August 30, 2012

The Time Will Come #25

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Love You to Death & High Stakes (The Mediator #1-2) by Meg Cabot

Meet Susannah Simon: she's a typical teenage girl, who just happens to be a ghost-hunter ...oh, and she's also dead-over-heels for Jesse - the sexiest spook ever!

But can this girl get her ghost?

In "Love You to Death", Suze arrives in California and has barely unpacked when her mediator skills are put to the test.
A vicious spirit in her new school is hell-bent on making her life a complete nightmare, but Suze is more than ready to kick some serious ghost butt if she has to.

In "High Stakes", Suze's new life is looking up - cool friends, pool parties and getting to know Jesse (swoon), but then a desperate spirit asks for her help. Suddenly she's on the trail of a creepy local businessman, who just might be a vampire. Life just got dead complicated. Again.

Also something I bought a while back, can't wait to read!

August 27, 2012

Musing Mondays #26

By Should Be Reading!

This week's musing asks…

What is the weirdest/strangest/craziest book you’ve read?

I had a friend who recommended The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper and The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder for me when I was about 10 years old?
And I did read those books, I don't remember much but they definitely fall to the "strange" category! Those are probably only weird books I've read.
She also recommended me The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, but I'm pretty sure I won't be reading that unless I have to (in school or something)!

Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising #1) by Susan Cooper

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

This is the first volume of Susan Cooper's brilliant and absorbing fantasy sequence known as The Dark Is Rising.

The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

Hans Thomas and his father set out on a car trip through Europe, from Norway to Greece - the birthplace of philosophy - in search of Hans Thomas's mother, who left them many years earlier. On the way, Hans Thomas receives a mysterious miniature book - the fantastic memoir of a sailor shipwrecked in 1842 on a strange island where a deck of cards come to life.

Structured as a deck of cards - each chapter is one in the deck - "The Solitaire Mystery" weaves together fantasy and reality, fairy tales and family history. Full of questions about the meaning of life, it will spur its listeners to reexamine their own.

August 23, 2012

The Time Will Come #24

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Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini

Can true love be forgotten?

As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.

I bought this just after finishing Starcrossed, but..
yeah, still haven't read this. Guess I'll reread Starcrossed first, then this! :)

August 21, 2012

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl
by Louise Rozett

Published: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Ebook
Pages: 272
Series: Confessions #1
Source: Received through NetGalley
for review purposes
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Rose Zarelli, self-
proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make….

1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)

(Sorry. That was rude.)

Meet Rose, a fourteen year old freshman, aka. "The Angry Girl".

And why is she angry? Well, she lost her father, her mother isn't exactly "emotionally available", her brother left them for college (and a girl) and her best friend is kidnapped by the aliens, I mean, the cheerleaders.
And of course, there's the hottie/bad boy of the school. Who has a girlfriend but still kind of made out with Rose..

No wonder she's pissed off.

No surprise, I really enjoyed this one, since I'm the number one fan of the rollercoasteremotions! And believe me, there's lots of that, since Rose is having problems basically with everyone in her life.
Her mother, as mentioned, isn't emotionally available, since she lost her husband. And it's understandable to be devastated, but she kinda takes it over the top and basically starts ignoring her children and doesn't really know what to do with Rose. Which is almost funny, since she's a therapist.
Then there's Rose's brother, who left for college. They still talk in the phone all the time, until he decides it's time to move on and start living like a student, meaning partying and a girlfriend. And after he starts skipping homevisits, Rose can't really stand him.

Rose doesn't really have anyone beside her family, except her best friend Tracy, who has lost her mind and doesn't really think about anything else but losing her virginity and cheerleading. And since Rose isn't dating anyone, she doesn't really get all the fuss! And she's suspicious about Tracy's boyfriend and what his motives really are, so there's some really big clouds over their friendship.
Tracy is quite irritating best friend, she just want to be so awesome, but is just.. clueless. And irritating.

