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mischiefcherry
Date: 2011-04-13 17:25
Subject: Currently Reading
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reading: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-20 05:10
Subject: WW28: BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS
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Tags:caster chronicles, kami garcia, margaret stohl, meme, urban fantasy, ww28, ya
WW28
A chance to showcase your favourite!


  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.

  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.

  • Come back to Cherry Mischievous - WW28 and give us the url of your post (in a comment at a WW28 post) so that other WW28 readers can find your WW28 offering.



26 Oct 2010

WW28 book offering: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Page 28, 1st Sentence:


"But I will always, and I do mean always, be here for you, like the Good Book and my mamma taught me."

Reassuring... :)



About Beautiful Darkness:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

Source: Info in the About Beautiful Darknesswas taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7842288-beautiful-darkness on 06/10/10.
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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-19 20:40
Subject: Win Firelight at Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright
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Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright

Firelight GIVEAWAY!!! My First Giveaway EVER!!!! :D

Contest is international and ends on November 26.

Contest Link: Click here to go to the contest.
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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-17 14:39
Subject: Review: MADHOUSE by Rob Thurman
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Tags:book review, cal leandros series, magic, review, rob thurman, urban fantasy, werewolves
Madhouse by Rob Thurman

About Madhouse:
Book 3 of the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

My brother had spent a lifetime - mine, at least - telling me that I was normal, that I wasn’t a monster. With his help, I’d finally realized that as long as I could remain who I was, I could survive what I was. It was only bad genes…

Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren’t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business would dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place?

But now there’s a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers, dead set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder, is picking off humans like sheep. And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they’re going to have to earn… if they live long enough to collect it.

Source: Info in the About Madhouse was taken from the the author's website at http://robthurman.net/cal-leandros/madhouse/ on 18/08/2010.

Review:
What I've said about book 1 (Nightlife) and book 2 (Moonshine) in this series is still true with this book. Good paced with humour between the pages and satisfying ending. I would highly recommend this book to urban fantasy readers! But seeing that this is book 3 in the series, I would suggest that you read books 1 and 2 first. It would give a better appreciation of characters and events. Go to Rob Thurman's website for reading order at http://www.robthurman.net/.

What do I love about this book that I haven't said already about the other books in this series? The mere pleasure of reading more about the now beloved characters, Nik and Cal, and enjoying the wonderful story telling quality of Rob Thurman. The novelty hasn't worn off yet and I'm going to savour it while it lasts :)

And another thing I like about Rob Thurman's writing style is that she always delivers a good ending to all the books in the series. She may add on a cliffhanger at the end just to keep you interested in the series but the ending always resolves the central dilemma in the story. Resolution! I am a resolution kind of girl. That is very important to me as a reader.  I do not like being strung along to hung dry. I tend to avoid those authors like the plague!

What I don't like? There were a couple or so of patches in the book where it dragged a bit. I just persevere through it just to get to the next bit because by now I know this author and I know that something good is waiting at the bend.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries


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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-16 16:16
Subject: OCTOBER GOODBYES
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October hasn't been a very good month for me thus far. Lost a couple of friends. The first death was expected as he had been sick for a while. Still it came as a shock when it happened. The other one was a complete shock! She just passed her motorbike license and took her brand spanking new bike for a spin and got involved in a vehicular accident. Nothing nobody can do. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. That pic on the left was from the last funeral, I'm still reeling from it...

Journey on with our love, Gareth and Cheryl!!
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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-15 16:01
Subject: Review: CRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick
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Tags:angels, becca fitzpatrick, book review, hush hush series, review, urban fantasy, ya
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: YA, urban fantasy

Publication Date: 19 October 2010

About Crescendo:

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Source: Info in the About Crescendo was taken from the author's website at http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/whitehotstory.html on 06/10/10.

Review:
I struggled to read through the first three quarters of this book. But it did pick up towards the end. The end however is a cliffhanger. Then there's the stupid protagonist. It makes for an irritating read. Some authors can pull it off having a stupid hero/heroine who makes mistakes enough to make it real in a young protagonist without making it an irritating read. But this book didn't read like that. So for those of you who are more forgiving kind of reader than me, this might be a good read for you. But this book is not for me.

On the positive side, it did have unexpected twisty plots towards the end which was a pleasant surprise. And it looks like the author is an emotional person or else has a very good grasp of it and this shows through the pages and gives the story an emotional depth which connects with the reader, giving a more enriching reading experience.

