Saturday, August 28, 2010

How’s This for a Winner?

Oh my gosh, you guys!! With your help, CJ Redwine has earned just over half of the funds she’ll need to bring Johanna home from China! Isn’t that awesome? I’m so happy for CJ because she’s almost there. So, many thanks to all of you who have donated and promoted her cause! You’ve done a really good thing.

Now, while it’s awesome that she’s so close, she still has another $4000 to raise before her adoption can happen. So, if you can find it in yourself, I mean really dig deep guys, and help her out once again, or for the first time if you didn’t get a chance to before, please go to CJ’s blog  to read her adoption story and to make another donation. I’ll be going back today, too. It means perhaps a few trips to Starbucks skipped, but I know that it’s a good cause. And nothing would make me happier than to see a mother united with her child.

And now, to announce the winner of…


Signed Hard Cover of CLAIRE DE LUNE by Christine Johnson

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The Winner is:


Sara DeSabato

Congrats, Sara! I’ll be emailing you shortly. Thanks so much for your donation to CJ!

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And now, in other news….

If you haven’t had a chance to read the First Chapter of my fellow Bookanista Beth Revis’ YA dystopian novel, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, holy schmoly, you have no idea what you’re missing. I was blown away people. Seriously. I was so excited reading this, like almost holding my breath. I whipped through it once and then had to go back through and read it again slowly. Guys, if this book is anything like it’s first chapter, it’s going to be unbelievable. I’m talking (Dare I say it?) HUNGER GAMES sweet here. I so badly wanted to keep reading. Curse you, Razorbill for keeping us waiting!!!!!

So yeah, go. Go read it now! You will thank me.


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AND, if you haven’t yet had a chance to enter my ARCs Galore Giveaway,  I hope you will. I’m giving away:

SIGNED Hard Cover of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and SIGNED ARC of BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


ARC of PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White




TWO ARCs of RADIANCE by Alison Noel 







Click on the titles to go to their Goodreads descriptions.


To Enter, please fill out this form:




Contest ends September 6. 


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Embracing PERSONAL DEMONS with Some Bookanista Style

When I was applying to graduate school (for literature), I had to write a personal statement of purpose (explaining why I would rock in their program). In this essay, I explained that I didn’t just love books—I craved them. If there was a good story to be had, I wanted to savor it, devour it, regurgitate it, and then slurp it back up.

Actually, I didn’t really use those words (although I vaguely remember mentioning the back of shampoo bottles. Weird.)

Anyway…what I’m trying to say is that I totally lied. Because I won’t read just anything. Oh no. There are certain stories not meant for my brain. Like, stories about murderous clowns—not my thing. Or really gruesome stories involving ice cream truck guys…ew. And stories about demons, well…let’s just say, those have always been on my NoWayNoHow list.

Until now.

 

PERSONAL DEMONS by Lisa Desrochers

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Goodreads Description: Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he’s as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay…for all of them.

The subject matter alone should have been enough to dissuade me from taking this book, because I do not DO scary. But man, I love me a good bad boy story. And a demon? Talk about the ultimate bad boy. Plus, I have a particular fixation with angels (the other paranormal in PERSONAL DEMONS), so, I wasn’t not going to read it.

Still, I didn’t dive in. I waded, keeping my guard up. But before I knew it, I was sucked in anyway. The book simply devoured me. Quite easily. The writing, for one, is spectacular. And the voice? So sharp, beautifully genuine and captivating. Though there were times I wanted to slap Frannie upside the head for being so seventeen (OMG, that makes me feel old and stodgy); and more than once, I was itching to drop kick Luc for being so…devilish. BUT, that was part of what made these characters so very real. I reacted to them as if they were real teens I knew with strengths and flaws and attitude and desires…and oh my word, was there desire. Dripping, red hot passion. I half expected steam to rise up from my pages. The romance in this is so sizzling that even at the beginning, before the characters begin to change and grow, I was rooting for them. Honestly, I found myself wanting Frannie to end up with this…demon. It’s not that I wanted her to go to Hell. But I found myself wanting her to act on that chemistry between them and, um,  “sin” with Luc just short of Hell-worthy. So, this sort of freaked me out. Because I’m not supposed to LIKE demons.

