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Review: Circle of Silence

7.31.2012
Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman
Published July 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS

 It's my turn to run a "Campus News" crew, and I've put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under "strange" circumstances.

I "will" blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt...or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don't trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is "not" important to this story.)

But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast...be sure to watch "Campus News" at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

Circle of Silence starts off with intrigue that quickly turns to suspense. For me, I can definitely say it was an improvement over the first book I read by Tanzman.

The first few chapters are exactly what first chapters in a book should be - a hook. I absolutely loved how curious the beginning makes you, how much it makes you want to continue reading.

Valerie is a very driven character. She knows exactly what she wants to do when she's older, and she's going after it by being a part of Campus News while she's in high school. When a series of school pranks - which all seem to be done by the same group when they leave their "signature" - start, she' basically struck gold With her team - which happen to include her ex-boyfriend - she starts to investigate. But these people don't want to be investigated.

Circle of Silence is full of suspense. I can honestly say that I had no idea what the ending would be like. However, during a lot of Val's investigation, I found myself getting bored. It just seemed like they were getting nowhere for a few chapters before it finally got interesting again.

Like I said earlier, Valerie is very driven. I love that about her; it's something very admirable. Her personality really shines through in this novel. As for the other characters . . . there's not much to say. You never really learn about them at all. The secondary characters in this novel can't really be considered supporting characters because they seem to be there more for decoration than anything else.

Except for Jagger, Valerie's ex that she's not quite over yet. Somehow, he finds his way onto her team and she's stuck working with him. He's the first one to find the pranks interesting and get them working on a story that spirals into something much more scary and dangerous. Jagger is a very hard character to read, and I spent a lot of time wondering what his motives were. He's definitely not a guy who's going to spout romantic and cheesy lines at you.

Overall: While Circle of Silence didn't do the best job at holding my attention, it's certainly a book full of suspense and just a hint of romance. If it's been awhile since you've picked up a thriller, I'd definitely suggest this. 3.5 stars.

~Zoey~

Giveaway: YA Crush Tourney

7.20.2012
So I know I've been MIA lately, but it's for personal reasons and I expect to be back in about a week. As for Meghan, uh, I have no idea. :P

But one of today's matches for the YA Crush Tourney is Ash vs. Aiden! As in Ash from Julie Kagawa's series. As in the Ash that will freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar if you touch Meghan.

This is simple, really. Go HERE, vote for Ash, then come back to this post and comment telling me you voted for him. Be sure to leave a way to contact you. (Email or twitter is fine.) At the end of the day, if Ash wins the match, one random commenter will be chosen and can pick any two books from my box of giveaway books. Some are finished copies, some are old ARCs, some are new ARCs, all are YA. If Ash loses, well . . . I guess we'll see. :P

That's all you have to do. But I'm relying on the honor system here, okay? I don't care if you want to vote for Aiden. Fine. He's great too. But don't vote for Aiden and then come back here and lie, saying you voted for Ash. Just don't.

EDIT: The books from my box are US only. However, if you live internationally and leave a comment, if you win, you can choose any book from The Book Depository, as long as they ship to your country.

~Zoey~

Waiting on Wednesday {26}

7.04.2012
"Waiting on Wednesday " is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, Zoey's waiting on:


Taken by Erin Bowman
Expected publication: April 16th 2013 by HarperTeen


There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he’s gone. 
They call it the Heist. 
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive. 
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?
It sounds absolutely amazing and mysterious. (Also comes out two days before my birthday.) I definitely can't wait for this!

Megan's waiting on:

Selling ARCs (AKA: Reasons I Want To Punch People)

7.02.2012
There be cussing here. Ye be warned.

I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said. I'm saying it anyways.

I was on eBay yesterday. And I guess I've always known people sold ARCs on there - people have mentioned it countless times - but I never noticed how many. I never noticed how many highly anticipated ones were on there, either.

