>Teen Review Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs

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Goddess Boot CampSeventeen-year-old Phoebe has recently learned that she’s a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe). Now, in order to learn to control her newfound – and very strong – powers, she’s being forced to attend Goddess Boot Camp. The only problem is, none of the other campers is over the age of ten! It’s not going to be easy to survive camp, train for the Pythian Games, and keep her romance with Griffin going strong, but goddess help her, Phoebe is determined to make it work!

In the sequel to Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Diving right back into Phoebe’s life proves to be even more fun and chock full of drama the second time around!

After landing the hottest guy on campus, getting a coveted spot on the track team and coming to grips with her new life in Greece and her new powers– Phoebe just can’t seem to catch a break. Every time she starts to get her crazy life situated another obstacle gets in her way-this time it’s many different obstacles.

For starters, Phoebe’s powers are running amok. Because she can’t seem to get a grip on them her step dad sends her to boot camp with a bunch of kids! Now, before I get too ahead of myself let me explain. Phoebe came into her powers and knowledge of them later in life. Most kids born into the godhood grow up learning about it and have a much better grasp on their powers by the time they are Phoebe’s age. But, because our heroine didn’t have that luxury she is stuck playing catch-up and it is very important that she harnesses her powers sooner rather than later. However, it may be easier if the added pressure of her new stepsister being a counselor their weren’t weighing heavy on her shoulders.

The boot camp isn’t the only stress Phoebe has going on either. There is an upcoming tournament (Pythian Games) that is important to her but her time is stretched thin as it is. Plus–It’s ain’t easy being the new girl and it’s never easy when you fear your hunky boyfriend may be straying. Is it just stress causing her insecurities or something more? Tera Lynn Childs does a nice job of plotting the story and tying up all the loose strings to give readers a satisfying resolution.

With all the teenage drama and emotional highs and lows this book is a super fun and fast summer read that is quirky and cute with easy to love characters, a twist on mythology and a beautifully described setting of the Greek Isles! Fun, fun, fun!

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  • Author: Tera Lynn Childs
  • Series: Oh. My. Gods!
  • Release: June, 2009
  • Source: Personal Library

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>Tween Review: Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

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Oh. My. Gods.When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe’s well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the uberexclusive Academy. If it isn’t hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe’s classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you’re running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

With all the heavy and dark books on the market for the young adult crowd, it is no wonder that we need some happier and fun books to lighten the load every now and then. Tera Lynn Childs is an author I turn to for such a task. Her books are funny, entertaining and un-put-downable!

In Oh. My. Gods. we are introduced to Childs modern day take on Greek Mythology (think Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson for girls). The heroine, Phoebe is in the middle of a highschool crisis. Her mother has re-married and  is uprooting Phoebe to live in the Aegean sea. As any young girl in school will tell you, this is totally un-cool. I mean, we work so hard for getting into programs, trying out for sports and our popularity status that moving can feel like the end of the world…and for Phoebe it does. Especially when she is sent to a special Academy where all the other students think they are a god…well, in this case they kind of are but all the same….it’s a HUGE deal!

Keeping secrets, felling like an outcast, adjusting to a new family in a foreign land….all of those things are issues that can really weigh a girl down. But then, Phoebe manages to get a spot on the divine track team (even though she isn’t one of the divine) and then a total hottie enters the picture and gives Phoebe something to look forward to in her new home.

Readers will stay glued to the pages following Phoebe’s new adventures of trying to find her place and sympathize with her ordeals and homesick feelings…It’s tough being a kid.

Tera Lynn Childs has written an ubercute story that is sure to put a smile on the face of those who read it–It did for me!

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  • Author: Tera Lynn Childs
  • Release: May, 2008
  • Series: Oh My Gods!
  • Source: Personal Library

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>Tera Lynn Childs Good Summertime reads MEGA Giveaway!

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I have been so excited about this feature for a while now. There is just something about summer that alters my mood and leaves me wanting to read particular type of book– nothing too heavy, but with good characters and an engaging plot that keeps me turning the pages. Oh, and a romance of course because what is a summer book without a steamy crush with a cute boy (or girl).

