Monday, October 4, 2010

September 2010

The following reviews, interviews and features are running on for the month of September.

Reviews and Excerpts
Book Cover ArtI SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT: A Tiffany Aching Adventure, by Terry Pratchett(Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
After studying senior witches for years, Tiffany Aching is on her own. As the witch of Chalk, she performs the unglamorous task of caring for the needy. But when someone starts igniting fear against the witches, she discovers that “real” witchcraft isn’t always fun. Now Tiffany must find the source of evil and defeat it at its root. Because this time, the price of failure is her life, and if she falls, then so will Chalk. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
Book Cover ArtCLOCKWORK ANGEL: The Infernal Devices, Book 1 by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy)
A 19th-century American aristocrat travels to London to rendezvous with a brother who's been ensnared by dark magic. Under the guise of reuniting the family, members of the evil Pandemonium Club --- warlocks and vampires --- arrange for the girl's kidnapping and train her to use her shape-changing powers. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.
Book Cover ArtSKELETON CREEK #3: THE CROSSBONES by Patrick Carman (Mystery/Suspense)
Strange things always happen in Skeleton Creek, and when they do, Ryan writes them down, and Sarah captures them on video. But now the spookiness is spreading, and this time the mystery is going to take them far beyond the Creek itself…into places both unexpectedly sinister and spine-chillingly haunted. Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.
Book Cover ArtTHE ETERNAL ONES by Kirsten Miller(Supernatural Thriller)
Haven Moore has been having visions of her soul mate since she was a baby. But when the visions return, Haven realizes that they might be memories. She seeks out the love of her lives and becomes embroiled in the scheming of those who would plot against her. Can she trust her love? Or will she meet the fate she met in every other life? Reviewed by Jordana Frankel.
Book Cover ArtTHE DUFF (DESIGNATED UGLY FAT FRIEND) by Kody Keplinger (Fiction)
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper isn’t pretty by a long shot. She’s totally unfazed by school hottie Wesley Rush, and when he calls her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t great at home, and Bianca ends up kissing him. As it turns out, the two have more in common than they thought, and now Bianca must face the fact that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

» Click here to read Kody Keplinger’s blog post, “Kody Keplinger on Loving Fictional Boys.”
Book Cover ArtFEAR: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror, edited by R.L. Stine (Suspense/Horror/Short Stories)
R.L. Stine has put together a collection of short stories by some of the most celebrated authors in the business that are sure to frighten, thrill and horrify readers of all ages. The reinhardt thing you want to do is stay up late at night, in the dark, all alone, and read this book. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.
Book Cover ArtTHREE BLACK SWANS by Caroline B. Cooney(Fiction)
Missy and her cousin Claire can finish each other’s sentences and practically read each other’s minds. In fact, it’s kind of creepy. So when Missy can’t find the courage to question her parents, she uses a school project to uncover an explanation. But when their video gets posted on YouTube, the cousins realize they’ve opened Pandora’s Box. Not only are their identities called into question, so is the future of everyone involved. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.
Book Cover ArtBUTTERFLY by Sonya Hartnett (Fiction)
Plum Coyle is on the edge of adolescence. Her 14th birthday is approaching, and over the next few weeks, her life will change forever. Her beautiful neighbor Maureen will start to show her how to fly, while the older brothers she adores will court catastrophe in worlds she barely knows about. And Plum’s friends will tease and test her, as they try to lead her on and take her down. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
Book Cover ArtHOTHOUSE by Chris Lynch (Fiction)
As a firefighter, Russ had it all: the hothouse, the guys, the glory, the handshakes with the mayor, and the ladies who sent ham to his doorstep. He used to be a hero…until everything went up in smoke. Now his mom cries herself to sleep, and the phone won’t stop ringing from crazies trying to blame him for what happened. And once they’ve started taking it away from him, they won’t stop until nothing is left. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
Book Cover ArtTHE BIG TIME: A Football Genius Novel, by Tim Green (Fiction)
Things couldn't be going better for Troy White. The Atlanta Falcons' football genius is at the top of his game, agents and lawyers are knocking on his door with big-money offers for the upcoming season, and his own football team has just won the Georgia State Championship. But then another lawyer comes knocking --- and he says, "I think I'm your father." In that instant, Troy's life is changed. Reviewed by Joy Held.
Book Cover ArtROSE SEES RED by Cecil Castellucci (Fiction)
After being blacklisted by a friend, Rose has become timid and withdrawn. Being friendless in New York City seems the worst imaginable thing, and Rose reacts by hiding. But meeting a free-spirited Russian girl changes things for Rose, breaking the cycle and giving her the opportunity to be a real friend. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.
Book Cover ArtTHE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY, & JUNE by Robin Benway (Fiction)
When their parents get divorced, sisters April, May and June recover special powers from their childhood --- powers that help them survive high school and cope with their hardest years yet. But when April gets a vision of disaster, the sisters realize that their powers might have a greater purpose. And that in spite of everything that happens, they’ll still always have each other. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
Graphic Novels and Manga

Book Cover ArtSOLOMON’S THIEVES written by Jordan Mechner, illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland
Martin is a young member of the Knights Templar who seeks to regain his one true love. But his actions will kick off a series of events that will pit the knights against the church and the king, leading to death, mayhem and fast-paced adventure. Reviewed by John Hogan.

