31 May 2013

{Book Review} Bad Blood

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 May 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Author: Ginny Lurcock
Format: eBook
Date: February 5, 2013
Ratings: 5 birds

High school senior Victoria “Tori” Reeve has it pretty good. She’s rich, she’s smart, and she’s popular. What more could a girl ask for? Sure, she’s a little lonely, what with being single and her best friend going off to college and all, but she’s got her work at the Spaulding Crisis Center to keep her busy. When she gets a new boss in the very easy on the eyes form of Isaac Larsen, suddenly her volunteer work feels a lot less like work. Even if he does seem to cause Tori to break out into spontaneous fits of foot in mouth disease. Somehow in spite of her blunderitis, Isaac still seems to be interested in her in a more-than-employer or even more-than-friends kind of way.

So really she should have known that things would go sideways.

Trouble comes to Spaulding, and that trouble seems to be centered on Tori and the Crisis Center. Is she really the focus? Or does this all have to do with the new mysterious man in her life? In her efforts to find out, Tori stumbles across some secrets. Skeletons that might have been better off left in the closet. As it turns out, Spaulding is a hot spot for bad blood.

I read the description of "Bad Blood" as my brain was telling me that this story would be something different to read!  I was not expecting vampires to be in this book.  This intrigue me even more!  Where was "Bad Blood" going to take me?  Will I not like it or will it be a great read?   There are tons of books out there that deal with vampires.  "Bad Blood" takes it to a new level on how the characters interact with each other on the matters of vampires and relationships.  I am not going to tell you who the vampire is as you must read this book to find out!

Seventeen year old Victoria (Tori) Reeve is a girl who is rich and popular and works at a crisis center. She helps out others with their everyday issues.  Life is pretty normal for her until a new boss arrives and  is drop dead gorgeous!  She cannot stop staring at her new boss and makes a fool of herself in front of him which I laughed quite a few times.  I loved how blunt Tori was towards her new boss, Issac Larsen.  Somehow Issac is interested in Victoria (Tori) and thinks it's to safe for her to walk home at times which I found to be a man of concern.  This also made me wonder if he had some supernatural aspect to him or it was due to the fact how he was raised. Tori and Issac slowly go into a relationship but many  unexpected  twists and turns pop up. 

Just wait a minute!!  Issac isn't the only handsome guy mentioned in this book!  Drew, Tori's best friend is another yummy character to learn about. I love the nick name Tori has for Drew on her phone as 'Princess Anne!'   The chemistry and witty comments between Drew and Tori just creates such a nice spark between the two.  As both of them been friends for so long, I believe there might be  something romantic sprouting out with them.  Who would Tori go for?  Her best friend, Drew or Issac?  Issac is quite a gentleman and stunning.  Drew is just absolutely delicious and witty.  I think I would go for Drew.  Who would you choose?

While dealing with high school, dating, and  learning about vampires, Tori also becomes a target.  She gets attacked at one point but Issac stops them.  Then some of her friends go missing which causes Tori to worry.   Tori then realizes she is the target!  That her friends are being used.  So who  and why is doing this?  Once Tori meets up with her enemy, she stands her ground. The vampire theme does relate to why Tori being a target as I will not say what it is because that would give away the whole book.  Does she survive? 

I loved this book and could not put it down.  The characters are amazing with their unique, fun quirks.  I really liked Tori since she is a strong character who speaks her mind to everyone, even to her father who wants to control her.   Tori's mother seems very interesting character as you will read and find out a secret that she harbors.  Drew is just delicious and reminds me of the boy next door.    Issac is quite a gentleman and has as secret as well. Quinn who is Issac's adopted sister is a smart aleck and instantly gets along with Tori.  All the characters  work well with each other and makes the story fantastic!  

The author's ending  left me wanting more!   If you are a fan of vampires, you will inhale this story, I know I did!  You won't regret picking this book up and reading it.  Check it out today.

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30 May 2013

{25 Things} Double Feature!

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 May 2013 at 12:01 AM | Be the first to comment!

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I am at BEA right now (yes, right now!) and to celebrate all the awesome authors I will be able to meet and mingle with, I thought I would double up the 25 Things feature and give you TWO authors this week!

