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All YA Love: The Draw to YA

As I sit on the train everyday going to and from work, I have a unique opportunity…I witness a diverse crowd of people reading a wide range of books. Last year, it was fun to see the guys reading a book from the Twilight series (guess what, we can tell even with the dust jackets off LOL) and years ago it was the Harry Potter series…the “true adult book lovers”, to me, stuck with the original covers, not the fancy schmancy grown up ones!

So what is it about YA that captures an audience that is YA and, well, older? Off the top of my head, here’s my list of things:

Character Development ~ So much growth takes places over the teen years. At high school, you meet so many new friends & are exposed to new things, both good & bad (though I missed …

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All Ya Love: Summer Reads

All this nice weather has me thinking about the amazing books out this summer. Here is my 9 BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT FOR list.

This was tough, my want list is of course much larger but then you’d be here all day. I’ve narrowed it down to 3 a month for June, July & August. All book info courtesy of


Sisters Red (Sisters Red, #1) by Jackson Pearce Released: June 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris– the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her …

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Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Format Read: HardcoverNumber of Pages: 384Publisher: EgmontUSARelease Date: December 22, 2009Formats Available: Trade PaperbackPurchasing Info:, Goodreads, Author’s Website

Book Blurb:

A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when …

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Guest Post by Jen Nadol: The Evolution of Writing

Today I am so excited and honored to have Jen Nadol guest post. Jen is the author of The Mark, her debut novel which was released earler this year and one of my top reads thsi year! Since she was in the process of editing book two, The Vision, I thought it would be interesting to see what she had learned….

I’d written almost all of this guest post about the evolution of my writing process from book one to book two when I realized it wasn’t telling the right story. I was focused on what changed between The Mark, published in January, and its sequel, Vision, due out in 2011. I hadn’t come up with a whole lot.

That’s because though The Mark is my first published book, it’s not the first one I wrote. To see …

All YA Love,Guest Post,Jen Nadol,The Monster Lover     26 May 2010 Comments Off on Guest Post by Jen Nadol: The Evolution of Writing
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Review: Something Wicked by Lesley Anne Cowan

Format Read: ARCNumber of Pages: 224 pagesRelease Date: June 1, 2010Publisher: Puffin CanadaFormats Available: Trade PaperbackPurchasing Info:, Goodreads

Book Blurb:Melissa’s most recent troubles stem from a secret: her 28-year-old boyfriend Michael has just broken up with her. Though the relationship is clearly over, Melissa clings to the memories, riding a relentless wave of hope and disappointment. Meaningless sexual escapades, drunken nights, and drug-induced blackouts help her cope with heartbreak, but her pain goes much deeper than unrequited teenage love. Her insight, sense of humour, optimism, and sheer determination prove to be saving graces, as is her ability to find solace in the Greek myths she’s learned about in grade ten English class. And in the end, it is Melissa’s mother who proves to be the real victim of tragedy, and Melissa who must save her.

My Thoughts:

****disclaimer : Something Wicked takes a realistic look at a troubled teen …

Review,The Monster Lover     26 May 2010 Comments Off on Review: Something Wicked by Lesley Anne Cowan
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Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Format Read: ARC Number of Pages: 359 pages Release Date: May 4, 2010 Publisher: HarperTeen Formats Available: Hardcover Purchasing Info:, GoodReads, Author’s Website

Book Blurb:

“I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said.

“And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever.”

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life—and especially her boyfriend, David—to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice—a choice that could break her heart.

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Interview with debut author Chelsea Campbell.

Last week Chelsea’s debut novel, Rise of Renegade X was released into the wild! This is definately one to check out. It contains all the elements that, to me, make a great novel: good vs evil, coming of age and all the problems that go along with growing up …and a little love interest!

The Monster Lover: Tell us about RRX

Chelsea: The Rise of Renegade X is about a teen supervillain who discovers his long lost dad is actually a superhero, throwing a wrench in all his supervillain plans, especially when he has to go live with him for a while.

The Monster Lover: Why did you choose to write a story from a male perspective? I must say I loved reading his thoughts & then what he says – boy does he have a good filter!

Chelsea: I love writing boy characters. Sometimes I think, “Hmm, maybe it would be fun to write …

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All YA Love: Interview with Dawn Miller

Please give a warm to welcome Dawn Miller today! Her latest book, The Prophecy was released earlier this month.

The Monster Lover: Can you tell us about The Prophecy?

Dawn Miller: The Prophecy is the story of five unlikely heroes that are thrown into the middle of an angelic war breaking out across the planet…that no one else can see. The problem is, while they aren’t aware that they are the five prophesied about, the fallen know and put a bounty on their heads to take them out before they can become a threat to their plan. Thrown into a deadly race against time, the five are forced to search for the key to their past that unlocks the power to fight the fallen as they move into position for the final strike against mankind. …

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Review: Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

Format Read: HardcoverNumber of Pages: 352 pagesRelease Date: May 11, 2010 Publisher: Egmont USA Formats Available: HardcoverPurchasing Info:

Book Blurb: Damien Locke knows his destiny–attending the university for supervillains and becoming Golden City’s next professional evil genius. But when Damien discovers he’s the product of his supervillain mother’s one-night stand with–of all people–a superhero, his best-laid plans are ruined as he’s forced to live with his superhero family.

Going to extreme lengths (and heights), The Rise of Renegade X chronicles one boy’s struggles with the villainous and heroic pitfalls of growing up.

My thoughts::

Damien (aka Renegade X) is not just some punk with a cocky attitude who wants to be a villain, he’s real and likable and although he may not want to admit it, he has a conscience. I loved the way Chelsea captured Damien’s inner struggles and included …

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Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Format Read: ARC Number of Pages: 320 pagesRelease Date: May 4, 2010 Publisher: Simon Pulse Formats Available: Hardcover, Audio Purchasing Info:,, GoodReads

Book Blurb:

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 …

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