Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review of Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Basis Info

Release date: December 27, 2011

E-book 336 pages

Disclosure: read and ARC through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review :)

Other books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Raised by Wolves series, The Squad series, The Tattoo books, and Golden

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.


I'm getting a little burnt out with the demon hunter/trapper books, but if you're going to read one, read Every Other Day. It felt like a book written for our day. There are vampires, werewolves, zombies, hellhounds, etc. and they're all protected as endangered species. Ah, thank you environmentalists!

Kali has the urge to hunt and kill them and special skills to do so, every other day. So one day she's a normal teenager, the next she's consumed with bloodlust, but still having to attend school. She keeps this part of her life a secret, even from her father, but things get complicated and not-so-secretive when she discovers a cheerleader at her school marked to die. What can Kali do but come to the rescue?

This girl is loyal, tough, has killer moves, and still manages to be likeable. Every Other Day is the start to a new series, so don't expect a tidy ending, but enjoy the ride.  There’s a foundation for future romance, but Every Other Day was more dedicated to building strong characters and a new society.

Every Other Day reminded me of Scott Westerfield's Peeps in the combining of paranormal aspects with science/genetics.


4/5 Stars

*PG, little to no swearing, no sex, some violence

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2012 Debut Author Challenge


The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by The Story Siren.  The goal is to read twelve YA or middle grade books by authors who are new to those genres in 2012.  I’ve done the challenge for the past two years and have discovered some amazing new authors this way!  So, here are my picks so far for next year.


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Tempest by Julie Cross


Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne




Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig


The Selection by Kiera Cass

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris


Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock


Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard


The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

? Maybe 2012, maybe bounced to 2013

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance 


Monday, December 12, 2011

Top Ten Books I Want to Give as Gifts

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. As lovers of books and of lists, they post a list each week. Check it out for other lists, and to link up your own list there.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Want to Give as Gifts (whether I’m really giving them or not)

Let it Snow 10. Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle

I’ve read this book every year (since I got it) at Christmastime.  Even though I don’t normally love love love these three authors, I love this compilation.  We have three stories, taking place in the same town, independent of each other, yet overlapping.  Let it Snow gets me laughing and in the Christmas spirit :)


Olivetheotherreindeer 9. Olive the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Siebold

For my library :) We needed it in pre-school story hour today.

This is one of my favorite Christmas story books.  Olive is a dog who hears the Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer song and mistakes “all of the other reindeer” for “Olive, the other reindeer.”  Now, she thinks she’s a reindeer and sets off on a mission to help Santa Claus.

CharlieMcButton 8. When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins

For readers with children, or those who just enjoy a great picture book.

Charlie McButton loves everything electronic.  One day when a storm wipes out the power he has to find something else to do.  Or steal some batteries from his little sister’s toys…Entertaining prose, great illustrations, and a heartwarming message.

Hunger Games 7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

For anyone who hasn’t read this yet.  What are you waiting for?  Also, I can’t wait for the movie in March!

I can never describe this in a way that makes it sound as good as it is.  Flawed dystopian society, a Survivor-style “game” that is fight to the death.  A strong heroine with a sweet love interest.  Just watch the movie trailer, then read it!

Delirium 6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This one I want to buy for myself!  I’m loving the new cover, and interested to see what all the fuss was about.

My top 5 here are books that I want to give to my sister, my friend Lara, anyone I haven’t already been able to loan them too.  They are my favorite books this year!  I’ve just been rereading them and falling in love all over again.

My Unfair Godmother 5. My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Spunky heroine, smart, resourceful, and hot guy, wishes gone wrong, witty twists on fairytales.  If you haven’t read Janette Rallison: do.  She’s my favorite author for romantic comedies and never fails to make me laugh out loud.


Destined 4. Destined by Jessie Harrell

A retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche.  Much more romantic than the myth (which I had to  look up on Wikipedia after reading this).




Forgotten 3. Forgotten by Cat Patrick

London can’t remember her past, but she does remember her future.  Each night her brain resets wiping out that day’s information and her upcoming day as well.  London writes herself notes to keep up on the day to day information including what she’ll wear, what homework she’ll be completing during study hall, what pop quizzes to study for, as well as anything else she thinks she’ll need to remember from one day to the next.

Part romance, part psychological thriller, part science fiction.

Absolutely unforgettable!

DieforMe 2. Die for Me by Amy Plum

If you like paranormal romance, this is the ONE that you need to read this year.  First, there’s the lush, feels like you’re there, setting in Paris.  Second, we have a new supernatural being, one that the shelves aren’t flooded with already.  Third, realistic heroine.  Fourth,  great romance.

Divergent 1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

If you’re going to read one dystopian novel, one debut novel, or hey, even just one novel this year, read Divergent. 




Did any of these make your list?  What are you giving this year?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Top Ten Books Collecting Dust on My Bookshelf


Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. As lovers of books and of lists, they post a list each week. Check it out for other lists, and to link up your own list there.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books Going Unread on My Bookshelf

LastOlympian 10, 9, and 8 go to the end of the Lightening Thief series.  I love mythology, I enjoyed the first book, I’ve heard wonderful things.  I’ve just gotten out of the habit of reading my middle grade books and only pick up the YA.  I need to repent, and finish these ones!








