So...today is a very, very exciting day! We're celebrating the start of summer and another great beginning: THE RELAUNCH OF THE BOOKANISTAS! New members, new logo, new website design and a whole lot more of the book love we all adore! First, our gorgeous new logo!
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School's just about done and that means it's time to pack up the beach towel, boogie board, and book! There's no better way to relax after a tough year than by floating away into the pages of a fantastic story. I don't know about you, but every summer I love to take a little time to savor old favorites. In fact, I have a couple of books I read every single summer - when I go to my family's cabin in Canada. These books live up there in that cabin, and every summer when I unpack my suitcase, I glance up at the bookshelf and greet them, my old friends.
What are these well-loved and dog-eared books, you ask? Well, my favorite is:
Fire in the Mist, by Holly Lisle
From the author whom Mercedes Lackey calls "one of the hottest writers I've come across in a long time", comes a mesmerizing, action-filled story. A simple shepherd girl discovers her wild mage powers after a murderous magician destroys her family. Now every mage in the world wants to train her. But Faia wants only to confront the madman who killed her loved ones.
Honestly, this has got to be one of my favorite books of all time. Maybe because I've read it like 15-20 times, I don't know. But if you like fantasy, strong female characters, and amusing dialogue, I highly recommend it.
Of course, summer is also a great time for discovering NEW favorites. Here are a few books I'm excited to read in the coming months!
Jump When Ready, by David Pandolfe
Since he drowned, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English "rocker" from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?
Before Henry can reach any conclusions, he witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she’s being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don’t get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he’s his sister’s only hope. But for Henry to even have a chance, he has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn’t mean helpless.
I've actually already started this one, and it's great! Look for my review in a couple of weeks. :-)
3:59, by Gretchen McNeil
Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.
Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.
Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.
Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.
But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.
By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?
From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.
Last summer, when I was at that cabin in Canada, I read Gretchen's Ten. With the lights on. In daylight. So it's only fitting that I check out her latest suspenseful read there THIS summer! (with the lights on. in daylight.) ;-)
Actually, you know, now that I'm putting together this list, I'm realizing how many amazing stories await me in my TBR pile! IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker, TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini, LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger, THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab, STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD by Jane Nickerson....oh my gosh, and that's only the beginning! I better get reading!
So...this post is about the BOOKANISTAS, not my towering pile of books to read. To celebrate all the awesomeness that is this amazing group of writers, librarians, mothers, badass chicks, etc., we are hosting an INCREDIBLE giveaway that is...like, WHOA. Check it out!
Signed copies of these Bookanista-authored books…
IF I LIE and TOUCHED by Corrine Jackson PLUS ARCs of JUST ONE DAY and SPEECHLESS
LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger
BY BLOOD by Tracy Banghart
POSSESSION, SURRENDER and ABANDON by Elana Johnson
TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini (plus a swag surprise)
BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris
AUDITION by Stasia Ward Kehoe
THE GIRL GUIDE by Christine Fonseca (plus sweet swag)
MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans
And a SECOND WINNER will get a box filled with Bookanista-beloved reads including WILL GRAYSON WILL GRAYSON (signed!) by John Green & David Levithan, DITCHED by Robin Mellom, JELLICO ROAD by Melina Marchetta, TAKEN by Erin Bowman, CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare, MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama and SPARROW ROAD by Sheila O’Connor.
Pretty freaking awesome, right? :-D
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