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Book Review- Deadly Little Games

30 Jan, 2011 by in book giveaway, book review 36 comments

Deadly Little Games
by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 28th 2010

by Hyperion Book
ISBN 1423131606
series Touch #3
4.5 stars

Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia’s gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn’t yet comprehend.

Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia’s life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about…

I will admit that Laurie Faria Stolarz has me wrapped around her finger with the Touch series. The covers are a little piece of heaven with raised designs and otherworldly photography. They are among my very favorites in YA. Laurie’s writing has the suspense the tension and the characters I can’t get enough of. Deadly Little Games follows many of the same plot patterns as the first two in the series but I was never bored. There’s just the right touch of creepy and mystery for me.

In this third installment Camelia has discovered her psychometry and the ability to sculpt events of the future into clay. Things are rocky between her and Ben due to the appearance of his old rival Adam. I grew to really love Ben (again). He has depth and layers that I have a feeling are about to unfold even further in book #4.

I got carried away into Camelia’s life with a health nut yoga teaching mom, her quirky sidekick best friends Wes and Kimmie and a truly caring father. Stolarz knows how to fully flesh out each person she introduces. There’s also more back story of her maternal aunt and the haunting gift she and Cameilia share. The elements that tie off the package for me are all of the pottery scenes and the gripping suspense. I will be reading book #4, as far as I’m concerned Laurie can just keep writing in the Touch sequence and I’ll never grow weary of Camelia and Ben.

Here’s your chance to start reading the Touch series and discover for yourself why I adore them. Comment below for your entry to win book one, Deadly Little Secret. Giveaway ends February 28, 2011 and is open internationally.

Prophecy of The Sisters Giveaway

26 Jan, 2011 by in book giveaway, michelle zink, prophecy of hte sisters 7 comments

Fire and Ice and author Michelle Zink have teamed up to give away two copies of Prophecy of The Sisters today on Facebook and Twitter.

One winner will a signed paperback, bookmarks, and Victorian-inspired picture frame.

The second winner will receive a paperback Prophecy of the Sisters, a signed book plate, some bookmarks and a Victorian Frame.

Special thanks to Michelle Zink for being so generous 🙂

Comment on our Facebook page here or tweet the contest @fireicephotos to enter. Ends at midnight!


Interview With YA Author Sara Zarr

22 Jan, 2011 by in author interview, book giveaway, once was lost, sara zarr, utah authors 8 comments

Today Fire and Ice is pleased to introduce YA author Sara Zarr. I’ve met Sara at a couple of book related events and she is always very down to earth & friendly. She’s one very talented woman.

Author Bio: “Sara is the acclaimed author of three novels for young adults: Story of a Girl (National Book Award Finalist), Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), and Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009, Utah Book Award winner, INSPY winner). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain online, Response, and several anthologies. Sara’s fourth young adult novel will be published in early 2012. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at”

Here’s what Sara had to say in our exclusive interview about her latest book, “Once Was Lost…”

Once Was Lost was inspired by the story of Elizabeth Smart. Tell us a little bit of her background and what moved you about it.

Elizabeth Smart was taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night, back in 2002, here in Salt Lake. It was so incredibly sad, and I was certain that there was no hope. I’d see the blue ribbons people put up around the neighborhood and think, “When you take those down? How do you know when to give up hope?” I thought about that question as applied to life in general, and started asking the what-if questions that lead to a story–What if I were a teen in Elizabeth’s community? What if I sort of knew her? What would that feel like? Etc. And when she was found, alive, it forced me to re-think all my ideas about “too late.”

Samara is an unique name, any reason you picked it?

I can’t remember, except that in my mind her name was Sam, but it wasn’t short for Samantha. So I think I started looking for other names that could be shortened to Sam. The fact that she’s a pastor’s daughter and the name sounds biblical helped.

What is the overall message you hope readers glean from Once Was Lost?

I don’t hope for a message. I always hope readers connect with the story, that it feels real to them. First, I want them to enjoy reading. Second, it’s nice if the story compels them to think more deeply about some aspect of life…whatever aspect that the book brought up for them.

