Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

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  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Source: eARC provided by NetGalley/Penguin for review
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Overview

A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.


My Thoughts

This book was just beautiful. It was sad, but really uplifting too. It is a touching and emotional story about overcoming bullying. I don't even know where to start with this review or even where to go with it really. I have been reading much more contemporary lately, but I still find it hard for me personally to review. This book broke my heart, but also made me smile. It's definitely a very emotionally draining book to read if you are a sympathetic reader.

Noelle is one of those characters you just really ache for. At some times I did feel a bit angry at her, but I totally understand why she did or didn't do certain things. High school is rough and it's a shame that she was embarrassed, but the fault really lies on her mother. It's sickening that her mother just kind of gives up and Noelle is basically trying to take care of herself. He mom is embarrassing, she is ashamed that she is poor and has nothing. I remember how horrible some kids can be to the people who didn't have as much. She isn't the only one getting picked on, but what is sad is that she is too ashamed to even hang out with another girl who is being bullied too. She is afraid that it will make things worse for her. She keeps saying how she wishes that people would do something, stand up for others, whatever, but then she won't do it either.

I loved Julian. He is such a great character. He is plenty well off, but he doesn't act all high and mighty like the other kids do. He isn't ashamed to talk to people who get picked on, or stand up for them. He doesn't feel the need to be in the cool crowd. He like Noelle because of who she is, not because of what she has, or more accurately, doesn't have. There needs to be more Julian's in this world. He is a good example of how people should treat each other and act. Is he perfect, no. Nobody is perfect, but he is pretty close.

The bullies made me so angry, but besides them, the teachers and others made me angry too. Like, how can the teachers just stand by and let people be treated so badly. Warren I totally wanted to punch in the face...repeatedly. And Carly too! Ugh! Just the things that they do and say it so horribly sad. They treat people however they want, throw food at people, push them verbally attack them, I could go on and on. My heart was aching through so much of this book.

I loved that Noelle still had a good friend to stick with her through things. Sharae was really awesome and always reassured Noelle that she was a great person. Noelle had still hid a lot of stuff from Sharae, but her are Sharae have a great heart to heard and tell each other about the secrets they have been hiding and how they feel. Sharae has her own issues in this book to that are very serious too.

This book was just very real. I could see these things happening. I have seen these things happen for real. This book brought out a lot of my emotions, mostly anger, anguish, and disappointment. So many of the characters really, really disappointed me, but that's realistically how it is. I also did feel very happy at a lot of moments. I liked the strength that Noelle eventually found in herself with the help of Sharae, Simon and Julian. I also loved how brave Sharae was. She not only stands by Noelle, but she stands up for herself and what is right where a lot of girls wouldn't. I highly recommend this book to teenagers and adults. The message in this book is just so heartbreaking, but wonderful. You can overcome bullying, don't let it define you. Find your inner strength. 4 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday 5-30-12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.


This week my Waiting on Wednesday is Skarlet by Thomas Emson. I guess it had been published before, but it is now going to be published my Macmillan/St. Martins Press.


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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
Overview (taken from B&N)

In the vein of Jonathan Maberry and The Walking Dead—when a new drug starts turning users into vampires, it’s open season on the living

Fear grips London as dozens of people die after taking a sinister new drug called Skarlet. But that's only the beginning. Forty-eight hours later, the dead partiers wake up and begin butchering the living for their blood. Soon, London gives a name to its terror: Vampires.

Jake Lawton, bitter and betrayed after the Iraq War, find himself fighting another battle, this time against the growing army of immortal hunters and their human cohorts. Lawton joins forces with the journalist who brought about his downfall and the dealer tricked into distributing the drug. Together they take on the spineless authorities, the ruthless cohorts, and the hungry dead. But the vampire plague unleashed in London is nothing compared to what lurks beneath the streets. Waiting to be fed . . . Waiting to be resurrected . . . Waiting to reign again over a city of human slaves.

OMG!! Right?!!!! I am totally all over this book!! Like wants it now!!! Who's with me? Creepy awesomeness for sure!! That is all. Leave me a link and I will check out your Wednesday Posts. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: The Weepers (The Other Life #1) by Susanne Winnacker

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  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Marshall Cavendish for review
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Overview

 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.

Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.

While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.


My Thoughts


Okay so most of you probably know that I love zombies, I love horror, and love anything that's creepy. Of course I needed to read this book. There aren't really zombies, it's just a super mutated rabies virus, but still. The infected eat people so they are close enough to zombies, right? And they are intelligent which is even creepier. They live in abandoned buildings and work together and stock up on humans. I really did enjoy this book, but it wasn't as awesome as I thought it would be. It had some great action and a little romance. The characters were likable enough, it just wasn't all that I thought it would be. I think my expectations going into it were a little too high. 

Shelly was not a great character for me. I mean her whole situation pretty much sucks, and she really does try to do what she has to do, but it wasn't really that convincing to me. I don't know why. It was just like ohhh a boy. And she's totally infatuated. I mean, I did like her, but I guess I just didn't connect with her. She wants very badly to rescue her father and get her family, which I totally understand, but she makes some stupid decisions that could really be bad for everyone. She seems to not really think about everyone as a whole until the end of the book. 


