29 February 2012

NC Author Alert: Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver
author of Delirium

will be at...

Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC

starting at 3:00 PM on the...

3rd of March, 2012

I am really psyched for Lauren Oliver's new book.  I read Delirium and loved it and then read Before I Fall and really loved that too!  So I've decided that I will love whatever Lauren Oliver writes.  I definitely recommend her books to anyone who's looking for a very enjoyable read with deep characters and a story and writing style that will grab your emotions.

I probably won't be able to make it to this signing (*bawls*) because I didn't find out until this evening that this was taking place, and I live in Charlotte, NC, which is two and a half-ish hours away.  I've been to Quail Ridge before, though, for Scott Westerfeld's signing there last year, and it's a great place.  It says on the store's website that there will be live streaming but I don't know how or where.

If you have NOT read Delirium, I would recommend
that you do NOT watch this video, as it does give spoilers.  Big ones.

TBR Pile: March

to be read pile

To compensate for my loose impulse control, this is a tentative list and will be edited throughout the month.  Please stay tuned for more insanity.

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Goal Books
these are the books that I'd like to read this month

Froi of the Exiles - Melina Marchetta
Griffin's Fire - Darby Karchut

Accomplished Books
these made it through the insanity phase and got read

Grave Mercy - R. L. LaFevers
White Cat - Holly Black
Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier
Dead to You - Lisa McMann
Fair Game - Patricia Briggs
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Divergent - Veronica Roth

14 February 2012

Giveaway: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

"Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers."It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.

His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.

Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.

But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

12 February 2012

In My Mailbox (72)

The Shattering by Karen Healey

Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or fire. But she wasn't prepared for her brother's suicide, and his death has left her shattered with grief. When her childhood friend Janna tells her it was murder, not suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna's brother died under similar circumstances years ago, and Janna insists a visiting tourist, Sione, who also lost a brother to apparent suicide that year, has helped her find some answers. 

As the three dig deeper, disturbing facts begin to pile up: one boy killed every year; all older brothers; all had spent New Year's Eve in the idyllic town of Summerton. But when their search for the serial killer takes an unexpected turn, suspicion is cast on those they trust the most. 

As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

11 February 2012

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.

07 February 2012

Giveaway: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

04 February 2012

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death--and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

01 February 2012

TBR Pile: February

to be read pile

To compensate for my loose impulse control, this is a tentative list and will be edited throughout the month.  Please stay tuned for more insanity.

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Goal Books:
these are the books I'd like to read this month

Wintertown - Stephen Emond

Accomplished Books:
these made it through the insanity phase and got read this month

The Butterfly Clues - Kate Ellison
The Shattering - Karen Healey
Touch of Power - Maria V. Snyder
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Allegiance - Cayla Kluver