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Bought:The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Goodreads | Amazon)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Goodreads | Amazon)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney (Goodreads | Amazon)
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (Goodreads | Amazon)
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler (Goodreads | Amazon)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Goodreads | Amazon)
Entwined by Heather Dixon (Goodreads | Amazon)

For Review:

Oracle – Sunken Earth by C.W. Trisef (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Godless by Suren Fant (Goodreads | Amazon)
Torn by Ashley S. Morgan (Goodreads | Amazon)

Follow Friday (8)


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Have you ever looked at book’s cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

Usually when a cover doesn’t catch my eye, I don’t always go for it. Or I look up to see what it’s about and check out reviews to see what others think. I know there haven’t been any books recently like that. More so it’s been books that don’t sounds like they would be as good as they are. I recently read Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disaster by Meredith Zeitlin, but it sounds like it was going to be too cheesy, but it was far from it!

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Book Title: Bloodrose
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Series: #3
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Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover (406 pages)
Dates Read: February 19 to 25, 2012
Rating:
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Calla has always welcomed war.

But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer ended on what feels like the mother of all cliffhangers and I was so glad to have had Bloodrose in my hands already.

Bloodrose picks up exactly where Wolfsbane ended and I was so anxious to see what was going to happen. After all the information that had been given, I was dying to see how it was all going to play out. And who Calla was going to choose.

Just like Wolfsbane, Bloodrose had a ton of action, but it also had a lot of adventure to go along with it. I loved seeing them going to all these different places and getting through all the obstacles. The anticipation was killer and it was such a relief every time they succeeded it getting through and was excited to see them move on to the next challenge.

The last 150 pages of Bloodrose had me on the edge of my seat and so full of multiple emotions. One second I was bouncing in my seat and the next I was literally bawling my eyes out. Finally being able to see everything come together was so awesome but extremely sad with the way things had to go.

The end of Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer left me with mixed emotions and I’m not really sure how I feel about the way it ended. It definitely shocked me with the way things went, but I don’t really know how else I could picture it ending. I never really could come up with a scenario that would keep me completely happy. If you love this serious, you definitely need to pick up Bloodrose.

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Book Title: Wolfsbane
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Series: #2
Genres: , , , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover (390 pages)
Dates Read: February 10 to 19, 2012
Rating:
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When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

I was hooked on this series from page one of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer and I already couldn’t wait to get my hands on Wolfsbane.

Nightshade was filled with so much history, character introduction, and world building, sucking you into this whole new world. Wolfsbane brought the action. It was so fast paced and jam-packed with so much going on. I felt so connected to the characters that I could feel everything they feel and it felt like I was right there with them watching it all play out in front of me.

My favorite thing about Wolfsbane is all the secrets that popped up and unravelled throughout the story, bringing so many things together. While there were secrets I wasn’t all that surprised about, there were others that were like ninjas kicking me in the stomach. I found myself gasping and going “Ohmigod” so many times. Wolfsbane just helped to bridge Nightshade and Bloodrose because it just made so many things make a lot more sense and click together.

I was seriously bouncing and fidgeting with all the anticipation that came with the awesome action in Wolfsbane. Just when I thought it was going to settle down, more would pop up again. It was so exciting and engaging that it keeps you attention so easily and you get so lost in it.

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer was just so full of awesome that words can’t describe it. I loved seeing all the characters grow so much, the betrayal, action, secrets, and love. The end of Wolfsbane made me so glad I had Bloodrose in my hands because it ended on one of the biggest cliffhangers. I suggest picking up Bloodrose before you even finish reading Wolfsbane because you will dive right into it.

Follow Friday (7)


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What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

This is a hard question for the simple reason that I love so many books and I’d love to see them all come alive, but sometimes, they ruin the books.

I think I would have to pick the The Iron Fey series.

My Dream Cast

Author Guest Post: Meredith Zeitlin


 

Meredith Zeitlin is a writer and voiceover artist who lives in Brooklyn with two adorable feline roommates. She also writes a column for Ladygunn Magazine, changes her hair color every few months, and has many fancy pairs of spectacles.

“Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters” (Putnam, March 2012) is her first novel.


MY OWN FRESHMAN YEAR EXPERIENCE

I grew up in New Jersey, and I had a pretty typical high school experience: hanging out with friends, myriad after-school activities, parties my parents didn’t know I was going to, hanging out at the mall, doing piles of homework, working at local stores and babysitting, taking the train into the city and walking around the Village… that kind of stuff.

