Sunday, January 31, 2010

Contest Roundup

Good Luck, and enjoy!

Win Soul Screamers @ Addicted to Books
Bleeding Violet @ La Femme Readers
Darklight @ La Femme Readers
2010 Book of Choice @ La Femme Readers
Shadow Hills Swag @ An Addicted Book Reader
Of all the Stupid Things @ Laurens Crammed Bookshelf
Paranormal Prize Pack @ Hey! Teenager of the Year
Signed Marked @ Wondrous Reads
The Mark @ Fantastic Book Review
Sing Me to Sleep @ Books Make Great Lovers
Darklight @ Stormi at Books Movies Reviews. Oh My!
Sing me to Sleep @ The Book Scout
The Wish @ The Book Muncher
Mega Contest @ Teens Read and Write
Truly, Madly @ Book Reviews by Jess
Life of Glass @ Bookworming at the 21st Century
My Soul to Save @ Carrie's YA Bookshelf
Valentines Day Book Massacre Giveaway @ Dark Faerie Tales
Need & Captivate @ Katie's Book Blog
Dark Divine @ Monster of Books
Stupid Cupid @ Steph Su Reads
My Soul Save @ The Book Vault
Wish @ The Book Vault
Signed Blood Promise @ Sister's and Scribes
Signed Vampire Academy @ Book Addict
200 Follower Contest @ Shut Up! I'm Reading
Gone @ In the Hammock
100 follower Contest @ A Bookful of Thought
Best of 2009 YA @ Book Bound
Betrayals @ Handle Like Hendrix
Sing me to Sleep @ Today's Adventure
Gossip Girl #1-11 @ Wicked Awesome Books

Good luck!

-M.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

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Thank you Kirsti from The Story Siren for hosting this lovely weekly meme.


From Contest:


Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined




Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island—until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed.

A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all around you

From 1ARC tours:

Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe



Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance….
-M.

Fallen

Fallen
by Lauren Kate

Age Range: 14+
# of Pages: 446
Rating: 5/5

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.


Three words: I have Fallen...for Fallen. Okay that's technically five words but the ellipsis(the name for the: ...) separated it perhaps? First of all, beautiful cover! When you touch it you feel as though you are touching suede. In other words; it is very, very cool. Cover aside, I had read mixed reviews for this novel. Some hated it, other loved it. I loved it.

I guess you can say I'm a sucker for a good dark romance book. I love suspense and passion mixed together, which this book provided. And a strong heroine is an admirable quality in a lead character, which Fallen also obtained. Right from the get-go, I was sucked into Fallen's characters and the plot. Immediately I wanted to know more about Luce's mysterious past, and why she ended up at such a terrible, no-nonsense school.

Lauren Kate did an amazing job developing her characters and creating a seamless plot that was both suspenseful but deep, with a heart pounding romance and an ending that left me craving for more. The writing was fabulous for the novel and I loved how detailed the descriptions were of the characters/setting without being overbearing.

All in all, this was a fabulous novel and I absolutely can not wait for the sequel to come out, it will make a lovely addition to my book shelf.

If you liked Fallen be sure to check out:

The Dark Divine: Bree Despain
Hush, Hush: Becca Fitzpatrick
Bleeding Violet: Dia Reeves
Old Magic: Marianne Curley
Vampire Academy: Richelle Mead
Immortal: Gillian Shields

Check out Lauren Kate here

-M

Monday, January 25, 2010

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Thank you Kirsti from the Story Siren for hosting this weekly meme.





This week I got an ARC of Darklight By Lesley Livingston from Around The World Tours






Faerie can't lie . . . or can they?

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt. Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.

With breathtakingly high stakes, the talented Lesley Livingston delivers soaring romance and vividly magical characters in darklight, the second novel in the trilogy that began with wondrous strange.

-M.



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday


Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

Release day: May 25th 2010

Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way


-M.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Explorer X-Alpha Contest!

Win a copy of Explorer X-Alpha, a poster, and a magnet!

All you have to do is fill out this easy form below!

Contest ends Febuary 10th!

The Naughty List

The Naughty List
by Suzanne Young

# of pages: 272
Age range: 14+
Rating: 4/5

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?
The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?


Cute. That's the first thing I thought once I finished the first chapter. I was really looking forward to reading this book, and it was definitely different that I expected but I did enjoy it and am looking forward to the sequel.