Book Cover ArtDEATH NOTE, Volumes 5-8 written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Serial killer Light Yagami is now a suspect in the Kira investigation. How far will he go in order to save himself? Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
Book Cover ArtDEATH NOTE, Volumes 9-12 written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata
In the final four books in the
Death Note saga, serial killer Light thinks he can take over the world, but he underestimates his enemies. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
Book Cover ArtGORGEOUS CARAT GALAXY written and illustrated by You Higuri
Ray, Florian and Lila are back in this one-volume spin-off of the original
Gorgeous Carat. Ray and Florian travel to the countryside to purchase artwork from one of Florian's relatives, only to find themselves wrapped up in mystery laced with abduction, madness and murder. Reviewed by Courtney Kraft.
Book Cover ArtALICE THE 101st written and illustrated by Chigusa Kawai
Aristo is accepted as the 101st student in a prestigious musical academy. Before this, only 100 students were allowed in. So what makes him so special? Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

Seasonal Feature

Book O'Lantern Contest
For the first time ever, is celebrating the season of ghouls and ghosts with our Book O'Lantern contest and feature! Between October 1st and October 22nd you can enter to win a bag perfect for trick-or-treating filled with a few special treats, plus 14 spooky reads that will help make the scariest season of them all last well beyond Halloween.

» Click here to read all the contest details.


Looking for a great book that is sure to generate lots of discussion in your reading group? Then check out THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt, which tells the story of Levi, who must deal with his older brother Boaz's return from war in the Middle East. Instead of being a happy occasion, Boaz’s post-traumatic stress disorder makes it impossible for Levi to have anything remotely resembling a brotherly relationship with him. But that doesn’t stop Levi from trying…and maybe pushing Boaz farther away, if that’s even possible. is giving away up to 20 copies of THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS to one lucky book club. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 17th at noon ET.

THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt (Fiction)
Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends, Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.

But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.

Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.

» Click here for all the contest details.
» Click here to read a review of THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS.
» Click here to read an excerpt from THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS.
» Click here to read our interview with Dana Reinhardt.
» Click here to read Dana Reinhardt’s bio.
» Visit Dana Reinhardt’s offical website,

Special Features

THE EXILED QUEEN: A Seven Realms Novel, Book Two by Cinda Williams Chima (Fantasy)
Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery --- but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

» Click here to read more about THE EXILED QUEEN.
» Click here to read a review of THE EXILED QUEEN.
» Click here to read an excerpt from THE EXILED QUEEN.
» Click here to read our interview with Cinda Williams Chima.
» Click here to read Cinda Williams Chima’s bio.
» Visit Cinda Williams Chima’s official website,

PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow (Fantasy)
Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her “witch blade” --- a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading feat of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

» Click here to read more about PLAIN KATE.
» Click here to read a review of PLAIN KATE.
» Click here to read an excerpt from PLAIN KATE.
» Click here to read our interview with Erin Bow.
» Click here to read Erin Bow’s bio.

TOUCH BLUE by Cynthia Lord (Fiction)
“Why take chances?” asks 11-year-old Tess Brooks. “Especially when it’s so easy to let the universe know what you want by touching blue or turning around three times or crossing your fingers.”

But Tess is coming to know that it’s not always that simple. The state of Maine plans to shut down her island’s schoolhouse, which would force Tess’s family to move to the mainland --- and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan, too: increase the number of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a 13-year-old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own --- and all the luck she can muster. Will Tess’s wish come true, or will her luck run out?

» Click here to read a review of TOUCH BLUE.
» Click here to read an excerpt from TOUCH BLUE.
» Click here to read Cynthia Lord’s bio.
» Visit Cynthia Lord’s official website,

DAY OF DELIVERANCE: A Jack Christie Adventure, by Johnny O'Brien (Thriller/Action & Adventure)
Jack and Angus’s time travels are heating up again, and this time the boys must save Queen Elizabeth I from an early death. Meeting the playwright Marlowe and a young actor named William Shakespeare along the way, Jack and Angus will have to use all their bravery and skill to thwart their archenemy, Pendleshape, and his misguided notions of changing history.

DAY OF DELIVERANCE is the exciting second installment in the Jack Christie adventures.

» Click here to read a review of DAY OF DELIVERANCE.
» Click here to read an excerpt from DAY OF DELIVERANCE.
» Click here to read our interview with Johnny O’Brien.
» Click here to read Johnny O’Brien’s bio.
Books into Movies
IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORYA trip to your local theater will leave you with plenty of food for thought, as’s Books into Moviesfeature is spotlighting the big-screen adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY. October 8th marks the release of this buzzworthy dramedy centered on a suicidal 16-year-old who learns about life, love and happiness within the walls of a psychiatric hospital.

» Click here for more details about It's Kind of a Funny Story.
Cool New Books

September’s roundup of Cool New Books includes RECKLESS, the highly anticipated new novel from Cornelia Funke, who was inspired by the Brothers Grimm to create a world filled with danger, mystery and magic, with fairy tales and legends reimagined as never before; I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT by Terry Pratchett, the final adventure of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men, which finds the young witch facing a new foe who whispers threats of violence and quietly unleashes havoc; THE GENIUS WARS, the thrilling conclusion to Catherine Jinks’s high-tech trilogy featuring boy-genius Cadel Piggott; EXTRAORDINARY, Nancy Werlin’s riveting tale of two visitors from the fairy realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt; and THE DUFF, Kody Keplinger’s debut novel about dysfunctional love gone right. » Click here

New In Paperback

September’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Medal-winning tale of an unusual boy who is the only living resident of a graveyard; GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray, in which a 16-year-old who just wants to get through high school finds out he’s dying of mad cow disease; SHADOWLAND, the continuation of Alyson Noël’s The Immortals series, which finds Damen and Ever discovering the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul; DEADLY LITTLE LIES, the second installment in Laurie Faria Stolarz’s thrilling and chilling paranormal series,Touch; and THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP, Catherine Jinks’s novel about vampires who must give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group and reform themselves. » Click here.

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