Thursday, September 27, 2012

Candace Reviews Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride
Paperback, 343 pages
First Published January 1st, 2010

Description from Goodreads:
Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he's doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

This review may also appear on Candace's Book Blog in the future. 

I love books told from a boy's POV.  I'm not sure why that is, maybe it's just that it's different and not as common for some reason.  I also love when the character has an awesome personality and Sam most definitely does!  He's a normal guy who has fears and will even hide from things that scare him, but if he's found it certainly doesn't keep his tongue from wagging and those snarky words to come out of his mouth.  And oh my, he says some pretty hilarious things!  I loved that about him.  I loved that he felt real with his weaknesses, but yet he didn't let them rule him.  He had his own voice and he used it.

The book has some humor but it wasn't as humorous as I thought it would be. It's much more serious and dark but the humor that is there helps balance it a bit so it's not too dark.  Sam definitely goes through the wringer and I was surprised how far things really went.  But I liked that surprise factor that just kept popping up as I never really knew how things might go.  

This is one of those books that felt equally character driven and plot driven.  Both were very strong and I loved that.  While there were a lot of characters I felt like each one had a very strong and unique personality and I felt like I really understood them.  The plot was pretty fast paced as I flew through the pages eager to find out more and to see Sam through every scrape he got himself into. 

There's a touch of romance but it's really only a touch.  I felt like it was perfect because guys definitely shouldn't be concerned about that aspect and us girls get that romance that we seem to crave in books.  It's definitely something that I hope to see explored more in the next book.

This is a YA book but the characters are 19 and Sam has actually dropped out of college.  Keep the age in mind when it comes to appropriateness for the reader.  There's some violence and gore, a tad bit of language and there's sex (though it fades out). 

I really enjoyed this one and am so glad that the second book, Necromancing the Stone is now out!

Find Lish McBride on her website.

Disclosure: All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WoW: Falling For You by @Lisa_Schroeder

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Because this is a blog featuring authors from the Pacific Northwest each WoW we participate in will feature authors from the Pacific Northwest.

This week's pick is:

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder
Expected publication: January 1st, 2013 by Simon Pulse

Description:
Rae's always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her...and the less she wants to give.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous.

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.

I will read anything and everything by Lisa Schroeder.  She is on auto buy for me because from her children's books to her YA books, they have all been amazingFalling For You is her first YA that isn't in verse and while I love her verse books (ADORE her verse books) I'm excited to read this one and see how it goes.  I know that it will be beautiful, emotional and one powerful read and I cannot wait to read it! January 1st cannot possibly come soon enough!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Suzanne Selfors - The Sweetest Spell Launch Party Recap

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of going to Suzanne's Selfors launch party for her latest YA novel, The Sweetest Spell hosted by my local indie, Liberty Bay Books.
The Sweetest Spell
I haven't read any of Suzanne Selfors' books yet, but The Sweetest Spell looks amazing and now that I have a signed copy I'm sure I'll do so asap! 
This event started at the same time as my soccer game ended, so when you add on the 30 minute drive to get to the signing, I missed a fair amount of the signing. I knew that, but for most YA events I attend I have to take a ferry ride to Seattle, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go to a YA event so close. Because I was late, I didn't get there til the Q/A session, though I was sad I missed the reading I loved hearing Suzanne answer all the questions! She was very honest in her answers and I enjoyed hearing all about her writing habits, life, books, ect.  I sat next to Sarah from Sarah's Random Musings and I also got to meet the lovely Jenna from Making the Grade Reviews who was visiting family in the area all the way from Florida! So that was a real treat! I also got to chat with Suzanne a bunch after her presentation, and told her she was living in the dark ages because she was not on any of the social networking! It was fun to have a bunch of laughs with her and the bloggers! It also happened to be her birthday, so I got to wish her happy birthday! :)
After the event Sarah and I raided Liberty Bay Books' YA ARC selection, and I got lots of awesome goodies! :D
Here are a few pictures of Suzanne at the event (thanks to Sarah for taking them, as my camera broke):


And here's a photo with all of us bloggers with Suzanne:

Jenna, Sarah, Suzanne, me
(See above for links to Jenna and Sarah's blogs)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tons of Portland-area Author Events in October

Some amazing YA and middle grade authors are coming to the Portland area next month -- including an amazing line-up at Wordstock Festival! Here are several upcoming author events you'll want to mark in your calendars!

October 13-14th: Wordstock Festival
Oregon Convention Center
Admission: $7 per day or $10 for a two-day pass; kids 13 & under are free

View the complete Wordstock schedule online, but here's a list of YA and Middle Grade authors appearing at this year's festival: 

David Levithan
Jackson Pearce
Tonya Hurley
April Henry
Jeanne Ryan
Kevin Emerson
Lissa Price
Katie Kacvinsky
Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Lisa Burstein
Steve Brezenoff
Inara Scott
Lish McBride
Joelle Anthony
Stephanie Guerra
Tamara Ireland Stone
Kristin-Paige Madonia
Martha Brockenbrough
Kelly Moore, Tucker Moore & Larkin Reed
Kimberly Derting
Sean Beaudoin
Ami Margolin Rome & Phillip Margolin
Karen Cushman
Katherine Schlick Noe
Christopher Healy
John Stephens
Rebecca Stead
Kim Baker
Trent Reedy
Dr. Cuthbert Soup

Sunday, October 14th at 2:00pm
Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing

Cindy Pon -- author of Silver Phoenix
Malinda Lo - author of Ash and Adaptation
Sarah Rees Brennan - author of the Demon's Lexicon trilogy and Unspoken
Mette Ivie Harrison - author of Tris & Izzie
Janni Lee Simner - author of Bones of Faerie

Monday, October 15th at 7:30pm
Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Sandra Cisneros - author of The House on Mango Street and her new release, Have You Seen Marie?

Tuesday, October 16th at 7pm
Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing

Jasper Fforde - author of The Last Dragonslayer, his first YA novel.
Jasper is also known for writing the Thursday Next series.

Thursday, October 18th at 12:00pm
Barnes & Noble, Tanasbourne

Libba Bray - book signing for The Diviners

Thursday, October 18th at 7:30pm
Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Libba Bray - author of The Diviners, as well as the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Going Bovine, and Beauty Queens

Monday, October 22nd at 7pm
Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing

A.S. King - author of Ask the Passengers and Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30pm 
Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center

Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson - authors of The Familiars series
Nils Johnson-Shelton - author of the Otherworld Chronicles series
Chris Krevatin - author of the Gravediggers series

Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm
Bagdad Theater

Sherman Alexie presents his new collection of short stories, Blasphemy.

Thursday, October 25th at 6:30pm
Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center

Becca Fitzpatrick - author of the Hush, Hush series
Elizabeth Miles - author of Fury and Envy
Tonya Hurley - author of The Blessed and the ghostgirl series
Kresley Cole - author of Poison Princess

Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm
Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center

Laini Taylor - author of Daughter of Smoke & Bone and its sequel, Days of Blood & Starlight.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Candace Reviews The Pearl Wars (Skyship Academy #1) by Nick James

The Pearl Wars (Skyship Academy #1) by Nick James
Paperback, 386 pages
Published: Sept. 8th, 2011 by Flux
Source: Purchased

A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.

Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

This book started out slow for me. There was just so much to soak up because it's such a crazy world.  First of all this is a mix of sci-fi and post apocalyptic.  It definitely has a pretty strong sci-fi feel though with the Skyship dwellers and crazy technology.  But we still got surface time where we see what's happening on earth as well.  It was a mix that worked well together but didn't feel like it truly came together until about halfway through.

I love getting a male POV and in this one we get two males narrating.  Jesse is telling his alternate chapters in first person and so he felt like the true main character.  The other chapters are Cassius narrating in third person.  Cassius is kind of a bad guy, but the whole time you know there's more to it and you're just waiting for the twist to reveal everything.  Especially the whole ability thing because really, we have no idea what the heck that's about!  Jesse is an underdog sort of guy.  One who is picked on and doesn't do so good in class.  And Cassius is kind of a bully but we don't see him interact with people too much so perhaps that's not completely accurate.  Either way, these aren't your usual kind of characters.

