Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 26

What?


Sapphique

by Catherine Fisher

Saturday, September 25, 2010

In My Mailbox 38

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought

Prom Crashers by Erin Downing
Pub. date: February 2007
Will you go to the proms with me?
It was love at first sight for Emily and Ethan. But then Em lost his number and, with it, all the hope of finding a real boyfriend before the end of senior year. All she knows about Ethan is his first name, that he has a supercute smile, and that he's going to a prom this month. Which high school? That's anyone's guess....
Em enlists the help of her three best friends, who quickly score formal wear and hail a limo. Together, Emily, Max and Sid vow to find Ethan, to find a cure for senioritis, and most important, to find true love -- one hilarious prom night at a time.
This sounds really funny!

Love on Cue by Catherine Hapka
Pub. date: March 2009
Maggie Tannery is a true theater girl and a total shoo-in for the lead in this year's school production of Romeo and Juliet. She's seriously psyched because it looks like her crush Daniel, might be playing her Romeo both on- and offstage- if all goes as planned.
But when her school decides to perform a musical instead, Maggie catches a major case of stage fright- because she can't sing! With her lead role in jeopardy, as well as her chance of winning her leading man, Maggie turns to the musically talented Nico to give her voice lessons. But their voices aren't the only things that seem to be harmonizing. As Maggie tries to break a leg- and not her heart- she wonders who the music man of her dreams really is...

Cupidity by Caroline Goode
Pub. date: December 2004
Dating in high school is like reality TV. It can get pretty surreal.
Between the strict social ladder (geeks' lockers left, jocks' to the right), and silly, pointless rules (no hand-holding, no kissing, no breathing!), high school is the single worst place to find a boyfriend. And Laura Sweeney is no exception. She hasn't had a date since...well, ever.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. So Laura is calling in the big guns. She needs guidance. A proven "get the guy" strategy. Luckily she knows exactly the expert to call. He's a matchmaking mastermind who actually has the bow and arrow to prove it. Let's just call him...Cupid.
These all sound like pretty good, light reads. I must thank Orchid, Zombie Girrrl, and Holland for getting these for me at a library sale this week. I rather enjoyed the one Romantic Comedy I read (Perfect Shot), so I'm looking forward to reading these. Perhaps I'll have a mini zombie read-a-thon, followed by a chick-lit read-a-thon (I need something light after excessive gore).

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 25

What?


The Thirteenth Chime

by Emma Michaels

Monday, September 20, 2010

Anna and the French Kiss Cover Remake at Princess Bookie

Cindy at Princess Bookie is hosting a cover remake contest for Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. One lucky winner will get a finished copy of Anna and the French Kiss, an eiffel tower figure, and Anna booksmarks.

Here is the original cover of the book.

Here is my cover.
The grey border isn't actually part of my cover. I just had to put that so it wouldn't disappear in my white post body.

Eclectically yours,

Saturday, September 18, 2010

In My Mailbox 37

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
Pub. date: May 2009
My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.
Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.
With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.
Well, if she believed in that stuff.
Saw this in the bargain stacks at Books-A-Million and thought it sounded good.

Borrowed

White Cat by Holly Black
Pub. date: May 2010

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

I suggested this at my library a while ago, and they recently bought a copy. Because my librarians are awesome, they put it on hold so I could read it first. I can't wait to read it!
The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz
Pub. date: July 2004
Tim Diamond is possibly the world's worst detective. He's dense, he's distracted, he's unbelievably dim-it's a good thing his younger brother Nick is around! Nick knows there'll be trouble when Tim's entrusted with a package worth over five million dollars, but he doesn't know how much trouble. When the owner of the package is murdered, Tim gets the blame, Nick gets the package, and every crook in town is out to get them! Can Nick outwit them and turn this candy caper into a sweet deal for the Diamond Brothers?
Full of humor and non-stop action, this mystery series by the author of Stormbreaker will leave readers eagerly awaiting more.
I love Anthony Horowitz's books! I heard about this a few years ago, and wanted to read it, but could never find it at bookstores. I found out my library had it last year, but haven't had a chance to get it until now. I'll be reading this as soon as I finish Another Faust and White Cat.

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 24

What?


The Julian Game

by Adele Griffin

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 5

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser is from Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri.
"You said to beware the witch mark on a person’s body, for they are servants of the devil. But he had no mark, did he?"
"No. It was gone. I saw it in the baths, but then it was—"
"And so your clever answer was that the court must be more wary of those without the mark, because the devil doesn't need to mark them. They've gained his trust."
"Yes, but—"
"So whether he did or didn’t have a mark—all that talent, my work, sentenced to death."
"Please stop this. Please let me go."
"Just two more questions, Monsieur Bodin. What makes you think the devil is a he? And why is it that there are no marks on you?"
Pages 104-105

Eclectically yours,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

In My Mailbox 36

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought

I went on a road trip with my family last Saturday and found a Books-A-Million that was going out of business. *gasp* I thought it was kind of sad that a bookstore was closing, but quickly changed my mind when I found out everything was 50% off. Yay! Half price books are on the list of Things I Love, right after free books and before books in general. Anyway, I bought...

