Monthly Archives: June 2013

Five Minute Friday: Ink by Amanda Sun

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I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

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.

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*A very special thank you to Harlequin Teen and Amanda Sun for this lovely signed ARC I received at BEA.
**Thank you to goodreads.com for providing the cover photo and summary for this post.

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.

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4 out of 5 kisses

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Cover Reveal: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

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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!

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Fire & Flood

In a perilous race across the world, having the best Pandora can be the difference between life and death.
Sixteen-year-old Tella Holloway isn’t happy. Her mother rushed them out of Boston and into a craptastic house nestled in Middle of Nowhere, Montana. To make matters worse, Tella’s brother is sick, and though a dozen doctors can’t determine the cause, her mother is sure Montana’s “fresh air” will help. Now Tella spends her days being homeschooled, and uses her imagination as entertainment.

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. 

BEA Spotlight and Giveaway: Susane Colasanti

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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.

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Susane spoke about the cover of her latest novel, All I Need, and her ability as an author to have a lot of say in cover design. As you can see, the cover is beautiful!

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All I Need

by Susane Colasanti (Goodreads Author)
The last night of summer is only the beginning.
Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

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Five Minute Friday: Dare You To

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! 

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Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)

by Katie McGarry (Goodreads Author)
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)

by Katie McGarry (Goodreads Author)
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

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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.

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Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3)

by Katie McGarry (Goodreads Author)
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

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.

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NEXT WEEK: BEA Spotlight on Susane Colasanti ARC and Giveaway!

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