to live—ranging from the dark, grief-stricken world of Iris Johansen’s protagonist, Eve Duncan, to the more romantic relationship-centered suspense worlds of Roxanne St. Claire. I love the descriptive power of Historicals (romance or otherwise) where settings and history are as much a character as the individual people who make up the story—Megan Chance immediately comes to mind here. Finally, I love the out-of-the-box thinking and world-building in all the stories that make up paranormal romances. I am always surprised when I try a paranormal I plan to hate, and then fall in love and have to read the whole series. For example, I’m not into the fallen angels and demons craze, yet Jessa Slade’s repentant demons in her Shadows series won’t let me go. I also quickly gave up anything vampire as too derivative, yet Adrian Phoenix’s Maker’s Song series is so well-written and the relationships so amazing that I can’t let it go.

What is your favorite Quote? Why is it your favorite?
Gosh, you keep asking me to only choose one thing. I’m not very good at that. In fact, I keep an entire library of quotes to rotate on my website. Like everything else, my favorite quote is dependent on my mood that day/week/month. At the moment, I have two favorites that match my current journey.

"A writer lives, at least, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world lies a deeper one of wonder at it all. To transmit that feeling, he writes." -- William Sansom

"Rewriting ripens what you’ve written." -- Duane Alan Hahn

If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which book would it be?
This is a great question, and the answer is I have no clue. Seriously. As a young girl, there are two books that stood out to me and I imagined wanting to live that life. One was Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. The other was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. However, as an adult, I read a book (even fiction) to learn, to get caught up in someone else’s life and understand how she survives and thrives against the odds. But the truth is, I like my own life with all its flaws, its grief, and its mountains of joy. I don’t want to live someone else’s life—fiction or not. Maybe it’s the devil-you-know syndrome. I know how to handle this life. It’s pretty scary to figure out how to truly handle the lives of characters in books I read or write.

What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do?
I think that in order to create, every writer needs to have a very stubborn, take-no-prisoners belief in her own vision. If you don’t, you are too easily buffeted by the well-intentioned advice you get from others. Certainly, a writer should listen to craft advice (strengthen words, cut passages, increase pacing, etc.). But when it comes to the story and how to tell it, the writer must jealously guard it and not let anyone change its essence.

On the practical side, the one thing every writer must do is write. I know that sounds trite and writers hear it said at every conference they attend. However, I’ve met hundreds of good writers who aren’t published because they simply won’t finish a book. If you don’t set aside time to write, and rewrite, and then a time to stop and send it out, you will never get published. Your voice will never be heard.

Are your books different from your personal favorite books by other authors?
I believe every author’s book is unique, even though it is categorized in a genre and uses the tropes of that genre. The work is unique because each author brings herself to the writing and that can’t be copied. I think most authors find they have certain themes, certain philosophies that are explored again and again—because those are what is most important to their lives. From a craft perspective, I try to incorporate things I have learned from reading my favorite authors—a nuanced description, the way relationships are built, the use of setting as character, how to increase the pacing—but ultimately my approach and completion of a story is unique to me and who I am.

As I said earlier, I approach my fiction from the big idea first and then find characters to struggle with it. For example, in Expendable, I have two big ideas—one external and one internal—that play off each other. The external one is how do we balance the need for human subjects research against the reality of potential harm. Scientists in medicine and nursing face this question every day, and we depend on them to face it in an ethical manner. The internal big idea relates to the psychological reality of cognitive dissonance—the ability to hold two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time. A doctor must “do no harm” yet must cause pain to heal. Soldiers who have been raised not to kill throughout their lives must kill in a war and find a way to live with that. In Expendable, each character experiences dissonance. Each character has a strong believe about himself/herself but is forced do something against that belief.

What led you to writing in this genre?
Romantic Suspense allows me to do two things that are important to me. First, it allows me to set up a romance where love triumphs over evil. I truly believe this to be the case, and it is why I write romance. The second is that the suspense part allows me to write about big ideas and to test that love immediately and continuously. And for those who don’t want to go to the depth, the suspense element provides an entertaining ride for readers.

The truth is that love and relationships are incredibly complicated and take a lifetime to make work. However, books must somehow encapsulate the essence of that relationship and come to some conclusion in about 300-450 pages. The fast pacing of romantic suspense provides the perfect vehicle for that to happen by putting characters into situations where they have to act on instinct and not overthink it. (There goes my geek girl side again).

