Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

I liked him first, but it doesn't matter.
I still like him.
That doesn't matter either.
Or at least, it's not supposed to.

Here's the tour lists for the Unwritten Rule! Only one person from Canada signed up, so the rest of that tour is people from the US. Let me know if any changes need to be made by November 27th.

Canada Tour
1. Michelle - book review
2. Stephanie
3. Sara
4. Amethysth
5. Laura C
6. SarahChristine
7. Erica
8. Allison
9. Jennifer
10. Robby
11. Stargirlreads
12. McKenzie
13. Choco

US Tour 1
1. Sab H.
2. Samantha
3. Melanie - book review
4. KayLynn
5. nomadreader
6. Casey
7. Collegiate BookWorm
8. Tashia
9. Kristin Miller
10. Kate
11. Mindcaster
12. Taste Life Twice
13. Jordan
14. Deborah

US Tour 2
1. Holly
2. S. Krishna
3. Jessica
4. Drea
5. BrittLit
6. Alexa
7. Pixie
8. Crystal
9. Kelly J
10. Brittani
11. Kathy
12. WindyA
13. Tirzah
14. Lena

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Circle of Friends: Heather by L. Diane Wolfe

When confidence turns to frustration…
A new beginning awaits Heather Jennings. The position at Clemson means she will finally realize her dream of coaching basketball. Heather is ready to focus on her duties, using sheer force if necessary to prove her independence.

Unfortunately, her triumph is hampered as father and greatest advocate lies dying of cancer. Battling her grief, she must also deal with a sister who appears incapable of responsibility or achievement. And once basketball season begins, a talented but cocky player who resembles her in every manner challenges all that remains of Heather’s patience.

Heather’s life changes when she encounters a man capable of handling her bold and feisty attitude. Straightforward and smug, he entices her to date him, and despite his gruff nature shows a great capacity for compassion. However, the last thing Heather needs is a serious relationship with a man equally fixated on work and opposed to marriage…
This is a 2010 release and Book 5 in a series. However, each book is a standalone so you won't have a problem reading this if you haven't read the others.
Here's the tour list for this book! Let me know if there's any changes that need to be made by November 25. (Remember it's not too late to sign up!)

1. Jennifer
2. Jordan
3. Melanie Mailed 6/30. DC: 03091830000220977814
4. Crystal Recieved: 7/1 Mail By: 7/8
5. SarahChristine

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White

When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn’t so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don’t always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she’s soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.
Here's the 2 tour lists for this tour! Let me know if any changes need to be made by November 25th.

1. Drea
2. Choco
3. Allison
4. Jordan
5. Khy
6. Sara
7. Enna Isilee
8. Shalonda
9. Lili
10. Kate
11. Dahlia
12. Sandy
13. Andrea
14. Hope
15. Lizzy
16. Gina
17. Melissa
18. Crystal
19. Katie

1. Lauren
2. Patricia - book review
3. Melanie
4. >Mariah - book review
5. WillowRaven
6. Jessica
7. Steph Su
8. Sab H
9. Lea
10. Erica
11. McKenzie
12. Samantha
13. Ladystorm
14. Bookmac
15. Kelsey
16. Nettle
17. Dannie
18. Nikki
19. Haleyknitz

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Troy High by Shana Norris


Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.

Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten.

The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But the stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its incendiary cast of mythic proportions.

Here's the tour list for this tour. Let me know if any changes need to be made by November 21st.

1. Hope
2. Kristin
3. Mariah
4. Jordan
5. Melissa
6. Jill
7. Kate
8. Allison
9. Kath
10. Jessica
11. McKenzie
12. Sandy
13. Andrea
14. Samantha
15. Sarah
16. Lizzy
17. Stephanie
18. The Brain Lair
19. SarahChristine
20. Crystal
21. Haley
22. Holly

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain


I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

Here's the lists for this tour! Let me know if there's any changes that need to be made by November 15th.

