Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Second & Third Award!

I've received The Heartfelt Award, thanks to Sammee from I Want To Read That.

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when you're relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family and friends? You know the feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea, or a hot toddy? That is what the Heartfelt Award is all about, feeling warm inside.

And now...I must pass it on to the next 9 book blogs. Here are the rules:

Put the logo on your blog/post.
Nominate up to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside.
Be sure to link your nominees within your post.
Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

1. April - Good Books & Good Wine
2. Reggie - The Undercover Book Lover (Not Really)
3. Sharon - Sharon Loves Books and Cats
4. Lizzy - Cornucopia of Reviews
5. Taschima - Bloody Bookaholic
6. Yan - Books By Their Cover
7. Kristen - Bookworming in the 21st Century
8. Sara - The Hiding Spot
9. Jenn-ay - My Tea Time is Book Time

Congrats! I just wanted to say that I love visiting your blogs and reading your reviews. You are all so very awesome. :D

And...I've received yet another award from Patricia at Yay! Reads :) Thank you!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Finds (3)

Friday Finds is held weekly by MizB at Should Be Reading.

I usually add about a dozen to my TBR list. Here's a preview of a few of them and as well as the songs I've heard this week:


by Heather Waldorf


I make it to the flagpole second to last. No Poo Patrol for me. Not today. Today I draw the Grooming straw. Forget my own grooming; for three leisurely hours this morning, I''ll be washing, drying, fluffing and brushing out the matted and dirt-encrusted coats of a dozen-odd dogs of questionable parentage. Not that my own parentage is anything to brag about.

Fifteen-year-old Sarah Greene''s father-chef by day, camera buff by night-choked to death on a piece of steak. It was the best day of Sarah''s life. But a year later, Sarah still struggles with the legacy of her father''s abuse. While other girls her age are determined to find boyfriends and part-time jobs and dresses for the prom, Sarah is on a search-and-destroy mission: to find the shoe box containing her father''s collection of kiddy porn. After a brief skirmish with the law, Sarah is sentenced to do community service hours at Camp Dog Gone Fun, a summer program for shelter dogs. With the love of a big goofy dog named Judy, the friendship of Sullivan, a guy with problems of his own, and the support of a few good adults, Sarah begins to understand her past and believe in a brighter future.

Rage: A Love Story
by Julie Anne Peters


Johanna is steadfast, patient, reliable; the go-to girl, the one everyone can count on. But always being there for others can’t give Johanna everything she needs— it can’t give her Reeve Hartt.

Reeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive; a flame that draws Johanna’s fluttering moth. Johanna is determined to get her, against all advice, and to help her, against all reason. But love isn’t always reasonable, right?

In the precarious place where attraction and need collide, a teenager experiences the dark side of a first love, and struggles to find her way into a new light.

Geek Magnet
by Kieran Scott


Mean Girls meets High School Musical from the author of I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader!

Everyone loves KJ Miller, especially the geeks. She’s pretty, smart, and super nice to everyone, which has made her the geek pied piper of Washington High. If only Cameron, the star of the basketball team, would follow her around and worship her the way her dorky entourage does.

As the stage manager of the spring musical, Grease, KJ has to deal with a few geeks, but she also gets to hang out with Tama, queen of the popular crowd and star of the play. Tama has the solution to all of KJ’s problems: get cruel. After all, the nice girl never gets the guy. Can KJ actually pull off a transformation into a mean girl?

by Jenny Han


Shug is clever and brave and true (on the inside, anyway). And she's about to become your new best friend.

Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark, the boy she's known her whole life through. Life is growing up all around her, and all Shug wants is for things to be like they used to be. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there's just no figuring out today?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: Perfect Nightmare by John Saul

Perfect Nightmare
By John Saul



Book Description:

When Lindsay Marshall mysteriously vanishes from her bedroom during the night, her mother, Kara, fears the worst. Their neighbour Patrick Shields can easily relate to Kara’s grief -- he is still dealing with the pain of losing his wife and two children in a devastating fire. But heartache isn’t all that draws Patrick and Kara together. He, too, senses the hand of a malevolent stranger in this strategy. And as more people go missing, Patrick’s suspicion, like Kara’s, blooms into horrified certainty. Someone is trolling this peaceful community -- undetected and undeterred -- harvesting victims for a purpose no sane mind can fathom. Kara and Patrick, alone and desperate, are determined to unmask the monster who even now is watching, plotting, keeping a demented diary of unspeakable deeds. . .and waiting until the time is ripe to make another fateful move.

