Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

The Unidentified

Author: Rae Mariz

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

3 out of 5 stars

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being watched?  That someone is staring at you, scrutinizing you, taking note of your every flaw?  You might start to shift in your seat, twiddle your thumbs, or act like you don’t notice.  But somehow you just know, and you have this weird feeling like they’re watching your every move.  What if your life was constantly like this?  What if someone really was watching you every second of the day, and you knew… and you liked it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Interviews With Authors: Jackie Gamber

Hello all!  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far!  I'm so happy to have Jackie Gamber, author of Redheart here with us today for another great Interviews With Authors!  Jackie was so kind and took the time to answer some of my questions about her book and what it's like being an author.  Redheart is a magical read that has one dragon, Kallon, questioning everything he has ever known because of one human girl, Riza.  This book will surely have you immersed in this new land full of dragons, magic, and deception.  You can find my full review of Redheart here.

Now here's what you have all been waiting for, Interviews With Authors: A Talk With Jackie Gamber!

A Talk With Jackie Gamber

Author of Redheart

By T.B.

1) What gave you the idea to write your debut novel, Redheart?

Tessa, the character of Kallon Redheart showed up in a dream, at first. And then I pondered on the mythology of dragons, and how they came to be known as gold-hoarding, maiden-munching monsters. The dragon in my dream wasn’t like that…and the story evolved as a way to shatter that mythos.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren


Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Publisher: David C. Cook

4½ out of 5 stars

Your head is spinning, and your breath comes out in gasps as you try to wrap your head around what just happened.  Just a second ago you were in the Etruscan tomb, but now you’re not exactly sure where you are.  You grope blindly in the darkness and your hands find the rough tomb walls.  You make your way to what you think is the entrance, but there’s no way to be sure.  You see some light shining down the tunnel, and you pick up your pace at the prospect of getting out of here.  As you pick your way across the stones scattered across the cave floor, sounds start to drift towards you.  Harsh clanging noises echo throughout the cave, and the sound rings in your ears.  Is that a sword fight?  You’re definitely not in the 21st century anymore…

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Our winner for the 100 Follower Giveaway is...

Congratulations Smalls!  I have already sent her an email, and her book will be sent out right away.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  All my followers are very much appreciated, and thanks for sticking with me guys!

-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!

Friday, July 15, 2011

68 Knots by Michael Robert Evans

68 Knots

Author: Michael Robert Evans

Publisher: Tanglewood Press

4½ out of 5 stars

The wind rushes through your hair, throwing it back out of your face.  You tilt your head to the sun as you soak up the sunshine.  Your arms open wide as if you are ready to catch the ocean, and in return the ocean spray mists onto your face.  Seagulls caw in the distance as they glide over the waves.  You can’t help but smile wide as you see the whole world laid out in front of you.  It’s yours to explore.   This is how summer should be, you think.  Not a care in the world, you can do absolutely anything you desire.  No parents, no chores, no boring days in front of the television.  You’re with friends sailing along the coast of Maine, what could go wrong?  A lot it turns out…

Monday, July 11, 2011

Everlost by Neal Shusterman


Author: Neal Shusterman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

4½ out of 5 stars
You’re hurtling towards the light, going at full speed.  You don’t know where you are, what you’re doing, or what’s going on, but you do know that you need to make it to that distant light up ahead.  It seems like just a pinprick, but you’re steadily nearing it.  You seem to be in a tunnel-like structure with walls black as night.  Wind is rushing through your hair as it streams behind you.  You squint your eyes, not only because of the fierce wind, but because of the increasingly bright light.  A sensation of peace washes over you, and you know that everything is going to be alright… until another person slams into you and you go hurtling off course, the bright light becoming a fading pinprick.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Specials by Scott Westerfeld


Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon Pulse

4½ out of 5 stars

Note: This review assumes that you  have already read the first and second book in this series, Uglies and Pretties.  If you have not yet read Uglies and Pretties then you may not want to read this review, as it will reveal key points from the first and second book.  You can find my review of Uglies here, and my review of Pretties here.

The pain is searing but suddenly you feel more alive than you’ve ever felt before.  You sweep your gaze across the trees, and your eyes hone in on some brush.  Suddenly, everything comes into detailed focus, allowing you to see the intricate veins on each leaf.  You spot a small bird hidden within the brush using your infrared vision.  You can’t stop thinking how cool this is, when you get an incoming message.  You’re needed down by the river.  Instantly, you hop onto your hoverboard and zoom into the forest, as everything around you becomes a blur of colors.  You have only one target… capture the Pretties.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Monthly Recap- June 2011 + Guest Post at The Book Addicted Girl

Hi everyone!  The month of June was a very busy month for me!  With graduation, summer starting, and summer school for high school, I didn't get a chance to post up many reviews in the month of June, but I will definitely post some more up for the month of July.  I've also got some upcoming giveaways, so check out the Monthly Recap for June below!

In the month of June:


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

New Features

- Added Bridge to Books button on the sidebar.  They are a wonderful organization who's goal is to get kids connected to reading.  They have some great upcoming events and I attended their YA in Bloom event, which was a lot of fun!  You can reach the Bridge to Books website here.

Shelf Saturday Guest Post at Brush Up On Your Reading

- Read, Review, Recommend Guest Post at The Reader Room

100 Followers + Giveaway!!!  To celebrate reaching 100 followers I am hosting a giveaway!  One winner will get a choice of ONE of my 5 star books that I have reviewed.  Enter now, as it ends July 15!


- YA in Bloom + Starcrossed Book Signing Recap!  Keep your eyes open because there might be a swag giveaway along with this one ;)

- The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men In Black SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR giveaway!

- Many more reviews and Interviews With Authors on the way!

Fortnight of Guests at The Book Addicted Girl

My good blogging friend, Megan, is hosting a wonderful event over on her blog, The Book Addicted Girl, called Fortnight of Guests.  There is a fantastic lineup of guests and it's from June 27 - July 10.

You can check out my guest post, The New "Age" of Bloggers, here.  I talk about what it's like being a young blogger and the challenges that we face.  I also highlight some other young bloggers out there.  Hopefully you can stop by and check it out!  There are still many more guest posts written by some awesome bloggers to come so I hope you get a chance to visit all of those as well!

-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie


Author: Ally Condie

Publisher: Dutton Books

3½ out of 5 stars

Millions of thoughts are running through your head at this very moment.  Names are called and Matches are revealed, but the only Match that you really want to see is your own.  Tapping your foot anxiously, you look around and almost everyone else looks just as nervous as you do.  You hear your name called out, and it feels as if thousands of butterflies have been released inside of your stomach and they’re fluttering all around trying to escape.  You take a deep breath and smooth the front of your dress, trying to appear calm and collective.  You are about to finally meet your Match.  You walk up, waiting to see your perfect Match appear on the screen, and you know that everything will change.

Giveaway Winner!

Our winner for The Boy Who Loved Bach or Gracie and the Preacher E-book giveaway is...

Congratulations Sarah!  I have already sent her an email.  If you didn't win this time, you still have another chance!  Check out my 100 Follower Giveaway here!

-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!