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I have two favorite parts. You know by now I can’t choose just one. Right? I love the initial 50-70 pages. This is the truly creative part for me, where I get to explore the big idea and get to know the characters who will live with me and tell the story. The second part I love is the editing. Truly love it! When I know I’ve chosen the exact right word, or expressed the emotion I needed in a scene, I smile so broadly my face actually hurts.

Least favorite part of the writing process?
My least favorite part is the times when I question my ability to make the story work and the subsequent fear that I have failed. It happens with every book and it happens in the same two places every time. It first happens in what’s commonly called the “muddy middle”—that place where I’m past the creative fun part and lost in the morass of how to get to the end. The second time it happens is at the end of the book, before the deep editing. Whenever I finish the first draft, I feel dissonance. I am excited and happy to be done, and I feel it is probably not nearly as good as something else I’ve written. Fortunately, the editing process helps to assuage those fears.

What are you currently working on?
I am involved in two projects at the moment. I am in deep edits on a YA urban fantasy that has requests from three editors, and I’m in final production on an adult romantic women’s fiction—the second in my Sweetwater Canyon series—which will be available in October.

Where can readers find you?
I’m lots of places on the web, and welcome readers to check them out and keep in touch with me.

Twitter: @maggiejaimeson
My Behind the Book blog where I interview other authors: http://author-secrets.blogspot.com

LAST QUESTION:
Was there a question you wish I would have asked but didn't?
No, I don’t think so. One of the things I love about blog tours is that I don’t have to think of the questions. <smile>.

These were great questions, and most of them were ones no one has asked me before. Thank you for being so thoughtful in selecting them and giving me a chance to share a part of my writing life.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Interview with Derrolyn

Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?
Hello everyone! My name is Derrolyn, I’m a 2011 debut author, and the creator of the “Marina’s Tales” series. My first book, “Between The Land And The Sea”, introduces my heroine, Marina, and the surprising connection she has to certain supernatural sea creatures. Her story continues on in “The Moon And The Tide”, whereupon her secret is revealed, putting her newfound family into jeopardy. In book three, “The Fate Of The Muse”, Marina begins to come to terms with her place in the world and her purpose in life.
In the midst of all the upheaval, Marina falls for gorgeous surfer Ethan, and together they contend with the ups and downs of first love.

What inspired you to write?
I’ve always been a visual artist, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2010 that I started to seriously write. I was probably crazy to even attempt it, and its definitely been one of the most difficult, challenging, and yet rewarding things I’ve ever done… And I’ve given birth to twins without painkillers!

What authors influenced you as a writer?
I grew up reading lots of books by James Michener, Steven King, and Taylor Caldwell. I don’t think I write much like them though!

What is your favorite Quote? Why is it your favorite?
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light." — Dylan Thomas

I love the idea of fighting on to the bitter end. The beauty of writing as a discipline is the continual struggle to improve, and like painting, my greatest piece of work is always coming up next!

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I’ll have to write that book and get back to you!

What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do?
Stubborn persistence.

Are your books different to your personal favorite books by other authors?
Yes, my stories are light, sweet romances, with a little paranormal drama mixed in.

What lead you to writing in this genre?
Reading my three daughter’s books. I’d fallen out of the habit of reading anything outside of newspapers and magazines, when I picked up Harry Potter to see what all the fuss was about. I think the magnificent J.K.Rowling reminded the whole world how amazing and sophisticated “children’s” literature could be.
There are so many great YA books being written nowadays; and they’re definitely not only for teenagers!

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
The sudden flashes of inspiration that send me racing, usually soaking wet out of the shower, to my laptop.

Least favorite part of the writing process?
Waiting around for those moments to arrive!

What are you currently working on?
I’m writing book #4 in the “Marina’s Tales” series, “The Turning Tides”.

Where readers can find you?



LAST QUESTION:
Was their a question you wish I would have asked but didn't?
Nope… But does anyone wanna take a mermaid poll? Derrolyn's Mermaid Poll


Friday, October 21, 2011

Nephilim Review will be up on October 29

Hey everyone,

Unfortunately this week I fell a bit under the weather and consequently I was not able to finish Nephilim, and I won't be able to have the review up today. I'm really sorry for the delay, and I will have the review up on October 29. I am currently reading and reviewing a ton of books, so the site will be in full swing very soon. I hope you all understand and will come back October 29 for the Nephilim review!!!