Samara’s parents are far from perfect. Is there anything you wish her father or mother would have done differently?

Ha! Yes, of course, a lot. Her father should have talked more openly about what was going on in the family. Her mother should have returned her calls. But, as readers can see in all my books, parents are flawed humans, like all of us. They, and we, don’t always have the courage or wisdom to do what’s best for everyone.

Tell us a little bit about your aversion to facebook and too much social media.

Well, I actually love social media. I’m a Twitter fiend. My issues with Facebook are: It is really difficult on Facebook to keep my private/family life separate from my public life as an author. FB does provide some tools to help you “manage your identity” to different groups of people, but the tools are complicated and, based on past “privacy oversights”, I don’t trust them. I don’t like the categorization of life it forces you into. It just makes me uneasy. Recently, there was a “glitch” by which everyone who listed Salt Lake as their hometown got a link put on their profile to the Salt Lake Visitor’s Bureau. That kind of stuff drives me nuts!

In general, I think we all live too much through screens. I try to set limits for myself and notice when I’ve gone over that tipping point between fun and connection, and mindless clicking.

Do you have any new books in the works?

I do! My fourth book, HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, will be out in about a year. I’m very excited about it. It’s about two girls, Mandy and Jill, whose worlds collide when Jill’s mom decides to adopt Mandy’s baby.

Ten books that have influenced your life.

In no particular order…

THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Robert Cormier
HO– USEKEEPING by Marilyn Robinson
THE WAR OF ART by Stephen Pressfield
STORY OF A GIRL (By me…cheating? It was my debut novel, and it changed my life.)
SECRETS IN THE DARK by Frederick Beuchner
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
THE HOLY WAY by Paula Huston

Do you believe in miracles? Why or why not.

Oh boy. I am a practicing Christian, and therefore the answer must be yes, as the whole point of the faith is based on a miracle – the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But when it comes to the present day, or the possibility of miracles in my own life, I’m a skeptic. This is why Elizabeth Smart being found alive was so powerful to me. Though it didn’t involve the laws of physics being broken, she might as well have been Lazarus, that’s the extent to which I’d written her off for dead.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a YA author?

The most rewarding moments always have to do with interactions with people–with readers who have connected with my work, or with other writers who are struggling with the same hopes and fears as me.

Any upcoming events?

I’m giving a keynote address at the SCBWI New York conference next weekend. And this summer, I’m teaching a week long workshop in YA (and middle-grade) fiction. Info here for anyone interested!

Thanks so much to Sara Zarr for taking time out to be with us! Visit Sara at her website

Little Brown has generously donated a paperback copy of Once Was Lost for our blog readers. To enter to win simply fill out this form.

33 Habits of a Really Good Man

04 Jan, 2011 by in book giveaway, book review 21 comments

by Yvonne Swinson
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 8, 2010
by Cedar Fort, Inc.
ISBN 1599554100
5 stars

Summary from the back cover: “It does no good to learn an things if you don’t retain it–no better way to learn behavior than to make it a habit.”- Bill Wells

Bill Wells wasn’t a famous man, but he left an invaluable legacy for those who knew him. He kept a little black notebook full of quotes, proverbs and stories that inspired him. He lived his life by these words of wisdom and taught his children to do the same. Complied by his daughter Yvonne Swinson, 33 habits if a Really Good Man shares Bill’s legacy with you. Each mini-memoir includes one of Bill’s favorite bits of wisdom and how making it a habit can lead to a “really good” life.”

What a perfect time of year to pick up this book! Small, concise and great for gift giving, 33 Habits of A Really Good Man is an inspirational starting point for a New Year and a new life. Yvonne Swinson takes bits of wisdom gathered from her father over the years and combines them with quotes he loved. Some of my favorite thoughts included “Change Begins With Me”, “Don’t Take Offense and “Make it a Habit.” Each chapter is a value Bill Wells stood by and lived. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it it to all…not just fathers or men. It’s a power packed read with life lesson learned and an underlying message of love.

