Showing posts with label 2010 Debut Author Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2010 Debut Author Challenge. Show all posts

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Challenge Completed- 2010 Debut Author Challenge


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
•The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10.

If you're still unsure... I've tried to make a list of titles that meet the criteria at GoodReads: 2010 Debut Authors.

More Challenge Guidelines:
•authors that have "adult" titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2010 can be included in your challenge lists. This goes for authors that have childrens books published as well.
novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you've read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn't count..... but!)
reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I've read debut author Jennifer Hubbard's novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can't be counted as one of my "challenge" books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.
please do list the 2010 debut novels you've already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

**I finished my challenge of 12 but am going to keep going to see how many I read.


  1. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  2. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
  3. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  4. Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
  5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  7. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  8. Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  9. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
  10. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  11. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  12. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  13. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
  14. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
  15. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
  16. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  17. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  18. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  19. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  20. The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis
  21. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  22. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  23. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  24. The Line by Teri Hall
  25. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  26. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  27. Forget-Her-Knots by Amy Brecount White
  28. Salvaged by Stefne Miller
  29. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  30. Stork by Wendy Delsol
  31. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  32. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  33. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  34. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  35. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
  36. The Candidates (Delcroix Academy #1) by Inara Scott
  37. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  38. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green
  39. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  40. Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
  41. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Book Review- The Mockingbirds

Early this morning I finished The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney for a Star Book Tours.

From Goodreads:

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.

I feel like this is such an important book.  Date rape is unfortunately something that way too many teens (and females in general) are a victim of.  And this book seemed so real.  The main character, Alex, seemed to handle it the way a real teen might.  She didn't want to go to the police because she didn't want her parents to find out (although, I do think she should have gone) and she went through the emotions that I imagine a date-rape victim would go through.  At the end of the book, in the authors note, we learn that the author was a date-rape victim.  And while that is horrifying, I don't think the book would have been as real as it was without that tragic event.

And I love the idea of the Mockingbirds, although I'm not sure that a system like that would really work in a school.  I can't really see the kids who think they have the power at the school really let a school-run organization "police" them, especially when the adults don't do anything about it.  But like I said, I do like the idea of it.  And I did like the checks and balances that were put into place.

I liked all of the main characters--Alex and her roomies T.S. and Maia.  And I loved Martin--such a good guy (I always like the geeks!) And I loved the students who made up the Mockingbirds board. 

I think that every female teen should read this.  Especially ones who are rape victims.  I think it would help them see that they aren't alone and that their feelings are normal.  My heart goes out to Alex and to all other victims.

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 159
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 124
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 41
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 113

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Star Book Tours.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2010 Debut Author Challenge- December Update


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
•The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10.

If you're still unsure... I've tried to make a list of titles that meet the criteria at GoodReads: 2010 Debut Authors.

More Challenge Guidelines:
•authors that have "adult" titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2010 can be included in your challenge lists. This goes for authors that have childrens books published as well.
novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you've read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn't count..... but!)
reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I've read debut author Jennifer Hubbard's novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can't be counted as one of my "challenge" books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.
please do list the 2010 debut novels you've already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

**I finished my challenge of 12 but am going to keep going to see how many I read.


  1. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  2. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
  3. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  4. Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
  5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  7. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  8. Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  9. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
  10. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  11. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  12. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  13. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
  14. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
  15. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
  16. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  17. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  18. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  19. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  20. The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis
  21. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  22. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  23. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  24. The Line by Teri Hall
  25. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  26. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  27. Forget-Her-Knots by Amy Brecount White
  28. Salvaged by Stefne Miller
  29. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  30. Stork by Wendy Delsol
  31. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  32. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  33. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  34. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  35. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
  36. The Candidates (Delcroix Academy #1) by Inara Scott
  37. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  38. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green
  39. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  40. Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Review- Tyger Tyger

Last night I finished reading Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.

From Goodreads:

Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right.

