In the dim light of the darkroom, I'm alone, but not for long.
As white turns to gray, Kate is with me.
The background of the dance studio blurred, so the focus is all on her
legs extended in a perfect soaring split.
The straight line to my squiggle,
my forever-best friend.
Sixteen-year-old Liz Grayson is photogirl—sharp, focused and ready to take the world by storm with her camera. But Liz's entire life is called into question when her brother is accused of a crime—and the accuser is Liz's own best friend. As the aftershocks from that accusation rip through Liz's world, everything she thought she knew about photography, family, friendship and herself, shifts out of focus. And for the first time in her life, Liz finds herself unable to trust her own point of view.
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus is a story of Liz who's life gets turned upside down by an awful chain of event starting with her best friend suddenly acting like she doesn't exist, and told in completely prose.
Libba: From the Gemme Doyle trilogy, it would have to be Miss Moore. I don't want to spoil anything, but it she was an interesting character to write. For Going Bovine, I totally have to pick Gonzo. And from Beauty Queens, it would be either Taylor or Petra, they both surprised me
Meg: From Abandon, it would be John. As for my Insatiable series, it has to be Alerik, the vampire hunter. Both of them are tortured souls and Alerik has great taste in hotels.
Maggie: Definitely Cole St. Clare. He started off as an ass and changed the most from beginning to end.
How did you come up with all the weird things in our books?
Libba: Well, I grew up in a family where people would just walk by and say things that didn't really make sense and then things would randomly catch on fire. I also grew up with episodes of Monty Python so I never notice when something's weird. Someone will say "Going Bovine is about a kid who has Mad Cow disease and he meets a punk angel who is addicted to sugar..." and I'll say, "What's weird about that?"
"What happens when you can't outrun Hell...or trust the ones you love?"
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For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions—it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a local coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?
Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.
I gotta say: this was my first Echols book but it won't be my last!
About the author:
Jennifer Echols is the author of romantic dramas for MTV and romantic comedies for Pulse. She currently lives in Birmingham. Visit her on the web at www.jennifer-echols.com .
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What: The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door #1)
When: May 13th, 2009
Where: Shadow Mountain
Why: Interesting Premise
His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in
time?Abby's senior year of high school is textbook perfect: She has a handsome
and attentive boyfriend, good friends, good grades, and plans to attend college
next year. But when she meets Dante Alexander, a foreign-exchange student from
Italy, her life suddenly takes a different turn. He's mysterious, and
interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the
growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that
seem to happen when Dante is around. Time behaves differently when they are
together - traveling too fast or too slow or sometimes seeming to stop
altogether. When the band Zero Hour performs at the local hangout, Abby realizes
that there's something dangerous about the lead singer, Zo, and his band mates,
Tony and V.
And Abby's best friend, Valerie, is caught in their
snare. Dante tells Abby the truth of his past: he once worked for Leonardo Da
Vinci, helping to design and build a time machine. When Dante was falsely
implicated as a traitor to his country, he was sent through the machine more
than five hundred years into the future as punishment. As the past and the
present collide, Abby learns that she holds a special power over the flow of
time itself. She and Dante must stop Zo from opening the time machine's door and
endangering everyone's future. More than one life is at stake and Abby's choice
could change everything.
This was a book that I had put off reading for a while, mostly because the cover didn't really grab at my attention until I saw the book trailer (which i'll put down below because it is awesome.) But sadly, this book was a "meh" for me.
One thing I wasn't too much of a fan was of Abby, at least in the beginning. I completely understood the fact that she felt her relationship with Jason withering and Lisa made a good job of it throughout the beginning of the book, but really, did the friendship that they had have to disappear too? I mean, they had been friends for years! And she doesn't even try, which really did bug me. But as soon as Dante appeared, that wasn't even on her mind.
I liked the characters, especially Leo! I liked all the plot twists that concerned him as well as how much he cared for Dante. I loved Lisa's writing style and my favorite part had to be the whole concept of time travel! As you know, I love time travel and all it's complicated shenanigans so I loved hearing about it in the book! And especially how it dated all the way back into Dante's past! As for Abby and Dante's relationship...cute. Really, that's all I can say about it, I didn't get enough time to really love them in The Hourglass Door.
