Wednesday, September 30

Blog with Bite wrapping up Never Cry Werewolf

BWB just finished reviewing Nevery Cry Werewolf. We have posted reviews at the BWB site, and everyone should come take a look. If you are not familiar with the BWB we are a group review blog site dedicated to reviewing book with Bite. We will be reviewing Covet by JR Ward next, and want you to join. join. Come take a look.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to us by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I am dedicating this weeks Waiting on Wednesday to the sequel to Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles. At this time this book is still without a name or a release date, but I loved Leaving Paradise so much that I am having the hardest time waiting to read the next book.

If you haven't read Leaving Paradise, check out a description and more about the author here.

Monday, September 28

Library Loung Lizards Amazing Contest!!!

Check out Library Lounge Lizard contest, she is offering The Wicked Series Book 1-5, and some other great books. Can you believe you have to check this out...

Saturday, September 26

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is hosted by the Story Siren!! It is a way for everyone to preview the books they get throughout the week. Books can be recieved from any means borrowing, purchasing, and reviewing.

Received for Review:             

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lisa Block
Charlotte Emerson seems to have the perfect existence. She is enviably beautiful and lives alone in a mansion full of treasures and beautiful clothes, perched atop the cliffs of the Pacific Palisades. But Charlotte has been lonely and dead for almost a century. Now she might get a second chance at life.
The Amanda Project: Invisible I by Stella Lennon
Amanda Valentino changed everything. Callie Leary has exactly one thing, and one thing only, in common with Nia Rivera and Hal Bennett: They were each chosen by Amanda to be her guide. When Amanda arrived at Endeavor High, she told Callie she moves around a lot and always picks one person to help her navigate the choppy waters of a new school....

Cursed the Death by L.A. Banks
Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau arrives at the scene of a murder, only to discover that a Fae creature has been killed—in a whole new kind of way. What is the meaning behind this mysterious ritualistic killing? What did the victim do to deserve it? Sasha fears that the Vampires and Unseelies have formed an unholy alliance…and they’re ready to unleash their darkest arsenal of magick yet.
Teaming up with her mate and fellow Shadow Wolf, Max Hunter, Sasha tries to penetrate the paranormal community for clues. Meanwhile, members of the Wolf Clan are turning against one another as they race to uncover the meaning behind an ancient Unseelie curse. Even Sasha is not immune to this powerful magick, and soon finds herself drawn to a sensual, dangerous dance—one that could cost her own life…

I Never Fancied Him Anyway by Claudia Carroll
Cassandra can see the future with 100% accuracy . . . for everybody except herself. Ever since Cassandra was a little girl, she's had a remarkable psychic gift. Now a successful columnist for a weekly magazine, she predicts the future with uncanny precision. And thanks to her stunning co-worker Charlene—and the latest love of Charlene's life, hot television producer Jack—Cassandra's moving up . . . to daytime TV!

The trouble is, whenever Jack's around, the hapless seer's second sight goes dim—something that always seems to happen when a desirable single male is around. But despite a truly abysmal dating record, she believes Jack is the one for her . . . though Charlene might strongly disagree. Is true love or outrageous catastrophe right around the corner? Cassandra doesn't have a clue. But it seems even being able to foretell the future can't protect her from what destiny has in store . . . and sometimes fate won't allow you to look before you love.

Harper Collins website stated I Never Fancied Him Anyway is already in the works for a Major Motion Picture by the same producer as P.S. I Love You and The Devil Wears Prada.
Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga
Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily.

After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she’s about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time. Things seem normal at first. Roger’s his typical, pain-in-the-ass fatherly self. Jecca and Simone and the rest of the goth crowd still do their thing. And Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who’s ever appreciated her for who she really is. But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes. And the anger and memories come rushing back. Fanboy. The Spermling. Miss Powell. Roger. Her mother. There’s so much to do to people when you’re angry. Kyra’s about to get very busy.

Awesome Week... Can't wait to start reading them.

Friday, September 25

Review: Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

Another Faust
By: Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Reading Level: Young Adult
Bookwhisperer Rating:


Authors Description: One night, across four cities, five children disappear. Years later, five enigmatic teenagers appear at an exclusive New York holiday party with their strange but beautiful governess, Madame Vileroy. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust children to the elite Marlowe School, where their presence brings unexplainable misfortune.

