29 January 2011

In My Mailbox (29)

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So yeah.  I look freaking high in this video but hey, my head hurts but books make me happy enough to BEAR THE PAIN!  And I know books make ya’ll happy too, so that’s why I filmed the video.  My headache was most likely caused by my horrendous posture, but then again, staying up past midnight on a random Friday night was not the smartest idea in the world.  So yeah.  Enjoy the AWESOME video! XD

Note: I’m surprised I didn’t remember the slacking of the USPS and didn’t burst into tears.  I have two books that I ordered and they haven’t come yet!  *bawling*  They’re totally awesome books, too, or so I assume so.  I loved the first book and I’m DYING to read those other two books!!!  For God’s sake, USPS!  HURRY THE HECK UP!

Anyways…Proceed…

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From the library:

  • Willow – Julia Hoban
  • Hood – Stephen R. Lawhead

From my god awful school:

  • Elements of Literature (Fifth Edition/North Carolina Edition): Essentials of American Literature – published by Holt

Recent Reviews

Only ONE review this past week!  I’m totally slacking!

What should I read after “Hood” and “Willow”?  Decisions…decisions…
Paper Towns (John Green) or Sapphique (Catherine Fisher)?

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

24 January 2011

Happy Blogoversary to Me

I find it hard to believe that I created this blog only a year ago.  It certainly doesn’t feel like I’ve been blogging that long, but then again, I really haven’t.  I posted a few times a month; I didn’t really get going until the summer time, when I got to meet all you awesome bloggers and got welcomed into the community.

I suppose I should post a goal, yes?  Well, my goal is to create more resources for my followers.  I’m not quite sure what that entails yet but I’m hoping to figure out in the next year. :)

So honestly, being my blogoversary, I thought I would be the one getting stuff but in the blogosphere, it’s the other way around. XD  I think of Blogoversaries like birthdays, you know? LOL.  So.  I will be having a giveaway but I’m still figuring the details out.  I do have those three books (Fallen, Torment and Halo) that I mentioned I’ll be having a giveaway with, but I want something for Valentine’s Day too, since it’s right around the corner.

FYI:  My blogoversary giveaway is meshing with my 200 followers giveaway.

Truly, I am thankful for all the awesome bloggers I’ve been in contact with over the past year (or since the summer, whichever).  A special shoutout to Linna @ 21 Pages, Mariam @ Mariam Maarouf, Kirthi @ Pages, Eleni @ La Femme Readers and Ash @ Smash Attack Reads.  These lovelies have been the most influential to me since I really started going.  Linna and Kirthi were one of the first bloggers I contacted for advice (which I still follow).  Mariam is my fantastic Egyptian author friend.  ^_^  Her book?  Fantastic.  I already know it.  Even though I haven’t read it.  She’s fantastic, so her book will obviously reflect that.  Duh.  Eleni is a more recent awesome blogger friend, but her emails are freaking hilarious and she’s my underground book provider. ;) And possibly, the only person capable of turning down book offers  from me.  Must be the Brooklyn attitude.  Oy.  XD  And Ash!  Oh my goodness.  My best blogger friend ever.  Always willing to patiently sit through a hysterical email (she thinks those are funny XD) and offer good, sound advice to soothe my insane teenage brain.  (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHICA!) (AKA: Did ya’ll know that my blogoversary is the day before Ash’s birthday and her blogoversary is the day before my birthday?  Totally crazy!)

Without ya’ll, I would have totally given up.  I wouldn’t have made it through the summer but I have and I’m having so much fun blogging with ya’ll!  (And getting laughed at for saying “ya’ll” so much. XD)

Stay tuned for giveaway details! :)

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23 January 2011

In My Mailbox (28)

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Hello everyone! Good week?  I sure hope so. :)

So I only bought one book for myself this week—but I got two books for one of my awesome blogger friends who’s birthday is this week and she didn’t bother telling me until two days ago!  Wish I could tell you what I got her!  But then that would be completely counterproductive.

Anyways!

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Bought:
  • Lirael – Garth Nix (sequel to “Sabriel”)
  • Mystery Book for Friend #1
  • Mystery Book for Friend #2
Recent Reviews:
Upcoming Reviews:
  • The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan
I’ve ordered two books from BookDepository.com and I can’t wait for them to come in!  I need to hurry up and finish reading “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan before those books get here because as soon as they’re here, I’m devouring them.  I think I can do it.  I've got to go to school tomorrow and Tuesday for the makeup days because I’ve already missed my allowed 10 days this semester.  New semester starts Wednesday!  *sarcastic cheering*

EDIT

OH MY GOD!  So I'm a total idiot.  (It's Sunday morning, so cut me some slack.)  I received a package yesterday from the ever awesome Jennifer Murgia!  She send me my prize for winning the Angel Star Re-Create a Cover contest.  The prize?  An absolutely GORGEOUS bracelet and some awesome bookmarks.


