Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

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Every Day
by David Levithan
304 pages
NetGalley
YA
2012

Book Jacket Summary
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

My Thoughts
I am quickly becoming a huge fan of David Levithan and the different techniques he uses to tell a story. In his book he has a character wake up each morning in a different persons body. This is a very interesting concept and I was wondering how he would pull it off but I should not have been surprised in how well it went. "A" wakes up in Justin's body and goes about the normal day observing and just making do until he meets Rhiannon. He (I use this because it is hard to write without a gender specific pronoun) falls in love with her but must leave after one day. Instead, A highjacks the next hosts body to spend another day with her and the next until A finally wants to tell her the truth. Things become increasingly complicated, especially when one of his hosts thinks he was possessed by a demon. 
This book filled me with hope and hopelessness. A is such a compelling narrator and feels disconnected until meeting Rhiannon. A does not have a family but rather experiences a family through each hosts day. A does not feel male or female but rather both because A inhabits both genders. This is hard for Rhiannon to adjust too and brings up an interesting discussion on if love is just a gender based phenomenon. Levithan explores this on other books but it is especially explored in this book because all kinds of relationships are explored. There are gay, lesbian, and transgendered people that A inhabits and it makes for a very good discussion jump off point. This makes me think that this may be on a few banned reading lists. A also has to make a choice of staying in a body and basically "murdering" the person inside and make the body his to be with Rhiannon.
I would recommend this one to those who are looking for something beautiful but sad and willing to expand their thoughts on what makes a person a person. Is A really a person? Rhiannon can recognize A in the different forms but cannot see a future for their relationship and would it be fair to the host? Lost of questions that I am still mulling over. I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait to go back and read more of Levithan's work.    

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki

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Me and My Dragon 
by David Biedrzycki
Library
Picture Book
2011

Book Jacket Summary
 A boy lists all the reasons he wants a dragon and describes how he would take care of his new pet. He includes tips for selection (why you shouldn't choose a three-headed dragon), discipline (what to do if your dragon misbehaves), and diet (why you should never give a dragon broccoli).

My Thoughts
I want a dragon! This book explains all the way a boy would a boy could take care of a tiny fire breathing dragon. The book is brightly colored and quite detailed. My favorite illustration depicts a pet store window with dogs cowering in a corner, looking  at the dragon with pure horror. The dragon is bright red and has an inquisitive look all throughout. This is a high recommend from me, especially for boys! The sketches of the two on two on the inside cover are adorable. I love sketches of this sort and would love to see a graphic novel by Biedrzycki.

Book Pairings 

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman



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Stuck in Neutral 
by Terry Trueman 
144 pages
Provided by Harper Teen on their website
YA
2000

Book Jacket Summary
Shawn McDaniel's life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle—he can't even move his eyes. For all Shawn's father knows, his son may be suffering. Shawn may want a release. And as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawn's life is in danger.
To the world, Shawn's senses seem dead. Within these pages, however, we meet a side of him that no one else has seen—a spirit that is rich beyond imagining, breathing life.
 

My Thoughts
This is one of those books that I always end up reading when I know I should not be reading it. I did the same thing with If I Stay and Revolution. I read them when I really shouldn't have. This one kept leaving me with knots in my stomach because of the plot and the great narrative. You really feel for Shawn and his whole life. He is unable to communicate with anyone and no one can see that he can understand everything that is going on around him, especially that his dad is planning on killing him. His father believes it is a mercy killing and that Shawn is in never ending pain but Shawn is just not able to communicate.
This was a hard book to read but it was worth it and I am so glad that Harper Teen had it available to read for free on their website. It was intense and I can see why it won the Printz Award in 2001. This book will draw in a reader and make them see another side of someone they would normally ignore.
This is recommend to everyone book and you cannot deny its worth twelve years later. You cannot say you do not have time for it because it is only 144 pages long! I am also going to be looking for Cruise Control by Terry Trueman because it shows Paul's side of the story (Shawn's brother).

Book Pairings
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper





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Monday, August 20, 2012

MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH BLOG TOUR


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On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze. 

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. 

