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Charming With A Twist: Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Welcome back to BookTasty!

I loved participating in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.  It introduced me to new authors like Shelley Coriell and their debut books, like Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe.

Welcome Caller This Is Chloe by Shelley CoriellBig-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

This debut novel was charming, just like Chloe herself.  It was a fun story about pushing through hard times and about being there for those you care about. The book starts out lighthearted and fun but takes a twist for the more serious.

Chloe, although charming is also blind to the reality of life around her. She doesn’t realize that some people really do have real struggles that you can’t completely wipe away with a game or laughter. Seeing Chloe like this at the start of the novel you can understand why Chloe’s friends ditched her the way they did (although in my opinion that’s not the way to deal with your friendships so I’m not excusing them). I completely connected to Chloe with the whole friendship and relationship struggles as I dealt with situations that are almost exactly like Chloe’s in middle and high school. I know exactly what it feels like to not be allowed at the usual lunch table or to have rude (and blatantly untrue) things written about you in the bathroom.  High school girls are mean.

Despite all this social junk (and family junk because Chloe is dealing with that, too) Chloe matures a lot throughout the story. She not only learns how to be on her own and experience solitude, and she also learns how to just be okay in the sadness and confusion that life sometimes brings. But Chloe also learns what it means to be there for others in those difficult times.  Like the book, Chloe’s story starts out fun and lighthearted but takes a turn for the more serious.  She is a better balance of these two sides in the end.

I don’t know if Welcome Caller, This is Chloe is standalone or not, but I would love to read more about Chloe, Duncan and the staff at 88.8. This book was a really good read and recommend it to middle grades and high school readers as well as those who are older (like me!).

Author: Shelley Coriell

Publisher: Amulet Books (May 1, 2012)

Format: e-book

Length: 299 pages

Series: standalone

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book:  Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe

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In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and is a fun way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs!

So this week, I may or may not have gone a little crazy on NetGalley. (Thank you to NetGalley and all the publishers!) I ended up getting five titles from NetGalley although I have no idea when I’m going to read them!  Oh well, summer is coming soon and I’ll have loads of free time then! So, here are the books in my mailbox this week.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon GreenlandThe Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

I’ve seen this one around on some other blogs and figured it was time I requested it.

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.

Diva by Jillian LarkinDiva by Jillian Larkin

I have no idea why I requested this one.  I really wasn’t a fan of, Vixen, the first book and haven’t even read the second title, but the cover is just so pretty!!!

Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn’t have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she’s going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.  Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer’s dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she’s grown up a lot these past few months. She can’t bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?  Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton’s swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria’s keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .

The Glimpse by Claire MerleThe Glimpse by Claire Merle

I jut love this cover and the summary sounds really cool!

Throughout England people are now divided into Pures and Crazies according to the results of a DNA test, with the Pures living in small Communities cut off from the madness of society, and the Crazies living outside the walls in the squalor and mayhem of the City. Ana has lived a privileged existence amongst the Pures, but her whole world crumbles when she finds out that there was a mistake with her Pure test. She is actually one of the Crazies, and one day in the near or distant future she will become sick. But Ana has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell. Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s defects, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a conditional reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony looms closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

Unbreak my Heart by Melissa WalkerUnbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

This one sounds like a great summer read.

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley CoriellWelcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

I love this cover and can’t wait to read it!

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

So, there you have it! My mailbox for the week.  What did you get in your mailbox?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Names in the Title & Tips for New Bloggers

Hello everyone! Welcome back!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win an audiobook copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer!
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Its that time of the week again were I post my Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish as a fun way for bloggers to interact with and get to know each other a little better.

The official theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Tips for New Bloggers. But I’m in the mood to add to this theme and am also including ten Books With Names in the Title. So you get two Top Ten Tuesdays for the price of one! :)

Some of these are books I’ve actually read and some are books I’d like to read at some point in the future – I’ll add an asterick (*) next to the titles I have already read. Each book will have a blogger tip with it. Also, let me add that I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, so I’m still a relatively new blogger too!

Adam Canfield of the Slash by Adam WineripAdam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip* (MG)

New Blogger Tip #1: Create a Twitter account. This will enable you to get to know and interact with fellow book bloggers, which has been incredibly helpful for me!

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine* (MG)

New Blogger Tip #2: Be honest, but thoughtful and kind. You can say you didn’t like a particular book, but its not appropriate to turn your review into a bashing party. Its about the books not a personal attack on an author.

Zach's Lie by Roland SmithZach’s Lie by Roland Smith (MG)

New Blogger Tip #3: Visit other book blogs and comment. Its super helpful to visit other blogs to see what others are doing and to get to know your “neighbors”. If you leave a comment make sure it is a meaningful one (otherwise it seems like spam).

Aurelia by Anne OsterlundAurelia by Anne Osterlund (YA)

New Blogger Tip #4: Participate in bookish memes like Top Ten Tuesday, or In My Mailbox (or one of the many others). This is another chance to interact with other book bloggers and get to know the community you’re a part of. Link up with the meme so that others can visit your blog as well.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

New Blogger Tip #5: Schedule some of your posts ahead of time. I have no idea why, because this seems to obvious now, but I didn’t do this for months. I would stress and stress at the last minute to get a post up when I had tons of time earlier that I could have written it and had it scheduled.

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise RennisonAngus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (YA)

New Blogger Tip #6: Post frequently and regularly. The more meaningful content you have the better!

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long ShangThe Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (MG)

New Blogger Tip #7: Share a little about yourself too. It’s good to let your readers know a little bit about yourself so you can help create strong connections. (I’m not the best at this but I’m trying!)

Suite Scarlett by Maureen JohnsonSuite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (YA)

New Blogger Tip #8: Limit Your Scope. Are there specific genres you prefer over others? Are you a chick-lit blog, or a YA blog, or both? Focus on what you know and love so you’re not overwhelmed.

The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay ClarkThe Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark (YA)

New Blogger Tip #9: Read older books not just the brand new ones. Sure the new ones are shiny and pretty, but there are tons of awesome books out there that still deserve some love.

Welcome Callers This is Chloe by Shelley CoriellWelcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (YA)

New Blogger Tip #10: If you’re not sure, just ask! Most of the book bloggers I’ve met online are pretty friendly and enjoy helping newish bloggers out. If you have a question about something, go ahead and ask. :)