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Giveaway: YA Pre-orders

6.27.2012
This seemed to make people happy last time, so I thought I'd do it again. (Also. I just got paid. So there's that.)

Two winners will get to choose a pre-order of any YA book under $15 USD. International, as long as The Book Depository ships to you!

Please note: Rafflecopter knows if you cheat. Therefore, I know. ;)

Also, please note that the book needs to be available for pre-order on The Book Depository right now. If it's a book that comes out in April 2013, chances are it's not available for pre-order yet.

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Waiting on Wednesday {25}

"Waiting on Wednesday " is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

(Psst. There's a giveaway going up later today.)


Anyway.


Altered by Jennifer Rush
Expected publication: January 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.


It sounds pretty amazing. Plus, most of the people who have read it that I know have absolutely loved it. The wait to 2013 is too far. </3

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow prisoners, Felicia passes the endless hours downloading memories and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and the boy she loved, Neil.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber disappears, and nobody but Felicia seems to recall she existed in the first place. Something is obviously very wrong. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, she learns the truth: a rebellion is brewing to overthrow the Morati, the guardians of Level 2.

Felicia is reluctant to trust Julian, but then he promises what she wants the most—to be with Neil again—if only she’ll join the rebels. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself in the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

I've pretty much been stalking Lenore's blog since I first saw this on Goodreads hoping for some teasers. This sounds totally original and exciting. Apparently I like to torture myself by looking at books that don't come out until next year.


Let me know what you're waiting on this Wednesday! (That awkward hump in the middle of the week!)


~Zoey~

Review: Something Strange and Deadly

6.26.2012
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Expected publication: July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Something Strange and Deadly can be a little scary. It can be funny. It can even be sexy.

While I was expecting more zombies, Something Strange and Deadly definitely didn't disappoint me. It's a book that you can easily immerse yourself in. I don't usually tend to read books set in the 1800s because they feel too formal and stiff to me. But SS&D isn't. At all. The setting is perfect the way Dennard portrays it. There's gossip, there's handsome men vying for women's hands, but behind it all, someone is raising the dead.

Eleanor is one of my favorite female characters. Period. She's just so likable. She's not full of herself, but at the same time she doesn't spend all her time worrying about trivial things like looks. She's not a genius, she's not the strongest girl you'll ever meet, but that's why I love her. And her relationship with Daniel. There's always a little bit of tension between them. (Also no insta!love. And you all know how I feel about that.) The chemistry between the two of them practically leaps off the page.

The plot, while slightly predictable, is still enjoyable. This book starts with a bang in the form of a zombie attack, but the zombies kind of fizzle out after that. The story is more centered around Eleanor's experiences with the Spirit-Hunters and her search for her brother. To be honest, I think the best part about the plot is the way Susan Dennard writes it. It's so easy to get caught up in.

My only complaint is that I felt like there were a few scenes that were entirely pointless. They seemed to have no real use in the plot.

Overall: Something Strange and Deadly is a surprising novel in more ways than one. With characters that are almost impossible to hate, a setting described perfectly, and an author who knows exactly what she's doing, this is a book you don't want to miss out on. 4 stars.


Review: Flirting in Italian

6.25.2012
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!


To be honest, it was a struggle to get through this. The beginning may have been the worst part - it didn't hold my interest at all. Violet, the main character, spends a lot of time commenting on/complaining about her looks in the beginning while her mother's dialogue seemed completely unrealistic.

I was excited for Italian boys. But Luca is a character I wanted to punch most of the time. He had his sweet moments, of course, but the majority of the book he was an ass, plain and simple. Even Violet thinks so. But only some of the time. She'll think he's a jerk and then twenty seconds later he's like the hottest thing on Earth.

There were a ton of typos. Normally, I don't fault an ARC for that, but there were more than I've ever seen in any ARC. They were distracting, to say the least.

The mystery of the painting didn't really make sense to me. In the first few pages of the book, Violet finds a painting from the 1700s (I think?) that looks exactly like her. But everything involving this painting - and there weren't many - seemed extremely disconnected. And then the ending - you still don't find out what's up with the painting. I've heard there's going to be a sequel, but this could have easily been wrapped up in one book. Especially considering hardly anything happened in this one.

The best part, by far, was the simple fact that this book is set in Italy. It's fun to get glimpses at the culture, and the way Lauren Henderson describes Italy is beautiful.

Overall: Flirting in Italian spent most of its time annoying me, in some way. However, it had its moments. It can definitely be classified as a summer read. If you're looking for something quick and mindless, this is definitely it. 2 stars.

