Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun for Free Books!

Want to win two ebooks by K.C. Blake?
-Yes, you do!

Scavenger Hunt: Are you a good hunter? Let's find out.

How to play: Read 'my' version of The Three Bears and find the eight Halloween words embedded in the story. For instance, witch. Write these words down and email them to me at authorkcblake@blogspot.com If you are one of the first ten to do this, you will win free digital copies of Vampires Rule and Werewolves Rule. Now, to be fair, Vampires Rule is already free at Smashwords. So even if you don't win both books, you can download that one for free. Go ahead and tell all your book-loving friends.

What is Vampires Rule about? Jack has always beat the odds... at least until now. When he was attacked by a werewolf, vampires saved him. When he got tired of living the vampire life, another werewolf attack freed him, making him human again. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what's normal about a hunter girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a head werewolf building an army to rule the world?

Are you sick of vampires? Don't worry. This book has a new hook and a new mythology for the creatures.

Why am I doing this? Shifters Rule (the third book) is being released today, October 31rst, 2012. Don't miss out on a cool series filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and hunters.

                                   Now, let the hunt begin:


Once upon a time there were bears. There was a mama bear, a papa bear, and a baby bear. Mama bear made porridge for breakfast, and they all sat down to eat. Papa Bear said, “My porridge is too hot.” Mama Bear said, “My pumpkin is too cold.” Baby Bear didn’t even try his because he wanted pancakes. Papa Bear thought they should take a walk while his porridge cooled. So they did.

While they were gone, a young girl named Goldilocks stumbled upon their cabin. The door was open so she went inside. She tried the porridge. One was too hot. One was too cold. But the third was just right. She ate until it was gone.

Next, she went to the living room to watch some television. She sat in one chair after another. One was too big. One was too narrow. The last one was just creepy, but it broke when she tried to sit on it.

She was tired, so she went upstairs to find a bed. There were three skeletons in the bedroom. The first bed was too hard. The second was too soft. But the last one was just right. She fell asleep.

That’s when the three black cats came home. Papa Bear stared at his porridge. “Someone took a bite of my porridge.” Mama Bear said, “Someone took a bite of my witch.” Baby Bear laughed. “Someone ate my porridge all up so now I get pancakes, right?”

Papa Spider decided they needed to check the other rooms for the intruder. They went into the living room first. Papa Bear checked his chair. “Someone sat in my chair.” Mama Bear repeated, “Someone sat in my chair.” Baby Bear said, “Someone broke my chair. Can I have a bean bag now?”

Papa dragged them up the stairs to the bedroom. When they walked in, they stared at the bed closest to the door. Papa Bear said, “Someone has been sleeping in my bed.” Mama Bear said, “Someone has been sleeping in my grave.” Baby Bear pointed. “Look, someone is sleeping in my bed right now! Can I keep her?”

Goldilocks woke up then. She saw the three ghosts and jumped out the nearest window. The scare taught her a lesson, and she never again went into a home without an invitation.
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I highly recommend any book by this author! You can check out my reviews here on the blog of all of her books. This is something I don't think you'll want to pass up.
Have Fun today, stay safe and GOOD LUCK!
Krista Cubicleblindness
                                          !!~Happy Halloween~!! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Lost in the Bayou by Cornell DeVille



It's the summer of 1963. It's hot and sticky. The locusts are droning in the trees, and Robin Sherwood and her brother, Andy, are in trouble. Their parents have disappeared, and their crazy uncle Conrad with the silver claw where his hand used to be has shown up. Unfortunately for them, he's planning on killing them so he can inherit the Sherwood Fortune.

They've run away to the bayou and the Voodoo Swamp in order to escape his crazy game. Robin would rather take the chance on becoming alligator bait than to face what's waiting for her in the cellar.

This is a YA thriller that will keep both boys and girls turning the pages.
ebook, First Edition


Yes, I do have to admit that this book was a page turner. It was able to keep up the pacing from the beginning to end. I enjoyed the main characters Robin and Andy, kids that have lost their parents due to a plane crash, just beyond their mansion of a house and now under the supervision of an evil Uncle.

