Friday, December 30, 2011

My (Tentative) Debut Author Challenge List

Friday, December 30, 2011
This is my first year participating in this challenge,  so I'm keeping the list to the minimum twelve books for now. However, it may grow in the future. These are just some of the books that I'm particularly excited about! (:

P.S. All links take you to Goodreads.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: The reviews of this book have all been great, and I love a good fairy tale retelling! (Especially one in a dystopia setting that features cyborgs.)
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Pub. Date: January 3rd, 2012

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
The Selection by Kiera Cass: Look at that cover- it's gorgeous! But more importantly, the story looks great and intense and AWESOME. Okay, you can go back to admiring the cover now.
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: April 24th, 2012

The Gathering Storm (Katerina Alexandrovna, #1)
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges: A royal female necromancer in the late 1800s? Sounds amazing! I can't wait for this one!
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: January 10th, 2012

Pretty Crooked
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig: Another retelling, but this one is a twist on Robin Hood. I have always had a love for all things Robin Hood, so I can't tell you how excited I am for this book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pub. Date: March 13th, 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg: In this, the protagonist, Brie actually dies of a broken heart. Very interesting concept!
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pub. Date: February 21st, 2012

Ditched: A Love Story
Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom: Justina is ditched on the night of her prom by her best guy friend and now she's got to figure out why. I have a feeling this is going to be really good.
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pub. Date: January 10th, 2012

Tempest (Tempest #1)
Tempest by Julie Cross: The protagonist is a teenage guy! As a girl, I like reading books from the female perspective, but a male narrator is always refreshing. And there are so few! Not to mention, there's time travel, Enemies of Time, and much more cool stuff.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: January 17th, 2012

Everneath (Everneath, #1)
Everneath by Brodi Ashton: A twist on the classic Persephone tale. Greek mythology is enough to get me hooked, and the cover is gorgeous!
Publisher: Balzar and Bray
Pub. Date: January 24th, 2012

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood: I love books about magic, especially ones in a historical setting.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pub. Date: February 7th, 2012

Of Poseidon
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: The whole ocean-adventure thing appeals to me. (:
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Pub. Date: May 22nd, 2012

Harbringer by Sara Wilson Etienne: An intense psychological thriller. Need I say more? (And, hey, look, the author spells her first name the same way I do! (:)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Pub. Date: February 2nd, 2012

Tokyo Heist
Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn: Violet finds herself in Japan on an intense treasure hunt to find stolen van Gogh artwork. So cool!
Publisher: Viking
Pub. Date: June 14th, 2012

What 2012 debut releases are you looking forward to? Have you ever participated in DAC before?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (16)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top Ten Eighteen Books I Read in 2011
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
There was no way I could pick just ten. I tried to, though, I really did! Just be glad I made myself stick to books I read since I started blogging. (:

1. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
2. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I Am the Messenger
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book reference: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
(Pic from ryangoslingyoungadult... I had to)
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help
5. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal #1)
6. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
7. Shine by Lauren Myracle
8. Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Girl at Sea
9. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Going Bovine
10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
11. You Against Me by Jenny Downham
You Against Me
12. The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)
13. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance (Inheritance, #4)
(Don't say anything about this one- I still haven't finished it!)
14. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #5)
15. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)
16. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
The Probability of Miracles
17. Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)
18. Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski 
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)

These were definitely not in any order- I loved them all so much! Which of these if your favorite? (Don't forget to leave a link to your TTT!)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Book Review: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Monday, December 26, 2011
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
Series: Standalone
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars

The Probability of Miracles

Cam Cooper is sixteen and dying. After seven years with cancer, she's given up on miracles and magic, choosing instead to believe only in cold, hard science. But her mom, latching onto her last hope, decides to take her to Promise, Maine. It's a place where miracles supposedly happen, where the improbable is probable. Cam doesn't buy into any of it, but as her stay there grows longer, some of her sentiments start to change.

This book is perfect.

It's heartbreaking, uplifting, smart, and meaningful. By the time I had finished the first chapter, I knew I was going to give it 5 stars.

Cam is my favorite type of protagonist: sharp-tongued, clever, and loyal. The fact that this novel is written in third person doesn't keep the reader from getting inside her head, but rather, I felt closer to Cam than many first-person narrators. Cam's family is also wonderful and funny, a mixture of cultures and personalities and so much love.

The settings are incredible. The start of the book is in Disney World, where Cam has grown up, so you get to see "The Happiest Place on Earth" through a native's eyes. And Promise, Maine is not only magical, but real and beautiful, too.

And the plot. It's perfect and moving and masterfully done. Wunder is so ridiculously talented, and it just becomes more clear with each page how skilled she is.

Definitely read this book.

You'll Like This If You Liked: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
Do you believe in miracles? Leave a comment!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

In the Mail:
Ugly to Start With
Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings
Sent by the author for review- thanks! I can't wait to read it!

The Probability of Miracles
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder ARC
Sent by Penguin... although I don't know why!
I think I won a contest. Either way, THANK YOU. This book was AMAZING. (Review coming Monday.)

Flip by Martyn Bedford
Bought with Buzz Bucks on Random Buzzers!

The Floating Islands
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier ARC
Bought with Buzz Bucks on Random Buzzers!

And this which I'm so excited about you don't even know:

This looks like a (bad) picture of a pretty cool poster, but it's more...

Yep, that's Christopher Paolini's signature. Not a copy of it- it's the real deal.
Bought with Buzz Bucks on Random Buzzers!

So let me know- what did you get this week? Leave a link! (:

Happy Holidays! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (15)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top Ten Books On My Holiday Wishlist
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars
I have a very reliable source that tells me that this will happen. (:

2. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Mastiff (Beka Cooper, #3)
It's the only Beka Cooper book I don't own and I love this series!!

3. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
The Future of Us
Need, need, need to read this! 

4. Piratica III by Tanith Lee
Piratica III: The Family Sea (Piratica, #3)
It hasn't been released in the US yet, and I've been waiting two years!

5. Shatter Me by Taharah Mafi
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Don't think I've read a bad review of this one.

6. Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
Pretty Crooked
It's a modern day Robin Hood, who was one of my favorite heroes growing up!

7. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Beauty Queens
This woman is amazing, her books are the genius. 'nuff said.

8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss
I'm probably the only person who hasn't read this book, and I really would like to.

9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

10. Want to go Private by Sarah Darer Littman
Want to Go Private?
So I realize this isn't exactly a book full of holiday cheer, but I've wanted to read it for a while. 

Who's participating in John Green Week in honor of TFIOS's  release? Leave me a link to your lists! (:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Author Discovery

Monday, December 19, 2011
Just a Few of the Amazing Authors I Discovered in 2011
With the year coming to an end (and a significant lack of post ideas), I thought it would be fitting to highlight a few authors I found this year. And there are some great ones that I can't believe I'd been missing! And now, in no particular order...

1. John Green
John Green
I know, I talk about how I have a crush on him all the time and how his books are perfection, but I only started reading them this year! I'm so glad I finally read Paper Towns way back in March! 

2. Libba Bray
Libba Bray
I had seen her Gemma Doyle series everywhere, and decided to give it a go over the summer. I read them all in around 2 weeks and then read Going Bovine this fall. All are awesome, and I must get Beauty Queens. Ms. Bray is my idol now, and it's hard to believe I only discovered her a few short months ago!

3. Stacey Jay
Stacey Jay
Juliet Immortal caught my eye in the bookstore for many reasons. One, the cover is absolutely stunning, and another, it referenced Shakespeare. I loved it.

4. Sara Gruen
Sara Gruen
With the movie coming out, I had to read Water for Elephants and it was great. I read Ape House, too, which was equally good.

5. J.D. Salinger
J.D. Salinger
I finally read Catcher in the Rye in the spring and Franny and Zooey in the summer. I really, really wish I could have met Mr. Salinger.

6. Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor
He wrote Killer Pizza, a book that surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. I really want to get thGe sequel (The Slice) and I recommend this to any Percy Jackson fan!

7. Jenny Downham
Jenny Downham
You Against Me is now one of my favorite books. It was so poignant and well done and I can't wait to read her other books!

8. Adriana Trigiani
Adriana Trigiani
Her Viola books are so fun, and set in both a boarding school and NYC! (Two settings I always enjoy.) She's written a lot of adult books that I've heard are great, and her Young Adult debut was so good!

9. Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce
At long last, I can consider myself a fan of Ms. Pierce! And I really loved Terrier, the first Beka Cooper book, and am currently working on the sequel, Bloodhound. Her writing style is fantastic, and I wish I could jump into Tortall and spend time with all of her characters.

10. Sarah Mlynowski
Sarah Mlynowski
Gimme a Call and Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) were such good contemporary books! They were such good books in general! I can't wait to read what else Ms. Mlynowski has in store!

What authors have you discovered this year? What books are you looking forward to in 2012?