Contest, YA

654310031This week’s Fabulous Friday giveaway is for a copy of

ENDLESS SUMMER by Jennifer Echols.

To enter: Leave a comment on this post with your favorite “Summertime” book or just your favorite book of the moment.

Rules: Contest will run through 6/13 at 5pm cst. US addresses only. You MUST come back to see if you are the name drawn. I do not email winners. Winners have 7 days to claim prize. Good Luck!!

4/5, review copy, YA

65431003From the back of the book:

Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends – including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she’s always been just one of the guys. Now that she’s turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean the older brother. But that’s not going to happen – not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.

Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori’s romantic summer melt into one hot mess?

ENDLESS SUMMER contains two books – THE BOYS NEXT DOOR and ENDLESS SUMMER. ENDLESS SUMMER is a continuation of THE BOYS NEXT DOOR told from both Adam and Lori’s points of view, while THE BOYS NEXT DOOR is told from Lori’s. (I suggest going through ENDLESS SUMMER and marking which p.o.v. each chapter is in. As it is written in first person it would always take me a minute to figure out who the “I” was. It alternated every other chapter, so it is easy to figure out. I found it much easier to read with “Lori” or “Adam” written at the beginning of each chapter.)

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR is perfect. I loved every bit of Lori’s scheming to get herself a man. She also shows a lot of growth throughout the story. Reading this book reminded me of what it was like to be a 15/16 year old girl with a crush on that one guy you can’t get out of your mind. Since that was 15 years ago for me it was a fun trip down memory lane.

ENDLESS SUMMER wasn’t as good as THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, but still a really fun story. My favorite part of ENDLESS SUMMER was Adam’s growth. He (and his brothers) really grow up during this story. Adam learns not to be such a hot head and to make compromises for someone he really loves.

This book is perfect for all ages and just the right book to read out by the pool this summer. Tomorrow I’ll be giving away a copy of ENDLESS SUMMER for Fabulous Friday!

The book girl gives ENDLESS SUMMER a 4/5

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Contest, YA

my-soul-to-saveBook Synopsis:

Book 1 of The Soul Screamers series — My Soul to Takewas released this past summer, and readers found out why Kaylee Cavanaugh screams bloody murder when someone’s about to die.

In Book 2 – My Soul to Save – when teen pop star Eden croaks on stage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk.

Soul Screamers: The last thing you hear before you die.

Soul Screamers Website: http://soulscreamers.com/soulscreamers/index.php?q=T1033

Free Prequel: You can learn more about Kaylee by downloading the free Soul Screamers prequel My Soul to Lose here!

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XAEKAXRN8E

My Review: This is book #2 in the Soul Screamer series and it doesn’t disappoint. Kaylee is adjusting to her new life – living with her father and dealing with not being quite human. Six weeks have past since the last book finished and Kaylee and Nash are still going strong. I really like this couple – they lean on each other and work together. Even when Nash isn’t happy with what Kaylee wants to do he supports her.  This books finds Kaylee fighting to save a soul and trying not to lose hers at the same time. My Soul To Save is a fast paced adventure.

Giveaway: Comment on this post for a chance to win one of three copies. Tweet using #bookgirlsoulscreamers for an extra entry. Contest is only available to residents of the US. Winners will have 7 days to claim their book. Contest ends on February 18th at 12am cst.

4/5, puchased book, YA

my-soul-to-takeFrom the back of the book:

She doesn’t see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…

It’s been a while since I read a YA and I had forgotten how much I love them. My Soul to Take is the first in a series that introduces the reader to several characters. Kaylee a high school student who just wants to live a normal like, but finds out that she is a bean sidhe – a banshee. Nash Hudson, a high school jock who is interested in Kaylee. And Emma, Kaylee’s best friend.

This book offers a very different take on the paranormal. No vampires and shifters, but different characters from mythology and folklore. I loved the way Kaylee had to cope with all the changes in her life and found how it was written to be very realistic. She reaches out to the one person who makes her feel okay and leans on that person. I wish there had been more to the relationship with her father, but I expect we will find out more in the upcoming books. I loved the blossoming relationship between Kaylee and Nash and can’t wait to find out more about them in the second book, MY SOUL TO SAVE.

I’ll be giving away 3 copies of MY SOUL TO SAVE and posting my review tomorrow, so make sure to come back and comment for a chance to win.

the book girl gives MY SOUL TO TAKE  a 4/5

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Contest, Video, YA

ruined_cover-2 I am lucky to have five copies of this book to give away to those who comment on this post. Contest is only open to those with US addresses (sorry). Contest will run through Saturday the 10th at midnight (CST).