Using a series of “gifts” given to them by Madame Vileroy, the children are able to soar to suspicious heights at Marlowe. The gifts seem child-like in their simplicity. The governess teaches them to cheat, steal, hide, and lie; ‘harmless’ she calls them, though they are much more. For the vicious over-achiever, reading an unsuspecting mind is simply to cheat. For the reclusive pariah, the gift of stopping time is just another way to hide. And who but an aspiring writer can weave a convincing lie?

Soon, Madame Vileroy’s gifts become darker and more complex. Living in a gray home designed to cultivate and corrupt them, they are enveloped in the side effects of their own addictions. They live cursed lives, making deals with the devil as they claw their way toward their goals….that is until two of them begin to uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. A modern retelling of an ancient dilemma, Another Faust recreates the story of the Faustian bargain. Set in present-day New York, but spanning the centuries, it is a chilling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

Review: Another Faust is a unique story told from the perspective of five missing children. This story in theory is captivating, but in reading I found it lacking and struggled from page to page. Throughout the story the potential for excellence was papable, but it was lacking the strong suspenseful feeling that is required in a great story. I rated Another Faust 3 Stars because I feel it was worth the read, but I would not return for a second visit. To summarize in my own words this is a story of  five children that desired something so badly that they would give up everything. Then portraying what happens when a desire becomes your worst sin, and what it takes for these children to redeem themselves.

Thursday, September 24

My friend Froggy at Froggarittsville's Bookcase is having an awesome contest for Tall, Dark, and Handsome. You should check it out!

Wednesday, September 23

Review: My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take
By: Rachel Vincent
Reading Level: Young Adult
Book Whisperer Rating: 5 Stars

Rachel Vincent Website:
She doesn't see dead people, but...

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...

Review: Rachel  Vincent has proven to be able to write almost anything, and remains one of my favorite authors in Young Adult and Paranormal Romance Genre. My Soul To Take was action packed from the first chapter on, and never lacked in intensity throughout the book. My Soul to take is a whole new take on Supernatural with Bean Sidhe and Reapers. I found this book to be refreshingly original with a new species that has not been overused. The characters of My Soul To Take will remaining memorable way past the final pages. I find Todd to be a very intriguing character, and I loved the books outcome for this character. Rachel Vincent never stops captivating me with her ability. I look forward to every book this author creates, and I always crave more.

More about this Author

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to us by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  My anticipation this week goes to one of next months new releases that belongs to one of my favorite series.
October being the debut of BITE MARKS which is the sixth book in this awesome series.... If you have not read any of the Jaz Parks books you are missing out run fast and buy them, borrow them, steal them but you must read them. Okay maybe don't steal, them but you will not regret reading.

Author Description:
Jaz is possessed. After biting the neck of a domyter during a forced visit to his territory, she now has unwelcome voices in her head. While fighting for supremacy in her own mind, she finds herself confronted with a near-impossible task: perform perfectly on her next mission or face the unemployment line.

Learn more about this author 
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Tuesday, September 22

Interview with Heather Davis for Blog with Bite website

Blog with Bite is a new group review blog that is currently reviewing Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis. Below is the interview that she so generously gave us. For more information on the Blog with Bite blog group just click the above graphic for a direct link.

Tell us a bit about the book?

Never Cry Werewolf is a teen paranormal romance geared toward younger readers. It's a sweet, funny, light read. It's purely for fun and entertainment -- and it has a good heart.

What drew you into the paranormal genre?

My father was an English teacher and my mother is a flower child/new age hippie. Paranormal was the obvious choice.

What do you like best about werewolves?

I love the idea that everyone has two sides to themselves - a public and private side, I guess.
With werewolves, just like every human, there are ugly parts that never see the light of day, quite literally.

Did you base the main character Shelby Locke off of a real person/ actress, or is she completely fictional?

No. Shelby is a pure figment of my imagination, though I do know many teen girls that share her attributes -- including the teenage me.

Which character do you most relate to in Never Cry Werewolf?

Shelby, for sure. When things in your family change - for Shelby, her mother dying and a new, not-so-nice stepmother coming onto the scene - and your family doesn't discuss it with you, there is a sense of powerlessness that can overwhelm you. That is certainly the case for Shelby.

Is there going to be a sequel to Never Cry Werewolf?

I really hope so. At lot of readers are writing me asking that question! And for me, I have
a sequel in my head already.

Have you ever attended a brat camp as a teen?

No, but I attended a lot of camps over the years.