~Zoey~

In My Mailbox {17}

6.24.2012
I realize I've sucked at blogging this week. Internet went out for a few days. As for the other days . . . Well, I've just been lazy. Also, I have a life outside of the internet. I'm shocked too.

I'M WORKING ON IT, I SWEAR.

Anyways, the past two weeks, this is what I've gotten:

From Rachel Cohn/Disney-Hyperion:
Beta by Rachel Cohn
I may have hugged it when it arrived. Maybe. 

From NetGalley:
Dualed by Elsie Chapman

And that's all for me! Leave a link to your mailbox post and I'll stop by. I'll just be here . . . working on some actual posts. :P

~Zoey~

Let's Have A Talk.

6.17.2012
Most of us have heard of the YA Crush Tourney. This is an amazing YA book event in the blogosphere. And if you don't know what it is, well, it's fairly easy to figure out.

It's fun. I like it. But some of the nominations just don't make sense to me.

This has nothing to do with me liking a character or not. The simple fact is I don't understand how an incestuous rapist is seen as a "crush." Rapists are not crush-worthy. Not even attempted rapists.

I don't understand why Sebastian is on that list. I'm not saying I think his storyline in the book should never have been written or that he's a character you can't like because of what he did. I'm saying he tried to rape his sister. I'm saying that it's not okay to show that someone who could do something like that could be considered a "crush" and grouped with the other characters on that list. There's a large difference between being a flawed character like most of the boys on that list - Noah Shaw, Will Herondale, basically everyone else - and being a rapist. (Also let's not forget that Sebastian tried to kill basically everyone.)

This isn't a post for you to argue about why you think it's okay for Sebastian to be on there. You're probably not going to get me to agree no matter what you say. You can like Sebastian. You can feel bad for him. You can want to understand him. Even I don't hate him. But this is basically saying that it's okay to consider a rapist/attempted rapist (which is really all the same, if you ask me) a "crush." And I don't understand how that can be okay.

I realize the list is based on nominations and it's supposed to be fair and everything. But I think something like this should trump fairness.

You want to say I'm over-reacting? Fine. But I'm not the only one that feels this way. And if you agree, please, please say something about it. Sebastian should not be on that list. From what I've heard, neither should Jordan because he's abusive. And please consider who you nominate. Just because you like a character doesn't mean they should be seen as a "crush."

The YA Sisterhood holds a Villain Tourney in the fall. Why can't you just vote for Sebastian then? When it actually fits the description? 

~Zoey~

Waiting on Wednesday {24}

6.13.2012
Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, is when we spotlight upcoming titles we're excited for.

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day.

As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.


Parallel universes? That's all you need to say and I'm interested. (Plus, it's Balzer + Bray. I can't resist them.)

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
Expected publication: October 23rd 2012 by Hyperion

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.


This just sounds purely amazing. I have no words for how amazing *-*

What are you waiting on today?

~Zoey~

The Glimpse {Blog Tour Stop}

6.12.2012
TURNING THE TABLES ON THE AUTHOR:

Authors are always interviewing their characters to get to know them better and discover things about them. My character, Ana from The Glimpse, has decided it’s time to get her own back.

Ana: So you know everything about me. Seems a bit unfair. I never get to ask you any questions.

Me: OK, what do you want to know?

Ana: What’s it like to be nearly forty?

Me: (Cough) Er, what, no, I’ve just turned thirty-seven. Well, three months ago, actually.

Ana: Yes, Ok, but you’re still twenty years older than me.

Me: Mmm. True.

Ana: So did your life turn out the way you wanted it to?

Me: Well, that kind of makes it sound like it’s over, but lots of exciting things are happening right now. I’m pretty happy with the way things are going.

Ana: You gave me a pretty harsh dad. Why did you do that? Don’t you get on with your father?

Me: Ah. I guess I should have expected you to come out with the difficult/personal questions. Well, my father was a very influential figure for me when I was growing up. He’s got a strong personality and there was a time just after I left school that he wanted different things for me than what I wanted. He pretty much told me it was his way or the highway, so I left home for a while. But we also have a strong bond, and we worked things out pretty quickly.

Ana: So will I get to work things out with my father?

Me: I’m afraid that’s where the parallel ends. I didn’t base your father on mine. Besides, you’re not interested in all that sixth sense, clairvoyance kind of stuff. Even if I told you your future, you wouldn’t believe it.

