Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reading Stack #28

Currently I am reading Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa and I have a little over a hundred pages left. I am also reading Red Garden by Alice Hoffman and am close to halfway through it. For my audio I am listening to Crescendo, but Nora and Patch both keep making me mad, so I am not listening to it as fast as I hoped. When February 1st rolls around I hope to start Full Moon Kisses for the Paranormal Challenge and I will have my Random Read book. I am also participating in the Review Copy Cleanup Challenge and I will be finishing up Goddess Inheritance for that. So, just a few books on my stack right now. ;) What's on your list this week?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Review Copy Cleanup Challenge 3.0


This challenge runs from February 1 to February 28 and the goal is to read books received for review. Hardcover, paperback, audio, and ebooks count. This is hosted by Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea and Celine at Nyx Book Reviews. You can sign up on either blog. I have requested and received many books this year and last year. Since I do all the adult book ordering, except Large Print, and all the children and teen book ordering at our library, I like to keep up with what is new. Since we are a small, rural library system, review books help me figure out what might circulate at our library and also they help me with booktalks and reading programs. I would love to read some of the books in my backlog. For more details about the review copy cleanup and to sign up click here.

I am going to try to finish Goddess Inheritance and Mind Games. If I have time I will start Prodigy, Shadowhunters and Downworlders, and Prophecy by Ellen Oh.

Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Wrap-up



I did average my 50 pages a day, although I didn't read 50 each day. I ended up with 426 pages read and only one book finished. I watched too much TV this weekend, including the Pride and Prejudice mini-series Saturday and two episodes of Downton Abbey(since I missed last weeks, I had to play catch up yesterday). I finished The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn for my two fairy tale challenges. I am about halfway through Iron Daughter and a fourth of the way through Red Garden and Goddess Inheritance. I did not get to read any of Mind Games yet. However this is still better than I normal do in a week, so I am pleased with my progress. How did your read-a-thon go? For others wrap-ups, the wrap-ups are here. Thanks again to Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre for hosting!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn

I read this book for my two fairy tale challenges, The Fairy Tales Retold Challenge and the Telling Tales Challenge. I may consider this for the Classic Double Challenge too, but I will wait and see.

After his wife Vivienne leaves and does not return, Sir Ethan decides to never let his twelve daughters out of his sight. The girls grow up sheltered and eager to break out of their walled in manor house. Rowena the youngest manages to make a hole in the wall and visit the forest. While in there, she has a vision and sees a young knight fighting in a battle. Bedivere is fighting for his life, when he is temporarily transported to a forest where he sees a beautiful young woman. When he is transported back, he is the only survivor of a battle and he promises the dying King Arthur, he will return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake. Bedivere is the last Knight of the Round Table and so he intends to fufill his vow. Rowena in the meantime finds a bowl which shows her a woman in trouble. Vivienne, the legendary Lady of the Lake, is trying to contact her daughters and save them from the evil Morgan le Fey, who wants Excalibur for herself. Can Bedivere find the Lady of the Lake and the young woman who saved his life and won his heart and will the girls find their mother in time?

This story combined elements both of the King Arthur legends and the Twelve Dancing Princesses, both stories I would love to know more about, which is why I am considering a Classic Double Challenge. However, I may read those stories and do another retelling.

I think Weyn did a great job combining the two stories in a short, concise story. Since the story was only around 200 pages, she only fleshed out a few of the characters. We only truly get to know the eldest and youngest sister, but that did not bother me too much. I thought it was a nice, sweet love story with just a little suspense. I can tell Weyn really researched the stories and the time period. This story really made me what to read the original tales. I have read several retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but I am not for sure if I have read the original. This one kept to some of the same elements as the other retellings, an absent mother and an overprotective father and one sister who is curious about the outside world. I have only watched Mists of Avalon, Merlin miniseries in the late 90s, and the Disney version of the Sword and the Stone for the King Arthur myths, so Bedivere was not present in those stories. I guess Morte d' Arthur would be the original source in the Arthur myths, but I am not for sure if there are others that would be considered original.

Favorite Character: Rowena. She was curious and refused to give up. She was loyal to Bedivere, even though he seemed just like a poor beggar.

Favorite Quote: "You went through the mystical forest that connects soul mates at the most profound level. In the bronze forest you shared your sadness and helped one another through it. When you passed that you looked to the future together. It is the silver grove of hope. In the golden forest you experienced the complete happiness of being together." That is what a relationship is sharing the good and the bad.

I enjoyed this short retelling and I love the whole Once Upon a Time series. This was not my favorite of the bunch, but it was still a good read. 4 cups of cocoa.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

This was my Random Read for January and I received an e-arc of this book from HarperCollins on Edelweiss.

Jinx's life has never been easy. First his mother was abducted by fairies and his father by werewolves. Then he was left with his step-father who remarried and has another child and since there is not enough food for everyone, his step-father takes him off the path to leave him at the mercy of the Urwald, the magical forest with all kinds of bloodthirsty magical creatures. Fortunately and unfortunately, a wizard named Simon sees his step-father attempting to abandon him and saves the boy from trolls, trolls who abduct his step-father. Jinx is left with Simon, who uses the boy as a servant, while keeping him away from magic and books, until Simon's wife Sophie comes for a visit. Sophie lives in Samara, a place that has banned wizard, and Sophie is Simon's conscience. Sophie demands Simon teach Jinx to read, quoting the Samaran saying, "Knowledge is Power." Simon also decided to teach Jinx magic and to finally allow him to walk on the path in the Urwald. It is there they met the Bonemaster, who puts terror in everyone's minds, a terror Jinx can physically see. Jinx has two special abilities in fact, seeing people's emotions in colors that surround them, and being able to talk to the trees. The Bonemaster seems interested in Jinx and Simon seems worried. The two make a trip to see a witch Dame Glimmer and Simon barters for ingredients from her. Simon works a magical spell and takes away Jinx's power of seeing emotions and Jinx fears he has taken even more than that. Jinx decides to leave and meets two other characters, Reven and Elfwyn, who both have curses placed on them. The three decide the only one who can help is the Bonemaster, and they put their lives and possibly more on the line.

Blackwood's writing style really captures your attention. Filled with the themes of love, loyalty, and friendship, the story is magical and plays with the idea of good and evil. It reminded me of the storytelling of Harry Potter, but for a little bit younger audience. I think upper elementary and lower middle school students would love this, particularly boys. I also loved it. The characters were humorous and most were big-hearted as well.

Favorite Character: Jinx. He is loyal to Simon, even after the incident, and loyal to his two friends. He may not always be nice, but he is caring. I also enjoyed Simon and Jinx's relationship, it is not quite the conventional adoptive father and son relationship, but they care for each other in a gruff, kind of sweet way.

Favorite Quotes: "'Knowledge is Power.' She threw the three words at him like a challenge, and they hung in the air between them, hovering on an updraft of fury."
"Even us evil wizards have our good days."
"'Life is dangerous, said Simon. Young people need to see the world."
"'Faint heart never won fair lady!' 'Dead heart never won fair lady either,' said Jinx."

Blackwood has some great descriptive language in the story and I liked Jinx's dry sense of humor. This was another 5 cups of cocoa book for me! I can think of several kids and a few adults who would enjoy reading Jinx.

Classic Double Challenge: And Then There Were None and Ten

So this time I decided to read the retelling before the classic. I chose for my first pair And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie and Ten by Gretchen McNeil. My standalone review for Ten is here.


I tend to read Agatha Christie novels when in a reading slump and I usually chose her Hercule Poirot stories. This was the first time I read And Then There Were None and I really enjoyed the suspense of who was going to die next and how it would fit in with the nursery rhyme.

Ten strangers are invited to an island by U. N. Owen. In some letters Owen is a man and others a woman and sometimes the name is badly written, so that the person is not for sure who the letter is from. The guests include a pious woman, a judge, a fast driver, a nanny, a man with a shady past, an ex-cop, a judge, and a doctor. There is also an elderly couple who are supposed to serve as butler and cook. Their host is detained, but each guest is shown to his or her room, which has a copy of the nursery rhyme Ten Little Soldiers. After dinner, a booming voice is heard announcing that each person is guilty of a murder and the victim's or victims' names or nationality in one case is listed and all ten people on the island are considered guilty. They learn they will be asked to answer for their crimes and while in an uproar the first guest dies. The group realizes quickly that one of them is the avenging murderer and they struggle to find the culprit, before it is too late.

Christie does a great job weaving together all the various stories behind the guests' "murders," the ones they supposedly committed. I did not have a clue who would be the avenger and I was surprised in the end. Watching the descent into guilt and madness was fascinating and frightening. I wanted to read Ten first, because I thought the Christie book would give away too much of the story of Ten, but that was not the case at all. I really enjoyed both books and like I said in Ten, I thought the writing style was very similar. Both are great at suspense.

Christie's story is a little more literary. She does focus more on the psychological aspect of her characters. Ten for me was just like the Scream movies and Lois Duncan books and movies and it did have a bit of a cheesy quality to it, but I liked that. I know other people did not like that, but for me it really did remind me of high school. I also think Ten shows the effects of bullying, but I don't want to give away any of the story, so I won't go any further with that. I loved that both books wove together a separate plot with the reasons behind the ten "murders/victims."

I think Christie's characters were better developed and you both loathed their actions and felt sorry for them. With Ten, I did not get as attached to the characters and I feel that the reasons behind their actions toward a particular person were not told in enough detail.

I enjoyed both books and definitely will read more books by these authors, if Gretchen McNeil writes more, which I hope she does.

Favorite Character: I chose Meg for Ten and for me Vera Claythorne and Judge Wargrave were the most interesting. The Judge is so stubborn and a bit self-righteous, and he was the best developed character. Vera was someone I felt sorry for and repulsed by. I tried to decided just how guilty she was and I still wonder, which makes her fascinating to me.

Favorite Quote: I already chose one for Ten, so I am putting a Christie quote on this post. "Many homicidal lunatics are very quiet unassuming people. Delightful fellows." "I don't feel this one is going to be of that kind." It is always the quiet ones you have to watch out for. ;)

Both books were 5 cups of cocoa books for me! If you want psychological suspense go for the Christie, if you want a teen horror/suspense go for Ten.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Goals


Thanks to Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre for hosting! The signup page is here.

I plan on averaging about 50 pages a day. This week it will be hard to find time to read, since I have a staff meeting, eye doctor appointment, and family and friends who are having difficulties, but I think I should be able to get around 50 pages read.

My books for this week are as follows: Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn, The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter, Mind Games by Kiersten White, The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa, and Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. I know I will not finish all of these, but I wanted a little variety for the week!

The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time)
Simon Pulse
 

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)
Harlequin (ARC)
The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)
Harlequin
The Red Garden
Crown

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)
HarperTeen (ARC)
 

Monday
Number of Pages Read: 47
Books Read From: Night Dance-40, Red Garden-7
Books Finished:0

Tuesday
Number of Pages Read:82
Books Read From:Iron Daughter-72, Night Dance-10
Books Finished:0

Wednesday
Number of Pages Read:2 ?! :(
Books Read From:Night Dance-2
Books Finished:0

Thursday
Number of Pages Read:77
Books Read From:Night Dance-60, Iron Daughter-17
Books Finished:0

Friday
Number of Pages Read:102
Books Read From:Night Dance-50-finished, Iron Daughter-14, Red Garden-14, Goddess Inheritance-24
Books Finished:1

Saturday
Number of Pages Read:36
Books Read From:Goddess Inheritance-15, Red Garden 21
Books Finished:0
I watched 5+ hours of Pride and Prejudice instead of reading.

Sunday
Number of Pages Read:80
Books Read From:Iron Daughter-46, Goddess Inheritance-24, Red Garden-10
Books Finished:0


Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge



2013 Bingo Challenge Button-01
The goal of this challenge is to try to read as many books as possible and make a bingo and possibly a blackout.
The board looks like this:


For more of the challenge rules click here. I don't plan on actually making a complete cover of the board, but I am going to try to read as many books as possible for this challenge. Since you can use books for other challenges, I should be able to make a horizontal BINGO if nothing else. I may try for the square as well, because there are several books I need to get off my TBR pile and several books I would love to re-read.
Thanks to Anne from Creativity’s Corner and Kristilyn from Reading in Winter for hosting!





 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

This is my first read for the New Authors Challenge and my retelling read for my first Classic Double challenge.