This book is very twisty!  There are lots of different things going on that you just NEED to know the answers to, but the ending is absolutely fantastic!  It will leave you speechless as things come together.

Find Nick James: Website | Twitter

Disclosure: I purchased this book and all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not paid or influenced in any way.



Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Because this is a blog featuring authors from the Pacific Northwest each WoW we participate in will feature authors from the Pacific Northwest.
This week's pick is:

Picture The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess.  Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose.  Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits.   With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture; her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her.  Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure full of twists and turns as she finds freedom and love.


Published by Malachite Quills Publishing
To be released Mid-October 2012 

I love fantasy and this one sounds fantastic!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Candace Reviews Girl Stolen by April Henry


Girl Stolen by April Henry
Hardcover 224 pgs
Published: September 28, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.

Description:
Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen--with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price?

This review was first posted at Candace's Book Blog.
I really liked Cheyenne and connected with her immediately. I felt like the situation and reactions were realistic and it was easy to understand her thought process and her love and hate for Griffin. Well, maybe not love, exactly. But not the hate she felt for some others. 
 
Although Griffin is the kidnapper, the story has interesting twists so he's not really the bad guy, so much.
Cheyenne is blind but there's a history behind it and through out the story we learn more about how it is to become blind, how hard it is to accept yourself and to move on and the strength she's had to survive all she's gone through. Past and present. 
 
We also learn about Griffin and his past. I found myself feeling for him and urging him to take action to change his life and the situation he's gotten himself into. 
 
This book takes place here, locally to me. I really liked that. Although there's not a lot of description of places I knew the lay out and the struggle that Cheyenne would have wandering the woods blindly.
Overall this was a great book with strong characters and a unique storyline. It's a fast read, it was only a couple hours for me.

Find April on...

Disclosure: I had received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.comtwitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Benji reviews Betrayal by Gregg Olsen



Betrayal (Empty Coffin, #2) by Gregg Olsen
Release Date ~ 9/4/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ Splinter
Source ~ Author
Purchase a SIGNED Copy!
In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?
Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.
  These are the kind of books that make me love and hate book blogging. It's the kind of review you're so enthusiastic about but you just went on an emotional roller-coaster that you have no bloody idea how you're going to put it into words. Betrayal did that to me. And if it doesn't do that to you, you're obviously reading it upside down or back-words. So go read it again the right way, now. Seriously, close this review, get off your laptop and pull out your copy of Betrayal. Trust me. (I'm the doctor, whovians.)

 Other reviewers have talked about this, but I like to repeat what much smarter people have already said, Gregg Olsen doesn't write the typical YA novel. He's best known for his true crime novels, which he's wrote a bunch of and is what he's reached the New York Times Bestseller List for. And he doesn't change his style of writing for these novels. They read almost exactly like true crime, and he likes to include lots of texts, tweets, facebook posts, and newspaper clippings. So when you go into The Empty Coffin Series be fully aware that it's not the usual YA fare, and in my opinion, nothing usual can ever make an impact on the world.

  The main improvement from the first book, Envy for me is in Betrayal the focus is the crime, but Haley and Taylor take more of a center stage and the major plot line is probably them discovering the truth (about something non-related to the crime at hand). The twin paranormal part of the book is probably what most of you YA readers are looking forward to, and you will not be disappointed.

  This book ends on such a cliff-hanger. Seriously, it's like you'r hanging on to the cliff by a finger and you don't no whether you're going to fall or not for a whole nine months or so. If you're not a fan of cliffhangers, buy this book one week before Guilty, the third book in the series, is released so you won't have to wait. Because seriously, the wait is going to kill you. Perhaps literally, he is a true crime author after all.

  If you, my friend, are looking for a breathe of fresh air from anything else on the YA market. Pick up these books. You won't be disappointed, and you'd be willing to kill for more.
Cover Comments:
The blue gives a real cold look to the cover, sort-of referencing "murdered in cold blood" perhaps? I think the font is perfect and rather freaky!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Candace Reviews The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook


The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook
Details: Hardcover, 272 pages
Published: Jan. 4th, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased

Description:
Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what's expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way...and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped.They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?


