At My Bookstore (New Feature!)

Ever been to your bookstore and seen a book on the shelf that you've never really heard anything about before? Well I don't know about you, but that happens to me all the time! I always like to read a few reviews before I purchase a book so I can get a better idea of if I'll enjoy it or not. So enter this new feature! Here I'll show you two books I found while browsing the shelves at my bookstore that I thought sounded awesome, but just wanted to know more about.

First I'll say what grabbed my attention, then link to two reviews of the book written by fellow book bloggers and finally I'll give my final verdict on whether or not I'm going to read the book. 

Devine Intervention 
Martha Brockenbrough
Published June 21, 2012
Amazon - Goodreads

There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light.

This is not that story.

Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine's guardian angel. Sort of. He's more of an angel trainee, in heaven's soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he's just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.

Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.

When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi's time is up and her soul is lost forever.

Martha Brockenbrough's debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that's wicked as hell, and writing that's just heavenly.

What Grabbed My Interest
Doesn't this book sound absolutely amazing?! I mean a teenage boy angel-in-training who's in a soul-rehabilitation program in heaven, how awesome is that!? I love that Heidi can hear Jerome's singing in her head and has him for company in lonely times. I honestly almost picked this book up on the spot, but it being a hard cover, making it fairly expensive, I decided to check out what my fellow bloggers had to say.

Megan from Book Brats rated it 5/5
"One of my favorite books of 2012 so far, DEVINE INTERVENTION is laugh out loud funny and thought provoking in one little package. About the choices we make and the things we can do to make up for mistakes, it is a can't miss YA debut." 

Wendy from Mocha Latte Reads rated it 4/5
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and a total eye-opener, Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough is an absolute must read!"

Final Verdict
I'm totally buying this one next time I'm at my bookstore! I definitely could use a hilarious book that gets my mind going!

Zoe Letting Go
Nora Price
Published June 14, 2012
Amazon - Goodreads

A girl's letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that's Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense.

It's not a hospital, a spa, or an institution. That's what they told me--that's what the brochures promised.

But no matter what the brochures promised, Zoe finds that Twin Birch is a place for girls with a penchant for harming themselves. Through journal entries and letters to her best friend, Elise, she tries to understand why she was brought there, and how she could possibly belong in a place like this. But Zoe's letters to Elise remain unanswered. She wonders why her best friend would cut her off without a word, reliving memory after memory of their beautiful, rocky, inescapable friendship. But everyone has secrets--including Zoe--and as her own fragile mental state hangs in the balance, she must finally learn to come to terms with what happened to Elise before she's able to let go.

Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Girl, Interrupted will race through this hauntingly emotional debut novel with the pacing of a psychological thriller.

What Grabbed My Interest
I love that this book is written in journal entries and letter to her mysterious friend Elsie. Also it being a psychological thriller totally draws me in! The summary makes me super curious to see if Elsie is real or just a figment of Zoe's imagination and also uncovered what happened in her past.

Juhina from Maji's Bookshelf rated it 3.5/5
"Nora Price just knew exactly what to do to keep me reading, and while I felt frustrated at times because I was just confused on what Zoe's problem was, the ending shed some light on the problem. However I still felt that I needed more explanations on some aspect of Zoe's behavior..."

Nina from Nina Reads rated it 5/5
"Zoe Letting Go managed to keep the story flowing between the letters and journal entries, and by the end of the story I felt so close to Zoe that I didn’t want to leave her after reading the last page."

Final Verdict
I'm most likely going to check Zoe Letting Go out of my library. I love that the story deals with tough issues, but am a little concerned with some lose ends not being tied up.

Since this is the very first At My Bookstore post I'm still not certain if I'll make this a weekly or just an every-so-often post and if I'll only do one book per post. As of now I'm leaning more towards weekly and one book a week, but I'd love to hear your thoughts!

If you'd like to join in, grab the button above and link your post in the comments so we can stop on by!


  1. I love the sound of the first one. It reminds me of Charmed and how Piper fell in love with her angel/guardian.

  2. Looks like some great books; thanks for sharing :)! I just found your blog and will definitely be following it from now on! I recently added some summer reading lists to my new blog if you want to take a look:
    Thanks again!

  3. Those both sound like great books, and this is such a fun idea for a feature. I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on these books, maybe I'll buy them, too!

    (I'm a new follower!!)

  4. Zoe Letting Go sounds really good! This is a cool idea.

  5. Love the cover for Devine Intervention. Let me know how it is,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog