27 February 2011

In My Mailbox (33)

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So in a famous fit of insanity, I decided to go ahead and put up my new layout.  Snazzy, yes?  Even though I defiled the name of a writer and spelled TRROUBLE wrong….*nods sadly*…

Okay.  Let’s boogie.

I got ONE book this past week.  (Better than nothing, yes, but STILL!)  I can’t say one miserable book because this book was far from miserable.  I freaking loved this book.  I finished it the same day I got it.  So maybe I won’t request to have it in my coffin with me when I’m buried (maybe cremated? O.o) but I’d definitely put it on my kid’s bookshelves.  (If kids come into the picture at all…o.o)

The Reckoning
Kelley Armstrong
^^just in case you can’t see it quite obviously on the cover^^

I’m horrendously behind on my reviews (inner voice ranting redacted) but I promise to write an awesome review for this book.  I can’t buy the whole series until this book comes out in paperback (in freaking APRIL!) so we need some space-time continuum manipulation here before I die from suspense and NEVER get to own the series.  *sigh*  My life…

I can make a promise right here and now for next week: Imma gonna ransack my school library like my brother’s ransacked the doughnuts this morning!  I want BOOKS to show OFF!  And if we all believe hard enough, it may come true!

And finally….New York City can take a breath of relief because I don’t hate it AS MUCH now….since, you know, they have a GREAT country radio station I can get on my iPod.  New York City, I’ll forgive you a little bit for hosting all the crappiest urban fantasy stories (except Twilight, since that takes place in the middle of god awful NOWHERE and has werewolves and vampires vying to see who’s more macho…>>werewolves ftw!).  And if anyone wants to make a remark about how listening to country means I have no life (says one of my friends on Facebook…with CONVICTION) I will attack you with a marshmallow launcher.

Anywhoo…

Did you know that you can now keep track of my upcoming reviews by that nifty little widget to the side there?  Yeah.  That’s just awesome right?  Yeah.  You’re welcome. ^_^

What did ya’ll get in YOUR mailboxes this week?

26 February 2011

The Buccaneer’s Apprentice by V. Briceland


On his first sea voyage away from the magical city of Cassaforte, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore awakens to find the vessel overrun by marauding pirates—and everyone else on board kidnapped or killed. After slaying the pirate who attacked him, Nic tosses a torch into a cache of gunpowder and blows up the ship.

Washed up on a deserted island, Nic and a motley crew of castaways decide to commandeer the pirate ship to get home. They battle pirates, assassins, and a cursed ship with a powerful secret while racing against time to save Cassaforte from a diabolical plot.

20 February 2011

In My Mailbox (31+32)

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Just in case you didn’t read my latest memo: no, I am not dead and I don’t plan to be dead in the foreseeable future.  (And if you’re a psychic and see me lying dead in a ditch somewhere next week, give me the benefit of the doubt.  My beloved mouse wasn’t working right and when I blew on it to get the grit out, I nearly wet myself because I’ve had way too much soda.  And I’ve got a crapload of stuff due tomorrow that I didn’t get done yesterday because I planned Scrabble all day with my dad and watched Iron Man 2.  My CS3 won’t play nice with other programs, my camera doesn’t want to shoot video and this morning, my dog stole and proceeded to eat a stick of butter off the counter.  In other words, psychics, let me die suddenly and unexpectedly.  Otherwise it would mess up my schedule…)

So.  Last week, I was supposed to share with you several pictures my father took of my flushed face and wild hair that was the product of me running through the upstairs, clutching my first ever ARC to my chest.  I blame Darby Karchut because she was awesome enough to ask me if I’d like to review her book (and so, duh, I said yes, hello elemental stories, anyone?).  But I don’t have those pictures today.  Sorry bout that. 

I do have pictures of all the books I got these past two weeks, since I was a dork last week and didn’t get up my IMM post.

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Deadly Little Secret | Deadly Little Lies
Laurie Faria Stolarz

I’ve read SECRET before, but I checked it out just in case I needed to reread it in order to understand LIES.  LIES was one of those books that I read so fast that I didn’t even remember to put it as “currently-reading”.  The book frustrated me to no end but I had fun with it, too.  So it [the review] will be up sometime this week.

