Monday, April 30, 2012

Book of the Month: April 2012 "Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry"



Book of the Month is a monthly event, hosted by Book WhalesThis is done to highlight one of the books we have read in the previous month. 

One of the best books we've read last April is

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

 The LIFE LESSONS written in this book. It's been a while since I read something that teaches the value of life in this world. The value of each person no matter who it is. Whether it is someone you know or someone completely stranger to your eyes.

Check out the Excerpt in Nix's Journal here
IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD takes place between ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY here

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Review: Extranormal (Extranormal #1) by Suze Reese

Title: Extranormal (Extranormal #1)
Author: Suze Reese
Published: April 2nd 2012 by Valarian Press
Book Description:

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she knows how to harness electro-magnetic energy to communicate without words. And she’s really, really far from home. Her assignment as an emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason she’s supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if separated. But a series of serious accidents make it clear that someone wants to force her return. Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home.


Interview: Suze Reese


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1. Give us 4 short "Good to know facts about you" (Be Creative)
Good to know? Hmm...okay:
- I I know every word of every Beach Boy's song, which I know marks me as both old and a dork.
- I keep a supply of chocolate in my bedroom closet.
- I'm abnormally limber and can do weird and useless things like put my leg behind my head.
- Sometimes I go to a local restaurant that sells the most amazing flan you can imagine and have it for lunch. Nothing else. Just flan. 

2. What Inspired you to write "ExtraNormal"
A college evolution course of all things. During the lectures, I started imagining a world that started out just like ours, but diverged along the way to create a race very similar but with different abilities. By the time the semester was over I was ready to start writing. 

3. What was your favorite scene to write? 
The party. I actually wrote it first, even though it's in the middle of the book. It's pretty intense - there's an attack and a rescue and a romance. To me it's pivotal to the story.  

4. Favorite ice cream flavor?
You had to go and ask that. I could just say chocolate and call it good. But I guess I'll be honest, even though you'll think I'm nuts. But I'll have to explain something first. I'm a recent cancer survivor, so I try to eat as healthy as I can. One of the things I do is blend up spinach and freeze it in ice cube trays. I drop my spinach cubes in pretty much anything I can. So one of my favorite treats is to take organic vanilla ice cream (which is amazing by the way), put it in the blender with some berries and my spinach cubes, and blend it up. Totally yummy and amazing and I don't feel guilty. So there you go: my very own Berry Spinach Ice Cream is my fave. Yeah, I know. I'm weird.

Thank you Suze for your time!


Whale Giveaway: Prince Charming Must Die

5 Winners will win an Ebook copy of "Prince Charming Must Die"All you have to do is to like their Facebook Page

Book Description:
On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.
Literally.
With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose's spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller's boy found true love.
Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.
Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.
As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret

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Review: Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Title: Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1)
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Published:  September 14th 2010 by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers
Book Description:
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash—but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Acclaimed horror author Jonathan Maberry makes his young adult debut with this detail-rich depiction of a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has fallen, the dead have risen, and danger is always imminent

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: Pawn of Mine by Tabitha Vale

Title: Pawn of Mine
Author: Tabitha Vale
Published:  April 9th 2012
Book Description:
The world never ended in fire and ice. The people were consumed by it and now control the elements. The Fires have harnessed the power down to an art while the Waters cower in fear of their abilities, remaining weak and hopeless. Seventeen-year-old Sage Sinclair hopes to dispel the weakness of her Water people because she knows that if she doesn’t do anything, no one will. When she discovers something special about herself, she seeks Humble Narcissist Ruler Agni in the great fire city, Saint Firefly. Once she gains his seal of approval, she’s admitted into Erra Academy where she secretly sparks a revolution among her ennui peers—a revolution to fight back against the Fires. She has every hope in her movement, just as long as her feelings for a handsome and frivolous Saffron Larkspur don’t get in the way—that, and Agni’s sudden fascination with her

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Interview: Brian Rowe

Brian Rowe, author behind "The Vampire Underground"
Review: here

1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I'm 27 years old and currently live in Reno, Nevada, where I work as a substitute teacher and videographer, and of course, a writer. I'm taking English Grad School classes up at the University of Nevada Reno and will be applying for MFA Creative Writing programs in the fall. I love writing my novels and work every single day on a project. Currently I'm working on the second draft of my Vampire Underground sequel, The Zombie Playground. I also love hiking, biking, and golf, and I love to read books! I always have a book on me, and lately I've been trying to read more YA fiction. In a few weeks I'm going to start Divergent, which I've heard is one of the better ones of late. I've written seven novels (which includes my forthcoming Zombie Playground) and am prepping a new novel that is unlike anything I've ever written.

