Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

When You Were Mine 
by Rebecca Serle
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Published by: Simon Pulse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


"What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?"


Before there was Juliet, before there was tragedy, before the anger...there was Rosaline. Sweet, trusting, pretty and intelligent Rosaline, the girl-next-door with the boy-next-door, Rob...best friends forever. Best friends who are faced with the ultimate question...could they be more than friends? Are they meant to be more than friends? Have they always been destined to be more?


It's all about the choices we make...each one takes us in a new direction. We can't change them and we can't force them; but once the choices are made everything is different. One decision, one moment can change everything...


My Thoughts: Crying...lots of crying! Holy cow...hold on...I have to pull myself together here! I mean it's a retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet right!? I KNEW this was coming...how could I have not been ready for it? I truly adore Shakespeare and literally everything that he ever wrote. Studying him through high school, through being an English major in college, with students while teaching his works in English classes, as a librarian with students and on my own literally touches something deep in my soul. He was just so dang brilliant! Here's the deal though...so is Rebecca Serle people! WOW!


When I first heard about this I thought, oh boy...this might be painful...it was, but not in that way. The pain was from the heartache because I was SO incredibly attached to these characters...each and everyone of them. Even the ones I thought I hated! How did she do that? I was bawling people! Jeesh!


She has everything in here...the main characters, the secondary characters, the feud, the language...it's just so well done. Plus there are some new characters; Rosaline's best friends are the kind of girlfriends we always hope to find in life and when we do we hold on to them for dear life because we recognize how rare they really are in this world. They will be honest with you when no one else will dare to be and they will hold you up even when you can't hold yourself up. I wish I could pull Charlie and Olivia right from the pages into my own life just so I could give them fierce hugs for being such amazingly tough and wonderful friends to Rose.


Final thoughts: You shouldn't be asking yourself, "Should I read this?" You should be asking yourself, "Why wouldn't I read this!?"

Spring Fling Giveaway Hop...


Welcome to our stop on the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop! at Libby Blog from May 1-7 co-hosted by Eve's Fan Garden and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer! There are almost 200 blogs in this hop; please stop by some of the other blogs too for your chance to win some great prizes!

Our Spring Fling Giveaway is for a chance to CHOOSE ONE BOOK from the pile of doubles we have available...

Dark Life by Kat Falls
Factotum by D.M. Cornish
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison
Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney
The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

 If you win we will contact you for your book choice...
Good luck! 

Rules...
*Must live in the U.S. to enter.
*Must be 13 or older to participate.
*Must be a blog follower.
Libby Blog is not responsible for any lost or damaged items in the mail. The winner will be notified via email and must respond with their address and book selection within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Our Week in Books #14 - books, books, books


This is our week in books at Libby Blog. This feature is not our own original idea and is inspired by so many others that are out there (esp. IMM by Story Siren) with the goal of sharing our new books and getting to know one another a bit better in the book blogging world. If you have a similar post for the week, please share it in the comments and we'll comment back...


For Review from NetGalley...
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier (RandomHouse)- out Sept. 11

WON from Amy @ LadyReader'sBookstuff and MacMillan...
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (MacMillan)- out May 22

From the Library...
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon (Hyperion)

Purchased...
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (RandomHouse)
Zombies v. Unicorns by tons of great YA authors! (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon&Schuster)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (Random House)

Purchased NOOK Books...
Die for Me by Amy Plum (HarperTeen)-$2.99 until May 8!
Oppression (Children of the Gods) by Jessica Therrien (Zova Books)- currently $2.99 
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (HarperTeen)

This was a very long week for some reason and we are feeling a bit weighted down by it all. We are hoping to get faster with doing reviews as we get closer to summer and will also be in the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop this next week so stop by and check that out. You'll have a chance to choose your book from the doubles pile I have if you win so stop back on Tuesday!


Have a great week and let us know what you got for your libby this week! 

