Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts WWW Wednesdays...
To play along just answer three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares.  It’s the 5th book in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. I think it’s technically a stand alone novel but it follows the same 4 characters only they are adults about to turn 30. So far, I really love it. It’s a difficult book to read but it gives you a lot to think about.


What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. It was a really good book. I will hopefully have the review up for it tomorrow.
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
I didn’t read any of the books that I mentioned last week, mainly because Bloodlines didn’t make it to my house before I finished Lament. However, Bloodlines by Richelle Mead is suppose to be at my house TODAY! so that is definitely going to be my next read.

What about you?
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fateful- Review plus GIVEAWAY!



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Goodreads Description:
It's about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that's not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who's ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she'd rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf ... one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You'd think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn't you?

But no. Their biggest problem -- though they don't know it yet -- is that they're aboard the RMS Titanic
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My Thoughts:
Fateful is a book that you know going in isn’t going to end well for a lot of the characters. You know how the story ends, you know what’s about to happen, but you are powerless to stop it. All you can do is sit back and hope that somehow the story changes or at the very least your favorite characters find a way out of this predicament. And that’s what I was doing the entire time.
I loved Tess. She was strong and determined. She knew what she wanted and was willing to work hard to get it. She didn’t expect things to be handed to her, but she knew her own self value. She understood that even though she was a servant she deserved a better life than the life she was living.
I enjoyed watching Tess and Alec’s relationship grow, but there were a couple of things I didn’t love about it. The first is the way he treats her in the beginning. I know I’ve complained about this before in other books but it just bothers me when the main guy does it. I get WHY they do, I just don’t like it. Also, there is a reference in there that Tess makes about how they wouldn’t have been together if Alec wasn't a werewolf. While I understand that this is most likely true, they are after all from two very different social standings, it makes me sad. But again, I understand why the reference was made. An upper class person dating a servant was completely unacceptable in those times so it is understandable that Tess would think about it.
I think Claudia Gray does a wonderful job of painting a picture of what the life of a servant was like and what life on the Titanic was like. The details seem factual and well researched, and were flawlessly executed.
Fateful is by far my favorite book by Claudia Gray. I really enjoyed the Evernight series but Claudia Gray takes this story to a whole new level. This book will have you dying to skip to the last page just to find out how this beautifully tragic story ends and if anyone is granted a happy ending…
Grade: A
In honor of the release of Fateful I am giving away a copy of Evernight. Also, if I reached 150 followers by the end of the giveaway I will include a copy of the second book, Stargazer. To enter fill out this FORM. Giveaway ends on 11:59pm September 13 (the day Fateful releases).
Giveaway has ended and winner has been notified! Thanks to all who entered!

In case you don't know what Evernight is about here's the book cover and the description from GoodReads.
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Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.
Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Pick-Me-Up

Monday Pick-Me-Up is a weekly post intended to get everyone over their Monday Blues by sharing quotes I thought were funny in the books I read the previous week. 



Currently, I am reading Lament by Maggie Stiefvater so this week's quote is from there. I am almost done with it and should have a review up soon. Hopefully, you will enjoy!



"When did you get so smart?"
He tapped his forehead. "Brain transplant. They put in a whale's. I'm passing all my classes with my eyes closed now, but I just can't get over this craving for krill." He shrugged. "And I feel sorry for the whale that got my brain. Probably swimming around Florida now trying to catch glimpses of girls in bikinis."

Lament


What’s your Monday Pick-Me-Up? Leave me a comment letting me know. I need all the laughs I can get!

Also, don’t forget to check back tomorrow for my review of Fateful (which I loved, by the way) and a Claudia Gray related giveaway!
Friday, August 26, 2011

My Week in a Nutshell

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My Week in a Nutshell is a weekly post I do on Friday or Saturday (depending on how busy I am) where I discuss what I’ve read this week and any other book related thoughts I have.

What I’ve Read this Week
I’m STILL reading on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  I am also reading Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. Earlier this week I finished Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Entice.
This week I’ve been doing something I don’t typically do. I’m reading two books at once. It’s not something I like doing, just because I like being able to completely absorb myself in a novel and reading two at once makes that more difficult. However, I made an exception to my own rule for two reasons. 1) Since I’m blogging and writing reviews now, I need to read books to review. I don’t see the point in reviewing Harry Potter since most of the world has already read it numerous times. 2) I read during my lunch break at work and Harry Potter is a heavy book to carry around so I’ve been leaving it at work and reading Lament at home on my Kindle.

