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Goodbye 2011 & Hello 2012

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Overview of 2011

2011 was overall a good year.  While it started out a bit rocky in the book world for me, it really picked up by the summer.  I started a new Meme called YASaves Sunday and started a new Reading Challenge called 2012 YA Saves Reading Challenge.  Overall it was a good year – I even got a fancy new blog design!!  To end in short here are my overall specs:

  • YA Books Read:  76
  • YA Books Reviewed: 89 – – there are some reviews done in 2011 but read in 2010
  • Children’s Books Read:  92
  • Children’s Books Reviewed:  25
  • # of Pages total Read:  25, 978
  • 2011 Challenges conclusions: 100 Books, 2011 Debut, A-Z, YA Series, Support Your Local Library

Goals for 2012

I have many goals that I hope to reach in 2012, literally starting January 1st 2012….

  • Read & Review at least 120 YA Books
  • Read & Review more Children’s Books
  • Re-organize YA Saves Meme to a Bi-Weekly Meme instead of a Weekly Meme
  • Have more Giveaways!!
  • Become more organized
  • Only participate in a new Reading Challenges
  • Comment more on other blogs – – I actually feel I did better on this in 2011 but I know I can do better!
  • Read at least 1 hour a day!
  • Move blog over to WordPress

My list can go on an on but I for one am looking forward to seeing what 2012 brings.

Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2012

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Now this was hard… choosing just 10 books I can’t wait to read in 2012… I seriously need space to list 50 or more! But here goes… 
P.S. Sorry to any books/authors that might have been left out of this list…

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent
Harlequin Teen (June 22nd 2012)
Synopsis unavailable  
Why:  I LOVE LOVE this series! I find it to be unique, dark, touching and so much fun! I love the characters and the plot lines.
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (May 8th 2012)
Why: I fell in love with Jessi Kirby as an author this past year through her debut novel, Moonglass.  Her writing is a blessing to read and absolutely gorgeous.  Not only does this book sound fun to read, I cannot wait to read more of Jessi Kirby’s words.
Summary: Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn. . . and ruggedly good looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
HarperCollins Children’s Books (January 31st 2012)

Why: Honestly, the cover is the reason I was first attracted to this book and to be more honest one of the main reasons I want to read this book.  But of course the summary makes it sound very intriguing as well.

Summary:  NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Legend of the Inero Dragon (The Dragon Saga #2) by J.F. Jenkins
Publication date unknown
Summary unavailable

Why:  I know there isn’t much information about this book available yet, but having read the first book in this series, I fell in love with Dragons.  J.F. Jenkins really allows her dragons to be human in a beautiful way.

Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate
Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 12th 2012)
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Why:  I am a huge sucker for this series.  I cannot exactly put my finger on my I fell in love with this series but I did. Plus the covers are always absolutely gorgeous!

Summary:  The sky is dark with wings. . . .

In RAPTURE, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel in the FALLEN series, Luce and Daniel are together . . . but for how long? Can history be rewritten? Or are some punishments eternal?

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Dial Books For Young Readers  ( June 14th 2012)
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Why: Simply put, the summary sounds amazing!

Summary: “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.

Body & Soul (Ghost and the Goth #3) by Stacey Kade

Hyperion (May 29th 2012)
GoodReads

Summary: The Ghost
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily…or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.

Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted…by me. Seriously?

I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying…

The Goth
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.

Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages-—the “Psychics” section-—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real-—and odd-—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner…

Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh
Atheneum (August 28th 2012)
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Why: The moment I picked up the first book of this series I knew this one would be unique and different.  Creagh really takes Poe to an new level, creating a wonderful dark and mystical world.  I can’t wait to see what happens next!

SummaryWhile Varen remains a prisoner in the dream-world, Isobel is haunted by his memory. He appears to her in her dreams and soon, even in her waking life. But is she just imagining it? Isobel knows she must find a way back to Varen. She makes plans to go to Baltimore. There, she confronts the figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster—the same dark man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams, calling himself “Reynolds.”
Isobel succeeds in interrupting the Toaster’s ritual and, in doing so, discovers a way to return to the dream-world. Soon, she finds herself swept up in a realm which not only holds remnants of Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world comprised of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. With his mind poisoned by the dream world, he becomes a malevolent force, bent on destroying all—even himself. Now Isobel must face a new adversary, one who also happens to be her greatest love.

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

Speak (February 16th 2012)
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Why:Well this just looks like a fun and cute read!

Summary: Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (February 2nd 2012)
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Why: I love how raw this book sounds.

Summary:  When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all… Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family’s deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own – one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all…

J.F. Jenkins Book Tour Sign Up – CLOSED

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In February I will be hosting a tour for the amazing author J.F. Jenkins and her new book, Legend of the Inero Dragon.  I can attest that this series is an amazing series! You can read my review of her first novel, Legend of the Oceina Dragon, of the Dragon Series HERE.

Official Blurb of Legend of the Inero Dragon:

Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero are the favorite sons of the great dragon lord of fire. More often than not they get whatever they want. Matt wants to do great things for his people while Jason wants to go off and explore the world. Both can have what they desire, but not until they take a bride and enter into adulthood.

