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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

“Waiting On” Wednesday (14)


“Waiting On”Wednesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Here, we shine the spotlight on books that are coming out soon that we are excited about reading!

The Innocents (The Innocents, #1)

The Innocents by: Lili Peloquin
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Contemporary, Gothic, Romance, Mystery
Series: The Innocents #1
Page Count: 288
Pre-order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Summary from Goodreads:

Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie.
Friends didn’t.
Boys couldn’t.
Their family falling apart never would.
Until they got to Serenity Point.
“The Innocents” is the first in a new series of young adult novels that weave a saga of nail-biting drama, breathless romance, and gothic mystery.

The cover is what drew me in on The Innocents. It looks like a wonderful new contemporary/mystery series with some gothic elements and romance too!

Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, romance, angels, fantasy
Series: Hush, Hush #4
Page Count: 448
Pre-order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Summary from Goodreads:

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

I have been in love with this series since the month Hush, Hush came out! It is for sure one of my absolute favorite series of all time. This is the last book! I hate to see the series end, but I hope it ends well. I can’t wait for it!


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“Waiting On” Wednesday (14)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Monday, September 17, 2012

Test Post from Through the Looking Glass

Test Post from Through the Looking Glass

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Moving to Wordpress!

Hi, everyone! I have some very exciting news to share with you lovely people today! I am moving to Wordpress! I have been chatting with bloggers on Twitter and doing loads of research about making the switch and it seemed like the best option for me. I am planning on getting a blog design very soon as well, to match my shiny new Wordpress site!


You can now find my blog here:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

YA Releases - 9/11 - 9/22

Tilt Sons of the 613 Beyond: A Ghost Story Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
Tilt by: Ellen Hopkins - 9/11/12
Sons of the 613 by: Michael Rubens - 9/11/12
Beyond: A Ghost Story by: Graham McNamee - 9/11/12
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by: Sarah Rees Brennan - 9/11/12

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Fang Girl Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves You The Hunt (The Secret Circle, #5)
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by: Rachel Harris - 9/11/12
Fang Girl by: Helen Keeble - 9/13/12
Midnight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is The Only Thing That Saves You by: Nicole Quigley - 9/11/12
The Hunt (The Secret Circle #5) by: L. J. Smith - 9/11/12

Shadowfell (Shadowfell, #1) Hidden (Firelight, #3) Island of Doom: Hunchback Assignments 4 Hanging by a Thread
Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) by: Juliet Marillier - 9/11/12
Hidden (Firelight #3) by: Sophie Jordan - 9/11/12
Hanging By a Thread by: Sophie Littlefield - 9/11/12

The Brides of Rollrock Island Vessel Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura, #3) Call the Shots (Swim the Fly, #3)
The Brides of Rollrock Island by: Margo Lanagan - 9/11/12
Vessel by: Sarah Beth Durst - 9/11/12
Flesh and Bone (Benny Imura #3) by: Jonathan Maberry - 9/11/12
Call the Shots (Swim the Fly #3) by: Don Calame - 9/11/12

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel Anything But Ordinary  Personal Effects Fish in the Sky
Anything But Ordinary by: Lara Avery - 9/11/12
Personal Effects by: E. M. Kokie - 9/11/12
Fish in the Sky by: Fridrik Erlings - 9/11/12

Flock (Stork, #3) Daylight Saving Dead Cat Bounce  Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire
Flock (Stork #3) by: Wendy Delsol - 9/11/12
Daylight Saving by: Edward Hogan - 9/11/12
Dead Cat Bounce by: Nic Bennett - 9/13/12
Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire by: Heather Swain - 9/13/12

Nerve Lindsey Lost Ten  Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2)
Nerve by: Jeanne Ryan - 9/13/12
Lindsey Lost by: Suzanne Marie Phillips - 9/18/12
Ten by: Gretchen McNeil - 9/18/12
Because It Is My Blood (Birthright #2) by: Gabrielle Zevin - 9/18/12

Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) Butter Glass Heart (Cold Kiss, #2) Adaptation
Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) by: Harlan Coben - 9/18/12
Butter by: Erin Jade Lange - 9/18/12
Glass Heart (Cold Kiss #2) by: Amy Garvey - 9/18/12
Adaptation by: Malinda Lo - 9/18/12

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) Cursed The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2) The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)
The Diviners (Diviners #1) by: Libba Bray - 9/18/12
Cursed by: Jennifer L. Armentrout - 9/18/12
The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) by: Rae Carson - 9/18/12
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by: Maggie Stiefvater - 9/18/12

