Monday, July 26, 2010

Jane


Jane by April Lindner
Publication Date: October 11, 2010
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 373
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

Summary: Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a job as a nanny at Thornfield Park, the estate of Mico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is tested by a torturous secret from his past.

Lindner began with a relatively original idea. Although modernizing classics has become ever-popular, she chose to remake Jane Eyre into a romance for a rock star. I was thrilled that this wasn't another teen vampire romance novel, and I applaud Lindner for her creativity. In addition, I have not read the original Jane Eyre (I know, tragic), but I suspect if it ended the same way this novel did I wouldn't like it very much.

This was a typical tale about an ordinary girl who meets a fantastic man (seemingly much older, which I did have a slight problem with. I had a very hard time believing the two fell in love, but I suppose it could happen). Their love is forbidden, although it didn't seem too dangerous or secretive to me. The deadly secret from Nico's past that would come back to haunt him was enchanting. I was impressed with the way Lindner kept the whole story a secret until the right time to reveal the story presented itself. She had me guessing the whole way through the novel.

I fell in love with Maddy, Nico's daughter, whom Jane was originally hired to take care of. She took her to school, played with her, and fed her every day. Maddy was a delightful character who was portrayed well. She was a young girl who knew her power, and was manipulative over her father's small willpower. She demanded gifts, but in a way that wasn't "bossy child" and more "child who misses her father, but still wants her souvenir." She also was a normal girl that liked to play dress up and going to play dates with her friends.

Lindner did an excellent job of writing this story, and I truly enjoyed reading it. The only problem I had with it could potentially by Charlotte Bronte's fault. I have no idea. So I suppose next on my list shall be Jane Eyre.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CONTEST for The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller


It's time for another contest! This one is for an ARC of The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller! This is only open to US residents, sorry! Shipping costs a lot of money! If you have a US shipping address then that's fine, as well. Here's what the back of the book says:

Haven Moore has always lived in the tiny town of Snope City, Tennessee. But
for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance,whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in a fiery tragedy. One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to NYC to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer in a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know who to trust?

Now, how to enter the contest. Simply comment below with a name and email (you must have an email listed so I have a way to contact you if you win!). To earn extra entries:
+2 if you put me on your blogroll
+2 if you post this on a sidebar or tweet (leave a link)
+5 if you post as a separate page on your blog (leave a link)
+2 if you follow or become a follower

Let me know which ones you do!

Good luck! Contest ends on JULY 31st!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (7/5 - 7/11)



In My Mailbox was started at the Story Siren! This was a good week for me and I got a giant package from Bloomsbury (thank you SO MUCH!) and I hope to be reading these soon! Although I am falling behind a great deal as I'm working a lot now during the summer. Enjoy!

Cold Magic by Kate Elliot (pub. date: 10 sept 2010)
An Ice-bound world is on the brink of an industrial revolution. Factories are springing up across the country and technology
is changing the very foundation of the world. But the old ways do not die easy. Magical forces still dominate the world, and the cold mages who have ruled will not go quietly. Catherine Hassi Barahal is a child of that revolution. As university she studies the new technologies that are changing her world, and dreams of becoming an explorer like her father. But all of that will change when the cold mages come for her.


Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein (pub. date: oct 2010)
Lady Catherine is one of Queen Elizabeth's favorite court maidens-- until her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Raleigh is discovered. In a bitter twist of irony, the jealous queen banishes Cate to Raleigh's colony of Roanoke, in the New World. Raleigh pledges to come for Cate when he sails for the settlement with supplies, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. Instead it is Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, whom the colonists-- and Cate-- increasingly turn to. Yet even as Cate's longings for England and Raleigh begin to fad and she discovers a new love in Manteo, Raleigh will finally set sail for the New World.


Jane by April Lindner (pub. date: 11 oct 2010)

Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a job as a nanny at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is tested by a torturous secret from his past.

