Thursday, September 9, 2010

Young Adult Previews ~ Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card; The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff; and The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller


Never Ending book collection

Young Adult Books Previews: They tell our readers what we will be reviewing by giving you publisher data, author info, and purchasing links. I do the work so you don’t have to. Our personal thoughts will come in the reviews for the books.

This preview list contains the following books:

  • Pathfinder ~ by Orson Scott Card
  • The Replacement ~ by Brenna Yovanoff
  • The Eternal Ones ~ by Kirsten Miller

Please note a new feature – A little personal blurb about the book found during the research for the preview post. It will be blocked out just like this bit here and labeled Layers of Thought.




Pathfinder ~ by Orson Scott Card

About: A powerful secret. A dangerous path.

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him--secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Rigg's birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent…or forfeit control of his destiny.

Author Bio: Born in Richland, Washington in 1951, Orson Scott Card grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He lived in Brazil for two years as an unpaid missionary for the Mormon Church and received degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. The author of numerous books in several genres, Card is best known for Ender's Game and his online magazine, Intergalactic Medicine Show ( He teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University, and lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • Simon Pulse, November 23,  2010
  • Hardcover, 672 pages
  • Ages: 12 and up and Grades: 7 and up

Amazon pre purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

Layers of Thought: This is the first in a trilogy, which I have started reading. It feels like a great title for boys (and geeky girls) from this award winning author. It appears to be an interesting combination of fantasy and science fiction.



The Replacement ~ by Brenna Yovanoff

About:  Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret - he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants.

A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world?

Author Links: Brenna Yovanoff’s Website, and her Goodreads’ author page.



  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover,  352 pages
  • Razorbill (September 21, 2010)

Amazon pre purchasing links for US. Not available until Jan 2011 and only in paper back for UK/Canada.

Cover to left is for UK.



Layers of Thought:  This looks a bit like a “romancey” changeling story for young women and girls. I am thinking the UK cover will get more attention with the hunky guy on the cover although I do love the creepy cover for the US addition.


31V0s-wAUgLThe Eternal Ones ~ by Kirsten Miller

About: What if love refused to die?

Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy.

In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.

In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

Author Links: Kirsten Miller's Website, and her Goodreads’ author page.

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (August 10, 2010)

Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

Layers of Thought:  A young adult reincarnation love story. We have been in the transmigration mode here in my reading list lately. I have another review of My Name is Memory coming soon and The Reincarnationist series which was great. Kinda weird…. I’m thinking... or a trend more likely.


Which of these titles interests you the most? Have you reviewed or read one of these books, or have head anything about them? I am dying to hear.

These books have been sent for review from the publishers via request from Shelf Awareness.  If you are a blogger/reviewer, this is a wonderful site which I highly recommend. It is the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee. Life is good.

A Giveaway Note ~ I have extended The Hypnotist by MJ Rose by several weeks since there have only been a few takers for this great book. As well, the announcement date for The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby has been moved up a bit.  It should be live at the end of next week some time.

Why wait?  Excitingly she will be here locally in the Phoenix area and since we will be attending, the plan is to snap a few pictures and grab a signed copy – one to give away.  So we will have two lucky winners of this début book. Fun stuff!

In case your in the area the event will be held at Changing Hands Book Store in Tempe at 7 pm on Wednesday September 15th. Please say hello if you do attend. Expect pictures of you to be posted too. *evil grin*

Have great Thursday!


justpeachy36 said...

I have heard a lot of buzz about, The Replacements. I think the U.S. cover is very creepy, which makes me want to read it, LOL...

Thanks for the heads up about Shelf Awareness, great site!

Unknown said...

Peachy -
Yes I agree.. the cover is creepy. Perfect for the season.

The question is - is it a good buzz or a bad buzz?

You are welcome....I love Shelf Awareness.. making my mornings son nice instead of doom news I read book news.... More tips coming soon.

Thanks for commenting and welcome as a new reader!

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