Enter Kat and Gwen, two girls from very different backgrounds. Kat is happy to leave her home when the royal guard comes to bring her to loving arms of her childhood sweetheart, Matt. Gwen on the other hand is livid to be taken from her farm only to be thrust into Jason’s life, and he’s not to thrilled with the idea either. They have one year to find happiness with each other, or else they will be placed at the mercy of the ruthless dragon lord Lynx. Favorite or not, dragon law must be obeyed.

As their nation begins to prepare for war against a neighboring tribe, the brothers find themselves as key components in the battle plans. A dark prophet has had a vision of Inero victory, but at what cost? Both must decide where their loyalties lie and what they’re willing to sacrifice – including each other – to achieve their goals.
I am looking for eager fellow book bloggers who would love to review an amazing book!
Each participant will receive an e-copy of Legend of the Inero Dragon.  For those that have not read the first book (Legend of the Oceina Dragon) and would like to read it, J.F. Jenkins is happy to send an e-copy as well.
Participants can choose as many forms of involvement:
– Review (highly recommended for all)
– Author Interview
– Author Guest Post
– Giveaway
If you are interested in participating in this Book Tour for February please fill out THIS FORM.

For more information on J.F. Jenkins and her works visit her website

Cover Reveal: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

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Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent
Harlequin Teen (Summer 2012)

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Gorgeous right!?!  I love the pink!!
Too bad we have to wait until the summer for this to come out.  I for one love this series!!

Review: Life Is But A Dream by Brian James

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Life Is But A Dream by Brian James
Feiwel & Friends (March 27th 2012)
Format: ARC
Source: Around the World Tours
Challenge: 100 Books in 2011

Alec and Sabrina are crazy in love. Problem is: Sabrina’s really crazy.

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it’s the world that’s crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she’ll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? Her decision may have fatal consequences.

Who is attracted to books that take place in a Psych Ward? You are almost guaranteed adventure, mystery and wonder.  You are also guaranteed raw reality with a touch of dream world.  Life Is But A Dream offers such a world.  Sabrina doesn’t see the world like others do – she sees the world around her in colors that are not only vivid but have a life of their own with movement and wonder.  After some time at the Wellness Center Sabrina’s view of the world and their colors start to alter a bit, back to what is ‘real’.  Then she meets Alec, who makes her feel that there is nothing wrong with her, she is special and unique just the way she is.  But what is ‘real’?? 

I fell in love with Sabrina’s character right away – in the way she sees the world there is something almost whole and good.  Even though you know she is being treated for schizophrenia you can’t help but love how she sees things – Brian James has done a FANTASTIC job at creating Sabrina’s world into a canvas, which is painted on with vibrant and brilliant colors that blend together in a gorgeous way.  To say that the imagery in this book was lacking would be a grave understatement.    

Even though you know Sabrina is sick and Alec holds her back from what is considered ‘real’ by their doctors, you also can’t help but like Alec as well.   Seeing how easily Sabrina succumbs to Alec’s suggestions makes you see that while her way of seeing things is beautiful they are also childish in a way, as she can be.  On one hand she wants help but on the other hand she follows Alec blindly.  However, Alec is definitely a character I would love to learn more about. 

Life Is But A Dream makes you question what is ‘real’ and ‘right’ for people.  What is reality? Is Sabrina’s world wrong?  Is she really sick?  Brian James has done an amazing job in creating a real yet fantastical novel that pushes you to view things in a different way while imagining a beautiful world in colors. 

Find Brian James: WebSite | Facebook | Twitter 

I’ve written numerous children’s books, including the Pirate School series and the Catkid series. I’m also the author of several novels: Pure Sunshine; Tomorrow, Maybe; Perfect World; Dirty Liar; Thief; Zombie Blondes; The Heights”

Cover Reveals & Book Trailers Fun

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Over the last week or so there have been a few new and exciting new cover reveals!!
Jessi Kirby’s Moonglass has been given a new paperback design.  I love it! I love the colors and muteness of it.  Gorgeous.
You can read my review of Moonglass – a new favorite!

From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

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.

Sleepers (The Swarm #1) by Meg Jensen
There is going to be a re-launcher of Meg’s novel – along with it an amazing new cover!

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she’s filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
To be released August 2012

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

Shadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
To be released February 2012

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

ExposedExposed by Kimerbly Marcus
** Paperback cover **
To be released February 2012

In the dim light of the darkroom/I’m alone, but not for long.
As white turns to gray, Kate is with me.
background of the dance studio blurred,
so the focus is all on her–legs extended in a perfect soaring split.
The straight line to my squiggle, my forever-best friend.

Sixteen-year-old Liz is Photogirl—sharp, focused, and confident in what she sees through her camera lens, confident that she and Kate will be best friends forever. But everything changes in one blurry night. Suddenly, Kate is avoiding her and people are looking the other way she passes in the halls. As the aftershocks from a startling accusation rip through Liz’s world, everything she thought she knew about photography, family, friendship, and herself shifts out of focus. What happens when the picture you see no longer makes sense? Told in breathtaking, searingly raw free verse, Kimberly Marcus’s unforgettable debut will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Unbreak My Heart
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
To be released May 2012

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

And finally a new cover has already been given to Trisha Wolfe’s Destiny’s Fire.

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

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