Review: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Flirting in Italian 
Author: Lauren Henderson
Release date: June 12, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Press
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


In Flirting in Italian, Violet finds herself heading to Italy for the summer because of a painting she sees that looks eerily just like her. Her main goal is to discover who the girl in the painting is and if she, Violet, has any connection to her. Violet, dark-haired and petite, has always felt like she doesn’t quite belong to her parents—mom a blond, svelte Scandinavian and father, a pale Scotsman. She believes that this painting could reveal some things about who she is, though she can’t tell her mom, so that’s why she’s going to Italy—to play detective.


This is a fun yet, at times, serious story of a girl who has always felt like she doesn’t belong but also doesn’t want to believe that her parents have been lying to her her whole life. This is why she decides to take matters into her own hands and do some digging before confronting her parents. The fun part is that Violet is taking part in an educational program that groups her together with four other girls, all of whom have their own reasons for going to Italy—one of which is to flirt with cute, Italian boys!


I would have given this story a 5 out of 5 stars, except then I reached the ending--extremely disappointing, now it’s a 2 out of 5. There is apparently going to be a second book that reveals the mystery about the painting. In truth, I see no reason why the author couldn’t have finished the tale in one book. There is no other significant conflict that was featured and wrapped up in this story other than a minor problem between Violet and the royal family living next door. Very enjoyable writing by the author created a fun romp through Italy with the four girls, but the initial incident—painting, who-am-I mystery—plays a very, very small role in the story, so the weird, heavy ending did not fit the light-hearted Italian romp that was 300 pages long. I am not sure that I will even read the next book—I might pick it up in the library and read the ending, so I know the answer to the question that should have been answered in the first book. If the author wanted to do a series, she should have given each of the four girls a problem that was featured and solved in a four book series.

Review: Touched by Cyn Balog

Touched 
Author: Cyn Balog
Release Date: August, 14, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is not your stereotypical Jersey shore story. In Touched, a boy named Nick has the crazy-painful ability to see the future. If he doesn’t do what his mind shows him, he has terrible headaches and struggles to focus. But sometimes he can’t help going off “script,” as he calls it. Sometimes life and death get in the way.
At the start of the story, Nick makes a choice to save one girl (Taryn) which causes the death of another young girl. It turns out that Nick and the girl are connected, that she knows he is “touched” by a curse, and that she knows HOW he was cursed. Their lives become intertwined as Nick unravels the truth behind his touch and its connection to Taryn.


I really liked this story. Nick has this curse that seems like a good thing from the outside—who wouldn’t want to know what the future holds?—but instead, knowing the future, is more like a debilitating disease. I really felt for him as he struggled to move through each day. Once he connects with Taryn, he can’t seem to leave her alone even though the future shows him tragedy is connected to any relationship with her. The horrible future forecast doesn’t change no matter how hard Nick tries to stay away from Taryn, and so he often finds himself giving in to their connection. Will this lead to the tragedy predicted in his future script OR will he and Taryn find a way to be together?
I will share with you all that I loved Nick’s grandmother as a character in this story. She creates balance and calm in Nick’s world. She loves and supports Nick, even when it comes to his desire to be with Taryn. She is an amazing secondary character who plays an important role in Nick’s future. Loved her!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Friday Follow Blog Hop...




Our week in review...
This has been an interesting week and I'm dragging tail! Didn't even see Rach today. :( Will see her tomorrow I hope though. My baby, Monkey #2, is turning 5 tomorrow!! :(... I have no idea why this makes me sad. Is it because I'm getting old or because I want her to stay little forever? Who knows. It's getting to the end of the school-year and we are SWAMPED at school! It's that time of year where you've given up on trying to keep your head above water and are just accepting of the fact that you are sinking but are ok with it because you know you are almost to the end so you can keep going. :) Hope everyone has a great weekend! TGIF! 