Tour 1:
1. Hope
2. Dannie
2. Lilibeth
3. Jordan
4. Lori
5. Kate
6. Melanie
7. BrittLit
8. Katie
9. Amber
10. Mariah
11. Shalonda
12. Kelsey
13. Lena
14. Irish
15. Anna
16. The Brain Lair
17. Lauren

Tour 2:
1. April
2. Andrea
3. Falling Off The shelf
4. Sandy
5. Stephanie
6. Steph Su
7. Jill - book review
8. Book Dragon
9. Jessica
10. WillowRaven
11. Samantha
12. BookMac
13. Brizmus
14. Lea
15. Kara
16. Nati_1825
17. Crystal
18. Bri

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

When a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know, like, now if you’d like to become a substitute princess, do you
a) run
b) faint
c) say Yes!
For Desi Bascomb, who’s been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C–that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don’t know? Or when a princess’s conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off–and you know she would want you to change his mind?
In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl’s dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Here's the list for Princess For Hire! Let me know if there are any changes that need to be made by November 15th.

1. Kate
2. Kelsey
3. Sharon
4. Patricia - book review
5. Allison
6. Crystal
7. Sab H.
8. Erica
9. Jessica
10. Sandy
11. Khy
12. Sara
13. Choco
14. Casey
15. Shalonda
16. Jordan
17. Mariah
18. Steph Su
19. Falling Off the Shelf
20. Kristen
21. BookDragon
22. Lea
23. Ladystorm
24. Jill
25. Mindcaster
26. Samantha
27. Alisia
28. Book Mac
29. Sarah
30. Cindy
31. Hope

*Please note that some changes have been made to the book since the ARCs were printed but Lindsey says that they should not affect the overall plot or anything major.

New Requirements and Reminders

As the tours become more popular, we are beginning to notice some problems and are making changes accordingly. We've recently updated the About page, so please check that out. We are now asking the following of those signing up:

1.) You must have had a blog that you've posted consistently on for a miminum of two months.
2.) You must make at least two non-meme posts a week.

Hope, Erica, and I will be checking the blogs of those interested to ensure that those two requirements are met. This is not to exclude new bloggers but to ensure that those signing up are more likely to follow through with the requirements because they already understand how time consuming blogging is.

We will also be capping the tours at twenty (20) reviewers per ARC. The first ten on the tour will be the first ten people to sign up and the other ten will be chosen randomly. I hesitated to do this but there is no possible way that ARCs can hold up through 30-40 people.

It has also come to my attention that some of the ARCs are being held on to longer than necessary and also that not everyone is posting reviews. We are starting to keep track of this now and if I notice it is becoming a pattern from any reviewer, they will be taken off of any future tours.

Finally, a few reminders:

1.) Tours are open to United States and Canada ONLY.
2.) Always go by the checklist emailed out, NOT the one posted on the site.
3.) You MUST send us an email with your blog URL to sign up for the program before signing up for any tours. We are now going through to check this and anyone signed up for a tour but not the program will be taken off. We will send you an email after we review the blog to let you know.
4.) The ARCs are being returned to the authors at the end of the tours so please write notes in the front/back of the book. I've received many questions about this and Yes, you are supposed to write notes! (Though if you don't have anything positive to say, then skip this.)
5.) When you sign up for a tour, ask yourself is it's a book you're willing to drop whatever you're reading to read as soon as you get it. Please do not sign up for tours you really aren't interested in just to get the book.

If you have any questions or if you'd like me to clarify anything, don't hesitate to send me an email or leave a comment!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.
Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

Here's the list for this tour. If any changes need to be made, please let me know by November 10th

1. Kristin Miller - book review
2. Jordan
3. BrittLit
4. Sara
5. Melanie
6. Lauren
7. Cindy
8. Sab H.
9. Jessica
10. LiLi
11. Sandy
12. Casey
13. Lori
14. BookMac
15. Samantha
16. Sarah
17. Shalonda
18. Kristen
19. Jill
20. Kate
21. Falling Off the Shelf
22. Crystal
23. Anna
24. Andrea
25. Jessica
26. Steph Su
27. Allison
29. Mindcaster