This challenge is hosted by Pure Imagination. The challenge is: Which two authors would you pair up to co-write a book, and what would it be about?

Hmmm...So many choices! I would love to see Kimberly Derting and Sophie Littlefield team up.  Their book would be about a girl who was orphaned as a baby and grew up knowing nothing about her family. When she turns 16 she receives an anonymous letter with an eerie song inside that when sung allows her to go back in time and learn about her family, but every time she sings it she has to stay in the past longer and longer until she can no longer go back.

What does everyone think? Comments are highly appreciated!  

I got a bunch of great books for Christmas and many that I just haven't gotten a chance to read.  I am looking forward to reading them all!  If you want to join the challenge (Dec 29 - 31) then click on the banner above for more details. Good Luck to all participants and have fun!

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Review: Crescendo

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 19, 2010)
Source: Publisher for review (Thanks Lucille!)

The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!
Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.
The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?
*Summary from Goodreads

*For those of you who have not read Hush, Hush this will contain spoilers from the first book*

My Review: When I opened my mailbox to find this gem of a book inside I literally squealed with delight.  Nora is looking forward to a normal summer, well as normal as you can get when you’re dating your guardian angel, but alas she finds herself enrolled in a summer chemistry course with none other than Marcie Miller, her nemesis. To make things worse Marcie and Nora are stuck as lab partners.  As for Patch, he seems to become even more secretive than he already is. Add to that an old, and troubled, acquaintance, Scott, returning and Nora seems to have her hands full.  While juggling Marcie, Patch, and Scott, Nora starts to look into her father’s mysterious death.  She keeps thinking that she’s seeing him, but knows it can’t be true.  She uncovers more secrets that she can count and finds her self in impeding danger.
The lovely Miss Becca Fitzpatrick has once again created a masterpiece of love, mysteries, and pasts that come back to haunt us. Her tale kept me rapt and my eyes glued to the pages until the very end (darn cliffhangers)!  I enjoyed this book sooooo much and recommend it to each and every angel/Nephilim fan out there. What I love the most is that it’s not just some cheesy love story and that it has an element of adventure waiting to unfold.

Title: Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger
Author: Bo Hoefinger (The Dog)
Source: 1 ARC Tours
SummaryLet's get this clear right away: I'm a dog. I'm 1'10" and weigh 63 lbs, and although I'm a mutt on the outside, I'm a purebred on the inside. My good nature comes from the Golden Retriever side of the family, while my stubbornness is clearly from my Chowchow bloodlines. I've got Rastafarian ears, a black tongue for licking, and paws that should be on a dog twice my size. 
I type 60 words a minute. 
My name is Bo, and this is my story. 
From shelter dog reject to beloved pet and popular doggie blogger, Bo Hoefinger's life has been anything but ordinary.

Join this incorrigible canine as he welcomes us into his life, complete with his wacky "parents," a constipated feline housemate, and chipmunk warfare. Bad to the Bone is an unforgettable, laugh-out-loud tale of love and loyalty that reveals the true heart of a modern American family.
*Summary from Goodreads

My Review: This book (BTTB) was such a fun experience to read! If there was someone in the room with me while I was reading it I would yell out quotes from the book (annoying them out of the room).  Bo has created a work of art that reaches for your funny bone and grabs ahold. BTTB is the story of a dog who was adopted out of revenge and the ups and downs of his life. He tells us what it was like living in the shelter, being adopted, living with a cat, and growing old. I learned that dogs like to humiliate their humans for no reason other than that.  Bo liked to punish his "parents" when they did something he didn't like such as taking the cat away.  This dog was a master at getting more than just table scraps and he knew just when to cock his head. BTTB was a light, funny read that had me wondering just how much dogs (and a cat named Moose) are capable of.

