Saturday, October 30, 2010

Findings of Note (6)

Saturday Situation is a weekly meme hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination and Candace at Candace's Book Blog.  They link up reviews and giveaways each Saturday.  I link to it as well as include my findings of note: new books I've added to my TBR pile and fun blogs I've found during browsing.

Books of Note:

13 to Life 
13 to Life - Shannon Delany
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.
I found this book while browsing through the different blogs I follow.  Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic hosted an author interview by this debut author.  The book cover looked so great, and the description sounded even better.  Needless to say, I can't wait to get my hands on this book.  Even though I am a bit tired of paranormal, this book reached beyond that "eh... another paranormal" attitude and excited me.  Check it out!

Dreaming Anastasia: A Novel of Love, Magic, and the Power of Dreams 
Dreaming Anastasia - Joy Preble
What really happened to Anastasia Romanov?
Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead.
In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn't know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college—until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams…
I found this book through the Crossroads Tour which Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic took part in.  She hosted an author interview with Joy Preble.  The interview and description of this novel just had me!  It sounds wonderful, and I can't wait to read it.  Though my TBR list is growing rapidly, I still keep finding more and more books to be excited about.  I guess that's part of what I love about this book world.

Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
I think there has been a lot of chatter about these books, but I just recently found them.  (I know, I'm slow on the uptake.)  This book is the first in the series the Chaster Chronicles.  Lori at Pure Imagination reviewed both Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness.  I love it when the first in the series is great, but when the series continues to be great, sign me up!  

Blogs of Note:

This week I had the chance to browse around some new blogs.  One of which is going to be a challenge I will take part it.  I thought I would share them with you.

The Christmas Reading Challenge (a little self-explanatory) is a blog written by Sanna, who started this challenge, and will document her reading through Christmas books.  I happen to love Christmas, so I'm excited to take part in this challenge.  I probably will not only read Christmas books during this season (I have so many other books to read!), but I have started a list of books that I will definitely read during December to celebrate the Christmas Season.

Nice Girls Read Books is a blog hosted by Brittany, an Australian book lover.  I found her through the Book Blog Hop last week, and I have been excitedly reading her blog almost religiously recently.  She reviews great books, hosts author interviews, and hosts giveaways. 


Because Saturday Situation in itself is a way to highlight giveaways and awesome blogs, I only post about giveaways I'm super excited about.  Jessica at  Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa at A Life Bound by Books have been hosting Haunted Halloween all October.  But as Haunted Halloween is wrapping up, I wanted to highlight one more awesome giveaway.  Jessica hosted Simone Elkeles today, and she is giving away a signed copy of Perfect ChemistryPerfect Chemistry happens to be one of my favorite young adult novels of this year!  I loved the book (my review from a mini-challenge), and consequently I am an all time fan of Simone Elkeles.  I will automatically recommend anything she writes.  Even though I already have an ecopy of Perfect Chemistry, I had to enter the giveaway because it's signed!  But, being the nice person that I am, I want you guys to know about this awesome book as well so you can have a chance to win and read it as well.  So go, go, go sign up!

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