Waiting on Wednesday (41) – The Faerie Ring

The Faerie Ring
Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen / Macmillan
To be released: September 27, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
London, December 1871
Orphaned and picking pockets in London’s Charing Cross station to support not only herself, but her ‘family’ of orphans, sixteen year-old Tiki steals the Queen’s ring and thinks she’s solved their problems. That is, until Rieker, a pickpocket from the North End, suspects her in the theft and tells her that the ring is really a reservoir that holds a truce between the British and Faerie courts.
When he warns her that the fey will do anything, including murder, to recover the ring, Tiki is unsure whether to believe him or not. To complicate matters, Rieker seems to know something about the unusual birthmark on Tiki’s wrist. But when Tiki and her family are threatened the game changes.
In a dazzling debut that takes you from the gritty slums of Victorian London to the glittering ballrooms of the Royal Palace to the menacing Otherworld, you won’t want to miss this thrilling tale of mystery, adventure and romance.
Um…this book just sounds like a ball of WIN. Victorian London, Faeries, mystery, romance, it literally has everything. And I really like the cover. I love that the attention is on the ring and I LOVE THE FONT. So pretty. Cannot wait to read this. Sounds AWESOME!
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Review: Darkness Becomes Her

Darkness Becomes Her

Kelly Keaton
Publisher: Simon
Release Date: February
22, 2011
Pages: 288
Source: GalleyGrab
Ratings: 4 Stars
Summary (from
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish
silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And
after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she
came from and who she is.
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long
dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer
than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know
what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New
2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New
2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she
encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too
haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.
When I started Darkness Becomes Her, I expected it to
be another typical supernatural YA book. I was mistaken. Instead, Kelly Keaton
created something new, this time using other creates then the typical vampires,
werewolves and fairies.
I loved the
setting of this book. It took me a little bit to realize that the book took
place in what I could only describe as an alternate time line, one where New
Orleans was destroyed by a horrible natural disaster and New 2 was established
in it’s place. I really liked New 2. It was such a great place, exactly what I
imagined a supernatural New Orleans would be like. It was such a mystical,
mysterious, it was great unraveling the secrets of the place and meeting the
people who lived in New 2.
I really liked
Ari. She was searching for who she was and was extremely strong. She took
everything in stride, all the twists and turns that were thrown at her as she
was unraveling her mother’s past and unraveling who she really was as well. The
people Ari meets in New 2 are great too. Each one was different had their own
I did have one
issue with this book and that was the pacing. I felt that the time span of the
book could have been lengthened. Everything happened very quickly. Within a day
Ari was falling in love with Sebastian, one of the guys Ari meets in New 2, and
she was unraveling everything within a week. If the time span was longer, the
relationships and the plot wouldn’t have seemed so rushed.
One of the great
things about this book was it had twists that I didn’t see. There was one twist
that I literally gasped out loud because I did not seeing coming. I really like
that this book incorporated mythology and put a new twist on it. I really love
Greek mythology and I loved the twist Kelly Keaton put on it to make certain
myths her own.
The ending of
this book wrapped up the issue of the first book nicely, with Ari discovering
who she was and about her parents past, but was open enough for a new book. I
really cannot wait to read this second one because once everything happened it
happened quickly and big things happened. I want to go back to Ari’s world and
New 2 and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series.

Waiting on Wednesday (40) – The Pledge

The Pledge
Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
To be released: November 15, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
I love Kimberly Derting’s Body Finder series and cannot wait for this book. The cover is gorgeous and it sounds interesting. CANNOT WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER!!
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Review: Clarity

Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Pages: 256
Source: Received from Publisher
Ratings: 5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
When you can see things others can’t, where do you look for the truth?
This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.
Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case–but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother–who has supernatural gifts of his own–becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?
Clarity is a great debut novel that will have you drawn in right from the beginning. Filled with mystery, a great strong snarky female lead and plenty of boys, Clarity is filled with fun.
The best thing about Clarity is the characters. All the characters are AWESOME!! Clare is definitely one of my favorite characters EVER. She is so full of spunk. Clare is such a strong character and she has to be being from a family of “freaks” and bullied about it at school. Clare can really hold her own against everyone else. And she is full of snark. I LOVE SNARK! I would have been fine just reading a story about Clare’s everyday life even if nothing happened because she is just entertaining. Clare had me laughing out loud at times too. She’s pretty kick-ass. I really loved Clare’s brother Perry too. While Perry has his flaws and is a player, he still has this loveable characteristic. Clare and Perry’s relationship was spot on too. They truly felt like brother and sister, you could feel the love between them and the need to protect each other, and I loved that.
While Clare and her family has special abilities, the supernatural aspect from their abilities did not dominate the story. I really liked that abilities was not the center of the story. Instead, the characters and the relationship between the characters was what I felt was center of the story. Also the mystery WAS GREAT! I literally did not know who the murderer was. I would suspect it to be one person but find out it wasn’t. I thought the murderer was like four different people and in the end I WAS WRONG! I had no clue who the murderer was. That’s great a feat to completely blind side the read with who the killer is. I really liked that.
I really loved how Kim wrapped up this book. The ending wrapped up everything nice, but still left things open enough for the next book. Especially with Clare’s boy situation. I really cannot decide if I want Clare with Justin or Gabriel. They both have their own flaws and own charms so I cannot pick!
Overall, Clarity was a great fun read. I loved Clare, she was such a strong, confidant, spunky character. She is definitely one of my favorite characters of this year. I cannot wait to read the next book because it is sure to be AWESOME!! 

Don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of Clarity and check out Kim’s launch party recap HERE!

Help Doctors Without Borders Through #SeaLove

One of my favorite authors Heidi R. Kling is doing a fundraiser to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Since the Japanese tsunami hit, Sea has taken on a deep meaning. Sea deals with the after effect of the tsunami that hit Indonesia back in 2004. This book is a must read for everyone especially in the wake of the horrific tsunami in Japan.

I suggest everyone help Heidi out to help raise money for Doctors Without Borders. It is very simple. Starting tomorrow March 19, Heidi is going to donate 20% of any new purchase of Sea. Anywhere you purchase Sea, whether Indie, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, etc., Heidi will donate 20% of to Doctors Without Borders. You just have to let Heidi know about your purchase by sending a picture of your receipt and email it to sea4tsunamivictims@gmail.com. By emailing, you are also automatically entered to win one of ten “Dare to Love” Sea tanks in peach or blue and a signed poster of Sea.

If you cannot purchase a copy of Sea and live in the US you can send $25 CASH ONLY to Heidi at P.O. Box 7837 Menlo Park, CA 94026, with your name and address. Heidi will purchase you a copy, sign it and send it back. Only do this though if there is option if you have no other way to purchase the book. For INTERNATIONAL people, you can send $30 AMERICAN DOLLARS to Heidi at P.O.Box 7837 Menlo Park, CA 94026 with full name and full address and Heidi will purchase, sign and ship back to you a copy of Sea. 

Everyone will be entered into the drawing.

I plan on purchasing another copy of Sea myself to help spread the #sealove and donation money to Doctors Without Borders.

To read more about what Heidi is doing I suggest you read her blog post here. Please spread the #sealove and help support Doctors Without Borders.

Kim Harrington’s Launch Party

On March 5, I had the immense pleasure of being able to attend Kim Harrington’s launch party for her debut novel Clarity. I had the pleasure of arriving early to pick up two copies of Clarity (a great thing since they sold out of every copy in the store! All 80 copies) and then met up with some awesome blogger buddies (Ariane, Danielle B, Jen, Nikki, and Gail) to head out to lunch at Chipolte before the event. Awesomeness ensued at Chipolte and I was introduced to the Narwal Song (seriously how had I never heard that before!) by the fabulous Jen and Gail. We then headed back to Tatnuck where Kim was all prepared and greeting everyone. We then all went to Tatnuck’s event room which was great a socialized with a bunch of bloggers and authors who attended the signing while waiting for the event to start.
Kim Harrington, Leigh Fallon (Carrier of the Mark) and Karsten Knight (Wildefire)
So many people came to the launch! Not just bloggers but a bunch of local authors, like Leigh Fallon (Carrier of the Mark, Sept 2011) and Karsten Knight (Wildefire, July 2011). Kim’s editor Aimee Friedman (also author of Sea Change, The Year My Sister Got Lucky and others) also made the trip from New York for the event.
Aimee Friedman and Kim Harrington with Clarity 
We were all chatting and having a blast when we then called to order so the event could get underway. Kim was then introduced to a packed house by Nikki Mutch, the local sales rep for Scholastic.