Story telling quality = 2
Ending = 2
Cover art = 3
Story itself = 2
Plot = 4
Pace = 1

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 cherries

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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-14 06:22
Subject: I SO WANT TO READ THIS: PLAY OF PASSION
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Tags:isowantoreadthis, nalini singh, psychangeling series, shapeshifter, urban fantasy, wishlist
WISHLIST:

Play Of Passion by Nalini Singh
Book 12 of the Psy-Changeling series

Publication Date: Novermber 2010

About Play Of Passion:

Passion and reason collide with explosive force in the newest installment of Nalini Singh’s “mesmerizing”* Psy/Changeling series. As a conflict with Pure Psy looms on the horizon, two powerful wolves fight a far more intimate war of their own…

In his position as tracker for the SnowDancer pack, it’s up to Drew Kincaid to rein in rogue changelings who have lost control of their animal halves—even if it means killing those who have gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite…and who threatens to enslave his wolf.

Lieutenant Indigo Riviere doesn’t easily allow skin privileges, especially of the sensual kind—and the last person she expects to find herself craving is the most wickedly playful male in the den. Everything she knows tells her to pull back before the flames burn them both to ash…but she hasn’t counted on Drew’s will.

Now, two of SnowDancer’s most stubborn wolves find themselves playing a hot, sexy game even as lethal danger stalks the very place they call home...

Source: Info in the About Play Of Passion was taken from the author's website at http://www.nalinisingh.com/play.html on 01/09/2010.
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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-13 06:25
Subject: WW28: CRESCENDO
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Tags:angels, becca fitzpatrick, hush hush series, meme, urban fantasy, ww28, ya
WW28
A chance to showcase your favourite!


  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.

  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.

  • Come back to Cherry Mischievous - WW28 and give us the url of your post (in a comment at a WW28 post) so that other WW28 readers can find your WW28 offering.





WW28 book offering: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Page 28, 1st Sentence:


"'When I give yo a curfew, I expect you to keep it,' Mom said."

That majorly tells us that this book is a YA :)

About Crescendo:

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Source: Info in the About Crescendo was taken from the author's website at http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/whitehotstory.html on 06/10/10.

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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-12 18:06
Subject: Book Releases TODAY
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Tags:book releases, urban fantasy, ya
Today we have 12 books coming out that I know of and almost all of them urban fantasy. Of course, being an urban fantasy reader, I am all but drooling... and here they are folks:



Banished by Sophie Littlefield

Genre: YA, urban fantasy

About Banished:

Sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell can't wait for the day she'll leave Gypsum, Missouri, far behind, taking only four-year-old Chub, the developmentally-delayed little boy her cruel drug-dealing grandmother fosters for the state money. But when a freak accident in gym class leaves a girl in critical condition, Hailey feels drawn to lay her hands on the injured girl and an astonishing healing takes place. Before Hailey can understand her new powers, a beautiful stranger shows up...just in time to save her and Chub from hired killers. A desperate race begins, with Hailey as the ultimate prize: there are those who will stop at nothing to harness her gifts to create an undefeatable army of the undead. Now it is up to Hailey and a small but determined family of healers to stand up to the unbelievable and face the unthinkable.

Source: Info in the About Banished was taken from the author's website at http://www.sophielittlefield.com/YA/books.php on 12/10/10.

26 Oct 2010


Book 2 of the Caster Chronicles

Genre: YA, urban fantasy




Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

Source: Info in the About Beautiful Darknesswas taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7842288-beautiful-darkness on 06/10/10.



Elixir by Hilary Duff

Genre: YA, urban fantasy

About Elixir:

As the daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington D.C. politician, Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. And though she dreads the paparazzi who track her every move, she herself is a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world.

But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful young man begin to appear in Clea’s photos—a man she has never seen in her life.

When Clea suddenly encounters this man in person she is stunned—and feels an immediate and powerful connection. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance and discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond.

Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fate, together they race against time to unravel their past in order to save their future—and their lives.

Source: Info in the About Elixir was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7844725-elixir on 12/10/10.




Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

Genre: YA, urban fantasy

About Enchanted Ivy:


A story about getting into college. You know, taking the campus tour, talking to the gargoyles, flirting with the were-tigers, riding the dragons...

While visiting the campus of Princeton University, 16-year-old Lily discovers a secret gate to a magical realm and must race against time to save herself, her world, and any hope she has of college admission.

Source: Info in the About Enchanted Ivy was taken from the author's website at http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/EnchantedIvy.htm on 12/10/10.



Fatal Error by F. Paul Wilson
Book 14 of the Repairman Jack series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Fatal Error:

The End of the World is at hand!

