Friday, April 1, 2011

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong Trailer!


I love love loved the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong and am so looking foreword to the companion series, Darkness Rising. I just stumbled upon the book trailer and now I am even more antsy about getting my hands on a copy of it now!

The first book in the Darkness Rising series The Gathering is out April 12!


Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.


The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong trailer by Harper Teen

And just in case you absolutely cannot wait to read The Gathering (and I mean who could after that trailer) you can read the first 90 pages for FREE from Harper Teen here!

Counting down the days… :)

XVI Cover Contest!

Original Cover:


My cover:


(click image for larger)

So, I know I have been nonexistent, and I really hate myself for it-- I really do love blogging, but I have not had any time to read books (non school related) and I figured people did not want to hear my thoughts on whether or not I liked Brave New World or The Great Gatsby. However, once I get the chance to read any teen books, the first thing I will do is blog about them! In other news, I am writing this post because I entered a contest over at Down the Rabbit Hole—which is pretty awesome, so I decided to share! I have never heard of cover re-creation contests before (I am kind of a “noob” to the blogging community) and I was really excited to try it out!

The book was XVI by Julia Karr, which has been on my wishlist on goodreads forever! 


Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.


I am really excited for how it turned out, it took me about 2 hours to do (but I was mostly messing around with font and finding an image I liked) I changed the color tone to look more ‘future esc’ I suppose, and the white and black contrast. Overall, I had a lot of fun and am excited to try more contests out like this in the future! And if you want to make a cover and try it out yourself (you won’t regret it!) grand prize is a SIGNED copy of XVI and second prize is a brand new copy of XVI.

Click here for more details and happy blogging! :)