What made you decide on writing a YA novel?

I wrote 5 adult novels before I started writing YA. I was partly inspired by a student I had when I was substitute teaching at an elementary school. Thinking back, my first short story ever published (in Cricket Magazine) was for younger readers. I guess it was meant to be.

How did you become a writer?

Many, many hours of practice, I guess. I wrote plays and short stories all of my life, and found novel-writing as an adult, but storytelling has always been part of who I am. I was a film major in college and intended to be a screenwriter/filmmaker.

How do you get your ideas for your books?

They start as little blobs of ideas for characters or situations. They glom onto other blobs and grow into a story. That probably doesn't mean anything to anyone -- but, it's like when I read an article in a newspaper or see something happen on the street and I start to think about it. Soon, it's growing into a connected idea or series of events and situations.

Who is your favorite author?

No fair! That is too difficult a question to answer. Currently in YA, I would have to say Libba Bray or Scott Westerfeld. I love writers whose stories carry the reader away.

Was the publishing process hard for you and what would you recommend for writers trying to publish?

Yes. I had been writing novels for six years before I found an agent and sold Never Cry Werewolf. I would reccomend that writers trying to publish find a critique group and get some solid feedback on their work -- really focusing on improving their craft before they worry about the selling part of writing. That, and spending a lot of time "butt in chair" -- the only way to get better at anything is spending time doing it, right?

Are you planning to write anything besides a possible sequel?

Yes, my book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, THE CLEARING, comes out in April 2010. It for slightly older YA readers and is a much more serious work. People who are looking for something dark, brooding and emotional will really connect with it, I think. It's a paranormal time-travel romance about a modern girl in love with a boy living in the endless summer of 1944. After that, who knows? I have several other projects underway!

Covet by JR Ward 50% Off

Thank you to Falling off the Shelf for the awesome information. She found Covet by JR Ward at Book Depository for $3.99 with free shipping. This is the second review book for Blog with Bite . I just ordered my copy, hurry over you can't beat this price.

Discussion Questions about Never Cry Werewolf (Blog with Bite)

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Q#1 - What do you think about stereotypical characters? Do characters like "Honey bun" - the evil stepmother & Shelby - the teen acting out, bother you, or are you accepting of them?

A#1 - I don't have a problem with stereotypes, eveyone knows what they mean and it immediately identifies a type of person. Unfortunately relationships with stepmothers and Shelby really exist, therefore I find it easy to accept them.

Q#2 - How did you feel about the immediate attraction and relationship between Shelby and Austin? Do you think it worked in this story or not?

A#2 - Unlike in many other stories that everyone can relate there is usually a reason for the relationship to be immediate. I felt that this was really thrown at the reader, and while I like the relationship and what we know of Austin and Shelby's characters I felt it was very brash.

Q#3 - What did you think about the attempts the camp staff made to connect with Shelby? Were they at all effective? Did the staff have a point in their position on her personal life?

A#3 - If felt that Shelby was trying to piece her life back together in a situation that was not easily allowing her the space to progress. I got the impress Davis was trying to lead the reader softly into a relationship of a stepmother that was not open to having Shelby in the picture. It seemed as though the author want a terrible relationship, but wrote it lightly making it seem less. So yes, to answer the question I think she did need help, and the staff had Shelby's best interest at heart. I also feel that she progressed while at camp, and started moving in the right direction to begin moving on.

Q#4 - What is your opinion on parents who send their kids to reformation camps - the ones who need to be "reformed" and the ones who don't?

A#4 - This could be a very "touchy" subject. I have my own beliefs when it comes to raising my children, but for most if you discipline your children when they are young you don't seem to have this much trouble when older. Now there are those special occasions where life causes a hiccup in the balance, such as loss and tragedy in a childs life, in this case I do believe that a camp such as what Shelby was at could be beneficial. Lastly, as for discipline and beating the mean out of your kids, like the desert camp, they call that a Military School.

Q#5 - Do you wish there would have been a bit more mystery regarding Austin being a werewolf, letting us get to know his character first and then the big reveal?

A#5 - I feel like the reader really misses out by not being able to learn more about Austin, or the fact that his character was MIA in a lot of the book. This is where I feel the length of the book, did not allow for the kind of character building necessary for an excellent book.

