(ARC) Tours: Five Flavors of Dumb

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John | THE CHALLENGE: Piper has one month to get a paying gig for Dumb—the hottest new rock band in school. 

THE DEAL: If she does it, she'll become manager of the band and get her share of the profits, which she desperately needs since her parents raided her college fund. 

THE CATCH: Managing one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl who is ready to beat her up. And doing it all when she's deaf. With growing self-confidence, an unexpected romance, and a new understanding of her family's decision to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, Piper just may discover her own inner rock star.

  1. Nely | FL *Rec'd 5th, Sent 13th Sept
  2. JL | PA *Received
  3. Regina | PA *Rec'd 7th, Sent 16th Oct.
  4. Andrea's Review | PA *Rec'd 20th, Sent 24th Oct. DC: 03102010000122979555
  5. Rowena | CA *Awaiting Book
  6. Kathy | UT
  7. Ginger | TX
  8. Tina | Canada
  9. Bree | VIC, Australia
  10. Holly | VIC, Australia
Reading time is limited to 7 days and reviews need to be written within a month.

(ARC) Tours: Slayed

Slayed by Amanda Marrone | The Van Helsing family has been hunting vampires for over one hundred years, but sixteen-year-old Daphne wishes her parents would take up an occupation that doesn’t involve decapitating vamps for cash. All Daphne wants is to settle down in one place, attend an actual school, and finally find a BFF to go to the mall with. Instead, Daphne has resigned herself to a life of fast food, cheap motels and buying garlic in bulk. 

But when the Van Helsings are called to a coastal town in Maine, Daphne’s world is turned upside down. Not only do the Van Helsings find themselves hunting a terrifying new kind of vampire (one without fangs but with a taste for kindergarten cuisine), Daphne meets her first potential BF! The hitch? Her new crush is none other than Tyler Harker, AKA, the son of the rival slayer family. 
What's a teen vampire slayer to do?

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    1. JL's Review | PA *Rec'd 4th Sept
    2. Sarah's Review | VA *Rec'd 18th, Sent 25th Sept.
    3. Amelia's Review | NC *Rec'd 28th Sept.
    4. Ginny's Review | GA *Rec'd 8th, Sent 18th Oct.
    5. Jessi's Review | TX *Rec'd 22nd, Sent 23rd Oct.
    6. Alex | TX *Rec'd 27th Oct.
    7. Kathy's Review | UT *Rec'd 19th, Sent 23rd Nov.
    8. Melissa | UT *Rec'd 10th Dec.
    9. Brittany | MN *Awaiting Book.
    10. 1 SPOT OPEN

                      Reading time is limited to 7 days and reviews need to be written within a month.

                      In My Mailbox #40 and #41

                      I was away last week and didn't get a chance to put together IMM so enjoy checking out two weeks worth of books :) I have to say it's a mighty selection and there are so many I'm really excited to read especially Babe In Boyland! Check out Kristi's blog, The Story Siren for more info on the blogosphere's obsession with In My Mailbox.
                      Last Week:
                      • Dexter Is Delicious (Dexter #5) by Jeff Lindsay | Two television adapted books in one week? Craziness. I'd love to see adapted versions of some of my other fave shows like How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory and many more.
                      • The Beginning (Glee #1) by Sophia Lowell | I'm not afraid to say I was a late-comer to Glee, while all the hype was going on I was staring at my screen thinking what's all the fuss about but come season two I was hooked and couldn't resist picking up the book version. I'm hoping it's a unique storyline to the TV Show but we'll have to wait and see. Oh and the sequel has already been announced, check it here.

                      • Rich and Mad by William Nicholson | I'm pretty sure I'm going to really enjoy this one for all the romantic YA novels I deny myself but I just couldn't pass this one up. It promises to be first love, messy friendships and beautifully written, a perfect recipe to get into my all-time favourite books.
                      • Candor by Pam Bachorz | For so long I'd passed this book up as a Mexican focused novel but after taking a closer look I realised it is pretty similar to Ads R Us by Claire Carmichael, a book which went totally under the radar but I managed to pick up at the library when i was first getting into YA all those months ago.

                      • Gone, #1 by Michael Grant | I tend to subconsciously steer clear of series books particularly sci-fi ones but somehow a book that fits into two of my most unwanted categories ended up on my bookshelf. I'm pretty sure a life without adults would be chaos but I'm looking forward to seeing how a bunch of teens, toddlers and babies handle the world all on their own.
                      • The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh | I won two copies of this book off Facebook, thanks Therese! I'm sure it'll do a good job at feeding my current obsession with Chick-Lit books and for once it's not a huge novel for this genre.

                      This Week:

                      • Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare | There are so many people awaiting the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series so much so that I couldn't pass up an opportunity to review a copy, I only hope not having read it's predecessors won't effect the story-line too much.
                      • Nightshade, #1 by Andrea Cremer | I wish you could see the cover I received of this book, it's wonderful simplistic and I actually prefer it to the official cover. I'd show you all if it weren't for my flail camera skillz. The hype of this book reminds me somewhat of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, another book I haven't yet got around to reading.

                      • The Blue-eyed Aborigine by Rosemary Hayes | For anyone who doesn't know aborigine is the term used for Australia's earliest inhabitants and before receiving this book I had no idea aborigines rarely had blue eyes. I found this rather interesting due to my obsession with green eyes. I'm sure there will be plenty of other interesting facts in this book about our ancestors.

