Thursday, June 10, 2010

Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

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Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl ... until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....

Friday, May 21, 2010

Read The Amanda Project online!

Read the entire book of The Amanda Project: Invisible I online for free! It's part of HarperCollin's great Browse Inside program. To check it out click the picture below.

You can read my review for this book here. :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The NEW BookDivas!

Visit the brand new BookDivas by clicking its logo below!

It's fabulous, if I do say so myself. Check out the review section and get great book recommendations from young adults like you!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges


Faye is struck by lightning. And she lives. How many other fourteen year olds can say that? When she tells her parents of this striking event, they act like it’s nothing. They hand her a summer camp brochure and send her away. Out of the five other kids who have no idea what kind of camp they are going to, is Benji. He is Faye’s crush and happens to be the only person who saw her get struck by lightning. That can’t just be a coincidence. While the campers are given odd tasks to complete by the wicked director, Faye must put aside her feelings for Benji so she can focus on what matters more. Why are they here? How can they get away? But those eyes … that smile….

Milestones is so enjoyable and fun! It’s unpredictable and had me thinking hard. Everything is a riddle and it’s amusing to sit back and read how the characters piece together the puzzle. The characters are so different from each other that their interactions are very entertaining. The cover doesn’t show how much fun the book is and isn’t the best fit. The formatting is a bit odd, having fifty-two chapters that vary in length. It’s also full of unnecessary sixth grade curse words. Though the storyline is choppy, the book is perfectly unrealistic! It’s unlike the other books I read and it’s refreshing. It is just … fun! I can’t wait for the next ones in the series.

Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges
252 pages, published by Hungry Goat Press, ages 14+

4 out of 5 stars

Contains: profanity


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ruined by Paula Morris


Since her father has a business trip to China, Rebecca is sent away to live with a family friend in New Orleans for the next six months. Spending time away from her friends and the gossip in New York doesn’t seem too appealing. Especially when she has to spend it with the odd gothic Claudia that plays with Tarot cards for a living. When Rebecca meets the arrogant snobs of Temple Mead Academy, she is instantly on their bad side. Except for the attractive Anton Grey who seems to be interested in her but is sadly unavailable. After wandering into the cemetery one night, Rebecca comes across Lisette, a ghost only she can see. And it seems Lisette has been waiting over a hundred years to get the revenge she longs for.

Ruined is perfectly paced and has a constantly intriguing storyline. I wasn’t attached to any of the characters and they lack personality. I was going back and forth “I hate this book!” “I love this book!” It repeated Rebecca’s thoughts too much when all I wanted was to dive deeper. It’s amazing how author Paula Morris kept the story going with so few settings. This book is packed with a lot of interesting historic info without being overly descriptive. It introduced me to the New Orleans I never knew. It had a huge twist I didn’t see coming that made me gasp out loud. I wasn’t fully satisfied with the ending because the “feel” didn’t fit the rest of the story. You’d have to be very patient to read this book but over all I think it’s worth the read.

Ruined by Paula Morris

315 pages, published by Point division of Scholastic, AGES 13+

Contains: satanic arts, brief gruesome description


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Behind the Pages

... with Susan Runholt!

Have you ever wondered what was happening behind the pages? Get to know the author of the Kari + Lucas Mysteries personally.

Q: Are any of your characters modeled after people you know?

Yes, some are. Sometimes characters start out being modeled on people I know, but as I write about them they turn into the characters I'm creating. For example, the stepfather in Rescuing Seneca Crane started out being modeled physically on a dentist I once had. My third book probably has the most characters based on real people. One was modeled on a man I knew many years ago when I lived in Amsterdam, but I wrote him as his young self, and an American rather than a Dutchman. The book is set on safari in Kenya, and the safari guide and several other African characters are based on real Africans.

Q: What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “twirl”?

Probably batons.

Q: Have you ever been to the museums or countries that Kari and Lucas visited in The Mystery of the Third Lucretia?

I only write about places I have visited. It's very important to me to be as accurate as possible. So yes, I have visited London, Paris and Amsterdam. In fact, I lived in both Paris and Amsterdam when I was young. And I have certainly gone to all the museums mentioned in the book. Many times, in fact.

Q: What’s your idea of the perfect meal?

Oh dear, that's a difficult one. I do love food. Probably something French. In fact, I recently bought a French dinner at a silent auction for the United Way, and the menu sounds awfully good to me: a leek tart followed by cassoulet followed by creme caramel. But I'm also a great fan of Greek, Lebanese, Indian and Thai cuisine, and some of my very favorite meals have featured Southern cooking. (Corn soufflé, anyone?) Basically, I like food.

Q: Which of your characters do you think is most like yourself?

Oh, definitely Gillian. Although she's a better mother than I could ever be. We have much the same sense of humor and political leanings, we've both been married once and divorced, and we're both writers. We both love the arts in many forms, and are somewhat knowledgeable about them. We love to travel. Yes, Gillian andd I have a great deal in common.

Q: You wrote in your dedication that your daughter helped you write The Mystery of the Third Lucretia. While working on the book, did you two ever disagree with something in the storyline?

Yes, we did. My daughter, was 14 and very rebellious at the time, and she did not want Kari to forgive her mom for yelling at her for the trip into the red light district. Now that she is in her late 20s, I think she might take a different view.

Q: When you look out the window, what’s the first thing that catches your eye?

The cardinal family that lives in the strip of lilac bushes out my office window. I love them year after year.

Q: What’s your story behind getting published?

Oh dear. Let's just say it was exactly 20 years after I started writing mysteries that I had my first book published. I had written The Mystery of the Third Lucretia 14 years before its publication date. What finally got me into the market was winning a British literary award given only to authors who have not yet had a work published. That got the attention of a good agent who then found a home for my book at Viking/Penguin.

Q: Being an author, you might like to play around with certain words or phrases. What’s some of your favorites?

I can only think of one word, really, and that is Uffda, and all-purpose phrase from my Norwegian ancestors which means, roughly, "Oh dear."

Q: What bands or genre of music do you enjoy listening to?

I love classical music, South American samba and tango music, jazz vocals, and rhythm and blues. In R&B I especially like the classic performers like Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, etc.

Q: Do you have a website or blog that readers can visit?

By all means! There's a lot of information on those pages for anyone who wants to know more about me.

Thank you for stopping by! You are a very interesting person. We wish you good luck on the Kari + Lucas series and all other future releases! :)

Susan Runholt is the author of the Kari + Lucas Mysteries that include The Mystery of the Third Lucretia (2008)and Rescuing Seneca Crane (2009). She shares her teenage heroines' love of art and travel and commitment to feminism.

For the past two decades she has lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she serves as a fundraising consultant for social service and arts organizations. She was named runner-up for the Debut Dagger Award by the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time for the Winners!

And the winners are ...


Hope you all enjoy reading The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg! :)