Sunday, January 31, 2010

Booking Through 365 in January

I got a lot done this month!

Reviewed:

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Everything Sucks by Hannah Friedman
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
After by Amy Efaw
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Everything Is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Emma by Jane Austen
Donut Days by Lara Zielin
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Interviews:

Jennifer Cowan


Awards:

Your Blog is Fabulous
One Lovely Blog

Book Signings:

Scott Westerfeld and 09 Debs

That and memes makes 45 posts! I'm happy with this number.

Emma Out!

In My Mailbox January 31, '10

Hello!

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren. I only got two books from the library this week, but they both look excellent.

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Goodreads Description:

"Raised in a stern, abusive Mormon household, a teenage girl starts to question her religion and struggles to find her destiny.

Her father is abusive, her mother is submissive, and her church looks the other way. Confused and angry, Pattyn Von Stratten acts out and is sent to live with an aunt on a Nevada ranch. She finds the love and acceptance she craves, with disturbing consequences."

I have heard amazing things about Hopkins, and this looks so good. Got it on audiobook.








The Boy Book by E. Lockhart

Goodreads Description:

"Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver's junior year at Tate Prep:

• Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
• Cricket: Not speaking.
• Nora: Speaking--sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school--once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn't called Ruby, or anything.
• Noel: Didn't care what anyone thinks.
• Meghan: Didn't have any other friends.
• Dr. Z: Speaking.
• And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.

But, by Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe."

The first in this series was fun and well written, and I've been looking for the sequel for AGES!

Well, that's it for now.

Emma Out!

Book 9 of '10 Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Hi,

I've heard about Heather Brewer from a friend who really liked her books, so I decided to try the series out.

Dust Jacket Description:

Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he's being hunted by a vampire killer.











Characters: Vlad is hard to not like. He's nerdy and sweet. His best friend is the perfect boy and his aunt adores him. But he's so bland. This entire book is bland. 3 flowers.

Writing: I loved some of Brewer's interpretations of vampire myths. Her writing style had a great spooky vibe that was lost on the characters and cliches. 4 flowers.

Plot: Ridiculously overdone to the point where I felt like I was asleep while reading. So many Harry Potter overtones that I wanted to throw the book in the air in frustration. I. Just. Didn't. Care. 2 and a half flowers.

Originality: Besides the clever vampire myths, it's quite lacking in every other dimension. 3 flowers.

Ending: Okay. Left a lot to be desired.
3 flowers.

Dust Jacket: Embodies the book but it should mention the action earlier on. 3 flowers.

Cover: Dark but angsty. 5 flowers.

Overall: Mediocre. I can't say anything else. 2 and a half flowers.

Emma Out!

Book 8 of '10 The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Hello!

The Espressologist looked like so much fun. I grabbed in from the library and devoured it.

Dust Jacket Description:

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie.

Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee.

Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right? With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.

Characters: I find it hilarious that I loved Emma from Jane Austen's Emma and in this remake I did not like Jane at all. She's empty headed and frivolous. But that didn't minimize my enjoyment of this novel. Em was cute and fit the best friend role. Cam was such a flat character I was bored. You cannot make an even loosely based version of Emma and then have a love interest who is the complete opposite of Mr. Knightley. It is just not allowed. I'm not even sure why Jane liked him. He's nice, sure, but there's nothing different about him. The characters were forgettable but their lack of realism gave the book a light tone that helped the coffee premise shine through. 2 and a half flowers.

Writing: Light and fluffy. Perfect for this novel. 4 flowers.

Plot: Ah, here is where this book redeems itself! I'm a big Starbucks fan, so the coffee descriptions were really fun and creative. There were some interesting roadblocks and the sweet plot was definitely my favorite part of the book. 4 and a half flowers.

Originality: I love this idea! Quite brilliant. 4 and a half flowers.

Ending: Predictable, but good. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Fitting. 5 flowers.

Cover: I would've liked a cover with a sweeter looking girl to match the book's feel. 4 flowers.

Overall: Great for a sick day when you can't pay attention to anything. Lots of fun and a great pick me up. Three and a half flowers.

Emma Out!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Book 7 of '10 Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hiya!

I had heard so much about Hate List that I had to get it when I saw it at the library.

Dust Jacket Description:

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.