The juiciest, and worst part, about this book was the love triangle. This time we get a guy with two girls, which was quite refreshing (I'll get to the worst part soon). The first girl is, of course, Rose. And the second? Who other than the queen bee of the school and ultimate bully Regina. This creates some complications, no surprise, and some exciting moments! But then to the worst part. As mentioned earlier, Rose is fourteen. Sorry, I meant FOURTEEN. After this realization, I struckled. A lot.
I couldn't stop thinking that these kids are just that. KIDS. I'm double her age, but I still can clearly remember the time when I was fourteen and there's a huge difference if you're fourteen, or sixteen, or even seventeen! But fourteen year old girl trying to sleep with her boyfriend and drinking and partying and being the other woman? Hell no! I usually adore love triangles, but when there's a fourteen year old little girl involved, I can't really enjoy it.
Call me old fashioned, but a fourteen year old girl really shouldn't be doing those things. I draw the line in sixteen years, since that's the time I really started partying and doing all the "boy-stuff". But I was old enough to know my limits, or at least I was much wiser than age fourteen. Or stupider, but yeah. That's the "don't-drink-or-sleep-with-anyone-before-this-age"- line for me, apparently. I think I was playing with my dolls when I was fourteen!

But this still was really enjoyable read! And since Rose is older in the next book, I suspect I won't be having that much trouble with the age issue then!

Huge thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing a review copy!

August 20, 2012

Why so quiet?

I know, it's been kind of quiet here lately, even though I'm unemployed right now! Some of you might remember we've been searching for a new appartment for months now, but it's been a mission impossible.
So now we've been looking for some land, since we decided to build our home :) It has taken a lot of time to drive around city, plan our house, think of all the paperwork ahead of us.. And the whole project haven't even start yet!

But I won't forget you guys <3

August 15, 2012

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult and
Samantha van Leer

Published: June 26th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Ebook
Pages: 352
Series: -
Source: Provided by Simon Pulse
for review purposes
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What happens when happily ever after... isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book — one book in particular.
Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

This really wasn't what I expected! I haven't read anything from Picoult before, but got few of her books on my tbr- pile, and this definitely was something different. At first, I was quite shocked, 'cause I wasn't sure if the story was ever going to be anything but a sappy fairytale.

Luckily, this wasn't the case. We get to meet Delilah, a girl who spends her time reading books. Especially one particular book, over and over again, called "Between the Lines". She knows it's a book for little kids, but she's hooked to happily ever after. And she feels like the prince talks to her. Until one day, he actually does.
After this begins an endless fight to free the prince from the story so he could have a happily ever after with Delilah.

This really was a cute story, and really unique! I especially loved the pictures! It's been a while since I read something with pictures, and it was quite refreshing and gave the feel of a real storybook, even when I was actually reading an ebook.

Every other chapter was from the storybook and every other told from Oliver's or Delilah's POV. I must admit I found myself skipping the storybook chapters, because I couldn't wait to find out what happens next with Oliver and Delilah! And I did prefer Oliver's POV. There's no one good reason why this happened, but it probably had something to do with the fact that Delilah seemed many times like a whackjob! If you have a magical talking storybook, you don't tell about it to anyone. Because you will look like a crazy person and end up in seeing some shrink. I just hate that kind of embarrasment.

I did like both character, but the suffering prince was more to my taste. He's been forced to be certain character for his whole life, when he clearly doesn't enjoy it and just wants to be free.
Delilah does feel she's in the same situation, that she just doesn't belong to her life and is escaping to books. She's an outsider and doesn't really have friends. This does give certain hope to younger readers who feel like they're in the same situation. Just wait, you'll get your prince! ;)

I also love how this book suits to both younger and older readers (and I'm obviously quite a young reader. Just FYI.). I can't wait for this to be published in Finnish so I can get a copy for my little girl. Or we'll just have to wait until she can 1) read and 2) knows English. But I know she'll love the pictures when she's younger, and the story when she grows up.

Thanks to Simon Pulse for providing a review copy!

August 14, 2012

Our little bookworm

Sorry for this useless piece of information, but I just have to share it! Earlier, when Pinja, our daughter, wanted us to read her some book, I was like "oh no, some idiotic childrens book again" (of course, didn't tell this to her, it's just a little frustrating when you read a book called "The Pig" for the 1500th time!).

But not anymore! Pinja watched "How to Traing Your Dragon" in the beginning of the summer and now she's the biggest fan. So, when I found a book with the same title from the library, I couldn't help myself, I just had to borrow it. And now we read one chapter every night.

Of course, it's pretty sad when you're kid so big she doesn't want to read "The Pig" book anymore, but it's also pretty awesome! Especially when knowing I first started reading because my aunt read one chapter every night from The Brothers Lionheart and that made me fall in love with books.

Okay, that's all. Just had to share it :)

August 12, 2012

1 Year Blogoversary Giveaway Winner

We have a winner!

Winner was chosen with, and with winning number 66 the winner is..

Sally M.!

