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Monday, May 3, 2010

What's New This Week? : The Good & The Bad (1)

In a Nut Shell :

Whats New This Week : The Good & The Bad is an exclusive Falling Off The Shelf Feature.  It is intended to introduce readers to new titles, and give them an all around opinion of those books.  It is also a great way to find new blogs throughout the blogosphere that you may not have known about in the past.  Each week I will introduce a few new titles, whether they be Children's Chapter Books, Young Adult, or even Adult titles (maybe even a mix!).  Each title will be linked to a Good Review, and a Bad Review, so that you can understand what your getting yourself into before obtaining a copy.


*Good Review* - Recommended by the Reader
*Bad Review* - Not Recommended by the Reader (not to be confused with a badly written review)

-*- Feel free to suggest an upcoming title and/or a review you would like to be showcased by emailing me at*-

Released May 3 - 9, 2010

Reading Level : Young Adult
Genre : 
Release Date : May 4, 2010

Synopsis : 

It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist--a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden--an adventure that will change their lives forever. 

The Bad -  Killin' Time Reading

Reading Level : Young Adult
Genre : Paranormal
Release Date : May 3, 2010

Synopsis : 

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad. 

The Good - A Good Addiction
The Bad - Lurve a la Mode  

Darkborn by Alison Sinclair (Paperback)
Reading Level : Adult
Genre : Fantasy
Release Date : May 4, 2010 (Original Release : May 5, 2009)

Synopsis : 

For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting. When Darkborn physician Balthasar Hearne finds a pregnant fugitive on his doorstep just before sunrise, he has no choice but to take her in. Tercelle Amberley’s betrothed is a powerful Darkborn nobleman, but her illicit lover came to her through the daytime. When she gives birth to twin boys, they can see, something unheard of among the Darkborn. When men come for the boys, Balthasar is saved by the intervention of his Lightborn neighbor—and healed by the hands of his wife, Telmaine. Soon he finds himself drawn deeper into political intrigue and magical attacks, while Telmaine must confront a power she can no longer keep sheathed in gloves, a power she neither wants nor can control.   

I hope you like these titles, and feel free to post a link to your own reviews as well (I will update the post with them for the future reference of other readers).

-*- Feel free to suggest an upcoming title and/or a review you would like to be showcased by emailing me at


Ashley said...

Thanks for this! I'm going to pick up Darkborn. It sounds really good.

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

I'm glad you like my feature! So excited :) Darkborn really does look good, I want to get it myself :)

KMont said...

Jenni, I was going through my emails and saw yours again about this feature. Heh, I warned you I might forget to come back and comment, but this time I did more than forget - had to have some emergency surgery that prior Sunday! Monday I was still pretty out of it.

But I'm here now, and this look like a very helpful feature. Thank you for the link. :)

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

KMont - I'm glad that you had a chance to stop by! Sorry to hear about your surgery, I hope all is well with you now. Glad you like the feature, I think it's something that I'm going to keep for awhile.