Thoughts this Week
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about going back to school to get my Master’s in English-Creative Writing. I just have this feeling that I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Reading and writing are my passions. That’s what I should be doing (or something that incorporates those two things). So I have pretty much decided that in January I am going to go back (assuming that I get accepted).
We spend 40 hours a week at work, 40 HOURS . That’s a lot of time to spend doing something you don’t love.  It’s so important to figure out what your passions are and find a job that incorporates them.
I’ve also thought a lot about what I’m going to do with a degree in Creative Writing and I’m still not 100% sure what I’ll do. My dream job, of course, is to be a writer but it’s good to have a back-up plan. I think I would enjoy teaching college or high school English or working in a library. There’s a lot of young people out there that don’t read because the books they are being forced to read aren’t what they are interested in. My belief is that it’s not as much the subject matter that’s important as much as it is the fact that they’re reading, learning, and enjoying it.  

And that’s my week in a nut shell. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hot Topic Thursdays- Maggie Goes on a Diet



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On October 16, a book titled, Maggie Goes on a Diet  will be released. Now, if you haven’t heard of it you may be thinking it’s the latest diet book. Well, it isn’t. It’s a fictional book for children, more specifically elementary aged children. Let me explain.
This book is about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.” ( from Amazon.com).
My immediate response when I first heard about a book about dieting for children was, “That’s absurd! Who would write that? Who would publish that? Who would BUY it?” But then I thought back to the big hoopla (I'm not sure if that's even a word or it's spelled correctly, but I think you get my point) with “dark young adult books” and how angry I was that someone would make such outlandish claims and decided to take a step back and look into before I made my judgment. So I have.
First, let's take a look at the cover of the book.

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Immediately, when I look at this cover I think of people suffering from Anorexia and  have a distorted self image. I'm sure that was not their intentions (I hope not, anyway) but that's just what came to my mind.

Mr. Kramer also states that he wants children to read it and help them feel better about themselves. Again, I find a problem with his execution. Children should be taught to feel better about themselves by becoming comfortable and confident about who they are, not how others see them. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t love yourself, no one else can.”
I, also, found an article that had a quote from the author defending his book. "My intentions were just to write a story to entice and to have children feel better about themselves, discover a new way of eating, learn to do exercise, try to emulate Maggie and learn from Maggie's experience," Kramer told "Good Morning America" today. "Children are pretty smart ... and they will make a good choice if you give them that opportunity." (ABC News). I get the point he’s trying to make. Children these days are more obese than ever before. They need to learn to eat healthier and to be active. They have too. However, I think there’s a disconnect from the point he’s trying to make and the point he’s made. Telling a story about a young teenage girl losing weight and then instantly becoming popular is not the way to get children to have a healthier lifestyle. That sets kids up for failure. There are so many things that could go wrong along the way that will keep a child from receiving the outcome they have been promised. What if the child eats healthier, but just can’t lose the weight? What if the child does lose weight but still isn’t popular? Losing weight is not your one way to ticket to popularity, especially not in middle school.
While I admire Mr. Kramer’s attempt to put on spotlight on childhood obesity, I think his idea was poorly executed. Perhaps, his efforts would have been better received if he focused more on the idea of just eating healthy and being active. The word “diet” comes with a negative connotation, especially when you apply it to children. Sometimes it comes down to word choice. “Maggie Gets Healthy”, to me at least, sound better than “Maggie Goes on a Diet.”

I apologize if I ruffled anyone’s feathers that was not my intentions. This is simply my thoughts on the issue. Also, I am writing solely based on the information I have received about the book and the author, not the book itself. Perhaps, once the book is released and I have read it my position on the issue will change. Perhaps, not, only time will.
Let me know your thought in the comments!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

W.W.W. Wednesdays

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts WWW Wednesdays...
To play along just answer three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?




What are you currently reading?
I am currently read Lament by Maggie Stiefvater & I’m still reading on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

What did you recently finish reading?
Last week, I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey, and Entice by Carrie Jones.
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
I still have a ton of books on my TBR pile and I tend to choose based on my mood. Here’s a short list of the ones that are at the top of my list:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Entice Review



Goodreads Description

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever.
But that's not quite how things have worked out.