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Release: Sept. 11, 2012 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing | Purchase: Amazon | BookDepository

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Author Spotlight
As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.
As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her debut novel.  She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised.
My Thoughts
  I love a good time travel book and Rachel Harris really knew how to transport me back in time! I actually went to Italy last year and one of my stops was Florence. It felt so nice to step back into that city through a book and have a character experience the awe I felt. Then she is lucky enough to go back in time!
Cat Crawford is on her way to Florence because her dad is getting married to a much younger woman and this is Cat's peace prize for going along with it. Cat is the daughter of a film director and a scandalous actress, so her life is not the norm but I really like how she handles herself. She is so excited to be in a city where no one recognizes her and she can let her guard down on the trip. She will be able to soak up the culture and art of Florence. Especially the art.
 On her first day in Florence she goes into a gypsy fortune teller's tent and get whisked away to the sixteenth century. There she meets up with her ancestors and falls in love with the handsome artist Lorenzo but there are obstacles in the way of them being together (never mind that Cat is from the future)! Cat really grows as a character and I love the journey she takes. 
I am looking forward to book two, at least I am assuming there is a book two because of the ending! I will be first in line to read it! A great book for those who love time travel and a really fun books! 

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fuddles by Frans Vischer

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Fuddles 
by Frans Vischer
Library
Picture Book
2011

Book Jacket Summary
Fuddles is a fat, lazy housecat who's never been in the Great Outdoors. One day, his humans leave the door open a crack and Fuddles seizes the chance to slip out, but things aren't quite as he expected. In a series of hilarious mishaps, including a run-in with the neighborhood dog, he realizes that life as he'd known it was actually pretty good. Told with deadpan humor and charming art, Fuddles is sure to steal readers' hearts.

My Thoughts
 Oh Fuddles, you are so cute and fluffy. I will take you home and spoil you rotten.
This book is so cute and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes animal stories. Fuddles is a spoiled kitty but when Mama says "NO!" to going out outside, he is determined to have adventures. He sneaks out but adventures are not quite he envisioned. Instead he gets lost, scared, and hungry. This book is quite humorous and has great illustrations. You can tell Vischer has watched cats for a while and has the lazy, chubby cat down!
I really like this book and I will be reading it over again!

Book Pairings
Skippyjon Jones by
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Detective Blue by Steve Metzger


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Detective Blue 
by Steve Metzger
illustrated by Tedd Arnold
32 pages
Library
Picture Book
2011

Book Jacket Summary
Miss Muffet is missing . . . and Detective Blue is on the case!

"Today started like any other day. The dish ran away with the spoon."

Little Boy Blue is all grown up, and he's a detective working to find Miss Muffet. Join in the fun as Detective Blue tries to crack the case with the help of his nursery rhyme friends. The fun is never-ending as Detective Blue interrogates grown-up nursery rhyme characters in order to solve the Missing Muffet Mystery. Kids, parents, and teachers can find a list of referenced nursery rhymes and go back into the story to find the characters.

My Quick Thoughts
This is one for children who are very familiar with Mother Goose rhymes. There are call backs from many rhymes that may not have integrated into popular culture but they mostly in the background. Blue has to solve the case of Little Miss Muffet's disappearance and runs into many familiar faces along the way. 
This is a really cute book with an interactive element. On the copyright page there is a list of Mother Goose characters to spot while reading. I would recommend checking it out of the library, it is a good book and will be fun to read through at bed time.

Book Pairings
The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by
Texas Mother Goose by


 
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

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Cat Among the Pigeons
by Agatha Christie
352 pages
Library
Adult Mystery
1959

Book Jacket Summary
Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion, while the rest of the school sleeps. There, among the lacrosse sticks, they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress - shot through the heart from point blank range.

The school is thrown into chaos when the 'cat' strikes again. Unfortunately, schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much. In particular, she knows that without Hercule Poirot's help, she will be the next victim!
 
My Quick Thoughts
There is nothing like an Agatha Christie book. Her books feel timeless and have such a flare about them, plus this is a boarding school mystery that involves a jewel theft, murder, and Hercule Poirot.
A packet of Ramat's crown jewels is missing and it may have ended up at a Meadowbank's school for girls in England. It is up to Poirot to figure out who is killing the teachers and save a young school girl from being next.
I was not sure who the muderer was but I was not tempted to peak because you really do want to figure out who did it on your own. This is one for the mystery junkies out there. I would push this one on a teen who wanted a more clean murder series. Plus one of the main characters in this is a teenage girl who keeps her wits about her when she stumbles into a mystery. Highly recommended!

