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Early Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (ARC)

2012, Harper Teen, Kelley Armstrong, review, second in a series, young adult 2 Comments

The Calling by Kelley ArmstrongPublisher: HarperRelease date: April 10, 2012Source: Around the World ToursSeries: Darkness Rising #2Purchase: Book Depository Maya and her friends–all of whom have supernatural powers–have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness. The Calling was a fun read, but not quite as fun as The Gathering, since I feel like it suffered from the second bookitis. Meaning it seemed mostly like a bridge between the first and the last book. Sure they get kidnapped… Read more »

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

2012, around the world tours, Lauren DeStefano, review, second in a series, Simon and Schuster, young adult 1 Comment

Fever by Lauren DeStefanoPublisher: Simon and SchusterRelease date: February 21, 2012Source: Around the World ToursSeries: The Chemical Garden #2Purchase: Book Depository Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative… Read more »

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

2011, first in a series, HarperCollins, Kelley Armstrong, review, young adult 2 Comments

The Gathering by Kelley ArmstrongPublisher: HarperRelease date: April 12, 2011Source: PurchasedSeries: Darkness Rising #1Purchase: Book Depository Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island. Until now. Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that… Read more »

Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

2012, around the world tours, Dial Books, first in a series, Michelle Zink, review, young adult 0 Comments

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle ZinkPublisher: Dial BooksRelease date: March 20, 2012Source: Around the World ToursPurchase: Book Depository Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance… When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn… Read more »

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

first in a series, Jessica Spotswood, Putnam Juvenile, review, young adult 8 Comments

Born Wicked by Jessica SpotswoodPublisher: Putnam JuvenileRelease date: February 7, 2012Source: Around the World ToursSeries: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1Purchase: Book Depository Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not… Read more »

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

2011, Miranda Kenneally, review, Sourcebooks Fire, stand alone, young adult 8 Comments

Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyPublisher: Sourcebooks FireRelease date: December 1, 2011Source: PurchasedPurchase: Book Depository What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though – she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team… and has her suddenly wishing to… Read more »

Review: Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan James

first in a series, Harper Teen, review, Ryan James, Syrie James, young adult 12 Comments

Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan JamesPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: January 24, 2012Source: Around the World ToursPurchase: Book Depository She should not exist. He should not love her. Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger. Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the… Read more »

Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

2012, around the world tours, Avery Williams, first in a series, review, Simon and Schuster, young adult 3 Comments

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery WilliamsPublisher: Simon & SchusterRelease date: January 3, 2012Source: Around the World ToursSeries: Incarnation #1Purchase: Book Depository People say ‘love never dies’… but love might be the death of Seraphina. Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. Sera ran away from Cyrus years ago, when she realized that what they were doing—taking the lives of innocent people—was wrong. She doesn’t want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of… Read more »

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

2012, first in a series, Jodi Meadows, Katherine Tegen Books, review, young adult 7 Comments

Incarnate by Jodi MeadowsPublisher: Katherine Tegen BooksRelease date: January 31, 2012Source: Publisher via NetGalley/WonSeries: Newsoul #1Purchase: Book Depository NEWSOULAna is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why. NOSOULEven Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious… Read more »

Review: Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala

2012, Harper Teen, Holly Cupala, review, stand alone, young adult 7 Comments

Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly CupalaPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: January 3, 2012Source: Publisher for reviewSeries: Stand AlonePurchase: Book Depository Joy Delamere is suffocating… From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. Joy can take his words – tender words, cruel words – until the night they go too far. Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She… Read more »