Characters: Valerie was easy to relate to. Full of angst that she attempted to suppress, it was somewhat difficult to find her voice amidst the flashbacks, but once they were over, I liked her. Her art was an outlet for her emotionally stress that I enjoyed. Her genuine love for Nick came across as endearing instead of unhealthy. Nick was an easily antagonized but bright boy who could've probably got in an entirely different direction if people had given him a chance. Jessica was a very determined girl who was positively changed by the shooting, more so than anyone else in the entire novel. Despite Val's past with her, I really liked her stubborn attitude. Val's family were a mess. I absolutely despised her father, and wanting to throw the book out of my hands due to fury towards him multiple times. There wasn't a character in this book that was flat. 5 flowers.

Writing: Val could've appeared either a villain or a victim in this book, but she seemed to be neither. Brown did a perfect job with her character, without going to extremes. There are some great passages in this novel. I'm extremely impressed with this debut. 5 flowers.

Plot: I can't think of any plot, except for Val attempting to move on and begin her life again. 3 and a half flowers.

Originality: I think this a great idea for a YA novel with great execution. 5 flowers.

Ending: Pleasant and perfect. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket: I can't think of anything else I would want mentioned, except for more emphasis on her parent's relationship. 4 and a half flowers.

Cover: Intriguing and beautiful. 4 and a half flowers.

Overall: 4 and a half flowers.

Emma Out!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Link A Contest Thursday January 28, '10

Hey!

This lovely meme is hosted by my fabulous friend Kristen from BookWorminginthe21stCentury.

I only have one contest to promote this week.

Fantastic Book Review is hosting a contest for The Iron King.

Look for TWO fabulous contests on my blog in February!

Emma Out!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday January 27, '10

Hiya!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.








The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Goodreads Description:

"When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…

Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.

… be careful what you wish for.

Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.

What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?"

Release Date: April 13, 2010

I cannot WAIT to read this one! It sounds like the perfect chick lit and it's gotten great reviews.

Emma Out!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jennifer Cowan Interview

I know I haven't posted in a while, but can't you forgive me now that I'm showing you my first ever interview? Jennifer Cowan wrote earthgirl, which I've reviewed here.


Jennifer Cowan has been writing professionally for two decades. Her television credits include writer and executive story editor of the animated comedy Producing Parker, Show Me Yours, Traders and Big Sound, multiple scripts for the CBC FoxKids teen soap, Edgemont (2004 Leo Award for Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children's Series/2004 Gemini Award nominee), The Saddle Club, The Zack Files, Quads, Liocracy and the Global/Disney tween dramedy, Ready or Not. She has also produced arts, pop culture and entertainment magazine programs and documentaries for the CBC, CTV, TVOntario and CityTV. earthgirl is her first book. Jennifer lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Haven't heard of earthgirl? Here the description.

This unusual novel written partly in blog format (complete with comments posted by the earthgirl’s followers and detractors) takes the cutting-edge form of an online confessional. The story follows the eco-evolution of 16-year-old Sabine Solomon. When she’s blindsided by a driver whose thrown-out McDonald’s leftovers leave her covered in plum sauce, Sabine throws the garbage back, causing a clash that’s captured on her friends’ videophones. Quickly the footage is shown on YouTube, and Sabine finds herself at the center of a heated eco-debate. Inspired to greater global consciousness, she goes to work for an organic food co-op and meets charismatic, idealistic eco-warrior Vray Forest. Mesmerized, she vows to change her life and influence others, much to the dismay of her meat-eating family and shopaholic friends. But when Vray’s activism takes a dark turn, Sabine must face some difficult decisions. Jennifer Cowan’s first book presents an endearing, funny, modern heroine — at once smart, curious, self-mocking, and self-righteous — whose story riffs on universal teen dilemmas of peer pressure, first love, and trying to do the right thing.


What inspired you write a YA book about environmentalism?


I was living in the mountains in British Columbia and there’s a lot more in your face environmental activism out there. There were a lot of problems on chicken farms so I was thinking about the food industry given I lived near a logging community, the forestry industry too. One day I was hiking in the woods and the character of Sabine started speaking to me, so I went home and wrote down what she said and a few months later there was a book.

Why did you find it necessary to infuse social media in earthgirl?

She was always a blogger in my mind. And the blog allowed me to create a real world link to her ideas and causes in case readers were intrigued by these issues too. When I was a YA reader, characters tended to write diaries, but that’s become a bit anachronistic in the technology era so a blog made sense.