I liked most of the other characters. I really hope that we get to know more about Tyler. He seems like he will be an important and awesome character in later books. I liked Joshua too. He is really sweet and caring, but also tough and determined. He is out for revenge on the Weepers. It's dangerous, but he feels like he has to hunt them. 


There is of course some romance. It's not super heavy, but it's there throughout. Sherry is totally pining for Joshua even when she is trying to deny it to herself. I guess I can't really blame her. There isn't many people left who aren't Weeper's and she had been in her Bunker for like 3 years with her family until they ran out of food. That would make anyone crazy and need interactions with other people besides family. 


Overall it was a decent book. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. There is some action and some good Weeper killing, but not as much as I really expected. I don't really have much to say about this book. It was good, I think it was a good start to a series, and I am definitely looking forward to what is coming next. The end wasn't a cliffhanger or anything that will drive you nuts, but it's a great set up for the next book in the series. 3 out of 5 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday (11)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a different topic for the Top Ten. I haven't done one in a few weeks, but I had to do this one. This weeks Top Ten topic is:

Ten Books that have come out in the past 10 years that you hope people will still be reading 30 years from now. 

So I cheated and did series, but I am sure I'm not the only one.

1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I think this one is pretty self explanatory. It's just amazing, and if you haven't read it, you need to.

2. Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. The whole series has not come out in the past 10 years, but I still think that it should make the list. I mean you can't not read the first two books. Most of the series has come out in the past 10 years so it counts. Again, this one is pretty self explanatory.

3. The Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer.Okay, I know some of you are rolling your eyes, but whatever. These books were probably the ones that got me into reading YA. I read some, but not much. After reading Twilight I was a YA addict and needed as much as I could get.

4. The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent. Seriously one of the best series I have ever read. It's not YA, but OMG is it good. I devoured all six books in a few days!!

5. The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. Did I mention how much I friggin love her?! She just writes awesome books. I love this series and I hope that in the future people will still be enjoying it.

6. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Love, love, love it!! Clary is awesome, Magnus rocks my world, and Jace...*swoons* I mean I love the other characters too, but ya know!!

7. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Again, Cassie is just awesome. Another Shadowhunter story from the past, that ties into TMI, so friggin epic!! Also, Magnus, Will, Jem..... need I say more?

8. The Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout. Seriously, Jennifer is amazeballs!! Love her books!! All of them. She is great with the humor, steamy scenes, tense action packed awesomeness, just everything.

9. The Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout. I think I pretty much made my point in number 8. ;)

10. The Curse Workers series by Holly Black. This is just an amazing series. Dark and gritty. It's not all fluff and happiness. Bonus points for the MC being male too!

There are many more that I really wanted to add, but those ones really stand out for me. I have read the books in all of those series numerous times, so I figured they should make the top ten. I would love to see what books your top ten list has. Leave me a link. :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Wicked Sweet by Mar'ce Merrell

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  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: ARC provided by Feiwel & Friends for review
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Overview

Chantal is a planner, and her summer-before-senior-year plan requires best friend Jillian, resumé updating, and studying for AP classes. Jillian wants something different and is afraid to leave introverted Chantal in the dust. All that changes, though, when popular classmates Parker and Will suspiciously start hanging out with the girls.

Chantal only sees one thing: Jillian ditching her for Parker—a guy who can’t even be trusted! Chantal hatches a new plan, one that will expose Parker and Will for what they truly are, and along the way, get her best friend back with the littlest lie and a lot of mouthwatering cake. After all, what are best friends for?


My Thoughts

To start, I totally loved the cover. I thought it was super cute and then I read the synopsis and knew I had to read this. It wasn't quite what I thought it would be, but it was really great! It's in a multi POV so it switches from Chantal, Jillian, Parker, and Will. It is done really well, and you really get to take in all that is happening. It has some important underlying issues in it, but overall I enjoyed it. It was never really too intense or emotional, but it also wasn't as light and fluffy as you would think it would be.  All of the characters are so different and all have issues that come from their parents.

Onto the characters. Chantal is the type of person who needs routine and structure. It is how she grew up. Her mother is pretty awful actually. She is miss perfect who has to have everything organized, have lists, schedule the family to exercise, and is against having junk food. She won't even let Chantal bake deserts in the house. She puts Chantal down and makes her feel bad about herself. When Chantal was in 3rd grade and cut her won hair, she yelled at her and told her she looked like a fat little boy!! I mean, how horrible is that. Chantal is a great character, who is just trying to find herself. She is terrified of losing her BFF because she fells like she needs her. They kind of complete each other.

Jillian is the character that you feel sorry for. Her mom is a freaking train wreck. She has seven kids with three different guys. Jillian is the one who ends up taking care of them all the time. Not only is she taking care of six kids, but they are all boys. Triplets, twins, and a two year old. Her mother doesn't think it's wrong to let Jillian take on the responsibility. Jillian has always just gone along with Chantal's summer plans. She actually really enjoyed then too. They always plan a project. They are smart and are at the top of their class, but now she wants more. She wants to have fun, be noticed, and not have to deal with her horrible home life. She just wants to fit in.

