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Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini – Review

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed is a Harper Collins YA not to be missed by YA lovers, romance lovers, book lovers, lovers of words, people…just don’t miss it.

In the beginning, Angelini spends a couple of chapters setting up the story, attaching the reader to her MC, Helen, and establishing the tight bonds she shares with her father and friends. While I am usually pining and flipping pages to get to the love interest, with Starcrossed, I wasn’t. I loved Helen from the beginning, and I adored the respectful fun-loving relationships she treasured. To be in her inner circle was pure trust, and I think everyone can appreciate something as unique as that.

And then we meet Lucas. Helen goes from sweet and wall-flowery-mild to raving lunatic. She attacks the most gorgeous boy she’s ever seen right in the middle of her high school hallway. I squirmed all over my couch reading those pages, but to read is to understand and Angelini had me in Helen’s head. I knew why she acted the way she did, and I didn’t blame her. To be in his presence was to want him dead. Dead- like dead by her bare hands- dead. Wow. What an awful love interest, right?


As it turns out, Lucas’ character is one of the most worthy, loyal, honorable characters imaginable. He is perfect for Helen, except they want to kill one another- a lot. The story shifts into super gear as the truth of Helen’s lineage is revealed to her through dreams, and her blooming eh, relationship, with Lucas and his family. But, as the title implies, Helen and Lucas’ path takes a sharp turn when her life is endangered and he risks his to save hers.

Angelini keeps the story moving from dreams and mystery to rage and obstacles, then love. Reading Starcrossed was like reading an infomercial. Everytime I got comfortable with where I believed the story was headed, she through in an action to change it all. I could almost hear “But wait! There’s more!” Over and over I thumbed through pages and chapters to see if these two lovers truly were Starcrossed, or was that too a clever misnomer?

Well, if I told you that, I’d steal your fun.

Starcrossed is an absolute must read, just in time for summer love and star filled nights. Pick it up. Keep it close and Enjoy.

*I was lucky enough to score an ARC copy of this from NetGalley. Thank you Net Galley!!

In My Mailbox & Mailbox monday 5/15

So, I missed last week because I was in Orlando with my family. It was a warm change from Ohio and I got a ton of writing done, but the reading was awesomepants this week. Since I missed a week, I’ll tell you about last week too. There are only a few

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini – May 2011

Helen Hamilton has always tried to hide how different she is—no easy feat on an island as small as Nantucket, and only getting harder as she finds herself haunted by hallucinations and vivid nightmares.

It’s not until she crosses paths with Lucas Delos at school that Helen’s true heritage is finally revealed. Yet even as Lucas helps her awaken to her startling powers, they can never be together—not unless they can break free from the tragic destiny the Three Fates have in store.

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz – June 2011

What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams. Visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter – April 2011

It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now 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.

If she fails…

In My Mailbox is a meme from the Story Siren designed to help book lovers unite, meet, greet and follow one another in our quests to find the next most awe inspiring, tear jerking, mesmerizing or just entertaining new tome.

Mailbox Monday is a meme hosted this month at Mari Reads. This is one more incredible way to get to know one another, build your following and find great new sites to add to your dashboard.

What was in your mailbox this week?

Be sure to follow me if you like what you see. I always follow back!!  & I love making new bookish friends!

Time for the Blog Hop & Follow Friday 5/13

It’s time for the Blog Hop & Follow Friday again! I love this part of the week because  I’m meeting so many awesome bloggers, writers, readers *sigh*. So to all of you hopping with me I’m smiling widely like a doofus and waving frantically as always!!

Blog Hop is hosted over at Crazy-for-Books and Follow Friday is hosted at Parajunkee. These memes were created to help make the web smaller, and introduce us bloggers to one another. We can find sites and meet people and follow those we love! We increase our followers and we get some fun new sites to add to our dashboards too. Its a big win-win and I am thrilled to be taking part again this week.

So the question this week at Crazy for Books is: Which book blogger would you most like to meet in real life?

That’s super tough because there are way too many bloggers I talk with every day on twitter or their blogs. I will attend a couple writers conferences this year and meet my online author friends, but we seriously need a book blogger conference! Someone please get that in the works!! I can tell you I know Nikki Brandyberry from Ramblings of a Chaotic Mind. She’s snarky and sassy and super fun. Everyone needs to chill with her one night. Nikki’s blog is all about romance books and it’s just as fun as she is. If you love romance, check her out.

Parajunkee’s question of the week is : Which character in a book would you most like to be? Which character in a book would you most like to date?

Well, I’m embarassed to admit how long I just sat here thinking this over. The truth is I adore so many couples from my YA novels and I thought of each of them long and hard. But, I’m sad to say I wouldn’t really want to BE in the novels. LOL. So, I’m going to have to say I’d be Stephanie Plum from all those great Janet Evanovich novels and I’d love to be in her love triangle too. She has the delish Morelli at her side and the mysterious Ranger at her beck and call. I think her character had the whole crazy life I’d like to sample for a few days. Drop the Leave-it-tp-Beaver life I have and become  Julie Lindsey, bounty hunter LOL.

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Leave a comment and tell me if you follow! I always follow back!!!