Ana: (Ana looks down, picks fluff off her skirt.) Well, I’ve been reassessing a lot of stuff recently. Maybe I would. Besides, I’m talking to you. Unless I’m imagining this. Are you in my head? Did I make you up?

Me: I think we’re digressing. Not sure we should start going down that path…

Ana: Fine. I do have one particular question I want you to answer.

Me: OK…

Ana: What is Jasper hiding?

Me: You know usually when you’re interviewing someone, the questions are about them, not you.

Ana: It’s my interview I can ask what I like. Jasper’s hiding something. See, you’re not denying it, are you? I mean, why else would he still want to be with me after the Board told me there was a mistake with my test? At first I thought it was the shock of his brother’s funeral, you know, couldn’t deal with it all at the same time. But he’s had almost three years to let me down gently… So?

Me: Some things you have to experience for yourself to really understand. If I just came out and told you, you wouldn’t believe me.

Ana: What? That’s it? That’s all you’re going to say about him?

Me: You’re going to find out soon enough.

Ana: Can’t wait.

Me: Since when did you become sarcastic?

Ana: It’s one of the many buried layers to my fascinating personality.

Me: I think you’re interesting.

Ana: I’d rather be normal.

Me: That’s not going to happen.

Ana: This interviewing stuff is turning out to be unsatisfactory. If you’re not going to tell me anything useful, I think I’ll get back to my studies.

Me: Hang on, don’t you want to ask me… (door slams). Er, sorry about that. I guess this is probably a fair example of why author’s usually stick to interviewing their characters rather than allowing it to happen the other way round. Anyone else got a questions for me? I’d be happy to answer!

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Definitely not something I've seen before. And the book this tour is for, The Glimpse, is definitely something you need to check out!

The Glimpse by Claire Merle
Published June 7th 2012 by Faber & Faber (UK) 

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

When Jasper disappears, Ana sets off on his trail, determined to solve the mystery of his abduction. In doing so she journeys into the darkest corners of society, and uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she’s ever believed.
There's a giveaway for The Glimpse going on on Goodreads here!



~Zoey~

Review: Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
Vengeful mermaids with the urge to kill. Tons of great mermaid lore twisted into something that fits this book perfectly. 

I love the evil mermaids. I love the way Brown writes - it's blunt and to-the-point, but she makes you feel like you're there. Lies Beneath is an incredibly creepy book, sometimes, and that's all because of the writing style. This book is told from Calder's point of view, a merman with plenty of urges - most of them to kill. While Calder's narration wasn't always enjoyable, (sometimes it was just gross. I don't appreciate reading about your urges to steal people's energies, thanks) it was definitely different. Most narrations - whether female or male - are from people you consider "the good guys." And while Calder isn't necessarily the bad guy, he's not like others. He's much darker.

And Calder's sisters? I've seen it all over the reviews, but I'd never imagined how creepy they could be. They're the kind of girls you want to know more about . . . but never get anywhere close to.

Many readers have loved the relationship between Lily and Calder. I, however . . . didn't. Sure, it's kind of cool, how their relationship starts out as a dark plot for revenge and turns into something more, but . . . Calder stalks Lily. A lot. Through the entire book. In a creepy way. Not to mention I feel as if the two of them had no chemistry - except when they were kissing. 

Then there's the plot itself. While I love the way Brown writes mermaids, and I love the way that they're an important part of the plot yet not the entire plot, the rest of it was simply boring to me. The entire novel is centered around that plan for revenge. There are certainly a few surprises, but for the most part, the plot had no sustenance, I suppose you could say. There wasn't much going on for me. 

Overall: I love the writing style of Lies Beneath. But it seems like that's all I loved. The narration was certainly unique, but the character who gave the narration just wasn't someone I found interesting. The plot really didn't keep me hooked. 2 stars.

~Zoey~

Review: Timepiece

6.11.2012
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

 I remember how surprised I was when I first read Hourglass because I hadn't thought I was going to like it. I had no doubts about loving Timepiece after that, though. Myra McEntire writes Kaleb's voice perfectly. I loved Kaleb in the first book, and being in his head made me love him even more.


Kaleb is a very three-dimensional character, especially considering he's fictional. He struggles with the kinds of things real teenagers struggle with - feeling unwanted and like he's second best when it comes to Emerson and his father - plus he deals with all the problems that come along with the time-traveling world. In Timepiece, I think Kaleb struggles a little when it comes to what's right and what's wrong when it comes to our favorite villain, Jack. I think that's what I love most about Kaleb. He's not perfect. That might have something to do with why I've always preferred Kaleb over Michael.


