Monday, December 12, 2011

Book Titles To Look Forward To & Open Call For Readers To Review: December 2011

Books you'll being seeing soon through reviews on the blog.
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Published by HarperCollins Publishers/Walden Pond Press: September 12, 2011.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else. 

And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbsis a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.
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The Raie' Chaelia by Melissa Douhit
Published by Lucky Bat Books: May, 27, 2011.
When Chalice sets off for Branbury in the middle of the night with her grandfather's instructions, she has no idea of the dangers that await her. The King's men have destroyed her home village of Canton and she is suddenly thrown into a Terravailian world that she does not know. Lost and alone, she is hard pressed to evade the iron grasp of the madman who rules the land. With the help of a friendly Chinuk, an old man, and a book that she discovers along the way, not only does she find true friends and true love, but she also finds her true self and what it means to be the Raie'Chaelia.
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 Published by Pocket: December 8, 2010.
Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso
From Suzanne Corso, a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl growing up in 1970s Brooklyn who falls in love with a handsome aspiring mobster.
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The World As We Know It by Joseph Monniger
Published by Gallery Books:An Imprint of Simon & Schuster : June 7, 2011.
A lifetime of friendship begins the day brothers Ed and Allard save Sarah from drowning in an icy river near their rural New Hampshire home. Though their paths diverge through the years, the connection between the three endures until a heartbreaking tragedy in the remote mountains of Wyoming forces Sarah and Allard to confront the unthinkable. In their grief, they find themselves on separate journeys that test the enduring bonds of their relationship and time’s unremitting power to heal. Poignant and transformative, The World as We Know It is subtle and heartrending—a love story of friendship, nature, and the surprising twists that can alter our destinies forever.
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Published by Henry Holt and Co. : November 8, 2011.
Unison Spark by Andy Marino
Everyone is obsessed with Unison, the social network that knows you better than you know yourself. Everyone who can afford it, that is. Living beneath the vast ceiling that separates Eastern Seaboard City into rich topside and poor sub-canopy zones, fifteen-year-old Mistletoe can only dream of logging in and has to make do with technological hand-me-downs. Worlds collide when Ambrose Truax, the privileged heir to the Unison empire, wanders into the dangerous sub-canopy streets and Mistletoe saves him from suspicious, uniformed men. They soon discover that they share eerily similar dreams, hinting at a significant past. Together, Ambrose and Mistletoe begin to unravel the mystery of their identities and learn that they’re pawns in a bigger game: the Unison 3.0 upgrade, a whole new kind of Friendship.
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press. Release Date: January 3, 2012.  

Switched (Tryle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.
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Pariah Issue #2 by Aron Warner
Published by Sea Lion Books: August 2011.
Why are the most elite black-ops forces chasing a 16-year-old girl across the country? Why can't they find her? And why do they want to kill her? Because they think Lila Ellerman is a terrorist who released a deadly virus into the wild. But really, she's just a girl with a crush on a guy named Brandon. Yes, she's figured out the science of controlling anti-matter, but that doesn't make her a criminal. Will she be able to protect her friends and keep them from being taken prisoner, or worse? 
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The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal
It's an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family's splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her free-spirited aunt, it's a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with him. Pilot. He's the lifeguard with shamanic skills. He both saves her and makes her feel lost at sea. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious--almost magical--gifts.

Publisher: Whitman, Albert, & Company. Release Date: March 1, 2012.
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Seven Point Eight by Marie Harbon
Published by Author: June 1, 2011.
Seven Point Eight: The most powerful number in the universe. The number that connects everything. A physicist begins a quest to measure the soul but soon finds himself drawn into the world of the enigmatic Max Richardson, where research is sold to the military at the highest bid. However, he soon discovers another purpose when an extremely talented young psychic enters his life. He devises a project and builds a team to stretch the frontiers of exploration, only to make a reality-shattering discovery… The First Chronicle is the beginning of a 5 part epic which follows the spiritual and emotional journey of five people; their quest to understand the universe and our place within it. Along the way, they address the fundamental questions we all seek answers to: why are we here? What is the purpose of the universe? Is there a God? Quantum physics meets spirituality in a tale which begins in the 1940s, unfolds during the 1960s; an era of social and spiritual transformation and reaches its conclusion in the modern age. It interweaves the human dramas of love, betrayal, bitterness and above all, courage in a world where everyone must face their own dark shadow. A clever and intriguing story with underpinning geeky science and spiritual theory intertwined, full of sub-plots and fantastical worlds. 

