Saturday, December 31, 2011

Adult Book Review: Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Title: Explosive Eighteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9780375814709
Source: I purchased a e-book from Barnes and Noble.  This is my honest review.


Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18)Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Stephanie comes back from Hawaii with a mysterious tan line on her finger, everyone is anxious to find what's up.  But a tan isn't all Stephanie got in Hawaii.  Someone deposited a photo in her luggage that a number of parties are willing to kill for.  Just another day in the life of your favorite New Jersey bounty hunter.
I do enjoy a good Evanovich novel.  These novels usually have the reader shaking their heads and laughing at the crazy antics of Stephanie Plum.  Like the others in the series, this one is more than a little predictable.  After 18 books we are certainly familiar with the standard Evanovich gags, and Stephanie's numerous missteps.  I will say the ring mystery kept my attention though--Evanovich fans will definitely know what I mean. 

Overall, this was a fun and entertaining story, if a bit predictable.  Stephanie Plum fans will find that their favorite character is back for more. 

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Book Review: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

Title: Mastiff
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9780375814709
Source: I purchased a copy from Barnes and Noble.  This is my honest review.


Mastiff (Beka Cooper, #3)Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mastiff takes place a few years after the events of Bloodhound and a few things have changed for Beka.  When she and her partner are secretly summoned to the Summer Palace to solve a kidnapping, they have no idea how deep this case is going to go, or who they will be able to trust in the end.
 
I have been a long time Tamora Pierce fan.  I especially love her novels that take place in Tortall.  When she first announced that she was writing a prequel to the previous novels featuring a guardswoman, I was a bit nervous.  I usually don’t care for prequels.  I want to know what happens in the future, not what happened in the past.  Pierce surprised me though, providing me with a spunky, strong, yet slightly flawed heroine who came to life on the page.  I love Beka Cooper. 

Of all of Pierce’s wonderful heroines, I think Beka is one of my favorites.  While I also love Alanna and Daine, I felt that Beka was much more real to me.  She is strong, and smart, and determined beyond belief and these novels envelope you and pull you into this magical world.  You don’t want to leave and you really want to meet these characters.

This was a perfect conclusion to a fantastic series.  Since it is the third book in the series, I do recommend that readers read both Terrier and Bloodhound first—it will help you better understand events alluded to in this novel, and the interactions between the characters.  Pierce is honest with her characters and creates story lines that feel true to the events of the book.  I couldn’t put this one down. 

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Character This or That with Marco from My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid


Today I have the pleasure of doing an This or That Interview with Marco from My Own Worst Frenemy.  Marco, like Chanti, is a scholarship student and is also accused in the series of thefts, and according to Chanti he is irresitably hot!  See what some of his choices are and then check out the book My Own Worst Frenemy to find out what will happen with Chanti and Marco!


This or That with Marco!

1. Mysteries or Science fiction

2. Video Games or Movies

3. Books or TV

4. Pasta or Pizza

5. Dogs or Cats

6. Vegetarian or Carnivore

7. Music or Movies

8. Sweet or Spicy

9. Summer or Winter

10. City or Country

11. Hiking or Dancing

12. Sports or Studies

13. Uniforms or Your Own Clothes

14. Friends or Family

15. Chocolate or Candy



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Book Review: My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid


Title: My Own Worst Frenemy
Author: Kimberly Reid
Genre: Teen Fiction, Urban Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Dafina
ISBN-13 Book: 9780758267405
Source: I received a copy for review from {Teen} Book Scene Tours. This is my honest review.


My Own Worst Frenemy (Langdon Prep #1)My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It wasn't Chanti's idea to become a scholarship student at Langdon, an exclusive private school. In fact, Chanti would have much rather gone to North with all of her friends, but after a bit of trouble over the summer her mother is insistent that she attend Langdon. It doesn't even take a full day for Chanti's dire predictions about Langdon to come true. Before the end of the day she has already made enemies of the headmistress and the most popular girl at Langdon. Just when she thinks things can't get worse, she is accused of stealing from students, and if that isn't bad enough she and fellow scholarship student Marco are both arrested for a series of home burglaries. Chanti knows she and Marco didn't do it, now she just has to prove it before she is sent to jail or worse.

Chanti is a likable and compelling character. It takes you a while before you get her whole story, but that doesn't stop you from liking her from the very beginning. She is smart, sassy, and extremely observant. You can't help but like her.