Well, one of the authors I have come to love writes perfect summertime books about Greek Mythology, teenage angst, young love and mermaids too! Just who am I referring to you ask…well Tera Lynn Childs of course!

In celebration of her next release in her “Forgive My Fins” series I am going to give one lucky person the chance to enjoy these awesome books themselves by giving away all three books by Childs I reviewed this week PLUS her newest book that drops June 28th, FINS ARE FOREVER!

Oh. My. Gods.Goddess Boot Camp  Forgive My Fins  Fins Are Forever

 This contest is international…sort of. If winner is a US resident they win all books if winner is international they win a copy of Fins Are Forever shipped from Book Depository. Oh. My. Gods. , Goddess Boot Camp and Forgive My Fins are signed by the author. To enter you must be a follower of this lovely blog. If you already follow PBD, awesome- just simply leave a comment in this post along with your email address so I can contact you if you win. If you don’t follow PBD that is easily fixed by clicking on the follow icon on top of the screen or right sidebar. This is one of those super, mega giveaways so I am going to give extra entries for the every person that leaves a comment in the following posts:

Also…It would be really awesome if you shared the love and spread the word about this contest on Twitter or Facebook. If you do be sure to mention @paperbackdolls and @teralynnchilds .

This contest will end June 30th. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email and announced in the Week In Review post Sunday July 3rd.

Good Luck!

>ARC Review: Legend by Marie Lu

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LegendWhat was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Told in alternating perspectives between male and female protagonists this book is sure to find a welcoming audience of boys and girls that are eager to fill the void The Hunger Games books left. The similarities between the two books are minimal–aside from both being dystopian in concept, there is little else to compare.

The writing style in LEGEND is not flowery or lyrical like in others of this genre yet it still draws you in with the character driven plot. From fairly early on I had a good idea of the events that were to unfold in the story. Normally, one would think that obvious clues would be a deal breaker, but for me personally, I couldn’t put the book down and that is due in large part to the captivating way Marie Lu has written the character’s voices. Both leads are very distinct and different but they each have something that makes them easy to relate to and sympathize with.

The Character of Day (great name for a hero of any sex BTW) was so layered and amazing that I struggle to find ways to describe him with justice. A bit like a futuristic, teenage version of Robin Hood that steals from the rich to give to the poor he is the type of character both young men and ladies will be able to embrace–for different reasons. He is humble and confident. Smart and reckless. Day is full of honor and morals and yet his Society deems him a criminal. Despite his labeling by the republic as “WANTED”, his rebellious actions and infamous heists accomplished has turned him into somewhat of a celebrity–and he still somehow manages to keep his identity a secret…that is until people he cares about are in danger. Day risks everything in a desperate attempt to help loved ones and ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

June is the opposite of Day in many ways. She was raised in a life of privilege and nurtured by her family (her brother) blossoming into the Republic’s poster girl of perfection. She is just as smart as Day mentally, but possibly because of her gender there are some physical feats the criminal has achieved that she is unable to pull off. Obsessed with being better than the criminal in every way in order to bring him down, June takes on a mission that is personal for her in more ways than one.

Throughout the book Marie Lu demonstrates great character development and pulls the readers along in order to see the final outcome and it really is the characters that shine the brightest in this debut. Both Day and June are strong leads that are inspiring in their own ways. I was up until the wee hours of the morning desperate to stay in the author’s world and spend a little more time with these wonderful heroes. Emotional, fast paced, action packed and easy to read, Legend is a must read.

Check out the Legend Fan Page for original sketches (which are insanely awesome) by the author of her characters and a fantastic trailer and other media.

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>Review: Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

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Creed's Honor (Hqn)Synopsis: Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.

Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….

I love a good cowboy—I mean cowboy story—and this is a good one. Forget about bygone times in the Old West, this is a contemporary story dealing with present day issues—sibling rivalry, jealousy, loneliness, and love.


