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Mini-Review: Last Night I Swam with a Mermaid

My mermaid fetish continues. This time, it's being fueled by someone on the outside. :)

I recieved this lovely book for my birthday from a co-worker. She saw it mentioned in a magazine and instantly thought of me and my mermaid obsessions. Bless her, even if she thinks I need an intervention.

Look at this beautiful cover:

Stunning, isn't it? Now, add these amazing photographs to a simple, but cute story of preservation, and you have Last Night I Swam with a Mermaid. The writing didn't blow me away, but the images sure did. They were gorgeous. I am in awe. I also loved the premise of the story itself: protect our oceans. Just look at some of the pictures in the book: You can find out more about this unique book and the story behind the pictures at the author's blog. You can also buy a copy of the book there. A portion of each sale goes to EarthEcho International to help preserve our beautiful planet. 

Review: Beautiful Darkness (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)

The Deets:

reading level: YA
pages: 503
Publisher: October 12th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316077057
genre: paranormal romance, mystery
source: my own copy

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions onl…

Review: The Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken)

The Deets:
reading level: YA
pages: 496
Publisher: December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423157373
genre: dystopian/sci-fi
source: e-arc from Netgalley

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting clo…

Review: Shadowlands (Kate Brian)

The Deets:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 336
Publisher: January 8th 2013 by Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423164838
Genre: mystery
Source: eARC from Netgalley

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it…

Review: Broken (A. E. Rought)

The Deets:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 384
Publisher: January 8th 2013 by Strange Chemistry
ISBN: 9781908844316
Source: eARC from Netgalley

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn t…

Cover Appeal: Caster Chronicles

I have been reading the Caster Chronicles lately... trying to read them all before the movie comes out in February for Beautiful Creatures. I thought I might try something a bit different this week, and come up with different covers for the series.

While I do enjoy the original covers, I would like to see some of the actual characters on them-- or at least just Lena and her eyes.

Here's the original covers:

And here is what I would like to see:

I think they would need a little tweaking, but it could work. What do you think?