Munir Habib's life has become a nightmare. His tormentor has warned Munir not to report the kidnapping of his family, or else they will pay a terrible price. A friend realizes something is terribly wrong and tells Munir he doesn't have to go to the cops. There's a guy who fixes situations like this-Repairman Jack. Jack is backed into helping Munir despite his ongoing involvement in the cosmic shadow war between the Ally and the Otherness. Or perhaps because of it. He's chafing at being forced into the defensive role of protecting the Lady, the physical embodiment of the consciousness of the planet Earth.

Meanwhile, the Septimus Order and the Kickers are seemingly working in concert on a plot to extinguish the Lady and open the way for the Otherness to take over our reality. To top it all off, Dawn Pickering finally goes into labor and delivers a baby she only glimpses as it's whisked away, and is terrified by what she sees. Later she's told the baby died, but she doesn't believe it. Neither does Weezy. Neither does Jack. All these interlocking plots mean doom for humanity. But Jack never gives up or gives in.

Source: Info in the About Fatal Error was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7978457-fatal-error on 12/10/10.




Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Genre: YA, urban fantasy

About Hold Me Closer, Necromancer:


Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.
Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

Source: Info in the About Hold Me Closer, Necromancer was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8041873-hold-me-closer-necromancer on 12/10/10.



Passion Play by Beth Bernobich
Book 1 of the Erythandra Series

Genre: fantasy romance

About Passion Play:

The daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants, Ilse Zhalina has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. She has wanted for nothing and many would consider her lot a most happy one. But there are dark secrets even in the best of families and Isle and the women in her family have learned that to be beautiful and silent is the best way to survive.

However, when Ilse fianlly meets the colleague of her father’s selected to marry her, she realizes that this man would lock in her a gilded cage. In her soul, she knows he is far crueler and more deadly than her father could ever be.

Ilse chooses to run from this life. Her choice will have devastating consequences and she will never be the same.

But she will meet Raul Kosenmark, a man of mystery who is the master of one of the land’s most notorious pleasure houses…and who is, as Ilse discovers, a puppetmaster of a different sort altogether. Together they will embark on a journey that will reshape their world.

Lush fantasy. Wild magic. Political intrigue and the games of seduction and treachery to gain control of a kingdom. PASSION PLAY is all of these and more. It is the journey of a woman who must conquer her passions in order to win all that she desires.

Source: Info in the About Passion Play was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3292046.Passion_Play on 12/10/10.




Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Genre: YA, fantasy

About Revolution:


BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

Source: Info in the About Revolution was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7558747-revolution on 12/10/10.



Stork by Wendy Delsol

Genre: YA, urban fantasy

About Stork

Sixteen-year-old Katla has just moved from Los Angeles to the sticks of Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, she learns to her horror that she’s a member of an ancient order of women who decide to whom certain babies will be born. Add to that Wade, the arrogant football star whom Katla regrettably fooled around with, and Jack, a gorgeous farm boy who initially seems to hate her. Soon Katla is having freaky dreams about a crying infant and learns that, as children, she and Jack shared a near-fatal, possibly mystical experience. Can Katla survive this major life makeover and find a dress for the homecoming dance? Drawing from Norse mythology and inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, debut author Wendy Delsol conceives an irreverent, highly entertaining novel about embracing change and the (baby) bumps along the way.

Source: Info in the About Stork was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7638313-stork on 12/10/10.




A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realism

The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they’re just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.

Source: Info in the About The Half-Made World was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8198773-the-half-made-world on 12/10/10.




The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Book 1 of the Heroes Of Olympus series

Genre: YA, urban fantasy

About The Lost Hero:

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

Source: Info in the About The Lost Hero was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7736182-the-lost-hero on 12/10/10.





The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Book 2 of the Maze Runner series

Genre: YA, dystopian fantasy

About The Scorch Trials:


The Maze was only the beginning...

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more Variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated--and with it, order--and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim... and meal.

The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder--does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

Source: Info in the About The Scorch Trials was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7631105-the-scorch-trials on 12/10/10.

I can only drool because I do not have the money to buy all of that! What does these releases tell us? That the market is now inundated with YA and urban fantasy books... old news really... That there is actually a great demand for YA and urban fantasy now? Probably... me being an urban fantasy geek, who am I to argue with that? That the competition is becoming ever fiercer? Yeah, because I could not afford all of these books, I have to pick and choose which ones to buy... What do you think about this flood of YA & urban fantasy?
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mischiefcherry
Date: 2010-10-10 06:13
Subject: HAPPY TRIPLE TEN DAY!
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Today is not just a Double Ten day, it's Triple Ten!!

Happy Triple Ten Day everybody!!!

May LUCK smile upon you today!


And happy National Day to all our Chinese brethren!

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