Parker is from a well off family. His parents are pretty much perfect, but it's not really as it seems. They want so much out of him. They expect him to be class president like his brothers were. Go to college and be super successful. Hang around the "right" people. Parker sees the good in everyone though. He wants to do big things, but not like his parents want. He wants to help charities, and raise money for good causes. Parker is overall a really great guy who just does some really stupid things because of Will and his family.

Will is a character that I still disliked by the end of the book. He didn't have any redeeming qualities at all. His dad is a complete jerk, and his mom doesn't stand up for him or care because she will always choose his father over him. It's sad, but it's hard to feel bad for Will because he is just such a tool. He is just a jerk in general. You think you start to see a better side of him, but then he ruins it again. He is self-centered and thinks he is awesome, when really he is just a loser. I get it, he wants something better out of life, but his behavior is just horrible.

The overall story was pretty fun. Chantal finds herself through baking, Jillian finally does what she thinks is right for her family, Parker knows what he wants and he doesn't care what his parents think, and Will is still a jerk, but somehow manages to get his way a little bit. The story follows Chantal as the Cake Princess and there is some pretty yummy tasting cakes that she makes. She has this whole pretty awesome plan to expose Will and it's quite entertaining. I really enjoyed seeing how the characters changed and grew through the story. The thing that I didn't like was some of the word choices they used. Profanity doesn't bother me, but offensive terms do, and there was a part of this book that did that. I really did enjoy this book though. I think it was a great quick contemporary that will leave you craving tasty cake! 3.5 out of 5 stars

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (5)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hi guys!! Wow! Can you believe that it is almost June. This year is just flying by. I had a slow week, which is fine by me. I have a lot of books to read. I am also doing pretty good at sticking to my book buying ban. There are a few books coming out in the next few months that I already have pre-ordered or intend to buy, but I am going to try not to impulse buy for a little while. So onto my books and weekly recap. Oh, and hope that everyone has a good Memorial Day!! Since I am home with the kiddo anyways 3 day weekends don't mean a day off for me.



Lol!! What a great shot to freeze on. It seems it's always the worst shot haha!! My daughter is also making some noises in the background through the whole video and it's pretty cute. I had a hell of a time getting this on the blog. YouTube was not cooperating at all. The first time I uploaded it, it cut the sound after 2 minutes, then the second time the server kept not responding. Hopefully the video works okay since it was such a hassle getting it on here.


Books Mentioned

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitandis (Won from Books to the Sky)
Suffocate by S.R. Johannes (Purchased ebook from B&N)
Dreamwalker by Andrea Heltsley (For review for blog tour from Supagurl Book Tours)
Croak swag from Gina Damico

Big thanks to Kaitlyn and Jenny from Books to the Sky, Phoebe Kitandis, Andrea Heltsley, and Heather from Supagurl Books.

Weekly Recap

This week on the blog I had three reviews. Revived by Cat Patrick, Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, and Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. I also had a cover reveal for the new cover of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by  Rachel Harris. I love the new cover. The weekly memes I participate in, Teaser Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and my Saturday Silliness feature. I had a Guest post with the author of Sykosa too. I also go an a bit of a rant about book piracy and am doing a giveaway for an ebook copy of Inhale by Kendall Grey.

That is what happened this week on BLM. Thanks for all your wonderful comments. I appreciate all the visits to my blog. Love ya!! Leave me a link and I will check out your posts.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Silliness (3)


Hi guys!! Welcome to another Saturday Silliness. I know I didn't do one last week, but we all know that a book signing recap was way more interesting. But, now that I don't have anything else more interesting, back to the normal feature. I'll be honest guys, nothing really silly happened this week. I could go on a rant about my super scumbag neighbor, but that wouldn't be very silly and the point of this post is to lift spirits and make people smile. (Or roll your eyes at how lame I am, but that's okay too. I still love all of you dearly.)


I will give you some more out of the F my Life book. They seem to be pretty funny.

Today, at the dinner table, my parents were talking to my younger sister about her new boyfriend and how they should be taking it slow. My sister pointed out that that's not what I do. Nay dad said, "Believe me, I know-your sister's easier to get into than community college." FML

Today I was hitting on a girl who was getting ready to walk into the same class as I was. We were waiting outside the room, and I told her that I had heard that the professor was a total bitch. We walked into the room. I sat down at a desk. She stood behind the podium. FML

Today I told myself: "Go on, you big geek, go outside, get some sun, get your ass away from you computer, go for a walk." I finally mustered the courage to leave my house. Without my keys. I've been in an Internet cafe for four hours. FML

Today I was driving after dark and saw a small animal run across the road. I slammed on my brakes and got rear-ended. The animal turned out to be a plastic grocery bag. FML

Today I was making a smoothie. I didn't plug in the blender until after all the ingredients were inside. It was still on when I plugged it in...with no lid. FML

That's it for this Saturday. If you have any suggestions on things you find silly or entertaining that you would like to see, leave me a comment. If you have a funny story to tell you can email me and I will post it in a Saturday Silliness post and credit you. I am all about entertainment going into the weekend. :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Macmillan for review
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Overview

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.