How is writing for TV and writing books different?

TV is far more team oriented and collaborative, not unlike working in the kitchen of a restaurant and following the chef’s recipes. The creator of the TV show leads the team. With a novel, it’s all you and other than friends who might read it early on and your editor who will read it when it’s finished, you’re on your own. It’s liberating and scary at the same time.

I love interesting names, and Sabine's is especially intriguing! What made you pick the name Sabine?

Thanks! I have a cousin in Holland named Sabine and I think it’s a beautiful name. Also it has great nickname potential which made it fun to use when I was creating relationships with the other characters. I spend a lot of time choosing character names. Sometimes the personality doesn’t suit the name so I have to change it so it does.

What research was required for earthgirl?

For the most part, when I was writing the book the most important thing for me was discovering who Sabine was and what her relationships and journey was. Once I had a strong understanding of that, I was able to infuse the real information. Of course I did read books about the environment (The Monkeywrench Gang, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, and other books I mention in the story) also a lot of articles, watching any pertinent movies and I visited a ton of activist websites.

What was your favorite YA book of '09?

My favourite YA book from last year is mine, haha! I actually have been avoiding other YA books right now since I’m writing in the genre and don’t want to be subconsiously influenced. But since this is a place to recommend books, on my to read pile is Word Nerd, by Susin Neilsen, who is also an incredibly talented TV writer and lives in Vancouver. It was nominated for a TD Children’s Book Award.

What are the top five ways that anyone can affect the environment and change the world daily?

I think having an awareness of our place in the world and our impact is the first step to change. And to not take our privilege and luck for granted. Yes we have clean running water coming from our taps, but for example that’s no reason to leave it running when you brush your teeth. If everyone is aware and cares and goes that extra step, it will eventually make a difference. And to read! And get involved when things interest you. And when you have the right to vote, us it. I think that’s only four, but I think you know what I’m saying!

Got any new writing projects on the go?

I am currently writing earthgirl 2.0 which follows Sabine’s adventures as she gets ready to go to university. I am also developing a TV series with the smart, gorgeous and talented Amanda Stepto and Stacie Mistysyn, who both starred on the Degrassi series. We’re hoping that someone will have an interest and that in a year or two we’ll have a show! That’s secret dish for the emu and your readers.

Thank you so much for the interview, Jennifer!

Emma Out!

TBR/Teaser Tuesday January 26, '10

Hiya!

To Be Read Tuesday was created by my friend Korianne.

Goodreads Description:

"Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless.

Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life."

I have heard SO much about Ellen Hopkins. I really need to finally read one of her books.





Teaser Time!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"I crumple to the ground, where my mother's blood touches the hem of my best dress, forever staining it. And then the scream I've been holding back comes pouring out of me as hard and fast as a night train just as the sky opens wide and a fierce rain pours down, drowning out every sound."

- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Emma Out!

Book 6 of '10 Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

I know I haven't posted a review in what seems like forever. This is what is known on twitter as an #emmafail. Sincerely sorry. I've been doing a lot of reading, but my rereading of A Great and Terrible Beauty has sort of halted this, because I have been busy with school work and my dad's social life and oh yeah this, BUT NEVER MIND. Also, A Great and Terrible Beauty is gorgeous and I will save the in love giggling for my rereview. NOW. Give up The Ghost!

Dust Jacket Description:

Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over "breathers". Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad — and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance...







Characters: Cass was ridiculously delight. Protagonists are usually not bitter, and even if they are, they come around in the end. Cass was realistic and vengeful about being mistreated in middle school. There was something so new about a character who allowed herself to be angsty and upset. Tim was okay, obviously mourning over his mother's death, and since that took over him I really didn't get a good sense of his character. I loved how Cass and Tim weren't a couple. In the YA book world, it seems impossible to have a guy friend who isn't in love with the girl protagonist or the girl has to lust after another boy. It was nice to see this rule broken. The characters in this book were in a word, refreshing. 4 flowers.

Writing: Simple and fitting of the novel. 4 flowers.

Plot: No real subplots, just a very streamlined novel about Cass helping Tim with his mom. 4 flowers.

Originality: It's not a particularly creative idea, but it's executed well. 4 flowers.

Ending: Ties up all loose ends, and makes me wonder if they'll be a sequel. 4 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Sums the book up, but I feel like it's misleading Tim and Cass's relationship. 3 and a half flowers.