First up, the amazing Amy Ackley, who wrote one of my most highly recommended novels SIGN LANGUAGE. It’s heart breaking and yet so wonderful!

The we have Leigh Fallon, author of CARRIER OF THE MARK and it’s upcoming sequel SHADOW OF THE MARK! I adore this series, and the covers! Hello, have you seen them!

 

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{Book Review} September Girls

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September Girls
Author: Bennett Madison
Pages: 342
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 5 Birds

When Sam's dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he's all for it-- at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him.
Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she's different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he's going to get her back, he'll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.

Before I even begin, I would just like to say that I wish I wouldn’t have read this book….on a rainy day in May, I wish I could have indulged and dived right into it on a sunny day in June or July, on a sandy beach! September Girls is the perfect beach read and should be on everyone’s ‘to be read’ pile for the summer of 2013! It hits the shelves in June, so don’t forget to pick up a copy!

At first glance I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. And even though I’m always apprehensive about a male leading character, I went in reading September Girls open minded. Within two days, I was finished with the entire book, and was already considering if I should reread it right then and there. Bennett Madison confused me, broke my heart just to put it back together again, and had me laughing out loud (LOL).

September Girls takes place just a few months after Sam’s (the main character) mother decided to go to Women’s Land; leaving behind Sam, his older brother and his dad. After his older brother decides to also leave, and live his own life, Sam finds himself dealing with his broken down and depressed father alone. Until, that is, Sam’s father takes him and his older brother on a family and summer vacation to a small quiet beach town.

Upon his arrival, Sam notices that all the girls in this town are beautiful…beautiful and staring at him with flirty eyes. Not being used to this kind of attention from girls, Jeff tries to relax Sam, and explains to him that he just needs to get laid.

Everywhere he goes, the beach, the store, the restaurant, Sam sees these girls. All beautiful and all very similar looking; it’s hard for him to even tell them apart. Sam can tell the difference between the Girls, and regular girls. They’re blonde, beautiful, and have the perfect body (he doesn’t mind mentioning the size of their chest and bottom, and the length of their legs a few times throughout the story).

While many take the time to make it obvious that they are interested and staring at him, not one comes up to say hello. Until Sam stumbles into a room, during a party his brother dragged him to, and meets a Girl named DeeDee. After spending more and more time with her, Sam learns that these girls aren’t normal. They wash up from the ocean, naked and with no recollection of who they are. Each one of them is under a curse, that prevents them from leaving the town, they can’t swim, and at the age of twenty one they have the strong urge to go back into the ocean. Sam also finds out the reason why the Girls are staring at him, but I won’t be giving away that part! (Ha, you have to read the book to find out!!)

Bennett Madison introduces the reader to a great cast of characters, which really made the book for me. Sam is an average guy who hasn’t gotten too much attention from girls, and is uncomfortable of the overload he gets when he comes to the beach. Jeff, Sam’s older brother, is a live life to the fullest kind of guy, who loves partying, until he meets a girl that his heart belongs to. And their parents, who are a little bit corky.

Having not known what to expect from the book, I had no clue what the ending would bring for me. While it was like nothing I was guessing it would be, the ending was still AHH-mazing. We even find out the real reason as to why Sam’s father took them to this random beach; which is one of my favorite parts! I liked that it was happy, and that things worked out for almost everyone.

I’m not used to reading books from a male’s point of view, so when starting September Girls that was my biggest worry. But after finishing the book in less than 48 hours, it being in a male perspective quickly became my favorite part. The two brothers were hilarious! And I loved that they were realistic, and said things I know my guy friends would say too. (A lot of YA books don’t have male characters like September Girls did. There aren’t too many teenage boys, who would devote their life to a girl at that young age, and after only knowing her for a week or two. We girls can only wish…*sigh*).

I love September Girls, the characters, and the story! I hope to reread it during the summer but this time at the beach, instead of inside, during a rain storm. If you’re looking for something different from the average fairytale love story, and enjoy mermaids, this is it.

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Thank you to guest Blogger, Lisa from Turning Pages Blog for the awesome review! Watch for more reviews from her in the future!

