Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cover Love: POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil

My fellow Apocalypsie Gretchen McNeil revealed the cover of her debut novel POSSESS yesterday. Isn't it gorgeous?

Here's the blurb:
Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her overprotective mom, by the hunky son of the police officer who got her father killed, and by the eerie voices which she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Turns out the voices are demons--the Biblical kind, not the Buffy kind--and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them.

San Francisco's senior exorcist and his newly assigned partner from the Vatican enlist Bridget's help with increasingly bizarre and dangerous cases of demonic possession. But when one of Bridget's oldest friends turns up dead in a ritualistic sacrifice that mirrors her father's murder, Bridget realizes she can't trust anyone. An interview with her father's murderer reveals a link between Bridget and the Emim: a race of part-demons intent on raising their forefathers to the earth in human form. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the Emim's plan before someone else close to her winds up dead, or worse--the human vessel for a Demon King.
Awesome, right? RIGHT!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blogversary contest!

I started this blog almost a year ago on March 5th 2010. That's a reason for celebration! And there's no better way to celebrate than a contest!

As a 2012 debut author, I want to support this year's debut authors. That's why I'm giving away 2011 debuts.

There'll be two winners. Each winner can choose one of the following books:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
XVI by Julia Karr
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Warped by Maurissa Guibord
So Shelly by Ty Roth
Clarity by Kim Harrington
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

The contest is open internationally. Contest ends March 5th (the anniversary of my first blogpost!). Winners will be announced on March 6th 2011.
Comment +1 entry
New blog follower + 1 / Old blog follower + 2
Twitter follower +1 (please let me know your twitter name)
Facebook friend + 1 (please let me know your facebook name)
tweet about contest + 2 (please tell me your twitter name or leave a link)
blog about contest + 3 (Please leave the link in the comments)
Maximum: 10 entries

Friday, February 18, 2011

Review: XVI by Julia Karr

I read this book as part of the Debut Author Challenge 2011.

Publication date: January 6th, 2011

Summary: Every girl gets one. An XVI tattoo on the wrist -- sixteen. They say they're there for protection.

Some girls can't wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though, she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay. Then, with one brutal strike, Nina's normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there's one boy who can help - and he may just hold the key to her past.

But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as whisper, one thing is for sure...

for Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet.


A glance at the cover already tells you that turning sixteen and the tattoo accompanying that age aren't all sunshine and roses. In Nina's world when you turn sixteen you're allowed to have sex and that makes girls vulnerable to sexual predators who just have take a look at your wrist to determine if they'll have to face repercussions for assaulting you.

XVI is set in a future where Mars and Moon are colonized, people are vegetarians, commercials (verts how it's called in the book) blurt from speakers at every corner and the population is divided into tiers ( a modern caste system).

I love the dystopian world Julia Karr created, though I'd hate to live in it. Girls with the XVI on their wrist are like prey - feminism is dead. As a reader I was constantly worried for Nina. I felt her fear of getting the XVI tattoo and it added to the suspense.

It took me a few pages to get used to the slang Julia Karr created for her dystopian world but then I was so immersed in her world that words like FeLS, trannie, mannebots or NonCon became second nature to me.

XVI is a suspenseful read that makes you turn page after page. If you love dystopians, then this is a must-read. I can't wait for the sequel (I hope there'll be one!!).

Have you read XVI yet?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jill's ARC Giveaway

Jill is giving away an ARC of THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker on her blog!
You have until Thursday to enter!
I can't wait to get my hands on that book. Who doesn't love a heroine with pink hair??? :D

Monday, February 7, 2011

Shopping Spree

I couldn't resist...once again. I think I might be addicted to books. I can't help it. Here's the result of my two latest shopping sprees:

I bought Timeless, Warped and Across the Universe about two weeks ago. Because of my ridiculous to read pile I haven't even found the time to read them yet!
But that didn't stop me from buying even more books!
The Lightning Thief
A Northern Light
Raised by Wolves
Plain Kate
A Certain Slant of Slight
Shadow Hills
Tell me a secret
The Ghost and the Goth
The Tension of Opposites
Perfect Chemistry
arrived today. So many great books. And the cover of A Certain Slant of Light is deliciously creepy.
I started XVI by Julia Karr from my to-read pile yesterday but I've got no clue what to read after that.
Did you read any of the books I bought? Any favorites?