Google+ YA Romantics: March 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bloggiesta Update

Bloggers come together to get stuff done!

Here's where I stand on my Bloggiesta projects.

1) I tried to do text boxes/block quotes. This required editing my template. Scary! For some reason, it didn't work. But for those of you who are interested in trying it, I'll run a guest post in the next week or so with all Arianne's instructions. I'm 100% sure it was my fault, not hers. You can try it out and let me know if it worked for you.

2) I set up a Mr. Linky account! Want to know how? Go to The Book Butcher's blog post and she'll fill you in.

3)  I moved all my Hunger Games Trivia Questions into a special page. Did you miss any questions or do you just want to try again now that you've seen the movie?  The page is here!

4) Backed up my blog and my template! Easy peasy!

5) I tried switching my list of blog pages to tabs under my banner, but it looked really ugly. No good.

6) Inspired by how efficient I was feeling, I put back a drawstring in my favorite dog walking sweatshirt. You know when the drawstring comes all the way out and you can't get it back in? So annoying!

7) I made a Bloggiesta blogging buddy. It's Patrick @ The Bookshelves.  Go check out his blog!!

8) Changed the copyright date on my footer. Need to keep up with the times!

9) I did a comments contest drawing! I love saying thanks to all my amazing blog readers. Without them, I'm just sitting here, talking to myself.  Here's what the winners picked:


Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

FanofaSymmetry chose Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Andrea @ Overstuffed Bookcase chose Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews chose Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Elin chose Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

And a last minute addition --

Jenny @ Juliababyjen's Reading Room chose Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

All your comments from today on count for the April drawing!

Tomorrow, in addition to doing my IMM, I'll post some ideas I have for the blog and would love your feedback!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Be a Better Blogger -- Bloggiesta!!

Bloggers come together to get stuff done!

I'm excited to participate in Bloggiesta 2012!

Bloggiesta is sponsored by There's a Book and It's All About Books. It's a weekend when a group of bloggers gets together to work on their blogs, talk about blogging, and learn new things. I'm so excited!

Here's my to-do list so far:
  • Learn how to make text boxes in my posts. Arianne is helping me with that :)
  • Research custom blog designs. Do I want one? I asked Arianne and Cristina for their take on the process. 
  • Plan my April posts so I can be more organized.
  • Prioritize my TBR pile.
  • Learn something about SEO (Search Engine Optimization.) What is it and why should I care?
  • Make a few (small!) changes to the blog that I've been thinking about.
Something I did already: backed up my blog. I know I should do this once a week, but I forget. If you haven't backed up something important recently --- do it now!!
Stay tuned for a report on my Bloggiesta progress! And I'm announcing the winners of the March comments contest soon too!

 Want to see a list of Bloggiesta mini-challenges?

 You can also follow @bloggiesta on Twitter or search #bloggiesta

 Are you involved in any spring cleaning projects? They don't have to be blog related. Tell me about them, or tell me what you would organize if you had the time and energy. I also should be cleaning my closets!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Who's the Queen of Butt-Kicking?

It was so much fun to be part of the Kick-Butt Characters YA Blog Hop, hosted by Good Choice Reading and Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

Thanks so much to everyone who supported my blog by entering and a special thanks to those of you who introduced me to new butt-kicking characters in comments.

Who was the favorite? It was a very close race between Katniss from Hunger Games and Rose from Vampire Academy. Katniss may have edged ahead yesterday, but they're both pretty amazing!

Rafflecopter picked the winner of the giveaway and that person is.....

Dawn from Froggarita's Bookcase

She picked Wings of the Wicked, which is winging its way to her right now :)

Tomorrow I'm posting about a fun blogging event .... Bloggiesta! It's a weekend when bloggers come together to learn new things about blogging and work on their blogs. I'm excited!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just Finished Reading ... Fever


Fever by Lauren DeStefano Chemical Garden 2

Wither by Lauren DeStefano Chemical Garden 1


Fever (Chemical Garden 2)

By Lauren DeStefano

Simon and Schuster

February 21, 2012

Source: bought

This review is part of the Catch Wither Fever Event, hosted by Andrea at Overstuffed Bookcase and Jessie at Daily Bookmark

As I usually do for books in a series, I'll do a non-spoilery recap, then give you my thoughts on Fever, which is book two in this trilogy.