Bethanie, who is supposed to be a scholarship student too, but unexplainably has an enormous stash of cash. Bethanie was probably the most interesting of the supporting character, and you really want to know what is up with this girl and her family.

Marco is a sweet guy, who Chanti is obviously crushing on. While he is our leading man, there is a lot we don't know about his family.

The other characters are less well developed, and some of them are downright stereotypical. The rich mean girl, the mean head mistress, even the drugged up rich kid all make an appearance in the novel. Not that this is a bad thing, the familiar stereotypes will help readers fall in to this novel.

The mystery is well done, and definitely keeps you on your toes, and Reid does a superb job describing her characters and their environments. You could see Chanti's neighborhood and believe that it was a real place. The writing is wonderful.

Overall this is a great work of urban fiction that will undoubtedly appeal to mystery fans. I definitely have some teens who will want to read this one.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Review: In My Dreams by Cameo Renae


Title: In My Dreams
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: April 17, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN-13 Book: 9781461083993
Source: I received a copy for review from {Teen} Book Scene Tours. This is my honest review.

In My DreamsIn My Dreams by Cameo Renae
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Lizzy Hayes is doing alright for herself. Although she is seventeen, she has moved out on her own to get away from her alcoholic mother, she has a job, she pays her bills, she goes to school, but best of all she has the best boyfriend ever, Michael. When Michael is murdered and begins visiting Lizzy in her dreams, warning her that the killer is coming after her too, Lizzy can't even imagine the danger she is in, danger that is coming for her.



I love novels that have just a touch of the paranormal in them, especially when they involve a good mystery. In My Dreams is one of those novels. The story is a page turner taking you from one harrowing situation to the next.

I love the characters in this novel. Lizzy is a smart, strong girl who felt very realistic to me. Michael, as sweet as he is, was a bit too perfect to be true. I love the relationship between the two of them, a relationship that is severed by Michael's death. Emily, Lizzy's best friend, was simply charming, and fun to be around.

The bad guy of the novel was a bit stereotypical, but would definitely get bonus points for creepy factor. This was not a guy you would ever want to meet.

I usually don't notice grammar or typos in novels, usually I am too engrossed in the novel, but this one did have a few. My copy does not indicate that it is an advance, but that may well be the case or perhaps a first printing with some errors. It looks like the book has been rereleased with a completely new and totally awesome cover--it is the one you see with this review. Great cover right?! So it is very possible that those small flaws may have been fixed with the new printing. I also want to mention that these were minor, and did not influence my feelings on the story being told.

Overall, this was a great action packed mystery that kept me turning pages. I recommend it to those who like mysteries with that touch of paranormal, and a spunky main character. In the end it sounded like this may have been a first book--perhaps more to come. I certainly hope so because I do want to see what happens next.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Book Review: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Title: Shattered Souls
Author: Mary Lindsey
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: December 8, 2011
Publisher: Philomel
ISBN-13 Book: 9780399256226
Source: I received an ARC for review from {Teen} Book Scene Tours.  This is my honest review.

Shattered SoulsShattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lenzi can hear voices asking for her help.  She is afraid that, like her father, she is descending into schizophrenia.  Her boyfriend Zak tries to support her, but as the voices get more persistent, and are accompanied by startling visions, she begins to worry that it is too late for her until she meets Alden.  Alden tells Lenzi that she is a speaker meant to hear the cries of hindered souls.  With Alden, Lenzi gains some control over the voices crying for her help.  Lenzi must choose between Zak and her destiny with Alden.


When I first started reading this I wasn’t sure it was going to be one I was going to like.  First off, it set me up for the all too common teenage love triangle—one girl attracted to two incredibly hot boys.  Second the whole paranormal/ghost/past lives seemed to be a bit overdone.  Actually, the first descriptions of this book reminded me a little of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series which both intrigued me and frustrated me.  There was something however, that despite my reservations, made me want to read this novel.


Shattered Souls took me by complete surprise.  I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but the book is like a combination of the best parts of Fallen and the action and organization of Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy.  From the very first page, I was intrigued by this book, and as the story progressed I found myself not wanting to put it down.


The characters are well drawn, but there is a mystery that surrounds all of them.  Many of them have histories in their past lives, and Lenzi, because of her amnesia, has forgotten it all.  At the beginning of the novel, I wasn’t sure about Lenzi.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her or not.  She was still reeling from the death of her father, and afraid that like him, she was losing her mind.  Zak too was a puzzle to me.  He clearly has a past of his own, but he cares for Lenzi.  At the same time his choices seem selfish and wrong.  Alden was probably my favorite character—mostly because he got Lenzi out of her I’m going crazy like my father stage.  All the characters had flaws, and that made them feel like real people.