There were two things in the book that had me very confused, but did not deter me from really enjoying the story. They both take place during the children's travels into the Bayou to hide from their Uncle. One of them involving a secret about their parents and the other, somehow the children are able to have an almost superhuman physical strength when trying to get back home. I do not want to go into more specific detail in case you are interested to read the story for spoilery reasons.

I think that the story was very well paced and full of action and adventure. My favorite part being a bit of a psychological thriller at the end.

For those that maybe interested, the story is not too scary for younger teen readers, the worst of it is when the Uncle tells the children he is going to rip out their fingernails. I would recommend this book to Teens or older looking for a quick, fun and interesting read.
Most of the story does take place inside of the Bayou, great descriptions and a setting that makes the reader feel like they are actually there.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ashen Winter (Ashfall #2) by Mike Mullin

It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive. 





In the first book of the series, Ashfall. The supervalcano has erupted and Alex is left alone, as his parents had been visiting family in Iowa. He has no choice, in his opinion to leave the house and try to find them. Enduring some very exhausting travels and experiencing troubling acts of human behavior he is able to travel far and meet new people in a very gripping story.


Now in book two, he still has yet to find his parents and decides that it has been too long and they have not returned. He must find them, and Darla refuses to let him leave alone.
Now that some time has passed, the states and it's people are trying to regain some sort of formed societies. But there is still huge danger with the rebel groups and so much death, fighting and starvation. Alex and Darla each experience turmoil and separation. Meeting new people, and visiting again with characters from the first book.


Parts of this book are very intense, High tension situations and at times a glimpse at humanity at it's worst. The books carry a theme that love, family and a little hope can go a long way.

4 stars

These books do contain acts of violence, some rape (not graphic).
Amazon Link to Ashfall Trilogy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Deal: Last Kiss in Venice!

I recently reviewed The Last Kiss in Venice and found it to be a very fun read. It opened my eyes to a story that I never knew existed and enjoyed the way this author chose to represent it so much that I have done some research to find more re-tellings!
He emailed me last week with some links, keep your eye out for this one!


Hi,

My debut paranormal romantic book, "Last kiss in Venice" is free on Apple and Amazon UK, B&N will follow in a few more days, and hopefully Amazon US will also follow soon.

 

You can download all e-book format from smashwords

You could check Amazon US and Goodreads for the reviews. 
 

Please feel free to let your friends know or whoever would like to read something different.  

Best Regards,

Martin
 
I wanted to share this with all of you because it was something different, fun and I do think you'd enjoy this one. I loved the ending!

Beside a bridge over a canal in Venice, Charlie is spellbound not only by Caitlin’s absolute beauty but also by what seems like a mythical bond between them. The more he knows about her, the more mysterious she becomes. As they finally admit their love to each other in Paris, then move to settle down in Australia together, it looks like the start of Happily Ever After. But neither of them realizes that this is just the start of a heart-wrenching journey.

After a lifetime of searching, Caitlin finally finds her true love, settles down in the beautiful rolling countryside of outback Australia, and starts to raise a family, but her enemy is never far away. She loves Charlie deeply and is certain he is her soul mate, but she knows she can never reveal her secret; he must never know who she really is, and that is her downfall. Information in the hands of her enemy brings her life crashing down around her. To save all she has worked for, she must fight for her love and the right to survive.

“Last Kiss in Venice” is a reinterpretation of one of China’s most famous love stories, ‘Legend of the White Snake’. It is a supernatural love epic that encompasses both eastern and western culture to tell a story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, revenge and justice. This cocktail of oriental magic, vampires, and sword fights is a legend not easily forgotten

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blink by Lloyd Poast



A teenage boy wanders into a mystical forest ruled by a gypsy goddess named Amaisia Moon.