My freshman year was both really hard and ultimately really rewarding. I started at a brand new school that year – and it was an all-girls’ school, which I was NOT thrilled about. I had to maneuver my way around a totally unfamiliar campus (it was made up of many different buildings and not just one like my old school) and make all new friends, which was especially tricky because many of the girls had been going to school together since they were babies. Suffice it to say, there were rock-solid cliques that had existed for years. And of course I missed my friends from middle school. But I actually ended up loving it – I did make friends, and figure out where to sit at lunch, and got cast in lead roles in the school plays, and somehow ended up on the lacrosse team – a sport I’d never even heard of before. (In a related story, I was TERRIBLE at it. But I stuck it out, just like Kelsey does with soccer in the book.)

Of course, this is me as an adult looking back – at the time I know I was incredibly frustrated much of the time – it’s hard to be new. It took a long time for things to be mostly fun instead of mostly terrifying. And there was plenty of back and forth over the years, no question.

I’ve been asked a lot during this book tour what I’d say to myself if I could go back in time, and I’d definitely have lots of advice based on what I know now. But seriously – would fourteen-year-old YOU listen to some nosy old person who claimed to know all about her and how she should run her life? Fourteen-year-old me would probably roll her eyes and tell me I had no idea what I was talking about. But I’d give it a shot, anyway.

I’d tell her not to try so hard, and to trust that people will like her even if she isn’t always “on,” or cracking a joke, or proving she’s right about everything. I’d love to explain to her that all the other fourteen-year-olds are just as insecure about themselves as she is. I’d definitely inform her that the guys she agonizes over are not worth her agony, and that she doesn’t have anything to prove. But the truth is, there’s a good reason we can’t go back and reveal these things to ourselves – we have to learn the hard way. It’s what makes us the adults we become, I think.

Of course, being able to read a book about another girl whose life is a disaster doesn’t hurt. So that’s really why I wrote this one. For fourteen-year-old me… and all the real freshmen who are trying to figure it out right now.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Book Title: Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
Author:
Genres: , , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Format: eBook
Dates Read: January 23 to 27, 2012
Rating:
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Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…

When I read the synopsis of Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters I had been interested, but it seemed very cheesy so it wasn’t high on my list. Boy, was I wrong.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters is just pure amazingness. It’s so real and honest that it is easy to connect to the story and to the protagonist Kelsey. High school is so overwhelming sometimes with all the things you have to deal with and the struggles you go through. While you feel so bad for Kelsey since all this stuff is thrown at her, you realize that you went through just as much and things all worked out and made you stronger.

I love how fast-paced Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters was. Zeitlin did an amazing job with keeping the story flowing without having a bunch of irrelevant fillers just to make the story longer or transition from one thing to another. There are so many books where there is a lot of pointless things throughout that are unnecessary because they don’t matter to the story.

This is a must read for anyone in high school, getting ready to start, or even someone out of high school because it shows that it really isn’t that bad. In the end, those things make you who you are and are learning experiences. I was so connected to everything in Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters and felt so sad saying goodbye to Kelsey and the other characters. Meredith Zeitlin is definitely my new favorite author and I can’t wait to read more from her.

Interview & Giveaway: Scary School by Derek the Ghost

 

Derek is an eleven-year-old ghost who haunts the classrooms and hallways of Scary School, writing down all the spine-tingling often hilarious things that go on there. Despite his ghostly state, Derek still enjoys reading comic books and hopes to one day become a master ninja. If that doesn’t work out, he will continue to share the fun of this very special, very secret school, so all kids can experience the scariest school on earth. Derek the Ghost communicates through the first-time ghost whisperer Derek Taylor Kent, who is a writer and performer in Los Angeles, California.

Why don’t you introduce yourself?

Hi everyone! I’m Derek the Ghost, author of the new book series Scary School, which is about a school where just making to lunch with all your arms and legs is considered a great die.

What was it like to die and then come back as a ghost?

I have to admit that at first I was kind of annoyed. I loved having a body. I could pick things up. I had mass. Everyone believed that I existed. And I was really hoping to become a master ninja one day and kick some butt. But, sometimes life (or death) throws you curveball and you gotta make an adjustment. I realized it was my destiny to become a ghost writer and write about all the hilarious, spooky things that go on at Scary School, and that ain’t so bad either.

What was your life like before?

I was just your average kid who loved comic books, karate movies, and basketball. Sure, some of my friends back at home thought I was weird because I was

What do your family and friends think of you being a ghost?friends with zombies, werewolves and goblins, but when you hang out those monsters everyday, it’s really not all that special. You just gotta be sure not to get on anyone’s bad side and you probably won’t get eaten.

 

My sister was super-excited, because she got to use her construction skills to build me my own haunted house to live in at Scary School. My parents were also thrilled because they get to still have me around but save a ton of money on food and clothes. My friends love it because I can pass through walls and tell them what’s going on anywhere in the school.

What game would you’ve played in the Ghoul Games?