I didn't have as strong feelings about the rest of the characters. Emerson's best friend, Lily, has a much bigger part in this book than the last, and it took me quite awhile to warm up to her. I wasn't very interested in her at first, but Lily does a lot of smart things in this book. Emerson herself seemed different in Timepiece, too. I liked her much better in Hourglass. In this book, she didn't seem as strong as she did in the last. She's still fiercely protective, but other than that, I felt like she was just . . . missing something. The other supporting characters, mostly members of the Hourglass, are just as fun as ever. I love how they're all important in their own way even though they're not the main focus. McEntire doesn't just skim over the additional characters, she uses them. They have a purpose, unlike many YA books.


The great thing about Timepiece, though, is that it's not all about the romance or the characters. There's plenty of plot twists and mysteries to keep you entertained. And of course, our favorite bad guy Jack is back. 


Overall: Despite the issues I had with some of the female characters, I still absolutely loved Timepiece. Myra McEntire puts you inside Kaleb's head, and the way she writes the narration is perfect. Timepiece is full of even more mystery and danger than before. If you loved Hourglass, I don't think it's possible to dislike this book. 5 stars.


~Zoey~

My Mailbox {16}

6.10.2012
So. I've been a pretty crappy blogger lately. However, school is over, (and I did awesome on my exams! GO ME!) so things should be back to normal starting this week.

It hasn't been the best week. I've been in a lot of pain for reasons I don't understand, and of course, seeing everyone's BEA tweets hasn't been fun ;) To all of you who got Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout and a few other things I'm dying for, I might hate you. A little bit. ;)

In other news, before summer is over, this blog will have morphed into Z & M's Uncreatively Titled Blog! Don't ask me when, because we're still trying to figure out about the blog design. (Because, hey, we're poor!) BUT SOON. And then you won't have to listen (read) me incessantly rambling all the time.

*stops talking and shows books*

From Kensington for review:
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
I already finished this and absolutely loved it. If you haven't read the first book, Storm, be sure to do it before Spark comes out!

From NetGalley:
League of Strays by L.B. Schulman
I've been doing really well with not increasing my NetGalley pile too much. I have not, however, been doing well with actually reading my NG pile. I'm dedicating the next week to finishing as much as I can.

And that's it! What was in your mailbox this week? :)

~Zoey~

30 Days of Daemon: Dear Daemon

6.06.2012
Our favorite alien, Daemon Black from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, is giving advice. Or answering your oh-so-personal questions. You know you want to hear what he has to say.
Dear Daemon, What exactly do you feel for Kate? Spell it out in words
Dear Spell it out with Words,

I’m more of a show don’t tell kind of guy. And I know you book people like the showing over the telling. So I tend to show just exactly how I feel for Kat. Actions are better than words in my opinion.

Yours Truly,
Daemon

Dear Daemon, How should you approach a guy you like? How would you like a girl to approach you?

Dear Confused,

Well, since I don’t like guys, not that there is anything wrong with that, I honestly don’t know how to approach a guy, but how would I like a girl to approach me? Easy. Cut the crap. If you like me, tell me and show me. I don’t do well with coy. Most guys don’t. We bore too easily for that kind of crap.

Yours truly,
Daemon

Boxers or briefs? Lol

Dear 0_o

Neither.

Yours truly,
Daemon

Dear Daemon, woke up with the baggiest eyes in the universe this morning. Know any coverup tips?

Dear Dark Circles,

My eyes are perfect. Don’t have the problem. But I see this commercial for hydro something or another all the time on TV. You could try that.


Yours truly,
Daemon

I don't think we expected anything else from him.

Don't forget to check out the other post today over at The Book Sisterhood

~Zoey~ 

My Mailbox {15}

6.02.2012
While I'm not linking up at The Story Siren anymore, I'm still doing IMM until I find a replacement that I like.

After not receiving anything for about a month, I finally got some mail this week! :)

 For review from Strange Chemistry:
 Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
RAK from the lovely Ruby at Ruby's Reads:
Revived by Cat Patrick

And that's it! Leave a link with your mailbox post and I'll be sure to stop by :)

~Zoey~

Cover Reveal: The Collector

6.01.2012
The Collector by Victoria Scott
Expected publication: March 2013 by Entangled Teen

He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

The release date for this cannot come soon enough. I'm absolutely dying for this. How about you? (Also, do you just love the fact that this cover has absolutely nothing to do with a girl in a pretty dress? Because I do.)