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter – Review

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test is magical. Carter attaches you firmly to the main character, Kate, almost immediately. Kate is strong, loyal and loving. She’s selfless and unpretentious, focused on the single goal of caring for her dying mother. Despite the new town, new school, and new peers, she plows ahead bravely and it’s impossible not to root for her.

And then she meets Henry.

Henry has a secret buried deep in Greek mythology and Kate is presented with a choice. She can walk away or she can make an unbelievable sacrifice. The sacrifice could give her more time with her dying mother, and deem Kate immortal, or she could die. Knowing the risk, she still chooses to try.

As much as I loved Kate, I enjoyed Henry even more. His character is mysterious and kind and lonely and guarded. He is the kind of YA love interest readers of YA live for. Every page helped solidify it for me. Henry is amazing. I wanted them to end up together so much I stayed up all night to finish reading so I could make sure they ended happily ever after.

Carter’s story is fun and addictive. You’ll love Kate and Henry. You’ll laugh at Ava and want to pinch Ella. You might even pick up some books on Greek mythology, I did. Carter weaves the best of mythology into a modern day tale of love and loyalty. She’s amazing and the story really is magical. I highly recommend it readers of all genres. It’s delish.

Once again, a HUGE, enormous, tremendous Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an awesome way of reading ARC copies of wonderful!!! Yey!

Wow May Blog Tour: Peace of Mind & Body

Writer Wednesday welcomes Mari L. McCarthy as part of the Wow! Women on Writing blog tour.Enjoy this wonderful post about journaling to unleash your creativity and then leave a comment for Mari.

**All commenters will be entered for a chance to win a copy of Mari’s book, Peace of Mind and Body: 27 Days of Journaling**

Tips for Unleashing Your Creativity Through Journaling

Sometimes you feel stuck when attempting to create. You’re either caught in the repeating loop of a formula or agenda, or you’re frozen in indecision. You need a proverbial kick in the pants to get your creativity back on track.

When we list a few ways to kick-start your creativity, we’re struck by the fact that they’re such obvious things to do. And we realize the issue is not so much what to do as how to get started doing it.

We’ll get back to that. In the meantime, here are a few prompts, or intentionally provocative exercises aimed at stirring your muses.

1.  Musical Journal Therapy

  • Pick a song at random.
  • Listen to the song a few times in its entirety. Write down lyrics that are especially notable.
  • Expand on the lyrics you noted with further thoughts.
  • Make notes about how the music affects your body.
  • Make notes about the song as a whole – its meaning in your life. What did it originally man to you and what does it mean now?

2.  Nature Journaling

  • Pick a day when the weather seems to be begging you to go for a long walk. Follow your instincts and walk to a quiet, peaceful place where you can write without too many distractions.
  • As you walk, resist the temptation to listen to music and instead allow your mind to become more still and serene with every step.
  • Find a good spot to sit, spread out your blanket (or find a park bench or bring a folding chair), and make yourself comfortable. Take a few easy breaths, open your journal, and write about your thoughts and observations.

3.  Inspirational Quotes

Journal writing can sometimes seem to corner you. While on most days, your pen scribbles without hesitation, sometimes you can’t think of a thing to say. Or sometimes you have the opposite problem: there’s so much you want to explore in your writing that you can’t decide where to start.

In these cases, using someone else’s insightful words to encourage your own words to start flowing freely can be helpful.

Keep your journal close at hand so that whenever you come across a thought-provoking, humorous, or intriguing quote in your daily life, you can jot it down to use as a prompt later on. In this way, you can build a library of quotes that may inspire your journaling and ongoing self-discovery.

If you actually practice one or more of the above exercises, you will discover what I’m about to tell you: inspiration is continuously and perpetually at hand. Creativity is not a skill as much as it is willingness, openness, to observing and recording what you experience.

You get started in the effort to nourish your creativity by tricking yourself with such prompts as are mentioned here. Letting your present experience and observations guide your journaling is the surest path back to your purpose and goals. Let simple observation work its magic to re-connect you and your creative wellspring.

Peace of Mind and Body: 27 Days of Journaling by Mari L. McCarthy

Available in e-book or spiral notebook form, Peace of Mind and Body: 27 Days of Journaling leads you through 27 exercises to get you started along the rewarding path of daily journaling to discover yourself. In addition to daily exercises and personal stories, Mari also shares many other sources budding journal keepers can go to for inspiration.


**Leave a comment & be entered for a chance to win a copy of Mari’s book,

Peace of Mind and Body: 27 Days of Journaling**

About Mari:

Mari’s need to journal started as something much more basic. The need to learn to write. When Multiple Sclerosis attacked her right side, leaving her right hand unable to write, Mari had to find a way to teach her left hand to take over the task. A journal seemed like the perfect way to practice writing. Although journaling started as a means to an end, Mari fell in love with discovering herself through journaling.

Get to know more about Mari by visiting her online:

By Mari L. McCarthy – The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Journaling for the Health of It™.  Please visit Mari’s blog at In 27 Days of Journaling to Health and Happiness (—27-days-of-journaling-to-health–happiness/), Mari walks you through an easy process for accessing your natural inner strengths. Mari’s latest publication is titled, Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life. See for details.

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