The Super-Ultra-Mega Cover Reveal -- Sara Shepard, LJ Smith, Lauren Conrad, Jocelyn Davies, and Rae Carson!

The cover I'm bringing to you today by Sara Shepard is the last book in the internationally bestselling PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series. The book is called BURNED, and here is the cover!

It currently has a release date of December 4th, 2012.

Here is the next cover on my list, the second book in Lauren Conrad's THE FAME GAME series, called Starstruck!

The next cover I'm revealing is the second book in Jocelyn Davies's A BEAUTIFUL DARK series, called A FRACTURED LIGHT!

I think her face looks really weird, almost too pale for the rest of her body.

The next cover is the third book in LJ Smith's VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE HUNTERS trilogy, called Destiny Rising:

The next cover is the fifth book in the SECRET CIRCLE series by LJ Smith, called THE HUNT:

The last cover is the second book by Rae Carson, called CROWN OF EMBERS. Here is the cover:

That's all the covers I have yet to reveal -- check back for more later!



Today on the blog, I have the fabulous Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls, here to answer a few questions!

Here is a bit more about her sensational debut, Shattered Souls (and look at that gorgeous cover!):

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

1) Cereal or Oatmeal? 
Cereal absolutely. Lucky Charms are my favorites. I eat the marshmallows first and then the cereal. Yum.

2) Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
I love them both, but there is something about Harry Potter that really reaches me. It’s my favorite series ever!

3) Favorite color? 

4) Favorite movie? 
Howl’s Moving Castle

5) Favorite blogger? (*cough* [Just kidding!]) (This isn't even a serious question.)
My favorite blogger is without a doubt Hayden Casey!
[Thanks, Mary :)]

The Real 5): Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla with chocolate sauce!

Now, onto the actual questions:

1) Describe Shattered Souls using three adjectives. GO!
Creepy, romantic, fun!

2) Where did the title come from?
My editor came up with it. My original title was lame.

3) How do you feel about the amazing response the book has gotten?
Thrilled! It has been a fabulous experience and I’m so grateful for all the kind words and support from readers.

4) What was your favorite part about writing Shattered Souls?
Getting to know the characters and developing the world.

5) What was your favorite scene to write in the book?
The scene in which Lenzi and Alden first soul-share. It is the first scene I wrote.

6) Was there a particular event in your life (or person) that inspired the book?
The Great Storm of 1900 was the inspiration. A student of mine kind of kicked it off by accident.
I knew I wanted to write a ghost story. I also knew I wanted it to include an historical disaster that would produce a lot of unresolved dead guys. I toyed with the San Francisco Fire, the Civil War, World War II, but then, a high school student of mine told me she was reading a book for English that she hated. Trying to help her out, I offered to read it with her, like a buddy. She agreed, and I read Isaac’s Storm. It was amazing. I’d learned about the Great Storm of 1900 in high school, but the book made it real for me. I had my disaster. My enthusiasm for the Isaac’s Storm made it more tolerable for my student, but I’m still not sure she ever fell in love with it.

7) Were any of the characters inspired by real people?
Lenzi is named after one of my students, but the similarity ends there. Nicaragua Smith is a “real” ghost in Galveston, Texas. Alden’s dog, Spook, is based on my dog, Fig.

8) Where did the idea behind the Speakers and the Protectors come from?
I wanted Lenzi to commune with ghosts, and to me, even scarier than seeing ghosts is only hearing them. Originally, “Speakers” were called “Intercessors.”

9) What's your favorite part about being an author?
Meeting tons of cool people online and in person. This has been a tremendous pleasure for me.

10) Lastly, what is it like having all those animals in your house (including your children)?????
Well, it’s a zoo around here. That’s about all I can say about it.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Hayden!

Here's a little bit about Mary Lindsey:

Mary's debut novel, SHATTERED SOULS, was December 8, 2011 from Philomel/Penguin.

Her second book from Philomel/Penguin, a YA Gothic tentatively titled ANNABEL, has a planned release in Summer 2013.

Mary lives with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter's pet rats, an Australian Bearded Dragon, and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.

She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette from the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
 Thank you for being on the blog, Mary!