PERSONAL DEMONS was a bit scary—a goosebump-raising, stealth-creepy kind of scary, but not overly so. There were a lot of elements of suspense, but the demons weren’t really any scarier than most vampires or werewolves in YA (at least not on paper—movies? All bets are off). No, my main concern was that it was messing with my head—damn it, I was falling in love with Luc myself. And he’s a demon, people. A DEMON. Not. Cool. So hubs told me: “Just stop reading if it’s freaking you out.” To which I replied, “Are you CRAZY! It’s too good. And I have to know how it ends.”

And really, how often do you get that emotionally invested in a book, enough that even when it freaks you out, you want to keep reading? It’s remarkable. Indeed, I was completely taken by every single word. It’s just so layered conceptually and thematically. It’s funny and sexy, poignant and sad, scary and profound—an ultimate story of love and redemption. I won’t tell you how it ends, of course, but I’ll tell you that it’s a brilliant finale—a good vs. evil smackdown that will have you whipping through those final pages, reading like a speed demon.

PERSONAL DEMONS, available for preorder, will be released September 14, 2010.

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Be sure to check out what some of the other Bookanistas are highlighting today:

Bookanistas_logo Elana Johnson raves about PARANORMALCY 

Lisa and Laura Roecker spread the love for GRACE

Shannon Messenger gushes about MATCHED

Christine Fonseca highly recommends GUARDIAN OF THE GATE

Bethany Wiggins and Suzette Saxton dish about EXTRAORDINARY

Shelli Johannes Wells shares all the BOOKANISTA'S BOOK BUZZ

Myra McEntire shouts out some cover love for CLARITY

 

P.S. You guys have until noon today to get in your additional Skip a Starbucks entries for my ARCS Galore Giveaway and to have a chance at winning the signed hard cover of CLAIRE DE LUNE   as well as helping CJ bring her baby home. Go Here to check it out. (Clarification: The ARCs Galore Giveaway continues until September 6, but the Skip a Starbucks additional entries end today at noon.)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Something a Little Different: Bookanista Love for THE MOCKINGBIRDS

Occasionally, you come across a book you know you will like. Maybe it’s getting serious buzz, so you become determined to like it, drenching it with some pre-love. Maybe you see a book trailer with really cool music and a hottie playing the main character, and think Ohmotherofdrool I WANT him—err…that book. Some books are so shiny and everpresent and actiony-paranormal-cool and popular all over the Internet that you simply have to have it. IN MY HANDS. Like NOW, people.

This book was not like that.

And it was all the better for it—better because I loved it unexpectedly.

THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney

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Description: 

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.

I was a little nervous about reading THE MOCKINGBIRDS. For one thing, there’s no magic. No time travel. And no spunky, sarcastic, trash-talking, slang-flinging main characters. There are no crazy action sequences. No monsters, demons, angels, or shapeshifting whatevers in sight. It’s not like any YA I’ve read recently, especially because it deals with the very difficult subject of date rape.

And yet?

I couldn’t put the frigging book down. I simply had to know how it would end. I felt so attached to Alex, the main character, like she could be my best friend, my daughter…me. I felt invested in what happened to her—and let’s be honest, that’s hard to come by in books nowadays.

The thing is, the really bad stuff happens even before the book starts. So the reader doesn’t have to face the live action horror—only the aftermath. And while this makes the rape easier to bear, it makes it, well, more difficult—because we get to know Alex, like really get inside her head and fall in love with her, before she relives the rape inside her mind and for others. It’s downright gut-wrenching.

But pure effing genius.

I love that Alex is level-headed and intelligent and put together—but also real. She’s a smart teenager, with normal angst and expectations and dreams, thrust into an unbearable situation. And though I’ve never gone through what she did, the phases of her emotions felt genuine to me. But as much as the date rape monopolizes the premise, it doesn’t monopolize all the action in the book—or even the experience of the reader. Alex continues to live her life, fall in love, worry about normal teen stuff…hope.

