Nov 30, 2011

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick Winner

Congratulations to....

  • ×1Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
+102entries so far
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AND THE WINNER IS...

Entry #7Jeanette
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The winner has been emailed. Thank you all for entering! Pick up your copy of Au Revoir soon - so fun!

Nov 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - Nothing Special (Stupid Fast #2) by Geoff Herbach

Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach
May 1st, 2012 from Sourcebooks

Felton becomes an absolute monster on the field, a mega-player. He loses his balance, though, and loses Gus, Aleah, and Andrew, his poor little brother. To be the kind of dude he really wants to be, he will have to learn, go where he doesn’t want to go, and rebuild what’s been broken (with a lot of help). Oh yeah… He’ll have to make it to Florida, twice.

Ah! A Stupid Fast sequel! This look is completely different from the football cover of Stupid Fast. I'm okay with that! I love this.... Herback says, "It's a direct reference to something in the book." I can't wait to read more! A little birdie said readers will be available by Midwinter in Dallas. So, ask Sourcefire for one! I know I will....

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You can find Herbach at his website

Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop Winners

Congrats goes to....

  • ×1ARC of The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
  • ×1Ebook of The Dig by Audrey Hart (Int)
+328entries so far
OVERcontest is over!

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Entry #180Anita Morgan
Entry #282Preet @ A Written Rhapsody
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Anita wins and ARC of The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle and Preet wins an ebook of Dig  by Audrey Hart. Emails have been sent. Thank you all for participating - all 300+ of you - and stick around for more giveaways!

Nov 28, 2011

Audio Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
October 19, 2010 from Simon & Schuster Audio

Synopsis:
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but atleast she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Path hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperatly searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.


Review:
Crescendo picks up a few months after Hush Hush leaves off. Nora and fallen angel Patch are hot and heavy and all seems to be a-okay. Of course, danger looms and as new characters enter the picture we know all is not well. One of Nora's childhood friends, Scott, comes back to town and he has a rap sheet that would make a nun blush. Nora and Scott's mother tries to push a friendship on the two, but Scott's attitude is something to be desired. He's rude and cocky and Nora is so wrapped up in Patch that she wants no part of him. Props to her. The mystery behind Scott and his sudden return to Maine is a good addition to the book. I like the tension he carries and I'm sure he will be pivotal to the ending of the series. Not exactly a love triangle here girls, but in the end....Scott is important to Nora.

Nov 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
August 21st, 2012 from Simon & Schuster

When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again—just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed.

If only these things were not so tempting.

When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor's twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.


I actually stumbled across this one when I was writing up my Lone Star Reading List. Oppel was listed for This Dark Endeavor and lo and behold, this little beauty came up. Did you read the synopsis above? That's right, Frankenstein! Love it! Here is what MTV has to say about the new book:

"As was the case with "This Dark Endeavor," we once again find the cover subject with his back (frustratingly) turned to us, but unlike the first installment, young Frankenstein has some lovely company by his side."

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Nov 19, 2011

In My Mailbox

IMM is a meme brought to us from The Story Siren. Basically, it's a good way to add books on to your TBR pile, get a head's up on what is coming soon, and to totally brag. Let's get real... ;)

For Review:
The House of Dead Maids by Clare Dunkle
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti


Nov 18, 2011

Review - Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber (+Giveaway)

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
October 25th, 2011 from Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Synopsis:
Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.

Nov 17, 2011

2012 Lone Star Reading List - Final

The Texas Lone Star list is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. Each book on the list has been favorably reviewed for grades 6, 7, or 8 in a professional review source.

Notes from an Accidental Band Geek - Dionne, Erin
Hidden - Frost, Helen

Nov 16, 2011

Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop

Hey hey hey! It's time to say thank you with a giveaway hop. This one is brought to us by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and All-Consuming Books. There are a ton of books up for grabs all this week. If this is your first time to this blog, I Read Banned Books, I hope you stick around! I blog about young adult literature and library services to teens. I also give lots of stuff away year round - thanks for coming by. You can find tons of resources up top including a list of Texas bloggers. Heart them! 

Now, let's hop! *pics will take you to Goodreads page*

Giveaway #1
ARC of The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

Review - Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

Between the Sea and Sky by Jacklyn Dolamore
October 25th, 2011 from Bloomsbury USA

Synopsis:
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.

