The Compulsive Reader: November 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

Maria V Snyder

So I know this is turning into a mainly sci-fi/fantasy site, but I promise this will be the last review of that sort for a little while. I want to tell you all about this great series I found not too long ago, written by Maria V Snyder. Her first book is called Poison Study, and tells of Yelena, who is to be executed for the murder of her master. But at the last minute, she is offered a deal only a fool would turn down: stay alive and become the Commander's poison taster. She takes it, but soon comes to realize that poison is the least of her worries.

The second book is called Magic Study, and follows Yelena's journey to find her family...I'm not going to say anything more, because if I do, I'll give away spoilers from Poison Study. But, the third book, Fire Study, is coming out soon, and looks to be just as good as the previous ones.

I really hope you will check these books out, because they are really some of my favorite books ever.

Stay tuned for some important announcements early next week!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gaslight Myserteries

Hey guys. Thanks for sticking with us throughout the switch, it means a lot to me. I'm Tirzah, and today I want to spotlight the Gaslight Mysteries, written by Victoria Thompson.

They're set in late 19th century New York City, and center around Sarah Brandt, socialite turned midwife, and her friend, Detective Frank Malloy. In a time when the NYPD is as corrupt as they come and no decent person would associate them, much less expect them to solve a case without some sort of monetary motivation, Sarah Brandt befriends Frank, determined that she can help him solve the more perplexing of New York City's crimes. Frank isn't so keen, but soon learns that however annoying or exasperating she may be, she really is quite invaluable.

The series really isn't geared towards young adults, but it's fascinating nonetheless. While the fourth book may seem to drag slightly, and there is some name dropping (Sarah's parents are long time friends with the Roosevelts) this is a fast paced and riveting series that you won't regret getting into.

The books are as followed:
Murder on Astor Place
Murder on St. Mark''s Place
Murder on Gramercy Park
Murder on Washington Square
Murder on Mulberry Bend
Murder on Marble Row
Murder on Lenox Hill
Murder in Little Italy
Murder in Chinatown

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cherry Heaven by LJ Adlington

Cherry Heaven, companion to The Diary of Pelly D., continues the tale of the war torn planet ten years after where Pelly left off. This time, it's in the New Frontier, home of the OHA, peace, and prosperity.

But to Kat J., something's just not right. No one will talk about her new home's previous owners, and who is this mysterious Oklear F, and what did he do that is so unspeakable, people still shudder about it ten years later? Is racism really as nonexistent as people would like to think? Is everything really as heavenly as it seems?

I had a little trouble getting into this one, but once I did, I had to keep reading. It just sucks you in. The ideas and customs are drastically different from what we're used to, so it was definitely fascinating. My friend tells me that The Diary of Pelly D isn't necessary to understand the plot, but it may be helpful. she also warns that it too is a little hard to get into, but very much worth reading.

HarperCollins is publishing a hardcover edition that is due to come out February 5, 2008, but from the looks of it, it seems that a paperback edition by a different publisher is out already. The picture shown is from that cover. I may be mistaken, but I believe that would be LJ Adlington's UK publisher.

Either way, check out the series. It's a real different one from many out there, and reminded me a lot of the Holocaust.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I recently got the chance to review Unwind, a science fiction by Neil Shusterman. It was set in the United States, about a hundred or so years from now. The country has just recovered from the second civil war, with some terrifying solutions. In a time when it's dangerous to be a an unwanted teenager, three teens are struggling to survive and escape the government, who only want their body parts.

This was an amazing book. Very eye opening. As absurd as it seems at first, I can't help but wonder if this might one day be suggested in order to keep peace. Everyone should read this one.

Note: I'm having a little trouble uploading the cover image, so hang with me until I figure it out.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Winners of Hacking Harvard Giveaway

Congrats to Jordan C., who won the ARC of Hacking Harvard! Send me your address and I'll get it in the mail. A big thanks to everyone who participated. Your publicity is already paying off.

If you missed out this time, don't worry, I'll be having more contests soon. Keep your eyes open for something new.

Okay, time for a survey! In order to improve this site, I want to know a few things....

1. What genres of books to you read?
2. How often do you buy books, and if so, where?
3. Would you be interested in such things as guest bloggers, author interviews, etc?

Just email or comment me with your answers. Your feedback very, very helpful.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Just A Quick Reminder...

The Hacking Harvard Giveaway ends this Saturday at midnight! If you haven't already, make sure you sign up. All you have to do is drop me an email with a link showing where you advertised this site. Make sure you include your email address. See the original post for more details.