If you want to see what I thought about her fabulous debut, check out my review of Shattered Souls. Yes, I did marry the book. No judgment.


The Almost-100-Follower Giveaway!

If you've been following le blogz (my pathetic attempt at French translation), you'd know that I've been hinting at a giveaway for quite a while.

And, ladies and gents, it is finally here.

I introduce to you the Almost-100-Follower Giveaway!

This giveaway is to thank all of you awesome people for following me. Therefore, I am going to make following this blog a requirement, because the purpose is to reward the followers. Don't freak out if you're not a follower before the giveaway; you can still enter! You just have to follow me.

Before you enter the giveaway, I'd just like to tell you all thank you so much for all the love you've shown us (*cough*... me) here at The Teen Bookworm. It's been an AMAZING journey, and I can't wait to continue.

I know you guys are just going to scroll down to enter, so I'm going to make it difficult. :)

Psh. Fine. Whatever.
DO IT! ENTER THE CONTEST! Maybe you'll win!


In My Mailbox (15): The Girls in Dresses Looking Fierce Edition

IN MY MAILBOX is a meme hosted by Kristi at THE STORY SIREN where you post the books you've gotten in the week.

The books I've gotten are:

WINGS OF THE WICKED: Courtney Allison Moulton
DREAMLESS: Josephine Angelini (my first ever Harper ARC!)


Follow Friday (3)

Hi, guys! It's once again time for Follow Friday, where I will answer the question they asked.
If you're new, thanks for coming to my blog! If you're not, thanks for coming to my blog! This is the question asked:

Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

Most of my favorite books I read have one main thing in common: deadly-fast pacing. I can't get through a book if it's super slow, and I don't want to waste my life reading things I don't want to read.

Review: Fallen in Love

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
201 pp PLUS excerpt of prologue/chapter one of Rapture
Hardcover/$15.99 USD

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine's Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other.

Lauren Kate's FALLEN IN LOVE is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.

True love never says goodbye . . .
Wow. What a complete waste of paper.
The last time I checked, a "novel" was more than two-hundred measly pages of huge text and lots of chapter breaks. Calling this tiny thing a "novel" is ridiculous, as is pricing it at $15.99. Luckily, I got it on sale at Target, so it wasn't too expensive, but I totally want my money back after reading it.

Also, the last time I checked, a novel in a series was supposed to advance the overall plot. At least a little. In FALLEN IN LOVE, the word "plot" is nonexistent. Cute, sappy valentine's day stories aren't enough to satisfy your readers, Kate. The franchise doesn't need to be milked any more. Honestly, I would've rather gotten RAPTURE after a normal nine-month period than wait another three for this piece of crap to be released.

The first story in FALLEN IN LOVE is the story of Miles and Shelby. This was my favorite (and the only one I actually liked). So much of it was backstory and background and description, and so little of it was actual character development, plot, you know, stuff a book needs to thrive? Even though I liked the romance between Shelby and Miles, I wasn't completely enthralled about everything else.

The second story in the book is the story of Roland. I kind of liked his story, but I wouldn't consider it a love story. ****Partial Spoilers**** Maybe a heartbreak story, but that's crossing the line. He talks a lot about his lost love and feels sad and stalks her and in the end, just realizes that all he needs is his friends. *Gag*

The third story is Arianne's story, which I wasn't crazy about. Fourth was the valentine's story of Luce and Daniel. That's right, the ones the whole series are devoted to. I don't know why this was necessary; the entire FALLEN series is their perpetual and gag-worthy love story. This story I mostly skipped over.

At the end of the book is a snippet of the next (and last, thank God) book in the Fallen series, RAPTURE. I will admit I was really excited for this. FALLEN IN LOVE was a huge disappointment, and I thought I'd like the RAPTURE sneak-peek more.

I didn't.

It was boring, and I skipped over a lot of it. I hope the book reads more smoothly than the excerpt that was included, because if that's how the rest will be, I'm not so excited for it anymore.

FALLEN IN LOVE was a big disappointment in the world of FALLEN. Hopefully RAPTURE will redeem it a little bit.

Two Owls


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