The Violet Hour: June 12, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Follow Friday! 6/16/11

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkie's View. It's an awesome way to meet new bloggers and friends!

Since I work weekends, it takes me a little longer to get back to everyone and return comments/follows, but I will! Promise! Have a great weekend! =)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review – Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Hardcover, 309 pages

Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Pulse
ISBN 1416994068 (ISBN13: 9781416994060)
Primary language: English
Original title: Shade
Series: Shade #1
Purchase from Amazon here

"Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone. Well, sort of. Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. 

This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit. As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift."

is a uniquely spooky take on ghosts and the afterlife. I was immediately captured by Jeri Smith-Ready's effortless writing style. She created a new and complex world full of emotion and new rules for what it means to be 'dead'. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 6/14/11

Wanna play? 

  • Grab your current read. 
  • Open to a random page. 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! 
  • You don’t want to ruin the book for others!). 
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

My teaser this week is from Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready…

Review – Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen
ISBN 0062011995 (ISBN13: 9780062011992)
Primary language: English
Original title: Starcrossed
Series: Starcrossed #1

Source: HarperTeen & NetGalley
Purchase from Amazon here
GoodReads: "How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart." 

This was a very interesting read! I was so intrigued by the summary. I mean, being stalked by three women weeping bloody tears? Sounds pretty creepy, and I like creepy. Starcrossed was a fantastic story with a twist on Greek mythology. Josephine Angelini definitely made a statement with this debut novel about love and consequence.

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