My Thoughts

I really enjoy mermaid stories. I haven't really read a lot of them, I'm not sure why, but I do love them. When I first heard about this book I was super excited. For one, it's a mermaid (or as they are called in this book Syrena) and two, boy Syrena!! Right?!!! Then there were the little teasers and chats on twitter that made me even more interested. The characters sounded so entertaining...and they definitely were. This book moved along nicely. It was never really slow, but it was not ever really fast paced either. It was just a great flow. Anna was very good about giving us the Syrena history too, which I really enjoyed because too often, books just skim over things and leave us short on the details of why things are.

Emma is a feisty character. I liked her and at the same time I was bothered by her a bit. She is a pretty tough chick, but also very stubborn. She acts like a child sometimes too with just having to go against something that Galen said, just because. It's like she has to prove a point that she isn't going to listen to him. Yet she is totally obsessed with him. It's almost comical when you think about it. She wants to be with him so badly, but she acts so immature about things. I mean, yes, he totally gives mixed messages, but that's still besides the point. I would be like, "Dude, you're hot, but kinda a jerk about some things, but I so want to kiss you." Lol!! I guess that is just me. I just think that it's sad that she kind of lets him walk all over her in a sense. I mean it's not like he's treating her bad, but he wants an obeying girl and she basically gives into that.

Galen is pretty swoontastic!! He has to learn how to adjust to how humans are and the things they do. Yes, h e comes across as a jerk at first, but he gets better. I liked how loyal he is to his kingdom. The whole time you are really hoping that things can be different so that he can be happy in the end. I can't really go into it without spoiling anything though. He ends up doing a lot of research and finding out a lot of things that can actually change everything. I think that Galen really changed a lot through the book. Or maybe he didn't change as much as the real him finally was able to surface. He really is a sweet guy, things just seem to come out wrong for him. It's hard trying act human when you don't completely understand how things can be interpreted.

The secondary characters were awesome too. I especially liked Rayna. My first impression of her was not great, but I couldn't help but really like her character as we get to know her better. One of the best parts of the book was a certain scene including a glass wall. It was quite entertaining. Rachel is quite a sweetheart too. I liked her. Emma's mom is something else. She seems overly paranoid about things and a bit too overprotective.

This was a great story, I can't say the ending shocked me really. I think I figured out that was coming very early on. Like, really early. It still didn't take away from me enjoying the book though. It wasn't anything extraordinary. It was pretty average as far as books go, but I really did enjoy getting to know the characters and found the Syrena history interesting. The humor was great! I love I am looking forward to where the next book will take us. I think that the story will get much more interesting. And I really want more Galen!! The nice Galen. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Macmillan for review
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Overview

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.


My Thoughts

When I first heard about this book I was super excited to red it. It just sounded so unique and creative. Being someone who has in fact been struck by lightning, (thought indirectly) it sounded extra appealing to me. (If you want to know more about that feel free to tweet me or email me about it.) It was definitely an interesting book. I liked Mia and some of the other characters. There was a lot of religion in it, and being someone who is not religious I can say it didn't bother me. It wasn't annoyingly preachy, it was just a main part of the story. It was done very well to be honest. 


Mia has a special gift though she feels like it's a curse. She doesn't really know the extent of the power she carries from the countless lightning strikes. She has different people telling her who she can and can't trust on opposing sides and she has no clue what to do. I feel like in the situation she is stuck in she really does pretty well. Yes, she makes some bad decisions, but who doesn't. She's confused and trying to take care of her mother who has basically shut down completely after the earthquake. 


Jeremy is kind of stalkerish, but it's okay. He's totally hot! Really though, he is a great character. He is a bit creepy, but there is a lot of creepy weird people in this book. When you have the end of the world looking you in the face there are going to be some crazies! He has secrets that he wants to tell, but can't. Well, more he is afraid to than he can't I guess. Anyways, I can't really say much about him except I like him, and I liked him with Mia. He was always there for her when she needed him, even when she didn't know whether to trust him or not. 


There is a little romance in this book, but it is really isn't a big in your face, take over the story romance. It was there, it does play a part in the book, but it's not annoying and over the top. I actually thought it was great. A little fast, but hey, the end of the world is coming. Things tend to move a little faster when you only have days left.

