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Blog Hop and Follow Friday (21)

The Feature and Follow Friday blog hop is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee. This week's question is:  
In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

My all time favorite fairy tale is The Little Mermaid. Hence the obsession with all things mermaid. But I also really like The Goose Girl and The Ice Maiden. Now, as for stories that feature fairies... hmm... I can tell you my leastfavorite. I really did not like Carrie Jones' series (Entice, Captivate, Need). Blek. It felt like a hodge podge of mystical elements-- fairies, shape shifters, Norse mythology. Don't get me started.

Review: Stay With Me

Stay With Me Paul Griffin
Product Details:
Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Dial (September 8, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0803734484
Source: copy from the author in exchange for a review
Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love. She's a sensitive A student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. Until. Mack makes a horrible mistake, and in just a few minutes, the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can't stay.



Oh. My. Goodness. This book had me laughing and crying all at once. It was so believable. I don't even know where to start...

CeCe and Mark are great. But then, so are Vic, Tony and CeCe's mom. Every character was so well written. …

Review: The Wide-Awake Princess

The Wide-Awake Princess E.D. Baker

Product Details: Reading level: Middle Grade Pages: 272 pages Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (May 11, 2010)
ISBN-10: 159990487X


When Princess Gwen (otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty) pricks her finger and sends herself and the whole castle to sleep for one hundred years, only her younger sister, Annie, is left awake. And only--Annie--blessed (and cursed) with being resistant to magic--can venture beyond the rose-covered hedge to get help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake. But what about the one hundred years? And who is Gwen's true love? Her irritating suitor, Digby? The happy-go-lucky prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose evil motives couldn't possible spell true love? Joined by Liam, one of her father's guards, Annie travels through a fairy-tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to find the prince to rescue her sister... a…

Review: Hereafter

Hereafter Tara Hudson

Product Deatils: Genre: Paranormal Romance (YA) Pages: 416 Publisher: HarperTeen (june 7, 2011) ISBN: 0062026771 Source: ebook from NetGalley Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive. Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into …

Winner!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the contest! Unfortunately, only one person could win a copy of the amazing fantasy novel, The Door to Canellin. That lucky person is Bonnie from A Backwards Story.

She will get an awesome summer read! I know she'll love it. =)

In My Mailbox (12)

For Review:


The Scar by Michael Weiner.
Downloaded:

I think I went a little crazy at NetGalley. I downloaded these books to take with me to the lake this week:


But I requested MANY more. I figure, between skiing and relaxing, I will read at least two books (plus what I already have on hand). No need to get click happy, right? 

Mythological Mondays (5)

Aren't these covers amazing? Here's what the back cover of book 3 (Last Battle of the Icemark) says:
Medea Clytemnestra Strong-In-The-Arm Lindenshield: Raven-haired and with raging eyes, she has chosen a troubled path, giving herself willingly to the Darkness ruled by her grandfather, Cronus, embodiment of all evil. Tainted by his bloodline, she burns for revenge against her hated brother, Sharley. Ever since Medea's exile, the Icemark has enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity... But banishment did not kill Medea: It made her stronger. Allied with Cronus, she is raising an army of the undead to invade her family's kingdom! Does her warrior sister, Cressida, possess the strength to vanquish Medea at last? Or must her father, the warlock Oskan, summon his own black magic to stop her? For those that don't remember, Medea was from the story of Jason and the Argonauts (and the golden fleece). She was the granddaughter of Helios, and was known to be a follower of Hecta…