Q#6 - Do you think this novel has enough momentum for a sequel? There was some hinting at the possibility (the scratch), do you think this would be a good follow-up?
A#6 - I don't know.. Really I think the author did a good job for her first book, and I have read series that the first book was not all that, then a sequel went through the roof. Although, I can say that if there was a sequel I would definetly give it a try.

Tell me a Secret by Holly Cupala

I learned about this yesterday, we have a new author in our midst Holly Cupala, and her first book is set to be released next year. Well, I am definetly on the band wagon and looks to be a awesome read. Let's offer congrats to the author while we are at it.... Congrats...

Monday, September 21

BWB Review: Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Title: Never Cry Werewolf
By: Heather Davis
Reading Level: Young Adult
Bookwhisperer Rating: 3 Stars

Author Description: Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had “borrowed” that Porsche?). But her step-mother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior. Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges, III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good looking one? One thing’s for sure, that pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.

My initial surprise about Never Cry Werewolf came at the bookstore, when I picked it up and realized it had a little over 200 pages. Needless to say I finished this book quick, fast, and in hurry. Books with less pages mean that the story has to have a quicker pace, and usually means that the author has cut corners in places such as character building and plot growth. This being said, I was aware before page 1 that this book would have some disadvantages. Regardless in the end, I still enjoyed this book. I think that with the disadvantages that I addressed the author presented a very entertaining read, that is perfect for the age group which was intended. While I probably would not read this book again, I would say that it recommendable for a quick and easy read.

Sunday, September 20

In My Mailbox #2

In My Mailbox is hosted by the Story Siren!! It is a way for everyone to preview the books they obtain throughout the week.
For Review:

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
Released March 2009
Description from Amazon:
Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as "The Hot-Tub Incident," and you’ve got two unprepared sophomores on a semester abroad. For American party girl Tasha, an escape to Oxford may be a chance to ditch her fame as a tabloid temptress, but wading Uggs-deep in feminist theory is not her idea of a break. Meanwhile, the British half of the exchange, studious Emily, nurses an aching heart amid the bikinis and beer pong of U.C. Santa Barbara. Soon desperation has the girls texting each other tips — on fitting in, finding love, and figuring out who they really are.

Witch Child by Celia Rees
First published in 2000, now rereleased with new cover.
Amazon Description:
During the witch hunts of the mid-1600s, many young Englishwomen died on the gallows, innocent victims of false or hysterical accusations of witchcraft. But what of those women who actually claimed the name "witch" as their own? In the pages of her secret journal, Mary Nuttall reveals what it is like to live in a climate of mistrust and piety in which differences are dangerous and rumors can kill, where she must hide her heritage as a healer and pagan. With a sure hand, she describes her beloved grandmother's trial and hanging as a witch, her own rescue by a mysterious noblewoman, and her eventual passage to the New World and the forest settlement of Beulah. There Mary falls under a curtain of suspicion when she willingly chooses to explore the dark woods shunned by the fearful colonists and makes friends with some of the spiritual native people. When several girls in the community begin to shriek and swoon, and the same minister who damned Mary's grandmother comes to search for signs of witchcraft, Mary is subjected to close and deadly scrutiny.

Friday, September 18

Treat Me!!

Another Treat Me!! As a co-author of the Blog with Bite group review website I have to read the recent release from Heather Davis Never Cry Werewolf . Follow up on Monday for the review.

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Review: Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley

Lipstick Apology
By: Jennifer Jabaley
Reading Level: Young Adult
Book Whisperer Rating: 3 Stars

Author's Description:
Four Little Words Written in Lipstick...
mean Emily must say goodbye to everything she knows. Emily Carson has always been a good girl. So when she throws a party the night her parents leave for vacation, she's sure she'll get busted. What Emily doesn't know is that her parents will never return.

Review: Lipstick Apology was a roll with the punches kind of book. Readers follow a very emotional rollercoaster of loss, humor, and love in this new age story. While the story was entertaining, it seemed to lack a direct plot. The story vaguely strayed in the first half leaving me confused about the path the book was supposed to be leading. This was my first read by Jennifer Jabaley and I felt that she was still a little distant from her characters. This story was packed with emotion, but I failed to feel that severity of this from the writing. I enjoyed this book, but I do not see as a book that I would give a return visit.

One in a Lifetime Contest!!!!

Check out this once in a lifetime contest. You can winner Ruined and Hollow, as well as a couple other books and tshirts. Bookmark her page!!!!