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) The Dead Girls Detective Agency Burn for Burn  Safekeeping
What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by: Kat Zhang - 9/18/12
The Dead Girls Detective Agency by: Suzy Cox - 9/18/12
Burn for Burn by: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian - 9/18/12
Safekeeping by: Karen Hesse - 9/18/12

Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1) The Peculiar
Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by: Jay Kristoff - 9/18/12
The Peculiar by: Stefan Bachmann - 9/18/12

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Monday, September 10, 2012

My Tips For Attending an Author Event

Hi, lovely readers! This is a special post for a few reasons; 1) I hardly ever come up with ideas for discussion posts, 2) I think this will be really helpful for a lot of avid readers, 3) I haven’t found a lot of posts like this on the web. Today, I’ll be talking about tips for attending an author event/signing/panel, etc. I’ve attending a good amount of events and know what to expect and what to prepare for and I learn something new every time. I hope you learn something from this post!


- Depending on how popular the author is or how many books he/she has written, you may want to reserve a seat in the front row. A lot of times, the whole front row is reserved but nobody shows up and they let people sit there. Arriving early is important at any author event to get a decent seat. As for questions, the authors usually pick people from all over the audience.

- Buy the Books! If you don’t own a book by the author or want another one, be sure to purchase it early because sometimes the copies run out really fast. If you’re hesitant about buying a hardcover for the semi-hefty price (I get that way sometimes), just think about how you are supporting the author and/or local bookstore providing the copies.

- Most times at signings, they have people walking around passing out sticky notes for you to write your name or a message in that you want the author to include in their signing. I don’t like fumbling around in my bag and trying to label all my books, so I just do it before I leave for the event. It’s so much easier to just write the note and stick it on the title page and have it ready for the author to sign.

- Talk to readers! I’m not a social butterfly whatsoever, so I was kind of hesitant at first to do this, but it turned out being fantastic to interact with other fans of a book series or novel, etc. Just walk around and casually mention if someone’s read the book, even if they are complete strangers. I met a couple of girls at a recent signing and we got into deep conversation about the Caster Chronicles series and the upcoming movie. It’s especially fun for me because no one in my family reads YA and I don’t have many friends that do, and I am always eager to discuss the latest books with people.

- This sort of goes along the same lines as the last tip, but you should bring some friends! I go to a lot of events by myself but it is always more fun with a friend who has also read the author’s books or wants to.

During the Event

- Bring a camera! I love taking pictures of authors when they are answering questions or having a conversation. However, if you want to take photos during the event, definitely get a seat towards the front or else you might not get good shots. Taking photos helps capture the memory of the event, which is always great!

- Ask questions! Authors love it when you ask them new or unusual questions. Just be sure that your question has a purpose. Don’t ask pointless questions; it just wastes the author’s time. Its always very fulfilling having your question answered. I know that I sometimes feel like I shouldn’t ask a question because everyone’s eyes in the audience immediately avert to you, and that is uncomfortable to me. But it is well worth it because all of the other people looking at you probably feel the same way. So go for it!

- Take Notes! This helps, especially if you are an aspiring author like myself. Whenever the author cracks a funny joke or says something that strikes you as especially significant, write it down! Over time, you can collect valuable advice from author speeches and conversations. Its simple and easy just to bring a pad of paper and a pen and jot some things down!

- If you have books to get signed, then you might want to leave the event a few minutes before the author is done speaking and when he/she is wrapping everything up/answering the last questions and stand in line. When the event is actually over (depending on the popularity of the author), the line is usually 10-20 people long.

After the Event (The Signing)

- Talk to people in line! This passes the time while you are waiting to get signed and you also learn some fascinating stuff about the readers and maybe even the book.

- Treat the authors like a regular person. This is important so that you don’t end up choking up in front of the author and wasting the short time you have to greet the author. They are rather extraordinary for writing and publishing their book, in my opinion. However, they are normal people like you or me and they like it when you talk to them casually like they are a new acquaintance/friend.

- Be Unique! Sometimes I just like my full name signed but sometimes not. If I have done an interview with an author and introduce myself at the signing, they usually include something about that in their message. You can write a special message that’s personalized on your sticky note to make it more unique.

- If you ask for a photo of the author when you are getting your book signed, they usually don’t mind. Its always a good idea to do this to share with your friends and tell them you met your favorite author!

Thanks for reading my tips and I hope they help you in your next visit to an author event!

Please let me know in the comments if you have any extra tips that I didn’t include or questions!



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