Meet Tess, uber sweet, positive, and perfect friend, girlfriend, classmate, daughter, student etc. But underneath it all she has many doubts. Sometimes the perkiness that Tess brought as the narrator irritated me a little bit, it was too "cheerleadery" cute, but I appreciated her positive outlook on life.

The other characters in the book were a little cliche at times, ditsy cheerleader, hot mean girl, perfect jock boyfriend. But, the plot was original and brought new light to the characters. The writing was good in a fun fluffy way, some words had been "modernized" with imperfect grammar which is understandable but is a secret pet peeve of mine.

Overall the book was a fun and quick read with an original plot and under laying meaning. I did enjoy the book and am looking forward to the sequel. Definitely check this one out, it is released in early Feb!

If you liked this book be sure to check out:

The Cinderelle Society by Kay Cassidy
A Match Made in High School by Kritsten Walker
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Something Like Fate by Suzanne Colasanti
The Unwritted Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Check out Suzanne Young here

-M.

Explorer X-Alpha

Explorer X - Alpha
by L.M. Preston

# of pages: 368
Age range: 11+
Rating: 4/5

For most kids, a trip to space camp is the trip of a lifetime for Aadi it was life altering. After receiving a camp immunization needed for travel to Mars, Aadi finds that the immunization is the catalyst of an insidious experiment. He realizes what is happening too late for a change of fate. The full experiment is set in motion when he and his co-pilot, Eirena, crash in a distant galaxy called Shrenas, where they change and realize the full extent of their power. This turn of events forces him to grow up quickly, accept his change, and to decide to save a world, or to do what he was trained to do dominate it. His power is coveted by the warring leaders of Shrenas, and he is forced to choose sides a decision that may prove just how much humanity he has left.

It has been a long time since I have read a true sci-fi fantasy, so it was a bit surprising at first to be thrown into this completely different world. It definitely made you think, what if I were there? Or what if this actually happened? I love a book that gets your mind reeling.

The plot was fresh and original and I thought that the writing was very impressive for a debut author. The dialogue was a bit stiff sometimes but overall pretty good considering the time, place, etc.

I loved how strong the characters were. Physically, they made me want to hit the gym and bulk up. Mentally, they made me reconsider being immature towards any younger siblings. They are definitely characters that are inspiring.

Overall the book was an intense, fun, read, and I am looking forward to the sequel.

Other books you may like:

Numbers by Rachel Ward
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
The Line by Teri Hall
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

check out L.M. Preston here

-M.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sorry

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts, I'm currently away on a ski vacation. I'll definitely have a bunch of posts up next week as well as a fun contest generously donated by L.M. Preston as well as a review of her upcoming teen si-fi debut!

So check back!

-M.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fire

Fire by
Kristen Cashore


# of pages: 480
Age range: 15+
Rating: 5/5

She is the last of her kind...

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.


Well look at that, another 5 star rating! This is both good and bad, because the next time I read a so-so novel, it will seem extremely lame in comparison. Moving on; claps to Kristen, she's done it again. Kristen Cashore is an amazing author, she brings her books alive and her plots scream with originality and maturity.

Fire starts off with a prologue that is sure to be a part of the novel later, after that we meet Fire, a self-concious seventeen year old who is living on her best friend's manor. Haunted by the memory of her father every day of her life, Fire struggles to deal with her beauty and the price that it pays, as well as her powers that could help her in so many ways, but cause destruction around her.

The book goes on for a little over a year, and readers get to watch the politics of the kingdom, Fire's romance, and the struggles during war, all unfold. The character development is brilliant, the writing phenomenal, the romance blistering, and the overall story is fab-u-lous! This is an absolute must read.

If you like Kristen Cashore's work be sure to check out:

Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder**people will really love this is you like fire/graceling
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins
The Demon King: Cinda Williams Chima
Warrior Heir (and following books): Cinda Williams Chima
Academy 7: Anne Osterlund
Aurelia: Anne Osterlund
Storm Glass: Maria V. Snyder
Evermore: Alyson Noel
The Swan Kingdom: Zoe Marriot**
Katurah and Lord Death: Martine Leavitt

Visit Kristen Here

-M.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Contest List

Good Luck, hope you win! Be sure to check out my giveaway for an ARC of Secret Society right here!