Overall, it was a good read, but it failed to totally grab me in a way that would really make me connect with the characters and the story.
February 7th, 2012 Simon Pulse
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just
seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a
miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his
old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again.
If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be
able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his
memory blocked. Something unspeakable...
January 24th, 2012 Disney Hyperion
When a deadly virus begins to sweep through
sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no
one can leave, and no one can come back.
Those still healthy must fight
for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar
comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new
love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and
family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she
Because how will she go on if there isn't?
When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to
a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of
freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and
By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this
"vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy
brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love,
especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What
does it feel like, really? can you even know it until you've lost it?
What are YOU excited about this upcoming year?
What: Texas Gothic
Where: Delacorte (Random House)
When: July 12th, 2011
Why: Author Love
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comesTexas Gothic had everything you could want in an awesome book: practical magic, ghosts, mystery, family, romance, and most importantly, an awesome heroine!
from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family
business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but
beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally
is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she
turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.
Texas Gothic is about a girl named Amy Goodnight and her sister Phin who are taking care of their aunt's herb garden for the summer while she travels. Which wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the crazy rumors about ghosts around town, the amount of people who think her aunt is a crazy old witch (at least one of those is true) and therefore, her niece's must be crazy as well. Add to that a crime scene a few blocks away and a neighboring farm, specifically a hot neighbor boy, who thinks the Goodnight family is trying to ruin them with all this ghost talk!
Amy is my favorite type of heroine. Spunky, funny but also set on trying to stay out of the family's heritage of magic and spells. She calls herself the person who makes sure everyone in the outside world thinks their normal and she had been doing a pretty good job until they got to Goodnight farm. I liked how she got pulled into these situations with magic that she just didn't want to deal with, but in the end, after much resisting, knew what she had to do to just make it all stop. And along the way learned a lot about her family and about how sometimes it's not so bad.
Secondary characters were awesome! I loved all of the excavation team for the crime scene, especially since Moore made them pretty important characters throughout the novel. Mark and Phin were adorable together, and I liked how Phin, the supposed genius, didn't know a thing about interacting with normal people. The mystery in the book is enough to set you on edge, between the murders, dead bodies, and ghosts popping up all over the place!
And then you have Ben. Ben had my heart since the beginning, and I liked how he slowly, but surely, worked his way up to trusting Amy enough to get himself caught up in all this ghost-hunting stuff. It was a rocky path for them but I loved reading every minute of it! Overall, an amazing book and Rosemary Clement Moore is definitely someone you guys should check out!
The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters
Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their
beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women
lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty
secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can
resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid,
her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that
can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya,
the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their
abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and
mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life
makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna
confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer
conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off
their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems
like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks
begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July
weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working
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Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with
her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little
sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing
Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be
branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world-even the most predatory of
men-that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the
Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear.
That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked.
With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past-one
that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister,
Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step
ahead of her mother's killer.
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not
for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday
brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly
attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only
job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather
risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new
side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer
Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or
never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
I'd just love a moment to sit down with you and talk about Graceling and her writing and just this whole world that really opened up writing for myself!
I actually....haven't read any of her books. Don't mob me (I get enough of that from Julie.) but I'd love to just meet her and get to talk to her about how she's become such an inspiration for so many things. I mean, it'd be crazy to bring her back and show her all these adaptations and retellings of things she wrote a really long time ago!
1) I really want to see how awesome her hair looks in real life and 2)ANNA and LOLA. 'Nuff said.
Just so I can ask him why the hell everyone always ends up dying in his plays.
Because man, her books are so brilliant.
When: July 26th, 2011
Where: Simon and Shuster
Why: Cover Love
How: For Review
Every flame begins with a spark.To quote my mini goodreads review: Absolutely brillant. Spunky heroine, amazing mythology, sexy love interest, and kickass concept.
Ashline Wilde is
having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only
Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her
runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent
behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote
private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy
behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just
as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the
tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a
group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s
one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s
got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over
campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with
her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s
guaranteed to be a storm.
Wildefire is the story of Ash finding out exactly what the hell is going on with not only her life, but her sister Eve as well. The relationship between the two of them was intense and possibly my favorite part about the entire thing! They had a crazy tension and build up of anger between them because of everything that had happened over the years and I loved how resiliant Ash was to forgive her for everything she had done. I don't know if I would've been able too either!