Reviews:
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Giveaway:
Nali by Esther Henry- this was SO good we wanted to give away a copy and the author is going to do a personalized signing of it before we send it on to the winner! :) How cool is that!? Plus she's an indie author which we think is just plain brave! Click on the Nali book image on the right to enter------>


Meme's:
In Our Mailbox (vlog)- where we didn't buy a thing! Loved that! 
Top 10 Tuesday- characters we love...
Waiting on Wednesday- Glitch and Underworld
Book Trailer Thursday- Immortal Rules and Struck


This week's question:
Did you ever have a character you had to "break up" with?- that is a definite yes for me! I loved Gale in Hunger Games and was absolutely Team Gale. Then, he just kept disappointing me over and over again. At least that's the most recent character I can think of that I did this with. I'm sure there were others but can't seem to think of them right now. ~Ange


Happy reading!

Book Trailer Thursday #15- Immortal Rules & Struck

Book Trailer Thursday is a feature inspired by Once Upon a Twilight.We are hoping to promote not only new books that are out or are soon to be out on the shelves, but to also promote the creation of book trailers themselves! Make sure to post a comment below and let us know what you've found out there!

This week’s trailers:

The Immortal Rules 
(Blood of Eden, Book 1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24, 2012 (I know it was Tuesday, but this is AWESOME!)
Published by: Harlequin Teen

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked-and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for. (Summary from Goodreads)

I am SO excited about this book series! This 1st book was so stinking good and I can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy of it. If you haven't read it yet, it's phenomenal! Different from so many out there and very well written. 


Check out the Blood of Eden website! Tons of great stuff there to check out! 

~

(Struck, Book 1)
Release Date: May 8, 2012 (SO SOON!)
Published by: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux BYR

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the loves of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightening rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come. 
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything. (Summary from Goodreads)

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences?
WOW!!!! Are you kidding me!? THIS IS AWESOME!!!
What's your favorite book trailer of the week? 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #14- Underworld & Glitch

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday below!



This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are:

(Abandon Trilogy, Book 2)
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Published by: Point

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn't dead.
Not this time.
But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.
Her captor, John Hayden, claims it's for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they've come back as Furies, intent on vengeance...on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.
But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there...and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.
And unless Pierce is careful, this time there'll be no escape. (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh my goodness, I forgot all about this series and now see that the second one is coming! Loved the first with its slightly mythological feel-can anyone say Persephone :) Now I have to re-read Abandon so I'm ready when this one comes out! 



(Glitch, Book 1)
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Published by: St. Martin's Press

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they're caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an new young adult trilogy. (Summary from Goodreads)


Are you kidding me! AWESOME! I can't wait to read this! WOW! 


What are you waiting on this Wednesday?  

Top 10 Tuesday #13- Favorite Characters In Books...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 All-time Favorite Characters In Books...



1. Anne Elliot in Persuasion by Jane AustenLoved, loved, loved Anne Elliot. She is a strong but cautious main character who, as a young lady, allowed her decisions to be influenced by the adults around her. Their story takes place eight years after she allowed herself to be persuaded against marriage to a young and not wealthy naval officer. Unexpectedly, her would-have-been husband returns as a wealthy naval captain at a time that her crazy family has declined in wealth. She has always regretted her decision and has a second chance at love with the Captain, but there is anger and misunderstandings to first overcome. -Rachel

2. Finley Jayne of The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross- If you still haven't read these...what are you waiting for!? She is the ultimate kick-butt character with amazing clothes in an amazing world with a kick-butt posse. Ok the word posse is weird, but the group of friends that she ends up surrounding herself with are just as awesome as she is. Finley starts out as a maid working in rich households of the upper-crust on London. That is until a sadistic, rich and privileged son of her then current boss attacks her in a hallway and the other half she's been trying to hide, that's been coming out more and more, bursts forward and takes care of matters for her and for every woman he's ever violated. Of course this means she certainly needs a new job, but fortunately as she's running away from the scene of the crime she is almost run over by her future...you'll see! Read it! Amazing adventure and fabulous connections to all the old classic horror and syfy books from the past. -Ange

3. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin in Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card- Ender, a brilliant young boy, is recruited to the Battle School (outer space!) in order to fight the Buggers. He may just turn out to be the genius we need to save Earth. This is a fast-paced, heart-wrenching story that will suck you in and spit you out all because of Ender. When I read this book, I became deeply connected to Ender and the struggles he faced away from home, in training and against the bullies and crazy adults in the story-AND keep this in mind, I was 25 when I first read it! :) -Rachel