International Giveaway @ YA Vampire Books


Magic Under Glass @ Fantastic Book Review


Darklight and Wonderous Strange @ Fantastic Book Review


Deadtown @ Fantastic Book Review


Tangled @ Fantastic book Review


New Years Day Contest @ The Book Jacket


Everlasting @ Angie Fraizer livejournal


The Body Finder Swag @ The Sweet Bonjour


Happy New Years Contest @ hooked on YA Books


Ereader @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog


200 Follower Sindig @ Shut Up! I'm Reading


2 Book Contest @ Mixtures: Books...+


The River @ Book Crazy


The Better Part of Darkness @ Reading with Tequila


Looking Glass Wars 1&2 @ Extreme Reader Reviews


6 ARC Giveaway @ Frankie Reads and Writes


The Real Real @ The Book Scout


Fallen, BC, Perfect Chemistry @ Confessions of a Book Junkie


Darklight @ The Hiding Spot


400 follower Giveaway @ Mindful Musings




The Truth about Forever@ Smart Girls Read


Best Books of 2009 @ Reading is Sexy


Win Fallen @ Park Avenue Princess


The Lonely Hearts club @ Park Avenue Princess


Firespell + Prize pack@ Park Avenue Princess


Shiver @ Monster of Books


The Silver Blade @ Monster of Books


3 books @ The Undercover Book lover


Win Fallen or Captivate @ A Good Addiction http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/2009/12/things-that-fly-giveaway-captivate-and.html


Ondine @ The Bookette


Getting Revenge on Lauren Woods @ Pure Imagination


$30 shopping Spree @ I Want to Read That


200 follower contest @ Ink and Paper


The Lonley Hearts club @ Up the Tower of Books


Lisa Schroeder giveaway @ Harmony Book Reviews


Bloom @ Harmony Book Reviews


Shiver + The Maze runner @ Anna Staniszewski


Lament + Ballad @ Addicted to Books


Surprise ARC @ Books Make Great Lovers




The Lonely Hearts Club @ Presenting Leonore


The Mark @ Page Turners

-M

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Splendor Falls

The Splendor Falls
by Rosemary Clement-Moore

# of pages: 528
Age range: 14+
Rating: 5/5

Can love last beyond the grave?

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?


Okay, another fabulous, purple novel? I'm sensing a patter here! So yes, The Splendor Falls, lovely. The second I read about Sylvie and her ballerina career I wanted to go twirl and dance like the good old days when I was five, why didn't I stick with it? That's how into the novel I got, I wanted to be able to do the things MC Sylvie did, she was inspiring in a way.

So the novel starts off with Sylvie - an agitated and short tempered Sylvie - who meets Rhys a hot European guest at her aunt's manor. There's an instant attraction but Sylvie isn't exactly known for her soft flirtatious side, the two don't get off on the best foot.

I LOVED the chemistry between the characters, the suspense, the mystery, and finally the conclusion. I have a thing for accents if I do say so myself, so I was rooting for Rhys all the way, but I' m not going to tell you who Sylvie ends up with.

The writing was strong, the characters were very well developed and all had a story. I very much enjoyed the world Clement-Moore created and will definitely have to check out some of her other work.

If you liked this book be sure to check out:

The Dark Divine: Bree Despain
Beautiful Creatures: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Wondrous Strange: Lesley Livingston
Swoon: Nina Malkin
The Summoning: Kelley Armstrong

Check out Rosemary Clement-Moore here

-M.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jan. Monthly Contest!


ARC of Secret Society by Tom Dolby!
This contest is for U.S. only and runs until Jan 31st 2010
Extra entries:
+1 commenting
+3 becoming a follower
+4 being an old follower
+2 vote on any of my polls
+5 twitter, put on side bar, etc.
+10 blog post
Good Luck!
-M.

If you already commented, don't worry! Your still in the running to win, but if you are just entering the contest please fill out this form, thank you!

fill out this form to win

The Dark Divine

The Dark Divine by
Bree Despain

# of pages: 384
Age range: 14+
Rating: 5/5

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 his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.

First off, I just want to say, I love the name Bree Despain, so pretty! Ok, moving on, I have to admit I didn't know what to think before reading this novel. It's not that I had read mixed reviews or any thing, but I was just like...can it really be that good?

Um, yes it can. Admittedly it wasn't the first chapter that drew me in, it was the ones after that. Once I got to know Daniel a little bit better I began to really enjoy the book. I was a little afraid that Grace would be a "peachy-clean" church girl, but she had more depth and darkness in her than I expected, and that is what really made the book for me.

The mystery and suspense is great and intriguing, and the connection between Grace and Daniel is heart pounding. There was plenty of depth and development between the characters and a lot of self discoveries.

I enjoyed this novel a lot more than I expected, it is definitely a book I would recommend for you to check out if you are into the dark romance/paranormal/fantasy type book which most twi-hards are into. So claps to Bree, I'll definitely be looking out for the sequel, or "sqeequel".

Be sure to check out the following if you liked The Dark Divine:


Fallen by Lauren Kate
Never Cry Werewold by Heather Davis
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Need by Carrie Jones
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Splendor falls by Rosemary Clement-More
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Check out Bree Despain here!

-M.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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In My Mailbox is hosted by Kirsti at The Story Siren so claps to her for putting this all together!
So, I apologize for disapeering for the past couple of days. It's always a bit crazy after vacation! Anyways I got some great books this week, check 'em out!

For review:

from Macmillan publishers

Isabelle's Boyfriend by Caroline Hickey

All’s fair in love and high school

Taryn has found the guy of her dreams. Epp is tall, athletic, handsome, and best of all, he likes her, too. There’s only one problem: He’s dating someone else. Taryn thinks her love life is over, but when she decides to write an article for the school newspaper that just happens to require interviewing Epp, her luck begins to change. Befriended by Epp’s beautiful girlfriend, Isabelle, Taryn is suddenly hanging out with a new crowd, going on her first date, and getting her first kiss. Life couldn’t get any better, could it? Maybe if Epp wasn’t still Isabelle’s boyfriend . . .



For review from Around the World Tours

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!
When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?


Baught:


Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.


Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead, she's inexplicably drawn to Ben.and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.


-M.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Contest Winner


And the winner of Little Black Lies ARC is....




Congrats! I'll send you an email shortly!


Didn't win this time? Try again for Jan (contest will be up soon), there will be two contests in Jan so keep your eyes open for a chance to win!


-M.

Guest Post: LM Preston


WHY I WROTE EXPLORER X – ALPHA

It all started on a long car trip to Florida. My husband, kids and I were on our way to my ‘Happy Place ’, better known as Walt Disney World.

Anyway, while on this long drive, my husband turns to me and says, “You should write a book.. You loved to write when we were younger and you haven’t written since.”

I thought about what he said and replied,” Well, I did try to write that one book, but it was boring and didn’t keep my interest.”

Then he told me,” You should write science fiction. You like it, and you work in the IT field. That way you have no boundaries, you create your own.”

That was a pivotal point in my writing career. He told me to think up something and share it with him. Well, let me tell you a little secret about my husband. He is a big science fiction fanatic, and has comic books, graphic novels galore. He watches it and breaths it. It was the ultimate challenge, because I knew that he is a very opinionated person that would not hold back his comments to save my feelings.

I pondered over it so much that I ended up dreaming up Aadi one night. I saw his face, his mischievous smile and thought, “What is your story?”

The next day I thought about Aadi while at a traffic light, and thought up his adventure, by asking myself, what adventure would I want to do? Well after Aadi whispered his idea to me, I was ready to write about him. Later that week, wouldn’t you know it, my husband asked me about my story idea.

I told him, that I had an idea about a boy who’s parents force him to go to space camp only for him to discovered that he was being experimented on so that he could go to any planet, adapt to it, then dominate it. The best moment I can think of was when my husband’s face broke out into a grin and he said, “Write that!! I haven’t read anything like that before.” Little did I realize that Aadi’s discovery would become a series of adventures.

As an avid reader, I get bored fast with books that are long and drawn out. Therefore I wrote this book for my kids to enjoy. I depend on them greatly to critique my work, and believe me, they don’t hold back.

Writing about teenagers is a passion I have because that was the most tumultuous part of my life. I felt deeply, experienced a lot, and overcame enormous trails in my teenage years. I survived and so can my readers. I wanted to show that strength in my characters, their adventures, and their victories.

WHAT NOW

I am working on the follow-on series to EXPLORER X – Alpha, and just completed the final edited copy of THE PACK, an edgy YA series about a girl who saves her world that comes out Fall of 2010.

By: LM Preston, Author of EXPLORER X – Alpha, www.lmpreston.com


Prologue

Chapter One