For starters, well, Nick is dead.
Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't just turned...she's Astley's queen
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Entice is the third book in Carrie Jones’s Need series. If you haven’t read the first two books, Need and Captivate, then you shouldn’t read Entice. Entice is definitely not a standalone novel and it does assume that you have read the first two novels.
I read the first two books back to back and I wish I would have gotten the third one and read it right after. I tend to enjoy a series more if I read them all at once.
Entice picks up right where Captivate left off. Nick is dead and Zara is a Pixie Queen. Zara turned Pixie so she could go to Valhalla to rescue Nick. The problem is no one is happy that she turned Pixie. Her friends and family don’t fully trust her. People are being killed left and right. She has no idea how to get to Valhalla and every lead they get ends in someone’s death. And then of course, there’s Astley, her king.
My thoughts
Okay, let me start off by saying that I love Astley. I liked him in Captivate but now I love him.  He is dedicated to helping Zara find Nick, even though, he knows that she should be with him. Sorry, I’m going to have to quote Astley here.
“I will find your wolf. I want you to want me because you want me, not because of grief, not because he is not here. I want you to love me for me. I want you to kiss me first and not because you need me to help you, but because you need to kiss me.”
After that, how could you not love Astley?
Another thing I loved was the twists and turns. The book is full of lies and deception, making it impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys. More than once, Astley and Zara put their trust in someone that betrays them. Twice, it ends in death.
There were some things that I weren’t too crazy about. First, I felt like some things were repetitive. I read the same line over and over, just in different parts of the novel. At one point I just wanted to say, “Okay, I get it. Please stop telling me!” Also, Zara kind of got on my nerves. She was so selfish! But what’s worse is that she tried to pretend she wasn’t. She tries to say that she wants to get Nick back because he’s the leader and they need him to win the war. I don’t agree with that. She wants to get him because she can’t deal with the grief.
Death around every corner and a love triangle that just got a lot more complicated…Entice is a great addition to the Need series.

Grade: B
Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Pick-Me-Up


Monday Pick-Me-Up is a weekly post intended to get everyone over their Monday Blues by sharing quotes I thought were funny in the books I read the previous week. 


Last week, I read Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey, Entice by Carrie Jones, and some of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I have pulled a quote from each of the books that I thought were really funny. Hopefully, you will too. Enjoy!


“Sir- I got a Ministry of Magic leaflet by owl, about security measures we should all take against the Death Eaters….”
“Yes, I received one myself,” said Dumbledore, still smiling. “Did you find it useful?”
“Not really.”
“No, I thought not. You have not asked me, for instance, what is my favorite flavor of jam, to check that I am indeed Professor Dumbledore and not an imposter.”
“I didn’t…” Harry began not entirely sure whether he was being reprimanded or not.
“For future reference Harry, it is raspberry…although of course,  if I were a Death Eater, I would have been sure to research my own jam preferences before impersonating myself.”
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince pg 62-62.

As you know, I have always been curious about our immortality…how it will feel to live on and on through time (assuming one avoids the stake, as I intend). I need speculate no longer, I have sampled eternity in Miss Campbell’s fifth period “social studies” class. Three days on the concept of “manifest destiny,” Vasile. THREE DAYS. I yearned to stand up, rip her lecture notes from her pallid hands, and scream, “Yes, America expanded westward! Is that not logical, given that Europeans settled on the eastern shore?” What else were they to do? Advance vainly into the sea?
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side pg 48

He unbuckles his seat belt. The flight attendant scoots right over. “Sir, I need you to sit down.”
He stares at her like she’s asked him to eat a truckful of Twinkies. His frustrations slams into me like a fist. It’s not intentional. I just feel it.
“The captain has turned the seat belt sign back on,” she insists.
We hit some turbulence just as she says, “Sir, I must—“
“He has diarrhea!” I interrupt.
Astley gasps and his whole face and even the tips of his ears redden. I feel a little bad about it, but it’s so going to work and, seriously, it was the thing I could think of.
Entice  pg 65

What’s your Monday Pick-Me-Up? Leave me a comment letting me know. I need all the laughs I can get!


Also, if you liked the quote from Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side don't forget to enter my giveaway for it here!
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side- Review




Goodreads Description

The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

My Thoughts

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side tells the story of Jessica Packwood, a typical American teenage girl. Or she was until the day Lucius Vladescu comes waltzing into her life making all of these outlandish claims. Claims that are so ludicrous, she refuses to even consider the possibility that they may be true. Vampires? Princess? Betrothed? How could she be a Romanian vampire princess engaged to the prince of one of the most powerful vampire clans in Romanian, she’s only 17?