I love the story of Rose and Alden.  The past lives were very intriguing.  So much so that I would love to know more about that whole back story.  I couldn’t wait for the next flashback.  Smith was interesting too, and seeing that whole story play out would have been great.


Overall this was a great paranormal novel with real characters and an intriguing story.  At the end, I found myself wanting to spend more time with these characters and find out more about their remarkable lives.  A great read!



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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Teen Fiction, Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: 12/20/11  (I can't wait to purchase my copy!!!)
Publisher: Mira
ISBN-13 Book: 9780778313076
Source: I received a copy for review from NetGalley.  This is my honest review.

Touch of Power (Healer, #1)Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In a land where healers are hunted and blamed for a plague, healer Avery of Kazan has been on the run for three years, never staying too long in one place, constantly fearing capture, and keeping to herself for her own safety.  Until, one night when she heals a child and is turned in to the city guard by the child’s parents.  There is only one sentences for those accused of being a healer, death.  While waiting for her punishment, Kerrick appears and offers to rescue her from her predicament if she will heal a friend.  Unfortunately, Kerrick’s friend has the plague, and healing a plague victim is a death sentence for any healer.

I love fantasy novels, if you can’t tell by the number of them that I review.  I love it when a fantasy world envelops you and becomes so believable that you can see it, smell it, and even taste it.  Very few authors are capable of creating a world that attractive and enticing, but I am definitely going to have to add Snyder’s name to the list of authors that can.  Her world of the fifteen kingdoms is remarkable, as is her world building.  I had no problem navigating my way through her fantasy world.

The characters were interesting.  Kerrick is stubborn, but noble.  Belen is the lovable “Poppa Bear” always looking out for his cubs.  Flea, is the youngster who just wants to grow up, and don’t forget the inseparable Vinn and Quain.  Each character has the niche, and getting to know them was part of the fun.  Avery herself is a strong female character.  She lets Kerrick know that she decides who she will and won’t heal.  I love that despite being a captive, she has the strength of character to stand up for herself.

The pacing of the novel is perfect, it was a very quick read, and I loathed putting it down.  It had enough detail to keep the reader interested and involved, yet this didn’t hamper the momentum of the novel.  It kept me turning pages all the way through. 

The dialogue between Kerrick and Avery was one of my favorite parts of the novel.  Avery isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and she is a very strong character.  It was interesting to see these two butting heads.

My only criticism of the novel is that it was a bit predictable.  I saw the ending coming a mile away, and yes even some of the relationships too.  In this novel though, I am not sure it is a bad thing.  The author gave me what I wanted.  I wanted that ending and that relationship.  Call me a sucker, but it worked for me.

Overall, I loved this fantasy book, and hope Snyder writes more—I want to see these characters again.  Besides, they have so loose ends to tie up!  This is being billed as a first in the series—I personally can’t wait for number two!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review: In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton



Title: In the Forests of the Night
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: November 22, 2011
Publisher: Clarion Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780547435602
Source: I received a copy from the author for review for Teen Book Scene Tours.  This is my honest review.

In the Forests of the Night (Goblin Wars, #2)In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Teagan, Finn, Aiden, and Abby are all back along with an assortment of characters in this sequel to Hamilton’s Tyger, Tyger.  Teagan knows she loves Finn, but is afraid of what a relationship between them might mean now that she knows she is a highborn.  She knows what she wants, but fears her blood may get in the way.  The Dark Man, however, hasn’t forgotten about Teagan and still wants her at any cost, even the lives of her friends and family.

In the Forests of the Night picks up immediately after the events of Tyger, Tyger.  So much so, that you may want to go back and read the end of the previous book so you can remember where we left off.  Once again at Teagan’s home, they are still being threatened by goblins

Hamilton does a wonderful job writing dialogue and family dynamics.  There were moments when the family interactions had me laughing out loud.  These were people you would feel right at home living with—despite their oddities.  The greatest part of this novel was seeing the relationships grow and change as you read.

I love her characters, Abby and Aiden are my favorites.  I love how Aiden can simply charm you and I love how prickly Abby is and how she picks at Finn.  The relationships are endearing, and you love these characters.