DarkisRising 7. The Dark is Rising series.  Saw the movie, got the series, read book one, got distracted…









SoSilverBright6. So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev.  Third book in the Theatre Illuminata series.









Supernaturally 5. Supernaturally by Kiersten White.  I’m getting burnt out on series right now.  I love the first book, but by the time the second, third, fourth one comes out, I’m wondering why I cared. 









I don’t have too many unread books on my shelf, but other books I’ve wanted to read and haven’t yet would include:

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver.  I’ve heard so many good things!

CrimsonThread 3. The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn.  I’ve read all of the other Once Upon A Time books (retold fairytales).









2. A World Above by Cameron Dokey. Ditto to number 3. Jack in the Beanstalk, but Jack is a girl.

Little Women 1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  It’s a classic.  Plus, it’s universally acknowledged that the book is always better than the movie.  So, why haven’t I read this yet?









What books did you have to have, yet haven’t read yet?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review of Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Scorpio RacesDetails

Release date: October 18, 2011

Pages: 404 (hardcover)

Interest: flesh eating horses

Author of: Shiver, Linger, Forever, Ballad, and Lament

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.


"It's the first day of November and so, today, someone will die."
-opening line from the Scorpio Races

November 1st is the annual day of the Scorpio Races where men ride water horses hungry for their flesh and that of the other racers. Let the races begin!

A great retelling of water horse mythology. You love them, or at least love Corr, and have a very healthy fear of them at the same time. The story is told from the point of view of Puck (Kate) and Sean. Both are entered in the races and have their own reasons for needing to win. Both are somewhat on the fringes of Thisby society. Friendship starts, romance blossoms, now all they have to do is survive and win the races. Only problem: only one of them can win.

My new favorite by Maggie Stiefvater: no swearing, no sex, just bloodthirsty horses and an interesting cast of characters.


Cover 9/10

Characters 10/10

Plot 10/10

Ending 9/10

Parental Approval 10/10

Grade: 96% A

Monday, October 24, 2011

Top Ten Books Perfect for Reading Around Halloween

TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. As lovers of books and of lists, they post a list each week. Check it out for other lists, and to link up your own list there.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books Perfect for Reading Around Halloween

After Obsession 10.  After Obsession-Demonic possession and all kinds of creepiness.









Anna 9. Anna Dressed in Blood-A girl killed on her way to a school dance, now perpetually dressed in blood, and killing anyone who enters her old home.  This is what ghost stories are made of!









Dearly Departed 8. Dearly Departed-I just got this in the mail today and can’t wait to read it.  Zombies!  Need I say more?









Body Finder. 7. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting-Teenage girl can find find bodies by listening, feeling, or smelling their “echoes”.  Good mystery, good romance too.









Name of the star 6. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson-A modern day story in London with a killer copying the Jack the Ripper murders.









PiggiePie 5. Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini-If you have kids, are a teacher, or have a love of picture books, this is a must read!  Gritch the Witch is hungry and wants to make piggie pie, but she’s all out of piggies.  Follow her to Old MacDonald’s Farm where the real fun begins.







Jinx 4. Jinx by Meg Cabot-A modern day teenage witch









I'll Walk Alone 3. Anything by Mary Higgins Clark, she’s my favorite mystery writer.  Lots of suspense, no trashiness.









Enchanted Inc 2. Enchanted Inc.-A chick-lit read.  Girl moves to NYC, starts seeing strange things but shrugs it off as just being New York.  Really, she’s seeing past the glamours of fairies and wizards, and she’s offered a job working for them.








DieforMe1. Die for Me-It involves dying over and over and over again.  If you haven’t read it, read it!  Not really scary, but the best paranormal read I’ve read this year.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why October is such a good month…

Personally, I love it for Halloween: the dressing up and the candy.  This year though, I’m loving it for the books!

For starters, these books come out at the end of September here, but I won’t get them in the mail this month, so I’m fudging them over…


Slayers by C.J. Hill

Dragons, dragon-slayers, what more do you need?

September 27th







Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Amnesia, falling in love, and a really cool cover

September 27th







Daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Devils who use human teeth for who knows what, a blue haired art student, and a guy with “fire colored eyes”.  And the blue hair grows that way naturally.  I think we’re about to meet a new kind of heroine.

September 27th






 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Who hasn’t read Anna and the French Kiss?  Even if you haven’t, this isn’t a series, you can read Lola first!  Good news, huh?







Now for the real October releases:


The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Dystopian fiction by the author of the Body Finder.  I’m game.

Out October 15th







Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

October 18, 2011








Dearly Departed

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

It’s a story about falling in love with a zombie.


Normally, they’re all “unghhh” and “brains…”, I’m anxiously anticipating how this will be done.

Comes out October 18th





Between Sea and Sky

Between Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore (Magic Under Glass)

A mermaid who wants to be a Siren, searching for her sister on land, reconnecting with an old friend, a winged man.

October 25th





Alright, anything you’re looking forward to in October?  Any other months I should be anxiously waiting for?