Conner Creed is convinced his identical twin brother Brody seduced his fiancé before they disappeared ten years ago. If he wasn’t guilty, why did he leave? During Brody’s absence, Conner works the ranch and lives a lonely, solitary life. Then the quiet, lovely Tricia McCall catches his eye when she shows up to care for her great-grandmother Natty.

Even though Tricia grew up spending her summers in Lonesome Bend, she was never part of the local crowd. Her shyness held her back then just as it does now, and Tricia thinks Conner is handsome, but out of her league. So instead of pushing past her shyness, she dreams of returning to Seattle and the emotionally distant boyfriend she hasn’t seen in the year and a half she’s been in Lonesome Bend. But wily old great-grandmother Natty knows Tricia and Conner are perfect for each other and sets the wheels in motion to throw them together.

Out of the blue, Conner’s scruffy-looking twin returns ready to settle down. This stirs no small amount of resentment in Conner. Not only does Brody steal his former fiancé, now he wants a say in running the ranch where Conner has invested so much of his life. Sparks fly when neither is willing to make the first move toward reconciliation. When Brody cuts his hair, cleans up his act, borrows Conner’s clothes and his truck, Conner knows he’s up to no good. Is Brody planning to repeat the past with Tricia? Or is he up to something more sinister? That’s what Conner has to discover. The angry tension between the brothers is as palpable as the sexual tension between Conner and Tricia.

Like a guilty pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in Creed’s Honor. With each book, Linda Lael Miller has honed her writing skills and perfected her art. Readers know her characters like their own families and feel just as comfortable with them. Whether you’re a cowboy aficionado or complete greenhorn, you’ll enjoy the underlying love stories that weave these lives together.

A Creed in Stone Creek is the lead off book in the Creed trilogy, followed by Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy. After falling in love with these sexy cowboys, I now find it necessary to read all three books to indulge my fantasy. *sigh* I loves me some cowboys.

Mona Leigh

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  • Author: Linda Lael Miller 
  • Series: Montana Creeds Series 6 
  • Release:May 2011 
  • Source: Provided by author

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    >Author Deanna Raybourn takes the Paperback Proust…and giveaway!

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    It’s always a pleasure to welcome Deanna Raybourn to the Dollhouse, she was after all, one of our very first guests and she does write an awesome series with a fabulous heroine and one BadAss hero.

    Her latest book, the fifth in the Julia Grey series – The Dark Enquiry(read Noa’s review here) will be out tomorrow, and since, horror of horrors! Ms. Raybourn has never taken the Paperback Proust we decided it was about time to do something to change that…enjoy!

    What are you reading at the moment?


    DR: Justine Picardie’s biography of Coco Chanel.

    Most recent splurge?

    Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey)DR: I literally ordered shoes online about five minutes ago—butter yellow and gray heels to go with a dress I bought for RWA. When I was first published, I always made a point of wearing interesting shoes and now readers always want me to show my feet! I have even had readers identify me at conferences because of my shoes, so now I feel I have to up my game every time. I fear this is going to get costly…

    What you appreciate the most in your friends?

    DR: Loyalty and a lack of drama. I like people who are funny and intelligent and kind with a slightly warped sense of irony.

    Who are your favorite heroes in fiction?

    DR: Atticus Finch, Frederick Wentworth, Rochester, Darcy, Julian Kestrel.

    Who are your favorite heroines in fiction?

    DR: Flora Poste, Amelia Peabody, Elizabeth Bennet, Precious Ramotswe, the Provincial Lady.

    What characters in history do you most dislike?

    Silent On The Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)DR: I used to adore Mary, Queen of Scots, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten progressively more annoyed by he r stupidity. I’m Team Elizabeth now. I have issues with quite a few Renaissance popes and most dictators. I also have a fairly active loathing for Henry VIII.

    Who are your heroines in World history?

    DR: Elizabeth I, Grace O’Malley, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Katherine Swynford. I should point out that I am slightly biased with regards to Katherine Swynford—she is my 17th great grandmother.

    What is your present state of mind? Focused.

    DR: I am immersed in research for my next project and loving every minute of it, but I am also learning how to put it down and focus on my family when they need to be the priority. Being an author calls for a very different skill set than being a writer, and after five years of being published I am finally learning to pull them all together!

    What is your motto?

    DR: “Specto subitus.” Expect the unexpected. The last time I was in Las Vegas I very nearly got it tattooed on my wrist because it shows itself almost every day in my life.

    What is your greatest extravagance?

    DR: I am a pragmatic hedonist. I would rather buy a peony with my last dollar than something practical, but I never let things get too far out of hand. I do like to travel, so if I’m going to splash out on something, it will usually be a trip. I also think it’s important to treat yourself on a daily basis—flowers, good tea, nice chocolates, fabulous perfume—whatever makes you happy.

    Silent in the Sanctuary: A Lady Julia Grey MysteryWhat is your favorite journey?

    DR: Life. It’s very easy to think of travel only in terms of journeys, but I think life is utterly wasted if you don’t stop and take a look around and figure out where you’re going and if that’s really where you want to end up. That life philosophy is courtesy of Ferris Bueller.

    On what occasion do you lie?

    DR: I don’t. I never want to hurt someone’s feelings, so I may only tell a small part of the truth, but whatever I tell will be the truth. Life is vastly simpler that way.

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    DR: Imperfection. I think being content with uncertainty or loose ends or the little messes that life tends to throw at you is the secret to it all. If there is no such thing as perfection—and I don’t think there is—then you are free to be happy anytime with the imperfection of it all. You can’t live your life on the premise that you’ll be happy when X happens or when Y is over. Life is now, it’s here, it’s untidy. Be happy with that, and you can be happy always.

    If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

    DR: Something with wings—a butterfly or a showy little bird with some fascinating plumage.

    What is your greatest regret?

    Silent in the GraveDR: I don’t believe in regret. I think every choice brings you to where you are. If it’s a choice you wouldn’t make again, then you learned something and that is not a thing to be regretted. If it’s a choice you’re happy with, then there’s certainly nothing to regret there either.

    When and where were you happiest?

    DR: Any given moment. Many times I’ll be puttering away at work or hanging out with my family or even tidying up the house and it hits me that this is happiness, those quiet everyday moments that don’t come with a trumpet fanfare. It just tiptoes in and sits with you and waits for you to notice sometimes. A good meal and a nice glass of wine in a lovely setting don’t hurt either…

    Which talent would you most like to have?

    DR: Singing or drawing. I think either would give me immense pleasure and I am rubbish at both.

    What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    DR: Raising an extraordinary daughter. She will be seventeen this year and she’s an absolute delight to be around—funny, smart, and kind. Being her parent has taught me everything I know about kindness and patience and empathy and gentleness. I’m also extremely proud of sticking it out and writing novels for fourteen years before I got published, but that kind of perseverance still doesn’t compare to raising a child!

    More about Deanna: A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.

    Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

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    Thank you so much to Deanna Raybourn for those wonderful answers!
    You can find out more about Deanna and her books on her website
    *~*~*Dark Enquiry Giveaway*~*~*
    A chance to win a brand new copy of The Dark Enquiry is just one step away… 
    We asked Deanna to tell us what her most recent splurge was and what her greatest extravagance was (read more about her answer on her Blog
    The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia Grey Novel)
    Now share in the comments – what is your most recent splurge and your greatest extravagance? 
    We would also appreciate if you share the link on twitter! 
    A random winner will be selected on July 2nd winner to be announced on Sunday the 3rd in the Week in Review post! 
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    >ALERT: Special Contest for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making" by Catherynne M. Valente

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    GIVEAWAY!

    Available now from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is Catherynne M. Valente’s first novel for young readers, ‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making‘.

    To celebrate the release of ‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making‘, we are offering a new book trailer for your viewing pleasure as well as the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

    *Giveaway guidelines. This giveaway is open to US/ Canada readers only and will end July 27th. To enter you must follow Paperback Dolls and leave a comment in this post with a contact email. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and contacted by the email address left in the comments.

    More about ‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making’ :

    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingTwelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn?t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
    With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

    Macmillan page for the book & author:
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