When I first heard about the Chemical Garden trilogy, I really wasn't sure it was for me. In the story world of these books, genetic manipulation has backfired, sentencing an entire generation to an early death: women at twenty and men at twenty-five.Young girls are rounded up on the streets and then either shot, forced into prostitution,  or compelled into polygamous marriages so they can try to produce healthy children before they die. Barrel of laughs, right?

But I was packing for a trip and needed a lot of books. I threw an ARC of Wither into my beach bag. Yes, the story was dark, but it cast a strange sort of spell over me. I was hooked.

What won me over? First, I have to admire Lauren DeStefano for not wimping out in the dystopian worldbuilding department. Dystopian fiction is supposed to be dark and chilling, and these books certainly are. Second, she writes beautifully -- finding ways to celebrate the strength of the human spirit even in grim circumstances.  Rhine, the heroine, is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous marriage with Linden, a young House Governor with a rich, crazy father. Linden already has a dying wife, his childhood sweetheart, but he marries three new girls, Rhine among them. Rhine forms a touching emotional bond with her fellow sister wives. She tries to resign herself to her circumstances, but she longs for freedom.

I won't go into any more plot details, but I don't think it's that much of a spoiler to say that book one ends with Rhine's escape attempt. If you haven't read Wither and really don't want any details about what happens next, skip the next two paragraphs. But really, no major spoilers. Promise!

My summary of Fever:
Fever takes up right where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel, the household servant she's fallen in love with, steal a boat and flee the Florida compound where Rhine has been imprisoned. Things don't go so well. Rhine and Gabriel stumble upon a ramshackle carnival, run by the sinister Madame Soleski. Madame is entranced by Rhine's beauty, and wants Rhine to join her stable of young girls. To control Gabriel, Madame gets him addicted to angel's blood, an injectable drug.

Rhine soon sees that Madame's harem is yet another prison, and she begins to plot their escape. Unfortunately, Gabriel's drug addiction makes him less than helpful. Will Rhine be able to make it home to New York City and find her brother? Or has she found herself trapped like a butterfly under glass yet again?

My thoughts:
Again, I'm amazed and impressed at the subtexts and issues that Lauren DeStefano so effortlessly weaves into her writing. Rhine's beauty is what saves her and imperils her, all at the same time. Her striking, unusual looks draw the attention of others, and not always to her benefit. Yet, strangely, Rhine never tries to make herself less noticeable. She is who she is. And her beauty is her currency in this strange world, I guess.

I also love the way the author is able to create such a pervasive sense of melancholy and menace. As in Wither, the story world of this book is both seedy and beguiling.

Finally, Lauren DeStefano never takes the easy way out, plot-wise. In Fever, Rhine is forced to face the fact that her escape plan was impulsive and ill-conceived. Things don't go very well. It never occurs to her that Gabriel, who doesn't have any memory of freedom, might find the outside world alarming and strange. Rhine compares him to a goldfish she once had as a child, in a vignette I found both insightful and touching.

This book's beautiful storytelling and fantastic characters kept me completely transfixed. By the last chapter, it's clear that Rhine's life is about to take a sudden twist.  I'm SO ready for the next installment!

Postscript: I'm always trying to shorten reviews, so I rarely comment on a book's cover. But I just have to express my admiration for Lizzy Bromley, the designer of this book. Everything about these covers is perfect -- the spookily beautiful photos, the iconic props (birdcage, tarot card) plus the cool graphics on the title page. Someone give this woman an award!!

Have you read this series? Are you planning to?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Just Finished Reading ... Spellbound

Spellbound (Hex Hall 3)

By Rachel Hawkins

Disney-Hyperion

March 13, 2012

Source: bought from Barnes and Noble

Mature Content: some kissing scenes, mild profanity, non-graphic violence


Spellbound is book three in the Hex Hall series, so as I usually do, I'll run through a quick bit of non-spoilery recap before launching into my thoughts about this book.

In Hex Hall, Sophie Mercer -- half-human, half-witch -- is sent to a reform school for Prodigium (supernatural beings) after she has trouble keeping her powers under control.  When students at her new school are attacked, the blame falls on Sophie's roommate Jenna, a vampire. To make matters worse, a coven of mean girl witches has it in for Sophie, who's secretly in love with Archer Cross, the boyfriend of the rhymes-with-witchiest of them all.

In Demonglass, Sophie learns that she's not a witch after all. She's a different kind of Prodigium (no spoilers!) and her powers may be dangerous. She's convinced that she needs a Removal, a procedure that will take those powers away. Sophie's father, convinced he can teach her to control her powers, whisks her to London, along with her BFF Jenna and attractive Hex Hall groundskeeper Cal. There Sophie learns that a) someone is creating an army of demons, b) Archer is a member of a group that wants to eradicate the Prodigium and c) she and Cal have a surprising connection.

My summary of Spellbound: The book opens as Sophie is unceremoniously dumped in front of a castle belonging to the Brannicks, a group of Irish monster hunters. Scary, yes, but Cal told Sophie she might find her mother there. Sophie's not sure what's happened to her father or Archer. But she does meet up with her mother, who confesses that she's been keeping a BIG secret. Sophie gets to know the Brannicks. Torin, a warlock trapped in one of the Brannicks' mirrors, reveals to Sophie that the evil Casanoffs are raising a demon army to wipe humans off the face of the earth. He claims that Sophie is either the one who will lead the army, or the only one who can stop them.

Monday, March 26, 2012

If You Like ... The Fault in Our Stars

Reclusive Bilbiophile's "If You Like" theme for the week is: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. That was an AMAZING book. If you missed my review, it's here.

John Green book cancer
When I saw that this book was the topic for this week's "If You Like," all I could think about was what Hazel, one of the main characters in The Fault in Our Stars, said. Here are her exact words:

"Cancer books suck. Like, in cancer books, the cancer person starts a charity that raises money to fight cancer, right? And this commitment to charity reminds the cancer person of the essential goodness of humanity and makes him/her feel loved because s/he will leave a cancer curing legacy."

Hazel's a pretty tough chick. But here are my recommendations of three great books about kids facing life-threatening illnesses. I think even Hazel would agree that they don't suck!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox 12

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For more info on IMM click here. In My Mailbox was started as a YA book blog feature by The Story Siren in November 2009. Haul videos are nothing new; fashionistas have been posting them on YouTube since at least 2007.

I had a quiet mailbox this week. Which is okay, considering that I have a ton of April and May releases to get to.

I bought Spellbound from Barnes and Noble
young adult books, paranormal

Last fall I got an ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  I made the mistake of trading it away without reading it. Then I felt like a complete idiot, because I kept hearing how great it was. As fate would have it, I got offered another ARC, this one with a completely different cover.

EDITED because so many of you are curious about this strange cover. On Laini Taylor's blog, she shows this blue lady cover and calls it the ARC cover. Maybe it got changed to the feather mask version? Maybe this ARC I have is an old one? A collectors' item LOL!

Whatever the case, I'm definitely going to read it!


What's new in your TBR pile this week?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Standalone Saturday ... Glimmer

Time for another Standalone Saturday:

YA fiction, paranormal fiction





young adult fiction, paranormal fiction
Glimmer
by Phoebe Kitanidis

Balzer and Bray

April 24, 2012

Source: ARC traded with another blogger

Mature Content: the waking up naked part sounds racy, but as far as I can remember, this book is pretty PG

As I read the first chapter of Glimmer, I was hooked. A teenage couple wakes up, naked in bed together, in a strange room. They have no idea who they are, where they are, or how they got there. That's a cool premise. I like amnesia plots. I watched a lot of soap operas growing up.

But Glimmer isn't a straight-up amnesia story.

Friday, March 23, 2012

TGIF 2 -- YA Trends

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I'm excited to join TGIF again this week, hosted by GReads.

Today's question: Bookish Trends. What trends are you noticing in the YAworld today? Is there a trend you'd like to see more of?

My answer:

YA Trends That Are Hot and May Get Hotter: 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kick Butt Characters YA Hop

I'm excited to be participating in the Kick-Butt Characters YA Blog Hop, hosted by Good Choice Reading and Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

If you enjoy YA books that feature characters who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty, brandish a sword, try out some martial arts, or just plain kick some butt in the interest of what's right, this is the Hop for you.

For my prize, the winner will be able to choose any one of these books featuring a take-no-prisoners heroine.


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Ellie in Wings of the Wicked is the ultimate butt-kicker. She's the Preliator and spends her time killing reapers. If you choose this book, you'll also receive a bookmark for Angelfire that is autographed by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

No, Lena didn't start out as a butt-kicker in Delirium. But after reading Pandemonium, I'd argue that she's graduated to butt-kicker status. See how it all develops in Pandemonium.

And Shatter Me! If you haven't read this, here's your chance. Yes, Juliette may be wearing a poufy dress on the cover, but she's not a girl you'd want to mess with.