Dead Is Just a Rumor by Marlene Perez
Pub. date: August 2010
As the creepy little town of Nightshade prepares to celebrate its two hundredth anniversary — on Halloween, of course — many of its paranormal residents are receiving mysterious blackmail letters. Psychic teen Daisy Giordano and her sisters set out to find who is behind the threats. But launching an investigation isn’t easy for Daisy with her overprotective father watching her every move. Though she’s happy to have him back after the years he spent being held captive by an anti-paranormal group called the Scourge, Dad is having a difficult time adjusting to home life — and the fact that his little girl is now a senior in high school. He even disapproves of Daisy’s boyfriend, Ryan.

Ryan, meanwhile, to Daisy’s dismay, has been considering some faraway colleges thanks to the advice of Nightshade High’s new guidance counselor. Can their relationship take the strain?
And Daisy’s got even more on her plate: A talented amateur cook, she has won cooking lessons with celebrity chef Circe Silvertongue. After nosing around (with a little help from Circe’s pet pig), Daisy begins to suspect that the temperamental chef has got more secrets than just her ingredients . . .
I love this series! So I knew I had to get this as soon as I saw it. I almost missed it! I had all my books picked out, I thought I was done, until I looked down at one of the lower shelves and saw this. I'm so glad I looked down when I did.

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
Pub. date: December 2009
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.
Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk….
I really liked My Soul to Take, and have been wanting to read My Soul to Save ever since I finished it. I only wished I owned the first one too, the sequel looks so lonely on my shelf without it.

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Pub. date: August 2010
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.
Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.
This one sounds really good, and kind of scary. I love the cover! It's so creepy!

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Pub. date: July 2010
Sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe has just recently lost her father, leaving her parentless. But when a strange mark appears on her wrist, she realizes she is being branded with much more than her newfound title of orphan. Lia and her twin sister Alice are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other.

Lia hides this discovery from Alice and even from her beloved James, but to escape from the burden this secret bestows she must end the prophecy-before her sister. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the mark on her wrist, the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her, and the impact the resolution of the prophecy could have.
With, haunting, lyrical prose, this multi-layered story of family, friendship, and romance explores the timeless question of predetermination versus free will. And it takes readers on an unforgettable coming-of-age journey where one sister's self-discovery could have an impact of Biblical proportion.
This too sounds really good. And I absolutely love the new cover! So much better than the last one, which made me not to read the book at all (I know, I know, judging a book by its cover and all that). I can't wait to read this!

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Pub. date: September 2008
Honor and her parents have been reassigned to live on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea. Life is peaceful there—the color of the sky is regulated by Earth Mother, a corporation that controls New Weather, and it almost never rains. Everyone fits into their rightful and predictable place. . . .

Except Honor. She doesn’t fit in, but then she meets Helix, a boy with a big heart and a keen sense for the world around them. Slowly, Honor and Helix begin to uncover a terrible truth about life on the Island: Sooner or later, those who are unpredictable disappear . . . and they don’t ever come back.
I remember reading about this a long time ago, and thought it sounded good, but kinda forgot about it before I could add it to my wish list. I love dystopian books, so I'm really looking forward to reading this.

Borrowed

Vampire Knight vol. 2 by Matsuri Hino
Pub. date: May 2007
Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At sunset, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, there to protect the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires.
I liked the first in this series, and was really happy to find out not too long ago that my library now has up to volume 6.

Death Note vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Pub. date: November 2005
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life? Light thinks he's put an end to his troubles with the FBI - by using the Death Note to kill off the FBI agents working the case in Japan! But one of the agents has a fiancee who used to work in the Bureau, and now she's uncovered information that could lead to Light's capture. To make matters worse, L has emerged from the shadows to work directly with the task force headed by Light's father. With people pursuing him from every direction, will Light get caught in the conflux?
I really liked the first volume of Death Note, as well as the anime. I'm so glad my library finally got some of this series!

Trade

Evermore by Alyson Noel
Pub. date: February 2009
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.
I actually got this from Orchid a while ago, but I kept forgetting to IMM it. Oops. Well, better late than never! ;)

That's all I got this week. What's in your mailbox?

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wanted: Guest Posters

My blogoversary is coming up in October, and I’m looking for some guest posters. Anything book related will do, whether it’s a review, anecdote of how you became a bookworm, short story (PG-13, please), or why you started blogging. All I ask is that there be no swearing (let’s keep this family friendly, folks). Email me at eclecticdahlia [at] aol [dot] com if you would like to do a guest post, and we can work out the details. My blogoversary celebration will run from October 15-29.

If you’re a blogger or writer/author and would like to be interviewed during my blogoversary, visit this page and fill out the form or email me at the above address (be sure to include whether you’re a writer/author, blogger, or both).

Any posts you can contribute would be greatly appreciated. :)

Eclectically yours,

Sunday, September 5, 2010

In My Mailbox 35

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Pub. date: August 2010
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
This was a bit of a surprise. My mom went to the grocery store, and came back with this (and groceries, but they aren't nearly as important). Yay! I read half of it in one night (didn't sleep at all), and finished it a day or two later. So good!!! My review will be up as soon as I review Catching Fire.

Borrowed

Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Pub. date: August 2009
One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.
Borrowed this from Orchid. Haven't actually started it yet, but read the first two chapters a few months ago and really liked it, so I'm really looking forward to reading the rest. Thanks, Orchid!

Eclectically yours,