Cover: Fun. 4 flowers.

Overall: 4 flowers.


Emma Out!

Monday, January 25, 2010

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 25, '10

Hiya!

J. Kaye hosts this meme.

Read This Past Week:

Hate List by Jennifer Brown
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Currently REreading:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (amazing)

To RERead This Week:

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Emma Out!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

In My Mailbox January 24, '10

Hey Followers!

Sorry it's taken me so long to post. Had a very chaotic weekend with dad's girlfriend's children and such. Oh the life of a divorced child. *rolls eyes*

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren. Got ONE book this week!

Magic Flutes
by Eva Ibbotson

Goodreads Description:

"Spring, 1922 Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess - who's given up her duties to follow her heart, working for nothing backstage at the Viennese opera. No one there knows who she really is, or that a fairytale castle is missing its princess, and Tessa is determined to keep it that way. But secret lives can be complicated. When a wealthy, handsome Eng"lishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage,Tessa's two lives collide - and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny..."

I've LOVED Eva Ibbotson for years, even though she writes fluffy romance novels. I need all of them for my extensive collection and grabbed this one from the indie book seller that I've just discovered! Going to be buying books ALL the time now.







Yeah, pathetic I know, usually I get more books. But oh well!

Emma Out!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I haven't posted.

You know you're addicted to your blog when:

You feel guilty after not posting for TWO DAYS.

I am so sorry. Can't post tonight but will be tomorrow! Plenty of reviews coming your way, as well as a killer IMM!

Emma Out!

Waiting on Wednesday January 20, '10

Hello! I know this is late...I couldn't post it from my iphone! Woe.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.








Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White

Goodreads Description:

"When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn't so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don't always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she's soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom."
Release Date: March 2, 2010

This looks sweet. I love the cover and I've been waiting for this for ages!

Emma Out!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TBR/Teaser Tuesday January 19, '10

Hiya!

To Be Read Tuesday was created by my friend Korianne.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Goodreads Description:

Before he knew about the Roses, sixteen-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts. Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind - part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir. As if his bizarre magical heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player. Jack's performance on the soccer field has alerted the entire magical community to the fact that he's in Trinity. And until one of the houses is declared Jack's official sponsor, there are no limits to what they'll do to get Jack to fight for them.

I got this from a used bookstore and it looks really wonderful!

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Goodreads Description:

"Meredith and Mallory Brynn are mirror twins born on either side of midnight one snowy New Year’s Eve. They have always been inseparable. But after they are nearly killed in a mysterious fire on their thirteenth birthday, the bond that has always joined them unravels. They begin to have visions and dreams that reveal the deep secrets kept by the people around them. Meredith and Mallory realize they have each been given a gift: Mallory can see deep into the past; Meredith can see the future. But when they discover that one boy is not what they imagined, their lives will be changed forever. If they can survive . . ."

Saw this in the bookstore a long time ago. Love the cover!







Teaser Time!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

" 'Ohhhhhh...' A smile spreads across Em's face. 'I can kind of see that! A little coffee matchmaking, eh?'

'A little Espressology,' I answer, smiling back."

-The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Emma Out!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Writers Revealed: Lara Zielin

Hello My Lovely Followers!

If you don't know what Writers Revealed is, look at this post.

Lara Zielin has been so kind to let me interview her. I want you to comment on this post after you've read it, and ask an odd question that you've always wanted answered. The oddest one will win and I'll ask Lara it in my interview! Here is a bit about Lara and her book, Donut Days, that I've reviewed.

Lara Zielin lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with her husband, dog and cat. DONUT DAYS is her first novel, though she's hard at work on her second book, PROMGATE, slated for release in early 2011.

This is the description of Donut Days:

Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend’s not speaking to her, a boy she’s known all her life is suddenly smokin’ hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite.

But this weekend Emma’s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn’t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.

So now please comment in this post asking really odd (but appropriate) questions about her book or the writing process or what have you! You get a cookie if you do. Oh, you think I am JOKING!

Emma Out!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 18, '10

Hiya!

J. Kaye hosts this meme. I got a decent amount of reading done.

Read This Past Week:

Emma by Jane Austen
Donut Days by Lara Zielin
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Currently Reading:

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

To Read This Week:

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton
Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Well...I believe that's it for me. What did you read this week?

Emma Out!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

In My Mailbox January 17. '10

Hello!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. I got some great books this week!