2. What inspired you to write The Vampire Underground?
I've been a fan of vampire movies and vampire fiction for some time, and I'd been itching to put my own spin on the vampire formula. Ten years ago I visited Bodie Ghost Town in California and was immediately inspired by the spooky place. For the last few years I've been thinking of writing a story that takes place there, and when I came up with the idea for this book, vampires came to mind as being the villains in the story. I was also interested in bringing back scary vampires. I feel like in the last five years anything to do with teen vampire fiction has the sparkly, nice, caring vampires, and while there's one character like that in my story, I wanted the majority of the vampire clan to be terrifying and uncompromising. Overall though I wanted to tell a good story, and create memorable characters that the reader will care about. This novel is only the beginning—I'm planning on writing seven books in this Grisly High series—and I want the reader to connect with these characters because they're going to be around for a while.

3. Who would you cast for leading roles, if your book was being made into a movie?
I actually haven't thought about this for The Vampire Underground yet, so I welcome the question. One of my favorite younger actresses out there is Chloe Grace Moretz, who was in Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Hugo, and the upcoming Dark Shadows. I think she would make a perfect Brin. She has the strength, the vulnerability, the sarcastic wit, the beauty. She'd be perfect. For Ash, I see more of a geek—how about that kid from Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Of course he may be only 12 or 13 now, but if the movie were made in five years or so, he'd be the right age, as would Chloe. I have no idea who could play Anaya, but Chace and Lavender could be played by actors in their late teens, early 20s, that are extremely attractive. And for Paul? How about Dylan Minnette, also from Let Me In, as well as the new NBC show Awake? Not only is he attractive in an unusual sort of way, but he looks like the kind of guy the character of Brin could fall for.

4. Favorite Starbucks Drink?
I think it's seasonal, but my favorite Starbucks drink has to be that Caramel Salted Hot Chocolate. Yowsa, that's delicious! 

                            Thank you Brian for your time! 

IMM #7


 
In My Mailbox or IMM was originally inspired by Althea ofPop Culture Junkie and is now hosted by the lovely Kristi at The Story Siren where you talk about the books you received in the mail, via the stacks of your library, recent purchases, ARC's or any books that you might have received for review, etc...

PURCHASED

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
Dust and Decay (Benny Imura #2) by Jonathan Maberry

Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore
Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore

From Netgalley

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
One Moment by Kristina McBride

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade

Taste by Kate Evangelista

Special thanks to  Curiosity Quills Press team, Egmont Press, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Egmont USA, Loren Jaggers from St. Martin's Press, and Kate Evangelista


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whale Unveil: The Lost Prince (Iron Fey #5) by Julie Kagawa

Add this book on your shelves: Goodreads
Check out the Iron Fey Series here


Expected Publication: October 3rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Book Description:
Set several years after the events of the first, this trilogy will star an older Ethan Chase, Meghan's brother.

Move over Puck and Ash, Chase is all grown up. 
 We absolutely adore the cover!!!!

Review: The Vampire Underground (Grisly High#1) by Brian Rowe

Title: The Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1)
Author: Brian Rowe
Published: April 3rd 2012
Book Description:
16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.

Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by the vampires a hundred to one.

But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: The Right & The Real by Joelle Anthony

Title: The Right & The Real
Author: Joelle Anthony
Published: April 26th 2012 by Putanm Juvenile
ARC given by the publsiher
Book Description:
From the author of "Restoring Harmony." Kicked out for refusing to join a cult, 17-year-old Jamie must find a way to survive on her own.

Jamie should have known something was off about the church of the Right and the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t just an ordinary spiritual leader, but Jesus Christ, himself. But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks. Josh is the most popular boy at school too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second look. But getting her Dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the fanatic Mira, or getting kicked out, or seeing Josh in secret because the church has deemed her persona non grata. 