4. Katarina Bishop of The Heist Society by Ally Carter- When Katerina was 3, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it! This is Katerina's childhood, one con after the other. We meet her when she's just pulled off the best con ever at age 15 by scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country while hoping to leave her family's business behind her forever. Sadly her former-partner-in-crime has taken it upon himself to show her how wrong she is about "going straight." Kat's life is an amazing adventure one after another! I can't wait for the next book in the series! -Ange

5. Heather Wells in Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot- Okay, I have read a bazillion Meg Cabot books (love her!) and, as is true in most her stories, this main character has flaws and issues and will crack you up! Heather was a pop-idol when she was younger but has lost her fame and money due to the fact that her mother ran off to Argentina with all her money. Now older, and somewhat wiser ;) Heather is working as an assistant dorm director, trying to convince herself that her size and her career are on track. But then a murder occurs at the dorm and Heather ends up getting caught up in all the action. Fun main character- AND there are 3 books in the series (soon to be 4!) -Rachel

6. Fire in Fire by Kristin Cashore- Fire lives in a world of monsters who come in the brightest and most mesmerizing of colors. Birds, raptors, wolves, mice, cats, bugs and even people can be monsters. All of the monsters, even Fire, on some level can control the minds of the people and animals around them whether they want to or not, which can earn them their instant scorn or obsession. Fire wants nothing more than to NOT be anything like her father was...the things he did hunt her and keep her from living life. Unfortunately, her home of the Dells is a mess and she is asked to get involved. This book grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go until the end. -Ange

7. Kami Glass of Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan- Kami is a new character I met only a month or so ago, but she is going to be in a series and since I loved her in the first book I can't wait to get to know her better. She is smart and witty, but she also can take care of herself in a world turned upside down. I suggest you meet her! ASAP! :) -Rachel

8. Beka Cooper of Tortall and the Beka Cooper Series by Tamora Pierce- Beka's a rookie with the Provost's Guard and has been assigned to the Lower City. The toughest beat in the city, and it's about to get tougher. Beka soon learns that her "special" talents which allow her to gleam things from the dead are just what the is needed to help reign in the Lower City. I love Beka Cooper, she's tough, she's soft, she's blessed. These books are beasts with over 500 pages each, but you don't even notice once you've been pulled into Beka's life. She is just so perfectly written. I will always have a soft spot for these books. -Ange

9. Aislinn in Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr- She can see faeries! How cool is that--or maybe just DANGEROUS! Again this is the first book in a series, so you can get to know Aislinn very well as you follow her on her adventure. (There are many other cool and interesting characters in this series that you'd probably enjoy getting to know too.) -Rachel

10. Leslie in Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr- I loved that we both picked characters from one series! That, in my opinion, just shows what an amazing writer Melissa Marr is; each book is so different in the series! Leslie has seen the darkest parts of life and experienced some of the darkest the world has to offer. The darkness was so real that Leslie was dealing with. Leslie is one of Ash's friends and therefore is protected like Ash is. Niall has been The Summer King's right-hand for centuries, and is asked to guard her on a regular basis. Unfortunately Irial, The King of the Dark Court, has set his sights on Leslie...and Niall may have to intervene. The problem is that Niall doesn't dare let Leslie touch him. His touch is addictive and can drive a human to insanity. Leslie is one of those characters that I hold a special place in my heart for. Love her. -Ange

Here's the whole Wicked Lovely Series...


What's on your Top 10 this week?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In My Mailbox #13- Where we didn't buy a thing! WOW!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of readers and bloggers while also encouraging interaction with other blogs. Make sure to link your IMM below!


For Review from NetGalley...
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion)
The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion)
The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion)
The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion)
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle (Random House)
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson (Random House)

For Review from the author...
Intangible by J. Meyers (self-pub)


"Purchased" for FREE from B&N...
Intuition by J. Meyers (self-pub)


Won ARC from Angela at Dark Faerie Tales...
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (HarperTeen)
We took this with us to Anderson's Bookshop last week and Cynthia signed it and gave us some fun swag to go with iit! We will be having a giveaway for this in the near future! *SQUEAL*



What did you get for your libby this week? Link it up below!  

