Monday, September 26, 2011

Library Madness

Dark mirror: MJ Putney
Never Cry Werewolf: Heather Davis
Gimmerglass : Jenna Black
( Shadowspell is on hold so I should be getting it soon )
Sirensong: Jenna Black
( I also should be getting Jessica's guide to dating on the Dark Side: by: Beth Fantaskey)

Any one read any of these? Thoughts?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review for Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Review for Graceling by Kristin Cashore;

Graceling is a story of a girl named Katsa. Her Grace (a skill that someone is incredibly good at) is more of a curse for her because her Uncle, King Randa.. uses her grace as a weapon . Her job is to punish those that Randa has told her too, it order to benefit his wants and whims. Katsa believes her Grace is merely killing .. a bringer of death and pain , which means no one could possible want her for anything other than to bring fear. That all changes when she meets Po, he is Graced with fighting. throughout the story Katsa learns that there might be something more to her then just death and fear. Could she find life and love with the one person who can truly understand her and match her? This book really leaves you feeling that there is a perfect someone for everyone and just because someone has labeled you something like killer over and over doesn't make it so. This book was rich with back story and histories ,Kristin Cashore.. paints a beautiful landscape of literary wonder. my only complaint was that it left me wanting more .. left me wondering if there should more story. over all a nice 4 stars

More Library Madness

So I went tothe Library to pic up Vampire Kisses by Elle Schreiber and ended up with

Vampire Kisses by Elle Schreiber
A mid-Semester Night's Dream by Margaret Meacham
Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
The Forbidden Game 1-3 by L.J Smith ... read these when I was in high school wanna read them again

Review of Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Striaght from the words of Sophie jordan:
"Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet of her kind, she nearly pays with her life, only to be spared by a beautiful stranger sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki--a descendant of dragons whose ability to shift into human form is her best defense.
Forced to flee into the mortal world, Jacinda struggles to adapt. The one bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irrestibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away - if it dies she will be left a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and irresistible passion ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide ..."
I thought this book was wonderfully magical . What if the very boy you should stay away from is the only one who can really make you feel like yourself , who gets under your skin and into your heart? For Jacinda not only is she falling for the enemy but she must decide between what is expect of her and what she wants. I would highly recommend this book it's different and wonderful . A bit like Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series but with Draki. Firelight left me wanting more , and incredibly excited to read the next book Vanished. A definite 4 stars.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Library Madness

I will tell you over and over the Library is madness. I go in there to pick up two books and end up always with much more .

Kissing coffins by Elle Schreiber
Vampireville by Elle Schreiber
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Firelight by Sophie Jordan ( already finished review to come)
Stolen by Lucy Christopher ( Review already posted)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore ( already finished review to come)
Fire by Kristin Cashore

and the Library sent me a message saying I can come pick up Vampire kisses by Elle Schreiber.

any new books that you have received or read lately?

In the Mail

Received these two from good-reads:

An Advanced copy of The Radleys by Matt Haig

A Signed copy of : Lump: 19 Monologues from a 27-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor by Leena Luther

Review of Picture of Hollis Woods

a Newberry award winner
The Picture of Hollis Woods is told in the memories of Hollis , both her present and her past . Through her memories you learn about the life she had , and the mistakes she believes she had made. Being in foster care Hollis comes to believe that she is trouble , not worth the efforts , and most of the time she runs away when she thinks trouble has hit. The story is beautifully written , the imagery is marvolus. It's easy to fall in love with Hollis as she wades through her thoughts.. learning about the new friends she has and the family she lost. great book for all ages.

Review of Stolen :by Lucy Christopher

Straight from Lucy Christopher's site:
It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him. This is my story. A letter from nowhere.
Told in a letter to her captor by 16-year-old Gemma, Stolen explores the influence that a really wild and remote space can have on the inner development of a young woman.

This book was Captivating and Wild , just like the desert that they find themselves in. Gemma learns about her life before from the outside view of her kidnapper Ty. By the end of the book I found myself questioning was Ty her kidnapper or her rescuer? Was Gemma falling for him or was it really just Stockholm Syndrome? The book is written in the form of a letter to Gemma's kidnapper Ty . Makes the book all the more personal , connects you to Gemma and Ty. I would highly reccommend this book .. it drew me in , captivating me so completely that I found myself reading it all in one night . a 5 stars for this book.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Grandma's book rules

revisit to Grandma's rules on books .

