30 April 2011

Saturday Showcase

So this week has been…kinda tough.  I’ve got horrifying exams coming up (mostly the Big One, the almighty AP exam for AP US History—affectionately known as APUSH).  Also, I’ve been having problems with my once lovely Windows Live Writer (don’t glare at me like that, WLW, or I will delete you) and generally life is just not going for me, so much so that I really don’t feel like reading.  I really really really really want to get out of my house this weekend but that’s kinda not gonna happen because I have to study (STUDY!?) for exams.

Rant over.

(I’m in the mood to read a really crappy book.)

Just thought I’d throw that in there.  See if you were paying attention.  Though if you’re reading this post at all, I’m going to assume that you’re going to want to pay attention in the first place.

Whatever.  It’s early for a Saturday.  Sue me.

So I’ve collected some stuff over the past week (especially videos) that I wanted to share with you guys. 
First, Ms. Jackson Pearce, author of SISTERS RED (great book, albeit a smidge creepy)…Lemme just say that she is absolutely hilarious to watch and she bears a striking resemblance and countenance to Melissa Joan Hart.
Ms. Jackson Pearce–Subscribe to her. She’s a riot.
And then.  If you are a blogger and have any blogging life at all and you are also a big fan of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater…then you should already know about this next video.
Maggie Stiefvater’s awesomesauceness.

Happy Saturday y’all!

29 April 2011

Follow Friday (8)

(I have no idea what all the “8”s are about…like, seriously…#8 for Teaser Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday as well…creepy…)

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee’s View.

If this is your first time stopping by Le Blog, then let me introduce myself!  I’m Amelia!  *insert wild waving here*  I’m a teen with a somewhat pathetic obsession with books—and that they remain in perfect, store-bought condition.  (I mean, I’m a sucker for a well-loved book as much as the next person, but you dog ear my pages and you are in Trouble.)

Here at Le Blog, I review almost every book I read (unless I’m a slacker and never get around to writing up a review—which rarely happens, I promise.  There are only TWO books to this day that I haven’t reviewed yet…).  And I read mostly urban fantasy (stuff like the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater and the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl) and medieval fantasy (stuff like the always awesome Seven Realms novels by Cinda Williams Chima and the late-coming Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini).  But I read some sci-fi.  I absolutely LOVE the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.  And I’ll pick up any YA book of Rick Riordan’s.

That’s not to say I don’t read contemporary, though.  Just not as much.  But I own almost all of Sarah Dessen’s novels (I don’t own Dreamland—talk of an abusive boyfriend kinda freaks me out and makes me just a wee bit paranoid).  I also love contemporaries liiiiike…Kieran Scott (I Was a Non-Blond Cheerleader), Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls—I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You), Julia Hoban (Willow) and John Green (Looking for Alaska).

Long list, yes.  BUT!  I also read a few adult series.  (Seriously, only, like, two.  I have a very chaste mindset…sorta.)  My favorite series in the whole wide world (besides Harry Potter, duh) is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.  (Includes Moon Called, Blood Bound and Iron Kissed)  Love, love, LOVE that series.  But I only own the first three…Yeah, that’s kind of annoying.  I also picked up a new adult series that came highly recommended and that is the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent.  (Includes Stray, Rogue, Pride)  And technically…Maria V. Snyder’s Study series is for adults but it is TOTALLY appropriate for young adults too.  (Includes Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study)  And I own all of Maria V. Snyder’s books too.

Okay.  Enough listing.

Besides books (is there such a thing?), I am a graphic designer.  All the graphics on my blog were made by yours truly.  I am also a struggling writer (meaning I’m in that endearing stage where I can’t get past the first thirty pages). 

If allll of that hasn’t scared you away, then do stay awhile and look around. :)

Happy Friday!

28 April 2011

Release of EXILE by Anne Osterlund

Today…today…Ladies and gentlemen, let me inform you—and perhaps remind you—that today, Exile by Anne Osterlund is being released to the eagerly howling public. 

A few brief words on Exile and the author, Anne Osterlund.

Exile was a fantastic sequel to the first book Aurelia.  It was a series—a world, a cast of characters and a writing style—that I fell in love with immediately.  Aurelia is tenacious and clever and Robert is not your average, every-day stock hero.  In Exile, there was so much that I didn’t expect but I absolutely devoured it.  The characters expanded, as did the reader’s knowledge of the world and the writing style matured.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Osterlund last year.  She is one fantastic lady.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about (for shame!) then let me further indulge in your curious literary senses.

For a princess, love might be the most dangerous vice of all.

Crown princess Aurelia is a survivor.  She survived attempted assassination.  She survived the king’s rejection.  She survived her mother’s abandonment.  And now, in exile, she must survive her kingdom—from hostile crowds to raw frontier to desert sands.  But even as unknown assailants track Aurelia and expedition guide Robert, she knows what her greatest risk is: falling in love.

My review

Add Exile to Goodreads

Visit Ms. Osterlund’s website –> AND visit her blog!

Purchase Exile here (if you haven’t gotten around to it…*stink eye*)

27 April 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?

Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.
I bought, read and LOVED the first book The Red PyramidI’ve loved Rick Riordan’s books for a while now—I absolutely love his Percy Jackson and the Olympian novels.  (Actually, I need to reread them and post reviews!)  So this one comes out in roughly two weeks.  Can’t wait!