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is a quick and easy read. The story gets going immediately and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. The chapters are short which keep the book going at a fast pace. Despite the fast pace, there weren’t a whole lot of surprises. It wasn’t difficult to figure out where the book was headed and how the book was going to end.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the character’s transformations. Jessica really was able to grow and mature. In the beginning Jessica was a quiet self-conscious girl but with Lucius’s guidance she learned how to handle situations and her own self value. Lucius also drew as a character. In the beginning of the book, Lucius was close minded and completely against the American lifestyle. He frequently made fun of the Packwoods and the way they lived. However, about halfway through you are able to see that Lucius has learned and accepted many of the positive aspects of the American life. I enjoyed seeing both Lucius and Jessica learn from one another and make each other a better person.

There were a few things that I didn’t like about the novel and I have seen it in several other novels. The guy tries to do the “right” thing but in order to the right thing he has to be a jerk to the girl. This really irritates me. Yes, it is admirable for the guy to sacrifice his feelings to protect the girl but can’t this be done without the guy turning into a complete jerk?  

Overall, I thought Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was an entertaining read. I will definitely pick up the sequel Jessica Rules the Dark Side (which I think has even more potential). If you are looking for something quick, easy, and entertaining this is your book.

Grade: B


Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Vampire Academy. Click here to enter!
Friday, August 19, 2011

My Week in a Nutshell

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My Week in a Nutshell will be a weekly post I do on Friday or Saturday (depending on how busy I am) where I will discuss what I’ve read this week and any other book related thoughts I have.

What I’ve Read this Week
So this week, as those of you who have already been reading my blog know, I have been reading Harry Potter…for the first time (gasp).  I am on Book 6 right now but decided to go ahead and watch the movies. One of the reasons for this is that I find if I read the book first, I tend not to like the movie as much. So, yesterday afternoon, I went and saw the final movie and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a couple of things that I don’t think were explained that well in the movie that makes me anxious to read the book.
Also, I decided to take a short break from Harry Potter and began reading Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Since I am giving it away on my blog, I figure I should probably post a review about it. When I first picked up the two copies at Booksamillion I thought I would have plenty of time to read and review it before the blog hop started but then I got sucked into the magical world of Harry Potter so I’m a little behind. I am almost done with it now and should have the review up tomorrow.

Thoughts this Week
Reading and watching Harry Potter has really made me think this week. Yesterday, after I finished watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt 2, I was left with this feeling of emptiness. I tend to get this feeling whenever I finish a really great series or book. As I read a book, I am always eager to see how the final chapter will play out and the fate of the characters I have grown to love. But as soon as I read the final line, I frantically turn the page hoping that there’s something more and am always left disappointed when I find that it really was the end.
I believe there are a couple of different reasons why I feel this way and I hoping that there is someone else out there that has experienced this as well. (I don’t want to be crazy)
I believe that there are many people who have probably experienced my first reason.  A great book allows readers to completely immerse themselves into that world. Readers become so absorbed that for the short time that we are reading it, it’s real. It’s no longer a fictional place but a real tangible place inside our mind that we are able to visit whenever we pick up the book.  When the story ends and we are suddenly ripped from the world that we not only came to know, but also, came to love, it makes sense for there to be a feeling of emptiness.  The end of the book is like the closing of the secret door to that magical world.

The second reason is one that I’m not sure everyone will relate to. I just hope that there is someone that will (so that I’m not crazy). This reason relates to the first one but it goes a little deeper. All of the stories that I truly love are the stories where the main characters are put in impossible situations where they have to choose between doing what is right or doing what is easy.  Their decisions decide the fate of the world. I know that no matter how long I live that I will never be put in a situation that determines the fate of the world. No matter what I do, my life will never be that significant. And that is what leaves me feeling empty. I want my life to have more purpose. I want my life to matter. I want the chance to do what’s right even if it’s difficult. As long as I reading it’s like can, but as soon as I’m done with the book it’s over. I do realize that the characters in the book face more challenges then anyone should have to, that their life is hard, and that they lose those they care about the most but they have the chance to do something great, to be someone great. And that’s awesome.