Library:

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Goodreads Description:

"Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life."

Currently reading this one. It's really well written. Heard so much about it. I'm glad I picked it up!



Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Goodreads Description:

"Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportions. Prophecy of the Sisters is the first of three books."

This looks amazing. I'm a sucker for prophecies.




Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Goodreads Description:

"Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thril
ler that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly."

I love reading Justine's blog, and her husband's writing is amazing, so I'm giving this one a go!





(Re)Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin

Goodreads Description:

"How do you grow up, if who you are keeps changing?

Jill McTeague is not your average high school graduate, she’s a scientific anomaly. Every month for four days she turns into Jack, a guy—complete with all the parts. Now everyone in her hometown knows that something very weird is up with her. So what’s a girl (and a guy) to do? Get the heck out of town, that’s what! With her kooky best friend, Ramie, Jill sets out for New York City. There both she and Jack will have to figure out everything from the usual (relationships) to the not so usual (career options for a “cycler,” anyone?)."


I read Cycler and thought it was well written. I've been wanting to read the sequel.






Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones

Goodreads Description:

"It isn't every day that my high school boyfriend, Eastbrook High School's Harvest King, tells me he's gay. It's not every day that the Harvest Queen is dumped in the middle of a road with the stars watching the humiliation and the dogs barking because they want to come help tear my heart out and leave it on the cold gray ground. It isn't every day that my entire world falls apart. Belle believes that Dylan is her true love-maybe even her soulmate. Until one cold night when Dylan drops the ultimate bomb: he's gay. Where, Belle wonders, does that leave her? Should she have somebeen able to tell? Is every guy that she loves going to turn out to be gay?"

Carrie Jones seems lovely, and this book discusses an interesting topic!




That's it for me! What did you get?

Emma Out!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Book 5 of '10 Donut Days by Lara Zielin

Hello!

I met Lara at the Indigo book signing last weekend. After talking to her, I was sold on her book Donut Days. I bought it and got it signed!

Dust Jacket Description:

Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend’s not speaking to her, a boy she’s known all her life is suddenly smokin’ hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite.

But this weekend Emma’s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn’t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.

In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerizing, fast-paced narrative full of wit and insight.


Characters: Emma was hard working and driven, and this made me like her instantly. Not to mention that she wanted to become a journalist, and anyone with a fellow love of stories is someone I would like to talk to. Emma's parents were fleshed out, and not overtly conservative despite the fact that they ran an evangelical church. I loved the biker gang in this story. I wanted to hug Bear repeatedly. Jake was lovable too. In very few words, Zielin created characters who were realistic. 4 and a half flowers.

Writing: Zielin's writing was absolutely hilarious! Her writing style was direct and it rang true to the protagonist without making Emma sound naive, although there was some unrealistic dialogue. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot: Emma's trying to get that scholarship and her parents could lose the church! Pretty straight forward, and consistently mentioned through out the book. There were also some great twists and subplots. 5 flowers.

Originality: I love the premise of this! I think it's realistic that people would stay outside of a donut shop for weeks at a time for prizes, too. The infusion of a biker gang was really surprising and refreshing as well. Incredibly and delightfully original without seeming too far fetched. 5 flowers.

Ending: Fantastic ending that made me want to know more! I actually shrieked at the book when I read the last sentence. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: It piques my interest about the novel, without giving too much away. 5 flowers.

Cover: Cute and fun, even though it has a girl on the cover, which I usually hate. Matches the tone of the book. 4 and a half flowers.

Overall: 4 and a half flowers.

Emma Out!

Friday Finds January 15, '10

Hiya!

I know I haven't done Friday Finds in ages, but I'm starting up again.

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.




How They Met and Other Stories
by David Levithan

Goodreads Description:

"Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to appeal to fans of Boy Meets Boy. Here are 18 stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love?"

I absolutely adore David Levithan and his writing style. When I found this in the library, I did a little dance. People stared, but it was worth it! I'm going to be checking this one out for Valentine's Day!








Emma Out!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Writers Revealed!

So my followers,

I think it's about time I start interviewing authors. And I'd like to start a new feature. See, I want YOU to help me with interviewing. I'm going to tell you what author I'm interviewing for the week, and then I would like you to comment on that post and ask really weird questions that you've always wanted to ask! I'll narrow the questions down to three, and then have a poll about it to pick the final one! Once the question is voted on, I'll have an interview with that author, and that question will answered!