Wednesday, September 16

Leap books (Leapbks) A New Face

Check out a new face in the publishing world. They are offering gifts and contests on their website, and while your there take a look around. Found some awesome new books to look foward to.

Tuesday, September 15

Look alikes!

If this was memory would I win the game. I think I have found the match!
The Devil's Playground is the fourth book in the Morgan Kinsley Series. Beneath the Rising Moon was released in June 2003, but was recently updated with a new cover as seen here. Oh well, I like both just wanted to show you......

Monday, September 14

Blogs with Bite Breaking News!!

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I was just this morning invited to be a co author of the BWB (Blog with Bite) group review website. Everyone must take a look. I am so very excited to be a part of this group. Many thanks to the other co-authors for allowing me to join. I am honored.

Sunday, September 13

In My Mailbox #1

Thanks to the Story Siren for bring us In My Mailbox is hosted by Story Siren. I am estatic to  report that I have recieved my first review copies from my blog. This is so awesome, now my husband thinks that I am just a little more crazy. Check out what I got.....

Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri
ISBN: 978-0763637071
Released August 2009
For Review from Candlewick

Play Me by Laura Ruby
ISBN: 978-0061243295
Paperback Release 2009
For Review from Harperteen

I know myself I like to get ideas from others In my Mailbox for my to read pile. Although, in the effort to have the best blog that I can have. Tell me as a reader do you prefer to have the description of the book on with the new titles, or do you prefer to look the book up yourself? I think that I would prefer to read about it all here, and if that is the majorities preference than I will be adding the description on the next Mailbox entry.
Thanks for all your help, it takes readers to make all these blogs work.

Review: Sticky Fingers by Niki Burham

Sticky Fingers
By: Niki Burnham
Reading Level: Young Adult
Bookwhisperer Rating: 4 Stars


That's how Jenna Kassarian sees herself. It's all about control—perfect grades, the ideal boyfriend, the best best friend. Then one night, and one party, shatters her perfect facade, and Jenna realizes that straight A's can't protect you in the real world.

Knowing one's self is one of lifes greatest accomplishments. Many spend their whole lives not knowing what they truely want to be happy. Jenna is not one of those people. She is smart, driven, and accomplished at only seventeen. Although, the one thing that she may not have planned on is how others decisions can also influence her future. Sticky Fingers is an entertaining read, as well as, a learning lesson for the younger generation. Sometimes even the people you think you can trust can not always be trusted. I was torn in rating this book. The first half of Sticky Fingers was slow paced and felt a little bogged down and struggling to maintain my attention. Although, the second half of the book picked up pace and intrigue leaving me entertained and attentive. In the end I am settling with a four rating I feel that it is a fair and honest rating to leave room for improvement, but also to congratulate a well writing book. Many things in life begin slow and soft, and end with a boom. This book is a particular example of this theory.

Saturday, September 12

Michelle's Bookshelf Contest

Michelle's Bookshelf is celebrating 100 followers you must take a look awesome books being given away!!

Technical Difficulties

It has been brought to my attention that I have been having some problems with commenting. I think I have fixed the problem. So feel free to comment now. Sorry for the trouble....

Review: Exposed by Susan Vaught

By: Susan Vaught
Reading Level: Young Adult
Book Whisperer Rating: 3 Stars

Description from Author's Website:
Most things are going right for Chan Shealy—straight As, a shot at the regional majorette championships in baton twirling, and the best best friend a girl could wish for. And when she goes tofind the perfect boyfriend online, those good things get even better. Or so she thinks . . .As Chan’s home life collides with her dream life and reality challenges what she thought was safer than safe, Chan must make impossible choices to save the family she cherishes and the futureshe imagines for herself. A fast-paced, gripping story ripped from the headlines, Exposed is aboutwhat happens when your gut tells you something that you just refuse to hear.

My Review: This is riveting tale about what can happen with you mix immaturity and the internet. Chan is a young girl trying to escape life by finding the "perfect guy" online. Only what she finds is much more scary and dangerous than it appears. This is a learning lesson for the younger generation about what can really happen, and why the internet is not always safe. As for a entertaining, I was not totally impressed but I think there is a lot more to gain from this book than an entertaining read.