Indeed, it’s hope that drives the book—it’s what sucked me in. This is not one of those books where bad things happen and then happen and continue to happen. You don’t get to the last page thinking, WTF? The secret society of The Mockingbirds offers a lot of hope, but most of it comes from inside Alex herself. While they might seek justice on her behalf, it is the strength inside Alex that makes everything okay, no matter what the outcome is. And this is the true beauty, the true gift of THE MOCKINGBIRDS. It is sweet, poignant, gut-twisting, sad, frustrating, funny, and hopeful. It is strength embodied—courage up for grabs.

THE MOCKINGBIRDS will be released November 2, 2010, but is available for pre-order now.

 

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Bookanistas_logo Be sure to stop by and check out what some of the other Bookanistas have going on today:

Myra McEntire: WHITE CAT

Shelli Johannes Wells - PARANORMALCY

Elana Johnson - THE ETERNAL ONES

Christine Fonseca - THE HEALING SPELL 

Shannon Messenger - NIGHTSHADE CITY 

Jamie Harrington – PARANORMALCY

Lisa and Laura Roecker -- PARANORMALCY

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ridiculous and Delicious

My 7 ARC contest is over.

I know, right?

I swear, I’m breathing hard over here, people. I feel like I just ran a marathon. I had no idea this contest would go over so well. I mean, I’m totally stoked, but, uh, unprepared. And as a result of my glorious unpreparedness, it might take me a day awhile to tally up all the entries, randomize them with assigned numbers, and draw winners.

So, um, I’m now going to distract you. With donuts.

Funniest bit is at the very very end, where he talks about his mama. Awesome.

 

I don’t know why, but I found the intro to this to be ridiculous and astoundingly delicious.

I want some oily cakes. Yum.

 

My eyes bugged out at this. I love me some Paula, but duuuuuuuude.

She totally left out the mayo.

 

P.S. Super thanks to those of you who voted the last couple of days on what to do with my ARCs. Except. Um. I see not one person voted to let me keep the books. Eh hem.

You chose lemurs over me. Not sure what to make of this, people.

 

P.P.S. You guys freaking rock. I will heart you for ever and ever. Gigantic welcome to all my new blog friends. I’ve been trying to visit all your blogs, but yeah, I’m a bit overwhelmed. Please be patient with me. And if your blog is not linked to your little avatar or to your comments, well, please make sure it is, or I can’t get to you! If you leave a comment, I’ll probably get to you a lot sooner.

 

P.P.P.S  Mega thanks to those of you who entered my contest. I was feeling really sad about giving away #MyPrecious, but how can I feel bad about it now? Even though some of you preferred lemurs over me, I’m still mostly okay with giving these books away now. So much so, that I’m going to do it again. Yeah. AGAIN. You ready?

Yeah, okay, give me a few days.

 

P.P.P.P.S. I think Sara McClung will be having another contest too, like any time. Yeah. I knoooooooow. All kinds of crazy ARC love in the blogosphere right now.

 

P.P.P.P.P.S. All Good things happen in fives.

And thirteens. But my OCD is not as severe as my laziness. So I’ll stop now.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Help Me Out, Will Ya?

So, I’ve got a little dilemma, yeah?

Perhaps you’ve heard about my 7 ARC contest?

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Did you realize that I never specified how I would award the books? I mean, do I give all the ARCs to one winner? One ARC to each of 7 winners? Or break it up into groupings so that I have maybe 3 winners?

Honestly, what would you do? For real, what would you do?

See that little poll thingy off to the right in my sidebar?

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Let me know what you think by voting, will you?

I’m not coming across as needy and indecisive, am I?

OMG, I am, aren’t I?

I’m normally more put together than this, aren’t I? AREN’T I??

 

P.S. Did you know that you’re running out of time to enter my 7 ARC contest? As in, the contest ends at midnight EST on August 15? Did you know that you can EARN ADDITIONAL ENTRIES to the contest, too? How awesome is that? I know, right?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Some Bookanista Love and Care for THE DUFF

Up until now, most of my book reviews have been quite easy for me to write. But today, I found myself starting and stopping ,deleting, reinserting. But like all other instances in my life where the writing has not come to me easily, I’ve tried to figure out WhereTF the writer’s block is coming from. So I set all the books I’ve reviewed recently in front of me, and then it hit me: aside from WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON (which wasn’t exactly easy to review either), I’ve pretty much stuck to reading and reviewing YA paranormals and urban fantasy. It makes sense, of course—that’s what I write. But it shouldn’t make reviewing THE DUFF so difficult, should it?

The only answer I can come up with is that, as easy as this book was to read, it was also a little painful—and thus, perhaps, writing the review of it wasn’t exactly a cakewalk. But I think if you read my review—as well as THE DUFF—you’ll understand why I HAD to review it.

As always, be sure to stop by and visit the other Bookanistas reviewing books today:

The Plot This Belles: Also reviewing THE DUFF

Christine Fonseca: PARANORMALCY

Kirsten Hubbard: GIRL, STOLEN

Beth Revis: LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES

Myra McENTIRE: VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE

Bethany Wiggins: TELL ME A SECRET

Lisa and Laura Roecker: THE IVY

 

THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger 

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Book Jacket summary (abridged): Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie, Wesley Rush…

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

The first thing that will jump out at you with this book is the voice.

Wait. I take that back. The first thing is the cover…the HUGE label splashed across the length of a girl’s face: The DUFF…then the eye naturally gravitates to the close-up of a young girl with blue eye shadow, a bubble on the verge of popping over her mouth, and a freckled cheek…and then in smaller print: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. There it is for you, reader—the visceral nature of this book, illustrated for you on the cover. It is the vivid, sarcastic, cynical, witty voice of Bianca Piper portrayed as cover art. I look at this cover, and I think, Bite me. This cover is Bianca.

So, yeah, I guess the first thing that jumps out for you really is the voice. And damn, it’s loud. Now, I don’t mean that Bianca is herself a “loud” person. I mean her voice—and her story—is one you just can’t turn away from.  Bianca’s story is genuine and sometimes funny and often heartbreaking. She is a girl who feels inadequate, but not painfully so until she is referred to as the designated ugly fat friend (DUFF), the friend that is pulled in to make the rest of the group look “better.” And suddenly, she’s forced to reevaluate everything about herself.

It’s an ugly term, isn’t it? The duff? And there were definitely times I cringed reading this. I hurt for Bianca. So many, if not all of us have felt just like this in our lives. Excuse me: feel just like this sometimes—paralyzed by self-doubt. Bianca embodies the very essence of teenage insecurity. It can be a little uncomfortable to see some of your own demons in a fictional character.

Yet, THE DUFF is not strictly about pain and loss and insecurity. In a paradoxical, but enlightening way, Keplinger weaves (sexual) empowerment and often humor with teen angst. Sex, the very thing that makes Bianca feel in control of her body and life, which is spiraling into the toilet day by day, also makes her feel ashamed and completely out of control emotionally. In the same breath that Wesley calls her a duff, he’s taking Bianca to bed. While we see her life falling apart, we also see her falling in love. THE DUFF is full of these contradictions—which are all the more remarkable because they are so. very. real. Seriously, what is adolescence but a giant contradiction full of mixed emotions anyway? Reading THE DUFF is a bit like diving into teenagedom. Yeah, it sort of forced me to relive some of my own fears and insecurities which dominated so much of my life growing up and still creep in on a regular basis. But it’s okay—it’s cathartic. Still. Don’t assume that catharsis is all there is in this book. THE DUFF  is also funny and heartwarming. And most fun of all? It’s first-date, first-kiss, first-tingle-in-that-pit-of-your-belly exciting, too. I’ll read just about any book that can make me feel that.