Add a boarding school full of gods who are equal parts awesome and powerful, and you won't be able to put it down. I also loved how not all the gods were Roman or Greek (some variety in life, please!) but came from all parts and mythologies of the world! I loved finding out about scandinavian, polynesian, and egyptian gods throughout the entire thing. Also, the action was crazy and the writing was brash, real, and the characters well-rounded and totally kickass.
Ashline was just seriously funny and smart and knew what she wanted (and sometimes didn't know what she wanted, which is awesome.) She was a real teenager who snuck out of her school and went to party and had a fun time with her life! And in the end, she was
real despite all the craziness going on around her!
In the end, LOVED this book and i'm dying for a sequel (by the way, satisfying ending)
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What: Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)
When: July 26th, 2011
Why: Series Love
How: For Review
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed
for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of
boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International
Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again.
Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one
disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right
choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating
revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between
the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The
prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.
A great sequel to the equally amazing Paranormalcy! It was funny, charming, and absolutely amazing!
Supernaturally starts around where Paranormalcy ends, and Evie is back and witty as ever! I can always count on Kiersten to give me funny but deep writing and she hasn't let me down! Evie's journey to not only discovering herself but how exactly she fits into the IPCA and the, well world, is taken to all new heights with a new cast as well as some old favorites!
Evie, of course, is a girl who should be my best friend. She's smart and funny and always seems to know what to say, even though on the inside she's freaking out. Her life is crumbling and she was no idea how to control when all she wants to be happy and safe! I loved Evie's personal point of view and it really adds to the story in a way that Third Person couldn't have! Jack, a new character who reminds me of an 8 year old on candy crack, was someone who I totally didn't expect I'd end up liking. He was sweet and ALL of his plot twists, I never saw coming! And you know me, I love a good surprise!
Finally, Lend. Oh how I swoon over Lend! Of course, the relationships does hit some bumpy roads, especially since Evie is such a headstrong individual but I just love how easygoing their relationship is while still having that tension that makes it enjoyable to read and not fluff. Lend is sweet and caring and just the right amount of awesome. Plus, I love how hard he tries (and so does Evie) to make everything work out, despite the complications along the road.
1. Alex from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
See, I would've put Lena but I feel she kind of just...fell into this whole thing with the goverment and her problem with wanting and not wanting the antidote. But Alex! Alex knew what he was getting into from the beginning, he was a rebel hidden among brainwashed believers, and I loved him for it.
2. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
While I have very conflicted feelings over Katniss in the course of the books, she really was an iconic and important figure of rebellion!
3. Gemma from A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Don't go looking at me weird. Gemma, living in the victorian age in a rigid and proper boarding school, managed against all odds to always remain true to herself and her magic!
4. Jacinda from Firelight by Sophie Jordan
She likes her pride! I love her commitment and love for her pride, and how against she has for her mother to move them away. She was determined to keep the draki inside her alive, regardless of the conditions in front of her.
5. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
She became Dauntless even though she knew it A) Wouldn't be easy and B) Make her family sad and angry while at the same time shaming them. But she did what she had to do, but sometimes you have to be selfish!
6. Tally from The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
While she did get kind of thrown into this mess, Tally becomes one of the most famous rebels her world had ever seen! She was headstrong and (most of the time) got what she wanted, even though she hit a lot of bumps along the way.
7. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
She did not let herself be manipulated by anyone, especially her uncle. She did what she wanted, even though sometimes she wasn't exactly sure what that was.
and...that's really everyone I can think about! BUT let me know in the comments who are some of YOUR favorites!
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p.s I am ON VACATION currently, celebrating my 15th birthday (and if you didn't know, i'm hispanic so this is my equvilant of a sweet sixteen!) so posts will be not very frequent this coming week! I do have a Top Ten Tuesday and a review planned so stay tuned for that! But this does mean I won't be answering any emails, tweets, or checking any comments until I get back!)
I absolutely loved this sequel and my review should be up in the following week!
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always
longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . .
of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the
Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work
for them again.
Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one
disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to
wonder if she made the right
choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend
Reth appears with devastating revelations about
her past, she discovers that
there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts
that could throw the
whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question?
So much for normal.
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