~Zoey~

6.27.2012

Giveaway: YA Pre-orders

This seemed to make people happy last time, so I thought I'd do it again. (Also. I just got paid. So there's that.)

Two winners will get to choose a pre-order of any YA book under $15 USD. International, as long as The Book Depository ships to you!

Please note: Rafflecopter knows if you cheat. Therefore, I know. ;)

Also, please note that the book needs to be available for pre-order on The Book Depository right now. If it's a book that comes out in April 2013, chances are it's not available for pre-order yet.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Waiting on Wednesday {25}

"Waiting on Wednesday " is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

(Psst. There's a giveaway going up later today.)


Anyway.


Altered by Jennifer Rush
Expected publication: January 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.


It sounds pretty amazing. Plus, most of the people who have read it that I know have absolutely loved it. The wait to 2013 is too far. </3

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow prisoners, Felicia passes the endless hours downloading memories and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and the boy she loved, Neil.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber disappears, and nobody but Felicia seems to recall she existed in the first place. Something is obviously very wrong. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, she learns the truth: a rebellion is brewing to overthrow the Morati, the guardians of Level 2.

Felicia is reluctant to trust Julian, but then he promises what she wants the most—to be with Neil again—if only she’ll join the rebels. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself in the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

I've pretty much been stalking Lenore's blog since I first saw this on Goodreads hoping for some teasers. This sounds totally original and exciting. Apparently I like to torture myself by looking at books that don't come out until next year.


Let me know what you're waiting on this Wednesday! (That awkward hump in the middle of the week!)


~Zoey~

6.26.2012

Review: Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Expected publication: July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Something Strange and Deadly can be a little scary. It can be funny. It can even be sexy.

While I was expecting more zombies, Something Strange and Deadly definitely didn't disappoint me. It's a book that you can easily immerse yourself in. I don't usually tend to read books set in the 1800s because they feel too formal and stiff to me. But SS&D isn't. At all. The setting is perfect the way Dennard portrays it. There's gossip, there's handsome men vying for women's hands, but behind it all, someone is raising the dead.

Eleanor is one of my favorite female characters. Period. She's just so likable. She's not full of herself, but at the same time she doesn't spend all her time worrying about trivial things like looks. She's not a genius, she's not the strongest girl you'll ever meet, but that's why I love her. And her relationship with Daniel. There's always a little bit of tension between them. (Also no insta!love. And you all know how I feel about that.) The chemistry between the two of them practically leaps off the page.

The plot, while slightly predictable, is still enjoyable. This book starts with a bang in the form of a zombie attack, but the zombies kind of fizzle out after that. The story is more centered around Eleanor's experiences with the Spirit-Hunters and her search for her brother. To be honest, I think the best part about the plot is the way Susan Dennard writes it. It's so easy to get caught up in.

My only complaint is that I felt like there were a few scenes that were entirely pointless. They seemed to have no real use in the plot.

Overall: Something Strange and Deadly is a surprising novel in more ways than one. With characters that are almost impossible to hate, a setting described perfectly, and an author who knows exactly what she's doing, this is a book you don't want to miss out on. 4 stars.


6.25.2012

Review: Flirting in Italian

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!


To be honest, it was a struggle to get through this. The beginning may have been the worst part - it didn't hold my interest at all. Violet, the main character, spends a lot of time commenting on/complaining about her looks in the beginning while her mother's dialogue seemed completely unrealistic.

I was excited for Italian boys. But Luca is a character I wanted to punch most of the time. He had his sweet moments, of course, but the majority of the book he was an ass, plain and simple. Even Violet thinks so. But only some of the time. She'll think he's a jerk and then twenty seconds later he's like the hottest thing on Earth.

There were a ton of typos. Normally, I don't fault an ARC for that, but there were more than I've ever seen in any ARC. They were distracting, to say the least.

The mystery of the painting didn't really make sense to me. In the first few pages of the book, Violet finds a painting from the 1700s (I think?) that looks exactly like her. But everything involving this painting - and there weren't many - seemed extremely disconnected. And then the ending - you still don't find out what's up with the painting. I've heard there's going to be a sequel, but this could have easily been wrapped up in one book. Especially considering hardly anything happened in this one.

The best part, by far, was the simple fact that this book is set in Italy. It's fun to get glimpses at the culture, and the way Lauren Henderson describes Italy is beautiful.

Overall: Flirting in Italian spent most of its time annoying me, in some way. However, it had its moments. It can definitely be classified as a summer read. If you're looking for something quick and mindless, this is definitely it. 2 stars.