This review was first posted on Candace's Book Blog.
This book really ended up being a lot of fun. But it wasn't all about the fun only, as poor Hailey is going through a lot. I really, truly 100% felt bad for her. This book really brought out the emotions for me. I felt such anger at her father for letting her down, at her friends for not standing up for her in the beginning and Hailey for letting them get away with it all. She was a truly nice person who was willing to take the fall for something that wasn't all her fault and everyone made her life miserable for one simple mistake.
For her punishment Hailey has to clean at her school and she's assigned to work with a cute townie (she goes to a boarding school). He ends up being a fantastic character!
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I loved Hailey and her amazing personality. Although she was a bit too nice in the beginning she finally finds her voice. I really enjoyed watching her journey. One thing that I may have liked a bit more development of was her quirks. She really obsesses over things being dangerous, all the things people die from (she knows how many are killed by falling soda machines each year). But I felt like her obsession was only skimmed over and wasn't as there as I may have liked. However that was a very minor complaint.
Although the book takes place in the winter it really felt like a great summer read. I think it was the lighter tone and the way the story was told that made it feel that way. Plus it's a light read that I finished in under a day.
I highly recommend this book!


Disclosure: I purchased this book and all opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.comtwitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Candace Reviews Betrayal by Gregg Olsen

Betrayal (Empty Coffin #2) by Gregg Olsen
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: Sept. 4th, 2012 by Splinter
Source: Gift 

In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?
Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all. 

Candace's thoughts, first posted at Candace's Book Blog:
I really enjoyed this book! The murder mystery worked well for me.  For one, I loved how crazy these people were.  From absent parents (or downright BAD parents) to teens who really are more concerned about themselves and their own comfort rather then the dead girl, this book really left me guessing who was a murderer because there were just so many that weren't very good people.  I didn't really guess who it was, though I did figure out parts, there was so much more to it.

I loved how emotionally invested I was in this book and the characters.  I felt furious at people for their callousness, for their ridiculous accusations at the completely wrong people and for their completely inappropriate behavior.  It worked fantastically well in this book.

I recently visited Port Gamble and I don't think it had a big impact on my overall feel of the book, but I did enjoy being able to picture the homes and places where everyone went.  I had even toured the home that Haley and Taylor live in so being able to picture everything so well was just an added bonus.

I definitely recommend you check this series out!


Find Gregg Olsen: Website Twitter

Disclosure: Books were provided as a gift, and we were not paid or influenced in any way.  All opinions expressed are our own.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Benji reviews Envy by Gregg Olsen


Envy by Gregg Olsen
Release Date ~ 8/23/11
Format ~ Paperback
Publisher ~ Splinter
Source ~ Author
Purchase a SIGNED Copy!
Murder is such a dirty word…

New York Times bestselling adult true crime author Gregg Olsen makes his YA debut with Empty Coffin, a gripping new fiction series for teens based on ripped-from-the-headlines stories…with a paranormal touch.

Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.


Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, the twins stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.
Based on the shocking true crime about cyber-bullying, Envy will take you to the edge--and push you right over.
    Envy is one of those books that is more then just a book. It grows a mouth and then goes over and sits down right next to you and tells you a story that will change you, enthrall you, and make you never forget it.

   The story starts with such a horrible event the book's doing an evil chuckle and saying "How the hell are you going to put me down now, eh punk?". Within the first twenty pages everyone in the story has had their lives changed by the death of 15 year old Katelyn. The police instantly label the death as a suicide, and it's very clear she was having a pretty rough time, so there's obviously motive. But the two heroines of the story, twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan think there's a bit more to this story then that, and after 100 pages, that's obviously the case.

   One of the things I liked a lot about this story was how there were so many different narrators.  The main protagonists, Haley and Taylor did get the majority of the chapters, but almost every character, even the really minor ones got to give us a look inside their head!

   Hayley and Taylor were both awesome main characters! They were crafted wonderfully so they both just bounced of the page. They both had very different tones which was very refreshing.

  The setting of Port Gamble (just half an hour away from where I live) was the perfect place for this book. As anyone who's been there knows, it's a quaint, charming, small town. Perfect for this book. It feels as though it becomes it's own character.