When you are invited to Jessica Lawrence's party, you don't say no. When Meg and her best friend Minnie receive invitations to go to a weekend long party at Jessica's parents' island house, Minnie is excited and Meg is a bit apprehensive. Meg knows Jessica does not like her, because she stole Minnie away when they were in the 7th grade, but she is willing to do anything for Minnie. When the two arrive on the island they meet the other guests, including Meg and Minnie's crush TJ and Jessica's new boytoy, Ben. There is also Minnie's ex Gunner and his new girlfriend Kumiko, a prissy girl named Vivian, Lori, who is a singer, and two gamer guys, Nathan and Kenny. When it is announced Jessica will not arrive until the next day, the ten decide to make the most of it. They decide to watch a DVD, but find only one in the house. It plays a creepy video and at the end announces Vengeance is Mine! The ten think it is just a practical joke, but then someone dies and as more deaths occur, it is up to Meg to figure out who is stalking the guests and just exactly what crimes they committed. Is someone else on the island or is there a madman in their midst? This twist on the Agatha Christie story will have you wondering if there will really be none at they end.

I loved this twist on the classic story. I am in the middle of the Christie novel, And Then There Were None and McNeil's flowed just as quickly as Christie's. I will make comparisons to the two in another post, but I am impressed with the similar writing styles. Ten was extremely hard to put down and I felt like the characters were well-developed. I know I gasped out loud at some of the scenes and loved trying to figure out the mystery with Meg.

Favorite Character: Meg. Meg is loyal to Minnie, but also not strong enough to really help her. Meg is a little too critical of herself at times, but she is smart and resourceful. She really grows at the end of the story and I thought her relationship with TJ was believable.

Favorite Quote: "I'll just read the first page, Meg said to herself. To find out who the owner is. No harm in that." I think this shows Meg's curiosity well and really anyone's when they find a diary.

This reminded me so much of the spooky teen horror movies I watched throughout high school, but in a good way! It was cleverly paced and the characters and suspense were great. Definitely 5 cups of cocoa! This was the perfect way to start off this year's reading!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is the first book in the series of the same name. Rose Hathaway's job is to guard Lissa Dragomir, the last of the Dragomir line. In order to do this, Rose has fled with Lissa, but is caught by other guardians, including Dimitri who is Lissa's assigned guardian. Lissa is a Moroi, a full vampire, and the Moroi are hunted by the Strigoi, who are immortal vampires who kill humans and Moroi to maintain their immortality. Rose is a Dhampir, a vampire/human hybrid, who has the extra strength of vampires, but without needing blood to survive. Lissa and Rose seem to have a special bond; Rose can sense Lissa's emotions and at times enter her thoughts. Rose wants to keep Lissa away from the mysterious Christian, whose parents were Strigoi, but he was not turned. Keeping the two apart proves as difficult as keeping her own feelings for Dimitri at bay. Rose will do anything to protect Lissa and when she fears Lissa may be target for her special abilities, Rose will put her own life on the line to save her.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! It has forbidden romance, (Rose and Dimitri, and to a lesser extent Lissa and Christian), action and complex relationships. It was also well-written and had some great sarcastic humor. I thought it would be just another vampire story, but it was a little something different. I loved the relationship between Rose and Lissa and their codependence on each other. Lissa is Rose's moral compass and Rose is Lissa's rock.

Favorite Character: Actually I loved both Rose and Lissa. They have a complex friendship, but they are loyal to each other no matter what. Rose is all sarcasm and bravado, while Lissa is fragile, but fierce.

Favorite Quote: "None of the bravado he usually showed was there. I guess there was "usually" and then there was being held in the grip of a really ripped, really tall, and really pissed-off Russian guy."

With plenty of suspense and a little romance, this was a quick and fun read! I definitely want to pick up Frostbite soon. 4.5 cups of cocoa!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon


Since I had fun doing the last read-a-thon, I thought this one looked like fun too! It is a no pressure, relaxed week in which you try to read books on your TBR lists and/or as I am going to do, books that are for all the different challenges I signed up for this year. I know I want to read The Goddess Inheritance and Mind Games this week, but I am not for sure what else I will add just yet. Thanks to Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre for hosting! The signup page is here.