Review: Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Kissing Shakespeare 
Author: Pamela Mingle
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Published by: Random House Children's Books
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Who doesn’t love Shakespeare? In Kissing Shakespeare this question becomes a reality as Miranda, a modern girl who loves Shakespeare’s plays, must go back in time to save Shakespeare from a dangerous choice. Stephen, the time-traveler, drags Miranda back to the sixteenth century where she plays at being Olivia, Stephen’s sister, as she tries to seduce Shakespeare into forgetting about pursuing a religious path rather than his oh-so-amazing secular one. The question is can Miranda get Shakespeare to fall in love with her before it is revealed that he is helping to hide a Jesuit priest?


My Thoughts: I was really interested in this interesting twist on a typical time-traveling storyline. However, the storyline was not as fun as my first impression. I learned a lot about Queen Elizabeth’s pursuit and conviction of Jesuit priests as she tried to enforce the Crown’s religious choice. There is one terrible scene of a priest being burned at the stake right at the beginning of the story. Needless to say, this is no light-hearted romp through the English countryside. It is a story of intrigue and deceit as Miranda tries to figure out who is telling the sheriff the details about the hidden priest. While I enjoyed the idea of the storyline, I struggled to get through it. I did finish it because I wanted to make sure I was right about what was going on, but the action was often slow and the details redundant. I would have liked more editing—more isn’t always better.

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering 
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release date: April 12, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Maya is just your typical teenager living in a small town. She lives on Vancouver Island in the town of Salmon Creek where a research facility was built years ago and then in turn built a the town for it's workers. She was adopted and knows nothing about her past except for the fact that she obviously has native blood and has a paw-shaped birthmark on her hip. There world has been small-town quiet until lately. A mysterious woman comes to town not long after two new kids move into a cabin in the woods, mountain lions are starting to encounter Maya on a more regular basis, her best friend's "feelings" about others has started to get seriously strong and the new guy, Rafe, makes her feel more than she wants to. Plus, there have been deaths...unexplained deaths. What is really going on in Salmon Creek? Why is Maya having these crazy, vivid dreams that only the fresh, night air can calm? What is going on with Sam and her anger? What is Rafe really up to? Who is the woman asking all the questions around town? ...and why? ...and the fires are coming...


My thoughts: This is a hard one for me to write. I absolutely LOVE Armstrong's Dark Powers Trilogy and just ate them up! It feels like I have been waiting and waiting to start this new series until there were at least 2 out (I'm terrible at waiting) and I decided with the 2nd one just out, then I could finally start this one. For some reason the book just trudged along for me. I kept trying to like it more, but it still just trudged slowly along. The weird thing is that I still really liked the characters, all of them. I also like the "idea" of it all, especially the paw print birthmark and the native lore. It's great. That's what I don't get. Why didn't I love it? I was even angry with the ending. Nothing was tied up in the end. You're left completely hanging. :( So I decided in the end that I liked it, but didn't love it. It was ok. I'm REALLY hoping that the 2nd one grabs a hold of me at the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. *fingers and toes crossed*


Final thoughts: SO much potential...I can't wait to try the next one and see if it's all I had hope this one would be.


Love the book trailers for this series...


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #14- Sweet Evil and The Selection...

Book Trailer Thursday is a weekly feature inspired by Once Upon a Twilight. We are hoping to promote not only new books that are out or are soon to be out on the shelves, but to also promote the creation of book trailers themselves! 

This week’s trailers:
There were SO many great ones out there this week that we really had fun picking this week! :)

Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil. 
Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. 
A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns? (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm mean seriously!? This sounds AWESOME and the trailer is just delicious! 


Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. 
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself-and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.(Summary from Goodreads)

I love the use of the caste system to define what the main character can do. This book trailer makes me really sad for the desperate girls standing and waiting for the Prince to decide. I really want to read the book and see if America can stand up for what she wants. 

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?