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Friday, April 30, 2010

Most Amazing Follower Award

Yay!! Another award!! Velvet from has been kind enough to pass on this lovely award(in looks and content) to me and so many of her other followers. Thank you so much Velvet!!

Please note: Award was Created by Emma Michaels of

Spring Giveaway

A chance to win many wonderful books and swag at

Here's a look at the prizes-
The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen
She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Signed books:
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else Giveaway!

Summary: Here Comes the Bride -- If She Can Pass Chemistry. Eighteen-year-old Bronwen Oliver has a secret: She's really Phoebe, the lost daughter of the loving Lilywhite family. That's the only way to explain her image-obsessed mother; a kind but distant stepfather; and a brother with a small personality complex. Bronwen knows she must have been switched at birth, and she can't wait to get away from her "family" for good. Then she meets Jared Sondervan. He's sweet, funny, everything she wants -- and he has the family Bronwen has always wanted too. She falls head over heels in love, and when he proposes marriage, she joyfully accepts. But is Jared truly what she needs? And if he's not, she has to ask: What would Phoebe Lilywhite do?

-You have a chance to win this at

Alaine's May Giveaway

Alaine is giving away one of four lovely books for the month of May. So one lucky winner has an opportunity to win one of the four fabulous books at

Here's whats on offer:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Body Finder contest

A chance to win Body Finder,the book and lovely swag at
Here's what's up for grabs:

* Signed hardcover of The Body Finder
* Signed poster
* Two bookmarks
* Two cool stickers
* Body Finder bracelet

Do not miss this lovely opportunity! I am just dying to get my hands on the book...

Giveaway: The Daughters by Joanna Philbin

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin is up for grabs at
It is a lovely book with a Gossip Girl feel to it.

Stella's Pick Your Genre Giveaway

You can win a book from your choice of genre at
There is so much variety in this contest. Stella has been really sweet(she has put in a thought for any and every genre that attracts bookaholics) and up for grabs are books from genres like-
Paranormal Romance lovers
Romance Lovers
Jane Austen lovers
Crime and Suspense lovers
Chicklit lovers
Classic lovers
Phew!! That's a lot!! I would love to win this awesome contest of so much ingenuity.

Win Princess For Hire

Win Princess For Hire at
I'd love to win this book...keep your fingers crossed for me if you are not planning on entering for the book :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Updates from Extreme Readers Book Reviews

Extreme Readers Book Reviews has a great contest going on...and she has added more books like Vampire Academy and Frostbite to the giveaway and her contest is now ending on 1st May.So head over to

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mistwood ARC giveaway!

Amy Brecount White,the lovely author of Forget-Her-Nots is giving away an ARC of Mistwood by Leah Cypess.To enter click on the link

#234 commenter will win three books !!!

#234 commenter will get 3 books!So keep commenting at

Shiver Giveaway!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is up for grabs at

Wolfbreed Giveaway!

The book, Wolfbreed is up for grabs at

Borrowed From the Library!!!

I have borrowed two books from the library that I have been meaning to read for a long time and by long,I really mean lllloooonnnnggg.But I have finally managed to lay my hands on them now and here they are.....



Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

Yay!!!!!I am so happy!!!!

Cindy Pon's giveaway!

Cindy Pon,the awesome author of Silver Phoenix is giving away Black Hole Sun and Paranormalcy ARCs!To enter head over to

Linna's Big Giveaway!

Linna is holding a lovely giveaway in her awesome blog.It's a huge contest with over 30 books to choose from!Okay,now for the names of some of the books that is up for grabs!
1.Fallen by Lauren Kate
2.Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
3.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4.Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5.Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
6.Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
7.Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
8.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
9.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
10.Hourglass by Claudia Gray
11.Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
12.Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
13.The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
14.The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
15.Heartless by Sara Shepard
16.House Rules by Jodi Picoult
17.Wintergirls by Lauren Halse Anderson.....
And Counting....
To enter simply head over to

Liz's Phenomenal Birthday Giveaway

Liz has added more swag and 5 more wonderful books from her own stash to her huge birthday giveaway. Newly added swag include-
16 Bones Of Faeries Post Cards
16 Thief Eyes Post Cards
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6 Princess For Hire bookmarks (signed)

Newly added books being as tempting as-
Soulless By Gail Carriger
Sea Glass By Maria V. Snyder
Claire de Lune By Christine Johnson (ARC)
Keeper By Kathi Appelt (ARC)
Spaceheadz Book 1 By Jon Scieszka (ARC)
Dont forget to check out the blog and enter Liz's fabulous giveaway at

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rachel's Contest!