I'm not telling you they're on eBay so you'll go out and bid on them. I'm telling you that people go to BEA and ALA and then sell those books they get for free on eBay. (There were several books that have only been available at BEA and ALA to the "general public" of people who receive ARCs.)These people are getting $20 for something they got for free. They're getting $20 that will never benefit the publisher or the author, even though those ARCs cost money to make.

(And we won't even get into the fact that every ARC I've ever owned or seen has said "NOT FOR SALE" or something of that sort somewhere on it.)

I could spend hours ranting or showing you statistics, but people have already done that. Emily White has a post about it here. Shannon Messenger also has a post about it. And of course, there are thousands of others.  Plenty of authors that you love have lost out on sales because someone buys an ARC off eBay. (Not to mention the fact that it's just fucking annoying.) This is a great post by Mandy Hubbard about how much an author actually makes. And after doing plenty of researching, I've learned that on average, an author makes somewhere between 50 cents or $2.50 on a hardcover sold. (However, I cannot be 100% that those numbers are exactly right.)

And okay, yes. Authors wouldn't have actually earned anything on that sold ARC. But that ARC has been sold to someone who would have potentially bought it. That ARC could have been received by someone who would have read it, loved it, convinced their friends to buy it when it came out, passed it on to someone else who would have done the same. We have no idea how many sales that may have lost.

(And it's also fucking annoying.)

(Because, hey, "NOT FOR SALE.")

~Zoey~

In My Mailbox {18}

7.01.2012
Megan will be doing her IMM next week along with me :)

So. This week has sucked. Everything that can go wrong has. But I got to see one of my favorite bands at Summerfest yesterday, and I got to hear three of their new songs, so there was a plus. And I got three books I've been dying for. :)

Zoey received: 

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Through To You by Emily Hainsworth
(Thanks to HarperCollins via Edelweiss!)

And that's it for this week. (I really need to stop with the ebooks. Seriously. I have so many and I have NO physical copies. It's bad. Does anyone else have that problem? >_>)

What was in your mailbox this week?

~Zoey~

7.31.2012

Review: Circle of Silence

Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman
Published July 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS

 It's my turn to run a "Campus News" crew, and I've put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under "strange" circumstances.

I "will" blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt...or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don't trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is "not" important to this story.)

But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast...be sure to watch "Campus News" at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

Circle of Silence starts off with intrigue that quickly turns to suspense. For me, I can definitely say it was an improvement over the first book I read by Tanzman.

The first few chapters are exactly what first chapters in a book should be - a hook. I absolutely loved how curious the beginning makes you, how much it makes you want to continue reading.

Valerie is a very driven character. She knows exactly what she wants to do when she's older, and she's going after it by being a part of Campus News while she's in high school. When a series of school pranks - which all seem to be done by the same group when they leave their "signature" - start, she' basically struck gold With her team - which happen to include her ex-boyfriend - she starts to investigate. But these people don't want to be investigated.

Circle of Silence is full of suspense. I can honestly say that I had no idea what the ending would be like. However, during a lot of Val's investigation, I found myself getting bored. It just seemed like they were getting nowhere for a few chapters before it finally got interesting again.

Like I said earlier, Valerie is very driven. I love that about her; it's something very admirable. Her personality really shines through in this novel. As for the other characters . . . there's not much to say. You never really learn about them at all. The secondary characters in this novel can't really be considered supporting characters because they seem to be there more for decoration than anything else.

Except for Jagger, Valerie's ex that she's not quite over yet. Somehow, he finds his way onto her team and she's stuck working with him. He's the first one to find the pranks interesting and get them working on a story that spirals into something much more scary and dangerous. Jagger is a very hard character to read, and I spent a lot of time wondering what his motives were. He's definitely not a guy who's going to spout romantic and cheesy lines at you.

Overall: While Circle of Silence didn't do the best job at holding my attention, it's certainly a book full of suspense and just a hint of romance. If it's been awhile since you've picked up a thriller, I'd definitely suggest this. 3.5 stars.