A quote:

All she wanted to do was slip into that blissful unconsciousness where there was no pain, no fear, no terror, where nightmares were something from which she would awaken...

Any thoughts:

  • John Saul certainly knows how to tell a story with such words that can make you cringe. The plot itself was enough to make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, especially when I read the diary entries the “monster” had written. Boy, that was creepy, but this is one of the things why Perfect Nightmare is such a great thriller/suspense novel.
  • It’s the first one I’ve read, to be honest. I never really bothered to try and pick one out, but once I saw a review about it, which outlined how great of a novel it is, I decided to give it a shot. Then after I read it, I was glad I did because this is so good, I want to keep reading more of John Saul’s books, which are also of the thriller/suspense genre. So I should definitely keep that in mind.
  • One of the thoughts I had throughout the novel was “Poor, Kara.” It was difficult to understand what she was feeling, what she was going through and how she could possibly cope with the situations she was in. But she doesn’t give up; she’s determined to find her daughter, because she believes she’s still out there, somewhere. The dreams she have keep her hopeful. It was like there was a connection between her and Lindsay that keeps her hopes up.
  • The psychopath...or the “monster”, as he was described, is really that - a psychopath. A sexual psychopath who hunts for his victims undetected so he could take them to a “children’s playhouse” and do awful things to them. His diary entries will make you shudder, as I’ve said before, because of the reasons for his doings. They’re just so horrible and insane.
  • There’s an unexpected twist at the end of the novel, which is when the monster is unmasked. Of course, I’ve been trying to figure out who it was the whole time. And once only did the actual character popped in my mind. I was never really sure, though, because it couldn’t be. However, once things were explained, it all made sense.
  • Written in third person through the eyes of different characters in each chapter, this book will keep you turning the pages, just to, you know, take a tiny peek. But really, it’s a page turner, one that’ll be difficult to put down.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

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

What If...All Your Dreams Came True?
by Liz Ruckdeschel & Sara James

Release Date:
December 8, 2009


Haley's come to the end of her junior year, and it’s time for her friends and readers to bid her adieu. But you’ve got one last job to do: leave her on a happy note! Can you give Haley the tools and friends she needs to lead a happy life? Should Haley follow up on her budding interest in photography—or should she spend her summer partying with the popular kids? SATs, college tours, and the all-important senior year are just around the corner. Have you prepared Haley?

Teaser Tuesday (3) - Love is a Many Trousered Thing

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
My teaser:

I hope doing this puckering malarkey is not going to mean I end up looking like Mark Big Gob. I had better not overdo it; no one wants to go out with a whale.

~"Love is a Many Trousered Thing"
by Louise Rennison

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Big Box Challenge at Princess Bookie

Here are my entries for the challenge that Princess Bookie is currently holding:

New book cover of Chasing Brooklyn

Remake of The Six Rules of Maybe

Click here for the details!

Suprise!!! Contest at Princess Bookie

Some of my fave things:

1. Smiles
2. Romantic comedies
3. Bubble baths
4. Sunsets/Sunrises
5. The smell of rain
6. Nachos
7. Staring at the moon
8. Pajamas
9. Chocolate with almonds
10. Witty puns

This is a mini-challenge at Princess Bookie that I decided to do. It's so very fun, so enter here!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

HUGE giveaway at Princess Bookie!

There's currently a giveaway being held at Princess Bookie and there are tons of books available to be won!

A few of the them are (some are even ARCs!):

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and enter!


Justine's Thoughts: She's So Money by Cherry Cheva

She’s So Money
By Cherry Cheva



Book Description:

Maya has always been the good girl. Camden is the popular jock with a bigger ego than brain. Maya never thought there’d be a reason for them to, like, interact. But when the biggest mistake of her life lands her in need of a seriously devious plan, she discovers Camden isn’t as dumb as he looks. And now that Maya’s playing the bad girl (lying, cheating, swindling, and, um, shopping), she might as well do it right and flirt with the bad boy. . .

A quote:

If you ever wanted to know what hope, plus dread, plus Tootsie Pop tastes like coming back up, the answer is sour Gummi worms. Gross, but true.

Any thoughts:

What a novel! I really loved this one. The humour, the plot and the characters were all amazing! Maya was one heck of a heroine. Most of the time I felt sorry for her for having to do such... deceitful things. But her humour is one of a kind! I enjoyed her way of telling the story the whole time. This novel also made me squeal for the right reasons. Romance isn’t really the main thing here - I think - but without it, the plot wouldn’t work out. It has to be included. And it was included very successfully. A+, Cherry Cheva!