My one concern for this novel is that it seems to have “middle book syndrome.”  You know that so much more is going to happen in this series, but this novel is merely a stepping stone to get there.  It is a bit slow going, but there is a lot of development occurring in those passages.  There isn’t a lot of action in the novel until the end, but the end definitely leaves you anticipating the next book. 

Overall, I love the originality of this series, which deals with goblins, the dark man, and angels.  It is incredibly interesting and I would love to spend more time investigating the mysteries of Mag Mell.  This series is definitely one to follow, but be prepared for a little slow going in this book.  If the ending is any indication though, I think we will all eagerly anticipate book three.

The reader must definitely read book one Tyger, Tyger before tackling this one, otherwise be prepared to be overwhelmed. 

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Lyrical Author Interview with Cameo Renae Author of In My Dreams


Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Cameo Renae author of In My Dreams to my blog.  In My Dreams is a novel of nightmares, ghosts and murder.  Definitely a book you will want to check out!

Author Interview w/ Music Lyric Answers

How would you describe your most embarrassing moment?
You make me want to say…
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh my gosh
Oh my gosh
oh my
oh my
oh, oh my gosh
oh myy gosh- OMG –Usher

(Sorry… this was the first song that popped into my mind, so I had to write it down. Lol I’ve had more than my share of embarrassing moments, and I’ve heard those words a lot… :))


What was your reaction when you held In My Dreams in book form in your hands for the first time?
No matter what you'll never take that from me
My reign is as far as your eyes can see
It's amazin', so amazin', so amazin', so amazin'
It's amazin', so amazin', so amazin', so amazin'
It's amazin'
(Let's go)! Amazing - Kanye West
AND….
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Haaa-lleeeee- luuuu-jaaaaah!!!!! 


Describe your writing process.
Is it strange that I talk to myself?
Is it weird when I hear someone else?
What do I do? (What do I do?)
Is it strange I believe them again (oh-oh-oh)
Voices in my head, the voices, the voices, the voices.
Voices in my head the voices (oh), the voices, the voices – Bruno Mars - Voices in My Head

(Seriously… sometimes I do hear my characters voices in my head… Does that mean I’m crazy? :p)


What inspired you to write In My Dreams?
Time, time will never be a friend of mine again
It tries to make your memory fade but I won’t let it end
Let the sun go down, so I can drift away
Let me close my eyes and live another day
You keep comin’, you keep comin’ back, you keep comin’ back for more.

I’ll see you in my dreams,
There we’ll be safe tonight
From the lonely days of memories
I’ll see you in my dreams.
Back in my arms again
And no matter what tomorrow brings
I’ll see you in my dreams. – I’ll See You In My Dreams - Giant

(I did have a dream, which inspired the story, but the main reason was the passing of my mother-in-law.)


How would you describe In My Dreams?
I would die for you, lay down my life for you
The only thing that means everything to me
‘Cause when you’re in my arms, you make me prouder than
Than anything I ever could achieve

And you make everything that used to seem so big
Seem to be so small since you arrived

On angel’s wings, an angelical formation
Angel’s wings, like letters in the sky
Now I know, no matter what the question
That love is the answer, it’s written on Angel’s wings. - Angel’s Wings - Westlife

(This is definitely a love story, but with twist, turns and tears.)


What is the one thing you want people to remember about In My Dreams?
Love will keep us alive
Let's make the moment right
It's now or never
Love will keep us alive
Even the darkest night
Will shine forever
Love will keep us alive
Love will keep us alive
Love, love will keep us alive. – Love Will Keep Us Alive - Scorpions

(I believe that our loved ones are still with us when they pass… guiding and watching over us.)

If you could give aspiring writers one piece of advice, what would it be?
Every victory comes in time, work today to change tomorrow
It gets easier, who's to say that you can't fly
Every step you take you get, closer to your destination
You can feel it now; don't you know you're almost there?

To fulfill divine purpose, you gotta answer when you're called
So don't be afraid to face the world against all odds

Keep the dream alive don't let it die
If something deep inside keeps inspiring you to try, don't stop
And never give up, don't ever give up on you. – Never Give Up - Yolanda Adams

Thanks Melissa for letting me come and visit! 


Thank you Cameo for dropping by!

Don't forget to check out In My Dreams by Cameo Renae.  Need more covincing?  Check out this blurb from Goodreads!
In My Dreams by Cameo Renae description from Goodreads.com:

In My DreamsIt was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead.
Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won't rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died.
Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Book Review: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross

Title: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Author: Kady Cross
Genre: Teen Fiction, Steampunk
Publication Date: 5/1/2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN-13 Book: 9781459204140
Source: I purchased a copy from Barnes and Noble.  This is my honest review.