This book was fast paced, and kept my interest from beginning to end. There was nothing that stood out as shocking or any big twists, and no major cliffhanger ending, though there is a little bit of something implied. Overall I would have to say this was a well written book that I really enjoyed. It may not have blown me away, but it was a great book. I am undecided between 3 and 4 stars. I think if we knew a little more about these powers the lightning gives and how people came to know about it and start these groups. I would give it 4, but I still feel like there is a little lack of information on why things happen. I am a bit picky with stuff like that. I need a reason for things, even if it's not a very good one. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Things That Make Me Mad: Book Piracy

Okay this subject comes up over and over again. It's a shame that it does, and unfortunately there isn't much that can be done about it. Book Piracy. It makes me sick that people do this!! Really I want to go find these people and kick them. Tell them they are disrespectful, selfish, jerks! It happens to so many authors, and it infuriates me. The latest case is the awesome Kendall Grey. I love this woman, she is freaking awesome! Her book is amazing! Everyone should want to read it, but legally. Would these people walk into a bookstore and steal a book? Probably not, so why do they think it's okay to download it illegally online. IT IS STILL STEALING!! It's so sad. The worst part is, that there isn't much the author can do about it. They can join the site and request that their work doesn't get uploaded onto the site, but it will pop up somewhere else. It's a never ending cycle. So I won't go on and on about it, but I am so upset that people are pirating her amazing book (which by the way all profits go to programs for whale education, not to the author, that is how amazing she is) that I am going to do a giveaway. That's right. I will buy someone this book. Right now it is only available in ebook from Amazon and B&N, but as long as you have a nook or a kindle or an app to read one of those you can enter. This is an adult book so you must be 18+ to enter please. I will give you the book details.


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Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

*This book contains graphic language, sex, and some violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

**The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face.



I loved this book! Like really loved it. I thought it was fantastic. You can find my review here. She is a very talented writer. Now onto the giveaway details. 
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • This is international as long as you can receive the ebook for your nook or kindle
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Waiting on Wednesday 5-23-12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.

This week I am really pining for Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky. I loved Awaken and I am really looking forward to what is coming next in the story. I read Awaken right when it came out so it has been an agonizing wait for Middle Ground, and it's still a long way off. 

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 336
Overview

In the sequel to Awaken, seventeen-year-old Maddie is in LA, is trying to stay out of trouble. But she can't quell the fire that rages within her against the digital life, and one night, a seemingly small act of rebellion lands Maddie in the place she fears the most: a detention center. Here, under the guise of rehabilitation, patients are reprogramed to accept the digital life. When Maddie discovers what goes on here, her fight shifts. She's no longer just fighting against the digital life. She's fighting for her mind, her soul, and her life. Once again, Katie Kacvinsky paints a disturbing picture of what the future holds if we're not careful.




I really cannot wait for this book. I am slowly dying waiting for it. It's a must read book for me and November can't come soon enough. I would love to know what books you are waiting for this Wednesday. Leave me a link and I will check it out.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Revived by Cat Patrick

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Source: Received a copy from the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Overview

As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.


My Thoughts


After reading the synopsis for this book, I was very excited to read it. It sounded like a really cool concept. I did enjoy this book, though I think that a lot of stuff just felt a bit off for me. I read it rather quickly since it's not a very big book, but I just wasn't completely drawn into the story. I liked the characters though, I thought they were really great.  


Daisy is a smart girl. She has been raised and trained by this secret agency and has two agents acting as her parents. She has died quite a few times and every time, they need to relocate and change their last names. They take precautions to try to keep the revive program safe. She's tough, but also a little reckless. She doesn't really thing of death how others do, since she knows that she will be brought back. She finally does start to realize how fragile life is, but it takes some heartache for her to really understand. She is just a teenager though, so I did try to keep that in mind. I know I didn't think very rationally when I was her age, and if I knew there was a drug to bring me back to life, I don't even want to think of how careless I would have been regarding my life. 

Matt was very real. I liked that about him. He was very well written. His emotions and the way he acted in certain situations is exactly how I would expect someone his age to act. Especially with the personal things he has going on. I think he really has been forced to see things how they really are. He knows about emotional pain. He knows how it is to feel completely helpless because sometime there is nothing you can do to change things. He just does the best he can to be a good person, do the right things, and really just care about others. 

There are some twists in this story, some emotional moments, and some parts that have you tense and needing to know what is going to happen. Unfortunately, there isn't many of them. The story progression was fine, the character development was good, but the story just kind of fell flat for me. It was interesting, but not interesting enough. I can't really say that there was anything that stands out that I didn't like, it just didn't really capture me either. I think I was expecting more out of it. 3 out of 5 stars 

Teaser Tuesday (28)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! You should too, it's really fun and a great way to find out about other awesome books, and blogs. Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my Teaser Tuesday is from Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. This book just came out today and it was fantastic. My review will be going up Friday for it so be sure to stop back for that.

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  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 336
My teasers

"I finally figured that out. That you don't actually know about your secret." (pg 77 of 333 of eARC)

He's like the club remix of a song I already hated, one I couldn't get out of my head the first time around. One that plays over and over and over. (I totally forgot to write down the location of this one, but it is further into the book than the first one)



I enjoyed this book. It was a very quick read and it was entertaining. There is a lot of humor in the book. There were a lot of great teasers to choose from, but I didn't want to use anything too great. You should experience some of the greater lines for yourself. Link me to your Tuesday post and I will check it out!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Today on the blog I have another spectacular cover reveal. This is for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris. You may recall that I actually did a cover reveal for this book a little while back, but now it has gotten a new cover.

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family's trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic
amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

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 What do you think? I think it's fabulous!! I also have a special excerpt for you from the book.