AND my Mom graduated from her massage therapy school.  She gave a speech on Friday night at their graduation.  Thought maybe ya'll would like some pictures. :)

my mom, giving her speech

me and my mom -- me with my hair down, ew. XD


What did ya’ll get in your mailboxes?

22 January 2011

XVI by Julia Karr

Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.

19 January 2011

Torment by Lauren Kate - NR

* NR = Not Rated:  Because I have not finished this book, I cannot judge it in its entirety and will not give it a rating.  I have written this review because it is not a book I will pick up again.


Hell on earth. That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students -Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something - something dangerous. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

16 January 2011

In My Mailbox (27)

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Hello and good day to you! :)  I myself have had a pretty good week.  Got two books yesterday (and Oreos XD).

And um…yeah…sorry for the constant interruptions via animals.

The cat—Gigi—who we just call “Cat”, and my German shepherd, Dora. The goofball.


Bought:

  • XVI – Julia Karr
  • The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan

Recent Reviews:

Upcoming Reviews:

  • Torment – Lauren Kate

I was going through a few blogs of author’s that I stal—*cough*—follow and found a fascinating article about fatphobia in YA literature.  I felt very strongly about this article because it points out continuous flaws that are generally accepted by readers but that need to be fixed.  For instance, the life of being “fat” is never really explored—at least not widely.  You pick out almost any YA book and the cover will feature a thin model, the main character will be slender and the comic relief will be “a few pounds over curvy”.  I myself am about fifteen pounds over wholesome and some of my friends will tell me, “You aren’t fat.  Just work with what you have.” Yeah, doesn’t mean I don’t get depressed about those few extra pounds when it comes to clothes shopping.  Easy for my friends (thin that they are) to say that.

So I’d really like to see books that represent the REAL life of someone who is overweight.  I hate how it’s become almost a taboo, as if a book like that wouldn’t sell or something.  And if someone is going to write a book about it, they should just write it how it is.  It isn’t necessary to draw all the attention to that one person.  Just don’t always make them the comic relief or ugly or disgusting.

I think the author of this article really did a phenomenal job.  You can read it here.

Make sure to link up!

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15 January 2011

The Glass Maker’s Daughter by V. Briceland

Magic lies at the heart of Cassaforte, medieval city of bewitchments and intrigue. Cassaforte is home to sixteen-year-old Risa Divetri, whose fate is about to be decided by the gods.

Risa has led the sheltered life of a nobleman's daughter, but soon she plans to leave home to study the family craft-creating enchanted glass objects. When the gods are consulted to determine which school she will attend, the impossible happens: Risa remains unchosen. The rejection sends Risa into a spiral of shame, anger, and confusion. If she's not meant to be a glass maker, what will she do?

But when Cassaforte's age-old magic begins to unravel and dark forces threaten the kingdom, Risa's fiery spirit and untapped powers take her on a perilous journey—one that will lead her to her true destiny.

12 January 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

This week, I wanted to share with you a book I’ve been waiting for since forever.  I’ve had the joy and honor of interviewing this author (she’s one cool cucumber) and I own both her novels.

Crown Princess Aurelia stands in the face of exile. Behind her are the sister who tried to kill her and the father who ignored it. In front of her are the entire kingdom and Robert—the friend she can't help but fall in love with. Aurelia may finally be living her dream . . . but danger is not far behind. When Aurelia and Robert are betrayed by the very guards assigned to protect them, their expedition becomes a fight for survival that carries them from frontier to desert sands. Even with a hunter on their tail, the risks—to their lives, the throne, their hearts—only fuels Aurelia's determination to see her kingdom. And when their perilous journey is finally complete, she will discover just how much her people need her, and just how much of a risk loving Robert can be.

I absolutely loved Book One (“Aurelia”) as well as Anne Osterlund’s other work “Academy 7”.  As I said, I’ve had the honor of interviewing Ms. Osterlund and you can find said interview here.

"Exile” is set to release April 28th, 2011.

You can find my review of “Aurelia” here.
You can find my review of “Academy 7” here.

10 January 2011

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Lyra is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side.  But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the hart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears.  And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.

Philip Pullman’s award winning The Golden Compass is a masterwork of storytelling and suspense, critically acclaimed and hailed as a modern fantasy classic.


09 January 2011

In My Mailbox (26)

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Good morning my fellow book readers! :)  I hope ya’ll have had a wonderful, prosperous, book-filled week!  I myself have nothing to look forward to this week except for exams!  *sarcastic cheering*

So while my brother taunts me from downstairs with the luxurious smell of popcorn (it’s early, I know…but never early enough for popcorn), I will tell ya’ll what I got this past week.

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The Lost Saint – Bree Despain
Paper Towns – John Green

So…even though I only got TWO books this past week, it was made up for mentally because of the awesomeness of John Green!