~Moujnir

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Case of the Missing Deed

Author: Ellen Schwartz
Publisher: Tundra Books
How Received: Own
Rate: 5


SUMMARY:
Take a dash of colorful characters, a pinch of danger, and generous scoops of adventure and you have a terrific culinary mystery for young readers.
Five cousins are looking forward to their annual vacation at their grandmother’s cottage. None of them knows that this may be their last such summer. A mining company has set its sights on the land and is determined to seize it. Grandma must produce the deed to prove that the property is really hers, but her memory is not what it used to be, and she can’t find it. The children suspect there may be clues to the deed’s whereabouts somewhere in the family’s cherished trove of recipes. But can they solve the mystery in time?
Adult mystery buffs have had many culinary mysteries to choose from. Ellen Schwartz introduces her young readers to a delicious genre. She even provides easy-to-follow and yummy to eat recipes.


REVIEW:
I found The Case of the Missing Deed, to be a very good book for those who enjoy the YA genre. I would even recommend it to parents to read to their children because I found it to be a very heartwarming book about family unity. 

Five cousins come together once a year at their grandmother's cottage to spend some time and have fun. The sad thing is that their reunions might be coming to an unexpexted end when a mining company threatens to take away their grandmother's property in hopes of building a mining site whose access roads would be going through her property. 

Whats the catch? IF their grandmother can find the deed to the property and prove that the land is hers, Tantalus Mining would have no choice but to leave her and her property alone. But, (there's always a but...) the childrens grandfather was a very smart man who didn't believe in just leaving things around the house (or in a bank). He liked to leave little clues lieing around so that you could find them and try to solve where he had hidden things. Since he knew he would soon be leaving them, he had told there grandmother everything she needed to know in order to find the deed. Thing is... SHE DOESN'T REMEMBER! Her memory isn't what it use to be, and between caring for her husband and trying to keep everything in running order, everything he told her went in one ear, and out the other. 

Now, the children will all come together to TRY and find all the clues their grandfather could have left them. But time is of the essence AND it's running out. Will they be able to put everything together before their time runs out?? 

The Case of the Missing Deed, is a page turner that I enjoyed very much.  Ellen Schwartz did a great job with the clues, the mystery and the love of a family. She's even nice enough to add a few yummy recipes you could make for yourself. I've already tried one!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Books to Pine For (8) Mini Version

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Razorbill (November 15, 2011)
Summary: Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this? Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.
Reckoning by Lili St. Crow
Razorbill (November 1, 2011)
Summary: Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She's battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha - rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires - the worst is yet to come. Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she's ever imagined. And in the end, is survival really worth the sacrifice? DRU ANDERSON'S NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK. BUT SHE SHOULD BE.
Shattter me by Tahereh Mafi
HarperCollins (November 15, 2011)
Summary: Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

The World as we know it

Author: Joseph Monninger
Series: ---
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
How Received: For Review
Rate: 5



Summary:A lifetime of friendship begins the day brothers Ed and Allard save Sarah from drowning in an icy river near their rural New Hampshire home. Though their paths diverge through the years, the connection between the three endures until a heartbreaking tragedy in the remote mountains of Wyoming forces Sarah and Allard to confront the unthinkable. In their grief, they find themselves on separate journeys that test the enduring bonds of their relationship and time’s unremitting power to heal. Poignant and transformative, The World as We Know It is subtle and heartrending—a love story of friendship, nature, and the surprising twists that can alter our destinies forever.


Review: Its an amazing book crafted with such... Well i have no words for it. Only a few problems. I couldn't figure out what year it was suppose to take place in and I read the back with the readers guide which made me skip ahead because I already knew what happened next. But after I finally skipped ahead the book took a heart breaking twist. And the rest was amazing. Sorry for the delayed review. I hope you all have an amazing week!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Generations I : Book of Enlightenment



Author: Mia Castile
Series: Generations
Publisher: Entwined Publishing
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
How Received: For Review
Rate: 5+

Summary: (as quoted from Mia Castile’s website) Ellie Solomon has always been sort of a loner. Between her brother (who is the only family she has left) and a few friends (that are more his friends than hers) she lives a boring life. The one person she confides in is her Guardian Angel who visits her dreams. He is her best friend, too bad he's not real. When strange wolves with red eyes begin chasing her one evening, a mysterious boy and his dog saves her, catapulting her into the secret of her parents fate and who she really is. Together, with her new friends she embarks on a journey that leads her to the destiny of her Generation.

My thoughts:
Generations I: Book of Enlightenment is an astounding novel. The story opens with a seventeen year old girl named Ellie Solomon learning that after years of living in many different foster homes, she has finally been placed under the custody of her brother, Gideon, and now they will be able to have their own apartment. But to afford their own apartment, they both need jobs. Gideon already has one, but Ellie doesn’t, so she goes in search of one, and while walking to school, she spots an old rusty bookstore that is looking for workers, and she is immediately hired as an employee. Everything seems to be looking up for the Solomon family - until Ellie is attacked by two grey wolves with menacing red eyes. Luckily, a mysterious boy named Ben and his dog Boss save her from being killed - but they can’t save her from fearing the wolves. When she is attacked by the wolves again, she is taken to meet Ben’s mother, and suddenly Ellie and Gideon are thrust into a world they know nothing about. They find out that they are a part of the Generations - a species that are like angels, except that they have been granted free will - and that they have to fight and defeat the Noctem, Lucifer’s creations - a species that believes they are equal with God. The thing is, Ellie’s heard of the Noctem before, from her “angel” ; a boy whom she’s been dreaming about for as long as she can remember, a boy who she loves more than anything, and yet has never met. But just when Ben, the sweet, charismatic boy that Ellie has been spending a lot of time with, starts falling for her, she meets her angel in real life… and it turns out that he’s connected to Ben in a way that Ellie never expected. I can’t say anymore, because then I’ll spoil it for you guys, but I will tell you this : Generations I : Book of Enlightenment is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read this year. There are tons of unexpected twists and turns, and the novel itself has a delectable plot, not to mention that Castile’s writing style is easy to follow and highly addictive. I love this book, and if you’re looking for a juicy love triangle, great plot, relatable characters, and an ending that leaves you breathless, then this is a book that you’ll love too!!!!!Make sure to pick it up when it comes out October 25th!!!
5+/5
~Moujnir

Generations I : Book of Enlightenment Blog Tour


Hey everyone!!!! Today I am thrilled and honored to be the second stop on Mia Castile's Blog Tour for Generations I : Book of Enlightenment. Here's a bit about the book :

Ellie Solomon has always been sort of a loner. Between her brother (who is the only family she has left) and a few friends (that are more his friends than hers) she lives a boring life. The one person she confides in is her Guardian Angel who visits her dreams. He is her best friend, too bad he's not real. When strange wolves with red eyes begin chasing her one evening, a mysterious boy and his dog saves her, catapulting her into the secret of her parents fate and who she really is. Together, with her new friends she embarks on a journey that leads her to the destiny of her Generation.

Ok, are you dying to read it now or what? Well, even if you can't get it until October 25th, today we have an excerpt to share with you. Here it is :


“Please tell me this is the last box!” Gideon slapped the box on top of my only two other boxes.

“Yes, Gid, it’s the last box. You act like there were a hundred boxes that weighed a hundred pounds.” I laughed and rolled my eyes.

“You mean there’re not a hundred boxes here?” I threw Mr. Bearingston at him. He, of course, caught it.

“Mr. Bearingston is not a ball; he is a bear who has feelings. He’s watched you grow up; I don’t think he appreciates being tossed like a rag doll.” With that, he handed him back to me and nudged my shoulder. I followed him into our living room. Our apartment was dinky to say the least. It wasn’t in the best area of town, just on the edge of our school district. The building was old. Our apartment was on the fourth floor, but really a floor above that. We liked it because it had roof access. After climbing four flights of stairs, we came to our apartment door. When we opened it, we immediately climbed another flight of stairs to our attic-feeling, living room-kitchen combo. The floors throughout the entire apartment were wood. They were old, scuffed, and worn. All the exterior walls were brick. The interior walls were plaster, painted a soft butter yellow color. The exterior wall that faced the roof, however, was a large sectioned window that had a glass door leading out to the roof. There was enough room here in front of the window, we had assumed, to put a table. We’d bought a long, skinny table. We found six wooden chairs that didn’t match. We decided that if we were going to buy used things, we would buy things with character. My bedroom door was in the corner off the living room; Gideon’s was off the corner in the kitchen. We shared an adjoining bathroom. My bedroom was small. Our foster parents had given each of us a full-size bed and a bed-in-a-bag comforter set. We bought a dresser and chest of drawer set with two end tables. I took the dresser and a table for my room, and Gideon took the chest of drawers and a table for his. Closet space was scarce. I guess it was a good thing that our clothes were too. This apartment was what we could afford. We knew we’d have to be careful for safety reasons. There was a buzzer system that made us feel better, but we couldn’t be careless. This was real, and we were on our own.

“So, what’s next?” I asked, surveying my disheveled room.

“Well, we have everything here. Now we just have to unpack,” Gideon smiled.

