31 December 2010

Let It Snow (Part III) - The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle


Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today's bestselling teen authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

30 December 2010

Let It Snow (Part II) - A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today's bestselling teen authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

29 December 2010

A Slice of Heaven - Part II

So I've got plenty of sequels going on here!  Jeez, you'd think I was an expert at this or something.

Anyways.

I'm pleased to announce that...wait for it...waaaaaiiiit for it...

I am completely broke.  That's right, folks.  I have absolutely nothing left to buy books with.  There is a measly, miserable amount of 45 cents burning a hole in my pocket right now.  But where did all that money go, you ask?

What else, genius?  Books, of course.

On the trek for books, I solved one of my childhood mysteries, by the way.  There's a ginormous bookstore here in Lexington called Joseph Beth.  Well, I remember going there when I was little but didn't know that it was a bookstore (I thought it was a library) and when I walked in and saw the huge dome and escalator, I recognized it.  Eureka!  That aside...

I went back to Half-Price Books (of course I did) and grabbed four more books.  Funny thing, that.  I came to Lexington with ONE book (Moon Called by Patricia Briggs) and I'm returning home with the whopping number of THIRTEEN!

These are the books I got today:

  • The Singer of All Songs - Kate Constable
  • The Cry of the Icemark - Stuart Hill
  • North of Beautiful - Justina Chen Headley (SIGNED)
  • The Thief Queen's Daughter - Elizabeth Haydon
Unfortunately, "North of Beautiful" came without a dust jacket BUT I figured I was willing to overlook that considering it was SIGNED!  I would take a picture but I have crappy light where I am so I'll wait for next week's IMM for that. :)

Here's all the books I got:

Aren't they BEAUTIFUL!? ^_^  I can't wait to get started!

I hope ya'll are having such an awesome week.  Did you know that "Sapphique by Catherine Fisher released yesterday?!  As soon as I'm back in Charlotte (and with money to burn) I'm getting that sucker, you know that boy. ^_^

If you're curious as to how in the world this could be a Part II post, check out Part I of Slice of Heaven here.

Let It Snow (Part I) - The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today's bestselling teen authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

28 December 2010

A Slice of Heaven

In vacationing in Kentucky with family this Christmas and here, they actually have a little slice of heaven for book lovers.  It's called Half-Price Books and it is FANTASTIC!  I spent a good hour in there, bought eight books and only paid $26 for them.  And since I had $39, I was kinda pissed.  When I heard the words "twenty-eight fifty-six," my immediate thought was, "Oh man, I could've gotten more books!"  And so my aunt had to hear all about it on the way back home. XD  But still.  I got some great books.  So I'm gonna share it with ya'll and then update when I go back tomorrow.  Cause trust and believe I will not return to Charlotte with $13 in my pocket.

A little note about Half-Price Books--it's a used bookstore.  People go in and sell them their books and the bookstore resells them for dirt cheap prices.  (Seriously, I found a British hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in good condition for ten dollars.)

  • Let It Snow -- Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Darkwing Omnibus by Alan Gibbons
  • The Glass Maker's Daughter by V. Briceland
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
I've already finished the first story in "Let It Snow" by Maureen Johnson (and freaking loved it, by the way).  I'm a few chapters in on John Green's story--HILARIOUS.

Happy Holidays everyone!

26 December 2010

White Christmas

I woke up this morning and BOOM!  A flash of bright white light through my window.  It is completely WHITE outside.  We've got nearly four inches of snow!  And as I told my lovely friend Linna @ 21 Pages (shameless name dropping), this is the first White Christmas Charlotte, NC has seen since 1947.  Can you say HISTORIC MOMENT!?

So I went out and took some pictures for ya'll. :)

My cat adores sitting on window sills.  You also get a good look at the falling snow. :)

WHERE'S MY FOOT!?

My German shepherd, Dora.

Look at that nose, Santa Buddy. XD

Not melting...frozen...

My backyard.

