It is Friday.

Because it is Friday and I have been home all day and I am not in the mood to go write a review, but I still want to post today because I don’t like not posting two days in a row, (except when I’m on vacay)–I am writing this post. It’s going to be really quick and fun so let’s get to it! (Wow. I am somehow coming across as peppy, even though I have been in my pj’s all day.)

  • Hannah Moskowitz was having this cover redesign contest for Invincible Summer, because there was all this hubbub about the actual cover, featuring a lovely girl in a bathing suit, yada yada. That cover is here. So she had this contest, and the winner is THIS! 

I like this cover so much. It has the awesome tagline, but more than that, the image says SO much about the book. It’s perfect. The three boys in bathing suits, first of all. And the way Chase, the middle one, is looking up at Noah? Brilliant. I so wish publishers would take note of all these amazing artists who are actual FANS of the book.

  • And some cool upcoming releases that I’ve seen around!

Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson will be released June 12, 2012 from Delacorte BFYR.

Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away.

To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie will be released June 5, 2012 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

What would you do to find your best friend’s killer?

Eve, a runaway, finds a new job at a coffee shop on the outskirts of Tuscon. When she’s approached by two wealthy teens who claim she bears an uncanny resemblance to their missing cousin Aurora, her life takes a turn for the dark and mysterious. Drawn into a scheme to win Aurora’s inheritance, Eve finds herself impersonating the girl, who disappeared three years ago on the night her best friend Elizabeth died. But when Liza’s ghost begins to haunt Eve, doing harm to the people close to her under the guise of “protecting” her, Eve finds herself in a nightmare maze of lies and deception that leads her to question even her own identity. She realizes her only chance is to uncover the truth about what happened the night Liza died, and to find Liza’s killer— before she’s next.

This teen thriller by Michele Jaffe will keep readers turning pages well into the night.

Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe will be released April 12, 2012 from Razorbill.

All of these sound ridiculously awesome. The first one sounds kind of silly but I have a feeling that it’ll be a Anna and the French Kiss type of scenario with wayy more depth than chick-lit. And the last title is a thriller, something I sooo need more of.

Have an awesome weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Mini Reviews: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz and The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I’m doing mini reviews because details have gotten fuzzy since I was at camp. Here we go.

Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive….

Not your typical beach read.

Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Edition: Paperback, 269 pages
Genre: Contemporary
Interest: Author
Source: Bought

Well, I was acquainted with Hannah Moskowitz’s writing because I read her debut, Break. I liked it a lot, but I had no idea how much I would love Invincible Summer. Invincible Summer combines sign language, Camus, lust, and summer to make one unforgettable contemp. This really isn’t your typical beach read.

While I did find it a bit weird that the teenagers in the books quoted Camus at 15–I loved the quotes, they were absolutely beautiful, and I thank Hannah for introducing me to Camus–I think they worked really well in the context of the book.

The writing style is absolutely beautiful: spare and yet plenty. Not purple prose, in fact I didn’t even get a decent enough image of Chase, but it also worked well. I wasn’t expecting to feel as much emotion as I did while reading this book. I let out several loud gasps and felt like crying a lot.

Invincible Summer is an emotional read that’s perfect for any time of the year, but I’m glad I read it in the summer heat.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.

Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Edition: Paperback, 293 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Interest: Hype; Greek Mythology
Source: Library

I had such high expectations for The Goddess Test, but unfortunately it failed to reach them.

I positively detested Kate, she was quite obnoxious, but that could just have been my reaction to her. Of course I felt sorry for her, her mom dying and all, but I’ve felt sorry for lots of people. I don’t like them all. Also Henry showed no depth whatsoever, he was a cookie cutout.

I didn’t like the way Greek mythology was absolutely butchered, and I didn’t like these absolutely stupid decisions made by the characters.

If I can give Aimee Carter credit for something, it’s that she kept me turning pages. I was intrigued, so I did. But I had to put the book down way more than once. My bunkmate was like, “What’s wrong with your book?” To which I replied:

Don’t get me started. 

Book Trailer Thursday: Invincible Summer

Hi everyone,

Book Trailer Thursday is a simple meme that I found on Y.A. Love, that I’ll be doing from time to time. I won’t seek out trailers but if I stumble upon one I’ll let you know about it. If you stumble upon one, let me know!

The book trailer of this week is for Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz. I actually own a copy of Invincible Summer, but I’m saving it for an upcoming 2-and-a-half-hour bus ride. You can find my review of Break here, I think you should read it. You know.

This book trailer is pretty good, actually. I’m pretty sure that Hannah actually wrote the monolouge at the beginning. And all the cool flashy stuff is pretty awesome. Also that picture at 0:11 makes me sad. And there’s making out. Lots of making out for a 53-second book trailer.

Have fun watching and reading!

In My Mailbox #7

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created and hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. This week- I went to the library, plus three books from The Book Depository came in. (My first time ordering from them! It was very cheap and the books were in fantastic condition! Plus free shipping.)

Beautiful by Amy Reed

I’m re-reading and reviewing this one because Amy Reed’s new book, Clean, is on Galley Grab now, and I LOVED this one the first time around. Quite frankly, it scared me to death.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I’ve heard amazing things about this one, and the full two pages of blurbs did me in.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

I really can’t believe I haven’t read this series yet, but it seems like a great summer read.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

The title. Self explanatory.

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

I thought this one had an interesting idea, and I’ve already read it. I didn’t like it that much, but oh well. Review coming soon.

Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

I AM NOT JUST READING THIS BECAUSE RPATTZ WAS IN THE MOVIE. Seriously. I’m reading it because I like historical romance. Gosh.

The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson

Seems like a hilarious read.

Wish by Alexandra Bullen

Been seeing this everywhere recently.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I am loving this one, and simply because there’s a map on the back of the dust jacket, I’m thinking I’ll buy it because I can’t take it off the library book.

Such A Pretty Girl by Laura Weiss

I already finished this one.. scared the crap out of me.

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Also currently reading- gritty, sort of. It’s interesting.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers. ‘Nuff said.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

From Book Depository. I’ve been seeing this one everywhere and I like to read books whose film rights are snatched up months before it comes out!

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

From Book Depository. I just read Break and absolutely loved it, so this is Hannah’s next book, plus Gone, Gone, Gone, her third novel, is on Galley Grab.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

From Book Depository. This one has been everywhere for the past few months, and it’s first companion novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door, comes out in October. I already read this one and I freakin’ swooned. I wish I could read this book forever. Just never stop reading it. (Etienne St. Clair is my life.)

So that’s what I got this week. Have a great week and happy reading!

Reut

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a meme created and hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Wow, my first IMM! I’m supa excited to share this with you. Here’s what I got this week.

Break by Hannah Moskowitz

After hearing lots of buzz about Ms. Moskowitz’s second novel, Invincible Summer, I decided to check out her writing for myself. Break is about a boy who decides to break every bone in his body, and the tagline is How far is too far? Intense, much?

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins is the start in a series about mermaids. MERMAIDS. You know how long it’s been since I read about mermaids? Since I was about six and read the book adaptation of The Little Mermaid. And there’s a catchy title.

A Shore Thing by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

I know I shouldn’t be excited, because this book is bound to be a mindless, thinly veiled Jersey Shore book adaptation, but come on. It’s SNOOKI. Any book that has the author’s face on the cover, you know it’s good.

So those are a few things that I got this week. Have a great week and happy reading!

Reut