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Cover Alert: Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun

Mermaids AND an Alaskan setting? Oh man! How could anything be better? Seriously.

If you've ever been the land of midnight sun, then you know how magical it is. The mirror like stillness of the azure colored water reflecting the towering glaciers from above is breathtaking. Now Liz Kessler is making Alaska the setting of the 6th book in her middle grades Emily Windsnap mermaid series.

The book will release in the UK in September 2012, but won't make its way to the US until Spring 2013.





Emily and Aaron are sent on a top secret mission by King Neptune. The king has been having nightmares he doesn't understand and he knows only that Emily and Aaron must go to the Land of the Midnight Sun to avoid catastrophe. But when the friends arrive in this icy world of mountains and glaciers, they uncover a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined. With the help of her best friends and a brave heart can Emily survive and fulfil her mission?


I also think it's interestin…

30 for my 30th

The day that I thought would never come has arrived. I turned 30 this month. I feel like it should hold more importance to me, but it doesn't. Another year, another number. Honestly, I've felt 30 for the last 10 years. (Kids will make you feel old before your time. haha) I know my husband was expecting me to mope around and act depressed about entering this new decade, but he'll just have to be disappointed. Maybe in 10 years he'll get that reaction he was looking for.

But since this was a "monumental" birthday-- or so Hallmark likes to tell me-- I thought it would be appropriate to create a list of my all-time 30 favorite books. These aren't all YA books because (let's be fair) I've been reading longer than the "YA" label should allow. I was one of those nerdy kids asking for Shakespeare when I was 13. One might argue that my taste in books has regressed over the years. =) But I know otherwise...

These are my favorites (in no particula…

Cover Alert: Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels (Helene Boudreau)

Have you read Helene Boudreau's super cute middle grades series yet? If not, you should. Especially if you love a good mermaid story!

Ther series starts with Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings and continues with Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath. Now, there is a third book in the adorable series swimming our way: Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels.

Check out this adorable cover! (and don't you wish you had those curves when you were 14!)







In this third installment, Jade is really ready for life to return to normal - even if ninth grade is like being a goldfish in a shark tank and being asked to Junior Prom means Jade must get over her fear of awkward dancing. But there is unrest in the ocean, and the whole mer-world is on the brink of civil war. Can Jade find a plus-sized junior prom dress that doesn't look like a shower curtain, keep her mer-ness a secret, and finally figure out if she and Luke are officially dating?

Mid-book review: UnWholly (Neil Shusterman)

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simltaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspens…

Mini-Review: Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath (Helene Boudreau)

Product Details:
Reading Level: MG
Pages: 231
Publisher: May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 9781402264467
Source: ARC from Netgalley



Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: it's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing.

Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird? 





One word for this book: cute. The cover drew my attention first. I mean, how cute is it? I love that the mermaid tail is drawn on a chalk board and looks like it could or could not be attached to the girl. Super cute. That air of whimsy carries over into the book as well. 

I did not read the first book in the series, but that didn't seem to matter. The au…

Cover Alert: Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2)

I love mermaid stories! Plain and simple. So I spent a little bit of time today stalking the virtual shelves compiling a list of MG-friendly merstories for a friend's daughter. While I was doing that, I came across the cover for Deep Betrayal (Lies Beneath #2). How this beauty escaped my radar until now, I have NO idea, but I can safely say that I LOVE IT. I loved Lies Beneath and marked Deep Betrayal as a "to read" on Goodreads before I finished book 1. I can't wait until March 2013 to get here so I can continue Calder's story.

If you haven't read Lies Beneath, you can read my 4 star reviewHERE (and then go get a copy for yourself).





It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed wi…

Cover Appeal: Villains

This week is all about villains! (I probably should have saved this for closer to Halloween, but oh well.)

Some of these really creep me out, but I think they would make great stories about villains.