New Choice Added!
In comments, a bunch of you mentioned Rhine. So I'm adding Fever by Lauren DeStefano as a choice. Since there are no "tweet daily" entries in this giveaway, everyone still has the same number of chances to win.

Tell me in comments: Who's your favorite butt-kicking character?

To enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I'm sorry to say that my giveaway is US only this time around, but check out the linky, because there are plenty of international options.

Get More Blog Comments

Photo from www.johnchow.com
My blogger friend Arianne asked me to do a guest post on her blog about how to get more blog comments.

I'm hardly an expert on the subject, but she's pretty persuasive, so I said I'd give it a go.

In part one of my post, I talk about lulz cat up there.

To read part one, which is on Arianne's blog, click here.

Here's a summary:

Tip 1. Turn off captcha. It's awful. Also those forms that ask for my name, my email, the URL of my blog. Do you really need to know all that?

Tip 2. Ask a question at the end of your post. You'd be surprised how effective this is!

Tip 3: Participate in memes. Yes, they can be overdone, but they are a great way to get more comments.

Tip 4: Respond to comments.  Yes, it's time consuming. But if I visit a blog and see that the blogger doesn't respond to any comments, I am far less likely to leave one.

Here's part two:

Tip 5: Comment on other people's blogs.
If you want to get comments, it really helps if you make a habit of leaving comments. If you have to brave the dreaded captcha, so be it.  Every day, I try to spend five minutes leaving comments on other people's blogs. And whenever I can, I try to find a new blog or two to visit.

Tip 6:  Be a detective
First, look and see which of your (non-meme, non-giveaway) posts got the most comments. Or the least. To do this in Blogger, click on your Edit Posts tab and you'll see a list of all your recent posts and how many comments were made on each one. In Wordpress, go to your dashboard and click on Posts and you'll see the same stats. Then read the posts and the comments and try to figure out what the magic formula was -- or wasn't.

Leave me a comment!

Does word verification discourage you from commenting?


If you're a blog reader, what encourages/discourages you from commenting?


If you're a blogger, do you have any tips for getting more comments?


My Kick Butt Characters YA Blog Hop post goes up this afternoon!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Winner .. and Waiting on Wednesday!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my giveaway! Rafflecopter has drawn the lucky winner of a dystopian book and a mockingjay pin and it is....

Kalindy!

If you didn't win, I'll be announcing my next giveaway tomorrow...


A LOng Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Starters by Lissa Price


Now, how about some Waiting on Wednesday!  Here are three books I'm impatiently waiting for:



Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

Wentworth Hall by Abby Graeme
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
I feel like I've been waiting for this book forever! 

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
I've really enjoyed this series and am excited to see how it wraps up. Not sure about the cover -- I kind of liked the ones that pictured Aura from the back.

Wentworth Hall by Abby Graeme
I'm a huge Downton Abbey fan and I'm hoping this book will give me a fix until season three begins!

What book are you dying to read?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Just Finished Reading ... Breath of Eyre

Breath of Eyre
by Eve Marie Mont

March 27, 2012
KTeen

Mature Content: minor language and drinking

Source: purchased from independent bookstore

I love Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. So I was excited to read Breath of Eyre, and a little nervous as well. I think that Jane -- a plain looking orphan with a strong will and a rich inner life who ends up in love with her employer, a dashing yet troubled older man with a horrible secret -- can be a tough character to translate to modern times.

But Breath of Eyre is not a retelling. It's a very interesting hybrid of a book -- sort of paranormal, and kind of time-traveling. I'll try to explain:

My summary: Emma, whose mother died and father remarried, attends an all-girls boarding school in Massachusetts as a scholarship student. Emma daydreams about her tragically divorced English teacher and about Gray, the attractive son of her mom's college roommate. Grey attends Braeburn, a nearby boys' school, and dates the prettiest and richest of Emma's classmates. For her sixteenth birthday, Gray's mom gives Emma a copy of Jane Eyre, which she begins reading.

One night, Emma and her new roommate Michelle sneak over to Braeburn for a party. On their way back, Emma is struck by lightning. When she wakes up, she's Jane Eyre. She meets Mrs. Fairfax, who looks an awful lot like her French teacher at school. She meets Adele, Rochester's ward, who looks like Gray 's younger sister. Then she meets Rochester, who looks like ... Rochester. (Ha! I bet you thought I was going to say the English teacher. Or Gray.)

