Monthly Archives: January 2012


Teen Review: BLUE MOON by Alyson Noel

Teen Review: BLUE MOON by Alyson Noel

27 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 7 Comments

BLUE MOON by Alyson Noel YA Paranormal Romance 284 pages, paperback Available now (July 2009) Review copy purchased Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin With Drina dead, everything is back to normal. Ever is learning everything she can about her abilities as an immortal, her relationships with Haven, Miles, and Damen are […]

Teen Review: THE BEGINNING OF AFTER by Jennifer Castle

Teen Review: THE BEGINNING OF AFTER by Jennifer Castle

26 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

THE BEGINNING OF AFTER by Jennifer Castle YA Contemporary 432 pages, hardcover Available now (Sept. 2011) Review copy donated Publisher: Harper Teen Anyone who’s had something truly crappy happen to them will tell you: It’s all about Before and After. What I’m talking about here is the ka-pow, shake-you-to-your-core-and-turn-your-bones-to-plastic kind […]

It’s Teen Review Week!

It’s Teen Review Week!

23 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 1 Comment

This week’s a crazy one–I’m finishing the zero draft of my novel, scrambling to get a huge stack of papers graded, coming up with lesson plans that will keep the students busy for most of the week, and heading down to Disney World with a bus-full of 8th graders. We’ll […]

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22 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 15 Comments

Why is it January just blows through my life like a stiff wind? School, life, illness, dogs, travel…holy cow. I feel like I need a vacation to recover from this month and I haven’t even made it to Disney World yet (that’s Tuesday–an overnight bus trip with 50 8th graders. […]

Love is a drug: EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

Love is a drug: EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

19 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 10 Comments

EVERNEATH by Brodi AshtonYA Paranormal370 pages, hardcoverAvailable Jan. 24, 2012Review copy provided by publisherPublisher: HarperCollins / Balzer + BrayLast spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her […]

Waiting On…BLACK HEART by Holly Black

Waiting On…BLACK HEART by Holly Black

18 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 7 Comments

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, WHITE CAT and BLACK GLOVE. They’re creative, interesting, and very well-written. So, of course, I’m looking forward to the third installment, BLACK HEART. But what’s up with the cover? I mean, I like it–kind of a 70’s vibe–but it doesn’t […]

Adventure abounds: THE HEDGEWITCH QUEEN by Lilith Saintcrow

Adventure abounds: THE HEDGEWITCH QUEEN by Lilith Saintcrow

17 January, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 12 Comments

THE HEDGEWITCH QUEEN by Lilith SaintcrowFantasyE-book onlyAvailable now (Dec. 2011)Review copy purchasedPublisher: OrbitVianne di Rocancheil is a lady waiting at the Court of Arquitaine, where she studies her books, watches for intrigue, and shepherds her foolhardy Princesse through the glittering whirl. Court is a sometimes-unpleasant waltz, especially for the unwary, […]

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