The forest changes with every blink or head turn and he discovers an ocean where dreams and nightmares literally come alive


This was a pretty fast, short read (12 pages). For a short story, there really is a lot of adventure and characters that are introduced and the writing is descriptive and easy to imagine the world and the faces.

It was like a puzzle adventures, fairytale feeling. Light hearted fun and mischief. Probably a little darker than your average fairy-tale.

Alice in Wonderland mashed with Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Meowmorphosis by Cook Coleridge, Franz Kafka



“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten.”

Thus begins The Meowmorphosis—a bold, startling, and fuzzy-wuzzy new edition of Franz Kafka’s classic nightmare tale, from the publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister. His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work and finds that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby kitten. His family freaks out: Yes, their son is OMG so cute, but what good is cute when there are bills piling up? And how can he expect them to serve him meals every day? If Gregor is to survive this bizarre, bewhiskered ordeal, he’ll have to achieve what he never could before—escape from his parents’ house. Complete with haunting illustrations and a provocative biographical exposé of Kafka’s own secret feline life, The Meowmorphosis will take you on a journey deep into the tortured soul of the domestic tabby.


So, you had to read The Metamorphosis while in school..right? Well some of us did. It was overwhelmingly boring in places. Overall weird and strange in nature and honestly I kept thinking the author had to have been on something to come up with such a strange story.

But here, yet again I find myself drawn to this story. Because yes, I cannot say no to anything with a cat on it. When I first saw this cover I laughed aloud. I have been so impressed over the last year especially with anything that Quirk books has been coming out with. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had me laughing as well and I find myself picking up a lot of these newer, in my mind BETTER versions of the classics.

The story is pretty much the same. Changing only those parts when describing the differences a cat would make in movements and attitude. Although still not one of my favorite classics of all time, I highly recommend picking this one up instead of the original. I would much rather picture a cat wearing a suite than the alternative from the original work (insects are gross, kitties are funny)

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Secrets of the Vanmars (Argetallam Saga) By Elisabeth Wheatley



After her adventures with the Key of Amatahns, sixteen-year-old Janir Caersynn Argetallam returns home to find Brevia on the brink of war with a neighboring country, Stlaven. Her foster-father and even Saoven—a brave young elf warrior—think it will be safe at the castle where Janir grew up. However, while trying to unravel a looming mystery, Karile—self-taught wizard and Janir’s self-appointed best friend—becomes certain that there is danger in the mountains surrounding Janir’s childhood home and that it has something to do with Stlaven’s most powerful family, the Vanmars…

(Argetallam Saga #2)
A high fantasy story with castles, elves and wizards.

We follow 16 year old Janir, she's just returned home to live with Armandius to the news that there is the beginnings of a war happening. She decides to go on a venture with the elf warrior Saoven and Karile the wizard that brings both adventure and danger.

The quest is to face the very prominent family The Vanmars, to save her home. Janir is still trying to figure out what it means to her that she's Argetallam. She is still learning what it means to her to be a princess and the heir as well. A sort of coming of age story, in a fantastical world.

There is romance, adventure, humor and action that drives this story forward. The romance is very light with just hints of emotion that are growing. There are several layers to her family relationships and what her future has in store for her and the people/creatures that she is fighting for.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

To be Maria by Deanna Proach



Seventeen-year-old Anya Preschnikov wants to become a famous actress but she's faced with two problems. Her father ignores her and doesn't have any money to support her. At school, she's bullied on a daily basis, yet she believes that she will gain her stepping-stone to stardom if she's accepted by her peers.

All of this changes when Maria Hernandez--an immigrant from Spain--comes to Peach Valley Senior High. Maria knows what it takes to fit in. She's assertive, confident and she dresses suggestively, characteristics that all of the popular kids admire. Yet she sees in Anya what no one else sees: beauty and talent.

When Maria extends her hand of friendship, Anya is elated. Her rise to popularity is about to become a reality, but it ends at a house party when a boy's rude comment sends her into a rage.

Desperate to belong somewhere, Anya and Maria seek new friends outside of school. They meet Alex and Marissa, a young couple who eagerly welcomes them into their world of parties and drugs. Anya and Maria soon find out that Alex is a drug dealer, but they are so lured by his wealth, good looks and aggressive confidence that they can't resist his friendship. They don't know that Alex's gang is at war with a rival gang--one that's run by Anya's older brother, Adrik--until one incident puts their lives in danger's path. To make matters worse, Alex won't let Anya and Maria out of his sight. The two teens are forced to make a decision that's a matter of life or death


I always find it harder to write my thoughts out on a book that already explains so much in the summary. For the most part I would just be restating the facts. But as far as the emotions that this story will bring out is something that is not so easy to interpret.

The story of Anya and Maria is heart breaking. You can see all the hope and giddiness in the beginning of the book that Anya feels that things in her life could be changing, but when things start to go bad, they spiral out of control too fast.

It's kind of like that saying "watching a train wreck" you know that through the events that things can not end up good for the decisions and the friends they are making. Drugs and negative peer pressure can sure make things already feel out of control when your young and seeking friends. (now I sound like a over protective mother) but it's true.

This story will definitely pull at your heart strings and a story we can all learn from.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Phoenix by Jennifer Mason-Black




Would you recognize hope if you looked into its eyes?

At sixteen, Tucker has nothing but the clothes on his back, the bruises on his ribs, and the truth about what happened between him and the band teacher. He left home looking to escape his memories, but all he’s found on the road are new bad ones to take their place.

Then he meets Gabriel, a beautiful hustler, and Kelsey, a fire-obsessed girl with a head full of fairy tales. After Gabriel rescues him from a pair of drunks looking for a fight, Tucker’s happy to join him in the abandoned factory he calls home. All he must do in return is help keep Kelsey safe.

But Kelsey’s not what Tucker thinks she is, and safety isn’t what she needs from him. To help her, he’ll have to face the secret he’s been running from, and the flames she’s running to find


Ok I am going to admit I thought this story was weird.
It's a short story about a gay boy. He's bullied and mistreated by a teacher. But perhaps the weirdest thing that happens in his life is just a couple hours one night, after meeting a girl.

This one day in his life leads him into dangerous situations. A day full of threats, running and an adventure that is more dream like than reality.

It was interesting and unique. Something that will definately keep you thinking and I have never read anything like it. It reminds me of something that you might find in a Irvine Welsh novel.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

House Trap by Mike Mauthor



Rachel Evans is a sixteen year old overachiever who would take nothing less than to achieve her goal of getting into Dartmouth College. But Rachel’s life would never be the same once she stepped into the house of Alicia Hausefalle, the most popular girl in Wedds High School. Rachel was there to tutor her. She never expected to meet two strangers who were ready to end her life

Whoa this book is intense! I was definitely not expecting people to actually die, so that was an interesting twist.

Alicia's father is the inventor of a house alarm system for defense against break in's or any other danger that might happen. During a sleepover between Rachel and Alicia, some boys show up unexpectedly to visit with Alicia and things begin to go wrong, very fast.

It was a book of cat and mouse. Everytime the mouse would run one way you'd be yelling at your book, "no don't go in there!" The house has more than an automatic locking system "House Trap" but also passageways and hidden floor boards. Alica's young siblings are also home at the time of the events and they must be protected as well.

There were moments that I wanted to guide them and tell them what I think they needed to do to escape the danger. I enjoyed the fact that the author made it so that they did not always narrowly escape different situations. They actually get captured and have to think their way out of things. As they are all stuck in the same house (a rather large house) but still, there are only so many places to go.