Out my front window.

I mean...seriously...wow.

The trademark of a historic moment. XD
I also have some video but it's pretty long and I can't edit videos worth a crap. XD So We'll all just make do with the pictures.  I spent a good half hour to forty-five minutes outside in the snow this morning.  So much so that I couldn't feel my thighs when I came back inside.  Fun times!  I think it's stopped snowing but it might be a while before all this stuff melts away...then again, this is Charlotte we're talking about.  So it might be gone by Wednesday for all I know.  :(  But due to the weather in the mountains (through which we have to pass in order to get to Kentucky) I'm not leaving until tomorrow.  So I'll have plenty of time to continue reading "The Exiled Queen" by Cinda Williams Chima.  I must admit.  I've started rereading "Moon Called" by Patricia Briggs and it's taken away from "The Exiled Queen".  But I can't help myself!  I love the Mercy Thompson series!

And as you can see, I've set up Intense Database commenting.  I want to be able to reply directly to everyone's comment and I figured this is easiest.  :)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! :)

25 December 2010

In My Mailbox (24) - Christmas Edition

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Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope ya'll got whatever you asked Santa for.  I got plenty of books this past week and plenty for Christmas! ^_^  So, naturally, I was having my own little party opening gifts this morning.  Very amusing when you're the only book lover in the family and you get a stack full of books instead of toys.

Not that I didn't get toys...XD

Anyways.  I've got pictures for ya'll!  (I got a new camera to replace my sad excuse for a digital camera so I can finally take pictures again!)

Personally, I don't think I can stomach eating Santa. XD

If anyone can solve a Rubix cube and explain it in NICE, EASY STEPS, please shoot me an email. :)

TOP: (left to right) "Narnia" by C.S. Lewis (All seven books), "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini, "Finnikin of the Rock" by Melina Marchetta, "Matched" by Allie Condie, "Ranger's Apprentice: The Burning Bridge" by John Flanagan.  BOTTOM: "The Eternal Ones" by Kirsten Miller, "Girl, Stolen" by April Henry, "Jellicoe Road" by Melina Marchetta, "Iron Kissed" by Patricia Briggs, "Blood Bound" by Patricia Briggs, "Moon Called" by Patricia Briggs

So, sufficed to say, I was totally thrilled this morning. :)  I FINALLY GOT SOME MERCY THOMPSON BOOKS!  *cough* And actually, "Matched" and "Jellicoe Road" are presents to myself.  "The Eternal Ones" and "Girl, Stolen" are compliments of my fantabulous blogger friend and the rest are from my mother. ^_^

With the Rubix Cube, seriously.  If you can solve a Rubix cube, lemme know.  Cause it'll just sit here on my desk, completely done, and I'll never be able to mess it up and redo it.  I've looked instructions up on the Internet but I can't make head or tails of any of them.  :(  So.

I also got some jewelry from my aunt (big surprise there.  I get jewelry from my aunt EVERY Christmas and birthday. XD)  I also got some awesome note cards, which I will definitely put into use.

Tomorrow afternoon, I leave for Kentucky.  I'll be able to blog because I'll have my computer but I probably won't because of...well...family.  And my family is weird so.  I will be treading softly until Thursday when I return to the relative comfort of my Charlotte home. XD

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday!

Cheers!

22 December 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY
"Possession"
by Elana Johnson

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

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Ms. Johnson is a totally awesome lady and I can't wait to read her debut YA novel "Possession".

Check out her awesome site here.

19 December 2010

In My Mailbox (23)

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"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Oh, hey ya'll!  I hope you're all having a great holiday so far!  I myself am having a good one, even though I've still got two lousy days of school left before I get off until January.  ^_^

This past week, I received my prize from my Water Shaper Re-Create a Cover contest hosted by the ever so lovely Kirthi of Pages! ^_^  It looks absolutely beautiful.  I had no idea the dust cover was actually translucent!  Pretty nifty.