~Zoey~

6.24.2012

In My Mailbox {17}

I realize I've sucked at blogging this week. Internet went out for a few days. As for the other days . . . Well, I've just been lazy. Also, I have a life outside of the internet. I'm shocked too.

I'M WORKING ON IT, I SWEAR.

Anyways, the past two weeks, this is what I've gotten:

From Rachel Cohn/Disney-Hyperion:
Beta by Rachel Cohn
I may have hugged it when it arrived. Maybe. 

From NetGalley:
Dualed by Elsie Chapman

And that's all for me! Leave a link to your mailbox post and I'll stop by. I'll just be here . . . working on some actual posts. :P

~Zoey~

6.17.2012

Let's Have A Talk.

Most of us have heard of the YA Crush Tourney. This is an amazing YA book event in the blogosphere. And if you don't know what it is, well, it's fairly easy to figure out.

It's fun. I like it. But some of the nominations just don't make sense to me.

This has nothing to do with me liking a character or not. The simple fact is I don't understand how an incestuous rapist is seen as a "crush." Rapists are not crush-worthy. Not even attempted rapists.

I don't understand why Sebastian is on that list. I'm not saying I think his storyline in the book should never have been written or that he's a character you can't like because of what he did. I'm saying he tried to rape his sister. I'm saying that it's not okay to show that someone who could do something like that could be considered a "crush" and grouped with the other characters on that list. There's a large difference between being a flawed character like most of the boys on that list - Noah Shaw, Will Herondale, basically everyone else - and being a rapist. (Also let's not forget that Sebastian tried to kill basically everyone.)

This isn't a post for you to argue about why you think it's okay for Sebastian to be on there. You're probably not going to get me to agree no matter what you say. You can like Sebastian. You can feel bad for him. You can want to understand him. Even I don't hate him. But this is basically saying that it's okay to consider a rapist/attempted rapist (which is really all the same, if you ask me) a "crush." And I don't understand how that can be okay.

I realize the list is based on nominations and it's supposed to be fair and everything. But I think something like this should trump fairness.

You want to say I'm over-reacting? Fine. But I'm not the only one that feels this way. And if you agree, please, please say something about it. Sebastian should not be on that list. From what I've heard, neither should Jordan because he's abusive. And please consider who you nominate. Just because you like a character doesn't mean they should be seen as a "crush."

The YA Sisterhood holds a Villain Tourney in the fall. Why can't you just vote for Sebastian then? When it actually fits the description? 

~Zoey~

6.13.2012

Waiting on Wednesday {24}

Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, is when we spotlight upcoming titles we're excited for.

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day.

As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.


Parallel universes? That's all you need to say and I'm interested. (Plus, it's Balzer + Bray. I can't resist them.)

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
Expected publication: October 23rd 2012 by Hyperion

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.


This just sounds purely amazing. I have no words for how amazing *-*

What are you waiting on today?

~Zoey~

6.12.2012

The Glimpse {Blog Tour Stop}

TURNING THE TABLES ON THE AUTHOR:

Authors are always interviewing their characters to get to know them better and discover things about them. My character, Ana from The Glimpse, has decided it’s time to get her own back.

Ana: So you know everything about me. Seems a bit unfair. I never get to ask you any questions.

Me: OK, what do you want to know?

Ana: What’s it like to be nearly forty?

Me: (Cough) Er, what, no, I’ve just turned thirty-seven. Well, three months ago, actually.

Ana: Yes, Ok, but you’re still twenty years older than me.

Me: Mmm. True.

Ana: So did your life turn out the way you wanted it to?

Me: Well, that kind of makes it sound like it’s over, but lots of exciting things are happening right now. I’m pretty happy with the way things are going.

Ana: You gave me a pretty harsh dad. Why did you do that? Don’t you get on with your father?

Me: Ah. I guess I should have expected you to come out with the difficult/personal questions. Well, my father was a very influential figure for me when I was growing up. He’s got a strong personality and there was a time just after I left school that he wanted different things for me than what I wanted. He pretty much told me it was his way or the highway, so I left home for a while. But we also have a strong bond, and we worked things out pretty quickly.

Ana: So will I get to work things out with my father?

Me: I’m afraid that’s where the parallel ends. I didn’t base your father on mine. Besides, you’re not interested in all that sixth sense, clairvoyance kind of stuff. Even if I told you your future, you wouldn’t believe it.