Emma is just beginning to adjust to her new reality when she wakes up in the present, in the hospital, confused about what's happened to her. She's not sure why can speak fluent French. She's sent to a psychiatrist. She feels more and more drawn to Grey. But she still thinks about Rochester. She finishes reading Jane Eyre, and isn't entirely satisfied with the ending. Emma's roommate, Michelle, is Haitian, and Michelle's aunt gives Emma the card of a voodoo spirit guide, printed with an incantation. She uses it and ends up back in Jane Eyre again. Like the fictional Jane, she ends up engaged to Rochester. The story then takes a bit of a strange turn, incorporating Emma's dead mother into the mix in a manner I'm still pondering. At this point, Emma must make a choice: will she stay in the past, or return to face her present?

My take: A Breath of Eyre is a complex and original story. Eve Marie Mont does an interesting thing by dropping a modern girl into Jane Eyre -- twice -- and having her try to make sense of it all. Emma is a strong, sympathetic protagonist and the book is filled with well-drawn secondary characters. Mont is an inventive and skillful writer -- I loved her description of Gray as looking like "a medieval monk trapped in the body of a Marine."

I also liked the way she blended in just a touch of the paranormal to explain the way that Emma is able to enter the world of Jane Eyre on two separate occasions. I'm not sure if it's true that being struck by lightning can result in strange new abilities, but ... why not? Works for me. I'm still not sure how I feel about the role played by Emma's dead mother, and I can't really explain without a spoiler. If you read the book, email me and let's talk!

Breath of Eyre includes an except from Mont's next book in the series, A Touch of Scarlet. It looks like Emma's going to be spending more time in the past. Seventeeth-century Boston, to be exact. I have to say, The Scarlet Letter isn't my favorite classic (especially when compared to the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen) but I've become enough of a fan of Eve Marie Mont's creative plotting and winning characters that I will definitely check it out!

YA Romantics Trivia:
In a nod to Jane Eyre, this 2007 YA fairy tale retelling featured a blind character with a dog named Pilot. Can you name the book?

If you want to enter my Dystopia Mania giveaway,  you need to get your entries in by midnight tonight EST!

Monday, March 19, 2012

If You Like ... Books about Texting Scandals

Reclusive Bilbiophile's "If You Like" theme for the week is: texting/sexting scandals.

This topic has been trending over the past couple of years, and some interesting books came of it:


Good Girls by Laura Ruby

This beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

Going Underground by Susan Vaught


Good Girls: Laura Ruby

In the book, Audrey is in a consensual, private moment with a guy at a party. Without their knowledge, someone takes a cellphone photo that goes viral. The book explores how Audrey feels about herself after the incident, and what happens to her relationships with the guy, her friends, and her parents.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox 11

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For more info on IMM click here.  In My Mailbox was started as a YA book blog feature by The Story Siren in November 2009. Haul videos are nothing new; fashionistas have been posting them on YouTube since at least 2007.

First off, I was approved for Girl in the Clockwork Collar on Netgalley. Yay! Thank you Harlequin Teen! I am so excited that book two of the series will be in New York! And what a beautiful cover!



I also had a great week of swapping on Goodreads, where
I'm a member of a couple of ARC swap groups.

I was able to swap with Lyndsey for these:

Thumped by Megan McCafferty
and The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting.


Deals and Steals on YA ebooks!

I found some great YA books at great prices for both Kindle and Nook. Take a look!


Feed by MT Anderson

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hunger Games Giveaway Winner and Trivia Answers

And the lucky winner of the Hunger Games swag pack, as selected by Rafflecopter, is....

Rachel @ Unforgettable Books  Congratulations Rachel!

Below are all the questions and answers. How did you do? 

Friday, March 16, 2012

TGIF 1

I'm excited to join TGIF this week, hosted by GReads.

Today's question: Social Networking. Do you use it to promote your blog? How has it benefited your blogging experience?

My answer: One of the things I've learned in life and in blogging is that you have to be open to new things, then decide what's right for you. And what's not. I mean, we're all stretched thin, time-wise. I think social media is a perfect example of that. You have to try things out and pick and choose. Here's where I stand:

Hunger Games Trivia and Giveaway 15

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 Hunger Games Giveaway and Trivia!

I'm joining my friend Shanan from BookAddictNet for a two-week countdown to the Hunger Games movie --  and a giveaway!
At the bottom of every post from March 2 to March 16 is a Hunger Games trivia question. For each question you answer (right or wrong) you'll get a chance to win a pack of Hunger Games swag: a cool bag clip with charms, a bookmark, a Down With the Capitol journal in which you can write down your impressions of the film, and an ARC of the Hunger Games Companion.