The goblins are coming.
 
I've read some great things about this book and was looking forward to reading it.  Unfortunately, it just didn't do it for me.  I had a hard time getting through it. 
 
Normally I like books that are based in mythology, but I couldn't get into this one.  The story was confusing to me.  I couldn't follow the mythological story that went along with the plot in the book.  And then how that mythological story related to the actual plot was sometimes hit or miss for me as well.
 
 For some reason, I found some of the characters to be confusing and I mixed them up.  Who was who in the mythological story versus in the plot of the book.  Blah.  Too much thinking.  I did however like the two main boy characters.  Teagen was just okay for me.  She wasn't strong enough or sympathetic enough for me to really feel strongly about her.  But Aiden and Finn were great.  I like that Finn cared about Teagen and wanted to help her and her brother, even when he finds out the truth about them.  And Aiden was just too cute--so smart for a five year old!  I teach Kindergarten so I could easily picture this little boy in my head.  He was precious.
 
I recommend trying the book.  There are a lot of great things being said about this story and I wouldn't let my opinions sway you too much.
 
I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.
 
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 151
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 116
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 40
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 105

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free from the publisher for an honest review.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Review- The DUFF

Last night I finished reading The Duff by Kody Keplinger for a We Love YA! review.

From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
 
Wow.  I wasn't prepared for how in-your-face this book was.  I mean, don't get me wrong...I curse with the best of them but I guess I'm just not used to reading that in YA books or at least not with this much frequency.  And the blantat no-strings-attached sex.  Definitely not for the younger crowd.
 
That being said, after I got used to the cursing and the sex, I enjoyed this book.  It seemed to be a pretty real look into some teenagers lives.  I'm not sure if I really liked Bianca or not.  Sometimes I did, but sometimes she just seemed so standoffish.  But I did like Wesley.  Even though he was a player, he didn't deny it.  And underneath that playboy exterior, there was really a boy wanting attention underneath. 
 
There were some definite themes in the book.  That everyone feels like they're the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) sometimes.  And everyone screws up and makes mistakes.  And towards the end, I couldn't put it down.  And I was very happy with the ending.
 
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
 
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 149
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 114
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 39
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 103
 
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of We Love YA! tours.

Monday, November 1, 2010

2010 Debut Author Challenge- November Update


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
•The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10.

If you're still unsure... I've tried to make a list of titles that meet the criteria at GoodReads: 2010 Debut Authors.

More Challenge Guidelines:
•authors that have "adult" titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2010 can be included in your challenge lists. This goes for authors that have childrens books published as well.
novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you've read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn't count..... but!)
reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I've read debut author Jennifer Hubbard's novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can't be counted as one of my "challenge" books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.
please do list the 2010 debut novels you've already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

**I finished my challenge of 12 but am going to keep going to see how many I read.


  1. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  2. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
  3. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  4. Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
  5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  7. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  8. Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  9. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
  10. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  11. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  12. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  13. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
  14. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
  15. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
  16. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  17. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  18. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  19. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  20. The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis
  21. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  22. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  23. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  24. The Line by Teri Hall
  25. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  26. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  27. Forget-Her-Knots by Amy Brecount White
  28. Salvaged by Stefne Miller
  29. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  30. Stork by Wendy Delsol
  31. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  32. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  33. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  34. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  35. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
  36. The Candidates (Delcroix Academy #1) by Inara Scott
  37. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  38. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Review- The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

I just finished reading The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green for Sourcebook's Teen Fire.

From Goodreads:

In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn't hurt...right?

When Erin Channing's favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived "outside the box." But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future-or at least the key to getting dates...

Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed . . .
  • Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number.
  • There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.
  • The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed.
  • One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.
This was a cute book.  It was pretty bubble-gummy, but I liked it.  I would say that it would almost be a good tween book, but there is some mention of sex.  But anyways, while sometimes if a book is too cutesy, it will annoy me, but this book definitely didn't.  In fact there were some times that I giggled.  It took me back to tenth grade and made me remember how my friends and I used to be.

The characters are all great.  I love how Erin was the boring, normal girl.  (This is who I was in my group of friends).  And there's always one girl who's prettier than everyone else (Samantha) and one who is always so nice to everyone (Lindsay).  And I really liked Jesse.  Who he was and what he believed in.  I would have like to know more about how he knew so many people in places and go the hookups there.

There were a lot of great pop culture references too.  Those always make books fun.  And the way the book ended, it could possibly be a cliff hanger.  If not, it would be okay because the ending fits.  But if there is another book, I can't wait to read it!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 140
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 107
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 38

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Sourcebooks Teen Fire for free for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review- Anna and the French Kiss

I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins for an Around the World Tour.

From Goodreads:

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
 
This was such a sweet book.  Such a light, cute young adult love story.  And I loved it! 
 
First off, I love the idea of a boarding school in Paris.  Who wouldn't want to go there!  It sounds like it would have been so much fun.
 
I really liked all of the characters.  They were fun and they seemed like real teens.  They were all normal.  Not in the popular group, and not out of it.  Not awesome students but not bad either.  Just regular teenagers.   And St. Clair makes me want a boy born in the US but raised in England who can speak French!
 
The only complaint I have about this book is that I would have liked it to go on!  It's already a bigger book, but I would have loved to know what happened at the end of the school year, over the summer, and even into the freshman year of college!
 
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
 
Anna and the French Kiss will be released on December 2, 2010.
 
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 138
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 105
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 37
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 98
 
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Review- The Candidates

I just finished reading The Candidates (Delcroix Academy #1) by Inara Scott for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.

But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome.

And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.
 
I didn't immediately sign up for this ARC tour, but after reading a few reviews, I decided to and boy am I glad that I did.  I really enjoyed this book!
 
Once again, it wasn't anything too new.  A teenager has a special power and is learning how to deal with it.  But it was just all of the parts of the books that added up to make it great.
 
  I really liked the main characters.  Dancia (cool name!) seemed like such a normal teen.  Not perfect, but not bad either.  And I couldn't decide about Cam and Jack.  Which guy was good and which guy was bad?  And which guy did I like better?  I kept going back and forth throughout the book and I'm honestly not sure I could pick even now! 
 
And the ending surprised me.  I kinda had an inkling as to the ending but not in the exact way.  It surprised me and I liked that it wasn't what I thought!

The only complaint I have is that I would want to know more about Dancia's powers. How did she get these powers? Was it hereditary in some way or was she just special?

And I think this is the beginning of a series. The next book called The Watchers is due out in August of 2011 and I can't wait!

I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.
 
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
A to Z Challenge: I  ( I can't find an author that I'd enjoy whose last name starts with an "I" so I am counting this book since the author's first name starts with an "I")
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 133
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 100
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 36
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 96
 
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Friday, October 1, 2010

2010 Debut Author Challenge- October Update


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
•The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10.

If you're still unsure... I've tried to make a list of titles that meet the criteria at GoodReads: 2010 Debut Authors.

More Challenge Guidelines:
•authors that have "adult" titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2010 can be included in your challenge lists. This goes for authors that have childrens books published as well.
novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you've read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn't count..... but!)
reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I've read debut author Jennifer Hubbard's novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can't be counted as one of my "challenge" books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.
please do list the 2010 debut novels you've already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

**I finished my challenge of 12 but am going to keep going to see how many I read.


  1. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  2. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
  3. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  4. Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
  5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  7. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  8. Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  9. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
  10. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  11. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  12. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  13. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
  14. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
  15. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
  16. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  17. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  18. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  19. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  20. The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis
  21. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  22. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  23. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  24. The Line by Teri Hall
  25. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  26. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  27. Forget-Her-Knots by Amy Brecount White
  28. Salvaged by Stefne Miller
  29. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  30. Stork by Wendy Delsol
  31. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  32. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  33. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  34. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  35. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Book Review- Brightly Woven

I just finished reading Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken for a 1 ARC Tour.

