Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Follow Hop [13]

To participate, click on the buttons... yep, it's that easy!

If you are a new follower, please leave me a comment so I can check out your blogs. I love meeting new bloggers.


Book Blogger Hop "Which blogger would you most want to meet in real life?"

Oh man. This is a really, really difficult question to answer. I think it would be great to meet almost every book blogger out there. We should rent out a conference hall and have a huge brunch and talk books! Honestly, if I've talked to a blogger (or you if you're reading this) for any length on Twitter, or through email, I probably would like to meet you. I love talking books, especially with people who obsess over the one's I'm obsessing over.


Q. Circle time! Time to share. What character in a book would you most like to be, what character in a book would you most like to date?


Again, this is really hard to answer. My answers change with each new book I read. I always try to imagine myself inside each one, so I would like to be hundreds of characters... and there's been P-L-E-N-T-Y of male characters I've fancied being my boy (or man, ha!).

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book Trailer: Entwined

I know this book has been out since late March, however I'm dying to get my hands on a copy. For some reason, I want this book really, really bad. I've heard amazing things about it and now that I've seen the trailer, yeah, I want it even more!

Entwined by Heather Dixon

PUB: 3/29/11
SYNOPSIS: Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost. 

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.


The Trailer:
 



*If you have an extra copy that you'd like to give me, I'd be more than happy to take it off your hands! {puppy eyes}

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Review: Girl Wonder

PUB: 5/3/11
SYNOPSIS: As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.
Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.
But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.

4 out of 5

My Review: Girl Wonder written by newcomer Alexa Martin packs quite the punch. With her debut, she manages to define an entire teenager’s life, especially for a girl. From first love, first heartbreak, friendship, family, jealously, stress, and college prep, Martin’s story will draw the readers in and touch them.

Charlotte Locke’s senior year is nothing as it should be. She’s a brand new transfer in a less than perfect High School, the student’s don’t welcome her in, her grades are low and worst of all her self-esteem is non-existent. Charlotte’s father, a famous author, only cares about what college she makes it into. Her relationship with him is so sad. I wanted to reach through my book and hug her. No daughter should ever have to feel so little from their parent. Charlotte’s mother, a popular university teacher, is slightly better than the father, but she too is not a great parental role model. Finally, there’s James Henry, Charlotte’s younger genius little brother. All Charlotte needs in her life is a little brother who is smarter than normal. He’s placed in a “smart” kid’s school and Charlotte feels like she’s always walking in his shadow, never living up to his reputation. 

At her new school, Charlotte meets Neal, the handsome boy from the debate team. While secretly crushing on Neal, Charlotte befriends the school’s resident “Girl Wonder” Amanda. A turn in this book that is easily the best, and worst, thing that could happen to her. Martin created such an eccentric character with Amanda. The girl with the funny hair colors that wears the oddest clothing ensembles, yet somehow making it work. Charlotte is instantly enraptured by her. Yikes!

From here, Girl Wonder takes the readers on a wildly sad journey as Charlotte learns to love, and then let go. She has a big heart, yet she’s timid about stepping out of other’s shadows. Martin did a fabulous job writing Charlotte’s point-of-view. Being able to hear directly from this character is what makes this story so good. Without the personal account of Charlotte’s mind, the readers would be left confused, yet they’re not thanks to Martin’s great use of first person voice.

Each character is diverse and written perfectly well. I loved how I felt like I knew each and every one of them. Thank you Alexa for allowing me to be a part of this story! 

To conclude, I don’t want to give away spoilers, so pick up a copy of Girl Wonder and enjoy this coming-of-age tale of a girl who learns just what life is all about… one wonder at a time. Oh yeah, never settle for what you think is right, always root for the underdog, and maybe, just maybe what you’re looking for has been with you all along. At least, this is how it is for Charlotte! 

Girl Wonder is a wonderful book that I’d love to read again, and again!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday [8]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Hourglass
By: Myra McEntire
Publication Date: June 14, 2011

One hour to rewrite the past . . . For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.
*Other than the fact that I'm in love with the cover, do I really need to explain why this looks like a fantastic book? Nope. I didn't think so.

What book are you "waiting on" this week?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hot New Releases [1]: 5/1/11 | My Top Picks

Looking for some new books to read? Check out this list of May 3, 2011 book releases I compiled. Obviously, this is doubtful to be a list of ALL of today's new releases, but these are the ones that I could find that I know I would read.

#'s 7, 9, 11, & 15 are the Hottest


1) The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan  McVoy. / Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They’ve been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla's last chance.

Violet isn't much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn't real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk...even though James is completely off-limits.

Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated?

2) Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton / Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love. 
But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking…. {I was able to snag an early copy of this & I highly recommend it}

3) The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt / Desi Bascomb's job as a princess substitute has gotten a whole lot more glamorous now that she's advanced to Level 2 within the Facade Agency. Magical make-up, roller-skating celebrities, and the chance to see Prince Karl again are just some of the major perks. Not to mention, she's landed the role of Fairy Queen in her school's production of Midsummer's Night Dream (opposite her best friend's crush. Which is a little weird, but at least he wears a donkey head during their kissing scene). Life should be perfect, but Desi can't seem to shake the feeling that there is more going on with the agency's magic than she's told. Like why is this mind-bending power exclusive to royals? Is it possible that there could be a bigger way to make an impact in both parts of her life?

