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Free Kindle or Nook version of iTunes Book of the Week: Tyger Tyger!!!

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton is a contemporary fantasy, and first book in The Goblin Wars trilogy, that is unique, amazing, suspenseful and AWESOME!!!

In fact, to hear me go on and on, read my review of Tyger Tygerhere.

I don't want ANY of you to miss out on this week's opportunity!

This week only, get your copy of Tyger TygerFREE when you go to iTunes, Barnes & Nobles Nook or Amazon's Kindle! Learn more HERE!

DON'T MISS THIS!

I am actually rereading the first two books in this trilogy RIGHT NOW (really, no joke) to ready myself for the last book, When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears.

The Goblin Wars trilogy is just too fantastic to deny!

Enjoy - and spread the word!

Halloween Double-Trouble: Identity Theft & Defriended

Happy Halloween, Everybody!

Well, on Thursday, that is.

In honor of the spooky holiday, I am reviewing TWO of Scholastic’s Point Horror novels, YA suspense.

First up is Identity Theft by Anna Davies.

Hayley gave up what is considered a normal teenage life a while back to pursue what she felt she did best: academics.

As a finalist for a prestigious college scholarship, she is getting closer to her goals and believes soon all of her sacrifices of friendship and free time will be rewarded with a great future.

But she has to continue to keep a spotless profile in the meantime.

When a Facebook profile in her name suddenly shows up online with pictures of her partying and altogether NOT acting like herself – she is astounded. Clearly someone is using Photoshop to sabotage her.

But things get more disturbing when pictures of a birthmark no one knows she has appear in the pictures and the Facebook page seems to appear and disappear randomly.

Something is going on that Hayley, for once, does …

Since You Asked...

Since You Asked… is a YA contemporary humor novel by Maureen Goo.

It all started when happily-under-the-radar fifteen-year-old Holly Kim was bored to tears while performing her duties as copyeditor for her high school newspaper.

Reading about some senior’s love of “the best years of their lives” was enough to make her gag and fall asleep.

So, once she was done copyediting it to perfection – as her education-minded Korean family would expect – she decided to have a little fun by doing another copyedit – and changing the SATs-are-fun! vibe to her much more sardonic humor.

Guess which version accidentally makes it into the newspaper?

Suddenly Holly is not so under-the-radar anymore. In fact, she is actively hated by a substantial group of students – but abruptly offered her own column in the paper.

This’ll be an interesting year…

I really, really, REALLY liked Since You Asked…

Holly is a funny, cheerful, invisible good girl with just enough snark to be entertaining without being flat-out…

The Drowned Vault

The Drowned Vault is the second novel in N. D. Wilson’s middle grade/YA supernatural adventure series Ashtown Burials.

Personally, I thought that the first Ashtown Burials book, The Dragon Tooth, was awesome. So, if you haven’t read it yet check out my review here, and avoid this review for potential spoilers!

All you savvy bibliophiles have already read The Dragon Tooth, though, right? ;)

It’s been nearly a year since Cyrus and his sister Antigone found a home at Ashtown – though not necessarily one where they are welcome.

Nearly a year since they’ve been introduced to a life of mystery, adventure and mythology come to life as they earned a status of Journeyman amongst the order of explorers who’ve guarded the world’s secrets and treasures for generations.

As Cyrus failed to protect the Dragon’s Tooth against villainous Dr. Phoenix, and the simple fact that they are Smiths’, they are not well liked at Ashtown.

In fact, they are in extreme danger.

It’s not long before Cy and Antigone…

Vote

Vote is a middle grade humorous novel by Gary Paulsen.

It’s also the fourth book featuring main characters Kevin Spencer. Personally, I recommend you read them in order – Liar, Liar; Flat Broke; and then Crush. You can click on each title to find my reviews.

Now that fourteen-year-old Kevin has become the boyfriend of Tina, the World’s Most Beautiful, Most Perfect, and Best-Smelling Girl – he needs to figure out how he can stay that way.

How will he hold her interest?

When Kevin’s nemesis, irritably good-looking new guy Cash Devine, announces his campaign for class president – Kevin gets a flash of genius.

He should run, too!

Recognizing his strength of always being a great leader, he knows this was inevitable. The first step in a long, rewarding political career.

And a way to impress Tina.

In order to do that, though… well, he’s going to have to win.

Therein lays the problem.

Since I read Liar, Liar I have always been eager to read another Kevin Spencer book. He’s clueless, a little …

A Reluctant Courtship

A Reluctant Courtship is the third novel in The Daughters of Bainbridge House trilogy, a Regency era historical romance series, by Laurie Alice Eakes.

Though each novel focuses on a different Bainbridge sister, and therefore has its own story, reading A Reluctant Courtship before the other two books could potentially give you spoilers of events in the previous books.

I recommend reading the books in order. First is A Necessary Deception and then A Flight of Fancy. Click on the titles to read the reviews.

Honore Bainbridge, the youngest of the sisters, has been left to the country estate – in hopes she’ll stay out of trouble. And out of the public eye.

After two scandalously bad courtships – one of whom was a traitor, the other a murderer – it seems that Honore’s taste in gentlemen constantly leads her astray.

So, when she meets Lord Ashmoor – tall, dark and handsome – it’s almost a given that he also would be unsuitable.

Of course he is.

His American upbringing and fears that he hel…

Red

Red is a YA contemporary novel by Alison Cherry.

Felicity has grown up in Scarletville – a town that was founded as a sanctuary for redheaded people, in order to recognize their true potential outside of the discrimination they usually found in the world.

Not to mention to foster the redheaded gene.

Here redheads are the popular ones. The ones with the best jobs. The best opportunities.

It’s been that way since Felicity was a baby.

This is why her mother started dying Felicity’s hair a constant shade darker of red in a very measured way to make it look natural.

Now, Felicity gets touch ups and dye jobs like a spy – sneaking around, never letting anyone know her true hair color – not even her best friends.

If anyone were to find out, her life would be over. Scarletville hates arties (artificial redheads).

So, when a note is slipped in Felicity’s locker advising her that they know her secret and if she wants to keep it that way she has to do what they say – Felicity already knows.

She…

Icons

Icons is a YA post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel by Margaret Stohl, of co-author of Beautiful Creatures fame.

Dol is haunted by vivid memories of The Day.

Of her father, her mother – her family – dying in that moment that took so many lives.

The Day the world changed.

Even though her life now is simple and quiet, hidden in the countryside along with her best friend Ro and others, the memories still hit her hard and strong, all these years later.

It’s because of what she is.

Telepathic-like abilities and the power of feeling others emotions plague her, just as strong anger and violent tendencies do Ro
They’re different. And they don’t know why.

But when she and Ro are captured on one initially normal day they’re taken to the Embassy where they meet Lucas and Tima – both with abilities of their own.

Questions, secrets, and dangers abound as they search for answers and a chance of survival under the shadow of one of the largest Icons…

I have a copy of Beautiful Creatures that I’m going to rea…

City of Death

City of Death is the third novel in the middle grade fantasy City Trilogy by Laurence Yep.

This review is for those of you who have read City of Fire and City of Ice.

If you haven’t, there is a possibility that the synopsis of City of Death will give away spoilers of the earlier books.

You’ve been warned!!!

Scirye and her faithful companions have chased Mr. Roland and the evil dragon Badik all the way from the Arctic to the Kushan Empire, where the City of Death is.

Now that she has been reunited with her parents and has new allies to assist her, Scirye feels more determined than ever to stop Roland from pursuing his goal with the stolen treasures he has gathered – and avenge her sister’s death.

Yet just as they begin to prepare for their closing battle with their adversaries, they realize there is an even greater enemy facing them…

As I did not get involved enough in the first novel, City of Fire, to finish it – I have not actually read City of Ice or City of Death. My philosophy was…

Dualed

Dualed is a YA sci-fi dystopian novel by Elsie Chapman.

The city of Kersh has avoided the turmoil of war by keeping their population strong. How they do that is a high price, however.

Every person has a genetic Alternate – essentially a twin or clone – raised by another family. And by their twentieth birthday the two Alternates will be “activated”.

That’s when they’re given thirty days to eliminate their Alt – proving their worth to the society as someone able and strong enough to kill another.

Once they’ve survived that test, better food and livelihood await them.

West Grayer, fifteen years old, has seen almost everyone she loves die. Having trained as a fighter, as a killer, she feels she’s ready for the day of her assignment to come – until another tragedy in her life shakes her confidence.

Unsure if she is worthy to survive the battle with her Alt, West decides to start making dangerous, risky decisions that will give her more of an opportunity to prepare – and maybe avoid thinkin…