Boggle. I’m a grandmaster level player at that game. I love finding words!

You’re a writer, so it’s probably safe to say you like to read. What are some of your favorite books?

I love the Harry Potter series. It’s what made me want to write novels. I also love the Wayside School series, My Life as a Stuntboy, The Beyonders, Shark Wars, and lots of other fun stuff.

What was those most fun and interesting thing to write about?

Crazy monsters with everyday problems.

Tell everyone a bit about the Scary School website and why they should check it out.

Awesome. Make sure to check out www.ScarySchool.com. I designed the whole thing myself, so you know it’s fun. There’s a video game you can play on the site, and if you beat it, you will win the weirdest trophy ever! You can also tour the school, meet the faculty and students, and check out some of the other books I’ve written that you can only get through the website. There’s tons of other secrets and easter eggs hidden throughout the site (including the secret final chapter of the book) but you’ll have to read the books to get hints about them!

I’ve seen the name Derek Taylor Kent around a bit, who is he?

The guy is my ghost whisperer. You see, Dereks can talk to other Dereks, so he’s my connection to the outside world. I’ll tell him everything that I’ve written and then it’s his job to share it with the living world. He’s a very important part of the process, but he’s also a very weird guy. I don’t know. I’m thinking about finding another Derek.

Can you tell us what to look forward to in book two?

Yes! As a prize for winning the Ghoul Games, you’ll remember that the kids of Scary School have won a very special prize – a trip to Albania to meet the Monster King. However, things do not go as planned, and the students of Scary School will have to get very lucky to make it out of Monster Kindgom alive! SCARY SCHOOL #2 – MONSTERS ON THE MARCH comes out June 26 online and in bookstores everywhere, then Book 3 will be coming out in June 2013!\

 

Giveaway of Scary School ebook

 

You think your school’s scary?

Get a load of these teachers:

Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it’s taught by someone who’s half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex!

Plus

Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein’s monster on the loose
The world’s most frighteningly delicious school lunch

And

The narrator’s an eleven-year-old ghost!

Join Charles “New Kid” Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!

 

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Scary School by Derek the Ghost

Book Title: Scary School
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Series: #1
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Release Date: June 21, 2011
Format: eBook
Dates Read: January 27 to 29, 2012
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You think your school's scary?

Get a load of these teachers:

Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex!

Plus

Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose
The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch

And

The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost!

Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!

I’ve been open to accepting middle grade books for review, but hesitant because I’m afraid I won’t enjoy it because it’s too young for me. When I read the synopsis of Scary School, it sounded and I had to check it out.

Scary School is told by 11-year-old Derek the Ghost who is unable to leave the school so he decides to chronicle the events going on at the school The chapters vary between telling you about a specific character or telling you about the Ghoul Games which is the main focus of this book.

There is so much corny humor throughout Scary School that will have kids giggling the entire time they are reading. I will admit even I found myself laughing multiple times. The characters were so creative and different. There were monsters that you probably would never thought of or even considered to be a monster.

The plot of Scary School goes at the perfect pace for a younger reader and would easily keep their. There was so much detail, but it was written in a way that was easy to follow. Scary School is the perfect book for a young reader who wants to read about monster, but I won’t scare them and will probably have them finding monsters to be something funny.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Book Title: The Lonely Hearts Club
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Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: December 29, 2009
Format: eBook
Dates Read: December 10 to 17, 2011
Rating:
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Love is all you need... or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut.

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . .

When I originally came across The Lonely Hearts Club, I was dealing with a break up and I wanted to read this book even more because of that. I didn’t pick it up until recently though and I’m so glad I did, but wish I had way sooner.

The Lonely Hearts Club is actually really inspiring whether you’re in high school or an adult just waiting for find the right person. Penny Lane is dealing with a break up and eventually realizes she is only in high school, and relationships are the last thing she should focus on. She decides not to date while she is in high school and starts her ow one person club. Eventually, people catch wind of it and many girls begin joining it (some for the wrong reasons). A lot of people begin looking down on her for it, especially all the guys.

I understand why some guys might be frustrated, but she didn’t force or brainwash the other girls into making the same choice that she did. The worst is when the principal looks down at her for it like she started a gang or something. You’d think he would’ve been happy that the girls were focusing more on their school work and other activities instead of boys. Penny Lane is such an awesome character for stand up for what she believes in. I loved that she eventually saw that you can balance out your life and a relationship and if you’re patient, the right person will come along.

I thought it was so cute how The Lonely Hearts Club uses a ton of The Beatles references throughout the book. Every girl should read The Lonely Hearts Club whether they are in a good relationship already, or they are single and patiently waiting. It’s so empowering showing you that you don’t need someone to make you happy.