“I thought I'd teach you a dance from where I come from,” I tell him. “One that's much easier than that multi-step mess inside.” 
I place my left hand on Lorenzo's shoulder and slip my right one into his. I pause to listen to the music floating over the tinkling voices and bubbling fountain, and begin counting the three-beat tempo. “One, two, three. One, two, three.” 
I stand still, only my head moving, slowly nodding with my words so he can hear the rhythm. 
When his head begins subtly bobbing with mine, I show him how to add his feet. He takes a tentative step forward with his left while I step back with my right, then we side step, close, and repeat the steps with our other feet, all while I lightly whisper the beat count. 
The breeze picks up, blowing my skirt and skimming my veil across the back of my neck. Chills run down my spine, but the warmth coursing through my veins from being in his arms provides a delicious contradiction. 
Lorenzo continues nervously darting his eyes to our feet, but he is dancing. As he relaxes into the movement, his shoulders rising and falling with the steps, the confidence he always seems to exude creeps back on his face, and he tightens the hold around me. Our faces are kissably close, our lips a hairs breadth away from touching. I stare into the chocolate depths of his eyes and the rest of the ball fades away. The only music guiding our steps is my light whisper and the erratic rhythm of our breathing. Time slows. Lorenzo grins. 
“I think you got it,” I say breathlessly, running my hand along the soft fabric of his shoulder, feeling the rock-hard muscles underneath. 
My body curls inward, pressing against his. The proper form for the waltz is a straight spine and shoulders back, but if there was ever a time to break the rules, this is it.

As a teen, I threw raging parties that shook my parents' walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, I read and write obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dream up characters who become my imaginary friends.

When I'm not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find me homeschooling my two beautiful princesses, hanging out with my amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.


MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is my first novel. I did have my own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised.


 I have also included the book trailer for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century for any of you who enjoy book trailers. 

 

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to add My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century to your Goodreads list. Also below is the rafflecopter for a pretty cool giveaway that Rachel is doing. :)

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Guest Post with author Justin Ordonez

Today on the blog I have a guest post with the author of Sykosa, Justin Ordonez. I will first let you know about the book and then move on to the guest post that Justin was so nice to do.

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Sykosa (that's "sy"-as-in-"my" ko-sa) is a junior in high school. She belongs to an exclusive clique of girls called the "Queens." The leader is her best friend Niko. Their friendship has been strained lately because Tom—Sykosa's first boyfriend boyfriend—has gotten all serious about making her his pretty Prom princess. That is if he ever gets around to asking her. Before Prom, there's a party at Niko's cottage where parental supervision will be nil. He wants to have sex. She doesn't. He sometimes acts like that doesn't matter.

It matters.

Sykosa has a secret she has never told anyone about. Although, some people—Tom included—know anyway. It happened last year and it was big and she'll cry if she talks about it so she's done talking about it, okay? Never mind, it's nobody's business. Except it keeps happening, and it never stops. She doesn't want to deal with it. He does. She sometimes acts like that doesn't matter.

It matters.

Guest Post

A Home Unknown.
Justin Ordoñez

Contrary to popular belief, Americans can visit Cuba. You don’t need some weird sponsor who monitors you. You don’t renounce your US Citizenship. You don’t need to circumnavigate American authorities by first flying to Canada, then taking a freighter to Greenland, before being smuggled into Cairo, waiting until you’re declared dead to be air dropped into Columbia, hike all the way to the Mexican coast and then sail the Gulf of Mexico until you land on, what the Internet has assured me, are Cuba’s awe-inspiring beaches. In fact, about all you do is buy a forty dollar visa at a travel agent in south Florida, then schedule a charter flight, and depending on how you split the airfare, you’re probably getting to Cuba—the mysterious land that feels like this far-away place despite being only ninety miles offshore—for about a hundred and fifty bucks.
    It’s literally that ordinary of a trip.
    I never imagined I would visit Cuba, and I think I never imagined it because no one I know seems to imagine it, or they do, they imagine it constantly, they think about it constantly, a country, a homeland, a place in their heart somewhat similar to the love one holds for their mother. It’s both invigorating, special, and slightly devastating—it’s enormity, like a personal Big Bang. The paternal side of my family is Cuban, and not only are they Cuban, they are refugees. Though, you’ll never catch them acting that way. They hang the American flag, they’re US citizens, they speak English, and like a lot of Cubans, there’s a love affair with Ronald Reagan extending beyond politics, that somehow relieved old and deep wounds, though it did not heal them. What happened to my family is like an injury that won’t fully heal, an infection that’s constantly being debrided, and about the only time you’ll ever truly see it is during family reunions—when everyone is happy, when everyone is merry, when people let down their guard and be with the ones they love, and at some point, things change, you forgot you’re an individual, you forget you’re a selfish person who has hurt and been hurt by many of these people, as families often do, and this extra-sensory pull occurs, telling you that you belong with these people, you think like these people, and suddenly sentences don’t need to be finished, people start laughing in anticipation because jokes no longer need punch lines, and the same old stories that’ve been told one thousand times become as fresh as the day they happened.
    It overtakes everyone—the momentum and the eventual crescendo, then the silence. It’s not awkward, it’s not hanging, it’s not begging for someone to fill it, it’s satisfaction, it’s let’s sit here and feel the fat of our love, it’s a mass-conspiracy between the spirits of those at play, as they’ve each jockeyed to speak, worked to get in their points, oftentimes interchangeably switching from Spanish to English, then from English to Spanish, like it were all one language, and now no one is interested in filling the space, or in minding the gap. That’s when you know it’s about to happen. It’s usually somewhere after the party hit its first lag, but before the second.
    They’re about to talk about Cuba.
    What follows is not hatred, not resentment, not fiery political speech of this or that and all the tired dribble Americans seem entitled to spew about simply everything. No, I think you learn something when you go through the kind of loss these people have gone through. You learn a certain respect for temperament, a dignity that, since it was so stripped from you, has you treat life and its issues with a rational distance, and beyond that, there is a fear, a knowledge that these things are real, these things happen—you can lose your home, you can lose your government, you can lose your possessions, your family can be split in two, and you won’t even realize it was happening until you are on a boat, leaving forever and forced to rebuild it from scratch, contemplating along the way how it went so very wrong, how peace and happiness and security slipped past you, and why you were so powerless to stop it. You learn that your anger is counterproductive. You learn that ideology is a weapon far more dangerous than any gun. And for all these reasons, and many, many more, when it comes time to talk about Cuba, the talk is one of happiness. The smiles on the faces have never been bigger. The laughter has never been louder. The stories themselves have never seemed so personal, and everyone has a long-forgotten detail to add.
    Wait a few minutes, though, and you’ll see, while your great-aunt is smiling and laughing, she is hiding her face, she is wiping a tear from her eye. Your uncle, who had gone to the kitchen to refresh his drink, stays away from the conversation for a minute or two—until he comes storming back into it, like he never missed a beat. Or I recall my grandmother. She passed away almost ten years ago, but I still see her presence in these conversations, I see her not being entirely happy the topic is being discussed, I see her doing anything to subtly, yet forcefully change the conversation. Sometimes she couldn’t accomplish it, and sometimes I think she didn’t want to, she wouldn’t participate, but she’d listen, herself sometimes smiling, and deflecting it all by using a kind of Abuela Ordoñez trademark, an upturn of her voice, empathically stating while kind of lazily shrugging, “I don’t remember that.” But, she’d also become severely withdrawn, with eyes so glossed over it was impossible to reach her, no matter how compassionately you stared. She was stuck in her mind, living a life that had never ended, living out all the memories she thought would be hers until her final days.
    For this process, I’m always on the outside looking in.
    I wasn’t born in Cuba. I didn’t leave for America. I didn’t struggle against poverty, working below minimum wage delivering papers for the Miami Herald, as my father did, in a foreign country with its foreign language and its foreign customs and being so out of place he didn’t even know how to use the system of money. I was born in Spain, to an American mother, and by the time all of this had happened, my father had lived in America, or an American territory, for near two decades, and had worked for an American corporation for near a decade of that time. Like a lot of Cuban-Americans from my generation, I don’t speak Spanish, a language I was picking up before dropping it to learn English when I was a child, and since Cuban-Americans have shown such effort to conform to Americanism, a lot of the culture—beyond the food—was never instilled in me, so I understand this pain my elders suffer only peripherally, and when I watch today’s America rip itself apart over ideology and by extremism, I wonder if their pain will soon be one I understand much more intimately. If I will wake up one morning, walk to my car, look to my neighbor and say, “Hello,” in a way that means, “I guess America is over now, huh?” It seems preposterous and impossible that such a thing would ever take place, but I feel that because its feels so preposterous and impossible, it’s somehow much more likely to happen. Still, it’s only a hypothetical, just me extrapolating what I’ve learned from those around me—and yet I am a member of this family, I am somehow linked to this pain, and in these great communal moments we all share as a family, I find myself in need of answers, I find I want to walk the soil my father walked, I want to see the house where he was raised, I was to visit the hallways of the school he attended.
    Going back to Cuba isn’t something that’s discussed, and for a long time, it was an impossibility, so it was quite a shock when, a month or so ago, my Aunt wrote me a message I feel will bring me to a country that will forever change my life. She invited me to go on a trip with her and her sons, my cousins, to Cuba—to stay there for a week, and she promised, “The first thing we will do is visit your Grandma’s house.” At first, I was struck by a profound desire to go, and an instant—almost programmed—reaction that said, “No, you can’t go.” I debated this hotly for about ninety seconds before deciding, definitively, that I had to do this. I agreed and we’ve been planning it ever since, collecting what data is needed in order to find the pertinent places. It will be hard, people aren’t sure of the addresses any longer, and even if they are, much of the country has since experienced redistricting; yet, I find myself compelled, I must go, I must visit this land that has given and taken and been, for so long, the veil obscuring the world the family above me sees, I must get closer to it, and I must learn to develop my own sense of peace with it.
    I don’t know what I’ll find, if I’ll find anything at all—maybe it’ll turn out to be only another island, another series of beautiful beaches and exquisite meals, another hot spot where the nights are always more interesting and the woman are always more beautiful, the type of place you wish you could stay at forever as your mundane life swallows you upon leaving. Or perhaps it’ll be bittersweet. I’ll find everything I came to find, I’ll feel everything I came to feel, only to discover that I misread the situation, that I misunderstood it—to never experience the epiphany I feel so awaits. How does one come to terms with everything that has secretly driven your family for over four decades in one week? Perhaps the illusion is the belief that resolution awaits, that this polarizing land called Cuba holds a knowledge and personal enlightenment beyond any bounty, and enough to share and heal those whom I hold dear.

