28 November 2010

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Good day everyone!  :)  As you may (or may not) have noticed, I have posted up my brand spanking new layout--isn't it prettiful!?  I myself have been sick alllll through the holidays and even missed the two days of school we had last week before Thanksgiving break.  I am now hiding from my schoolwork--all of which is due tomorrow.

So not a lot of books for me this past week, but perhaps some really good ones!  My fabulous mother went to the library for me yesterday (the things parents will do when you're sick) and picked up some books that I had on hold there.  I'm also currently reading "The Betrayal of Maggie Blair" by Elizabeth Laird which is a fascinating book set in Scotland about a girl that just can't catch a break.

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Here Lies Arthur
Philip Reeve
Scholastic Press, 2008

Gwynna is just a girl who is forced to run when her village is attacked and burns to the ground. To her horror, she is discovered in the wood. But it is Myrddin the bard who has found her, a traveler and spinner of tales. He agrees to protect Gwynna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwynna is frightened but intrigued-and says yes-for this Myrddin serves the young, rough, and powerful Arthur. In the course of their travels, Myrddin transforms Gwynna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It is part of a plot to transform Arthur from the leader of a ragtag war band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.

If Gwynna and Myrrdin's trickery is discovered, what will become of Gwynna? Worse, what will become of Arthur? Only the endless battling, the mighty belief of men, and the sheer cunning of one remarkable girl will tell.

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Hex Hall
Rachel Hawkins
Hyperion, 2010

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

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So I FINALLY got "Hex Hall" by Rachel Hawkins.  I've been dying to read this book for forever and I finally got my hands on it!  Mwhahahahahaha!

Recent Reviews:
Upcoming Reviews:
  • The Betrayal of Maggie Blair - Elizabeth Laird
NEWS FLASH!
I am starting a new feature called "Ask an Author".  I haven't done author interviews in a while but I'm hoping to pick back up.  And so, I had a thought that wouldn't it be great if my followers could submit questions to some of their favorite authors if I get to interview them?  And in the same stroke, it will also give me a list of potential authors to interview!

Check out the "Ask an Author" page at the top of the blog to find out how. :)

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I hope everyone's had a great holiday!

I've been found out!  The schoolwork has FOUND ME!