4) Moonglass by Jessi Kirby / Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.


5) The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch / After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alex Lee must leave her home in northern California to live with her wealthy grandmother in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful, if unwilling, member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's long-standing debutante society. She quickly discovers that the Magnolias have made a pact with a legendary hoodoo family, the Buzzards. The Magnolias enjoy youth, beauty and power. But at what price?

As in her popular adult novels, Crouch's poignant and humorous voice shines in this seductively atmospheric story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city.


6) Exposure by Therese Fowler / In Exposure, Therese Fowler has written her most gripping novel to date—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of ardent young love and a nightmarish legal maelstrom that threatens to destroy two families.

Amelia Wilkes’s strict father does not allow her to date, but that doesn’t stop the talented, winsome high school senior from carrying on a secret romance with her classmate Anthony Winter. Desperately in love, the two envision a life together and plan to tell Amelia’s parents only after she turns eighteen and is legally an adult. Anthony’s mother, Kim, who teaches at their school, knows—and keeps—their secret. But the couple’s passion is exposed sooner than planned: Amelia’s father, Harlan, is shocked and infuriated to find naked pictures of Anthony on his daughter’s computer. Just hours later, Anthony is arrested...


7) So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti / When Brooke's crush, Scott, moves from their suburban town to New York City, she decides to follow him there. Living with her formerly estranged dad and adapting to a new school are challenging, and things go from bad to worse when Brooke learns that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she builds her new life, Brooke begins to discover a side of herself she never knew existed. And as she finds out, in the city that never sleeps, love can appear around any corner...


8) Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready / Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.



9) Divergent by Veronica Roth / In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

10) Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris /  "With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . "

11) Illusions by Aprilynne Pike / Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.


12) Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick /Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism--and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. {Paperback edition/ original pub 2010}


13) Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner / When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.
Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.
After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be. 
Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another.

14) The Bake-off by Beth Kendrick / Suburban soccer mom Amy has always wanted to stand out from the crowd. Former child prodigy Linnie just wants to fit in. The two sisters have been estranged for years, but thanks to a series of personal crises and their wily grandmother, they've teamed up to enter a national bake-off in the hopes of winning some serious cash. Armed with the top-secret recipe for Grammy's apple pie, they should be unstoppable. Sure, neither one of them has ever baked anything more complicated than brownie mix, but it's just pie-how hard
could it be?

15) Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin / As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.
Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.
But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.



16) I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan / Raised by an unstable father who keeps the family constantly on the move, Sam Border hasn't been in a classroom since the second grade. He's always been the rock for his younger brother Riddle, who stopped speaking long ago and instead makes sense of the world through his strange and intricate drawings. It's said that the two boys speak with one voice--and that voice is Sam's.
Then, Sam meets Emily Bell, and everything changes. The two share an immediate and intense attraction, and soon Sam and Riddle find themselves welcomed into the Bell's home. Faced with normalcy for the first time, they know it's too good to last.
Told from multiple perspectives, Holly Goldberg Sloan's debut novel offers readers fresh voices and a gripping story, with vivid glimpses into the lives of many unique characters. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I'll Be There is a story about connections both big and small, and deftly explores the many ways that our lives are woven together.


17) Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart / Author Gary Shteyngart might have the most memorable name, but the author of Absurdistan continues to roll out wild dystopian novels that unnerve you even while you're laughing. Super Sad True Love Story belies almost every word of its title, but it still plunges us into a satirical realm that we can recognize if we open our eyes widely. Restless, middle-aged, maladjusted Lenny Abramov and young Eunice Park, his somewhat reluctant old-fashioned love interest alternate as narrators, each of them projecting a slightly twisted view of an even more twisted reality. A refreshing satirical romp for hip fiction readers.


May 1st & May 2nd: Releases

Def want this one!

Enjoy these new releases!

Top Ten Tuesday [14]


If you are fond of lists, especially Top 10 lists, this feature is the one to go with! Every week, the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish post a topic of their choice. Participating bloggers are asked to list their top 10's. I like to participate whenever I can. I love this idea, and often go a little crazy with adding 15, even 20 in my posts. Hehe!

This week it's all about how lost I'd be without other bloggers. I've read so many great books, and found wonderful authors thanks to recommendations. Blogging is all about helping one another. So, this is dedicated to all those fantastic recommendations! 
 
Top 10 Books I'm SO Happy Were Recommended to Me:

In no particular order:

1) Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt. I've heard nothing but great things about this book. I passed it up a few times, but one blogger sealed the deal... and now I'm a proud owner!

2) Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. This series is where my passion for books stems from. After eagerly devouring this saga, I've been reading books like a mad person!
3) The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I scare easily, so the thought of reading this book never entered my mind. With the helpful prodding of book lovers, I bought a copy and fell head over heels in love. One of the best books I've read!

4) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Ginger over at GReads told me I had to read this book. When I was undecided about purchasing this one and #5, she surprised me by sending me this! I'm definitely hooked and am eagerly waiting to get my hands on the next two in the series! 

5) Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Like #4, Ginger was raving about this series, so I figured I should get this one or The Summer I Turned Pretty. I could only buy one at the time, so I was shocked and surprised when she bought me the above one and I was able to get this one! Happy reader she made me, for sure!  
 
6) If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Almost every blogger I follow on Twitter highly recommended this book to me. This is one of those books that I know would make me cry going into to it, so I was very reluctant about that. However, I was easily swayed to buy a copy of this. Thanks to all you great book Twits out there!
 
7) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I started out by watching the Lifetime movie, which is hauntingly beautiful, but had never read the book. After reading so many blogger reviews and comments in favor of Speak, I had decided to get a copy.... sometime later, while I was at the second hand book store I found a like-new copy of this. I figured I was meant to read it!
 
8) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. A classic book was bound to make my list. I'm always terrified to read a classic due to their rap of being hard to understand. I read Pride and Prejudice last year, fell in love, and then decided I needed to read more. Thanks to a read-a-long, I discovered this gem and loved it as much as P&P! 

9) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. My sister mentioned this book as a book club selection for her friends. Even though she didn't select it, I was curious enough to buy a copy for myself. My OMG moment for this post!! This novel has since vaulted itself into one of my ALL time favorite books. Thanks Sis for asking me if I had heard of this one!
10) Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott. This is my most recent purchase. After having a long discussion about what my first E. Scott book should be, one blogger... Ginger again... suggested I get this one. Having already proved herself a fantastic book recommend-er I bought this.

*Which books were recommended to you guys? // Which books would you recommend to me? Hit me up in a comment, I'm always open to new book suggestions!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday's Summer Book Rec

I'm just about finished with this cute Summer read. If any of you are interested, this one will hit shelves on Tuesday (May 3rd), so make sure to grab a copy.

Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

PUB: 5/3/11
Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love. 
But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking….

*My review will be up sometime this week!

Review: The Body Finder



Pub: 3/16/10
SYNOPSIS: Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
 
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


5 out of 5


My Review: This is where a fan girl raves about one of her new favorite books. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the perfect blend of creepy, creepy, and creepy. Maybe not all creepy; but seriously, it’s the perfect blend of suspense, paranormal, mystery, and romance. What more could a reader ask for? Not much, I say.

From the very first page, the readers are introduced to the talents of young Violet Ambrose, who at an early age has been able to sense the dead. I almost turned tail and ran back to the comforts of my books about bunnies and rainbows at this point. I scare easily, so I definitely went into this book with a timid approach. Forcing myself to read past the Prologue, I was easily swept up in this wonderful book about murder and love. Derting has a quiet, yet amazingly bold approach to writing. From every angle I felt this story. I could easily envision every scene, sometimes wishing I couldn’t but that speaks of how good Derting is.

Like the synopsis says, Violet battles two major issues throughout The Body Finder. One, the obvious effects of her gift and how to live with the terrors it brings.  Being able to sense echoes from the dead is very scary. I was more than afraid at the times Violet was being “called” to certain dead bodies. I shivered more than once. Secondly, Violet’s growing feelings for her childhood best friend, Jay. Did I mention that Jay is super sexy? Oh no, I guess I didn’t. Just know that this is where things get really, really interesting. I shivered more than once, this time… in all the good ways! I love me some good ol’ romance, and Derting delivers!

Love and murder is The Body Finders biggest themes. Each one battled for dominance, and in a way, each one won. When a serial killer’s murder spree escalates out of control, Violet is thrust into the role of cop in order to bring him down. Because Jay is ever so sweet, and fiercely protective of his best friend, he’s reluctantly forced into the role of Violet’s sidekick; the role in which no sane person wants to take on. Jay is absolutely one of my favorite male book characters. He’s easy to love, and every reader will understand why Violet is head over heels for this guy. Derting wrote such a charming, loveable, guy.

Where there is love, there is murder. The Body Finder has two point-of-view voices: Violet and the serial killer. Where Derting can write romance, she can also write terrifyingly scary. Each time the serial killer’s voice echoed off the pages, I was scared out of my mind. I actually looked over my shoulder and made sure my bedroom curtains were closed tight. What was most haunting about this voice is the believability factor. This could happen to anyone, at any time, any place, etc. Any author who can captivate and haunt a reader at the same time is extremely gifted. Derting’s words unveil a world I almost needed a diaper to be in. Okay, I kid!

Overall, The Body Finder has a little bit of everything that will keep the readers entertained and begging for more. I definitely love the characters, the plot, and the storytelling. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

In My Mailbox [9]

 This meme is hosted by The Story Siren. For all the deets click HERE.

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature that allows blogs to share what great book related things they got in the mail. DISCLAIMER: All ARCs are provided to me in exchange for a review, or as a giveaway prize. All tour books & borrowed books are provided out of love and blogging friendship. Finally, I in no way use this feature to brag or to make fellow bloggers feel bad. I acquire books & loot the honest way. This feature is only to share my love of books & to get the word out about them.

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