Friday, September 11

Pureheart and Whisper to the Blood Giveaway

I have two ARC's that I recieved through Librarything Early Reviewers. They were both good books, but not ones I am interested in keeping in my library. So I am going to give them away. Pureheart By: Rita Hsu Syers Publisher: Brownwen Publishing ISBN: 978-0977926701 Amazon Description: When Maggie Adams was fourteen years old, four of her friends drew a pentagram on the floor, lit candles made of human fat, repeated the words of an ancient spell, and raised a demon. They had no way of knowing that what they did that night could bring about the end of the world. They did not know that a supernatural force beyond their comprehension or control had waited patiently for this very moment in time. And no one had any way of knowing that a little dog, sent from God, was the only living thing that stood between them and total annihilation. Whisper to the Blood By: Dana Stabenow Publisher: St. Martin's Press ISBN: 978-0312369743 Back Cover: Inside Alaska's biggest national park a gold mining company has started buying up land. The residents of the Park are uneasy. "But gold is up to nine hundred dollars an ounce," is the refrain of Talia Macleod, the popular skiing champ the company hired to improve their relations with Alaskans. But before she can make her case there are two murders. Alonside a series of attacks on snow mobilers up the Kanuyaq River, part-time PI and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna native Association Kate Shugak has her hands full. Following up the most successful Kate Shugak novel to date, A Deeper Sleep, the unputdownable Whisper to the Blood promises to thoroughly delight fans and build Stabenow's audience.
As I said there are ARC that I had recieved from Librarything, they are not the typical books that I read and I am looking to give them away. If you are interested just post a comment with your email address, and which on you are wanting. September 25th I will draw a name for each book. Sorry, but do to expense I need to keep it in the US & Canada especially if I am having to mail two books. Good Luck!

Review: Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Once a Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Reading Level: Young Adult
Book Whisperer Rating: 4 Stars

Back Cover: Tamsin only wishes to be a normal girl. After having spent most of her life as the family blacksheep she is now moving forward. Attending a prep schools has also helped Tamsin construct was appears to be a semi normal life. Tamsin was supposed to be a witch of great power, but at the age of eight it was discovered she lacked a talent. Talents are the power that a witch gains at a certain age. It is then that a member is guided through initiation rites, and begins to truely learn how to be a witch. Only when Tamsin failed to gain a talent, she rejected the witch lifestyle and never learned the rules. On summer break Tamsin returns home to a summer of torture. When a strange strolls into town Tamsin finds a chance to finally fit in by agreeing to help them find what they have lost. Only with no talent this presents a problem, and what the strangers looking for turns out to be more than just a family heirloom.

Review: Once a Witch is a very fast paced story, and had my attention full invested by the second chapter. This was my first book by Carolyn MacCullough, and I really enjoyed her writing. The storyline was easy to follow, and the plot was strong. Although, I felt that characters were some what lacking, while I felt as though I knew the characters at moments they still seemed like strangers in the story. I still would without a doubt recommend Once a Witch it is excellent read. I hope to sequel in the future.

Treat Me

Treat Me is a special post that I am starting to show when I have splurged and bought a book that I have been wanting to add to my bookshelf. Although, having already read it. Yesterday I bought myself Twilight by Stephenie Meyer in hardback.

Office Chair Giveaway- Eclectic Reader

Eclectic Reader has a give away for a new office chair. You must take a look.

Thursday, September 10

Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harperteen
ISBN: 978-0060874186
Book Whisperer Rating: 4 Stars
Beastly is definetly the modern day remake of Beauty and the Beast. Alex Flinn created a highly entertaining story following the exact storyline of the well known fairy tale. Alex is a young man that has been raised by wealth; money, beauty, and popularity are high priorities in which to measure ones life. Until the day Alex decides to play a cruel joke on a supposed class mate, but soon finds she is more than she appears and his future now lies in her hands. What will he do when his physical appearance matches his personality, and can someone change? I questioned the storyline with it predictably, but found about half way through the that Flinn created an amazing story with the sample basic principles. This book is definetly well worth the read. Now I can anticpate watching the movie.

Wednesday, September 9

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine; with the intentions of previewing upcoming releases that we are so patiently awaiting. My Waiting on Wednesday is dedicated to Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk. This is the third book in the Allie Beckstrom series which is expected to be released 11/03/2009.

Description from authors webpage . Magic is Allison Beckstrom's blessing and curse. As a Hound, she uses her gifts to track down practitioners who abuse their power and stop them from inflicting harm on unsuspecting innocents. Unfortunately, her spells have taken their toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories—including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie’s thoughts. Her late father, the prominent businessman—and sorcerer—Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities—and find a way to deal with her father…