Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Jan 22
{Book Review} Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

{Book Review} Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

Be sure to come back on Saturday for my character guest post and giveaway of Blue Sky Days!  Blue Sky Days by Marie LandryPages: 207Publication Date: January 17, 2012Age Group: YASource: Author for Blog TourSeries: noneChallenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Kindle Summary(from Goodreads): A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother – studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing – and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn’t have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn’t know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn’t helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it’s time… Read more »

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Jan 21
{Book Review+Give@way} BeSwitched Witch by Molly Snow

{Book Review+Give@way} BeSwitched Witch by Molly Snow

BeSwitched Witch by Molly Snow Pages: 190Publication Date: December, 2011Age Group: YASource: Author for Blog TourSeries: BeSwtiched #2Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Witches and withcraft challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Idis, a hot-tempered witch, was pronounced dead Halloween night. Her runaway cat, Surla, has a horrific premonition-come-true, when Idis escapes the morgue and then a mental hospital. These two enemies unexpectedly cross paths in the woods, triggering the curse of being BeSwitched.A powerful opportunity comes with Surla switching bodies with her witch. She can dominate the now little black furball, giving her an education, teaching her patience and taking the shrew to the salon for a fun makeover.The two go to high school together, when Surla passes as a teenage girl with a little help from magic. When Surla is magnetically drawn to the curious new guy, Jax Morreau, she is infatuated. Could ravens, coffins or a cursed ring keep Surla away from her invitation to the Morreau Family Reunion at Lake Sequoia? An ancient mystery… Read more »

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Jan 21
{Book Review} BeSwitched by Molly Snow

{Book Review} BeSwitched by Molly Snow

Today I have reviews of both books in the series and a giveaway for ecopies of both books! Be sure to check out my review of book 2, BeSwitched Witch for the giveaway!  BeSwitched by Molly Snow Pages: 192 pages Publication Date: September 14th 2011 by Molly Snow, via Smashwords  Age Group: young YA Source: author for blog tour Series: BeSwitched #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Witches and withcraft challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): When a magical black cat, Surla, runs away from her bombastic witch, Idis, she has no idea that she will soon be living as a teenage girl, confronting both the mean girls and the popular—and very cute—guys of Washington High on a daily basis.While Surla may look like Cathy, her peers notice a dramatic change in her personality when she starts standing up for herself, dressing differently, snagging dates, and picking up strange habits. Meanwhile, the witch Idis is a flaming red-haired fury as she awkwardly tries… Read more »

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Jan 20
{Cover Reveal} Predestined by Abbi Glines

{Cover Reveal} Predestined by Abbi Glines

You guys all know how much I love Abbi Glines. (Some might even say that it is a mild obsession…) So when I was asked to be part of an exclusive cover reveal for book 2 in the Existence series, I squeed a little. If you have not read Existence yet, what on earth are you waiting for?? It’s such an awesome YA paranormal. You need to go out and get it right now, read it immediately and then come right back here and tell me what you thought about it so we can gush! Here is my review of Existence by Abbi Glines And now for the cover reveal of book 2- Predestined! You can check out Predestined here:  Website  Goodreads Facebook Summary: You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder.  The… Read more »

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Jan 20
{Book Review} Austen-tatious by Alyssa Goodnigt

{Book Review} Austen-tatious by Alyssa Goodnigt

Austen-tatious by Alyssa Goodnight Paperback, 320 pages Expected publication: January 31st 2012 by Kensington Age Group: AdultSource: ARC from AuthorSeries: noneChallenge(s): 150+ reading challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): In this quirky, sexy novel set against the lively, music-filled backdrop of Austin, Texas, a young woman learns that romance can wreak havoc with even the best laid plans. . .It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin’s funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though Nic is a straight-laced engineer, she’s still a sucker for anything Austen-esque. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to disbelief once she starts writing in the journal–because somehow, it’s writing her back. . .Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance. Those twelve tiny words hit Nic like a thunderbolt, as if her diary was channeling Austen herself! Itching for a bit of excitement, Nic decides to follow her “Fairy Jane’s” advice. The… Read more »

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Jan 19
{Guest Post} First Kisses with Author Molly Snow