1) no dog earing- dog ears are cute on dogs not books
2) always use a book mark- I don't care if it's a real book mark , a receipt, heck even a piece of toliet paper will work. Just respect the binding.
3) never bend the pages to where they fold behind the book it's self , you will never get that book to lay flat again.
4)if you borrow a book make sure it comes back in the same condition as when you borrowed it.

Well that is pretty much the rules to keeping your books nice and making them last longer. Respect the book , enjoy the book, and never ruin the book.
These are the rules I live by and heck who am I to argue with Grandma.

so tell me do you have any book rules?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Amazon's back of the book summary:

"There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah's world stopped that day and she's been waiting for him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn't feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.

Except, Catcher has his own secrets -- dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah's longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah -- can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?"

I loved this book , I have to say it was my favorite of the three books . The book was beautifully written . I felt tied to the outcome of the characters as they fought for survival and love. I found myself cheering for them to beat the odds to fight for a chance to have a life , a life not tainted by the dead and the cruelty of some humans but by love and new found beauty. By the end of the book I found myself wonder , what would I do if I knew I was going to die .. would I just give up? or would I fight for something more ? This series is one I highly recommend it is one of the best zombie type books I have ever read.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I've been a bad Girl I bought books

Books I Bought: ( in my defense they were on sale)

Black Tuesday by Susan Colebank
I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings: by Maya Angelou

In The Mail

In the Mail :

My Delicious Life with Paula Deen
Dance with a Vampire
The Coffin Club
Royal Blood
Masquerade ( a Blue Bloods novel)
Just a Guy- Notes from a blue Collar Life( Bill Engvall)

The two biographies are for my 5 by 5 by 5 - I will explain more on this when I have all my choices but currently it's 5 biographies, 5 books that teach you something and 5 real stories.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book review of Dead- Tossed Wave by Carrie Ryan

book description from Amazon:

"Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves."

Like The Forest of Hands and Teeth before it .. this book was heart stirring. A mix of learning about ones self and the will to survive and the courage to choose what you really want . Gabry blooms into a strong courageous girl that draws you in with her vulnerability and innocence. through Garby you learn how situations in life change us , and teach us . Once you go into the Forest, you will never come out the way you went in .

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Happiness Project review

From the back of the book:

"Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference"

I thoroughly enjoyed this book . Gretchen made it an enjoyable read . At first I thought it was going to feel like a chore to get through , kind of like tackling a New Year's Resolution ( we all know those are never kept. Gretchen made it funny , and encouraging , like a treat . I'm motivated and ready to start my own Happiness project , after all you only have more happiness to gain.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

coming in the mail soon

These books I ordered from Books a million

Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses 5 by Ellen Schreiber
The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber
Costume Crazee With 75 Reusable Stickers by Judith Schachter
Just a Guy (Bargain - Paperback) by Bill Engvall; Alan Eisenstock
My Delicious Life with Paula Deen by Michael Groover; Sherry Suib Cohen

these are all goodreads wins that are coming in the mail
The Radleys by Matt Haig ,

The Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy: Relieve Back Pain and Labor Pain, Reduce Stress, Regain a Flat Belly
by Elaine Petrone ( for the record no I'm not Preggo)

Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces
by Roy Peter Clark

When a Loved One Falls Ill: How to Be an Effective Patient Advocate
by Gerri Monaghan, Brian Monaghan

and then I also last week bought Black Tuesday by Susan Colebank

I have a lot of reading to do now , but I will have to take it Book by Book

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review of The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones

Back of the book Summary
"Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie: the youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance on the eve of her wedding five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. The courtly Lord Gabriel Drake, who Tania was once to marry, has found her and brought her back.

With Tania's return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.

Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly comes to discover why she disappeared so long ago. She possesses a singular magical ability and she must use it to stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie."

Interesting book , not my favorite faerie book but I will defiantly read the next one. Nice story about trusting, true love , and being true to yourself.
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