Monday, August 20, 2012

CONJURE Cover Reveal!!!

Today I'm excited to host a giveaway AND a new cover reveal. It's CONJURE, an amazing new YA book from Entangled author Lea Nolan!!! Isn't it amazing?

About CONJURE: Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.
When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends--are lost forever.

I can't wait to read it! For more info about the book, visit any of the following links:

CONJURE on Goodreads: http://www.
Lea's website:

In honor of the cover reveal of CONJURE, Lea is hosting a contest. To enter, just choose your poison on the Rafflecopter below.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ready or Not, It's Time for Back to School!

In two weeks, school will start here. The kids will be back in our library, looking for more Teen Talk Tuesday questions. I'll probably start off by by asking them what they did over the summer. (Hmm...that's a loaded question!)

As for me, I read...and read...and read.

I'm on the state committee for this year's Teen Book Award, so I was given a list of over a dozen different books to read during the months of May, June, and July. Then we discussed each title in an online forum. Our committee is comprised of public and school librarians. We can choose which genres we want to read, and then we're given the titles a steering committee has pre-selected.

I thought the experience was pretty daunting but worthwhile. The hardest part for me was scrambling to get the titles. They're all books that were published a year ago, so some were bestsellers (easily found) and some were nearly impossible for me to locate by my deadline. My chosen genre was "adrenalin," which includes paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy.

Add these books to the ones I'm already obligated to read for my editor, and I was reading about 3 YA novels a week. Somehow I made it through the whole "adrenalin" list, and found some new favorite reads. At the end of July, we were asked to rank our top 5 picks. It was a very hard decision!

I can't wait to share the best books with my students when they return. In the coming months, I'll be posting a few reviews on the blog. My favorite read of the summer was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, hitting the stores this week! What great book did you read this summer?