Rachel's birthday is right around the she is giving away 3 of her most favorite books.They are The Forest of Hands and Teeth,As You Wish and The Secret Year.To enter head over at
and don't forget to wish her a very Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A chance to win Linger!

A chance to win an ARC of Linger at
Dont miss the opportunity! I have been dying to get my hands on this book and now that Katie is being so sweet and lovely,not to mention generous,check out the blog and enter the contest! Else,just keep your fingers crossed for me :)

Alaine's April Giveaway

Alaine is giving away 3 lovely books for the month of April. Up for grabs are-

Have you entered this lovely giveaway at

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Amanda's 113 followers Giveaway

Amanda is celebrating her many followers by hosing a wonderful giveaway on her blog at
Up for grabs are so many wonderful books and lovely bookmarks...I sure know for one that I want to win this giveaway. If you want to enter the giveaway too,then check the link above..else just keep your fingers crossed for me :)

A Witchy Giveaway!

A really sweet giveaway of the first four books in Linda Wisdom's Hex series is going on at

Faye's Angelic Giveaway

Faye is being a real angel and is giving away a box of totally supercool books! Up for grabs are-

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
For Keeps by Natasha Friend
Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald
Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap
White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) by Holly Black
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway
Mistwood by Leah Cypess
Winter Longing by Tricia Mills

Enter here-

The Sookieverse's generous giveaway

I was very lucky to stumble upon The Sookieverse a couple of days back. It is a wonderful blog and has such a lot of potential! The look is so cute. And what's more,they are hosting a lovely contest!! I know! Yay!! Up for grabs are


To enter,check this link-

The Bookologist's Fabulous giveaway

Mavie @ The Bookologist is being super generous and is offering so many cool books for her wonderfully large and cool giveaway at
One person has a chance to win a box of books!! There are 3 boxes with contents as tempting as-
# Box 1: The Tension of Opposites (ARC), Raised by Wolves (ARC), Sea (ARC), and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June (ARC)
# Box 2: My Invisible Boyfriend by (ARC), Linger (ARC), Tell Me a Secret (ARC), and Winter Longing (ARC)
# Box 3: Rules of Attraction (ARC), Forgive My Fins (ARC), Something Like Fate (ARC), and Everlasting (ARC)
All the books are so alluring,I wish I could have them all!!!

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella revealed!

I totally love the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. It's one of my favorite series! And so when I saw that the Mini Shopaholic book is soon going to be released,I just couldn't not make a post about it! And the cover is so so cute too!!!

Here's how the book synopsis goes like-
“Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze – but it’s trickier than she thought. Two-year-old Minnie is a little tearaway who has created havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is ‘Mine’, and she already has a penchant for Balenciaga bags. Becky is at her wits’ end.

On top of this, she and Luke are still living with her Mum and Dad, there’s a big financial crisis so everyone’s having to Cut Back – including all her personal shopping clients – and her husband Luke is feeling low after the death of his beloved stepmother. To cheer Luke up, Becky decides to throw him a surprise birthday party – on a budget – and that’s when things become really complicated. As Becky tries to keep the arrangements secret, misunderstandings and excuses sprout everywhere, and soon she’s told so many fibs she can’t keep track of them. Will Becky pull off the surprise? Will Minnie give everything away? Will Minnie’s godparents ever stop arguing? Who will end up on the naughty step and who will get a gold star? And what will happen when Becky discovers Luke is keeping a big secret too?”

CANT WAIT for the book!!!

Heidi R. Kling's Giveaway!

Heidi R. Kling is giving away a copy of Angie Frazier's soon-to-be-released book Everlasting in her blog.To enter head over to her blog at

Blue Cover Special Giveaway!

Angie Frazier,the lovely author of Everlasting is giving lovely books away at

Monday, April 19, 2010

April giveaway

Tabitha is giving away so many lovely books for the month of April. I would love to win this giveaway. If you want to enter it,here is the link-

The Red Umbrella giveaway

Steph is giving away a copy of The Red Umbrella on her lovely blog. Grand prize winner also wins an umbrella and a pretty bookmark. Runners-up win swags(yay!!). Please enter at

A Birthday Giveaway!!!

A huge birthday giveaway is going on at Cleverly Inked!It's a huge event!!Lots of prizes,books and swags up for grabs!Over 50 books to choose from!It's a lot of fun!It's so tempting!!!!Liz is being so generous....and a huge thank you to all the authors too who have contributed to the giveaway!To join head over to

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Heidi R. Kling has unveiled the lovely trailer of Sea! Check it out for its pure awesomeness!!!I seriously am dying for a copy of Sea...can't wait!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kate's Blogoversary Giveaway

Kate is giving away so many lovely books and such great swag at

Monday, April 12, 2010

Which is the better cover?

With so many wonderful book covers around,I wanted to know your opinion on which one is the better of the two covers of a book series released till now? I have chosen a few of my favorite book covers(all of them are paranormal and enormously popular)...these need no introduction! So tell me which is the lovelier cover-the 1st book's or its sequel's?(Sorry for the weird sizes and alignment of the books.. :()

My favorite Powerful Chicks!

Larissa,my most favorite blogger has come up with a wonderful idea for a giveaway! Check it out on her blog at
This is her Powerful Chicks week and to celebrate it she will give away two lovely books to the winner!! he tells me I have to post about Powerful Chicks!!
To post about powerful chicks,what is better than Charlie's Angels?!Kick-ass girls saving the world from terrible enemies...I love the movies!!
And in current times,I love The Hunger Games and Catching Fire,especially for the super-chick Katniss!! She is so sassy and way hot!! I loved the portrayal of her character!!
A Special Mention:Powerpuff Girls-Buttercup,Blossoms and Bubbles are the ultimate power chicks and are so cute too :)

Hush Hush giveaway

Linna is giving away a copy of Hush,Hush on her wonderful blog. She is a great blogger. I guess I am the only one left who doesn't own a copy of the book and so desperately want to. If you want a copy too..then please check the blog at

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Contest Craze at Princess Bookie

Cindy at Princess Bookie is giving away so many books today!! I am counting(and praying) on winning a few books...this can be just your lucky day too!!! To enter,check the link-

Top six books that blew me away in 2010

Here is my list:

Princess Diaries 10 by Meg Cabot

Hush,Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Spud...the Madness Continues by John van de Ruit

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Friday, April 9, 2010

Win Changeless

Win Changeless and a lovely necklace at
I would love to win and read the book. If you want a copy too,then enter the contest...else,keep your fingers crossed for me :)

Win Stolen

An opportunity to win Stolen at
It's a really nice book. So if you want to win it(I know I want to...very much),then please enter the above link.

Win Life Swap

A chance to win a copy of Life Swap at

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Danyelle's fairy tale giveaway

Danyelle is giving away a copy of Cinderella Society(love her for that) :)
To enter the awesome giveaway,follow the link-

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Heidi R. Kling is having an awesome contest.Check out this post from her livejournal:

*with bonus GOSSIP GIRL ranting. Warning: Contains spoiler's from Monday's episode

Hey all!

Week Two has arrived!
Thanks for all your entries last week.

This week we have a couple new things to do in order to consider yourself "entered" into my contest.

ONE: Copy this blog post in your blog, link it back here, voila!
TWO: Change your Twitter icon to SEA --what can I say? I like Blue People!
THREE: Add SEA to your Goodreads list and/or Vote for SEA in a debut/blue book etc. "list"
FOUR: And this is where things get interesting.

Everyone knows I like teen TV. Love the CW. Love Life Unexpected, Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries.

But I *hear* that Life Unexpected might be getting cancelled because of lack of viewers (gasp!) This is one of the sweetest, funniest, full-of-heart shows on TV and I love it. If it get cancelled I will cry. SO.


Please. Thank you.

FIVE: Did you see last night's Gossip Girl where Chuck went totally out of character and basically broke all character development (I'm guessing) for ratings and/or shock value? Not only did they reuse a tired (and pro-prostitution) plot of this movie:

They go on to suggest Chuck was in full support of his uncle's—with the character range of a shark— wicked plan.


YA author Kody Keplinger (THE DUFF) and I were so appalled by this that we decided to write new endings to save Chuck's reputation and to keep from throwing left-over Easter eggs at the TV.

As writers, we NEED TO STAY CONSISTENT with character development. Especially for a character like Chuck who has developed SO much and it has taken SO long. The fans have been rooting for him to change and when he finally does (and is completely believable and happy) to resort back to awful behavior is a cop-out. As fans, we are not happy.

If you are also unhappy, please send your thoughts here:

If you are happy don't pick option 5

SIX: Make a VLOG! Be creative. Just mention SEA somewhere. Bonus points for a SAVE LIFE UNEXPECTED or RANTING about character consistency. ANd singing. (Bonus points are in my heart. ;D )

OKAY, that's it!
Leave in comments what you chose to do.
Pick three!

Check back later this afternoon for a *new and improved ending* right here. :D

Contest ends at MIDNIGHT FRIDAY PST!

Contest at Parajunkee's

Parajunkee's paranormal contest! There will be two winners! To enter,check out this link-

Monday, April 5, 2010

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot

Things aren't pretty for Emerson Watts.

Em was sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's gone mysteriously missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns — especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...

Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all...especially one model in particular.

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.

I picked up Being Nikki from the library and it turned out to be as enjoyable a read as the first book of the Airhead trilogy.The book starts with Em Watts trying to fit into Nikki's shoes,after the operation,discovering how Nikki was not exactly the most loved girl in the world,and that she had managed to make quite a number of enemies when she was alive.She is reluctant but she has to do so in order to keep her family from being hunted by the Stark Enterprise,of which Nikki was the brand ambassador,the face of the company.Then Em's life as Nikki is turned upside-down by the arrival of Nikki's brother with some disturbing news.The story also beautifully captures Em's pining for Christopher,her best friend from her previous life as Em,and who does not recognize her as Em in Nikki's body.Towards the end of the book the plot takes a shocking turn as several truths are bared.There are several twists right at the end of the book and the book ends with a cliff-hanger with Meg Cabot promising to come back with the final installment of Airhead.
I really liked Em's character in the book.She is a strong girl and she helps and fiercely protects her family.She does everything that the Stark Enterprise tells her to do just to keep her family and loved ones safe.Not only does she take care of her own family but also Nikki's family.And the helpless way in which she pines for Christopher's love,not being able to tell him the truth,being trapped in Nikki's body,is touching.It is a really cute book with plenty of action...will surely keep the readers entertained till the last page!

My Rating:4/5

Review:Airhead by Meg Cabot

Emerson Watts, 16 and female, loves playing video games, hanging out with her best friend, Christopher, and has made peace with her less-than-supermodel-esque looks. But when she's involved in a mysterious accident, she wakes up to find she's now in the body of...a supermodel. Who was behind this switch? What was the motive? And how can she get Christopher to realize she's still the same person inside?

Em is a regular teen with normal problems-she is being laughed at by her school elites and her sister for being a geek and all-things-science fan,she doesn't understand whether she has more than friendly affection for her best friend Christopher,her sister is a nagging fashionista whereas she hates fashion,etc to name a few. However her life totally and completely turns after a massive hanging television falls on her at the opening of a mega mall. She faints and wakes up a month later to find herself in the hospital in the body of the famous supermodel Nikki Howard! At first she suffers an identity crisis,with unknown people flocking her,claiming to be her friend,lover-but soon enough she realizes that her brain has been transformed into Nikki's body! When she charged the doctors,they threaten her into submission and force her into leading Nikki's life. She is in deep trouble and she herself can save herself from it! But how?!
I wanted to read Airhead because I loved Princess Diaries and I can happily say that I am not in the least disappointed. Well...Airhead may not be as fabulous as Princess Diaries but it certainly is a great page-turner. Meg Cabot has certainly done a lovely work with this cute book.I liked the book a lot and it left me wanting more...

My Rating:4/5

Review:Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Shelby’s summer plans go totally awry when her horrible stepmother sends her off to “brat camp” as punishment for one too many broken curfews. Camp is full of spoiled rich kids, obnoxious counselors wanting Shelby to talk about her feelings, and a totally inhumane “no cell phones” policy.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one?

Heather Davis’s debut novel mixes together irresistible characters, a pesky full moon, and a delicious taste of the supernatural.

This book far surpassed my expectations. When I borrowed it from my friend,I thought 'Let me just give it a try..' But the book turned out to be quite a page-turner.
For once,I loved the protagonist Shelby-she is strong,sassy and isn't all about make-up or being frail and fragile in the hands of the oh-so-hot-and-dashing guy,who actually turns out to be a werewolf! Shelby has a few issues-having lost her mother,having to deal with a step-mom-from-hell,thinking that she has lost her father to her step-mom and being packed off to a brat camp. But she deals with her problems on her own and doesn't go around whimpering,which felt so nice to read..!
Austin on the other hand has his own problems-being the son of a famous rockstar and having to hide a family line of werewolves including himself. He doesn't manage quite as well and it is Shelby who helps him at her own risk with his little secret.
Though this is a hot-werewolf-meets-lame-human-girl story,which is so very frequent around now,I really enjoyed it as it also deals with some major issues of teenage life-brat camps,loneliness,step-parents to name a few.
Heather Davis's writing is smooth and she has kept her story brief but complete.The book is fun and I don't think anyone will be majorly disappointed if you choose to read it!

My Rating:3/5

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I Heart Monster:Hush Hush Giveaway

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Beastly up for grabs at I Heart Monster!

The book Beastly is up for grabs before the release of the movie at

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I Heart Monster:Incarceron giveaway

I so badly want to read Incarceron! If you want to win a copy of the wonderful book,then enter at

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A chance to win 6 lovely books at

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A chance to win ARC of Linger!

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Rules of Attraction up for grabs!

A copy of Rules of Attraction is up for grabs at

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A contest that will make your brain cells work hard !!

A contest that will blow your mind.It's superfun!To enter,head over to the super cool blog-

Friday, April 2, 2010

Interview:Swati Avasthi

This is my first interview and I have the wonderful Swati Avasthi with me today! She is the author of the wonderful book Split which deals with the extremely serious issue of physical abuse and complicated relationships between family members.

> M:What sparked the idea of Split? Did you consciously set out to write
about such a topic?

S:I coordinated a domestic violence legal clinic for three years. I heard thousands of abuse stories and was inspired by the courage it takes to leave an abuser, to face the devil you don't know. But when I discussed my work, most people would ask me, "why does she stay?" The question struck me like wrong note because it implies a subtle amount of blame. And the blame is being placed on the wrong person. No one asked me, "Why is he resorting to violence?"

Domestic violence is typically framed as a women's issue, when in fact, it is a men's issue. In most cases, men are the abusers and the abusers have the clearest line of sight to ending domestic violence, not the victims. Our dialogue is directed to the wrong gender. That is why I wrote Split from a boy's point of view.

M:How difficult was it handling such a delicate issue?

S:Not very. I suppose that the work in the clinic had me prepared, but I struggled more with issues of craft than subject matter.

M:Tell us something about yourself we wont find on your homepage

S:Both my parents are doctors and all three of their children have turned into writers, which harkens back to our grandfathers. The writing gene skipped a generation, I suppose.

M:Do you have a writing ritual?

S:I prefer to write at a coffee shop while listening to a playlist that has been created for the books I write. There are samples of the playlists on my website.

M:What do you do if/when your Muse fails you?

S:Yell at it. When that doesn't work, I try to entice it to return by reading the masters who can inspire it to return.

M:How does it feel to be a published author in such a competitive field?

S:It is pure pleasure. Whenever I think about it or walk into a bookstore, my stomach flutters and I start to smile. People have been describing me as 'giddy' and 'radiant'.

M:Your favorite book,author and genre.

S:Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Author: Emily Bronte
Favorite Genre: Why, YA, of course!

M:A book you wish you had written. Why?

S:Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I think it's an important work that helps girls.

M:What are you writing on now?

S:I'm writing my second YA novel, BIDDEN. Savitri, Corey, and Holly are looking forward to a summer of comic book reading and freerunning. But a shooting changes everything. Corey is dead, Savitri is seeking revenge, and Holly is slipping into a world where no one can follow. Written into dual POVs with a graphic component, BIDDEN is about how far we will stretch to save our friends.

M:Anything you would like to add?

S:If you think you might be a victim of abuse, please go online to: Or, if you are in the US, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline at 1-866-331-9474. Please make sure you are calling from a safe phone or using a safe computer.

Thank you so much for joining us and sharing so much of you,your life and your thoughts.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April contest!!

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
Mistwood by Leah Cypess

A chance to win one of these great books at