Review:
We meet mermaid Esmerine the night she becomes a siren. She is nervous and excited to be spending time with her sister, Dosia, another siren. The two have always been close and as children they would make their way up to the surface often. On one of those occasions, they befriended a Fandarsee boy named Alander. The other merefolk did not like the relationship with the winged boy, but Esmerine cherished her friendship with Alander. He taught Esmerine how to read and opened up a whole new world for her until the day he told Esmerine that he would not be returning to the sea. She was devastated, but her life went on and we fast forward to the present. After her sister Dosia does not return one evening, Esmerine must venture out and find out what happened to Dosia. Was her siren belt stripped away and was she now enslaved to a human man? Or, did she simply walk away from her life as a mermaid and give her belt to a human in order to have legs forever? Esmerine knows that the she can't find her sister alone. She must find her childhood friend, Alander.

Nov 15, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday -

Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson
July 5th, 2012 from HarperTeen

Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

I really enjoyed Hereafter this year and I'll definitely stay tuned for book two. It doesn't hurt that the author is from my home state, Oklahoma. ;) I'm eager to find out more about Amelia and Joshua. What is up with these headless covers lately? Anyone else notice the trend? Regardless, I'm in!

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2012 TAYSHAS High School Reading List - Final


Below is the FINAL TAYSHAS High School Reading List (THSRL) for 2012. The THSRL is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 9-12 to explore a variety of current books. Also, it's a great Best Of list that can be a reference year round.

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced - Ali, Nujood with Delphine Minoui
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing - Angel, Ann
Compulsion - Ayarbe, Heidi


Review - Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
September 13th, 2011 from Scholastic

Synopsis:
Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben's told in words and Rose's in pictures—weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.

Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost.
At home with her father, Rose feels alone.

He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who.
She is searching for something, but she is not sure what.

When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom's room,
When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose.

Both children risk everything to find what's missing
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Nov 14, 2011

Review - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
November 15th, 2011 from HarperCollins

Synopsis:
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.


Review:
What do you do on a lazy Saturday afternoon? You read THIS book! Seriously....this one is unputdownable. Not only is the concept pretty cool and a little X-Men*ish (think Rogue), but the writing is oh so special.


Nov 12, 2011

In My Mailbox

IMM is a meme brought to us from The Story Siren. Basically, it's a good way to add books on to your TBR pile, get a head's up on what is coming soon, and to totally brag. Let's get real... ;)

For review:
Rush by Jeremy Iversen
The Silence Of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, ad Nate Powell
Insignia by S.J. Kinkaid
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Nov 11, 2011

Banned Books Roundup - October 2011


Welcome to the fourth (and late) edition of Banned Books Roundup! At the end of every month I will feature stories that all have one thing in common, book censorship. Because I focus mainly on YA literature, these banned sightings will, you guessed it, spotlight children and young adult literature censorship.

Here is what happened in October:

Banned Books Week: The Conspiracy to Shield Queer Books From Your Eyes - 10/1/2011
"The sad side of it is that for every parent who insists that books about drugs, violence or sex are inappropriate for schools, there are many more kids who need those books because those “hot-button issues” are more than issues to them — they’re daily realities."

ACLU counts fewer banned books in Texas, but still no process to reinstate them - 10/2/2011
"In its 15th annual report on banned, challenged or restricted books in Texas schools, the Americans Civil Liberties Union found the number of books banned by school districts has decreased in the 2010-2011 school year from the year before."

National Gaming Day @ Your Library

November 12, 2011 is National Gaming Day in libraries around the world! The library is, or should be, the center and hub of a community - a physical place where people gather, interact, learn, and have some fun. This Saturday, libraries will be hosting video game tournaments, setting up Monopoly boards, and breaking out the checkers! All in an effort to better know your neighbor and see what else the library has to offer. Libraries aren't just giant houses for books - find out what libraries in your community are offering.

One of the wonderful things about playing games is that, for the most part, you need to be present and face to face with your opponent in order to play. (All the better for when you totally cream them at Guitar Hero) Also, you can't ignore the fact that kids and teens love games. What a great opportunity for a library to reach this sometime underserved patron!

Nov 10, 2011

Audio Review - Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire by Kristin Cashore
October 5th 2009 from Penguin Audio

Graceling is hands down one of my favorite audio books and I couldn't wait to read Fire. Confession: Fire on audio was the very first thing I had ever won as far as bookish type wins go. I didn't realize at the time that is was a companion to Graceling. So, in my mind I had to read Graceling first. I found an All Cast Audio version at the library and you can read my glowing review HERE. Just. Loved.

