Monthly Archives: June 2013
Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
What did I think?
This story is about Katie, who since the death of her mother is sent to live with her aunt in Japan. It’s here that she meets tough guy Tomoriho, but also learns a secret about him. Katie struggles with living in a new country and making friends.
I found some of this text difficult to read, mainly due to the Japanese vocabulary. Other than this, I truly enjoyed this story.
4 out of 5 kisses
Cover Reveal V Mafia Style
Boss Lady, Victoria Scott has surprised all of her henchman with a cover reveal of the her new series. In fact, the V Mafia received this late last night, but we had to keep it on the down low. Even if you aren’t a part of the family, we thought it best to share its coolness with the rest of the world.
Don’t forget to add to your goodreads shelf!
Fire & Flood
But when a small blue box appears on her bed, Tella’s world is rocked. Inside the strange package she finds a white ear bud—and after she fits it into place and touches its blinking button—an unknown voice fills her head. Tella is invited to join the Brimstone Bleed, a race across four ecosystems: desert, sea, mountains, jungle. The voice in Tella’s ear explains she has 48 hours to retrieve her Pandora, an animal genetically designed to help her win.
Tella has never been the sporty type; she’s more a cheerleader than an athlete. But despite her mother’s warnings, she’s determined to compete in the race. And she’ll do anything to win, because if Tella is the Brimstone Bleed victor, she’ll be granted a specific gift—the cure to save her brother’s life.
FIRE & FLOOD is a teen thriller set in modern day.
As if being in New York for BEA wasn’t enough, the Jefferson Market Library held a Teen Author Carnival the first evening I was in town. The panel was an amazing bunch of authors and included Susane Colasanti.
All I Need
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I fangirled when I had the opportunity to meet Katie McGarry at BEA in May, especially since Pushing the Limits was one of my favorite reads in 2012. I was DYING to read Dare to You, because I wanted to know what happened to Noah and Echo. I quickly discovered that Dare to You wasn’t going to be about these characters, but would be Beth’s story. This made me even more excited to read!
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
WHAT DID I THINK?
Who is Beth? Beth lives with her aunt, because her alcoholic mother can’t take care of her and the drug dealer boyfriend beat them both. She has found friendship, if not family, in Noah and Isaiah. They’re all rough-drink, swear, smoke pot, have tattoos and piercings-but none of these characters is as hard to like as Beth is. She has built walls so high, no one can see over them. That is until her life falls apart and she’s forced to live with her Uncle Scott. This is where Ryan comes in. A jock who asks Beth out on a dare.
I was absolutely enthralled by Beth’s story. The more I got to know her, as the bricks of her walls came crumbling down, the more I liked her. I could actually see myself in her. I was definitely not disappointed in this story! Now, I am even more excited to read Isaiah’s story Crash into You!
*Thank you to Harlequin Teen for the copy of Dare to You.
**Thank you to Katie McGarry for taking the time to sigh Dare to You at BEA.
***Thank you to goodreads.com for the use of cover photos and summaries.
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
NEXT WEEK: BEA Spotlight on Susane Colasanti ARC and Giveaway!