We are giving away a signed copy of 33 Habits of A Really Good Man donated by author Yvonne Swinson for our readers. Simply comment below to be entered to win. Giveaway ends February 4, 2011 and is open internationally.

To learn more about this book and the author visit

New Year’s Blowout

31 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway 11 comments

2010 is on it’s way out and we have to make room on our shelves for more books in 2011, so Fire and Ice is hosting a huge New Year book blowout! Here’s the list of titles up for grabs:

1) Wolves Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me hardback by Kristen Chandler
2) Need by Carrie Jones
3) The Wizard of Ooze Book Two Ravenspell hardback by David Farland
4) Brothers Below Zero by Tom Seidler
5) Judy Moody Gets Famous by Megan McDonald
6) Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Wilhite
7) A Love Like Lilly by Kay Lynn Mangum
8) Shades of Gray by Pamela Carrington Reid
9) The Sky is Everywhere ARC by Jandy Nelson
10) Middleworld ARC by J&P Voelkel
11) Freshman for President by Ally Condie
13) The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2 hardback by Tony Di Terlizzi and Holly Black

We will give away one favorite book from our list. Thirteen winners in all. Open to US and International entries with a US shipping address. Ends 1/31/2011
To enter click on the form here.

BIR2010 Winners

20 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, contest winners 12 comments

Congratulations to all of our winners from Best I’ve Read 2010. Your names and addresses have been submitted to the authors and publishers. If your prize has not arrived by February first send us an email so we can check on the status of the shipment. Thanks so much to all who entered. Between all of our sites we gave away over 400 books! Be sure to check all the participating blog sites for your name and the BIR2010 master site for the grand prize winners.

Personal Demons Allison Tielking
Pathfinder Allison Tielking
Enchanted Ivy Amy Brown
Extraordinary Beverly Archer
Secondhand Charm Andrea Infinger
Rot & Ruin Andrea Infinger
Clockwork Angel Anna Choi
Shade Ashley Causey
The Eternal One Ashley Causey
My Double Life Briana McNair
Clockwork Angel Christina Ferko
Demon’s Covenant Ekta Patel
Shadow Hills Poster Elizabeth Lehman
Forgive My Fins Elizabeth Weibly
The Scorch Trials Gabrielle Carolina
Matched Hattie DeRaps
The Unwritten Rule Heather Johnson
Firelight Hugo Torrijos
Deception Jazmyn Rodgers
Dust City Julie Smeltzer
Behemoth Kailia Sage
Leviathan Kailia Sage
The Familiars Kate Mecozzi
Nightshade Kelly Houser
Heavenly Latisha Depoortere
Anna & The French Kiss Lauren Meinhardt
The Lonely Hearts Club Leanna Morris
Secrets and Shadows Linda Septer
Guardian At The Gate Lisa McGeen
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour Lora Wiedenheft
The Replacement Martha Lawson
Before I Fall Martha Lawson
Pathfinder Michelle Ball
Amy & Rogers Epic Detour Minas Tenah
The Exiled Queen N.J. Wlison
Tyger Tyger Nathalie Depardieu
Losing Faith Nichole Giles
Crescendo Nikki Meiggs
Shadow of The Sun Ricki Marking-Camuto
Intrinsical Taffy Lovell
My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions Tina Broomfield
Crescendo Tressa Sherrman
Dark Flame Yokemun Chong
Once In A Full Moon Yokemun Chong

Becca Wilhite Author Interview & Giveaway

14 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, my ridiculous romantic obsessions 6 comments

My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions
Becca Wilhite
Published by: Shadow Mountain

Book summary: Sarah Howard’s first year at the university is everything and nothing she expected especially when a very cute boy named Ben in her Art History class starts to show interest in her.

Sarah feels like she’s an average, normal, everyday girl. So, when Ben (to whom she secretly refers as Adonis because she thinks he could be a Greek god) begins to take interest in her, Sarah is in denial. For one thing, last year she was deeply crushed and humiliated by Jesse James a guy who she thought liked her.