Fire is essentially a prequel to Graceling. Having read both, Fire could be a stand alone. We follow Fire, a teenaged human monster, who is able to control minds but would rather just go unnoticed. Her abilities are wanted by the King of the Dells, but she has no desire to become a weapon in war. She will not become the evil monster her father was. Fire wants to help and she must find a way to use her power for the good of the people without compromising her own beliefs. In a time of turmoil with lives at stake, this proves difficult.

Nov 9, 2011

Cover Reveals - Endlessly, Ordinary Girls, Shine, and Until I Die

Wow! There have been so many great cover reveals lately that I have to share!

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White

Imaginary Girls (paperback) by Nova Ren Suma

Waiting on Wednesday - My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
June 12th, 2012 from Dial Books For Young Readers

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen year old Samantha wishes she was one of them… until the day Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything.

Jase can sense that his beautiful neighbor is missing something in her sterile home, and as the two fall fiercely in love, his family makes her one of their own.

But when the bottom drops out of Sam's world, which perfect family will save her–and will her perfect love survive?

Set among the haves and have-nots of a coastal New England town, My LIFE NEXT DOOR captures the angst, the heartache, and the raw-nerve emotions of first time love—and biting loss.



Wow! The Reeds place sound like my house...loud, numerous.... I am in the mood for a contemporary and this one caught my eye. The cover is a perfect representation of teenage love. Terribly cute!

Adopt An Indie Month: Winners


Thank you all for support my giant Indie giveaway! I am happy to announce the winners below. If you didn't win...I hope that you try to pick up at least one of these great titles.

Congratulations goes to....

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - winner of Toonpolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden

Darcus - winner of Sundial by C.F. Fruzzetti and M.I. Pearsall

Na - winner of Dawn's End by Bonnie Ferrante

Christina L. - winner of Dawn's End: Poisoned by Bonnie Ferrante

Kirsten - winner of Happy Birthday To Me Again by Brian Rowe

Justine - winner of P*TAG by Sylvia Vardel and Janet Wong

Rick @ Reading Challenged - winner of Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by P.C.H. Marchesi

Amanda K., Chloe,  Christina L., Na, and Lissette- winners of Grandma Hazel's Funny, Funny Kidz Jokebook by Rob Loughran

Lissette, Chloe, Caitlin, Susan, and Tracy H. - winners of Loving Emily by Anne Pfeffer

Caressa - winner of Tomorrow's Guardian by Richard Denning (ebook)

Caitlin - winner of Tomorrow's Guardian by Richard Denning (pbk)

Karessa - winner of The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle

Deranged Pegasus - winner of Flanagan, Underage Detective by Jaume Ribera

Justine - winner of The Quill Pen by Michelle Isenhoff

Denise M. - winner of Solstice by PJ Hoover

Justine - winner of Kevin's Point of View

Leanna - winner of Practice Cake by Dayla Moon

Mary P., Ricky, and Brittany - winner of Sacrafice, The Unifinished Song by Tara Maya

Emails have bee sent to the winners!

Nov 8, 2011

Lost In Time: Winner

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Annette won a finished copy of Lost In Time by Melissa de la Cruz! Thank you Hyperion for the giveaway copy and to the 208 people who entered!

Top Ten Books Recommended for High School via American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Another November is here and educators around the country break out their sometimes dusty copies of Native American or American Indian books for their students. I have commented on this blog before about the importance of reading and sharing culturally authentic books year round. Sharing stories that depict the lives and issues of other people will help cultivate love and tolerance of others. It is a shame that books with characters and themes of American Indians are highlighted only in the November. I encourage you to branch out during the year. Read a book by an Asian American, Africa America, ect... You will be amazed at how much you have in common and how differences really make everyone the same.

Below are 10 American Indian books recommended for High Schoolers via AICL.  On the sidebar, they have a list for babies, elementary, and middle grades.


Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Broker, Ignatia. Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative

Nov 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Timepiece by Myra McEntire
June 12th, 2012 from EgmontUSA

This little beauty was leaked two months early. You know you are a big deal when your cover leaks before there is even a synopsis on Goodreads! Regardless, I love it and I absolutely can't wait for it. I love this cover! I wish I could have been at that photo shoot....

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You can find McEntire at her website

Nov 1, 2011

New Look and Vacation!

As you can tell....I gots me a new look!

I've been wanting something different for a while and I'm pretty happy with the turnout. It took me hours and several DMs to Ms. Cari, but I got there. All just in time for a vacation!

I don't remember the last time I've been on a vacation where I didn't work and/or blog. But, on Thursday I hit the high seas with 6 other friends. Yep, we are jumping on a boat and heading to Mexico!

The Indie Giveaways end this week at varying times so pay attention to that tricky Rafflecopter.

Catch you guys next week!