RABT tour stop with David Dawson

Are you in love with dystopians yet? I know I am. Here is another dystopian hit to add to your read-before-the-end-of-the-world shelf.

A little bit about the author:


David L Dawson is a writer from Sheffield, England. He has two cats and is addicted to Pepsi Max. He's currently writing the sequel to The Fall, as well as a novel called The Girl from Tomorrow, a vampire book.

You can find more information about the author on Goodreads and Twitter. The Fall is also available on Amazon.


 The book:

Young Adult Dystopian
Title: The Fall
Author: David Dawson
Date Published: 1/28/12

Living in a crumbling shopping mall in a future crawling with gods, human/cat hybrids and cults is bad enough for a fourteen year old boy. How much worse can it get? Well, you could fall in love with your best friend's brother and get sucked into a conspiracy to kill the gods, that's all. Oh...

You can find more information about the book (including another synopsis) on Goodreads by following this LINK.

Review: Ripple (Mandy Hubbard)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
pages: 260
Publisher: July 21, 2011 by Razorbill/Penguin
ISBN: 9781595144232
Source: library copy
Read it in one sitting!

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn't, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love-again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.
Then Lexi finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she's opening up again, falling in love with someone new when she knows she shouldn't. But when she's offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.

Sucked me in from the first page! Great hook! Anytime someone is murdered in the first chapter, my attention is caught. Hook, line, and sinker. (har har)

I have one small negative about this book, so I'll go ahead and get it out of the way first. The way things wrapped up with a certain character seemed a little rushed for me. It just happened too quickly and with a nice little bow. I need more than that.

With that being said, I can start listing all the things I loved. First, I loved that Lexie was a siren that didn't have a tail. How fresh! Now, don't get me wrong, I love a good mermaid tail in my merfolk story, but Ripple was so unique that it was only fitting not to include that detail. Yes, it's a story with a mermaid/siren (hence it's placement on my summer reading list), but that wasn't the focus of the story. There were so many different layers that made this story great and one-of-a-kind. It's like this coming of age, murder mystery, paranormal romance combo all rolled into one.

I also loved the characters. There were so many swoon worthy moments. I almost wrote them all down, but realized my hand would cramp before I listed them all. So, I just kept reading. The only character that didn't float my boat was the Nix. I never had a chance to connect with him like I did with the others. He felt a little flat (and with good reason). I even liked the crazy on-again/off-again best friend. She added the right amount of drama.

As for the author... love her. I didn't realize she wrote Prada and Prejudice (another fun read). Just like her other novel, Ripple had a light, airy feel about it. Heavy drama at times, but an easy read. I was quickly sucked into the story by the writing style. I couldn't stop reading! Long after my eyes started to blur and my head ache I found myself still reading. I had to know what would happen right then! A+ for that.

Simply put, this is another great mermaid book. It's different from the others and truly unique. If you're not a huge fans of mer-stories, I think you would still enjoy this one.

Cover Reveal: New Cover for FLOCK (Wendy Delsol)

Wendy Delsol announced on her blog today that a need to change the final cover of Flock was necessary. You can read more about the decision here.

The final book in the Stork series will be available September 25, 2012.

The final (and still beautiful) cover:

Mini-Review: Sirena (Donna Jo Napoli)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA, adult
Pages: 210
Publisher: November 1, 2000 by Scholastic Signature / Scholastic Inc.                
ISBN:  9780590383899
Source: library book
Devoured it in one sitting


When Sirena and her sisters sing their siren songs to the sailors on their way to the Trojan War, the men crash their ships upon the rocks. There is one survivor. Sirena defies the goddess Hera by tending his wounds and soon the two are deep in love. But does Philoctetes love Sirena's song, or her soul? And will the pull of honor prove stronger than the bond of love?

I have been searching for this book for a long time. It's out of print, so I was beginning to fear I would never get to read it. How lucky am I that my library had a copy? I fell in instant love.

I thought this was such an original story. Starcrossed lovers, mythology, mermaids. Who could ask for more? I am so glad with the ending. At first I was disappointed, but as I thought about it I realized how beautiful the story really was.

If you're like me and you LOVE mermaid stories, you need to read this one. Plain and simple. It's a super fast read that you won't want to put down.

It's hard to limit my thoughts to a short review for this book. I loved the mythology. I had no idea I would be getting Greek mythology and a mermaid tale. Such a pleasant surprise! Hera makes her vengeful presence known throughout the story. We also get Hercules, Achilles, Paris, and the Trogan War! That's enough to make you clap your hands in glee over. While the mythology element was a sub plot, it was a huge driving force in the story. One of the most original elements would be the origins of mermaids. Very unique!

If you like a side of romance with your fish tales, then you'll love and appreciate this story. I don't know if I can think of any other story that does a better job of capturing the level of devotion and selflessness of true love. And like true love, there is an element of heart ache that occurs. It's inevitable.

Pinterest + Images = Book Cover Love (Castles)

Ok, so this week is all about castles. I don't think it's in the "fantasy" genre per se, but most fantasy books have a castle in them somewhere. So why not add it in my theme? Right? Right.

Here is what I found for castle images that I think would make breath taking book covers. I especially love the images of REAL castles. (Makes me want to visit one soooo badly.)

Neuschwanstein Castle #castle
Real castle in Germany! Sign me up for a stay, please.



Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany #castle #blue
Real castle in Germany!



Runner up.

My fave!

What do you think? Any of these strike you as potential book covers?

Next Week: Foreign Settings

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