You can read it, too. For one thing, you can enter my 7 ARC CONTEST and win an ARC of THE DUFF (or a signed ARC of MATCHED, or an ARC of TORMENT, FIRELIGHT, HALO, PARANORMALCY, or PERSONAL DEMONS). Or you can wait until September when THE DUFF will be released. Either way, I think you should consider getting your hands on this book.

P.S. THE DUFF is recommended for ages 15 and up.

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Be sure to check out WriteOnCon, the free online writer’s conference going on still! There’s some magic going on over there.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fun at SCBWI LA 2010

A lot of really amazing blog posts have come out of the 39th Annual SCBWI summer conference. So I won’t post on all of the great advice I received while there—not for the moment, anyway. But I thought it would be great fun to post some photos. Only problem is, I seem to remember being in a lot of photos, but there weren’t so many on my camera, so please, if you took some of me, email them to me! I’m quite curious to see them, especially if you were in the photo with me and you are shorter than me. That’s always refreshing.

You know I actually thought I was tall growing up? Yeah, For real. All 5’4” of me. I still buy myself trousers that I end up tripping over. I’m pretty sure there’s a name for this disorder.

Anyway, here are the photos. Keep in mind that everyone in these is pretty spankin’ awesome. My roomies, Sara McClung and Casey McCormick, will forever hold a special place in my tall heart.

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Our first breakfast in the hotel—good gawd, one of the most expensive breakfasts ever. But totally priceless company. From the left: Sherrie Petersen, Casey McCormick, Me, Shelli Johannes-Wells, Sara Mcclung. *Sigh* I love them.

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Wine and Cheese Reception

Top: With the Fab Kimberly Derting (THE BODY FINDER)  

Right: With the Sweetalicious Kiersten White (PARANORMALCY) 

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Above: With Daisy Whitney (THE MOCKINGBIRDS), Suzanne Young (THE NAUGHTY LIST), and Stephanie Perkins (ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS)—all of these authors are amazing and honey-sweet.

 

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From Left: Shannon Messenger, Sara, Casey, Heather Trese, and Jessica Love. I’m in there, too—the one in red.

 

P.S. We spent so much time with hearty-heart Shannon, that we might as well have been roomies.  Heather and Jessica? Also fabulous.

 

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With the lovely Sherrie Petersen, aka Solvang Sherrie. It took Casey telling me Sherrie’s blogger name for me to realize I already knew her. Thank goodness for Casey and Sara. They kept me afloat. By the way, LOVE Sherrie.

 

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At the tail end of the Heart and Soul Ball.

Top: With Lisa Schroeder  (I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME)

Right: with Bree Despain (THE DARK DIVINE)

OMG, I got to meet Lisa and Breeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

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Top: Golden Kite Luncheon with the girls!!!  Right: Casey and Sara. Try to guess where they are. P.S. I Heart Roomies.

 

 

 

 

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Top left: Not a flattering photo of me, but wanted to show you how we just could not stop laughing, pretty much the whole conference.

Right: With super sweetie Dana Elmendorf. Ran into so many awesomes at this one!

Bottom left: Leaving an imprint so Casey won’t forget me.

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Okay, so it turns out I have a lot of pictures. Some with others you might recognize. So, if you want to see more, friend me on Facebook.

P.S. A little story for you.

Okay, so my flight got into LA around 11:40. Yeah, PM. After waiting ages for my luggage, it took me forever to figure out where the shuttle stop was, and then the guy tells me it’ll be at least an hour before the shuttle comes because of the traffic (what?! After freaking midnight??) So, okay, I take a taxi. $$$$ Ouch. But when I arrive in the hotel room, somewhere after 1 AM, Sara and Casey, poor things, were sound asleep. Now, Sara and I have met in person before. So, I thought I’d just crawl into bed with her, no problem. But, dear Sara is in the middle of the bed. And dear Sara is not stirring at all, not even with all the racket the bell hop makes. But Casey on the other hand wakes. So I say to her,” Hi Casey! So glad to meet you!” Big hugs exchanged. I take one last glance at Sara’s bed. No go, she’s out cold (jet lag is serious business, people). So, I ask Casey if she minds if I sleep with her. Of course, being the sweetness that she is, she says no problem. So I crawl in with her and fall asleep… after a few laughs, that is, which probably weirded Casey out. But I couldn’t help myself. Because Casey was just so accommodating, sleeping with me on our first date.