One more thing: This book was the most relatable book I’ve ever read! It’s because Maya comes from an Asian family, and they say the exact same things as mine! Maya’s academic goals, too, matched mine. Her behaviour almost matched mine (except for the bad things she’s done of course, haha). In other words, Maya’s my long lost twin!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Finds (2)

Friday Finds is held weekly by MizB at Should Be Reading.

I usually add about a dozen to my TBR list. Here's a preview of a few of them and as well as the songs I've heard this week:


by Ella Hopkins


Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that''s where their differences begin.
For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is- who?

Far From You
by Lisa Schroeder


Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole

Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn't quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can, by writing her music, losing herself in the love of her boyfriend, and distancing herself from her father and his new wife.

But when a deadly snowstorm traps Alice with her stepmother and newborn half-sister, she'll face issues she's been avoiding for too long. As Alice looks to the heavens for guidance, she discovers something wonderful.

Perhaps she's not so alone after all...



Universal Soldier (Buffy-Saint Marie) by First Aid Kit
- I discovered them through someone from Twitter. I forget... But anywho, they're sisters and they sound really great! Click here to hear the song.

Avalanche by Marie Digby
- I loooove Marie Digby! Click here to watch the music video.

I Want You Back - Sonos
- After I heard it for the first time, I honestly couldn't stop playing it. Not only is it catchy, the combination of voices are amazing and the harmonies are brilliant! And it'll make you sing along. Click here for awesomeness.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Very First Award!


I thought this deserved its own post because it's so very special to me! It's given by Juju at Tales of Whimsy, which I think is a wonderful book blog so go check it out :)


Now I feel like giving out awards, too, just to spread the joy. Haha.

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

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

In a Hearteat
by Loretta Ellsworth

Release Date:
February 2, 2010


Story of a heart transplant told in alternating chapters between two girls: the heart transplant recipient and the heart transplant donor. When Eagan dies during a figure skating competition, Amelia receives her heart, but when she experiences new personality traits, she questions whether she's received more than just a heart.


My Boyfriends' Dogs
by Dandi Daley Mackall

Release Date:
February 4, 2010


If only boys were more like dogs. On a stormy night in St. Louis, Bailey Daley finds refuge in an after-hours diner. Bailey, a girl with three dogs in tow, wearing a soaking-wet prom dress, obviously has a story to tell. See, she wants what every girl wants from her boyfriend: enthusiasm, loyalty, and unconditional love. And Bailey is always falling in love—with boys, and with their dogs. And each of her dogs came from a relationship that didn’t quite work out. But don’t worry: in this fun, clean romance, true love is never far away—it just waits until you stop looking for it.


How about you guys? What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teaser Tuesday (2) : The Midnight Twins

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
My teaser:

"When the girls turned out to be mirror twins, and the piercings corresponded to the correct side for each girl, Campbell was astonished. When she'd chosen the spots for the piercings, she'd had no idea."

~pg. 18, "The Midnight Twins"
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Monday, October 19, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: Prada & Prejudice by Manda Hubbard

Prada & Prejudice
By Manda Hubbard



Book Description:

Callie falls head over heels - literally!

Callie is tired of being a clumsy geek-girl. So during a school trip to London, she buys her ticket to popularity, a pair of real Prada pumps. But then she wobbles on the cobblestones, trips in her too-high heels, and conks her head. When she comes to, it’s the year 1815!
Luckily she meets kindhearted Emily, who mistakes Callie for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon ignite--of the nice and not-so-nice variety--between Callie and Alex, the handsome but totally arrogant Duke of Harksbury. Too bad Alex seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve...
Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time in the past is up?

Any thoughts:
  • I don’t know what to think of this one, really. I didn’t love it, but I thought it was quite enjoyable, maybe more suitable for younger ages.
  • Callie’s a great heroine, don’t get me wrong. I just felt that she was a way. She would make remarks that I’m not used to reading. Or maybe it’s just me...I’m not really sure.
  • The plot was what interested me. You don’t normally get to read about a person going centuries back into the past. I also like what Callie learns about her little trip: that she should stand up for herself and not care about what other people think. That’s a lesson to be learned for everyone.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Foreman

Sisters in Sanity
By Gayle Foreman



Book Description:

“Where are they taking me?”
“It’s for your own good, Brit,” Dad said.
I was shoved into a small, stuffy room, and the door was locked behind me. I waited for my dad to realize he’d made a terrible mistake and come get me.
But he didn’t.


