Tuesday, July 21, 2009
England! What a wonderful country. But more on that later. Right now it's time to announce the winners of our contest. Each winner will receive a copy of Maureen Johnson's Suite Scarlett.
Thank you all for participating in the contest.
I've contacted each of the winners in some way, and they have a week to send me their addys before a new winner is picked.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Her new summer job comes with baggage
Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings - Spencer, Lola, and Marlene.
When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson.
Scarlett doesn't quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.
Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.
Suite Scarlett is a bright addition to Maureen Johnson's already fabulous list of works. Fun and bubbly, but with a capacity for more serious subject matter, this novel is filled with a wonderful range of character and emotion. Readers will quickly grasp Scarlett's delightful sense of humor as the novel progresses. However, our narrator isn't the only character well fleshed-out. There is the older brother Spencer who, though charming, has some faults. And who could forget about our romantic interest- the delectable Eric? Though he may seem flat at first (a stereotyped southern gentleman), his secrets and somewhat odd sense of logic add depth to his personality.
What I loved most about Suite Scarlett, though, is it's focus on family. Many novels today make the romantic interest everything. The crushes/boyfriends/husbands/heroes become the entire reason for the novel...and the heroine's entire reason for existence. While I like romance as much as the next girl, too many novels of such a variety could create a skewed and dangerous outlook on life. And that is what makes Suite Scarlett so refreshing. This is a novel where family is more important than the romantic interest.
Interested? Purchase Suite Scarlett here.
Or...you could enter the NSCG 5 Copy Giveaway. Don't forget to leave a comment here for an extra entry!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.
When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
So I wish Bella had told this book was a bit on the scary side before I started reading it at around 2 AM by myself and got completely caught off guard! Nevertheless, I ended up liking her choice for me, as usual.
Katie Alender named her book, Bad Girls Don't Die, well. No matter how many times you try, they just don't die. They just end up possessing teenager Alexis' young little sister, Kasey, who does the world's evil with a smile. Thanks to their residence's creepy history of a teased little girl falling to her death, the house is pretty much haunted. As if this wasn't bad enough, the only way to stop Kasey from murdering people is for pink-haired Alexis to get along with the super snotty popular girl in school who scared off her best friend by calling her fat. Now think about this... Is that really worth it?
No, this book really isn't that creepy. Promise. So don't let that scare you off from reading this. My only complaint? That everything worked out so perfectly... Otherwise you're in for a really great paranormal adventure!
Purchase Bad Girls Don't Die via Amazon here.