Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

Title: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
Author: Ron Koertge
Series: None
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: July 10, 2012
ISBN13: 9780763644062
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, fantasy retellings, dark
Source: borrowed from library
Yes it's blue and Yes it tickles and Yes he's had a lot of wives and nobody knows what happened to them

but he's fun at the party and omigod that castle!


Once upon a time, a strung-out match girl sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. Bluebeard's latest wife discovered she'd married a serial killer. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it's like to be swallowed whole.

You see, Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets of fairy tales, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer--he wants to whisper in your ear.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Title: Don't Turn Around
Author: Michelle Gagnon
Series: PERSEFoNE Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: August 28, 2012
ISBN13: 9780062102904
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, sci-fi, action, thriller, suspense
Source: borrowed from library
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa's talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation called AMRF threatens his life in no uncertain terms.

But what Noa and Peter don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good.

Fans of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will devour the story of Noa, a teen soul mate to Lisbeth Salander.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On My Mind (3): Re-reading (and its consequences) and bloggy backgrounds

On My Mind is a bookish meme made by me where you spill just about any thoughts you have on a book/writing/book-blogging related topic any time you want! There is no set schedule so you can post as often as you like, or have one every few months. You may use this meme on your own blog. You may use this graphic, another one that you like better, or none at all. The only requirement is to link back to Lust For Stories and leave the link to your post in the comments of the latest On My Mind so I can check you out!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title:Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: October 3, 2011
ISBN13: 9781466401884
Format: paperback
Genre: NA, contemporary, romance
Source: borrowed from library
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs - and wants - to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the most-eligible college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his charm, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis' apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has finally met his match.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Cover Reveal: Destiny by P.T. Michelle


Title: Destiny
Author: P.T. Michelle
Expected Publication: March 31, 2013
When destiny is on the line, will love be enough to light the way?

In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head.

Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together.

As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?
I love this. I love, love, love this. The last two book covers

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Cover Reveal: Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Title: Pieces
Author: Michelle Davidson Argyle
Expected Publication: Februrary 14, 2013
Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.
I love beautiful contemporary covers. They're not full of extra effects like many paranormal, fantasy, or sci-fi books are, though those aren't bad either. It always makes those books seem realistic, and more personal, like a glimpse into the protagonist's life. This one is no

Friday, November 02, 2012

Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Series: None
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Release Date: February 21, 2012
ISBN13: 9780803737204
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Source: borrowed from library
Brie's life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart - literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy Brie loved and lost - and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her
forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

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