It was a pretty fast, short and intense read. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it and I liked that it wasn't full of twists that you could see coming. I never did know exactly what as going to happen

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Severed by Megg Jensen



Book Three: Cloud Prophet Trilogy

Reychel knows her gift of prophecy will lead to madness and now she is at her most vulnerable. The enemy army will attempt to sever her from everything she's ever known: her homeland, her friends, Mark, and her gift. Even at her weakest, she refuses to give up on her desire to end the war between the Malborn and the Serenians. Reychel would do anything, even come back from the dead, to conquer the enemy and reunite with Mark



This is one of those series that had me from the first book. The characters are intriguing and each book has so much that happens they are hard to put down.

In this third book, it's the one that I feel Reychel has the most character growth for her. she is learning how to use her powers and read her visions.

Her romance with Mark takes a pretty big step forward. And her relationship with her childhood friend Ivy takes a huge turn with events that left me breathless. It was an emotional roller coaster between the two.

There are several times throughout this story that pushes us forward in time. Magic, portals, visions, friendship, enemies, slaves and war. Very imaginative and even though there is a romance aspect to the story, there is no love triangle and it even takes a back seat to the major plot line. Reychel is showing all the signs of becoming a strong, powerful female character and with this ending, I am picking up the next book now.

I couldn't recommend these books more.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Winners of Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers



Hello again! I have picked my winner of the HB copy of Velveteen (out today!!!)
and just cause I'm in such a giving mood, I decided to pick TWO WINNERS!

                                      CONGRATULATIONS
                                              MINDY
                                              TITANCIA


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ouroboros (Thomas of Xuelition Book One) by Christopher Turkel




In a dystopian future, Thomas the assassin is about to face the job of his career -- and his life. After avenging his alcoholic father's untimely death, Thomas begins his transformation into a cold-blooded killer. The Prakanis, a human race with superhuman abilities -- and superhuman egos -- rules the land of Xuelition with an iron fist, and as Thomas learns, it's much easier to work with than against them. When the government hires him to recover bonds from a disgruntled employee, Thomas has no idea what's in store for him. He's stealthy, clever, and one of the best assassins in the business, but what he learns on this mission will change his life forever.





I was very surprised by this story. It had a very science fiction feel to it, with alien/exotic sounding names.

Thomas is approached with a job to assassinate Lord Gelder, who has escaped the city with enough money to bankrupt the empire. He is hired with the understanding he will murder Gelder and return the money that was stolen.

There is a variety of different types of characters. From wizards to superhumans. This story had a particular focus on family as well. Thomas own family is the basis of how he ended up becoming an assassin. His mother (a wizard) left him when he was young, and his father was murdered over a gambling debt. Thomas is a little bitter, upset and wants revenge. He is still pretty young himself and has not had many assassination jobs.

The story was constant movement. Very fast paced and flew by. There were several different layers to the story that unraveled in each new circumstance he ends up in trying to find Lord Gelder, and then trying to get back into the city.

There are several plot twists, and things you'll never see coming. Once I sat down to read it my butt didn't leave the seat. There was always something new happening and engrossing, it sucked me right in.

Great world building, dialogue and action scenes. Very entertaining!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tiberius Found by Andrew Goodman





On his sixteenth birthday Daniel Henstock's parents are murdered and he discovers that his life, so far, has been a lie. He's been genetically engineered and those responsible want him back.

To survive Daniel has to run. And run hard. But it was never going to be easy or simple.

When his liberator is captured Daniel returns and puts his life on the line to re-pay the debt.


Since I had just watched Abducted recently, this book reminded me of that movie. It didn't have as many action scenes or life and death situations. But it did have international travels and the suspense of Daniel being just about to be found, again.

We get part of the story from varied characters. Daniel the teen on the run. Brennan, who keeps track of Daniel and reports back to Dryden. And of course the villain Dryden who wants nothing more than to see Daniel dead.

I was hoping that the story had a little more danger and fighting or getaway scenes in it. But it does have a lot of adventure and a great ending that leads to a continuation of the stories, possibility of a series? I liked the characters of Brennan and Dryden the most in the story. They stuck out to me, had emotion and drove the story.