Learn more at the Goodreads page here.

Coming May 3!

26 April 2011

Teaser Tuesday (8)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

So this is just one of those things I happen to do oh, say, every five months or so.  Don’t know why.  I’m just a slacker that way.  But I really need to get back up on that ol’ saddle and start doing my Waiting on Wednesdays and Follow Fridays and stuff.

Anyways.  The teaser I’d like to share with you today goes as follows…

The Naming

Allison Croggon

The hair on the back of Maerad’s neck prickled.  She had a strange, taunt feeling, as if there were about to be a storm and the air was crackling with imminent lightning.  She looked around the byre.

Excerpted from the paperback edition p. 6

You can add The Naming to your Goodreads here.

You can visit Allison Croggon’s website here.

Feel free to leave a link to your own teaser!

25 April 2011

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: He is Weirlind; part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre magical heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind he’s one of the last of the warriors at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

18 April 2011

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music.  And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die.  James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening.  But the rest of the faeries are not as harmless.  As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala’s life and his soul.

17 April 2011

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness…

Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village.  North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country—and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home.  But North has secrets—about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey.  What does he want from her?  And why does North’s sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself?

Through a journey that spans a country, magic and hard-won romance are woven together with precision and brilliant design by a first-time novelist.

In My Mailbox (39)

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I actually don’t have any books this week…

But, it is Spring Break. :)

Although I will be in Kentucky the last half of Spring Break, I’ll be reading the rest of the time and will make sure to be more prompt with my reviews.  I know I promised Brightly Woven last week and wow!  Didn’t produce, did I?  Anyways.  The teachers have been trying to get as much work in as possible before Spring Break.  AND I have AP exams coming up in…two weeks?  Yeah.  Short time. 


I’ll have a CRAPLOAD of books to show you next week, because I’ll be going to Half-Price Books and I just got paid!

Yep.  I’m happy.

I’m also currently reading The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima.

I did want to put this post up just so y’all can leave links to your IMMs! :)

What did you get in YOUR mailbox?

14 April 2011

Updated 2011 D.A.C.


^^I noticed I start a lot of blog posts that way.  Should consider breaking that habit.

Shockingly, I’ve hardly read any of the debut books I set out to read this year.  (Though I do concede the fact that it’s still only April.)  I really should dictate a solid reading schedule with the most recent books first but…obviously, I’m a very erratic reader.  And it’ll only get worse when I hit Half-Price Books like a storm when I go to my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky over spring break.  Who knows what I’ll pick up there.

In point, here is an updated list of books I’ve read and books I plan to read this year for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.  (Hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren.)

When I finish one of these books, the title will be moved to the top of the list and put in italics.  All books below the italicized titles are in order of publication date.

All links go to the respective reviews.

2011 Debut Author’s Books

  • Darkness Becomes Her – Kelly Keaton
  • XVI – Julia Karr
  • The Water Wars – Cameron Stracher
  • Unearthly – Cynthia Hand
  • Timeless – Alexandra Monir
  • The Iron Witch – Karen Mahoney
  • Where I Belong – Gwendolyn Heasley
  • Angelfire – Courtney Allison Moulton
  • Clarity – Kim Harrington
  • Falling Under – Gwen Hayes
  • Entwined – Heather Dixon
  • Divergent – Veronica Roth
  • Possession – Elana Johnson
  • Griffin Rising – Darby Karchut
  • Bad Taste In Boys – Carrie Harris
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

10 April 2011

In My Mailbox (38)

In My Mailbox - A meme by the Story Siren
Today is a cold a dreary looking Sunday.  It’s past nine o’clock and there’s still mist hanging around the ginormous tree at the top of my street.  Really, a rotten kind of Sunday.  With this weather, I’d rather it be Tuesday or Thursday, something that starts with ‘T’.  Nothing that starts with ‘S’.  I must write in protest to my Congressman.

This week, I got to go to the library (cause really, we bookworms must get out of the house every now and then).  One of the books I checked out (on Thursday), I finished yesterday.  (Smashing good book.)

From the Library

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve tried…three times now?…to take the time to read this book but it hasn’t happened yet.  So I’m trying to buckle down and read it because I have it on good authorities that it’s awesome.

Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce – It’s Tamora Pierce…nuff said.

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken – I would never have read this book if I hadn’t somehow ended up on Alexandra Bracken’s website.  I started reading her blog, was totally captured, and checked Brightly Woven out the next day.  Next time I’m at Borders, I’m buying this.

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede – I saw this on the library shelf, had already researched it a bit, and decided to check it out.  I was in the mood for a short, inspiring read.

For Review

^^ It’s so cool to say that now. ;)

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Ravenwild by Peter J. Plasse – When presented with this, I thought it sounded really awesome.  Just the cover tells how good it has to be, right?  I’ll probably latch onto this after my library store is out.

Warriors of the Cross by T.R. Graves – Ms. Graves is a cool lady.  Her story looks like something I could really get into.  And the swag? Totally awesome plus.

In other news…

I have a new personal blog.  I wanted something fresh and new, something I hadn’t contaminated yet. ;)  So if you’re into reading rants, stop by 3 Vintage Muffins for a chat.

Stop by tomorrow for a review of Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken.

Please note that my Graphic Requests Center is now reopened. :)

What did you get in YOUR mailbox?