She’s determined not to get burned again. But in her heart of hearts, what she really wants is a Jane Austen kind of romance. Ridiculous, right? That kind of romance doesn’t exist anymore . . . or does it? Sarah is smart and fun to be around and even pretty, despite her Medusa-like red curls. She even plays the guitar. (So does Ben!) Yes, Sarah is everything Ben has wanted. He’s crazy for her, but Sarah is just not getting it. She’s playing hard to get, and if she’s not careful, she’s going to lose a real hot gentleman — her 21st-century Mr. Darcy.

Thank you so much to author Becca Wilhite for joining our BIR2010 giveaways and answering a few interview questions! And thank you to fellow blogger Kathy for passing these on…

What do you do when you are in-between books?
Start writing something new. Watch a movie in the middle of the day. And cook a lot.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I have a red leather reading chair that sits beside the fireplace. That is a great winter reading spot. In summer, I love to read outside in the sunshine. (I know. I know. I have read the warning labels. But I love the sun.) I write in the kitchen when the family is all gone. That so does not work when anyone is home.

What is your guilty pleasure?

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I bought leather living room furniture. So when I see it, sit on it, dust it, vacuum around it every day, I remember that I’m a real writer. (You have to say it like Pinocchio would – “I’m a real writer!”)

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved “The Secret Garden” – but I didn’t discover it until I was 14 years old and working in the public library. I fell so in love with the illustrations by Tasha Tudor. So gorgeous.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Remember Joe Jackson? How about “Be My Number Two” for Bright Blue Miracle.

What do you find so appealing about the genre you write for? Would you try writing for a different genre?
I love writing YA, because I am totally intrigued by the learning phase of life. I love the “firstness” of YA themes – discovery and understanding, growth and messing up. I love to do contemporary YA comic fiction, because I think real life if pretty darn funny. And I have recently started writing a few short chapter-books, for those early-reader types. That’s fun, too.

See our review of Bright Blue Miracle here
and My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions here

Becca has donated one copy of My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions to our readers and we have one to add as well! Click here to enter. Two chances to win.

Dust City Giveaway

12 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, robert paul weston 7 comments

Dust City

by: Robert Paul Weston
Published by: Razorbill

Book Summary: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?
His son, that’s who.

Ever since his father’s arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.

Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate, Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City: a rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved by everyone and controlled by a dangerous mob of Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner.

Can Henry solve the mystery of his family’s sinister past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined for life as a big bad wolf?

This giveaway is open to both US and Canada. One copy of Dust City will be awarded to a lucky blog follower. Enter here.

BIR2010 YA Prize Pack #4

12 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway 13 comments

Dark Flame
By Alyson Noel
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Released June 22, 2010

At the start of this mesmerizing new installment of the Immortals series, Ever is helping her friend Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and carelessly putting them all at risk, their friendship becomes more and more strained. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into magick in order to get control over her enemy Roman and free Damen from his power. But when the spell she casts on Roman backfires, she’s bound to her deadliest enemy. Frantic to reverse the spell the moment the moon enters a new phase, she finds her efforts are fruitless—there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, one that propels her toward Roman. Desperate to break free of this terrible curse before Damen or the twins can discover what she’s done, she turns to Jude and delves deeper and deeper into dark magick, ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including Damen.

Once in A Full Moon
by Ellen Schreiber
Published by HarperCollins

Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.
One lucky US reader will receive both Dark Flame and Once in A Full Moon. Enter below.


Lisa Desrochers BIR2010 Giveaway

10 Dec, 2010 by in book giveaway, personal demons, tor teen 3 comments

Personal Demons
By: Lisa Desrochers
Published by: Tor Teen
Book summary
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She’s spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems her senior year will be more of the same…until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him. What she doesn’t know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he’s as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay…for all of them.

Head over to Lisa Desrochers’ website: to view Rannie, Luc and Gabe book trailers.

Lisa and Tor Teen have offered us one copy of Personal Demons as a part of BIR2010. Ships to US and Canada. Fill out this form to enter.