{Guest Post} First Kisses with Author Molly Snow

Today I have a super fun guest post and teaser from BeSwitched author Molly Snow! She talks first kisses. Be sure to come back on saturday to see my reviews of both books and for a giveaway!  Also, don’t forget to check out Molly’s website for her grand prize tour giveaway of a Kindle and signed books! –http://mollysnowfiction.blogspot.com ——————————————————————– First Kisses Thank you, Michelle, for having me on Book Briefs. I thought it would be fun to share with your readers an excerpt from BeSwitched, centering on a first kiss. When I was sixteen, I wrote BeSwitched. I published it when I was twenty-three, sending out news releases to some local papers, and some bit at the story. I started speaking at schools, and my former high school, Deer Valley High,  called me to come speak to their students. I was really excited and nervous. After my first presentation, one of the teachers, an English teacher (can’t remember his name), said that I really should read a passage from Surla’s first date…. Read more »

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Jan 19
{Book Review} Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz

{Book Review} Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz

Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz ebook, 105 pages Published by On the Bird 2011 Source: Author Challenges: None Age group: Adult Summary(from Goodreads): The novel is called Atticus for the Undead. It centers around an idealistic young attorney, Hunter Gamble, who works in a very special area of the practice — arcane defense. Twelve years ago, the world discovered through an event called The Unveiling that vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other creatures previously thought purely mythical were, in fact, real. This changed the fabric of American life in a number of ways, not least of which — they needed somebody to go to court for them! And so, with the help of shy-but-energetic research attorney Kirsten Harper, Hunter sets out to make the world a better place — one arcane client at a time. (Don’t call them supernaturals, it’s rude!) When a young zombie walks into Hunter’s office accused of murder (by brain-eating, of course), Hunter must navigate a complex web of political, legal, and cultural obstacles to secure… Read more »

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Jan 18
{Guest Post} Author Elizabeth Isaacs

{Guest Post} Author Elizabeth Isaacs

Today I have the author of The Light of Asteria, Elizabeth Isaacs with us to talk about symbolism and imagery! If you would like to read my review of The Light of Asteria or enter my giveaway for the book go HERE! 🙂 Playing with Symbolism and Imagery It’s an affliction, really … this idea of symbolism and imagery. It’s one I’ve had for years, yet I’ve never understood how much it affected me until I started working on The Light of Asteria. Symbolism has been around since the Greek and Roman times, but didn’t actually grow in popularity until the mid 1800’s. I won’t bore you with the details, but the gist of it is that absolute truths were better communicated indirectly, that suggestion was a stronger way of expression than reality. Symbolism makes Tolkien’s ring an unholy temptation, Poe’s Lenore elusive, and Shakespeare’s winter so discontent. It’s absolutely one of my favorite aspects of writing. Originally, I wrote The Light of Asteria for my daughter Kate. It was… Read more »

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Jan 18
Project Tell Taylor!

Project Tell Taylor!

     hosts: Michelle Madow and For Those About to Read     co-hosts: Book Briefs, XPresso Reads, Book Love 101, My Cute Bookshelf I was super excited when Michelle Madow contacted me about being a part of this awesome project. I loved Remembrance so much, and I am so happy to try and spread the word about it! How cool would it be if we could reach out to Taylor?! Read my review of Remembrance HERE.Remembrance by Michelle Madow was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle really wants to tell Taylor about how inspiring she and her music have been to her, but since Taylor Swift is an international superstar, she’s a little hard to reach. This is where YOUR help comes into play! Michelle is giving away the biggest prize pack she’s offered yet, and the ways to enter to win are by telling Taylor Swift about Remembrance. Read on to learn how to participate in helping Michelle tell Taylor about Remembrance!Michelle has even written a… Read more »

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Jan 17
{Tempting Tuesdays} Some Girls Bite Read-a-Long

{Tempting Tuesdays} Some Girls Bite Read-a-Long

If you would like to join in the fun, you can sign up HERE Here is the schedule for the event:  January 3rd – Chapters 1-4 (Jenny at Supernatural Snark)January 10th – Chapters 5-8 (Tina at Tina’s Book Reviews)January 17th – Chapters 9-12 (Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight)January 24th – Chapters 13-15 + epilogue (Missie at The Unread Reader)January 31st – Special guest post by Chloe Neill and our grand prize giveaway! Here are the questions for chapters 9-12. I really want to read the rest right now! Discussion Questions Chapter 9-12  Catcher and Ethan share some personality traits. What makes Mallory, Merit, and even us readers attracted to these guys? Would you date/mate with someone like these guys in real life?   I agree that there is something very attractive about a mysterious, confident almost bad boy, but I don’t think I would date someone like Ethan in real life. I like my guys nice. There is just something to be said for sweetness and honesty that I really like. Ethan still does not… Read more »

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