Book Blogger (Jan 28-31)

Book Blogger HopA BOOK PARTY!!  Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books – please come along and join the Party!

This week’s question comes from Aliyah who blogs at

Des Absurdités:


“What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011?  Why are you anticipating that book?”


Oh another tough question…  There are SOo…  many books that I’m waiting for.  Having just finished Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz – I find I’m now waiting for Deadly Little Voices, the next book in the Touch series.  But there are others I’m desperately waiting for.  The one, I think I can’t wait for has to be Carrie Ryan’s The Dark and Hollow Places, the third in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series:

Betrayal by Lee Nichols

In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

Why am I waiting for these?  To experience the next adventure with the characters of course!


Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Now that was a fabulous book!  Grabbed me from the start – but then again I am a big fan of the Touch series right from the first book!  In Deadly Little Games, Ben and Camelia are learning more about their touch powers, or rather Camelia is.  Right from the start – Camelia has been sculpting Adam…  and questioning why?  In Deadly Little Lies, Adam showed a keen interest in Cammie and came between her and Ben.  And now she seems to be obsessing about him again.  Ben is sensing that something is up as well and starts to keep to himself a bit more.  Leading them to a cross-roads in their relationship.  While Camelia is trying to understand her obsession with Adam and her relationship with Ben, her Aunt Alexia is getting worse.  During a visit with her Aunt though, Camelia realizes that the two of them share more than the family name – they also share their Touch abilities.  Like the first 2 books in the Touch series, the action and mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat and questioning everything that happens.  It’s just a hard to put down book!

Ok I’m hooked!  I absolutely LOVE this series and cannot wait for the next one, Deadly Little Voices, due this coming November.  What is next for Camelia and Ben?  and how does/will Aunt Alexia fit in?  Oh I can’t wait!!!

Highly recommended

Ages: 14 and up

I know I haven’t quite captured the mystery and fear that builds in this book – but this book trailer will give you a great sense of how you’ll feel reading this book!

Here are my thoughts on the first two books in this series:

Deadly Little Secret

Deadly Little Lies

Favourite quote:

Hmmm… looks like I didn’t grab one as I read the book.  A clear indication to how I got pulled into the book and couldn’t leave it.

Stolarz, Laurie Faria.  (2010).  Deadly Little Games.  New York, NY:  Hyperion Books.

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Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Another great book by Courtney Summers!  Eddie Reeve’s father commits suicide and Eddie finds that she becomes extremely driven and almost obsessed with the need to know WHY he did it. Her mother is so devastated that her friend Beth takes it upon herself to move in with them to bring order back to their lives, but completely ignores the grief that Eddie is experiencing.  During one of Eddie’s midnight tours of the place she found her Dad, she meets Culler Evans and discovers a world that her Dad lived in without his family.  With her great desire and obsession of knowing WHY he committed suicide, Eddie does “Fall for Anything“.  She alienates her best friend and almost loses everything in her hunt for the truth.

I absolutely love the name of the book and I get it!!!  Ok I didn’t get it until the very end – but it’s perfect!  I cannot think of a better title for a very touching story.  Courtney Summers has a great talent of bringing you along the story – allowing you to believe one thing, leading you on to a point where you know what’s happening, and Wham! it turns out you’re wrong.  Everything you believed has been turned upside down and now you’re left wondering how you missed the signs all along!  Hmmm… I’m not sure whether I’m coherent or not – but I’m hoping that those of you that have read Courtney’s books know what I mean – and those who haven’t – trust me!  and read one!  You’ll fall in love with an awesome Canadian author!!

Highly recommended

Ages: 14 and up

Check out my thoughts on Courtney’s other books:

Some Girls Are

Cracked Up To Be

Favourite quote:

”  There’s a tall glass of orange juice at my seat, plus two vitamins.  I’m vitamin-worthy now.  Incredible.  I sit down and stare at them and then I pick up one of the vitamins.  Hold it up and study it.  It’s round and orange.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if it could fix everything?  You put it on your tongue and let it dissolve.  All your emotional trauma will end and that broken, cold dead soul will be alive again!  And all your physical problems will be cured too.  Cancer, illness.  Vitamins made of Nanobots or something, I don’t know.”         p. 58

Summers, Courtney.  (2010)  Fall for Anything.  New York, NY:  St Martin’s Press.

Author website:

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This is my first week participating in this meme and I’m very excited 🙂  This week’s most anticipated release for me is:

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.


Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry

City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

“City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

WOW!!!!  WOW!!!!  I cannot believe what an awesome and very scary story this was!  I had to stop and remember every once in a while that this is a true story!  This is the story of the author’s childhood.  The adventures they experienced were amazing – both in an exciting way and in a horrifying way!  The author’s writing style grabbed me right from the start – it is written in the first person and boys oh boys! I was just unable to stop thinking about this story!

Jeanette was the second of the four Walls children.  Her father was an entrepreneur with aspirations to build a glass castle for his family.  Her mother was an artist and a teacher, with no great aspirations whatsoever.  It seemed that every time the family got settled in a town, there would come a day when Dad decided it was time to do “the skedaddle”.  They moved from California to the desert to Phoenix to Welch, West Virginia and finally New York city.  It’s a truly sad story about a very hard life – yet at the end I’m left bewildered and thinking very poorly of the Mom.  Turns out she was sitting on a gold mine and did nothing with it, while her own children had no roof over their heads or food for a good part of their childhood.  I am truly amazed though at the resourcefulness of the children and how they were able to survive their childhood and became very successful adults!

I know this is not a typical YA book, however, it’s one of those books that I believe many young adults would enjoy and yes! could learn a lot from.  I would hope that many would leave this book with a greater sense of appreciation for the support their parents provide them.  A truly inspirational and wonderfully written story!  I’ll guarantee that you’ll struggle putting this book down once you start it!

Highly Recommended

Favourite quotes:

“Dad was an expert in math and physics and electricity.  He read books on calculus and logarithmic algebra and loved what he called the poetry and symmetry of math.  He told us about the magic qualities every number has and how numbers unlock the secrets of the universe.”         p. 23

” Mom waved at the crowd.  ‘You know you’re down and out when Okies laugh at you’, she said.  With our garbage-bag-taped window, our roped-down hood, and the art supplies tied to the roof, we’d out-Okied the Okies.  The thought gave her a fit of giggles.”           p. 129

Walls, Jeannette. (2006)  The Glass Castle. New York, NY: Scribner

Jeannette Walls – Official Publisher website:

Teaser Tuesday (20)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez:

“He was already almost to the cliffs that closed off the far end of the beach.  There were tall spiky rocks sticking out of the beach down there, forming a kind of maze, and as Luce ran Gum dashed behind a rock and disappeared.”     p. 14

Sneak peaks (2)

Any Sarah Dessen fans out there?  Well on Sunday, Jan 16, 2010 – Sarah tweeted a great announcement – her publisher gave her the okay to post and make available the first chapter of her new book, What Happened to Goodbye.  I’m a huge Sarah Dessen fan and just can’t resist passing this on.

Check it out on her Blog: