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>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!

>Desi’s Favorite Book Boys + GIVEAWAY

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I wanted in on the action this week. So, I did what young girls do best…I whined and begged and persisted until the grown-ups caved. 🙂

You see, I LOVE books and I absolutely LOVE the boy characters in them. I mean, I guess it’s a version of sex appeal. I’m all for girl power and all that jazz, but I don’t just want to read about kick-butt heroines because that would get old for me real quick! After all, what would Katniss be without Peeta or Gale? The answer is easy- less likeable.

You may think I’m going to pick Peeta or Gale because of my above statement…a year ago that may have been true. And while I am and will always remain hardcore TEAM PEETA (I have the shirt to prove it;) and sometimes call myself Mrs. Mellark, that fact of the matter is Mockingjay kind of bursted by bubble on a lot of my fan girly obsession with that particular series. Lucky for me, there are many amazing books and fictional hotties to get carried away with. Since I cannot pick only one I am going to pick FOUR!!! *squee*

In no particular order–the first book hottie that is pretty darn awesome is Cole from Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series.  *SIGH*

Cole is a a kick butt guy in a very laid back manner. He is a musician and rock star that just happens to be a scientific genius. The son of uber smart parents, Cole ran off to get lost in the world and lost his way instead. When readers fist meet Cole in Linger, he is at his very worst and there isn’t much to actually like about him. He cheats, he does drugs, he lies and he is an awful best friend…however, all of those thing are actions that Cole has begun doing to mask the pain and insecurity he is feeling. When Cole ropes his bestfriend into doing a new drug that is supposed to gaurantee the best high ever, it is his friend who pays the ultimate price. This jolts Cole a little from his self pity party and with the help of the other characters in Mercy Falls, Cole really steps up to the plate in a big way in Linger and Forever.

I like Cole because he is the bad boy that really isn’t. In fact, I think that if Cole wasn’t so friggin hot he may be kinda geeky–at least in a paralell universe/series.;)

My second book hottie is none other than Denver Beck from Jana Oliver’s Demon Trapper’s Daughter series. Ok, so technically I really shouldn’t be crushing on him cuz he’s like older and all but he is AWESOME! Beck is described as a southern good ole boy that is military trained and traps demons for a living. He is full of charm and lots of wise guy remarks. Tall, fit, blond with an accent… Wanna see how I picture Beck? OK!

Brad Pitt in the early 90’s

*Deep breath-Exhale* Ummmm….yeah. Besides the obvious attraction that my mental picture conjures up, Beck is also a character that has a heart behind that tough guy, witty exterior. He is protective of those he cares for and really good at what he does. Seriously. What girl wouldn’t feel a little safer with a professional demon trapper trained to battle the forces of evil by her side? I know I would. Too bad he’s like in his twenties. Oh well, that is why fictional boys are perfect;).

Okie dokie, on to my third book hottie. The following character is one that I have been crazy about for a while now. His character has been through so much and suffered because of the people and situations surrounding him. Most of the time he is able to joke about things when everything starts feeling too heavy but recent events in this guys life have brought out a darker side to his personality. Who am I talking about?

Shane Collins from Rachel Caine’s Morganville series. Poor Shane! He has had so much bad stuff happen to those he cares about. Shane is passionately protective of those he cares about (including his housemates and girlfriend) and though he comes off as lazy, he is able to get the job done when needed. Despite the recent twist in his personality, deep down Shane is still the fun loving albeit quick tempered character I adore. Anyone for a video game and Hot Dog or maybe a Brisket Taco? 😉

I saved the newest addition to my prestigious list for last. My number four favorite book boy is from Divergent by Veronica Roth. Those that have read the new dystopian book can probably guess who it is but for those late to hop on the Divergent train, I am referring to the character of Four.

Actor Matt Lanter is somewhat Four-like in looks

In the world in which Four lives he is an 18 year old Dauntless trainer(and computer guy). He is in charge of assisting the new recruits in their training. He is somewhat distant and cold at first but that is largely due to the hidden past and secrets he masks. There are only 4 things that Four fears and he has trained himself to face them despite the overwhelming terror he feels from those fears. He is very skilled with weapons and a tough opponent. Four is quite charming and oddly funny when he lets his guard down and when he likes a girl, well lets just say that even reading about it makes me grin like a loon and my face flush.

Well, there you have it, my TOP FOUR favorite fictional guys and the reasons I love them. The thing with book crushes is that unlike a real life boyfriend or crush, I want the world to love them as much as I do. So, I am going to give you all a chance to discover why I love them so much. I am going to giveaway a very special prize. One lucky person will get books featuring all my favorite guys. *SQUEE*

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Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3)The Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers Novel  The Morganville Vampires, Volume 3 Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)

   

That is right. One very lucky person will receive my ARC copy of Forever and The Demon Trapper’s Daughter and Brand NEW copies of Morganville volume #3 and Divergent

To enter to win simply fill out THIS FORM then leave a comment for me here and tell me what book boys make you bonkers and all fan girly? Then if you are feeling all warm and cozy do me a favor and share the love. Tell your friends about this contest and maybe JUST MAYBE follow Paperback Dolls? That is all there is to it.

This contest is only open to US readers and will run through June 24th. Winner will be selected via random.org and announced in the Week In Review post Sunday June 26th.

Good Luck & Happy Reading

>Tween Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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EnclaveWELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear–to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.


What if all of your favorite post apocalyptic and dystopian books were able to marry and produce offspring? The outcome of such a phenomenal mash-up would have the potential to be the most uber fabulous, end all of end all stories. It would have action, adventure, struggle, zombies, sickness, corrupt leadership, strong protagonist, and amazing characters. In fact, it would be exactly like ENCLAVE.

This book has it all and then some!

At first I feared that there was too much going on in the book and fought the urge to compare it to other popular books in this genre. But, sooner rather than later, I forgot why I was so skeptical and surrendered all to the plot. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!

The story is really made of three different parts. The first (and longest storyline) focusing on the people who have been surviving the apocalypse underground for centuries–never setting their eyes on the sun and everything “top side”. Underground they have developed a type of government and assign people jobs (this was very reminiscent of City of Ember). Some people are born to be breeders, some builders, and others hunters. The Hunters are the group of people that go through the tunnels and collect food and try to remove “The Freaks” which are zombie like creatures that live underground and one of the threats to the settlement. However, there is another threat to the long term survival of the enclave and that is their life spans. For an unknown reason, most likely from nutrition or lack of sunlight, the people born and living in the underground enclave’s do not live long, in fact their Elder is 25 years old.

This first part of the book not only introduces us to the characters and their way of life underground, but also to the relationships that become very important through out the rest of the story. In particular that of Deuce, the huntress, and Fade the orphan boy who joined the enclave only years earlier. It is the bond between them that leads us to the second part of the storyline. Together they are exiled from the enclave and forced to try to make it “top side” where gangs of boys are the main threat (this part reminded me of The Hunger Games where Peeta and Katniss are in the arena).

The third part focuses on Deuce, Fade and a couple of new friends and their journey to find a safer place to take shelter. As they travel North we see how the stress and uncertainty of the journey effects their bonds and how they strive to persevere in a hostile world.

Though there are lots of things that on their own would and have already made interesting stories, joined together they made something really awesome. I was very sad when it ended because I wasn’t ready to close the book. I was pleased to discover that there is another book in this series coming out in 2012…it just can’t get here soon enough!

2011 is definitely proving to be full of amazing books and ENCLAVE is one of my favorites!!!

*this book was purchased by Desi
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>Tween Review: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Ship BreakerIn America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

I was drawn to this book because several of the authors that I respect had said amazing things about it. To be honest, I am still not sure exactly how I feel about this book. I don’t know if I like it, love it, or dislike it all together. I guess it is all three…

Ship Breaker is a YA book like no other. It is gritty and emotional in ways that are even darker than other dystopian books of late like The Hunger Games. Where Ship Breaker differs is in the way it is told and the strange characters that the author has created.

Never before in a YA novel have I seen such an excellent display of layered characters. NONE and I mean NONE of them are all good or bad. Sure, there are definitely some that are down right evil at times, but the world in which the characters live is so grim that the survival instincts of the people forces them all to be selfish and mean just to make it through the day. It’s almost like the humanity has become diluted in these future generations and they behave like animals…eating their young so to speak.

Our hero Nailer, is a boy that bears the scars of hardship and strife both physically and emotionally. His father is a good for nothing son of a gun that is abusive toward Nailer. Yet, in some circles his Father is respected and feared because of his reputation. Nailer fears his father and at the same time you can feel that underneath it all he can’t help but care for the man…abusive or not.

The other characters we meet at the beginning of the book are like Nailer in the sense that they all come from a bad place and are working their butts off to make a living. The living comes from diving and salvaging wrecked ships and scrapping them for money. They work in crews, and one would think that with the danger they put themselves in every day that at least they could depend on their crew to back them up…but not in this world. No one can be trusted and just about everyone will sell you out if it might make them look better. It is a depressing world.

When Nailer makes a “Lucky Strike” and discovers oil and copper wiring it looks like his luck may be changing. Especially when Nailer rescues a girl –who is very different from the girls he has seen– on a wrecked ship. When she promises to reward him if he can return her to her family, Nailer is hopeful. However, Nailer’s old man has other plans and would kill his son and anyone else that stands in his way to achieve his goals.

I’d like to say that it gets a little brighter, but it pretty much stays dark and depressing throughout. That being said, I can not wait for the next book in this series. Call me crazy! The book is so well written and oddly poetic that I can’t help but want more. At the same time…I definitely will need some cheerier and more upbeat books to read before the next book in the Ship Breaker series hits book shelves.

>ARC Review- Bite Club by Rachel Caine

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Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, Book 10)After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.
There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville…

I really don’t know how Rachel Caine does it, but every single book in this series is awesome!

Bite Club is full of action and more emotional scenes between some key figures in Morganville.

One of the most interesting things in Bite Club is the fact that the author tells the story from alternating perspectives–Claire and Shane’s that is.

Shane takes up a hobby at the Athletic Club and his moods began to shift to the dark side. He is more short fused (than usual) and at times mean to others…including Claire. This is tough shift in his character but given everything he has been through, possibly a necessary inner struggle that he will have to make in order to actually grow. As if that isn’t enough, the drama in Morganville is beginning to bubble over once again, but this time it is due in part to the dead bodies popping up where they are least expected and some unusual videos on the Internet. How will Claire and company solve the mystery and stop the threat if their tight knit relationships are unraveling?

Eve also takes on a hobby and has an interesting instructor that just happens to be Morganville founder Amelie. Eve’s character like Shane’s is really growing but in very different ways. And, Eve and Michael have their own emotional moments and they are very important ones. Fans of the couple will be on the edge of their seats reading those scenes.

Myrnin as always provides some interesting moments especially with his new computer that is very different in personality than Ada (his previous real thinking computer) and *gasp* he may be becoming my favorite male character–even above Shane! It is becoming more apparent that Myrnin feels something more than hunger pangs for Claire and with Shane being so moody and broody one can’t help but wonder “What if”…

Rachel Caine is such a SUPER STAR in my opinion. Her writing is able to communicate with both female AND male audiences and is consistently good reading. If you are still on the fence about the series I must ask–What the heck are you waiting for?

Be sure to check out these interviews & extras from Rachel!

*This book was given to PBD for review courtesy of Publisher
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