Sound good? I hope so! What do you think?

Emma Out!

Link A Contest Thursday January 14, '10

Hello Followers!

This meme is hosted by the lovely, amazing and wonderful Kristen from Book Worming in the 21st Century. There are two great contests that I'm going to talk about!

Fantastic Book Review is hosting a contest for All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab.
Book Worming in the 21st Century has a Chloe Neill swag contest running.

Hope you check those two out!

Emma Out

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday January 13, '10

Hey!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.








The Naughty List
by Suzanne Young

Goodreads Description:

"As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility!

Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?"

Release Date: February 4, 2010

This looks like such a fun book! Going to be getting it from the library as soon as possible.

Emma Out!

Book 4 of '10 Emma by Jane Austen

Hello!

I've owned Emma for three years, and I had never picked it up! I thought it would be a good idea to start the year by reading a book that has a protagonist with my name!

Dust Jacket Description:

'I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall'

Beautiful, clever, rich -and single-Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel andhave consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.






Characters: I loved Emma. I know many people her despised her oblivious, idiotic, conscending ways, but despite all this, I loved Emma. I didn't like Emma because she was clever and pretty, although she was, I liked her because I completely understood her character. She is someone who is virtually impossible not to relate to unless you're lying to yourself. She finds kind Jane Fairfax and Miss Bates dull and manipulates Harriet to refuse Mr. Martin's marriage proposal in the subtlest of ways. I laughed multiple times reading these passages, because these are the sort of things I would think but never act on. And Emma does act on them because of her class. Her main downfall is that she is completely inept at empathy, and sees everything through her own eyes. She is such an unreliable narrator, which is so different to the norm these days, that it's somewhat shocking. I would never like Emma if I were to met her in real life, but living inside her head is another story. She's lovable not in spite of her faults, but because of them. And I haven't even gotten to the other characters yet! There is not one character in this novel that isn't well written. I loved seeing Harriet, who reminded me of the girl in high school who is desparate to fit in, who remains sweet and kind in the worst of times. Mr. Woodhouse was great comic relief, and do not even get me started on Mr. Knightley. He's direct, sharp and just in general very much a man. He's also the only person who calls Emma on her faults. He walks the line between the arrogant love interest and the best friend love interest so well that you don't know which side to put him on, and that's truly the brillance of his character. Mr Darcy who? 5 flowers.

Writing: Jane Austen is a genius. The class questions addressed in this novel were so subtle that unless you were looking for them you wouldn't find them. It's a fun, fluffy novel that's clever and witty, written in a way that only Austen knows how to pull off. 5 flowers.

Plot: The pacing was quite slow, but enough happened in between to keep me interested, although I already knew all of the surprises. 4 flowers.

Originality: Originality isn't really an issue, is it? It's an Austen novel. Although Mr. Knightley certainly isn't the usual love interest, and Emma is definitely not the average protagonist. 4 and a half flowers.

Ending: Satisfying. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: More mention of Frank Churchill, please! 4 flowers.

Cover: Despise this picture. This is not Emma at all. 4 flowers.

Overall: 5 flowers.

Emma Out!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book 3 of '10 The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Hello!

I had heard a lot about Angela Johnson and when I saw this audiobook at the library I had to pick it up!

Dust Jacket Description:

Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing.

If only it was clear what the right thing was.









Characters: This book was so short, and yet I fell in love with the characters. Bobby was a boy who loved his daughter but didn't know what to do. From the beginning, it's difficult to not love Bobby, since as the reader I knew that he could've backed off and left Nia at any time. Nia seemed helpless, and together their relationship was sweet and tender. Other characters were briefly mentioned, but mentioned enough that I began to understand them. 5 flowers.

Writing: So profound, gorgeous and beautiful. I felt like I was devouring chocolate while listening to it. I understand why this book got so many awards. The flashbacks were done perfectly, although one thing was immediately obvious. I never thought a book could inspire so much emotion in only a hundred and sixty pages. 5 flowers.

Plot: Bobby and Nia keeping his daughter or giving her for adoption was always the main question of this novel. Although I wondered why abortion was never even mentioned. For a teenage couple that didn't seem particularly conservative or religous, I'm sure it would be on their minds. Although giving or keeping their baby was the biggest question, it seemed pretty obvious what choice was already made. 3 and a half flowers.