  Exciting, suspenseful, Gregg Olsen's YA debut defies all expectations.
Cover Comments:
Such a creepy cover! I love the green background (green with envy, eh?) and the dirty bathtub is just freaky! 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

NW September Releases!

Today I am happy to bring you guys this month's new Northwest author releases! There aren't too many new ones, but nonetheless they look fantastic. Without further ado, let's see what's new!

Title: Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 328, Hardcover
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, now united, must claim their heritage to fight the monsters escaped from the abyss.
Gretchen may have known she was a descendant of Medusa long before her sisters--after all, she's spent her life fighting the monsters that escape the abyss--but that doesn't mean it will be easy to teach the other girls the ropes.
Greer has pressing social commitments on her plate and precious little time to train in her newfound powers. But that wretched second sight won't leave her alone, and her fabled heritage seems to be creeping into her fashionable life.
Grace has worries closer to home--like why her brother, Thane, has disappeared. He's hiding something. Could it possibly be related to the secret heritage the triplets share?


Author: Gregg Olsen
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Splinter
Pages: 288, Hardcover

In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind? Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all. 

Title: Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga #4)
Author: Colleen Houck
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Splinter
Pages: 464, Hardcover

With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.  It's a race against time--and the evil sorcerer Lokesh--in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling Tiger's Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers' true destinies once and for all. A smart  phone tag code on the back cover links readers to the series website.


Author: Heather Vogel Frederick
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384, Hardcover

The book club says bon voyage to Concord and bonjour to France!It’s a dream come true for Megan, who’s jet-setting to Paris for Fashion Week with Gigi. Meanwhile, back in Concord, Mrs. Wong decides to run for mayor, so Emma and Stewart team up to make her campaign a success. Jess and Cassidy are also hoping for victories, Jess in the a cappella finals with the MadriGals and Cassidy in the national hockey championships with her teammates. In the midst of it all, the girls—along with their Wyoming pen pals, who drop in for a visit over Spring Break—dive into Charlotte BrontË’s classic Jane Eyre. Some real life romance follows, as Becca may have found a Mr. Rochester of her own.
     And then there’s the matter of a certain wedding. The book club girls, their families, the British Berkeley brothers, and even Stinkerbelle will be attending the ceremony, which means there might be some bumps before the bride waltzes down the aisle….


Title: Be My Yoko Ono
Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Release Date: September 12, 2012
Publisher: OddRocket
Pages: 320, ebook

Oh no, not more poly drama!
Will and Tiger would try anything to save their marriage--even monogamy.
Geek love isn’t always shiny. The more Will escaped into comics and games, the more his wife Tiger turned outward to social, sexual pursuits. Not that she had to turn all that far: Will and Tiger’s lovers Siouxie and Stephen share the House of Cats, the suburban commune the four polyamorous folks call home. And it’s all been leading up to Tiger’s shattering announcement in the middle of a road trip: “I just don’t see you as a primary partner anymore.”
Luckily for Will, this trip is leading them to the rural township of Butterly, Oregon, to visit Tiger’s father and new stepmother. From the moment the geezer newlyweds fling open the door to welcome them, it’s impossible not to see the glow of their love. Impossible not to feel jealous…and inspired. Could it be that, between games of D&D, Buffy theme nights, and hot tub parties, Tiger and Will are missing out on the joys of a traditional lifestyle? What are those joys, exactly? A comic consideration of love, lust, and geekdom in an era of expanding lifestyle possibilities.


Author: Linda Benson
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Pages: Unknown, ebook

Jared is smitten when his teacher seats the new girl, Sophie, right next to him. Even with the scar running up the side of her face, Jared thinks she’s the most beautiful girl in the entire fifth grade. But why did she transfer here so late in the year? Rumors say something bad happened to her.
Jared and Sophie become friends while walking the guidance counselor’s new puppy, but when his parents object to this arrangement, Jared fabricates a series of elaborate lies to meet Sophie on the sly. But little brothers can be pests. First Petey lets the orange cat loose at the animal shelter where Jared and Sophie have been secretly walking the dogs. Then Petey turns up missing.
And Sophie's past finally catches up with her.

That's all of the Northwest September releases this month (I hope I didn't miss any)! Which release(s) are you most excited for?