My books for this week will be The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn, The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter, Mind Games by Kiersten White, and Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa. I will probably read from Red Garden by Alice Hoffman, when I want a YA break. I don't plan on finishing all these books, but I will try for around 50 pages a day.

Reading Stack #27

I hope to finish Jinx by the end of this week for my Random Read. I am also reading And Then There Were None for my Classics Double Pairing. I want to add two more books to the list, but they may have to wait until next week. I have The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter and Mind Games by Kiersten White waiting on my Kindle for me to read them and I really, really want to start them both! Hopefully I find some time this weekend. I also have to finish the reviews for Vampire Academy and Ten! What are you reading this week?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Floors by Patrick Carman

Floors is the first book in the Floors series and takes place in the Whippet Hotel. Merganzer D. Whippet's father left him with an interesting legacy. He is supposed to create wacky inventions and be good at it. Merganzer spent most of his time inventing strange and fabulous rooms in the Whippet Hotel. At the beginning of the story, Whippet has disappeared for over 100 days and on the 100th day, Leo, the son of the maintenance man finds a box in the duck elevator. One of Leo's job, since Mr. Whippet's disappearance is to walk the ducks who live on the top of the Whippet Hotel. The ducks are led by Betty, who is both smart and troublesome. Leo hides the box from everyone, but the new bellboy Remi sees it. Leo opens the box and learns about the wonders of the Whippet Hotel and cautiously includes Remi in the mystery left for him by Mr. Whippet. Leo must find all the boxes and solve the mystery or it could mean the end of the Whippet Hotel.

Full of zany characters and fantastic rooms, Floors is a great middle grades read. I loved meeting all the long-term residents, including the cape-wearing Captain Rickenbacker and Lillian Pompadore and her dog Hiney. Also how cool would it be to live in a hotel with a Pinball machine Room and a Cake Room!

Favorite Character: Leo. Leo is open to adventure and actually really responsible. He helps his dad with the maintenance duties, but still has fun just like any boy. He is also protective of his dad and thoughtful of others' feelings.

Favorite Quote: "You guys can team up all you want." Remi smiled. "But if there is a Cake Room in the place, I'll find it." This sounds exactly like me and I am fantasizing about a Cake Room now. Lemon cake with lemon icing or chocolate cake with chocolate icing would do nicely!

I though this was a fun and quirky story. I get to review the audio of 3 Below for School Library Journal, so I wanted to read/listen to the first one before I began the second. 4 cups of cocoa!

Bout of Books Wrap-up Post

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
 
I was able to finish Floors by Patrick Carman, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and Ten by Gretchen McNeil! I am 3/4 of the way through Jinx by Sage Blackwood and I started And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie last night. I read 629 pages total, which is at least double if not triple the number of pages I usually read in a week! I finished five challenges and found 8 new blogs to follow, which is more than the 5 new blogs and 2 challenges that I planned on, so that is great. I think it was a pretty successful read-a-thon! I can't wait until the next time.
Thanks again to Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal for hosting!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Year's Resolution Challenge: Ex Libris

Today's challenge is hosted by Ex Libris and is the New Year's Resolution Challenge.

"Pick a book and choose one or several characters from it and make up what would be their New Year's resolutions if they made any. No need to be realistic, the wilder the better! :-D"

I decided to pick Kendra from Bewitching by Alex Flinn.


Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles, #2)
Harper Teen

"I resolve not to give magic beans to anyone, no matter if his name is Jack."
"I resolve to let all bad boys continue to be bad and not turn them into beasts, pumpkins, mice, or any other living thing."
"No more shoes made of glass, because who wants glass shards in their feet."
"I will not eat from houses made of an edible substance, including gingerbread."
"I will not let anyone set me on fire, just for the fun of it. Just because I am a witch, does not mean I have to flaunt it."
"I will not give hair-growing tonic to any girls locked in towers."
"I resolve that I will ignore all of my resolutions and still interfere in the lives of others. After all what is life without a little magic. ;)"
Kendra

Bout of Books Day 6 update

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
 
I was finally able to sit down and read for an extended period of time. I finished Vampire Academy, Ten, and Floors!!! I am also a little over half way through with Jinx. I did not look at any new sites or do either challenge, but I have already met those goals. I loved Vampire Academy, was surprised by Ten, and enjoyed Floors. Hopefully I can write the reviews by the end of next week. I want to wait until I am free of a cold and flu medicine, so that the reviews make sense. :) Hope you all had productive and fun days reading!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bout of Books Day 5 update

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
Well yesterday was pretty terrible. I worked and then came home and ate and sleep. It was a very unproductive reading day. I did manage to read on my lunch break and in the morning. I read 28 pages of Vampire Academy, 1 page of Jinx, and 12 pages of Ten. I did no challenges and found no new blogs. :( Hopefully I can sit and read all day Saturday to make up for this!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bout of Books Day 4 Update

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
Yesterday I was able to read 82 pages, 68 pages of Ten and 14 pages of Vampire Academy. Both books are really good, I just wish I felt better! I did finish another CD of Floors. I did the Book Spin Poetry Challenge and found two new blogs to follow. I am feeling worse tonight, probably because I worked all week and didn't sleep well. Oh well, at least I have good books to look forward to!
Hope you all had a better day!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Spine Poem: Escape Through the Pages

Today's challenge is the Book Spine Poem hosted by Escape Through the Pages.
You use books you have on hand to make a poem. You can use only as many extra words as you have books.
Here is my poem:

Adios, Nirvana
Karma Bites
You Killed Wesley Payne
with your
BloodThirsty
Hunger

I used 5 books and two extra words. This was fun!

Bout of Books 6.0 Day 3 Update

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
 
I finished another CD in Floors and have started the third CD. I read only 60 pages yesterday, because I had to work overtime. I am really enjoying Vampire Academy and wish I could find more time to sit down and read it. Ten is really creeping me out, but in a good way. I found two new blogs to follow and participated in the Page 48 Challenge, which was really fun. Hope you all are making good progress!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bout of Books Day 2 Update

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
 
I felt a little better today, but actually read less pages. I finished 62 pages total, 46 in Vampire Academy and only 16 in Ten. I did one challenge the Cover Love challenge and found 1 more new blog to follow. I finished 1 CD of Floors, which is interesting. I think the Whippet Hotel would be a fun place to visit! I went to bed at 8 and actually slept the whole night! Hopefully my cold is going away.

The Page 48 Challenge: Booking in Heels

Today's Bout of Books challenge is hosted by Booking in Heels.

Here's how to join in:
  • Turn to page 48 of your current book, or 48% if you're using an e-reader.
  • Take the first complete sentence on that page and copy it.
  • Now you're going to continue the story! Ignoring the real plot or anything else you know about that book, add four new sentences of your very own. You can morph the plot completely, kill everybody off or go off on a huge tangent - anything goes!
So I turned to page 48 in Ten by Gretchen McNeil
"So you're Tara's cousin?" Lori asked

"So you're Tara's cousin?" Lori asked.
"No, I am her evil twin who also happens to be a half-vampire, half-fae, half-werewolf," Janie replied.
"Oh, I guess that is cool," Lori said as she glanced around for someone who was better at conversation.
 "So did you come here alone?" Janie asked while looking at Lori hungrily.

Maybe I have been reading too many paranormal books lately. :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cover Love: Ms. Buff

Ms. Buff's challenge was to pick your favorite cover or the funniest cover.
I am really bad about judging a book by its cover. I love beautiful covers and will sometimes checkout a book without reading any of the blurbs, just because it has a pretty, shiny cover. Some of my favorites include The Selection by Kiera Cass and Enchanted by Althea Kontis.

Enchanted (Woodcutter Series, #1)
Harcourt

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Harper Teen
But my favorite cover is Entwined by Heather Dixon. I love the fonts and the ivy and her beautiful dress! What are some of you favorite covers?
Entwined
Greenwillow Books

Bout of Books Day 1 Update

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
I ended up receiving two audiobooks to review in the mail today that are due by the 25 of this month. This changed my plans for audios, since one of the reviews is the second in the series, I have to listen/read to Floors by Patrick Carman. It looks interesting and should be a quick listen/read.
I finished one CD of Crescendo yesterday. I also read 46 pages in Vampire Academy and 26 pages in Ten, for a total of 72 pages. Not bad, considering I have a cold and went to bed by 8:20pm. I also found two new blogs to follow and completed one challenge! I should have just stayed up reading, since I couldn't breathe and therefore did not sleep, but around 5 hours. Hopefully today will be better!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Scientific Discovery: The Book Barbies

I am doing my first Bout of Books Challenge. It is the Scientific Discovery Challenge hosted by The Book Barbies. The challenge is the following:
You have made a scientific discovery (who knew you were so good at science?!) on how to bring fictional characters to life. The problem? The method still isn't *perfect,* so you can only bring two people to life, and they must return to the land of fiction in 30 days. Who will you choose as your bestie and your love interest for that one splendid month? (Feel free to add pictures if you like, but they are not required.)
 