Ana: (Ana looks down, picks fluff off her skirt.) Well, I’ve been reassessing a lot of stuff recently. Maybe I would. Besides, I’m talking to you. Unless I’m imagining this. Are you in my head? Did I make you up?

Me: I think we’re digressing. Not sure we should start going down that path…

Ana: Fine. I do have one particular question I want you to answer.

Me: OK…

Ana: What is Jasper hiding?

Me: You know usually when you’re interviewing someone, the questions are about them, not you.

Ana: It’s my interview I can ask what I like. Jasper’s hiding something. See, you’re not denying it, are you? I mean, why else would he still want to be with me after the Board told me there was a mistake with my test? At first I thought it was the shock of his brother’s funeral, you know, couldn’t deal with it all at the same time. But he’s had almost three years to let me down gently… So?

Me: Some things you have to experience for yourself to really understand. If I just came out and told you, you wouldn’t believe me.

Ana: What? That’s it? That’s all you’re going to say about him?

Me: You’re going to find out soon enough.

Ana: Can’t wait.

Me: Since when did you become sarcastic?

Ana: It’s one of the many buried layers to my fascinating personality.

Me: I think you’re interesting.

Ana: I’d rather be normal.

Me: That’s not going to happen.

Ana: This interviewing stuff is turning out to be unsatisfactory. If you’re not going to tell me anything useful, I think I’ll get back to my studies.

Me: Hang on, don’t you want to ask me… (door slams). Er, sorry about that. I guess this is probably a fair example of why author’s usually stick to interviewing their characters rather than allowing it to happen the other way round. Anyone else got a questions for me? I’d be happy to answer!

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Definitely not something I've seen before. And the book this tour is for, The Glimpse, is definitely something you need to check out!

The Glimpse by Claire Merle
Published June 7th 2012 by Faber & Faber (UK) 

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

When Jasper disappears, Ana sets off on his trail, determined to solve the mystery of his abduction. In doing so she journeys into the darkest corners of society, and uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she’s ever believed.
There's a giveaway for The Glimpse going on on Goodreads here!



~Zoey~

Review: Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Published June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
Vengeful mermaids with the urge to kill. Tons of great mermaid lore twisted into something that fits this book perfectly. 

I love the evil mermaids. I love the way Brown writes - it's blunt and to-the-point, but she makes you feel like you're there. Lies Beneath is an incredibly creepy book, sometimes, and that's all because of the writing style. This book is told from Calder's point of view, a merman with plenty of urges - most of them to kill. While Calder's narration wasn't always enjoyable, (sometimes it was just gross. I don't appreciate reading about your urges to steal people's energies, thanks) it was definitely different. Most narrations - whether female or male - are from people you consider "the good guys." And while Calder isn't necessarily the bad guy, he's not like others. He's much darker.

And Calder's sisters? I've seen it all over the reviews, but I'd never imagined how creepy they could be. They're the kind of girls you want to know more about . . . but never get anywhere close to.

Many readers have loved the relationship between Lily and Calder. I, however . . . didn't. Sure, it's kind of cool, how their relationship starts out as a dark plot for revenge and turns into something more, but . . . Calder stalks Lily. A lot. Through the entire book. In a creepy way. Not to mention I feel as if the two of them had no chemistry - except when they were kissing. 

Then there's the plot itself. While I love the way Brown writes mermaids, and I love the way that they're an important part of the plot yet not the entire plot, the rest of it was simply boring to me. The entire novel is centered around that plan for revenge. There are certainly a few surprises, but for the most part, the plot had no sustenance, I suppose you could say. There wasn't much going on for me. 

Overall: I love the writing style of Lies Beneath. But it seems like that's all I loved. The narration was certainly unique, but the character who gave the narration just wasn't someone I found interesting. The plot really didn't keep me hooked. 2 stars.

~Zoey~

6.11.2012

Review: Timepiece

Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

 I remember how surprised I was when I first read Hourglass because I hadn't thought I was going to like it. I had no doubts about loving Timepiece after that, though. Myra McEntire writes Kaleb's voice perfectly. I loved Kaleb in the first book, and being in his head made me love him even more.


Kaleb is a very three-dimensional character, especially considering he's fictional. He struggles with the kinds of things real teenagers struggle with - feeling unwanted and like he's second best when it comes to Emerson and his father - plus he deals with all the problems that come along with the time-traveling world. In Timepiece, I think Kaleb struggles a little when it comes to what's right and what's wrong when it comes to our favorite villain, Jack. I think that's what I love most about Kaleb. He's not perfect. That might have something to do with why I've always preferred Kaleb over Michael.