From Goodgreads:

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.
 
This book was only okay for me.  I found myself dreading having to read it and I never really got into it.  I'm not saying that its a bad book, but it just didn't hold my attention.
 
I found that at times I got confused.  Which lands were which and which goddess they believed in and who was fighting who.  They all got mixed up in my head and I didn't really care enough to go back to try to re-read through it.  A lot of the book seemed to be about religion and politics.  Not my thing.
 
The characters were okay.  Sydelle seemed a little flat to me.  I didn't think that any of her characteristics were something that I really enjoyed.  And I went up and down with how I felt about North.  Sometimes I liked him, and sometimes I found him annoying.
 
This book is set up nicely for a series, but I'm not honestly sure that I'm interested enough to read it, if there is one.  I guess I would need to see what it is about before I would make up my mind.
 
I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.
 
This book fulfilled an item in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 119
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 88
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 35
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 84
 
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free from 1 ARC Tours for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

2010 Debut Author Challenge- September Update


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
•The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10.

If you're still unsure... I've tried to make a list of titles that meet the criteria at GoodReads: 2010 Debut Authors.

More Challenge Guidelines:
•authors that have "adult" titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2010 can be included in your challenge lists. This goes for authors that have childrens books published as well.
novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you've read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn't count..... but!)
reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I've read debut author Jennifer Hubbard's novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can't be counted as one of my "challenge" books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.
please do list the 2010 debut novels you've already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

**I finished my challenge of 12 but am going to keep going to see how many I read.


  1. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  2. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
  3. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  4. Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
  5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  7. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  8. Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  9. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
  10. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  11. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  12. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  13. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
  14. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
  15. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
  16. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  17. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  18. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  19. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  20. The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis
  21. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  22. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  23. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  24. The Line by Teri Hall
  25. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  26. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  27. Forget-Her-Knots by Amy Brecount White
  28. Salvaged by Stefne Miller
  29. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  30. Stork by Wendy Delsol
  31. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  32. Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  33. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  34. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Review- Paranormalcy

I just finished reading Paranormalcy by Kiersten White for an Around the World Tour.

From Goodreads:

Wierd as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Ever since I read Delirium by Lauren Oliver a couple of weeks ago, I felt like I was in a reading slump. But Paranormalcy completely brought me it out of it.  It was awesome!  The first chapter title had me hooked (I read an ARC so the chapter could always change, but I hope not).  The first chapter was titled "Oh, Bite Me."  Perfect!

I love characters who are sarcastic.  And I love kick-butt girl characters who are also girly (If I ever need a weapon for something I definitely want my own pink taser with rhinestones).  And Evie is both.  I just love, love, loved her!  In fact, I kind of want to be her!  She is just a strong character who also seems so real.  I think she is one of my most favorite characters ever. 

And Lend is awesome too.  What a paranormal power to have --to be able to change the way you look (although if you can't really show your real self, I guess it could get old).  And he was such a nice guy and so loving and supporting of Evie.  I loved their relationship. It seemed to progress right and nothing was too fast.

And I even really liked the secondary characters.  Lish, Evie's mermaid best friend was so sweet (and the whole bleeping out curse words was bleeping great!)  I even liked Vivian, who everyone was scared of.  I felt sorry for her and wanted her to not feel alone and have a family.

And the plot had me guessing too.  I was never sure who the good guys were and who the bad guys were.  Even up until the very end I was going back and forth.

And the cover is stunning--so beautiful (can I look like her?)  I absolutely CANNOT wait for the sequel, Supernaturally, to be released next September!  This is my favorite book of the year!

I gave this book a rating of 5/5.

Paranormalcy will be released on August 31, 2010.