Margot is the daughter of a king, but she is beloved by neither his court nor his kingdom. She has “water in her blood,” a trait associated with magic and looked upon with distaste and suspicion. When she meets Orrin, a foreign king who is respectful, not scornful, of her affinity for water, she flees with him to his castle by the sea, though she soon realizes he is not as benevolent as she first thought. Intertwined with Margot’s story is that of Bird, a storyteller who must tell stories for Orrin, though he can barely stand him. When Orrin steals the Book of the Sea, a magical gift given to Margot by her mother, Margot knows she must run away once again, and the threads of the two stories begin to intertwine.

A convincing and beautifully realized world, a strong-minded female protagonist, and elements of Celtic folklore mark this rich, multi-layered fantasy.

So actually, that's all I got this week.  I've been kept in due to school so I haven't been able to make a Borders run in a while.  But I'm totally psyched about "Water Shaper".  I can't wait to read it.


If you'd like to see my cover for Water Shaper, click here.
If you'd like to visit Kirthi's blog, Pages, click here.

Happy holidays everyone! :)

17 December 2010

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship. 

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.


Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

14 December 2010

Teaser Tuesday (7)

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THE SPLENDOR FALLS
by ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE 


Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

HARDCOVER EDITION
p.155

She squirmed to peer over my shoulder at the house.  Her low growl vibrated against my cheek, spread through me like a second shudder.  The hair on my arms rose, my spine tingling with the awareness of someone watching me.

I knew the feeling too well to mistake the sure electricity of an audience.  But this was different--the stinging rush of cold horror at being caught.  The heavy weight of dread sat on my heart like a stone.

Despite my fear, I couldn't make myself turn slowly; I whirled, like jumping in a frigid pool.  My gaze went unerringly up, to the second-floor balcony, and the French doors there.  Like the shadows before, the figure was a wisp of distinction that fled before my eye could focus on it.

But Gigi had seen it too.

Which meant that the watcher was real enough.  Only my reaction was nuts.  The thought was enough to spur me forward with purpose, leaving my fear behind me, as I headed for the house as quickly as my limping determination would carry me.

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You can view more about "The Splendor Falls" here.

Or visit Rosemary Clement-Moore's website here.

12 December 2010

In My Mailbox (22)

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So first of all, I'm pissed because Google Chrome won't work for me.  I've uninstalled it and re-installed it.  NO HELP!  *sigh*  Now I'm stuck with Firefox.

Anyways.  My hysteria over an internet browser aside...

I got a Secret Santa package this past week!
My Secret Santa was Missy @ Missy's Book Nook--and since she's just that awesome, make sure to check out her blog. ;)


Nothing lights up the season like a box of Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Truffles!

This had that type of paper that you just wanted to save 'cause it was so pretty.

And underneath that pretty paper?--"Nevermore" by Kelly Creagh, a prettiful notebook and a freaking AWESOME bookmark!
"The free spirit follows the path of the lone wolf."
So I was thoroughly psyched, having my own little happy party around my room. XD

I did get myself something this past week.

I got The Art of War by Sun Tzu that I thought was a perfect resource for my current story.  And I'm a sucker for battle strategy.  (My parents have no idea where this aspect of my character came from.)

I'm currently reading an awesome book called "The Splendor Falls" by Rosemary Clement-Moore.  I'm currently on page 120--a place which is held by my spiffy new bookmark! ^_^

Out This Week:
  • Wednesday, December 15th - Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
I'm hoping to get "Matched" by Allie Condie this week--a book I've been dying to read since forever. XD

Recent Reviews:
I hope everyone had an awesome week!

09 December 2010

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the no-nonsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free.

Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel—which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture—is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember.

05 December 2010

*This Is My Secret

* Title credits go to the ever wonderful Kristin Cashore (it's the title of her blog and I thought it was perfect enough to use--cause I'm unimaginative like that XD).