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29 May 2013

{Audio Review} Day's of Blood and Starlight

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 May 2013 at 12:10 AM | | | | | | | 4 Comments so far

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Author: Laini Taylor
Pages: 517
Format: Audio
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 5 Birds

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE was the first audio book I ever read/listened to for pleasure. Upon finishing it, I was certain of three things. 1) Audio books were one of the greatest things created. 2) Khristine Hvam has one of the best story-telling voices ever. 3) I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Liani Taylor and this series. It took me much longer than in should have to get to DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT but when I finally did my love for Liani Taylor and this series was only strengthened.

Taylor’s ability to tell a story that completely captivates readers never ceases to amaze me. She creates a world and a story so epically beautiful that I was almost brought to tears on several occasions.

However, I must let you know that DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is a much darker book than DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. There is war, bloodshed, and mass causalities. As the old saying goes, “All is fair in love and war.” This rings true in DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.

After the revelations at the end of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, Karou is different. She knows who she is, where she came from, and what she has done. Although she knows that the past can’t be undone, Karou attempts to atone for her sins but as the novel progresses Karou begins to question what her sins actually are. What did she do that was so wrong? Was she even in the wrong at all? And most frightening, is what she’s doing to atone for her sins worse than the original sins she committed?

In DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, we learn a lot about Karou. We do, in fact, learn more about a person when we see them at their worst than we do at their best. Karou is definitely at her worst in this novel but the beauty is watching her make mistakes and then learn from them.

I wasn’t sure how I would like having most of the novel spent with Karou and Akiva apart. As it turns out I didn’t mind too much. With them apart we get to see both sides of the war. We see the chimaera and Seraphim and learn so much more about both sides.

Taylor does find a way to lighten the mood with the appearance of Zuzana and Mik. The two are so funny and entertaining. I would seriously love to have them as friends!

DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is a beautiful story, but make no mistake, it is a story about war. But more than that it is a story about what war does to people, and both the true evil and complete goodness that can be found during a time of war.

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 64

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:02 AM | 1 Comment so far

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The Dream Thieves
The Raven Boys #2
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

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28 May 2013

{Book Review} Beyond New Eden

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 May 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Beyond New Eden
Author: H.S. Stone
Pages: 288
Release Date: March 8, 2013
Rating: 2 birds

Eve 142 has lived her entire life in the domed city of New Eden, home to the only surviving humans after the War. Like all of the inhabitants of New Eden, Eve 142 is a clone. Together with the other clones, dubbed the Adams and the Eves, she leads a safe, predictable existence. However, Eve’s life changes when she causes a tragic accident to befall one of the Adams. As retribution, she and her counterpart, Adam 142, are banished from New Eden.
At first, Eve 142 considers their punishment a death sentence because she grew up believing the world outside the dome was uninhabitable. She is wrong. Forced to live in the Wastelands, Eve and Adam discover many new truths about the outside world and, more importantly, the truths about themselves.

I really, really wanted to like BEYOND NEW EDEN more than I did but there was just so much left out.

The writing was done well but the story just fell short. The premise was solid: new society, banished for an accident, finding a new civilization… all the makings for a great book or even a series BEYOND NEW EDEN just rushed to quickly. The characters of Adam and Eve 142 while I acknowledge they were clones were so flat. I didn’t hate them but I didn’t like them either, nothing connected me with them which I look for in books.

What I really wanted to know more about was the war that created the wastelands. There is mention of it and a brief history of the origins of the Adams and Eves but the reasons for their development was not expanded enough for my liking. I think the war and the outcomes are a big part of what I would consider backstory and important.

I made it through this novel quickly one, because it is relatively short and secondly, because I was home sick and there was nothing on TV. I wish I could give a more positive review of BEYOND NEW EDEN but I find that I just can’t.

I would recommend this for beach reading or waiting room reading, a good story premise but not too much that if you are like me once in a good book the world shuts out and you get sunburned.

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{Teaser Tuesday} 31

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | Be the first to comment!

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

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1. Grab Your Current Read
2. Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
3. Post it to your blog with title & author so other
TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
4. Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

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Canary
Author: Rachele Alpine
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Medallion Press

Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.
Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.
But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
Canary is told in a mix of prose and verse.

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27 May 2013

{Music Monday} 1

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 May 2013 at 9:27 AM | | | 1 Comment so far

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I know many public readers, people who will read while on the bus, in a waiting room, in between classes, or in a park. Maybe you’re one of them, or maybe not. I always had difficulty reading in a public space with so much going on.