SYNOPSIS

When Rebecca Brown goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca is also startled to discover a haunting of a different kind: near a graveyard one night, amid the Spanish moss and beneath the moonlight, she meets a ghost girl named Lisette, who has been dead for 150 years. Lisette helps Rebecca unearth an ancient mystery in her aunt’s house, along with some troubling historical truths. Meanwhile, Rebecca must juggle adjusting to her snooty new prep school, developing a serious crush on a handsome boy, and dealing with an elite group of popular girls who may be linked to the ghostly mystery themselves.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Morris has published a short story collection and several novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She’s lived in a number of cities around the world, moving to New Orleans the year before Hurricane Katrina. She teaches creative writing at Tulane University.


2009 New Author Challenge, 3/5, YA

361356151From the back of the book:

Callie falls head over heels – literally!

Callie is tired of being a clumsy geek-girl. So during a school trip to London she buys her ticket to popularity: a pair of real Prada pumps. But then she wobbles on the cobblestones, trips in her too-high heels, and conks her head. When she comes to, it’s the year 1815!

Luckily she meets kindhearted Emily, who mistakes Callie for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon ignite – of the nice and not-so-nice variety – between Callie and Alex, the handsome but totally arrogant Duke of Harksbury. Too bad Alex seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…

Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time in the past is up?

This was a cute read, but there were some things that threw me out of the story. The thing I liked about the story is: Callie is transformed as she pretends to be Rebecca in 1815.  She goes from a shy, clumsy girl to a confident young lady. My main problem with the story was Callie’s age. In 2009 she is 15 years old, but in 1815 she is at least 18 because she is the same age as Emily who has already had a season and is engaged. Plus, Alex is drawn to her and he is, in Callie’s estimation (although I’m not sure if it is ever confirmed), 19. I just couldn’t get past the thought that she was a child.

the book girl gives PRADA & PREJUDICE 3/5!

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Mandy Hubbard

4/5, YA

frsotbitefrom the back of the book:

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY

Rose Hathaway’s got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a massive Stigoi attack puts St. Vladmir’s on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians – including the legendary Janine Hathaway…Rose’s formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks. This year, St. Vlad’s holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…

I loved this book. I think that Richelle Mead has written a book that is for young adults, but doesn’t treat it as if it is for children. There is sex, foul language, and death. I think that this series is perfect for a high school aged person who can handle the various themes in a mature way. There were several times in this book where I was emotional. I was either holding my breath, sad, or laughing. I didn’t want to put it down. I even read through dinner so that I could finish the book. I have book 3 sitting on my tbr shelf, but I have heard there is a terrible cliffhanger. I think I’m going to wait for book 4 in August before I read book 3.

the book girl gives FROSTBITE 4/5!

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Richelle Mead

Contest, YA

jessicaI have a copy of Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side to give away. To enter leave a comment on this post with a high school horror story (or any dating horror story). The contest will be open until Friday night at midnight. The winner will be announced on Saturday!

About the book:

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica’s senior year “get-a-life” plan.

Enter a bizarre new exchange student named Lucius Bladescu who claims Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and he’s her long-lost fiance. He’s arrogant, officious, embarrassingly overprotective, and well, incredibly hot.

Armed with a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica tries to imagine the transition from an average American teenager to a glam European vampire princess. But just when things start to heat up with Lucius, a devious cheerleader sets her sights on him. Soon Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war – and save Lucius’s soul from eternal damnation. All of which leaves her to wonder: Wouldn’t life be easier if she could just fall for a nice mortal boy?

US and Canadian addresses only. Winner will have 7 days to claim book or another name will be chosen! Good Luck!

2009 New Author Challenge, 5/5, YA

jessicaFrom the cover:

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica’s senior year “get-a-life” plan.

Enter a bizarre new exchange student named Lucius Bladescu who claims Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and he’s her long-lost fiance. He’s arrogant, officious, embarrassingly overprotective, and well, incredibly hot.

Armed with a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica tries to imagine the transition from an average American teenager to a glam European vampire princess. But just when things start to heat up with Lucius, a devious cheerleader sets her sights on him. Soon Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war – and save Lucius’s soul from eternal damnation. All of which leaves her to wonder: Wouldn’t life be easier if she could just fall for a nice mortal boy?

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is a young-adult, but this late twenty-something loved it!! Jessica is excited to begin her senior year of high school and hopes to finally have a social life. On her first day of school, however, a strange exchange student calls her by her real name. The name she was given by her birth parents, and a name that no one at school knows. This sets off a chain of events that change Jessica from senior high school student to vampire princess. I think the thing that I liked most about this book is Jessica’s spunk and her independent streak. She isn’t going to let some boy – no matter how cute – tell her what she has to do with her life. She also grows into a mature young woman throughout the course of the book and I liked that the growth she undergoes seemed realistic. On of my biggest complaints about the TWILIGHT books, was that I felt Bella didn’t change or grow in any way. Jessica does over the course of the year in which the book takes place. I think anyone who read TWILIGHT should read this book and will love it (maybe even more).

the book girl gives JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE 5/5!!

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Beth Fantaskey