Jamie’s life has completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when her Dad gets himself into serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue him, and maybe even forgive him?



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review: A Stiff Kiss by Avery Olive

Title: A Stiff Kiss
Author: Avery Olive
Published: February 12th 2012 by Crescent Moon Press
Book Description:


Death always hits Xylia Morana too close to home, but she likes it that way. She hangs out with the terminally ill, attends random funerals, and every so often, when the weather is right, she sleeps in open graves.

But after Landon Phoenix, the high school hottie, dies in Xylia's arms, she sneaks into the morgue to say goodbye. How could she know stealing a kiss from his corpse would wake him up?

With Landon returned to the living and suddenly interested in Xylia, life has new meaning. But what Xylia doesn't realize is that by kissing Landon back to life, she's thrown Life and Death off balance. The underworld demands a body, and it might just have to be Xylia's this time.



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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson

Title: Between The Land And The Sea (Marina's Tales #1)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Published: March 30th 2011 by Derrolyn Anderson

Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.
Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seaside town of Aptos, California.
Only a few weeks after arriving, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive some increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might be able to unlock the mystery of her past and appease the mysterious forces that want something from her...
And maybe even find true love along the way.

Tour Stop Review: TALISMAN OF EL BY ALECIA STONE


About the Author
Being a fan of fantasy fiction, Alecia Stone's novel was inspired by her love for paranormal mysteries. She loves to write for it is a means of escaping her reality if only for a moment. Talisman Of El is her first book. She lives in the England, UK with her family.
Title: Talisman of El
Author: Alecia Stone
Expected Publication: May 20 2012 by Centrinian Publishing Ltd.
ARC taken from Netgalley
Book Description:

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.
When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.
Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.
He belongs with the others.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Whale Unveil and Trailer Reveal: The Right & The Real by Joelle Anthony

The Right & The Real by Joelle Anthony

Book Description:
Jamie should have known something was off about the church of the Right and the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t just an ordinary spiritual leader, but Jesus Christ, himself. But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks. Josh is the most popular boy at school too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second look. But getting her Dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the fanatic Mira, or getting kicked out, or seeing Josh in secret because the church has deemed her persona non grata. 

Jamie’s life has completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when her Dad gets himself into serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue him, and maybe even forgive him?
                                          Check out the Trailer

                                      Watch it here

!!!!Happy Birthday Joelle Anthony!!!!!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Whale Unveil and Author Talk: Skylark by Meagan Spooner

Skylark by Meagan Spooner

Book Description:
Sixteen year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.

Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret – but can she stay alive 
long enough to find them?     
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Author behind Skylark
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1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Northern Virginia, though I’ve lived temporarily in other places—New York and Australia, mainly. I travel a LOT, and am actually headed to southern Africa in a few weeks. I used to read books under the covers when I was a kid, so often that my parents had to regularly sneak in and replace the batteries in my flashlight so I wouldn’t realize they knew exactly what I was doing. I’m a cat person, though I’ve been known to fall for the occasional dog.

 2. Books you currently have on your shelf?
Hmm… a random sampling would include The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Inside Out by Maria Snyder, The BFG by Roald Dahl, The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little, and The Dragonriders of Pern trilogy by Anne McCaffrey.
On my to-read list is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, The Curiosities, by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff, and . I’m DYING to read Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore, when it comes out.
And right now, I’m in the middle of reading Something Strange and Deadly, by Susan Dennard, which comes out later this summer. I’m loving it!

3. What inspired you to write a Dystopian novel?
I never actually set out to write a dystopian novel. If anything, it was post-apocalyptic more than dystopian—it doesn’t have that same structure as a traditional dystopian novel. In the course of writing it, though, it became much more fantastical than your average dystopian book. Now, it’s a mix of fantasy, dystopian, survival—even a little steampunk at times. I wanted to create a world that was unique and different, and a book with the same elements of identity and relation to society that are often highlighted in dystopian books, while also hitting the epic hero’s journey so often depicted in fantasy.