Unfortunately, I will be returning “The Lost Saint” to its previous haunt.  Grace just pisses me off way too much.  Perhaps, when it enters my library system (eventually), I’ll pick it up.  Unless one of you, my fellow readers, believes I should really give this book a chance, then I will try my best to read all of it before I return it…

In other news…

I’m currently reading “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman.  I was inwardly expecting it to be a thick, boring read but it’s fascinating!  And it’s really gonna get me in trouble because I can’t put it down long enough to study…

Recent Reviews:

In some more news…

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve recently reached over 200 followers!  WHOO!  And on top of that, I have my blog’s first year anniversary coming up in little more than two weeks.  SO!  I’m putting together some giveaways for my followers.  :)  That will come at the end of the month, though.

I hope everyone has had an awesome week!  HAPPY READING!

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06 January 2011

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The tough, tender, and darkly funny story of a teenage outcast.

Melina Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t know hate her from a distance. It’s no use explaining to her parents; they’ve never known what her life is really like. The safest place for Melina is to be alone, insider her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she admitted it and let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have no choice. Melina would have to speak the truth.

05 January 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (6)


Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River—one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…
Note:  A few words have been edited from this summary due to spoiler content.  If you’ve read the entire series, don’t worry about it.  If you haven’t read it—or if you’re in the middle of reading it—I don’t want anything to be spoiled for you. :)

I freaking love this series.  Patricia Briggs is an ideal writer and storyteller and most of all, I love the main character, Mercy.  She’s completely awesome.  Definitely #1 on the Best Characters of All-Time.  (At least, paranormal-wise.)  I burned through the first five books (after a six-month—count it—six-month wait for book two) and I can’t wait for this next installment.  I hope Patricia Briggs keeps this series going as soon as possible…though…I have a feeling it’s winding down…Noooooooo!

Now, you gotta admit…that is one heckuva nice cover.  I love all of the covers to this series.  However, they give off a kind of trashy air.  When my aunt saw the cover to “Moon Called”, I expected her to have a cow.  (She’s didn’t…that would have been catastrophic…)

If you’re looking for a fresh, new paranormal read, definitely pick this series up. :)

The Mercy Thompson series:


You can add “River Marked” to your Goodreads here.

According to Goodreads, “River Marked” releases March 1st, though I’ve had it marked down for January 26th for some time now.  For now, let’s go with releases March 1st.


200 Followers!
As in, golly g minor, Batman!
Holy flipping fudge.
Ya'll are awesome.

04 January 2011

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller–2/5


Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.
In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

New Rating System

Hey ya’ll.  Just a bit of a heads up.  For those of you who read my reviews, you’ll notice a slight change in the ratings.

I’ve previously been using my own “Grading” system, which uses A, B, C, D, F like a school report type of thing.  I can’t really say what inspired me to think about changing, but from now on, I’m going to be using the number rating system.  I’ve decided to go with 1-5 instead of 1-10 because 1-5 is more widely used in the general community (like Goodreads). 

So that’s just a heads up before I post my next review with the rating system instead of grading. :)

Cheers, ya’ll. ^_^

NOTE:  Almost to 200 followers!  Been hovering at 195 for FOREVER but I'm almost there! :D
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02 January 2011

In My Mailbox (25)

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Alrighty…for those of you who are just stopping by for IMM, I went to a local bookstore in Lexington, KY called Half-Price Books.  I went to Kentucky with one book to my name (and $39) and came back to Charlotte with a whopping total of thirteen books (and a miserable amount of 45 cents in my pocket).  So all these books are used but I can’t wait to read them.
Witness my book craze…
Books: (not in any particular order)
  • Singer of All Songs – Kate Constable
  • Redwall – Brian Jacques
  • Gifts – Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Let It Snow –
    • The Jubilee Express – Maureen Johnson
    • A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle – John Green
    • The Patron Saint of Pigs – Lauren Myracle
  • Bad Girls Don’t Die – Katie Alender
  • The Darkwing Omnibus – Alan Gibbons
  • The Glass Maker’s Daughter – V. Briceland
  • The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  • North of Beautiful – Justina Chen Headley (SIGNED)
  • The Cry of the Icemark – Stuart Hill
  • The Thief Queen’s Daughter – Elizabeth Haydon
  • Sapphique – Catherine Fisher
So yeah.  Went pretty crazy last week.

Recent Reviews:

Help me out here?

I’m kinda stuck on what I should read next.  Out of the list above, if you have one that you’ve read (or really want reviewed) and you think I should read it PRONTO, then just drop me a note in your comment.  I’ve got school tomorrow, so don’t dilly dally. ;)

Link up!

Don’t forget to link to your IMM if you have one. :)
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The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima


*Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean he’s left danger far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. 

And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his tripe of cadets. Now the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education she needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

Everything changes when Han’s and Raisa’s paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cutthroat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs



Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.

Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.

She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.

But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself ... and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.