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles, #0.5)The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Kady Cross's book Girl in the Steel Corset and this book was a welcome addition.  In this novella, we meet Finley before she meets the Griffin King.  After an unfortunate altercation with a governess, Finley accepts a position as a companion to Lady Phoebe, a young woman engaged to a much older Earl.  Phoebe's mother isn't convinced that the match is in her daughter's best interest, and soon Finley is on the trail to find out what diabolical secrets the Earl is hiding.

This story had everything I loved from the novel, a strong, smart heroine, lots of non-stop action, and a wonderful sense of humor. 

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the book, and anyone who is considering reading the book.  I loved the references to Frankenstein and the whole steampunk motif.  This is a fabulous novella, and I absolutely can't wait for the next installment in this thrilling series.


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Book Review: Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan

Title: Hare Moon
Author: Carrie Ryan
Genre: Teen Fiction, Post Apocalyptic Fiction
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9780375979996
Source: I purchased a copy from Barnes and Noble.  This is my honest review.

Hare MoonHare Moon by Carrie Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Ryan's first book The Forest of Hands and Teeth we meet Sister Tabitha.  Now in Hare Moon we finally see the story behind the egnimatic sister.  It is story of love loss and impossible choices. 

I love Carrie Ryan's books.  In my opinion they are some of the best teen horror out there.  I never pictured myself as a person who would enjoy zombie books, but Ryan's writing is brilliant.  Her stories elicit the inherent fear that the image of the zombie is supposed to evoke.

While I love her novels, I found myself wishing for more from this short story.  I wanted to know Tabitha's family, her relationships in the village, and all the details of her life that would lead her to her ultimate choice.  I think knowing that would have helped me better understand this character.  Unlike her novels I felt that I was told the story rather than experiencing it the way you do in her other work.

Overall this was an interesting foray into one of the side stories of this series.  I did like seeing how similar Mary and Tabitha actually were.  Definitely worth reading, but it left me wishing for more.



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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Character Book Picks and Giveaway: The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams


Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Ivy Adams author of the book The International Kissing Club.  Every character is unique, and like us they have favorite books.  Today Ivy will share with us some of Piper's (from The International Kissing Club) favorite books.  There is also a giveaway, so keep reading!

Welcome Ivy!

Thanks so much for a hosting Smooch Spot #9 on the Around the World in 80 Kisses Tour.  While Piper is the ringleader of the International Kissing Club, she’s much more of an artist and fashionista than she is a reader.  However, there are a few books that she absolutely loves—namely ones that talk about clothes or ones with really hot guys in them. :)   Of course, books with both get extra points …

1.    IN VOGUE: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine   This coffee table book does exactly what its title says it does—it follows all the amazing looks and trends from Vogue magazine from its inception until now.  It’s a gorgeous book with a lot of truly iconic photographs.  Sometimes when I don’t know what to paint, I open this book up and pick a style to try to imitate in an abstract painting.
2.    Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: What’s not to love about this book?  Lola is a great heroine with a flair for dramatic style.  And Cricket is adorable, too!
3.    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez: This book has the most amazing cover and the story of a seventeen-year-old violin prodigy (and the boy she competes with and falls in love with) is incredible.
4.    Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott: This book is a few years old, but it’s a fascinating story of friendship and once I started it I couldn’t put it down.
5.    The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Perkins:  I love this book.  The cover is breathtaking and the story is just as entrancing—especially the poems the main character writes and then sends out into the universe.  Plus, the guy in here is totally hot. :)
So these are some of Piper’s picks.  How about you?  What are some of your go-to books?  Leave a comment (include your email addy) to be entered into the Around the World in 80 Kisses daily, weekly and grand prize drawing.


Want to know more about The International Kissing Club?  Check out the blurb below and don't forget to pre-order you copy--it comes out January 3, 2012!

The International Kissing Club
Description from Goodreads:  Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they've always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school's foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home. To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they're meeting. After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don't return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls' relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?

Giveaway: 
Ivy shared some of Piper's favorite books, what are yours?  What are some of your go-to books?  Leave a comment (include your email addy) to be entered into the Around the World in 80 Kisses daily, weekly and grand prize drawing. (For more details about the giveaway visit http://tracy-deebs.blogspot.com/2011/11/around-world-in-80-kisses-blog-tour-and.html.)

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