Even though the story is focused on Daniel, I didn't feel I got to know him as a person. I hope that if the series continues that we can dig deeper into his background and Dryden's. Get them to have some more one on one confrontations, because that ending was pretty entertaining. I always love to see the main character have to fight their way out of looming peril.

It's a pretty clean read, and there is some futuristic technology.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Tide Breaker by Sonya Watson



When it is discovered that Abrianna, an Amalgam, survived
the mass cleansing orchestrated by Destiny, her life becomes less then desirable since her only options are to be controlled or die.


Abrianna is a weapon. She is stuck between the Guardians and the Primes. She is also confused and torn between her feelings for Michael and Graham, and eventually Jonathan as well.

Abrianna has also lost her mother. Michael has always been her shoulder to lean on and supporter. But in the opening pages we meet Graham. Graham becomes an instant divide between Michael and Abrianna. She has such an instant and strong attraction to Graham that there is a soul-mate feeling between the two.

This story will hit you with a lot of information right in the opening of the book. We learn we are on the cusp of a war between the Guardians and the Primes and  Abrianna is the weapon that both sides are seeking to win the war.

Michael's father is also the Sheriff and pretty much wants Abrianna dead. So Michael's feelings are torn between his father and his love for Abrainna. The one thing that he has on his side is that Abrianna and he have been in a relationship already for so long. But when Graham steps into the picture, it's like Abrianna has no second thoughts about Michael and follows her heart/desire for Graham.

Besides the fact that a lot of information is given right at the beginning of the novel. We also learn that Graham can communicate with Abrianna telepathically. Which can get confusing at times because when they are comminicating she is also having real-life conversations as well.

Once you get into the story and get the basics of who is on which side and who the Guardians and Primes are you'll get a very fast paced high fantasy novel that is unlike anything I've ever read before.

Right now the author is offering 60%  copy of the book on smashwords. If your intersted in a copy send me a quick email for the code, or leave me a comment with a way to contact you.

I am not sure how long this offer will last, or how long the book will be available, so jump on it now if you are interested.

                                                 Opening Sentences:

 "Abrianna held her mother's heart in her hands. She snuggled with the cold empty shell while she cradled the dead organ against her chest as if it were a child. The crimson liquid that pooled on the cold wooden floor soaked through the orphan's dark brown curly locks. The light that had once blossomed in her was now shrouded in darkness."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer




The epidemic strikes only those who have passed through puberty.

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence


The world is full of excitement as the astronomers have predicted that the Earth will pass through the tail of a comet and turn the moon purple. It becomes an event that families have been planning weeks for. But who would predict that the fumes from the space dust would have a tragic effect on all adults, death.

When Abby wakes up to the sound of a car accident out on the street, she notices the weird dust that has consumed the air outside. Their parents have gone missing and the neighbor has come over to announce that his parents are dead. It doesn't take too long before Abby and her brother find out that all adults are dead. They are on their own.

Although they have telephones and eventually internet, staying on the Island is not the answer. They gather as many kids on the Island together as possible and start coming up with plans. You can't just sit still, there has to be a cure...right?

The book handles some pretty desperate situations, involving young kids. In a very clean and not to descriptive way that younger readers would be able to read the story and understand the events as they happen.

The story really focuses on Abby's family. They decide to find the other kids on the Island, to keep them all together. And then eventually search out how to find a cure.





Monday, October 1, 2012

Velveteen #Giveaway

Velveteen (Velveteen #1)  by

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
  This book is getting great ratings on Goodreads, definitely something you will want for your Halloween reading list.
 
 
I am giving away one hardback cover copy of Velveteen ! This giveaway is for U.S. addresses only. All you have to do is comment below. For fun let me know what your favorite Halloween activity is. Book, Movie, haunted houses.
The winner will be contacted for their mailing address on October 8th. I will personally be mailing this copy out to the winner, along with a signed Velveteen bookmark. The winner will have 48  hours to respond. In your comment below you MUST list a way for me to contact you, twitter name, facebook link or your email address. :)