About the Author: Bo Hoefinger's popular blog receives over 100,000 page views per month. He is also the dog behind the writer chosen as the "doggie blogger" for, which has a membership of more than 500,000. 
A frequent contributor to local fence post 12, Bo continues his nonprofit work with the Beneath the Fence Society. In his spare time he dabbles in knocking over garbage pails, barking uncontrollably, and generally being a helpful force around the house. He lives in Atlanta.
*ATA from Goodreads

2010 Debut Author Challenge

OK...So I decided that I would take the initiative and become a part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge.  It is hosted by Kristi (The Story Siren) and the challenge is to read at least 12 debut books throughout the year.  If you need an incentive, Kristi gives away prize packs every month, but for the most part it should be about having fun and enjoying cool new books that have recently premiered.

Here is my list so far (I will edit as I go):
  1. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  2. Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
  3. Freaksville by Kitty Keswick
  4. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
  5. This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas
  6. The Line by Teri Hall
  7. Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

The Tension of Opposites
By Kristina McBride
It’s been two years since Noelle disappeared. Two years since her bike was discovered, sprawled on a sidewalk. Two years of silence, of worry, of fear.

For those two long years, her best friend Tessa has waited, living her own life in a state of suspended animation. Because how can she allow herself to enjoy a normal high school life if Noelle can’t? How dare she have other friends, go to dances, date boys, without knowing what happened to the girl she thought she would share everything with?

And then one day, someone calls Noelle’s house. She’s alive.

A haunting psychological thriller taken straight from the headlines, The Tension of Opposites is a striking debut that explores the emotional aftermath of a kidnapping on the victim, and on the people she left behind.  
*Photo and Summary borrowed from Goodreads

My Thoughts:
When I first heard about this book, it sounded like any other kidnapping book. I was wrong. Turns out it was so much more. It tells not only the story of Noelle coming home and her recovery, but also the recovery of her family and Tessa, her best friend from before the incident. The entire book is in Tessa’s point of view and follows her on her journey of self-discovery after holding herself back for the two years that Noelle was gone. We also learn some of the things that Noelle went through while being a captive and the repercussions of those devastating years.
I was surprised at the way that Noelle acted once she started socializing again. She was angry, of course, but she was also extremely self-destructive. Some of the people around her had me going “heartless bastards” and I wondered if they really knew the impact of their actions. *Note that I am not talking about the kidnapper; he knew what he was doing and was fully aware of the consequences.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone that can handle the reality of a situation such as this. Pick up The Tension of Opposites and you won’t be disappointed. 

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Radiant Shadows Review

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr


Hunger for nourishment.

Hunger for touch.

Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in Melissa Marr’s next volume of Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

*Summary borrowed from Goodreads

My Review:

This is by far my absolute favorite book from the Wicked Lovely series!  I loved Ani's character soooo much!  I loved her quirky little growls and how she doesn't give in to fear, she faces it.  The story revolves around three characters: Ani, Devlin (Sorcha's brother/son/assassin), and Rae (a.k.a. Katherine Rae O'Flaherty, a  human dreamwalker hidden in the faerie realm).

All Ani wants to do is be accepted into The Pack, but because she is a halfling she will only ever be Gabriel's pup, nothing more.  She feeds her hunger with mortals' touch and emotions, yet that isn't strong enough. When she tries with other faeries the most she will get is a few measly emotions because they all know not to touch Gabriel's daughter.  She yearns for more, but will she get it?

Devlin has spent his entire life serving Sorcha as an assassin and easing the burden that is Bananach, but he disobeys a single order and his fate takes a change in course.  He soon finds himself hiding things from Sorcha and that she is keeping things from him as well.  Will he be able to find the right path or is it too late?

When Rae first wakes up in the faerie realm, she thinks it is all a dream.  But soon after she realizes that she is in a powerful place and that she has the ability to dreamwalk.  Through a chance encounter she learns of two fates, one of death and the other of a possible future that could change the world.  Will she be able to guide the course of fate in the right direction?

This book took my breath away and left me with a hunger, not unlike Ani's, for the next book in the series.  It was filled with danger and secrets as well as drama and love.  I reccomend it to all!!! Enjoy!