I will email you soon, congratulations! :)

Thanks to all the participants!

Crashing Eden Blog Tour: Guest post + Giveaway (INT)

I'm so happy to be part of Crashing Eden Blog Tour! Please welcome author Michael Sussman!

How I Wrote Crashing Eden

My first novel, Crashing Eden, tells the story of Joss Kazdan, a 17-year-old juvenile delinquent who is
depressed and guilt-ridden following the loss of his younger brother.
After suffering a concussion, he awakens to a beautiful sound that no one else can hear. He becomes convinced that it’s the primordial vibration of the universe, and by attuning himself to it he experiences ecstasy and feels at one with the cosmos. Things get even stranger when friends of his are able to construct a device that produces this same Edenic consciousness.
I don’t want to spoil the story, so I’ll just say that what starts out so promising, soon leads to generational conflict and cataclysmic destruction that threatens the very survival of humanity!

You may wonder: How did I come to write such a strange novel? I believe the story emerged from the convergence of the following three strands of my life.

1. Adolescence was a painful and confusing time for me, when my struggles with depression first began. I experienced mood swings, became increasingly introverted, socially isolated, and had to contend with deep feelings of guilt, self-hatred, and suppressed rage. These experiences were influential in my later becoming a psychologist, helping others to cope with the ravages of depression.

2. During my later teens, I developed a passionate interest in Eastern mysticism. I read books by mystics and gurus, started to meditate, and even joined a cult called Divine Light Mission. In my quest to transcend mundane existence, I also lived for a while in a commune located—I kid you not—in Paradise, Nova Scotia.

One night, I suffered a concussion in a car crash in which I was a passenger and was lucky to survive. Like my protagonist in Crashing Eden, I spent the days following the concussion in what I can only call a state of grace, filled with deep feelings of gratitude and joy.

3. Throughout my life I’ve been interested in world mythology. I’m especially intrigued by the widespread myths suggesting that humans have degenerated from an ancient state of grace, symbolized by Paradise or the Golden Age.

To sum up, I believe that my history of depression and experience as a psychotherapist allowed me to get inside the head of my adolescent protagonist and find his voice. My fascination with mysticism and my personal experience of grace led me to conceive of a transcendent state to which my protagonist aspires. And my familiarity with the Golden Age myths provided a framework for the story.

From there, I used my imagination to envision how the God of the Old Testament might react to an impudent gang of teenagers who discover a way to crash the Gates of Eden. That’s when the story gets really interesting!

And now it's time for the giveaway! Michael will be giving away three copies of Crashing Eden!

Crashing Eden by
Michael Sussman

Published May 11th 2012
(first published May 1st 2012)
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Format: Ebook
Pages: 225
Series: -

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For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost — one they may not be prepared to pay.

When a biking
accident leaves 17- year- old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can’t, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.

A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he’s always known, and he is transported to the same Paradise he’s studying in World Mythology. But the strange gets even stranger when his new friends build a device that delivers people through the gates of the Garden of Eden.

Now Samael, the Creator God, is furious. As Samael rains down his apocalyptic devastation on the ecstasy-seeking teens, Joss and his companions must find a way to appease Samael—or the world will be destroyed forever

There will be THREE (3) winners chosen.
Winners have 72 hours to reply email, or there will be new winners chosen.
The giveaway will end on September 2nd at 12:01 AM.

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Author Bio

Michael Sussman is the author of Crashing Eden, a YA fantasy/paranormal novel, and Otto Grows Down, a children’s picture book featuring illustrations by Scott Magoon.
Dr. Sussman is a clinical psychologist and has also published two books for mental health professionals. He’s the author of A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy and the editor of A Perilous Calling: The Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice.
He resides in the Boston area with his son, Ollie.


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August 11, 2012

Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour + Giveaway (INT)

I'm so happy to be part of Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour! Please welcome Sherry Soule!

This giveaway is open internationally! So let’s tell the blogging world!
The giveaway can be found at the bottom of post.


Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area, where it can get pretty foggy. And I can’t believe that summer’s finally here, and even with the fog burning off by afternoon, I’m cranking the air conditioner and chatting on Twitter about my love of reading.
Thanks for letting me visit today as part of my epic Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour. It’s an honor to be a guest and meet all of these awesome booklovers—like me! Thus far, my tour has been a blast for me and the readers that participated. It is nice seeing familiar names in the comments at each stop. For those of you who haven’t heard of my super fun blog tour it’s not too late to join!