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Pride and Prejudice | In the Forests of the Night
Jane Austen  |  Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Both of these came from my school library (now they have to bear the brunt of my reading craze because I pass the library on my way to lunch and after I was in there last week with my English class, I realized that they actually have some really good books in there, soo…).  FORESTS was recommended to me by a fellow book lover in my English class and I’ve read Atwater’s stuff before, so when I found it, I checked it out.  As for PRIDE, I absolutely adore the movie with Kiera Knightley so when I found this lurking near FORESTS, I checked it out, too.

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Griffin Rising
Darby Karchut

Dun dundun duuuunnnnn!!!  My very first ARC ever received first hand.  My underground book provider, secret codename: Punch, has passed along several ARCs to me but this is the first one I’ve gotten from the author.  Ms. Karchut is one helluva awesome lady and didn’t mind in the slightest that I  sent her a slightly overwhelming, possibly hysterical email expressing my thanks when I got her book in the mail.  OH!  And a bracelet too!  I totally forgot to take a picture of it.  I’m so used to it being on my wrist that I totally forgot.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to contribute a lot of time to her work yet (though I am about thirty pages into her book).

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Just for Kicks
The Cat

I thought it was hilarious when my cat randomly decided to steal my chair one day so I took a picture.

What did ya’ll get in YOUR mailboxes?

18 February 2011

I’m Sorta Back….

So if I could turn your attention to the date above my last post (the one prior to this one).  You might notice that it reads “February 6, 2011”—which is almost two weeks ago.  Normally, I don’t go so long without posting at least something but I couldn’t even get to my In My Mailbox post this past week.  The only literary-related stuff I’ve been able to get to do is read (a few minutes during school) and use the Goodreads app on my ipod to troll for new books.  As usual, I’m busier than ever with school and since I’m home for today, I’ve set my sights on my blog and the things I gotta do to get it back up to date.  This also encompasses emails as well. 

So I just wanted to say plainly that I am not dead—yet—though I very well might die when midterms roll around next month.  I am getting to read a little bit and I’m currently reading several books.  I can’t wait to share them with you in a combo In My Mailbox this Sunday. :)

I hope everyone is doing well and that you’ve all got your noses in wonderful books!

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06 February 2011

In My Mailbox (30)

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So I finally got those books I ordered from BookDepository!  (The ones that I was sniffling over last week. XD)  I am TOTALLY psyched to share these books with you because they are most definitely my newfound FAVORITE series. :)

Bought

The Buccaneer’s Apprentice
V. Briceland
Cassaforte Chronicles #2

On his first sea voyage away from the magical city of Cassaforte, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore awakens to find the vessel overrun by marauding pirates—and everyone else on board kidnapped or killed. After slaying the pirate who attacked him, Nic tosses a torch into a cache of gunpowder and blows up the ship.

Washed up on a deserted island, Nic and a motley crew of castaways decide to commandeer the pirate ship to get home. They battle pirates, assassins, and a cursed ship with a powerful secret while racing against time to save Cassaforte from a diabolical plot.

The Nascenza Conspiracy
V. Briceland
Cassaforte Chronicles #3

Volume III in the acclaimed Cassaforte Chronicles Petro Divetri—younger brother to famed sorceress Risa Divetri—wants to be left alone. His status as one of the seven ruling families in Cassaforte has saddled him with unwanted attention from bullies as well as those seeking favors. When Petro and his best friend Adrio are sent to far-off Nascenza for the Midsummer rituals, they swap identities. Their prank goes awry when Adrio, mistaken for Petro, is kidnapped by loyalists seeking to overthrow the king. With the help of palace guard Emilia, Petro must rescue his friend and defeat a political plot that threatens to wipe out all of Cassaforte.

Currently Reading

Jellicoe Road
Melina Marchetta

In this lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel, nothing is as it seems, and every clue leads to more questions.

At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor's the reluctant leader of her school's underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can't avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.

My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice.  It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.


So while I’m having a hard time with my school work, I do have awesome books in my reading pile.  “The Name of the Wind” is a great story so far, even though it takes forever for it to pick up in action.

Recent Reviews:

Upcoming Releases:

  • 2/8 – “Where I Belong” by Gwendolyn Heasley

Upcoming Reviews:

  • The Buccaneer’s Apprentice by V. Briceland

HAPPY READING!

02 February 2011

Willow by Julia Hoban

Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy—one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.

Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl’s struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy’s refusal to give up on her.