We’d been scouring thrift stores all day looking for furniture. We’d bought a couple of lounge lawn chairs first because we were excited to watch our first sunset on the roof. Nancy was our own guardian angel; she’d put together a care package laundry basket of cleaners, detergents, laundry bags, towels, extra sheets, and wash cloths. Everything we needed for a new skuzzy apartment to be spit shined. It really meant a lot to us that she’d contributed so much on her budget.

“Let’s get started then.” I stood there looking around. Our couch was faded and would need a good cleaning. The end tables and coffee table needed painting. We’d bought all the cleaners and paint we needed. The TV stand was the only thing that looked new—until you got close enough to see it had some water damage on the lower shelf. We bought all miss-matching dishes with the same color scheme. We looked for unique pieces too. We enjoyed thinking outside the box. Our silverware and glasses were mismatched also. We didn’t buy two items the same. Our cabinets in the kitchen were metal and painted a bright white color. We had a bar counter extending from the wall, dividing the room but still managing to give the appearance of a larger area. There were two bar stools for the counter that came with the apartment. The window above the sink overlooked the river north of downtown. You could see houses and neighborhoods that began to be more urbanized and better neighborhoods farther past the river. I liked our apartment. It fit where we were in our lives. Gideon had picked it out months ago. He had decided to rent it even if I didn’t get to move in with him immediately. He said he would have just gotten it ready for us after I turned eighteen. He’d been saving since we’d begun seriously discussing doing this with Nancy a year before. We were lucky to have the support of our foster parents, too. They brought out the best in us. They had even allowed Gideon to stay with them until a decision came from the judge.

“I got the kitchen. You get this mess of a living room,” Gideon smirked. “Gid, Mom and Dad would be proud of us, right?”

“Are you kidding? They are proud of us! I miss them, but I know they’re in heaven watching over us. And they are here with us.” He patted his heart. “That makes me happy. I know they are proud of us.”

“Yeah, I just wish they were here.”

“Me, too, kid.” He came around the couch and hugged me. I always felt small in his arms even though he was 5’9” and I was 5’5”. Being only eleven months apart, we were often mistaken for twins. But now he was taller and handsome. I had one picture of our parents. Gideon was looking more and more like our father in that picture. His brown eyes were always so expressive. He could look at you, and you could feel what he felt. He said I looked like our mom. I never saw it. She had brown eyes and long, straight brown hair. Actually, I guess I did look like her because my eyes were brown and I had long, straight brown hair. I had her curves too. She was beautiful; I never felt that I could ever comfortably say that I favor her in that area.

That afternoon as the sunset approached, we took our lawn chairs out to the roof top and watched the sun set over the city. It was a nice end to our busy first day of freedom.

It took us the rest of the weekend to put the apartment together—cleaning, painting, scrubbing, and sorting. I was glad when we were done. Gideon continued working at the fancy Italian restaurant where he was a waiter. He always made excellent tips. He had a knack for reading people and knowing how to serve them. His perception always allowed him to receive the best tips. I had already quit the greeting card store. It was four blocks from our old home, but it was too far from our new one downtown. I’d have to find something close. That was my mission for this week. We had a little over two months before school was out and Gideon was graduating. He was under a lot of pressure. He didn’t need a messy apartment or my joblessness looming on him.

And that's it ... at least for the excerpt. BUT. Mia is also having a giveaway for one ecopy, and one print copy, of Generations I : Book of Enlightenment, and a giveaway of 5 postcard and bookmark sets!!! You want to win? You've been told what's up for grabs, now we just have to get to the rules.

To qualify, you must

1. comment on each blog post (each comment gets you one entry into the drawing.
2. tweet the blog post that day with the hash tag #generations (each tweet earns you another entry.)
3. post a link on facebook to the blog entry.(Allowing you yet ANOTHER entry)

The winners will be announced during the Virtual Launch Party Saturday (October 22nd) at 6pm est. on USTREAM. The Release Date of the Novel is October 25th and it will be available, on amazon, bn.com, ibooks, and kobo, as well as print!!!

Here are all of the tour stops (you have to comment on each blog post, don't forget!):
Monday, October 17th : Belle Books http://www.bellebooksx.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, October 18th : Jagged Edge http://www.klearsreviews.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, October 19th : K- Bookshttphttp://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/
Thursday, October 20th : Reading away the days! http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/
Friday, October 21st :WovenMyst http://wovenstrands.wordpress.com/

Good luck guys!!!! Make sure to stop at all of the amazing blogs participating on this tour!!! :)

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