[Cue punch line drum sound effect]

Hopefully Casey finds that joke as funny now as she did at 1:30 AM.

P.P.S. The best reason to go to a conference? Aside from all that learning and networking? The crazy things that happen and the private jokes that cannot be repeated.

P.P.P.S The night is beautiful! YOU are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

(See? Private jokes. Let’s go to conference together and make our own private jokes.)

(That is not code for anything untoward. I really just meant a private joke.)

(I’m serious.)

(Parentheses are cool.)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bookanistas Love: THE BODY FINDER

I’m back from LA, folks. Just got in a few hours ago. For those of you who don’t know, I was at the SCBWI conference rooming with the fabulous Sara McClung and Casey McCormick last week and stayed a couple extra days to do the touristy thing. I’m exhausted, but I’m totally in the mood to blog. Besides, it’s Thursday. And that means it’s time for a little book lovin’ from the Bookanistas.

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This time around, I’m reviewing Kimberly Derting’s THE BODY FINDER.

I know, right? It’s been all over the Internet. Truth is, I kept trying to win this baby from one of the blogs giving it away, but no such luck. So I went out and bought a copy for myself. So glad I did. It was totally worth it. And I loved it so much, I just had to share my thoughts on the book with you. But before I do that, let me tell you what some of the other Bookanistas are up to:

Elana Johnson Recommends THE DUFF

Shelli Johannes-Wells Recommends PERSONAL DEMONS

Scott Tracey is Spreading Some Cover LOVE

Beth Revis Recommends THE ETERNAL ONES

Myra McEntire Shares the Top Ten Reasons She Loves THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by Cassie Clare

Shannon Messenger Recommends CANDOR

Lisa and Laura Roecker—Interview with Mandy Hubbard, Author of YOU WISH

Be sure to stop by and check them out!

THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting

body-finder-200The Book jacket summary: Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world…and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town…Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness of her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer…and becoming his prey herself.

My review:

I’ll admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, a small part of me was a little nervous to do so because I don’t do well with scary stuff. And something about a girl who can sense the echoes the dead leave behind was just a hair terrifying to me. It turns out, however, that my fears were unnecessary. While it was gripping and suspenseful, it didn’t have the fear factor of something like Psycho or Silence of the Lambs (thank heavens). Yes, there’s some serial killer action in this, but Derting handles it all so smoothly and excludes the grittiest of grit that you might typically see in serial killer thrillers. So for those of worried that you (or your teens) might have nightmares for life, you can stop worrying. It’s not that kind of book. You’ll be flipping the pages with lightning speed, though. The intensity of the mystery and suspense made this an incredibly fast read for me. I read it in one day.

There’s just nothing like a good thriller to keep you on your toes, right? I mean, seriously…a girl who can sense deadness and killerhood ? Brilliant premise. But, eh hmm, did I mention the bangin’ sexy romance in THE BODY FINDER? That will always suck me in.

I’ll just be honest: I want my own Jay Heaton (except one who is perhaps of legal age, and in a parallel universe where I’m not already married). He’s like Prince Charming with a wicked grin and a killer way with his hands.  It’s not R-rated, but Derting will have you using your imagination in R-rated ways. Ooooo la la.

But that’s all I’m going to say about that. Just trust me when I tell you that it’s an enjoyable read. And even if you manage to figure out the off-the-hook un-figure-out-able plot twists, you’ll fall in love with Jay and Violet.

P.S. This book has already been released! So look for it on Amazon, Borders, B&N, etc.

P.P.S. Here I am with Kimberly Derting!!

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I had the opportunity to meet Kimberly at SCBWI last week, and was delighted to discover that she’s every bit as warm, funny, and amazing as Violet.

Yeah, I’m kind of girl-crushing on her now.