To celebrate the release of author, Sherry Soule’s new paranormal novel, MOONLIGHT MAYHEM, take this super fun quiz to see how savvy you are about the first two books in this unforgettable YA series, and score a Kindle or Nook version of the first book in the series, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN! (Hint: you can most of these answers on the Spellbound Universe blog and Sherry’s blog.)

Now, let’s see how well you think you know this series (even if you’ve never read the books, you can find all the answers online) and be sure to check the bottom of the post for the details regarding this random giveaway.

1. In the Moonlight Mayhem book trailer what is Shiloh’s epic problem?

a. Ferocious wolves
b. Deadly necromancers
c. Shambling zombies
d. Fear of the dark

2. Where did Shiloh and Trent first see each other?

a. At school
b. In the gym
c. Luna Pizza
d. At church

3. What remote coastal town is the series located?

a. Castro Valley
b. Larkspur
c. Madrone Woodlands
d. Whispering Pines

4. Which paranormal(s) tormented Shiloh in the first book?

a. Wraith
b. Shades
c. Shadow People (demon)
d. a, b, and c

5. What is Shiloh’s freakishness?

a. She has a severe limp
b. She is missing an ear
c. She has six toes on her right foot
d. She has a jagged scar on her wrist

6. Which fictional demon hunter(s) does Shiloh must admire?

a. Sam Winchester
b. Salvatore brothers
c. Buffy
d. Charmed Ones

7. What is Shiloh’s heritage?

a. Heritage Witch
b. Half Asian and Half Caucasian
c. Hispanic
d. Half American Indian and half French

8. What type of magick does Shiloh’s mother, Jillian practice?

a. White Magick
b. Voodoo
c. Wiccan
d. Dark Arts

9. What is a Sheol ? (*Hint: Google Sheol for the answer)

a. A ride at Disneyland
b. A town in Marin County
c. A contagious rash
d. A gateway to the Underworld

10. What are Shiloh’s supernatural pet(s)?

a. Phoenix (exotic bird)
b. Siamese cat (familiar)
c. Fairies
d. Shades

11. What type of paranormal is Mrs. Baylock?

a. Vampire
b. Necromancer
c. Witch
d. Ghost

12. Who was the first owner of Ravenhurst Manor? (*Hint: Google Owner of Ravenhurst for the answer)

a. Michele Broussard
b. Wealthy unknown family
c. Maxwell Donavon
d. Rowan Broussard

13. What significance does the number “13” have in the series?

a. Nothing it’s just a stupid number
b. It’s the number of rooms in Ravenhurst Manor
c. It’s the number of times that Shiloh sees a ghost
d. It is part of an ancient prophecy foretelling of a girl who will break a curse

If you answered...

Mostly a's: You need to reread BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN and MOONLIGHT MAYHEM

Mostly b's: You should become a follower of the Spellbound Universe blog

Mostly c's: You need to recheck your facts, and then retake this quiz

Mostly d's: Congrats! You’re an impressive expert on all things Spellbound!


Otherworldly Creatures. Dazzling Magic. Fiery Romance.

Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting used to the strange events in Whispering Pines, until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town.
Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities — fast!
It sucks that she has a crippling fear of the dark, which for a demon hunter can be an epic problem.

When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcing her phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of supernaturally gifted teens to help her eradicate this menace.
Except that's not all Shiloh has to worry about. She’s battling a different monster within herself and struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.

But with demon blood inside her — anything can happen…

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule

Official Website | Official Blog | Official Spellbound

Series Universe
| Twitter @WriterSherry | Awesome Book

Trailer#1 /YouTube
and Awesome Book Trailer#2 /YouTube

| Goodreads | Twitter hashtag #MMBlogTour

And now.. The giveaway! Here's some rules:
There will be one winner chosen.
Winner has 72 hours to reply email, or there will be a new winner chosen.
The giveaway will end on September 2nd at 12:01 AM.

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Good luck!

August 09, 2012

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Expected publication: August
28th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Ebook
Pages: 288
Series: -
Source: Provided by Simon Pulse
for review purposes
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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.

Quinn lives in a small town where everyone is somehow involved with the military. So when she presumably cheats the town hero, Carey, she's labeled as the town slut. Like her mother was!
Things quiet down, until Carey goes missing. Nobody knows what happened to him. This starts a new wave of bullying and Quinn has no one to turn to. And time after time Quinn wants to come clean and share the secret she's keeping, but it's not hers to tell. Now all she can do is wait for Carey to show up.

