Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Mini(BkRv) :: 7 - 8

:: 7 ::
Kelly Milner Halls
@kellymilnerh :: website
Chris Crutcher
@chriscrutcher :: website
Joseph Bruchac
@nonefound :: website
Cynthia Leitich Smith
@CynLeitichSmith :: website
James Howe
@nonefound :: website (none)
Ellen Wittlinger
@nonefound :: website
Rita Williams-Garcia
@OneCrazyRita :: website
Terry Trueman
@TTrueman :: website
Terry Davis
@nonefound :: website
Rebecca Fjelland Davis
@nonefound :: website
Sara Ryan
@ryansara :: website
Randy Powell
@nonefound :: website

YA | Contemporary | Anthology

FIRST LINE :: ARC :: [Chris Crutcher:] My name is John Smith, and though I’m aware that an overwhelming number of men use my name to check in to motels they shouldn’t be checking in to, I try to be a man of virtue.

SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of he said/she said stories he tells it from the guy s point of view, she tells it from the girl s. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There s the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved; the basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated because there are two sides to every story.
REVIEW :: I loved the concept of GIRL MEETS BOY, and I think these authors did a fantastic job although I wish the stories were not quite that short and went on a little longer. Whenever I try an anthology, I worry about not finding enough stories to enjoy to make it worth the effort - but each story in GIRL MEETS BOY had a special sparkle that I ate each and every one of them up (and maybe licked my fingers afterward. Okay, and then went for seconds). Not all boy-girl pairings end in the expected happily-ever-afters, and furthermore they use romance as a diving board and splashed into more headier issues that involve gender identity, internet openness, and cultural differences. Anyone who enjoys a good dual-perspective - especially when both sides have conflicting motives – will most likely enjoy the fruits of these authors’ labor.


:: 8 ::
A Need So Beautiful
Suzanne Young
@suzanne_young :: website

YA | Angels | Series Book 1

FIRST LINE :: I sit on the front steps of St. Vincent’s Cathedral and pick at the moss nestled in the cracks of the concrete.

SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.

Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?
REVIEW :: I know, another angel-themed book? Honestly I would not have considered, but Suzanne Young made me snort milk through my nose with her Naughty List series, so I thought I’d give A Need So Beautiful a shot. The tension between Charlotte and Harlin was tighter than tight, but overall the story did not have a similar effect for me. I wish the characters had more memorable presence, but they seemed to drift in for a little while and then out again. While Charlotte found some answers about her strange Need, there is so much more left unsaid for the reader. I will warn you that the story ends with a cliffhanger (think mercy), and if I were you I would wait until the next book comes out before picking this book up! I am hoping that A Want So Wicked will bring more answers, and I am looking forward to seeing how Harlin turns out in Book 2.



  1. Ironically with all the angel books out there I don't think I've read even one.

    1. I've only read a handful, and they are either hit or miss for me. I think angels are a tricky subject, and I am not sure if there has been any authors recently who have mastered this theme. Sharon Shinn wowed me with Archangel, and that is about all that I can recall of seriously being impressed - then again, Sharon Shinn can do no wrong :D

  2. I'm just gonna come out and say this... what is WITH the Boy Meets Girl cover? That cannot be comfortable and you're not exactly gonna get a whole lotta nookie in a TREE...

    1. Ha, I am not sure either! They might not care after taking all that effort to get into the tree, and I am sure they are jelly now. But yeah, I do not see how the girl is at all comfortable!

  3. I think a have read only one angel book,(I didn't really like it), this story sound interesenting.

    And I have to agreed with Laina, The first time i saw the cover I have to look at it a little more, It's so not comfortable been in the position

    1. A Need So Beautiful has an interesting concept, but thankfully the sequel is out and about now because I feel like it is a definitely must-have if you do not enjoy cliffhangers.

  4. The concept from Boys meets girls seems really good! I want to read this one now.
    And even though it's a nice cover I agree with you Laina LOL

    1. I really liked the anthology - and I thought most of the dual-perspectives were clever and not what you would have expected from either characters.


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