Good luck!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Things Are Getting Hectic...

So due to an impeding move, and the fact that my books (ever single one of them) are all packed up, and the loss of internet access for goodness only knows how long, posting may get a bit sporadic. There's a possibility that I might get internet access again before Thanksgiving, but I'm not holding my breath.

Therefore, I'll leave you all with a little holiday fun to keep you busy until I'm up and running again. Author Maureen Johnson keeps an absolutely hilarious blog, so if you haven't already started, get reading! Even better are her books (The Key to the Golden Firebird, The Bermudez Triangle, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Girl at Sea, and Suite Scarlett, due out in May).


She uses Blogspot, so how can we NOT like her?

See you soon, in a new location and hopefully with books NOT still in boxes! Have a happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 16, 2007

The Princess and the Hound

I just finished this rather surprising fantasy novel from Mette Ivie Harrison. I've been keeping an eye on it for quite a while now, and just managed to get my hands on it. It has one of the more intriguing covers I've seen, and while the story did not pan out as I imagined it would, I can't say as I'm disappointed. The story is told from the perspective of young Prince George, who possesses the very animal magic his kingdom forbids. The book tells of his struggle against sis magic and his worries of not being a worthy king. Things are further complicated when he agrees to marry Princess Beatrice, who is never without her faithful hound. Her hound is like none he's ever encountered, and as George's father steadily falls ill, he has to wonder at what secrets they might be keeping.

Definitely run out and grab yourself a copy. Unfortunately for those of us with a rather tight budget, it's only available in hardcover. Hopefully not for too long!
EDITED TO ADD: Paperback edition comes out May 26th, 2008!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sneak Preview of Princess Diaries Vol. IX: Princess Mia

For all of those who are excited about the latest PD release (due out Dec. 26th), here's a little something to sustain you.


This will be the second to last book in Meg Cabot's wildly popular Princess Diaries series. As someone who has been there since the beginning, I sure hope that Mia goes through some changes that will actually stick til the next book. It seems she's stuck in this endless cycle. She acts immature, goes through a tough situation, hardens up and acts mature, book ends, and we're back at the beginning again.

Anyway, feel free to comment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The New Netflix for Books!

Renting books has just become as easy as Netflix. Bookswim.com makes it easy to rent the books that you want to read without ever leaving your home. Check it out:


BookSwim, established June 2006, is the first full-service membership-based online paperback and hardcover book rental library club allowing subscribers to rent books shipped directly to their door with no late fees and free shipping. The company is based in Monroe Township, NJ but offers book rental service nationwide ranging from hardcover new release novels to classics, nonfiction bestsellers to children’s books. Book club subscription plans range from under $15 to $36 per month and allow up to 11 books borrowed out at a time and returned in a pre-paid bag, but members are given the option to buy.

While a little pricey, it's a great alternative to buying all those books you'll never read more than once!


Saturday, November 3, 2007

Eragon Fans Rejoice!

It has been announced that Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy will now be made in to the Inheritance Series, with at least one more book to come out. Paolini also told interviewers that the third book in the long awaited newly appointed series will make its debut next fall. However, you'll have a hard time putting that one on your wishlist, as it's still nameless. But who really cares at this point if we're to get another book out of him?

Check alagaesia.com for more info!

Hacking Harvard ARC Giveaway

Title: Hacking Harvard
Author: Robin Wasserman

Summary: They've got brians, talent, a flexible code of ethics--and dossiers on everyone in the Harvard admissions office. But do they have what it takes to scam one burned-out slacker in the world's most elite freshmen class? Max Kin, Eric Roth, and Isaac Schwarzbaum are pretty sure they can get anyone into Harvard; in fact, they've got a twenty-five-thousand-dollar bet riding on it. Their plan is foolproof, their goals simple: Max wants cash, Eric wants justice, Schwarz just wants to get the girl.

How to win: Spread the word about this website! Post it on a blog, message boards, wherever! Then send me a link with your name and email address. Contest ends November 24, 2007 at 11:59 Eastern. Winners will be notified on or around November 25. Only one entry per person. Send all emails to thecompulsivereader@gmail.com

Good luck!

How Well Do You Know Your Characters?

Thought you knew everything there was to know about your favorite characters? Well, now if you're not sure, you can check out their MySpace pages. That's right, now, besides having your favorite author on your friends list, you can have their characters too. Characters such as Tally Youngblood (and all of HER friends), Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Yelena Zaltana have gone global. Here's a couple of examples:




Warning: In order to ensure that certain pages are the real deal (ie. made by the author or publisher), check the author's friend list first.