I'm definitely not a military fan, almost the opposite, so I could've been fine without the military part in the story. Despite this fact, I was able to push my feelings aside and enjoy the story, thanks to fluent writing and believable characters. This book also deserves some extra brownie points for making me bawl like a baby more than once. Or more than five times..
Mostly in the scenes including George, the old guy. I loved the chemistry between him and Quinn, those scenes were very real and you could sense they really are family.

Quinn herself isn't always the most likeable character, mainly because she just doesn't speak up. She's been tortured for months, but she still won't say anything and she ends up miserable and alone. I get that she doesn't want to tell the truth to complete strangers, but hey, what about Blake? She wouldn't even have to tell the whole truth, but at least something! Things might have gone pretty differently.

There isn't much I didn't like in this book, mainly the military and things related to it. And I figured out Careys huge secret almost the moment I started reading this book. It's actually not anything huge.
Though when you live in an isolated small town where everyone is somehow related to a small minded organization, it can feel huge.
I was also pretty disappointed how the book ends, things were kind of left open, especially romantic kind of things.. And you know how that pisses me off.

But are any of these enough a reason to not to read this book? Definitely not. This was beautifully written story and I'm glad I read it. And now we'll just hope for a sequel.

Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing a review copy!

August 08, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #30

Hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Expected publication
February 19th 2013

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

I haven't finish the Paranormalcy trilogy yet, but can't wait to read some more from Kiersten White!

August 07, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #28

By Should Be Reading!

"He's not very attractive," Oliver says, miffed.

"Oliver, he look identical to you," I murmur.

Edgar folds his arms.
"Look, pretty boy, my mother drew you based off of me--"

I gasp "You heard him? You heard Oliver speak?"

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer


August 05, 2012

TBR Intervention #6

It's been a while, but it's finally time for another TBR Intervention!

Hosted by Books4Juliet, Whatever You Can Still Betray & Refracted Light!

TBR Intervention

1. Post the book(s) you committed to read in your last TBR Intervention post and tell us something about it.

Did you finish it? Did you enjoy it or not? Post the link to your review (if you have one).

2. Post a book that you want to read and already own. Pick something that has been sitting on your shelf for too long now (6 months or longer).

Commit to read the book in the next couple of days or week (or two weeks).


I read By the Pale Moonlight (read the review here!), but still haven't finish Lies Beneath. I just lost inspiration, hopefully I'll get it back soon!


My picks for this week are If I Lie and Between the Lines. And I'll try to finish Lies Beneath, I swear.

What book did you chose for your TBR Intervention?

August 04, 2012

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

All These Lives
by Sarah Wylie

Published: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Format: Ebook
Pages: 272
Series: -
Source: From NetGalley for
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Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died.
But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away.

To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena.
But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.

The main reason I got so interested in this book, was the deal with the nine lives. I wasn't sure if it meant something paranormal, but I hoped so, at least a little. Well, it didn't really work that way, but I still wasn't disappointed with the story.

I haven't really read many cancer book because they probably are pretty depressing. And life can be pretty depressing even without cancer, so prefer not reading about it.
So this was my first one of those, but luckily this book didn't concentrate that much to Jena's cancer but more to her twin sister, Dani, and how she handles her sisters illness.
Well, she really doesn't. In one point of her life someone told her that cat has nine lives and after cat losts one, that life gets freed and it ends up with someone who needs it more. And since she's survived unlike situations earlier, she's convinced her life is like a cats, with extra eight lives. And she's two down, seven to go.
After testing her theory, she notises Jena's feeling better. So she ends up putting herself in danger, time after time, just to save her sister. Until it might be too late to hold on to her last life.

Dani loves her sister more than anything but doesn't really let other people near her. She's sarcastic, snarky and even bitchy at times, but that just made me love her! Probably cause I love sarcasm and every other sentence coming out of my mouth are sarcastic, even though it annoys many people.. But what can you do.

If my review was based solely on the main character, I would have to give 5 cupcakes, no questions asked. But since it's not..
I felt kind of iffy with the whole nine lives- thing. I would've loved it if there was any paranormal element, but in the real life? You just have to wonder if she's really in this world. You know, mentally and all..
And I felt the story was left uncomplete, because we never really get to know what happens with the cute guy. Love the story leading to romance, but wished there were some romantic scenes or something.
This book definitely left me wanting to know more, but unfortunately there won't be more. And that makes me sad, but what can you do.

Thanks to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) for providing a review copy!

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