~Zoey~

7.20.2012

Giveaway: YA Crush Tourney

So I know I've been MIA lately, but it's for personal reasons and I expect to be back in about a week. As for Meghan, uh, I have no idea. :P

But one of today's matches for the YA Crush Tourney is Ash vs. Aiden! As in Ash from Julie Kagawa's series. As in the Ash that will freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar if you touch Meghan.

This is simple, really. Go HERE, vote for Ash, then come back to this post and comment telling me you voted for him. Be sure to leave a way to contact you. (Email or twitter is fine.) At the end of the day, if Ash wins the match, one random commenter will be chosen and can pick any two books from my box of giveaway books. Some are finished copies, some are old ARCs, some are new ARCs, all are YA. If Ash loses, well . . . I guess we'll see. :P

That's all you have to do. But I'm relying on the honor system here, okay? I don't care if you want to vote for Aiden. Fine. He's great too. But don't vote for Aiden and then come back here and lie, saying you voted for Ash. Just don't.

EDIT: The books from my box are US only. However, if you live internationally and leave a comment, if you win, you can choose any book from The Book Depository, as long as they ship to your country.

~Zoey~

7.04.2012

Waiting on Wednesday {26}

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


This week, Zoey's waiting on:


Taken by Erin Bowman
Expected publication: April 16th 2013 by HarperTeen


There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he’s gone. 
They call it the Heist. 
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive. 
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?
It sounds absolutely amazing and mysterious. (Also comes out two days before my birthday.) I definitely can't wait for this!

Megan's waiting on:

7.02.2012

Selling ARCs (AKA: Reasons I Want To Punch People)

There be cussing here. Ye be warned.

I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said. I'm saying it anyways.

I was on eBay yesterday. And I guess I've always known people sold ARCs on there - people have mentioned it countless times - but I never noticed how many. I never noticed how many highly anticipated ones were on there, either.

I'm not telling you they're on eBay so you'll go out and bid on them. I'm telling you that people go to BEA and ALA and then sell those books they get for free on eBay. (There were several books that have only been available at BEA and ALA to the "general public" of people who receive ARCs.)These people are getting $20 for something they got for free. They're getting $20 that will never benefit the publisher or the author, even though those ARCs cost money to make.

(And we won't even get into the fact that every ARC I've ever owned or seen has said "NOT FOR SALE" or something of that sort somewhere on it.)

I could spend hours ranting or showing you statistics, but people have already done that. Emily White has a post about it here. Shannon Messenger also has a post about it. And of course, there are thousands of others.  Plenty of authors that you love have lost out on sales because someone buys an ARC off eBay. (Not to mention the fact that it's just fucking annoying.) This is a great post by Mandy Hubbard about how much an author actually makes. And after doing plenty of researching, I've learned that on average, an author makes somewhere between 50 cents or $2.50 on a hardcover sold. (However, I cannot be 100% that those numbers are exactly right.)

And okay, yes. Authors wouldn't have actually earned anything on that sold ARC. But that ARC has been sold to someone who would have potentially bought it. That ARC could have been received by someone who would have read it, loved it, convinced their friends to buy it when it came out, passed it on to someone else who would have done the same. We have no idea how many sales that may have lost.

(And it's also fucking annoying.)

(Because, hey, "NOT FOR SALE.")

~Zoey~

7.01.2012

In My Mailbox {18}

Megan will be doing her IMM next week along with me :)

So. This week has sucked. Everything that can go wrong has. But I got to see one of my favorite bands at Summerfest yesterday, and I got to hear three of their new songs, so there was a plus. And I got three books I've been dying for. :)

Zoey received: 

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Through To You by Emily Hainsworth
(Thanks to HarperCollins via Edelweiss!)

And that's it for this week. (I really need to stop with the ebooks. Seriously. I have so many and I have NO physical copies. It's bad. Does anyone else have that problem? >_>)

What was in your mailbox this week?

~Zoey~