I didn't have as strong feelings about the rest of the characters. Emerson's best friend, Lily, has a much bigger part in this book than the last, and it took me quite awhile to warm up to her. I wasn't very interested in her at first, but Lily does a lot of smart things in this book. Emerson herself seemed different in Timepiece, too. I liked her much better in Hourglass. In this book, she didn't seem as strong as she did in the last. She's still fiercely protective, but other than that, I felt like she was just . . . missing something. The other supporting characters, mostly members of the Hourglass, are just as fun as ever. I love how they're all important in their own way even though they're not the main focus. McEntire doesn't just skim over the additional characters, she uses them. They have a purpose, unlike many YA books.


The great thing about Timepiece, though, is that it's not all about the romance or the characters. There's plenty of plot twists and mysteries to keep you entertained. And of course, our favorite bad guy Jack is back. 


Overall: Despite the issues I had with some of the female characters, I still absolutely loved Timepiece. Myra McEntire puts you inside Kaleb's head, and the way she writes the narration is perfect. Timepiece is full of even more mystery and danger than before. If you loved Hourglass, I don't think it's possible to dislike this book. 5 stars.


~Zoey~

6.10.2012

My Mailbox {16}

So. I've been a pretty crappy blogger lately. However, school is over, (and I did awesome on my exams! GO ME!) so things should be back to normal starting this week.

It hasn't been the best week. I've been in a lot of pain for reasons I don't understand, and of course, seeing everyone's BEA tweets hasn't been fun ;) To all of you who got Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout and a few other things I'm dying for, I might hate you. A little bit. ;)

In other news, before summer is over, this blog will have morphed into Z & M's Uncreatively Titled Blog! Don't ask me when, because we're still trying to figure out about the blog design. (Because, hey, we're poor!) BUT SOON. And then you won't have to listen (read) me incessantly rambling all the time.

*stops talking and shows books*

From Kensington for review:
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
I already finished this and absolutely loved it. If you haven't read the first book, Storm, be sure to do it before Spark comes out!

From NetGalley:
League of Strays by L.B. Schulman
I've been doing really well with not increasing my NetGalley pile too much. I have not, however, been doing well with actually reading my NG pile. I'm dedicating the next week to finishing as much as I can.

And that's it! What was in your mailbox this week? :)

~Zoey~

6.06.2012

30 Days of Daemon: Dear Daemon

Our favorite alien, Daemon Black from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, is giving advice. Or answering your oh-so-personal questions. You know you want to hear what he has to say.
Dear Daemon, What exactly do you feel for Kate? Spell it out in words
Dear Spell it out with Words,

I’m more of a show don’t tell kind of guy. And I know you book people like the showing over the telling. So I tend to show just exactly how I feel for Kat. Actions are better than words in my opinion.

Yours Truly,
Daemon

Dear Daemon, How should you approach a guy you like? How would you like a girl to approach you?

Dear Confused,

Well, since I don’t like guys, not that there is anything wrong with that, I honestly don’t know how to approach a guy, but how would I like a girl to approach me? Easy. Cut the crap. If you like me, tell me and show me. I don’t do well with coy. Most guys don’t. We bore too easily for that kind of crap.

Yours truly,
Daemon

Boxers or briefs? Lol

Dear 0_o

Neither.

Yours truly,
Daemon

Dear Daemon, woke up with the baggiest eyes in the universe this morning. Know any coverup tips?

Dear Dark Circles,

My eyes are perfect. Don’t have the problem. But I see this commercial for hydro something or another all the time on TV. You could try that.


Yours truly,
Daemon

I don't think we expected anything else from him.

Don't forget to check out the other post today over at The Book Sisterhood

~Zoey~ 

6.02.2012

My Mailbox {15}

While I'm not linking up at The Story Siren anymore, I'm still doing IMM until I find a replacement that I like.

After not receiving anything for about a month, I finally got some mail this week! :)

 For review from Strange Chemistry:
 Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
RAK from the lovely Ruby at Ruby's Reads:
Revived by Cat Patrick

And that's it! Leave a link with your mailbox post and I'll be sure to stop by :)

~Zoey~

6.01.2012

Cover Reveal: The Collector

The Collector by Victoria Scott
Expected publication: March 2013 by Entangled Teen

He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

The release date for this cannot come soon enough. I'm absolutely dying for this. How about you? (Also, do you just love the fact that this cover has absolutely nothing to do with a girl in a pretty dress? Because I do.)

~Zoey~