Book Pairings
Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child
Heist Society by Ally Carter Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Karice Bolton's Altered Souls Cover Reveal

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Taken (A Watchers Novella)  
by Karice Bolton
Expected Pub: December 2012
Prequel (The Watchers Trilogy)

A Watchers Novella

Ana and Athen are enjoying the quiet life as a couple with only the minor dark demon infraction to rectify. Cyril and Arie are enjoying the newfound simplicity too. Things are perfect – too perfect.

They soon realize that something far more sinister is taking place in their world, and they must do their best to stop the evil from spreading. Determined to figure out who is tampering with the mortals’ fate they are unable to recognize that it’s a trap, and one of their own is the target.

This is where it all begins.

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Altered Souls (Book 2 of The Witch Avenue Series)
by Karice Bolton
Expected Pub: October 2012 

The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past. 

Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities. 

With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.   

Author Bio:

Karice Bolton
Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, was released in June 2012!

Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the cutest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mrs. Tuesday's Departure Book Blast


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Meet Author Suzanne Anderson

I was born in Fort Lauderdale, attended the University of Michigan on an athletic scholarship for swimming and then worked on Wall Street. I left the bright lights of the big city fifteen years ago and traveled the world. I now live in the mountains of Colorado, where I pursue my dream of writing novels.




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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…
Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany kept Natalie, a renowned children’s book author, and her family out of harm's way for most of the war. Now as the F├╝hrer's desperation grows during the waning years of the conflict, so does its threat. Natalie's younger sister, Ilona, married a Jewish man, putting both her and her young daughter, Mila, in peril; Natalie's twin sister, Anna, is losing her already tenuous hold on reality. As the streets of Budapest thrum with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers, danger creeps to the doorstep where Natalie shields them all.
Ilona and her husband take the last two tickets to safety for themselves, abandoning Natalie to protect Anna and Mila from the encroaching danger. Anna's paranoid explosion at a university where was once a professor, sparked by delusions over an imagined love triangle, threatens their only other chance for escape. Ultimately, Natalie is presented with a choice no one should ever have to make; which of her family will she save?
An inspirational story of faith and family, strength and weakness, and the ultimate triumph of love over hate. Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure demonstrates the power of faith to light even the most harrowing darkness.
... faith is the evidence of things not seen.






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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

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The Girl Who Chased The Moon 
by Sarah Addison Allen
292 pages
Personal Copy
Adult Fiction, Crossover Appeal
2010 

Book Jacket Summary
In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world—no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?

Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

My Thoughts
I love Sarah Addison Allen's books. They make me feel nostalgic and hunger for the life her characters lead. Emily is a senior in high school who moves to Mullaby, NC after her mother's death to live with her grandfather. There are mysteries surrounding her mother' past and the boy Logan Coffey, who committed suicide. Julia Winterson runs a local barbeque restaurant and lives next door to Emily. She decised to take Emily under her wing, even though she plans on leaving in six months, just enough time to pay the restaurant's mortgage. Julia's past is catching up with her every time Sawyer walks through the door. These women's lives collide abd the secrets start coming out.
I love how realistic feeling Allen makes her books but there is one or two fantastic elements. A wallpaper that changes to suit your mood and strange lights that race across the trees. This is a wonderful book to read over the summer and you can feel the southern heat steaming off of the page. There are great characters and I am left wanting more. That is the quality of book I am always longing to find. Allen also has a way of describing food that makes your mouth water. I really want to try the recipes Allen put in her book, especially the hummingbird cake.
This book is targeted for adults but I think that it could be great for teens who are looking to jump into a more adult book. One of the main characters is seventeen and the other main character harkens back to the mistakes she made in high school. There is talk of cutting in this book and one of the main characters talks about in detail. I would recommend this book to anyone because I love Allen's writing but be careful if people might have a history in cutting and do not want to be reminded of the feelings.

Book Pairings
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Practical Magic by

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WOW: Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
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Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
Release Date: October 2012
Little Brown

Book Jacket Summary
The end of their world begins with a story.
This one.
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.

Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being -- called the Nybbas -- imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true -- not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.

Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wake by Amanda Hocking Tour: Giveaway and Excerpt



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Wake (Watersong #1)
by Amanda Hocking
Expected Pub: Aug 7, 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone’s attention, including the eye of practical Harper. But it’s her sister, Gemma, they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all – carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. She craves late night swims under the stars, where she can be alone yet belong to the sea. Lately she’s had company. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove–and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.
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Lullaby (Watersong, #2) - the second book in the Watersong series follows Harper and  Gemma as they go even deeper into a dark new world.
Coming November 27, 2012


PhotobucketAmanda Hocking : I live in Minnesota with my dog, two cats, two fish, and my roommate/assistant/platonic lifemate, Eric. I actually live in Austin, a.k.a. SPAMTown, USA. They invented SPAM here, and the town is quite proud of it. (Heres a vlog with a fun tour of the SPAM museum: here.)

I do many things, most of them lame and boring, but the thing I get paid to do is write young adult books.

All three books in my Trylle Trilogy - Switched,Torn, and Ascend - were originally self-published, but were re-released with St. Martin’s and Pan Macmillan internationally with new bonus content in early 2012. The trilogy has also made the USA Today Bestseller list, the New York Times Bestseller list, and was recently optioned for a film by Media Rights Capital with District 9 screenwriter Terri Tatchell adapting the books for screen.

St. Martin’s and Pan Macmillan recently acquired my new young adult four-book series Watersong, with the first book Wake coming out in August 2012. My zombie series, The Hollows, is being adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite.

I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand.
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My Thoughts
Gemma and Harper are sisters that seem to fight more and more. Harper is the eldest and feels it is her duty to protect and mother Gemma since their mother is unable to from the mental facility. Gemma just wants to swim in the bay and sneak a few kisses with her new boyfriend Alex. Swimming is her true passion and the new girls in town (Penn, Thea, and Lexi) seem a little to interested in her. They are beautiful but yet creepy and everyone makes way for them wherever they go,
The mythology is spot on and the story of the muse's daughter that become sirens is the basic story. Hocking fleshes it out and I really appreciate how she kept the purity of the original myth. I have always been a big Roman/Greek mythology fan and I always loved researching into the original stories. Much like fairy tales, there are different versions and slight tweaks that can change the entire premise.
I think you can gues that sirens play a large part in this book and they want to bring Gemma into their fold but Gemma is reluctant to join them. Hocking has made a very layered characters in this series and Gemma and Harper have their flaws.
I would recommend this one a great summer read. It made me long for the beach! Great paranormal and mythical elements are a strong point for Hocking and I am looking forward to Lullaby!  

Book Pairings
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   “Is there something you want?” Gemma asked.

   Harper noticed when Penn’s dark eyes latched onto Gemma’s, her sister lifted her chin up higher, as if defying her in her some way. Then Harper saw something made her blood run cold – Penn’s eyes changed, shifting from near black to an odd golden color, remind Harper of a bird.

   Her weird bird eyes stayed locked on Gemma, but Gemma’s expression didn’t change, as if she didn’t notice the startling shift in Penn’s eyes.

   As suddenly as they changed, Penn’s eyes went back to their normal soulless color. Harper blinked and glanced around, but nobody else seemed to notice they change. They all just stared up at Penn, as if mesmerized, and Harper wondered if it’d just been in her imagination.

   “Nope.” Penn raised one of her shoulders, managing a seductive shrug. “I just wanted to stop and say hi. We don’t know many people here in town yet, and we’re always looking to make new friends.”

   Thea didn’t look like she wanted to make new friends, though. She stood off to the side, a bit back from Penn and Lexi. She twirled her long red hair around her finger, and wouldn’t look at anyone at the table.

   “You already have friends,” Harper said to Penn and nodded to Lexi and Thea.

   “You can always have more though, right?” Penn asked, and Lexi winked at Luke, making him giggle again.  “And we could definitely use a friend like Gemma.”

   Harper was about to ask Penn exactly what she meant by that, wondering what on Earth they could possibly want with her little sister, but Marcy cut her off.

   “Wait,” Marcy said through a mouthful of cheese curds. “Didn’t there used to be a fourth one?” She gulped down her food and stared up at them. “What did you guys do with her? Did you eat her? And then throw her up afterwards, because obviously, you guys are bulimic.”

   Penn shot her a glare so fierce, it actually made Marcy cringe. She lowered her eyes and pulled her cheese curds closer to her, as if she thought that Penn might steal them from her. 




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