Past World by Ian Beck

PastWorld is the greatest theme park ever devised. It's London - the real London - transformed into a living, breathing recreation of the Victorian era. To Eve, a lifelong resident of PastWorld, horse-drawn carriages and gas lamps are modern technology. Eve doesn't even know she's living in a simulation - until she is forced to flee the only home she's ever known and to confront the truth about the city and herself. To Caleb, a tourist visiting PastWorld, the theme park is the perfect antidote to the stifling conformity and regulation of 2048. The gritty wildness of the past is thrilling - until he finds himself at the scene of a murder, holding the knife, and suddenly becomes a fugitive from an antiquated justice system. And in the midst of it all, in the thick London fog, a dark and deadly figure prowls, claiming vic
tim after victim. He's the Fantom, a creature both of the past and of the future, in whose dark purpose Caleb and Eve will find their destinies combined.

Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry (pub. date oct 2010)

In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. And a gypsy's charms - no more than trinkets when worn by others - are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's son. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy-next-door. When the prince's entourage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all... But this young girl's destiny is no mere romantic fairy tale. Her fate, and the journey she is about to embark upon, will take her far from her tiny village, uncovering serpentine powers and a legacy she never dreamed possible.

The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante

Julia just graduated as her high school valedictorian and has a full ride to college in the fall. But when her troubled older sister, Sophie, shows up at the graduation ceremony determined to unload a long-buried family secret, Julia's carefully constructed plans come to a screeching halt. Instead of starting her prestigious summer internship, Julia follows Sophie back to Vermont, where her sister plans to open a bakery - and is struggling to come to terms with some painful secrets of her own. What follows is a season of revelations; some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, and all slowly pointing Julia toward a new understanding of herself, the nature of love, and why sadness is sometimes needed to bring out the sweetness in life.

Sprout by Dale Peck

Sprout Bradford has a secret. It's not what you think - he'll tell you he's gay. He'll tell you about his dad's drinking and his mother's death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But no one is prepared to talk about what happens when Sprout's very personal choices have a profound effect on the lives around him - even as he tried his hardest to simply observe his world.


Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin (pub. date: sept 2010)

The only thing Avery Hood can remember about the night her parents died is that she saw silver - deadly silver, moving inhumanely fast. As much as she wants to remember who killed them, she can't, and there's nothing left to do but try to piece her life back together. Then Avery meets the new boy in school - Ben, mysterious and beautiful, with whom she feels a connection like nothing she's ever experienced. Ben is a werewolf, but Avery trusts him - at first. Then she sees that sometimes his eyes flash an inhuman silver. And she learns that she's not the only one who can't remember the night her parents died.

Overall, a great week! Some obviously don't have pictures because the cover isn't final yet, but hopefully I can get some up soon!

Insatiable

Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 451
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher (thank you!)

Summary: Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them. Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.) But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets-- then makes the mistake of falling in love with-- Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for. The problem is, Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met whom she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's future, she's never been able to look into her own. and while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future...If she even has one.


I also could not be more sick of vampire novels. I strongly dislike Twilight and I am highly disappointed in the lack of creativity from authors to be able to think of anything else to write about. However, this was a Meg Cabot novel, and it showed up unexpectedly in my mailbox about three weeks ago. Meg Cabot is fabulous, as everyone knows. She proved it once again in Insatiable. Her characters are well-developed and true. They all have a personality that clearly shows in each detail about them.

I was also concerned that Meena would fall in love with the vampire and live happily ever after. I won't give away the ending, but the camaraderie between characters kept my interest well and was not the typical guy-gets-girl story, which I am always pleased with. It was also left very well. It could stand alone as a novel or be followed by others, which I would love to see in the near future (here's a hint Meg!). 

I was extremely pleased with this novel and literally couldn't put it down once I picked it up. Highly recommended to Meg Cabot fans and everyone else. So get out there and buy it!

Friday, July 2, 2010

In My Mailbox (6/28 - 7/4)

This has been yet another fantastic week for books. The whole month of June has brought me nearly an entire library. In My Mailbox was started at the Story Siren. Also be looking for a contest VERY soon! I got duplicates of a book this week!

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
THERE WILL BE A CONTEST FOR AN ARC OF THIS EXTREMELY SOON! WATCH FOR IT!
Haven Moore has always lived in the tiny town of Snope City, Tennessee. But

for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance,
whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in a fiery tragedy. One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to NYC to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is
Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer in a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know who to trust?

Other books I received for review include:
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Virals by Kathy Reichs
Nice and Mean by Jessica Leader
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Split by Swati Avasthi
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

I also bought Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot today at work (I work at Border's, by the way. So I end up spending all of my paycheck at work, but I get a hefty discount).