So perhaps a few of you know that I write.  This is because I don't generally talk about my writing.  And that's because this is a book review blog.  Then there was this little voice that said, "But look, Amelia, it says 'Book Reviews AND MORE' at the top!"  And so here I am getting schooled by my own conscious and that simply won't do.  So I'm going to talk a bit about my writing.

I think there's one MAJOR draw back to being a writer--for this writer, at least.  I get an idea and I write it down.  I build up around it, figure out names, figure out places and what I want to happen and all that jazz.  It's going wonderfully--I've got several chapters down already!  And all the other ideas I get when I watch a TV show or a movie I let fly around my head and eventually they'll fly through my ears.

But then something else happens.

Not last night, but the night before that, I had a dream.  And this is not like a dream where you wake up and *snap your fingers* it's gone.  It was the vivid dream, with characters and intrigue already set up!  It was only a few simple scenes but I such a good taste of what the characters were like.  I already had a conflict.  This has never happened to me before.  Make no mistake, I've been DYING for it to happen.  If only I could get something solid like that!

But I've already got a story...

A story I've been working on for months and months and have already gotten almost two hundred pages.  Sure, my plot is sinking like a stone and I'm all grown up and nowhere to go but there's a lot of work there.

Eventually, I'm like, okay...just write down the dream and leave it.  Okay fine.  I do that.  Oh!  There's another great scene!  I'll write that down too.  Oh snap, and there's a perfect plot right there.  Bam!

But I've already got a story...

So here I am.  I've got five pages of great scenes and many more already in my head.  And yet I've got over 150 pages of another story already written.  These other characters are tugging at me.  Many authors describe their characters this way.  They come calling, knocking insistently at the door, tapping on the glass to get your attention.  But in the past I've chased after an idea only to have it disappear on me.  Is this different?  I think so.  Because of the dream that inspired it.  It isn't an urban fantasy like the 150+ pages story I have and it isn't a life threatening adventure either (or yet).  It's a romance.  The death-threatening kind.  Very Romeo and Juliet in a way only medieval.

This is why it can really suck to be a writer.  Once the Otherworld of ideas realizes that you're a potential conduit to get out into the world, you're suddenly bombarded with hundreds of greedy souls.

At least, that's how it feels to me.

I've got two essays due tomorrow and a picky idea prickling at the edge of my mind, THIS CLOSE to breeching my defenses.  I've caved this far--allowing myself to put down a few scenes.  The real question I'm struggling with is, should I pool my energies into this new idea and leave my old story to simmer for a while?

What say you, advisor?


Just for you all, I recently found some great blog posts that speak strongly to me.

Will Ludwigsen - Aid and Comfort: I love his soft and gentle way of talking about the struggles of writing.  He really hit the nail on the head when he talks about approaching one's writing.

Anne Osterlund - Inadequacy:  I love this entire post.  (And the way she personifies her characters always makes me smile.)  



In My Mailbox (21)

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Welcome to another week of In My Mailbox!  I hope all of you have had an awesome past week. :)  I myself managed to go to Borders yesterday both for myself and my Secret Santa. ;)  The library was also on the agenda, so I have new books from there as well!

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Looking for Alibrandi
Melina Marchetta
first American edition, Orchard Books, 1999

There had never been a man in Josephine Alibrandi's life.  But now, in her senior year in high school, there are three.

Josephine's father, who left Sydney when Christina, Josephine's mother, was an unwed pregnant teenager, is back in town and increasingly involved in his daughter's life.  John Barton, polished and rich and bound for law school, is romantically interested in Josephine.  And so is Jacob Coote, a working-class boy, easy on the eyes, who moves Josephine in ways she never thought possible.

Set against the background of Sydney, Australia, and its vibrant Italian-Australian community, this emotionally charged novel follows a feisty heroine's struggle to balance the pressures of school, family and friends--while, at the same time, coming to understand herself.

The Hunchback Assignments
Arthur Slade
Wendy Lamb Books, 2009

A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.

The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.