Originality: I'm sure there are many YA books in the perspective of a teenage father, but I haven't read any. This was delightful. 4 and a half flowers.

Ending: Absolutely perfect for this novel, and one of the best last lines I've ever read. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Sums everything up. Nothing particularly amazing about it, but it does its job. 4 and a half flowers.

Cover: Usually I hate covers with people on them, but I love the truth in this photograph. 4 flowers.

Overall: 4 and a half flowers.


Emma Out!

Bloggiesta Final Update

Hello!

Well, I finished Bloggiesta! I only did about six hours, though, which is disappointing, but I had a busy weekend. I still got a lot done, though!

I completed:

1. Write all reviews that I haven't gotten to.

2. Write all Waiting on Wednesday posts for January.
3. Try to figure out an idea for a meme or feature for my blog!
4. Comment on 50 posts. We'll see if I get to a hundred.
5. Add and clean up tags.
6. Offer invitations for guest posts.
7. Ask friends if they'd like to do guest posts sometime from January-March
8. Complete selected mini challenges.
9. Sort through followers and follow blogs that look interesting.

My blog is back to life because of Bloggiesta! But I didn't complete:

1. Plan emails for three authors, and get an idea of other authors I'd like to interview.
2. Create a review policy.
3. Figure out promotion and structure, and post intro for feature.

Okay, so I got most of my goals done! I thought it was worse before actually looking at it.

Hope you all did well!

Emma Out

TBR/Teaser Tuesday January 12, '10

Hiya!

To Be Read Tuesday was created by my dear friend Korianne.

Goodreads Description:

"Smile. Wave. Dominate.

Presley loves the pageant world. She knows how to work the crowd and looks gorgeous in an evening gown. But really, she needs the pageant world -- for its scholarships and opportunities. The only thing standing in her way? Her archrival, Megan, who was practically born wearing a crown and sash. Megan may be the nastiest girl on the circuit, but she has one thing that Presley doesn't: connections. And she won't hesitate to use them.

What happens when two girls will stop at nothing -- including scandalous Internet pictures, vicious message board rumors, or "accidentally" ruined hair -- to be crowned the winner? Strap on your stilettos and tuck in those shoulder pads...it's going to be a bumpy ride."

We had this author over at FiveAwesomeYAFans and she was great. This looks fun and I haven't read anything about pageants.

Goodreads Description:

"In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them.

Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away. "

I really love dystopia fiction, and this looks right up my alley.

Now for the teaser portion of this post!


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"I'm no biblical scholar, but I'm pretty sure Adam-as in the guy who named all the animals in the Garden of Eden-wasn't a hermaphrodite.

Turns out my mom had a different opinion."

-Donut Days by Lara Zielin.

Emma Out!

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 11, '10

Hello!

This meme is hosted by J. Kaye.

Read This Past Week:

The First Part Last
by Angela Johnson (Slow week, I know).

Currently Reading:

Emma by Jane Austen

To Read This Week:

Donut Days by Lara Zielin
Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Updates:

-I now have 92 followers! Thank you so much!

-Did Bloggiesta and while I didn't get everything I wanted done, I did get a lot completed.

Emma Out!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Book Signing Posts!

So, in November I met Scott Westerfeld, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and I STILL haven't blogged about it. I also went to a book signing yesterday where I met Megan
Crewe, Rhonda Stapleton and Lara Zielin. I didn't get pictures from either one, so you're just going to have to believe that I went!

The Scott Westerfeld, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare event was the best night of my entire life. Scott had a great presentation about his newest book Leviathan, where he talked about illustrations in books and World War I. Then Holly and Cassandra came in talking about NaNoWrimo, which was fun. I was really nervous, since this was my first official book signing ever. They answered questions about their novels and the writing process. It was a fun event, and they were exactly how I had imagined them. Then I waited two hours to get my books signed, and was literally the last person in line! But luckily, it was all worth it because I got a lot of time with Holly Black. It was a fantastic event and the authors were delightful and quirky. I got Leviathan, Uglies, Tithe, Valiant, and two copies of City of Bones signed! It was such an enjoyable experience.

Yesterday I went to the signing at Indigo and had a blast! Although Sarah Ockler wasn't there, I still had a lot of fun. I spent most of my time with Lara Zielin, the author of Donut Days. She was friendly, bubbly and a lot of fun to talk to! I got Give Up the Ghost, two copies of Stupid Cupid and Donut Days signed. It was a quick half an hour event, but it was worth the two hour drive!

