Saturday, May 21, 2011

Heather Brewer. TWELFTH GRADE KILLS

What an appropriately epic finale!

The Elysian Council has given Vlad only a few weeks to live. Plus, the Slayer Society has their own sweet little deal where he has to choose to die or kill everyone he loves. But on top of that, Vlad thinks he may be going crazy. He swears he saw his father in the woods during a fight with a slayer. The finale gets off to a great start. Then there is fast paced action, all the way to the end. Let me just say that the title is totally appropriate and the finale does not disappoint!

I've loved this series from day one. Big, huge fan. So, I'm sad that it's over. I've really enjoyed Vlad, Nelly, Otis, Henry, Snow and Joss.

I had hopes that maybe there'd be a Stokerton University series or something, but after checking Auntie Heather's website, it does look to be over. Although it looks like she's cooking up something mighty nice to moderate our mourning.

From her website:
Coming September 20, 2011
Are you a fan of Joss? Curious about the Slayer Society and their secretive ways? Want to know what transpired during the summers between Vlad's school years? Get ready for a spin-off series of epic proportions, all about Joss and featuring some of your favorite vampires from The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. (Don't forget your stake!)

So, hey, at least the Vlad universe lives on! Yay!

Check out all of Heather Brewer's books at her website.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sloane Tanen. ARE YOU GOING TO KISS ME NOW? **GIVEAWAY**

Francesca Manning, secret tabloid addict, is thrilled about winning a contest to go hang out with celebrities in Africa for a charity event. However, things go awry when the plane crashes on a deserted island. At first, she's not exactly depressed that she's with some super famous, not to mention gorgeous people. But as she gets to know them, she discovers that some of them are pretty clueless and self-absorbed. In fact, she may never read another tabloid again after this!

What a hilarious mix of tabloid fodder and reality TV! The six celebrities end up being mostly useless. After all, one of them was the pilot of the plane that crashed! Then end up fighting and pouring out their insecurities and issues. Francesca ends up texting it all to her best friend, even though she doesn't have a signal. It comforts her to feel like she's talking to someone normal.

Tanen is hilarious! She doesn't hold back in her acerbic ribs! For example, one character uses this barb against a celeb who obviously wasn't very studious, "You gotta love Hollywood... Where else does a preschool education pay the bills." Ouch.

She's wonderful at creating just the right phrase! When trying to get Chaz, the TMZ reporter stranded with the celebs, to help with a manly task, he says, "But I'm not strong. I know it's deceptive, but trust me, there is no muscle under all this fat. There's just layer upon layer of fluffy nougat. Imagine a human 3 Musketeers bar if you will."

Photo credit gemb1
This is side-splitting funny! Even though these are merely fictional celebrities, you feel as if you're getting to see what it would be like stranded with real celebrities. This would make a hysterical movie!

CONTEST!!! If you'd like to win a copy of the book, read more!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what ONE book would you take with you. No, you can't take your Kindle with a bunch of books on it. Select ONE book you would bring. Okay, let's make it more fun. Select one celebrity you would take with you, in addition to that one book. 


Post your two choices (book & celeb) in the comments by Friday, May 20th, and I'll randomly select the winner! The winner will get a free copy of the book! YAY!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ally Carter. HEIST SOCIETY

You know Ally Carter from the I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU series. Her new series feels like a cross between The Thomas Crown Affair and Ocean's Eleven, but with teens. And it's fantastic!

Katarina Bishop has left the family business. Or at least she thought she did. After three months at a boarding school trying to live a "normal" life, her old friend, Hale, rescues her. Well, technically, he gets her kicked out, but he considers it rescuing. Then through a series of false accusations, Kat gets pulled back into the family business, which is white collar crime. However, she's really just stealing some paintings back to save her father's life. She's not planning to get back into the life.

Ally Carter is masterful at action packed, funny capers. This is not only fun, but smart. I really enjoyed the quirky family members, as well as the two cute boys Kat gets to hang around.

The next book is due out in June.