4. Who is your favorite character from your book?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I love Oren, the wild boy that ends up helping Lark when she’s surviving in the wilderness—he’s a complicated guy, and has that whole “raised by wolves” wild man thing going for him. But I think my absolute favorite character has to be Nix. And I won’t spoil those who haven’t read the book by explaining who that is—you’ll have to read and see! (It really is a spoiler, I swear I’m not just being a troll! Well… maybe a little.)

5. Favorite Starbucks drink?
Iced soy chai latte. I don’t do coffee (though sometimes I SO wish I liked it, for the caffeine!) and I think I’m probably the only person on the planet who actually genuinely loves the flavor of soy milk in drinks!
"Thank you for your time, Meagan!"

Monday, April 16, 2012

Review: Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Darkness Falls
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Published: March 16 2012 by Jessica Sorensen
Book Description:
When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.
Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:

Rule #1—Never go out after dark.

Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bit.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply? 
The Highers run The Colony and accept nothing less than perfection. One slip up can mean death. Kayla has always worked hard to follow the rules and strive for perfection. But during a moment of weakness, she lets her imperfections show. Her punishment is worse than death. She is chosen for The Gathering and is thrown out into a world full of starving vampires. 


No one has ever survived The Gathering, at least that’s what Kayla’s been told. But when she runs into a group who insist they were once part of The Gathering, Kayla discovers the Highers have been keeping secrets. Secrets that could lead to a cure.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Trailer Monday: Taste by Kate Evangelista

Check out the Incredible Trailer!


Taste by Kate Evangelista
Add this book on your shelves: Goodreads
Author Bio:
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

IMM #6: Loads of Digital copies this week.

 
In My Mailbox or IMM was originally inspired by Althea ofPop Culture Junkie and is now hosted by the lovely Kristi at The Story Siren where you talk about the books you received in the mail, via the stacks of your library, recent purchases, ARC's or any books that you might have received for review, etc...

For Review
We got loads of Digital copies this week



   

For Review
The Mayfair Moon by J.A Redmerski
Pawn of Mine by Tabitha Vale
Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti
Crux by Julie Reece
Labyrinth by Rachel Morgan
Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson

Special Thanks to J.A Redmerski, Tabitha Vale, Derrolyn Anderson, Rachel Morgan
 Janne Moller of Black and White Publishing and Daniela Sacerdoti,
Julie Reece and J. Taylor Publishing.

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Whale Unveil: Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti

Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti

Book description:
"You'd never think it could happen to you. You'd never think that one day you'll stand in a graveyard, rain tapping on a sea of black umbrellas, watching your parents being lowered into the earth, never to come back. It's happening to me. They said it was an accident. Only I know the truth. My parents were hunters, like their parents and grandparents before them, hundreds of years back, scores of ancestors behind me, fulfilling the same call. I must follow in their footsteps. I am the only one left to keep the promise. I can never give up the fight, this fight that has been handed down to me, thrust upon my unwilling shoulders. I'd rather be buried with my parents, my brave, fierce father and mother, who lived and died by the Midnight motto: Don't Let Them Roam." 

Ever since her thirteenth birthday, seventeen-year-old Sarah Midnight's dreams have been plagued by demons - but unlike most people's nightmares, Sarah's come true. Her dreams guide her parents' hunt as Sarah remains in bed, terrified but safe, sheltered from the true horrors of the Midnight legacy. But all this is about to change. After the murder of her parents, she is cruelly thrust into a secret world of unimaginable danger as she is forced to take up their mission. Alone and unprepared for the fight that lies before her, Sarah must learn how to use the powers she's inherited and decide whom to trust before it's too late...

                        Absolutely eye-catching cover!!

Check out the Trailer

Review Coming Soon..

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Whale Notes: Jamie Campbell-Bower isn’t attached to the City of Bones movie any more?

What??? NO....
He is the perfect Jace
Jamie is perplexed.

I was perplexed by the rumors as well but I wanted to take the time to check them out completely; I knew they were negotiating Jamie’s contract, but I can tell you after major thorough checking — yes, 100% he is Jace; Lily is ecstatic, I am, the whole team at Constantin is; Jamie has a trainer, he’s been working out six days a week and drinking protein shakes and by all tales told to me looks terrific.

Soon he will look like this.................................

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