                      • Burnt Snow 

                        by Van Badham | I received a sampler of this book a few months ago and of course, I still haven't got around to reading it. I hear its filled with supernatural beings, romance and mystery.

                      • A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals #1) by Michelle Cooper | To tell you the truth, I don't think I've actually read a historical YA novel as yet probably because the first thoughts that come to mind when I mention history are the many dull hours I spent in SOSE class but the cover of this book says it's anything but boring and that's why Sophie Fitzosborne's adventures on a tiny island will be my first gamble on this genre.
                      • Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman | AHH, I'm so excited about this one, I'd be reading it right now if it weren't for my reading schedule. Such an awesome cover which reminds me lovingly of Panic at the Disco, A really great summary, I know I'm going to love this book!

                      Q: What TV Show would you like to see made into book form?

                      Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

                      I'm sure a lot of people have dreamt of going on a road-trip and maybe even enjoyed it a little but for the most part you'll have to agree, road-trips aren't always as exciting to experience as they seem from the outside and that's how I feel about Amy & Roger's Epic Detour.

                      Amy's life has been going downhill lately... her brother is in rehab, her father died in a car crash and now her mum has decided to uproot what's left of the family to Connecticut. The only problem is Amy refuses to drive after her fathers deathly incident, so her mum finds a local boy heading out in the same direction only he has a few bits and bobs of extra baggage to bring along of his own.

                      Before even cracking the spine, I'm sure you can guess that there will be a romantic tinge to this story-line and Morgan Matson really dangles the romance in-front of our eyes for almost the entire book but alas s he sets things straight for us near the end but the connection between the two doesn't come across the pages as much as I'd usually like.

                      The background and settings play a major part in this book, as you'd expect with a road-trip but the descriptions of outback highways and gas stations were rather dry for me and a portion of the book i'd rather was left out. I guess it'd be more comforting to a local reader who hopes to one day take a similar route.

                      As a music fan, I really enjoyed seeing the lists of songs playing along the way in the car, I will definitely be downloading all of them as I love and recognize a few of these. I also really enjoyed seeing the pages featured from Amy's travel journal, I'd never expect a diner receipt or state motto could make the story feel more real to me but it did.

                      OUT OF FIVE STARS

                      Overall, my expectations were raised quite high due to the many amazing reviews I saw of this book, if I'd gone into this book unknowingly I'm sure it'd be getting a higher rating. I would've also liked to hear more about Amy's reconnection with every day life and even Roger's too, I guess a sequel wouldn't go astray here. Morgan Matson did her best documenting much more than a road-trip but I'd like to see her next attempt at YA as I feel she is very talented and I loved that she included more than just text in this book.
                      Morgan Matson's debut YA Novel, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was released May 2010

                      (ARC) Tours: Enchanted Ivy

                      Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst | A story about getting into college. You know, taking the campus tour, talking to the gargoyles, flirting with the were-tigers, riding the dragons... 

                      While visiting the campus of Princeton University, 16-year-old Lily discovers a secret gate to a magical realm and must race against time to save herself, her world, and any hope she has of college admission.

                      SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR.
                      1. Reagan | ME *Never Received
                      2. Nely | FL *Rec'd 4th Nov
                      3. Stephanie | FL *Rec'd 16th Nov
                      4. Lydia | GA *Awaiting Book
                      5. Amanda | TN
                      6. Christin | TX
                      7. Kathy | UT
                      8. Ivy | CA
                      9. Brittany | MN
                      10. Cass | Australia
                      Reading time is limited to 7 days and reviews need to be written within a month.

                      (ARC) Tours:Magician's Muse

                      Magician's Muse by Linda Joy Singleton | MAGICIAN'S MUSE is the long-awaited 6th book in THE SEER series. Sabine takes on a new identity to save Josh,helps Domnic goes into hiding and confronts a century-old ghost of a magician.

                      Unfortunately this tour had to be closed due to non-participation. Sorry to those who were looking forward to reviewing this book.

                      Waiting on Wednesday #15

                      Don't you just love the cover of this book? It's simplistic, gives us a hint of what the books about and uses a wonderful font. I don't know what it is, but lately I've been adding a lot of sports themed books to my wish list and this adds to the pile.

                      The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
                      Summary from Goodreads: Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.
                      The Running Dream will be released January 2011 by Knopf Books.

                      (ARC) Tours: Boyfriends with Girlfriends

                      Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez | Lance has always known he was gay, but he's never had a real boyfriend. Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection--but will it be enough to overcome their differences? 

                      Allie's been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years--but when she meets Kimiko, she can't get her out of her mind. Does this mean she's gay? Does it mean she's bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, and finding it impossible to believe that a gorgeous girl like Allie would be into her, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out. 

                      Boyfriends with Girlfriends is Alex Sanchez at his best, writing with a sensitive hand to portray four very real teens striving to find their places in the world--and with each other.

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                      1. Lisa | CO *Rec'd 9th Jan.
                      2. Caroline | CA *Awaiting Book
                      3. Jen | TX
                      4. Eva | DE
                      5. JL | PA
                      6. Kara | NY
                      7. Ella | Argentina
                      8. Paula | NZ
                      9. Monique | Australia
                      10. 1 SPOT OPEN
                      Reading time is limited to 7 days and reviews need to be written within a month.

                      (ARC) Tours: Rotters

                      Rotters by Daniel Kraus | Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

                      Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
                      Daniel Kraus's masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.

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