Please note: Contains some adult material.
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The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn
Published by Quercus: September 1, 2011.
Kismet Knight is a young psychologist with a growing clinical practice, and sheÆs always looking for something to give her the edge in her chosen career. When her new client turns out to be a Goth teenager who desperately wants to become a vampire, Kismet is inspired to become the vampire shrink, offering her services to people who believe they are undead. Kismet herself, as a scientist, knows itÆs hokum, but sheÆs looking at it in a purely psychoanalytic light, already imagining the papers sheÆs going to write on this strange subculture. 

ThatÆs until she meets the leader of a vampire coven, a sexy, mysterious man who claims to be a powerful 800-year-old vampire, and she is pulled into a whirlwind of inexplicable events that start her questioning everything she once believed about the paranormal.
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The Weeping by O' Dell Hutchinson 
Publisher: H, C. B Publishing. Release Date: March 6, 2012
Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave. 

Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind him. 

When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge. 

As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.
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Tons of books and even more to review and then post reviews for. Can't wait to post for readers to read about!

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu won thanks to First-reads Giveaway Program and Switched won thanks to LIB Thing's Early Reviewers Program.
Switched by Amanda Hocking the first in her Tryle Trilogy became so popular as an e-book on it got a deal from St. Martin's Press, so excited for that. 

The Weeping by O' Dell Hutchinson  and The Raie' Chaelia by Melissa Douhit are going to be reviews for Book Tours, so look for that later to come too.

Titles Up For Anyone That Can Review

Where Thy Dark Eye Glances by Chani Lynn Feener
A Teen Fantasy Novella
Three hundred years ago Lily Bryg was someone else. Now, she's dealing with demons from the past in the form of ghosts, fairies, and even a dream stalker bent on convincing her they belong together. As a witch, Lily has an advantage. But that all changes when she's summoned back to the third realm she she used to live. And where she died.

With the help of a Shade, a tattoo artist, and her three best friends, Lily tries to escape the faeries out to get her, and the evil king who wants to make her his consort. Ronan will stop at nothing to have her back, and she'll stop at nothing to keep that from happening. Too bad her life isn't the only one on the line, and returning to Bevain might be the only way to save herself, and the world.

This is the begining novella to the first book in the Three Realms series. 

Jonathan Rush and the Star Academy by Gregory Blackman
A Science Fiction Novel 
The Dark Prince has emerged from the shadows, ready to wage war on the Star Academy. The galaxy’s only hope for salvation rests in the arms of an anxious fourteen year old named Johnny. Portals in space have opened, spreading chaos throughout the galaxy. The monsters from beyond call themselves the Void Empire, and they will not stop until they have destroyed everything in their path. Jonathan Rush and the Star Academy is the coming of age story about a cautious young teen, who may be the only person able to close these portals and save everyone. What Johnny soon finds out, is that the hardest thing he is going to do is believe in himself.

Titles: These titles are books that are sent to me by authors to review. You must really be free to review completely and not have other prior book review engagements.  If you're chosen then you get to read for free but in return for an honest review. You have to have 1 account on at least one review siteLIB Thing, Shelfari,, any review site. So, you can post this review but it will link to this blog. 

Purpose of Open Call: Your self-created bio and photo along with your name will be added to your review. 

This is the first of Open Call Readers Review. Once you receive the e-book, yes, these are e-books you'll have two weeks to both read and write a review. The purpose is for books to really just get noticed and for them to get a speedier review for authors.

How It Works: Once you review you can come to review other titles. This is a one time thing but yes you can continue to review but you have to sign-up in future Open Calls which will depend if you're chosen on the number of people wanting to review. 1 Reviewer for book title. You have 6 days to sign-up from today- December 11, 2011.

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Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Breadcrumbs! Thanks for the reminder! I had seen this one a few weeks ago and meant to write it down.

RJ @ RJ Does Books! said...

Looking forward to your review on Breadcrumbs! I've been wanting to read that one! :D

RJ @ RJ Does Books!

Cassandra @ Book & Movie Dimension a Blog said...

Sheila Breadcrumbs is a read I definitely can't wait to dig in.

R.J. it's great to see you. Will have to hurry to get that review up!

Anonymous said...

I've seen this book around the library but I didn't know the premise. Sounds good! Hope you enjoyed your week. :)

Cassandra @ Book & Movie Dimension a Blog said...

Hey Samantha

Really that's great. Hope you can see the review sometime in January probably.

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