This book fulfilled an item in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 117
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 86
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 34
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 83

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Book Review- Nevermore

I just finished reading Nevermore by Kelly Creagh for a Star Book Tour.

From Goodreads:

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.
 
This book was both good and not so good for me.
 
Good:  I liked the whole Isobel-Varen relationship.  I liked how at the beginning they were so far apart and wanted nothing to do with each other.  But at the end, their lives were completely intertwined and they cared deeply for each other.
 
Not so good:  I'm not sure if its just because I am so exhausted this week or what, but the ending kind of lost me.  The whole going inbetween worlds confused me.  I didn't really get all of it with the Nocs and the Shadows.  I didn't really get who Varen was in relation to Poe and to Reynolds.  (If anyone gets it, please break it down for me).  And the book seemed more fantasy than paranormal which isn't something I normally liked.
 
This is the first book in a trilogy, but I'm not sure I'm going to continue reading it unless I can really understand what this first book was about.
 
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
 
Nevermore will be released on August 31, 2010.
 
This book fulfilled an item in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 116
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 85
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 33
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 82
 
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Star Book Tours.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Review- Personal Demons

I just finished reading Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers for an Around the World Tour.

From Goodreads:

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he’s as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay…for all of them.
 
So I can't really decide how I feel about this book.  Sometimes I liked it, sometimes I found it annoying.  And it kept going back and forth like that throughout the whole book.
 
The part I didn't like was the whole love triangle thing.  Normally I seem to enjoy them.  But for some reason, this one got on my nerves.  Frannie said several times that she didn't believe in love.  But then suddenly she was in love with Luc.  And then Gabe.  And then Luc again.  But what about Gabe?  It just seemed to get a little old to me.
 
But I loved the characters, especially Luc.  Such a bad boy with a good side--who doesn't want one of those?  And I liked that Frannie seemed to stay true to herself.  She was fiesty!
 
I really liked the ending.  There was a nice little surprise there.  Well, I guess there was two, but I figured out the one that had to do with Luc.  But the other one took me by surprise and I really liked it. 
 
I didn't realize until just know when I was writing up this review that the book is the first in a trilogy and I look forward to reading the next one, Original Sin.
 
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

Personal Demons will be released on September 14, 2010
 
This book fulfilled an item in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 112
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 81
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 32
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 78
 
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

2010 Debut Author Challenge- August Update


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
•The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!

* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10.

If you're still unsure... I've tried to make a list of titles that meet the criteria at GoodReads: 2010 Debut Authors.

More Challenge Guidelines:
•authors that have "adult" titles currently published but are debuting a YA/MG novel in 2010 can be included in your challenge lists. This goes for authors that have childrens books published as well.
novels must be read between the dates of January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 to count toward your challenge total. (this means if you've read a 2010 debut novel in 2009, it doesn't count..... but!)
reviews posted in 2010 will count toward the monthly prize packs, even if you read the novel in 2009. Does that make sense? For example I've read debut author Jennifer Hubbard's novel The Secret Year, in 2009. But I will not be posting my review until closer to its release date in 2010. So, even though it can't be counted as one of my "challenge" books, I could still use its review for a prize pack entry.
please do list the 2010 debut novels you've already read in your challenge lists. That way other participants can find out about a book they might not have otherwise.

**I finished my challenge of 12 but am going to keep going to see how many I read.


  1. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  2. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
  3. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  4. Explorer X-Alpha by LM Preston
  5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  7. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  8. Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  9. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
  10. Dirty Little Secrets by C. J. Omololu
  11. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  12. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  13. Everlasting by Angie Frazier
  14. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
  15. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
  16. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  17. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  18. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  19. The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  20. The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis
  21. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  22. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  23. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  24. The Line by Teri Hall
  25. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  26. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
  27. Forget-Her-Knots by Amy Brecount White
  28. Salvaged by Stefne Miller
  29. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  30. Stork by Wendy Delsol
  31. Firelight by Sophie Jordan