About the author:

Justin Ordoñez was born in Spain, raised in the mid-west, and currently lives in Seattle. He's nearly thirty years old, almost graduated from the University of Washington, and prefers to wait until TV shows come out on DVD so he can watch them in one-shot while playing iPad games. His debut novel is Sykosa, a raw story at contemporary female life told through a sixteen year old girl who’s trying to reclaim her identity after an act of violence shatters her life and the life of her friends.
Sykosa will have her Kindle free days on June 6th and June 7th, 2012.
To find out more about Justin, including when additional blog posts will be released, follow him at any (or all) of the following places.

www.facebook.com/sykosanovel
www.twitter.com/sykosanovel
www.goodreads.com/sykosa
http://sykosa.wordpress.com

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weeky Recap and Stacking the Shelves (4)


Hi guys!! Welcome to another weekly recap and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I have a pretty small, but super awesome week as far as books go. I didn't do many reviews  this week either. Unfortunately I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately and even had a DNF book which almost never happens. (It's only my third one ever) I have caught back up since then and am actually starting to get ahead as far as scheduling on my blog. Check my video for the great books, and AWESOMESAUCE shirt that Jen from Jen Ryland/YA Romantics made for me. I totally love it and she just rocks my face off!! Go #TeamAlienHotness #DaemonInvasion If you want to see the awesome shirt, but don't have the patience to watch the video, it's at 4:34 in the video. You should check out the shirt, really!!



Books I got (Clicking on the titles will bring you to the Goodreads page.)

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (special B&N edition with the letter to Jace attached in the back.)
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles (signed from the book signing even I went to)
Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles (signed from the book signing event)
Pearl by Jo Knowles ( from Jo Knowles as a prize for asking a question at the signing event.)
Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna (from Alison at Harper Collins)
Black Satin by Rae Hachton (from Heather @ Supagurl Books for Blog Tour)

Thanks so much to the hubs for giving me book money and cutting a workday short so I could go meet Jo Knowles. Thank you to Jo Knowles for signing my books, and nook, and also for giving me a copy of Pearl! I am so excited to read all of them. A big thank you to Alison from Harper Collins. And of course Heather,  you know you rock!! Thanks for inviting me to do all of these really awesome blog tours!!

My Weekly Recap

Reviews:
City of Lost Souls
Re-post of Obsidian
Pretty In Black

Memes:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday

Other Stuff:
Book Trailer for The Fallen Queen
30 Days of Daemon Blog Tour: Love Letter to Daemon (Yes, it's entertaining)
Jo Knowles Book Signing Recap

So that was my week on Book Loving Mom. Leave me a link if you want me to check out your post. Or you don't have to leave a link, I normally visit back anyone who comments on my blog even without a link to any posts. :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Jo Knowles Book Signing Recap

Hi guys! I won't be doing a Saturday Silliness post today. Instead I am doing a recap. There aren't many book signings in my area, so when I found out that Jo Knowles would be signing at a somewhat local bookstore for her newest book See You at Harry's, I had to go. (They actually have a few other really great signings coming up in the next month or two.) I am so glad that I was able to make it to the signing. I have read Jumping Off Swings and loved it. I never did write a review for it though. When I got there I bought See You at Harry's and Lessons From A Dead Girl. Then Jo was giving out prizes to people who asked questions and I got a copy of Pearl!! She had some very entertaining prizes too, like whistles and other random fun things.

Jo is very sweet and had a lot of great stories to tell. See You at Harry's came from a very emotion place and it was a very touching story on how the book came to be and how much it changed in the process. She also had some really funny stories about things that happened when she was a kid too. I am so glad to have met her and I can't wait to read See You at Harry's and the other books too.


Jo Knowles talking to the crowd about her book.


I got my picture taken with Jo. She is the sweetest. And how cute is she? 


All three books. The covers are so pretty in real life!! (I was so excited that Jo gave me a copy of Pearl!! Now I have all of her books. )


I totally matched my nails to the book cover. Jo loved it. She took a pic and posted it on twitter.


My signed copy of See You at Harry's
 

Signed copy of Pearl
 

Signed copy of Lessons From A Dead Girl
 

She signed my nook cover for me
 

And now have Jo Knowles signature has been added to the back of my nook with some others. :)

I didn't really get many pics during the signing, but it was really fun. I am so glad that I was able to go and meet her. She is so nice. I really enjoyed listening to her read some parts of the book. She would tell us a story form her childhood and how it was incorporated into that part of the book. If she is doing a signing in your area, definitely go. She is fabulous!