This is the last question!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hunger Games Trivia 14

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 Hunger Games Giveaway and Trivia!

I'm joining my friend Shanan from BookAddictNet for a two-week countdown to the Hunger Games movie --  and a giveaway!
At the bottom of every post from March 2 to March 16 is a Hunger Games trivia question. For each question you answer (right or wrong) you'll get a chance to win a pack of Hunger Games swag: a cool bag clip with charms, a bookmark, a Down With the Capitol journal in which you can write down your impressions of the film, and an ARC of the Hunger Games Companion.

Hunger Games Trivia and Giveaway 14


All these things happen to Cato in Chapter 25. Which of them finally causes his death?
a) Katniss shoots him in the head with an arrow
b) he is attacked by the pack of muttations
c) he falls off the Cornucopia
d) Katniss shoots him in the chest with an arrow


Enter your answer here.

Then enter Shanan's giveaway here.

Just Finished Reading ... The Last Echo

The Last Echo
by Kimberly Derting

HarperTeen
April 17, 2012

Source: traded ARC with another blogger -- thanks Lyndsey!

Content: a serial killer, some non-graphic violence

My summary: This is book three in a series, so I'll be non-spoilery as I quickly catch you up.

Violet has a special talent she shares with the women in her family -- she hears the "echoes" of the dead. She can tell when a murder has occurred nearby, and these echoes don't stop until the victim's body is properly laid to rest. Violet can also sense the special imprint that ending the life of another person leaves on the killer. In book one, The Body Finder, we meet Violet and her best friend Jay. Violet is becoming more and more attracted to Jay, and wonders how he feels about her. She knows he's protective of her, but does that mean he likes her as more than a friend? In this book, a serial killer is targeting Violet's small Washington town, and she (with Jay on her heels) realizes she might be able to stop him.

In book two, Desires of the Dead, Jay and Violet are very wrapped up in each other and in their new relationship. Things are complicated by Jay's new friend Mike and also the fact that Violet has a mysterious secret admirer. Just Jay and Violet's relationship begins to strain, Violet's admirer turns stalker. FBI agent Sara Priest and the enigmatic Rafe enter the picture.

In book three, The Last Echo, Violet is part of a new FBI team headed up by Sara. Violet,  Rafe, and three other teens with paranormal abilities have been asked to consult on special cases. After "The Collector," a serial killer who collects unwilling girlfriends, claims another victim, Violet and the team are asked to help.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hunger Games Trivia 13

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 Hunger Games Giveaway and Trivia!

I'm joining my friend Shanan from BookAddictNet for a two-week countdown to the Hunger Games movie --  and a giveaway!
At the bottom of every post from March 2 to March 16 is a Hunger Games trivia question. For each question you answer (right or wrong) you'll get a chance to win a pack of Hunger Games swag: a cool bag clip with charms, a bookmark, a Down With the Capitol journal in which you can write down your impressions of the film, and an ARC of the Hunger Games Companion.

Hunger Games Trivia and Giveaway 13


What last piece of advice about the Games does Haymitch give Katniss and Peeta?
a) he tells them to make an ally
b) he tells them to stay alive
c) he tells them to do whatever it takes to make sure the audience likes them
d)  he tells them not to trust anyone

Enter your answer here.

Then enter Shanan's giveaway here.

Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Giveaway

In celebration of the Hunger Games movie, I'm giving away the winner's choice of one of these three great post-apocalyptic/dystopian books PLUS a mockingjay pin!


A LOng Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Starters by Lissa Price

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hunger Games Trivia 12

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 Hunger Games Giveaway and Trivia!

I'm joining my friend Shanan from BookAddictNet for a two-week countdown to the Hunger Games movie --  and a giveaway!
At the bottom of every post from March 2 to March 16 is a Hunger Games trivia question. For each question you answer (right or wrong) you'll get a chance to win a pack of Hunger Games swag: a cool bag clip with charms, a bookmark, a Down With the Capitol journal in which you can write down your impressions of the film, and an ARC of the Hunger Games Companion.

Hunger Games Trivia and Giveaway 12


After Rue's death, what gift does District 11 send to Katniss?
a) a loaf of bread
b) a basket of apples
c) a goat cheese
d) flowers, which Katniss uses to decorate Rue's body

Enter your answer here.

Then enter Shanan's giveaway here.
 
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