Luckily for me, I live in Atlanta which did not even receive a single drop of rain when Irene passed by. (Drought in Georgia) But, to all those in the path of the hurricane churning and blowing the Eastern Seaboard coast, good luck and have hope. I hope that all of you have heeded the warnings and evacuated. I want to pay homage to the already 9 dead, at the least. The massive size of this storm surprises me though it is only a Category 1 storm. I hope that everyone affected by this storm stays well and alive.
Bookish Delights has chosen Possess by Gretchen McNeil as the YA Debut Book Of The Month for August! Possess is an amazing book that should be on your must read list! In honor of this, we will be featuring Possess in a review, have an author interview, and a giveaway. The giveaway will be on the release date of Possess, which is on August 23rd. So be sure to read Bookish Delight's review of Possess to know why it is our choice for August as the YA Debut Book of the month!
Gretchen McNeil's Bio: Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debuts with Baltzer + Bray for HarperCollins, August 23, 2011. Her second novel, TEN - YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer - is tentatively scheduled for a fall 2012 release. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk (http://www.cirqueberzerk.com). Gretchen is also a founding member of the vlog group YA Rebels (http://www.youtube.com/yarebels) where she can be seen as "Monday."
Possess Synopsis (goodreads): Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.
Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.
Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Once Upon a Twilight ARC Tours
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
This book was just wow. I really liked it. I fell in love with Mara and Noah and always felt like I was there with them throughout their adventure together. Although I will say, as much as I liked this book, I thought some parts were a bit cliche. (I won't get into it as to not spoil anything.) I found that this plot didn't really twist as much as I had thought it would either. Some of it was extremely predictable which I didn't really like. But I will say that the writing in this book was amazing. This was a book that I just got so many mixed emotions from I don't know exactly how to write this review! But I can say that after reading this, I'm sure that the second book will be even better!!!! This is a book that's definitely worth the read.
Cover Thoughts: I absolutely LOVE this cover! It's just so cool!