This Is Not A Test…

It’s book release day and I found one I might want to check out!!

This Is Not A Test, by Courtney Summers

Here’s the blurb:

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

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I’ve not read anything by Courtney yet, but this sounds pretty SWEET!  If I’m ever able to leave the editing cave I think this will be on the should read soon list!

What books are you anxious to start reading?

So Over It, by Stephanie Morrill

***Update 10/25/10: The WINNER IS. . . . Lholloway!

Send me your mailing address and I’ll zip these books off to you: lynnrush@cox.net***

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Book Review & CONTEST

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Synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget. She wants a fresh start where people don’t know about her partying past or her younger sister and her baby. A place where she won’t run in to her ex-boyfriend every time she leaves the house. When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Hawaii with her grandparents, Skylar jumps at the chance to get out of town. But when her sister needs her, Skylar has to swallow her pride and come back home. Will she be strong enough to rise above the gossip and live the life God wants for her?

My Review:

This is the third and final book of the series, and I liked how Stephanie closed the series out. Again, she has great characters, except one—more on that later. Stephanie paints a very accurate picture, I think, of what happens in high school and just after. Worrying about what they should do for a living, figuring out where they fit in life, and of course, searching for true love.

One character I didn’t like much was Justin. He was a new addition, and I didn’t like him. Just seemed too rough/harsh. There was some closure eventually that made me soften up a bit, but not much. He just didn’t seem real to me.

But then again, I haven’t been a teenager—let alone a Christian teenager—in a zillion years, so maybe they really act like that. . . but I’m doubtful.

Overall, I loved this series. Great writing. Her words just flow. I read each book in one or two sittings each. She had me laughing and crying a few times, and I love that about the novels I read. Now, I’m a paranormal romance reader by nature, so for me to read a YA–non-paranormal book–that says a lot!

Way to go, Stephanie. Great job on this series. What do you have next for us??

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ON TO THE CONTEST!

Okay, so, I have ALL THREE Books sitting here…And if you want ALL three, this is the contest for you!

So, here are the “rules”

–You get ONE entry into the drawing just for leaving a comment.

–You get ONE entry for EVERY person you refer to this post. They must leave a comment and say who referred them, though.

–Contest is open until Midnight (Pacific time) Sunday October 24th, 2010. US residents only (sorry.)

I’ll be back to THIS POST and put who the winner is on Monday the 25th, 2010, so stay tuned.

Easy as that!

So, tell your friends to come here, comment, and you’ll have more chances to win!!

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Oh, and the legal stuff about the book: I was given these books by the publisher, free of charge. I received no compensation for these reviews posted and am under no obligation to post a positive review.

Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White

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Synopsis from B&N:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

My review

Wow. I’ve been following Kiersten’s blog for some time now (go now, click follow, visit often) and I figured if her writing is half as awesome as her blogging, I’d be hooked right away.

She’s freaking hilarious.

Then, I got to meet her at an Arizona book signing and she is as funny in person as she is on her blog.

So, I read the book.

It rocked.

I’m hooked.

Her writing is amazing. It just flows. It’s fast paced (A must in anything I read. I’ll shut a book mid-way and not pick it up again if it gets slow.) Each chapter ended with a hook that demanded I continue reading, no matter how late it was or how tired I was.

The characters—oh yeah. Evie rocked, but I loved Lend even more. LOVE LOVE LOVE that type of character.

But really, if you’ve not gone out and gotten Paranormalcy, go now. You won’t regret it.