Kim then took to the podium. Kim started about by discussing her journey to being a published author. For as long as Kim can remember, she was a voracious reader and always wanted to be a writer. Kim’s parents wanted Kim to have an enlarged photo of herself when she was younger up with books the whole time of the event but Kim didn’t want that but did show the picture off to everyone in the room.
Little Kim. 
While discussing her childhood, the first thing Kim remembers writing is a poem about a dog. When she was younger, Kim really loved the ocean and had a strange obsession with sharks (she even had a small one in a formaldehyde jar). One day she decided she was gonna write a book about sharks so she went to all her books about sharks and copied lots of facts about sharks and called it her own book. After that shark book, in 2nd Kim wrote a story about a house that swallows children who walk by. Kim admits she has a strange fascination with violence and horror.

Kim’s journey to become a writer changed in high school. During high school, Kim questioned herself about if she really wanted to be a writer and want to be poor her whole life. For her whole life, Kim wanted to be a writer, so in high school she took a career test to see what jobs she might be good at and got florist, lawyer or accountant. When she went to a job fair she decided to become an accountant. So Kim went to school as an accountant major, but ended up changing majors to a marketing major, and graduated with a degree in marketing.

All throughout college, the fascination with writing was still there. So Kim decided to challenge herself and see if she could write a book and just finish one – she did finish one but she admits it was crap but now she knew she could write a book.

Kim recalls an important phone call with her parents, where one of her parents (she admits she can’t remember which and bet they would fight over who gave her the advice later) asked her a very important question: “Do you still enjoy writing? Then write another book.” This lead to Kim ending up writing Clarity.

After recounting her journey to publication. Kim then did a short reading from Clarity, and proceeded to a Q&A with the audience. I did the best I could taking notes so any errors people are my own.

Where did your idea for Clarity come from? Kim admits she heard one voice, a voice of a teenager girl who said “Welcome to the freak show” (a line still in the book) and only that one voice. From their Kim proceeded to play the “What if?” game about that voice in her head and from that Clarity was born. Kim decided to set the book in Cape Cod but created a fictional town for freedom to create whatever she wanted. She found inspiration where she could.

What’s the inside joke? (a result of something Kim said while reading about the name of girl murdered in Clarity) In the original version of the book, the girl had a hard to pronounce last name that needed to be changed. Her good friend Susan then said “Kill me!” enthusiastically. So Kim did, using her friends name for the girl killed in the book.

How did you learn to write? Practice and more practice. You learn by doing and keep writing. Some agents will help develop story and craft. Since Kim was a marketing major, she had no actual schooling for writing, so she read as many books as she could on writing and took some advice from that. But the way to learn is to practice and learn from the makes you make and continue writing to make it better.

Are you ever going release the short stories you wrote before being published? Probably not because the short stories were horrifically violent.

How much of Clarity is Kim? Kim admits that people who know her will recognizes Clare’s sarcasm as Kim’s. Clare’s eating habits are extremely similar to Kim’s too, such as her hate of the smell of sea food, coke for breakfast and basically any other eating habits of Clare’s are also Kim’s.

Where there any major changes from the first draft to the finished version? The motivation for the crime in the original draft was different than the finished version. Originally Clare’s house burned down. There was a lot more violence in the original draft.

What book do you wish had been available when you were a teen? Kim admits she wished the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins had been published when she was a teen. That book series would have really appealed to her violent side. Kim also admitted to reading a lot of Stephen King while growing up.

Is there a particular song that represents Clarity? For the darker scenes: Closer by Kings of Leon and Army of Me by Bjork. There were a few more that I didn’t get but Kim says she plans on posting a playlist on her website.

What are you working on now? Right now she is working of on the edits of Perception, the sequel to Clarity(out March 2012).  Kim is also working on a standalone ghost story (currently untitled) that will be out in Fall of 2012.

Where the three books before Clarity YA? One was YA, one college and one was adult.

How long does it take you to write? It took Kim 9 months to write Clarity and about the same amount of time for Perception but she was doing Clarity edits at the same time. She thinks the new book she is writing now will take the same amount of time as the other two.

The last question came from Kim’s son who didn’t think he should have to wait until he is 12 to read Clarity to which Kim responded that Scholastic rated it 14+ and her should be lucky she was only making him wait until he was 12. Much laughter ensued after this.

After the Q&A, Kim began signing to a line that seemed to NEVER end.
But people didn’t mind waiting since there was cake.
And tarot card readings to keep everyone interested.
Here are some pictures from the event. Including pictures of the AWESOME CLARITY shirts some of us had made.
All of Us in our AWESOME Clarity Shirts!
Kim and I
If you’ve made it this far, I will reward you with a giveaway. Luckily I was able to pick up an extra copy of Clarity before the store sold out and was able to get it signed. So below is a form you can fill out to enter to win ONE SIGNED COPY OF CLARITY. Contest is open in US only and ends March 25, 2011 (3/25/11). 

Waiting on Wednesday (39) – Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door
Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
To be released: September 29, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.
When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
So I really LOVED Anna and the French Kiss and I cannot wait to read this companion novel. Stephanie Perkins is just a genius with contemporary teen romance and I just cannot wait to read what she writes next because I is sure to be FANTASTIC. Lola and the Boy Next Doorsounds like it will be a great companion to Anna and the French Kiss. CANNOT WAIT!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Review: Demonglass


Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Pages: 368
Source: Borrowed from Danielle B at Frenzy of Noise
Ratings: 5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.
That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.
Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.
But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?
Where do I start with Demonglass? This book literally blew my mind! After I finished reading it my brain literally could not comprehend anything else. It kept me up thinking about it hours after I finished it. Boy, was this book EPIC!!!!
Demonglasspicks up not long after Hex Hall ends and draws you back into Sophie’s world starting from the first chapter. A lot of familiar faces from Hex Hall are part of Demonglass but then there are new characters who add a lot to Demonglass. Persoally, one of my new favorite characters who we actually get to meet in Demonglass is Sophie’s dad. While he maybe head of the council and Sophie might not like him that much at first, their relationship with each other was one of my favorite aspects of the book. Sophie learns so much more about her dad then she knew previously and their relationship grows in such a nice way.
Sophie is as snarky as ever in this book. Once again, Hawkins had me laughing aloud at Sophie’s quips. While Sophie is as snarky as ever, she has definitely changed from her experiences in Hex Hall and you see that reflected in her actions and character in Demonglass. Sophie really has to come to terms and try to deal with who she is and the power she has, along with her boy troubles. While Sophie is still a funny character, she is much more serious in Demonglasswhich works so well with this story.
Hawkins adds so much to the world of the Prodigium in this book. She brings Sophie and Jenna to London to the Headquarters of the Prodigium and we meet more Prodigium and people then in Hex Hall. I loved that this book went outside of Hex Hall and placed Sophie in new situations and territories making the book feel fresh.
I must say, the love triangle in this book is one of the best I’ve read. I loved that in this book we learned so much more about Cal who had a small role in Hex Hall. You really got to learn more about Cal and grow to like him a lot. It is really sweet how much he cares for Sophie too. And then there is Archer. God. Love him still even if he is with the bad guy. Sophie’s relationship with both Archer and Cal are so different because the guys are so different. This is one of the only love triangles were I’m still not sure if I’m Team Cal or Team Archer, especially after the ending. Both guys are great in different ways and you can imagine the situation Sophie is in.
The plot of this book was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. The story constantly kept me engrossed, turning every page with anticipation. And let me tell you, Rachel Hawkins is EVIL. The twist in this book is great and heart wrenching. And that ending. I was literally balling my eyes out towards the end. So many things occurred that left me stunned. And Rachel Hawkins is EVIL!! I mean that in the nicest way possible too. She is an evil genius because of that ending. Demonglass’s ending is one of the best I have ever read. I was literally willing more pages to appear because I couldn’t believe how it ended. Demonglass’s ending is the perfect example of a PHENOMENAL cliffhanger ending.

Once again, I could go on and on about this book FOREVER it is so good. I was dying for months to talk to people about this book because the ending leaves you stunned!  I have theories about what occurs in the final book of the Hex Hall series and I cannot wait to read it to see if they are true because THAT ENDING! GAHH!! I wish we do not have to wait a full year to see how Rachel Hawkins concludes one of the best series I have read. I will be picking up the final book immediately once it is released to see what sort of final ride Hawkins has in store for us. 

Waiting on Wednesday (38) – Supernaturally

Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
To be released: August 30, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
A lot has changed in the six months since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shape-shifter boyfriend, Lend. She finally has the blissfully normal life she’s always dreamed of, including:
1) A real live high school
2) A perfectly ordinary after-school job
3) Her very own locker (and by the way, rusted metal is every bit as awesome as she imagined)
But Evie’s not-so-normal past keeps creeping up on her…and things get pretty complicated when you factor in:
1) A centuries-old, seriously decaying vampire stalker
2) A crazy faerie ex-boyfriend who is the perpetual bearer of really bad news
3) A major battle brewing between the faerie courts where the prize in question happens to be…Evie herself.
So much for normal.
First off, I think this cover is even pretty then the first book in the series. Secondly, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK. Paranormalcy was such a great debut book, I cannot wait to see were Kiersten takes Evie in the next book in this series!! Is it August yet?
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.