Now, that I rambled on, hopefully, you don’t think I’m crazy. If you don’t, let me know. If you do, don’t…I'm better off not knowing ;)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

When Love Isn't Enough-Review

Since I've been reading Harry Potter and pretty much everyone in the entire universe has already read them I decided to post a review for a book I read earlier in the summer. This book is NOT Young Adult and I do not recommend it for young readers, due to the content.  
Goodreads description
 "Samantha's second year of college started with heartbreak and betrayal. She'd completely given up on ever finding love again until a chance encounter put her in contact with the man who would change her life.
Tony never believed in love at first sight - until he laid eyes on Samantha. But within moments of meeting her, he knew without a doubt that she was the woman he was put on this earth to love. There was only one problem - Angela, his girlfriend of five years.
Tony doesn't want to hurt Angela, with whom he shares a rich history, but his connection to Samantha is undeniable. Angela, however, is not about to let the love of her life go without a fight.
When desperation takes a tragic turn, a chain of events unfolds that changes the course of all three of their lives forever. It is a heartbreaking tale of true love, terrible timing, impossible choices, and how you find the strength to go on when you discover that, sometimes, love just isn't enough..."


My Thoughts
When Love Isn't Enough isn't the type of book I typically read. However, I loved the title and the idea of having a book that's plot line revolves around that concept so I entered to win it on Goodreads...and I won! It was the first and only book I've won on here so I was super excited about getting. Once I received it though it sat on my TBR pile for several weeks. Finally, I decided I should go ahead and read it since the author (Stephanie Casher) was nice enough to give it to me and also sign it. So I read it and....ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!!

It had everything a good book needs; a great storyline, wonderful characters, a tragic love story, and a strong lead female. Samantha and Tony's love story is real and genuine. They have the type of love that everyone dreams of having, which makes it that much heartbreaking to sit back and watch all of the complications that arise in their relationships. While I didn't agree with several of Tony's decisions I did understand why he made them. He was put in an impossible situation and did what he thought he had to do and I could understand where he was coming from. Often in relationships people feel obligated to stay with a person just because they don't want to hurt the other person but unfortunately in the end staying with someone to keep from hurting them only makes everyone involved miserable which is evident in Tony's story.

Now several days later I still think about the book which is a sure-fire sign of a great book. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to come out and definitely recommend this book to anyone (age appropriate), even if this isn't your typical read!!

Grade:  A

Also, the e-book on Amazon is only $0.99
Click here to buy it.
Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Pick-Me-Up



I’ve decided to start a weekly post entitled Monday Pick-Me-Up. We all HATE Mondays (or at least I do) so I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a weekly post intended to help everyone get over their Monday blues.

I intended to start this last Monday but I had trouble coming up with something that would make everyone feel better. On Tuesday, (that’s me always a day late) I came up with the idea to post a funny passage from whatever book I’m currently reading.

Right now, I’m reading Harry Potter (yes, in this instance I realize I’m a decade behind instead of day, see my previous post here). I just finished Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix so my funny passages are going to come from that book.

Draco: "You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments".
"Yeah," said Harry, "but you, unlike me, are a git."

"Don't put your wand there , boy!" roared Moody. "What if it ignited? Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!"
"Who d'you know who's lost a buttock?" the violet-haired woman asked Mad-Eye interestedly.
"Never you mind, you just keep your wand out of your back pocket!" growled Mad-Eye. "Elementary wand safety, nobody bothers about it anymore...." He stumped off toward the kitchen. "And I saw that," he added irritably, as the woman rolled her eyes at the ceiling.
 What’s your Monday Pick-Me-Up? Leave me a comment letting me know. I need all the laughs I can get!

Show Me Your Teeth Giveaway Hop!

Show Me Your Teeth

In honor of the release of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, the gals at Me, My Shelf and I and Fictitious  Delicious decided to host a Show Me Your Teeth Giveaway Hop!  This is my first giveaway hop so I'm SUPER EXCITED! Okay, now for the details.

There with be two winners. One winner will win a mass market paperback copy of Vampire Academy (which includes the first chapter of Bloodlines) and one winner will win a paperback copy of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. The first winner will get their choice between the two and the second will get the other book. Winners will be chosen using Random.org Deadline to enter is 11:59 on August 23.

To enter fill out this Form

Contest Closed! Winners have been chosen and notified!