I would choose Kat Bishop from Ally Carter's Heist Society series. I can just imagine all the fun and trouble we would get into. Kat is extremely loyal to her friends and will do anything from facing down a mob boss or robbing the world's securest museums. She also has a moral compass despite being the daughter of a thief.
Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)
Hyperion

For love interest, the choice is more difficult. Since I read mostly YA, the main heroes are a little too young for me. I do think Luke Garroway from the Mortal Instruments series would be nice. He loves books and loves unconditionally. He is a werewolf, which is a drawback, but he does protect Clary and Jocelyn as well as he does not attack humans. Also the actor playing him in the upcoming film is not bad looking and more my age. :)

Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner Picture
IMDB official photo

Who did you choose? To participate go to The Book Barbies blog.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 goals post

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

This is my second time participating in Bout of Books. The first time I finished my books and did one book challenge. I will try to do two challenges this time and look at around 5 new blogs during the week. My reading list will be

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Jinx by Sage Blackwood



My goal is to try to read at least 50 pages a day. I know I will not finish all of these books during the Bout of Books week, but I will read from these choices.
 
I will also be listening to Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick and hope to get about halfway through the audiobook. Since I know have two audio reviews to write, I will have to listen to Floors by Patrick Carman first.
 
Monday
Number of Pages Read: 1 CD finished, 72 pages
Challenges completed: Scientific Discovery (1)
Books finished: 0

Tuesday
Number of Pages Read:1 CD finished, 62 pages
Challenges completed: Cover Love (1)
Books finished:0
New Blogs viewed: 1 A Librarian's Library
 
Wednesday
Number of Pages Read: 1 CD finished, 60 pages
Challenges completed: Page 48 Challenge (1)
Books finished:0
New Blogs viewed: 2 Lose Time Reading and My Bookish Fairy Tale
 
Thursday
Number of Pages Read:1 CD finished, 82 pages
Challenges completed: Book Spine Poem (1)
Books finished:0
New Blogs viewed: 2 The Bookish Outsider and Vicky Thinks
 
Friday
Number of Pages Read:1 CD finished, 41 pages:(
Challenges completed:0
Books finished:0
New Blogs viewed:0
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Saturday
Number of Pages Read:237 pages
Challenges completed:0
Books finished:3 :)
New Blogs viewed:0
 
Sunday
Number of Pages Read:75 pages
Challenges completed: New Year's Resolution (1)
Books finished:0
New Blogs viewed: 1 A Geek's Bookshelf


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Reading Stack #27

I finished all of my books on the last reading stack, except a reread of Clockwork Prince, before the year ended. I am excited now that I can finally start some of the books for the various challenges I decided to do this year. On my stack now I have Jinx by Blackwood for my Random Read and Vampire Academy by Mead for the Paranormal Challenge. I have a few others I am browsing at the moment, but they will probably not be added until Bout of Books starts. So far I am enjoying the two on my stack. I have heard good things about VA and Jinx seems like a fun middle grades read. What are you reading this week?

January Random Read

Random Reads
This is a meme hosted by Sarah at imlovingbooks.com. You can choose to use Goodreads or create your own list or use your bookshelves. The idea is to use random.org and type in the number of books on your list. Whatever number you receive is your random read for the month. I have decided at least for the first few months to use the books on my Kindle as my list. I buy or get free far too many books on my Kindle and then never read them! I had a list of 200 and my random number was 106, which was Jinx by Sage Blackwood.
I received this from the publisher using Edelweiss. I love magical stories and this one has wizards, trolls, and an orphaned boy who may be more than what he seems.


Jinx
HarperCollins

This releases on January 8. My review is here.