Seriously, even the wind would distract me. I would start daydreaming about what the trees were talking about. The situation never bothered me until I had a seven hour break in between classes. SEVEN HOURS! I had to curb my distraction.

Since this is Music Monday, you can probably see where I’m going with this. But not any music worked. After all, if I get distracted by the wind, lyrics definitely do the same. So I tried wordless music. And guess what guys, IT WORKED!

So if you are like me and can’t focus on books when anything is going on around you, give these five songs a try.

1. Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling

2. Montserrat by Orquesta del Plata

3. Ynis Avalach by Faun

4. Mumtaz Khan by Ratatat

5. Hanuman by Rodrigo y Gabriela

This is just a starting point! Other great wordless music can be found easily. You can look up the scores to movies or TV shows you like, collections of classical musicians, instrumentals of popular songs, or keyword search using your preferred internet music player. Even easier? Check out my Spotify playlist!

 

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23 May 2013

{25 Things} Kit Grindstaff

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 May 2013 at 8:43 AM | Be the first to comment!

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Today on 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me, I am so happy to  have Kit Grindstaff, author of The Flame in the Mist (Delacorte, 2013)

Take a minute to get to know this Middle Grade writing, funny song singing Britt!

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Set in an imagined past, this dark fantasy-adventure is for fans of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. Features  Jemma, a fiery-headed heroine held captive in Agromond Castle, yet destined to save mist-shrouded Anglavia.

Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a chilling race for her life. Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient prophecy—all these reveal the truth about Jemma's past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could have imagined in her wildest fantasies. With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia.

 

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22 May 2013

{Waiting on Wednesday} 63

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Control
Author: Lydia Kang
Release Date: December 26, 2013
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.
A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.
“Control blew me away.”—James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner trilogy

 

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Not A Drop To Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.
But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

 

What are you waiting on? Will these be on your TBR Piles?

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21 May 2013

{Teaser Tuesday} 30

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 May 2013 at 12:04 AM | 1 Comment so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

1. Grab Your Current Read
2. Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
3. Post it to your blog with title & author so other
TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
4. Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

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Earthbound
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Razobill
Release Date: July 30, 2013

The darkness that feels like it’s looming, waiting to devour me.
“I don’t think you’re crazy,” Elizabeth says gently, but with a firmness that tells me she’s telling the truth” p.71

 

 

 

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20 May 2013

{Book Review} The Program

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The Program
The Program #1
Author: Suzanne Young
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 5 Birds

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

When I think “Dystopian”, I think The Hunger Games. I think Divergent. I do not think THE PROGRAM. Why am I starting here? Well, I’ve notice an over abundance of Dystopian novels as of late, and it’s easy to get burnt out on a genre. I would HATE for you to skip over this book thinking “If I have to read one more dystopian novel I will volunteer as tribute…” THE PROGRAM, I’ve noticed, is being solely labeled as Dystopian in a lot of places – but I’m here to tell you – it’s more.

THE PROGRAM is, in my opinion, more of a Contemporary novel with dystopian tendencies. There is no collapsed world with the all controlling government. Instead you have a totally normal, every day world. Today’s world with cars, cell phones, MTV and all that and oh there’s that little thing called The Program that was created to stop the epidemic of teen suicide. The government isn’t even totally controlling that, in a lot of cases it’s the parents desperate for help, who turn in their own kids. 

Now that I have that out of the way, let’s get down to what I thought of the book. Simply put I loved it. Sure, it had it moments for me, a few downfalls I’ll touch on a few in a bit, but my overall thoughts were “Thank goodness, something new. Something different.”

Let’s start with the setting, which I mentioned earlier – it’s today. Literally this book could take place in 2013 and I fully believe it’s what makes the concept of The Program so horrifying. It’s not so far out in left field that it couldn’t happen in some way. Imagine if you were a teen – remember how hard and horrible it was? Ok, not imagine if you can’t show any negative feelings. You can’t cry, show excessive anger, complain or be defiant in anyway. Acting like that means you are sick, infected and will likely commit suicide. If you do show negative emotions, you will be flagged and taken off to The Program to be “cured”.

The concept of The Program is solid, interesting and a bit scary. It’s a solid foundation for the book to be built on. A few of the things that I didn’t really love was a bit of the character building. While Sloane and James are well rounded, likable and relatable. There’s a few characters who’s presence I wondered if they actually needed to be there, and in most cases they were dismissed rather quickly, never to be mentioned again. Though I do have a few theories about this – since The Program messes with your memory, are they really gone, or does Sloane just not remember them?

Young doesn’t dance around the concept of sex in this book. It’s there, it’s done, there’s no taboo about it. It’s a bit refreshing, that it’s not treated like the sick kid no one wants to sit next too. It’s happening in real life, it happens in the book.

All in all, I loved this book. I’m gripped tight by the world Young created and desperate for more. I’m only upset that I missed book club this week for family reasons, because I would have loved to sit around and talk about it with them. I do want to thank a blogger friend of mine, Jen from Fictitious Delicious, who was asked if our book club would like to read THE PROGRAM for our next book by Penguin. Thanks to her for sharing and for Penguin for the fantastic opportunity.

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{Blog Tour + Giveaway} He’s Gone

 

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“What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?”

The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she’s surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He’s gone.

As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations—he’s hurt, he’s run off, he’s been killed—Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can—and cannot—remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth—about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

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*Coffee or Tea: Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

*Pen or Pencil: Pen. Black or blue fine point Sharpie.

*Hotdogs or Hamburgers: Hot dogs. Just off the barbeque, and with sauerkraut, thank you. A handful of Frito’s would go lovely with that.

*Ereader or Hardback: Hardback. I’m a romantic when it comes to books.

*Vampires or Werewolves: Werewolves. I’ll take warm and furry over icy cold any day.

*Cinema or DVD: DVD. Although movie theater popcorn is a reason to go, right there.

*Curled up with a good book OR A Night on the Town: Curled up with a book.

*Country or Top 40: Alternative. Something new and interesting.

*Dragonball Z OR The Last Airbender: Batman.


GIVEAWAY

3 Winners will receive a Copy of  He’s Gone by Deb Caletti.
1 Winner will receive a Poster and Bookmark of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.
10 Winners will receive One bookmark of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deb Caletti (1)Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and a National Book Award finalist whose books are published and translated worldwide. Her first novel was The Queen of Everything (Simon & Schuster, 2002),of which a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly proclaimed: “This marks Caletti as a writer to watch.” Although written for adults, its coming-of-age themes gained it acclaim as a Y/A book. It made the cover of the esteemed review journal The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books (the first trade book to do so in the journal’s history), and then was chosen for PSLA’s Top Forty of 2003 and the International Reading Association’s Young Adult Choices for 2004. It is currently in its thirteenth printing.
Deb’s second book, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Kirkus called it, “tender and poetic,” and the book earned other distinguished recognition, including the PNBA Best Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and School Library Journal’s Best Book award. It was a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Literary Award, and was also a 2005 IRA Notable Book, an SSLI Book Awards Honor Book, and made the New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age, Chicago Library’s Best Books of 2004, and the Texas TAYSHA’s list. Her third book, Wild Roses, won acclaim with starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, which deemed it, “rich,” and School Library Journal, which said the book was “multifaceted and emotionally devastating,” with “profound observations and vivid language.” It was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and was chosen as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a RT Book Club Magazine’s finalist for Best Y/A Book of 2005. The Nature of Jade was a summer 2007 Booksense pick, a Books A Million Book Club selection, and was a finalist for RT Magazine’s Best Y/A Book of the Year.
Her fifth book, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, was released April 2008, followed by The Secret Life of Prince Charming in 2009, The Six Rules of Maybe in 2010, Stay in 2011, and The Story of Us in 2012. In addition, several anthologies include work by Deb, including “First Kiss, Then Tell,” a Bloomsbury anthology benefiting NPR Youth Radio, and two collections of non-fiction critical essays developed by Borders Books: “The World of the Golden Compass” and “Through the Wardrobe: Your Favorite Authors on C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.” In 2013, Deb’s first book for adults, He’s Gone, will be released from Random House.
Deb grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned her journalism degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. When Deb is not writing books or reading them, she is a painter and a lyricist, and speaks widely to audiences on writing and life as an author. Deb lives with her family in Seattle.

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