That is all I have to say! Two awesome events. I hope to see the authors again.

Emma Out!

One Lovely Blog Award

Reversing The Monotony gave me an award!

The rules are:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.








Thank you so much for this award! I'm going to nominate eight blogs that I've discovered recently instead of fifteen, if that's okay.

Bloody Bad
My Tea Time is Book Time
Paradoxical
Pirate Penguin's Reads
Opinionated? Me?
Tabitha's Reads
Shut Up! I'm Reading
Book Crazy

You're all very deserving of this award! Hope you don't mind me giving it to you.

Emma Out!

Your Blog is Fabulous Award

J. Kaye was extremely kind to give me this blog award!

This award is for blogs that you've come across recently and enjoyed. Here are five that I've fallen in love with:

Bloody Bad is lovely and her reviews are long and critical. Absolutely gorgeous.
Opinionated? Me? I love the idea of this blog and the similar books section in her reviews idea is excellent!
Book Crazy Exotic looking and great detailed reviews!
Reversing The Monotony The header is brilliant and so is the title! Can't wait to read more of this one.
My Tea Time is Book Time I love the rating system and the design of it.

Thank you so much for this award!

Emma Out!

Bloggiesta Update #2

Hello My Lovely Followers!

Don't know what Bloggiesta is? Look at this!

To Do List:

1. Offer invitations for guest posts.
2. Plan emails for three authors, and get an idea of other authors I'd like to interview.
3. Ask friends if they'd like to do guest posts sometime from January-March
4. Create a review policy.
5. Figure out promotion and structure, and post intro for feature.
6. Write award and book signing posts.
7. Complete selected mini challenges.
8. Sort through followers and follow blogs that look interesting.

So, only four more to do! And I have to finish Emma by Jane Austen. I can do that!

Emma Out!

Bloggiesta Update #1

Hiya Followers!


If you don't know what a Bloggiesta is, then I suggest you look at this.

So, my to do list at the beginning was:

1. Write all reviews that I haven't gotten to.
2. Write all Waiting on Wednesday posts for January.
3. Offer invitations for guest posts.
4. Gather courage and tips for emailing authors for interviews. Maybe even email one or two!
5. Ask friends if they'd like to do guest posts sometime from January-March.
6. Create a review policy.
7. Try to figure out an idea for a meme or feature for my blog!
8. Comment on 50 posts. We'll see if I get to a hundred.
9. Add and clean up tags.

I've gotten most of that done! But now my list is:

1. Offer invitations for guest posts.
2. Email three authors for interviews, and get an idea of other authors I'd like to interview.
3. Ask friends if they'd like to do guest posts sometime from January-March
4. Create a review policy.
5. Figure out promotion and structure, and post intro for feature.
6. Write award and book signing posts.
7. Complete mini challenges.
8. Sort through followers and follow blogs that look interesting.

Okay, so that's all I have to do today! And finish Emma, write, oh, and did I mention start Donut Days? Uh...

Emma Out!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

In My Mailbox January 9, '10

Hiya Everyone!

I know I haven't blogged since Thursday, but I've been BUSY! And I'm doing bloggiesta now, so you should be seeing a lot of me. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. I got a lot of books this week!

Evermore
by Alyson Noel

Goodreads Description:

"Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies."

I know I've taken this one out from the library before, but I gotten this one as an audiobook, so hopefully I'll get through it!

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Goodreads Description:

"Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing.

If only it was clear what the right thing was."

I've heard a lot about Angela Johnson, and this is a new angle to teenage pregnancy. Got it from the library as an audiobook!





The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Goodreads Description:

"What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie.

Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee.

Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right? With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers."

This looks so cute! I love it when I get brand new books from the library.

Twenty Boy Summer
by Sarah Ockler

Goodreads Description:

""Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Okay."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago."

I ADORED this book. I originally bought it for the 09 Debs book signing today, but Sarah wasn't there! Oh well, it's not like it isn't a book worth my library.



Donut Days
by Lara Zielin

Goodreads Description:

"Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend’s not speaking to her, a boy she’s known all her life is suddenly smokin’ hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite.

But this weekend Emma’s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn’t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer."

I met Lara today, and my goodness she was fantastic! I'm now reading this one immediately after I finish Emma. It looks great, doesn't it?


Emma Out!