The Splendor Falls
Rosemary Clement-Moore
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

Graceling
Kristin Cashore
Harcourt Children's Books, 2008

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight — she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme, and in her case horrifying, skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace — or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009

There were no surprises in Gatlin County. 
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.


Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

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I already own a copy of "Graceling" and "Beautiful Creatures" in hardcover but I bought paperback copies so that I can mark them up--highlight, write in the margins, slap sticky notes all over it.  They're some of my favorite books and so I wanna be able to mark just how they do it.  So besides those, the rest are from the library.

I cannot WAIT to begin reading "Looking for Alibrandi" by Melina Marchetta.  I recently read her fantasy novel, "Finnikin of the Rock" (which I couldn't find at Borders, by the way >.<) and I watched the trailer for "Looking for Alibrandi" and just couldn't wait to read it.  I was able to read the first few pages of it this morning but I won't be able to read any more until after I've finished with the two essays due tomorrow. >.>

I also entered The Bookshelf Sophisticate's Angel Star Re-Create a Cover Contest.  The prize is awesome!  A bracelet based on the book "Angel Star" by Jennifer Murgia.  You can click here to see my entry.  If you're into graphics and books, go enter! ^_^

Also, KIM  HARRGINTON is having a fantastic giveaway of her soon-to-be-published book CLARITY.  You can go enter here.

To writers:  I found this great post via Kristin Cashore's blog and I think it's something all you writers out there should read (even if you're a high and mighty published author XD).  Will Ludwigsen's post "Aid and Comfort"

Don't forget about the new "Ask an Author" feature located at the top of the page! :)

What did YOU get this week?


Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve


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.

02 December 2010

You Don't Want to Miss This Giveaway!

This is a direct copy from Monica's post @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog since I loved how she formatted it. XD  She's giving away a CRAPLOAD of books for the holidays!  I mean, this is practically obscene; it's that awesome.

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Teen Pack:
Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3)The JumbeeThe Iron King (Harlequin Teen)The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen)The Twin's DaughterSmudge's MarkNevermoreThe Fall (CHERUB)Hero-TypeBlood Feud (Drake Chronicles)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and HorrorPlain KateThe Ghost of Crutchfield HallToby and the Secrets of the TreeToby Alone


Some of these are ARCs, some are finished copies, the copy of Shiver is the UK edition, and Hero Type, The Iron Daughter, The Iron King, and Nevernore are signed! Plus I have a coveted Grim Rock to go with the Julie Kagawa books!

Adult Pack:
Seduce Me in Dreams: A Three Worlds NovelChild of Darkness (Lightworld/Darkworld)Demonfire: The DemonslayersPleasure: The ShadowdwellersRapture: The ShadowdwellersNocturnalEcstasy: The ShadowdwellersDrink of MeSexy Beast VIII  

All of the above are signed....continuing on:
39 and Still HoldingPretty PackagesIvory's AddictionDarkest HoursLove, Magic, ChristmasDeadly InfluenceThree Days in New York CityPick of the LitterWild Blue UnderAccidental Mates: Draco And RyuuMating SeasonSongs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed LoveThe Forever QueenStronger than Sin (Sin 2)Aching for AlwaysSecret Life of a Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 6)JeweledHaunted by Your TouchWeb of Lies (Elemental Assassin, Book 2)A Season of SeductionRaphaelDracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina HarkerRavished by a HighlanderShalador's Lady: A Black Jewels NovelTo Conquer Mr. DarcyThe Storm (Sons of Destiny)Blood Trinity: Book 1 in the Belador SeriesCase File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming (Harlequin Intrigue Series)Her Best Friend (Harlequin Superromance)A McKaslin HomecomingConfessions of a Jane Austen AddictMarrying For King's Millions (Silhouette Desire)The Postcard Killers [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]Lone Star Lovin': A Selection from Orchard Valley BridesBlack WingsMe, Myself and Why?

Some of these are ARCs, finished copies, and audiobooks!

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