For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, it’s hard to know who she can trust. Convinced she’s out of control, her father has sentenced her to Red Rock: a center for supposedly rebellious teens, where the therapy consists of name-calling and the girls who get privileges are the ones who rat out their peers.

But then Brit meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie - four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together, they’ll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood despite the bleak Red Rock reality.

A quote:

“It’s just that we’d like to think that craziness and sanity are on opposite ends of an ocean, but really they’re more like neighbouring islands.”

Any thoughts:

• This is the first novel by Gayle Forman I’ve ever read, and I have to say that I completely loved it from beginning to end. I’ve also heard great things from her other book If I Stay, which I still gotta read soon. And that’s a must.
Red Rock is a horrible place. It’s supposed to positively affect the lives of young women who were sent because they were insane, queer, and suicidal or had gender issues and eating disorders (etc), which they didn’t; Red Rock just likes to over-exaggerate.
• At first, Brit struggles, just like every girl there does. But that changes when she meets four other girls. They bond to create a “club” - Sisters in Sanity - and they hold meetings at night in order to talk freely without anyone watching them. Holding on to each other through thick and thin, they strive to survive Red Rock until they plan to do something about closing down the place.
• The letters from Jed (yes! Romance!) also kept Brit from giving up and suffice it to say that she was close to giving up at times, especially in the end. That’s all I’m going to say.
• The plot really captivated me. It’s the main reason why it was difficult to stop turning the pages. I’ve never read anything like it before. It was full of things I never thought was good enough to read (I’ve always thought themes like these were “boring”. Boy, how wrong was I.). Speaking of the themes, it’s a book full of hope, fear, friendship, life, teen issues, love (!), and trust.
• I would recommend this to everyone, so you can understand what true friendship really is. And plus, it’s dedicated to “misunderstood girls everywhere”. So...why not, right? ;)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

In My Mailbox (1)

The thing is, I don't buy my books. I rarely do. But I borrow from the library most of the time. Anyway, this is held weekly by Kristi at The Story Siren. Click here for the details on how to participate.


Two Way Street
by Lauren Barnholdt

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney — for a girl he met on the Internet.

It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la — this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.


The Midnight Twins
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Meredith and Mallory Brynn are mirror twins born on either side of midnight one snowy New Y ear’s Eve. They have always been inseparable. But after they are nearly killed in a mysterious fire on their thirteenth birthday, the bond that has always joined them unravels. They begin to have visions and dreams that reveal the deep secrets kept by the people around them. Meredith and Mallory realize they have each been given a gift: Mallory can see deep into the past; Meredith can see the future. But when they discover that one boy is not what they imagined, their lives will be changed forever. If they can survive . . .


The Breakup Bible
by Melissa Kantor

Jennifer thinks she and Max are the perfect couple...right up until he tells her they'd be better off as "just friends." Jennifer's sure there must be some mistake--everyone knows that soul mates don't break up, they live happily ever after. How is she supposed to face the rest of her life (starting with school on Monday) if she's not Max Brown's girlfriend anymore?

As if to add to Jennifer's misery, her grandmother gives her a copy of The Breakup Bible, in which Dr. Emory Emerson promises every dumpee who follows her ten commandments that it's "just a few steps from heartbreak to happiness." Jen is mortified by her grandmother's gift and highly doubtful about any advice Dr. Emerson can offer her. She doesn't really want to recover, she wants to reconcile!

Or does she?


The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Finds (1)

Friday Finds is held weekly by MizB at Should Be Reading. The following are what I've found this week that have captured my interest, whether it be book or a song:

Unreleased Book:

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before
by David Yoo

Release Date:
March 2, 2010

(from David Yoo's website):

If Albert Kim has learned one thing in his tragic adolescence, it's that God (probably a sadistic teenaged alien) does not want him to succeed at Bern High. By the end of sophomore year, Al is so tired of humiliation that he's chosen to just forget girls and high school society in general, and enjoy the Zen-like detachment that comes from being an intentional loser.

Then he meets Mia Stone, and all the repressed hormones come flooding back. Mia, his co-worker at the Bern Inn, is adorable, popular, and most intimidatingly, the ex-long-term girlfriend of Ivy-bound, muscle-bound king of BHS and world class jerk, Ryan Stackhouse. But -- chalk it up to the magic of Al's inner beauty -- by the end of a summer vacuuming hotel rooms and goofing off together, he and Mia are officially “something.”

Albert barely has time to ponder this miracle before the bomb drops: Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer, and he needs Mia's support, i.e. constant companionship. True, he's lost weight and he’s getting radiation, but that doesn’t make him any less of a jerk. And to Albert, it couldn't be more apparent that Ryan is using his cancer to steal Mia back.

With the whole town rallying behind Ryan like he’s a fallen hero, and Mia emotionally confused and worried for Ryan, Al’s bid for love is not a popular campaign. In fact, it's exactly like driving the wrong way on a five-lane highway.


Already Released:

Such a Pretty Girl
by Laura Wiess


They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three.

Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison.

Today her time has run out.



Fireflies by Owl City
- I'm now officially a fan of Owl City. I love their music!

Stood Up by A Fine Frenzy
- I've always loved A Fine Frenzy. Alison has a beautiful voice.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Ultimate Giveaway for Fans of Fangs at Bloody Bookaholic!

Are you a fan of vampires/werewolves novels? Maybe you should enter this contest, then!

Click here for details!

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

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

Sing me to Sleep
by Angela Morrison

Release Date:
March 4, 2010


BETH HAS ALWAYS BEEN “THE BEAST”--That’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glases. Who could love a beast? Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist and receives the makeover of a lifetime. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of Beth.

Things only get better when her choir travels to Switzerland and Beth meets the mysterious Derek. They have an incredible whirlwind romance that makes Beth realize, for the first time, she too can find love. She’s no longer The Beast. In Derek’s eyes, she’s a beauty. But then Scott makes a heartbreaking confession to Beth that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous passionate feelings she has for Derek?

And there’s an even bigger problem: Derek’s got a secret . . . one that could shatter everything.


by Kristin Harmel

Release Date:
February 9, 2010

Description (from Kristin Harmel's website):

What if you didn't get the chance to say goodbye?

Lacey's world shatters when her dad is killed in a car accident. And secretly? She feels like it's her fault. If she hadn't taken her own sweet time getting read that morning. . . well, it never would have happened. Her mom wouldn't be a basket case. Her brother Logan wouldn't drink. And her little brother would still have two parents. But life goes on even if you don't want it to. And when Lacey gets the chance to make a difference in the lives of some people at school, she jumps at it. Making lemonade out of lemons is her specialty. Except she didn't count on meeting a guy like Sam. Or that sometimes? Lemonade can be a pretty bitter drink to swallow.


All Unquiet Things
by Anna Jarzab

Release Date:
January 12, 2010

Description (from Anna Jarzab's site):

All Unquiet Things centers around the murder of teen heiress Carly Ribelli, who was found shot to death a mile from her house in a wealthy Northern California suburb. Carly’s uncle, a dissolute alcoholic, was convicted of the crime, but a year later his daughter still doesn’t believe her father is guilty. Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey Ribelli contacts Carly’s ex-boyfriend, Neily Monroe, the boy who found Carly’s body. She is convinced that he knows more than he thinks about the events that led up to Carly’s death. Despite Neily’s initial reluctance, he and Audrey begin their investigation at the posh private school they attend, identifying prime suspects from among their spoiled classmates and digging up secrets about Carly’s past to get to the truth behind her murder.

Read an excerpt here!!!


Hold Still
by Nina Lacour

Release Date:
October 20, 2009

Description (from amazon):

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fiction

dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself


The Life of Glass
by Jillian Cantor

Release Date:
February 9th, 2010


Before he died, Melissa’s father told her about stars. He told her that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty. But even though Melissa knows that beauty isn’t only skin deep, the people around her don’t seem to feel that way. There’s her gorgeous sister Ashley who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school, there's her best friend Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney, and there’s Melissa’s mother who’s dating someone new, someone who Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father.

To make sure she doesn’t lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and completing a journal her father began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present, as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean you can't be beautiful on the inside.


The Espressologist
by Kristina Springer

Release Date:
October 27, 2009

Description from the site:

What’s your drink of choice?
Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy.
Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life.
Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie.

Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?


The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting

Release Date:
March 16, 2010


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


The Unwritten Rule
by Elizabeth Scott

Release Date:
April 6, 2010

This comes right from Elizabeth Scott's blog:

The Unwritten Rule is a story about a girl, Sarah, who falls for her best friend's boyfriend. As you can probably guess, things get really complicated really fast and The Unwritten Rule is about friendship and family and love and the agony of breaking that unwritten rule about falling for your friends' boyfriends (especially your best friend's boyfriend!) (and of course, now you know how I got the title too!)


Sorry for the veeeryy long post! The good thing is, I'm caught up with everything! *claps*