Following and tweeting about the giveaway is NOT required but will earn you extra entries. Don't forget to check out the other giveaways.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Winner is....

Huge thanks to everyone who voted for Jace. I’m not sure of the final numbers but I think he won by a fairly large margin. Now, Jace is headed to the final round against Zachary. The voting will begin tomorrow at 8am so don’t forget to support him again tomorrow.
Now, since he won I promised to giveaway a signed copy of Cassandra Clare’s latest book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels.
So the winner is
Unpredictable51 (Lisa)!
Congrats!
Again, thanks to everyone who voted and now follow my blog. I hope everyone supports Jace tomorrow and continues to read my blog!
Monday, August 8, 2011

Reasons Why YOU Should Vote for Jace plus Possible Giveaway

So as many of you probably know there’s this little thing that’s been going on for the last couple of weeks, the YA Crush Tournament. Today’s match-up is Jace vs. Ash. Now, while both of these men are very deserving of the title I am going to have to support Jace. How did I come about choosing to be a part of Team Jace you may ask?
Well, first off, as I scrolled though my twitter feed I couldn’t help but see all of the support for Team Ash. It seems like EVERYONE is on Team Ash. I believe part of this is because Ash is the underdog here and Jace has *crushed* all of his opponents so far. But still, with all of the Team Ash love out there, I think it’s only fair to show a little love for Team Jace.
Second of all, Jace is well, for lack of an adequate word, HOT. I mean have you read The Mortal Instruments? If not, WHY HAVEN’T YOU? Seriously. Go read them. Now.
Third of all, Cassandra Clare has promised a couple of things if Jace wins. First, the Manor House scene from City of Glass from Jace's POV which she promised will be spicy. Second, an outtake from City of Lost Souls. So there you go. Do you really need more incentive to vote for Jace? You do, really?
Okay, so if you’re still on the fence. I am willing to offer up one final incentive. IF Jace wins, then I’ll give away a signed copy of City of Fallen Angels.  
What do you have to do to win?
Vote for Jace here
Tweet a link to this post spreading the word about this giveaway and telling people to vote for Jace.
Leave a comment below telling me you did this with a way to contact you. Also, leave a link or twittername so I can check to make sure you tweeted.
Also, not required, but if you follow my blog you will get an extra entry.  
Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Decade Behind...

A Decade Behind….


I’m doing something I swore I NEVER would.  Something I actually laughed at others for doing.  Now, over a decade later here I am eating my own words. I. AM. READING. HARRY. POTTER. Yeah, I know. Like I said, I’m a decade behind.


So a decade or so ago when Harry Potter was first getting big, I remember thinking “Why would I want to read a book about a little kid being a wizard?” Needless to say, I never read it. As time went by and the movies were made I still held to that belief. It wasn’t until I was in the theater waiting to watch Eclipse and saw the trailer for the final movie (or first installment of the final movie) that I finally went, “Man, why haven’t I read this yet?”  Still, I put it off. Then, I saw the trailer for the last movie and finally decided to actually read them.


I had bought several of the books at various book sales that I had gone to but I didn’t have the first one so I borrowed it from a co-worker. I gotta say it did take me a while to really get into but by the end of the first book I was pretty invested and picked up the second book almost immediately which I already had. So my thoughts on Harry Potter?


Well, right now, I’m about halfway through the 4th book and I’ve really enjoyed them. However, I must say that I still not a fanatic. It’s still not my favorite series but the books are enjoyable. I think part of the thing is that he’s so young and I tend to enjoy books more when the characters are just a wee bit older. As I get further into the series and the characters mature I think I’ll enjoy them more and more. Heck, I may end up a Harry Potter fanatic before it’s all said and done. There’s still time.
Thursday, August 4, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness [RAK]

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Since I'm new to the blogging world this is the first time I've done Random Acts of Kindness or [RAK]. I saw this a while back when I had first starting thinking about blogging. I thought it was a neat idea so now that blog is up and running I've decided to give it a try. I figure this is a good way to jump right in and meet other bloggers.

Also, the girls over at Book Soulmates are hosting a giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card for those who are participating. Rules are below. To sign up simply click the RAK button above.

Simple Giveaway Rules:
  • The giveaway is open to RAK participants ONLY.
  • Please post about RAK and the giveaway info on your blog and paste link in the same google doc that you use to sign up for RAK
    OR
  • If you don't have a blog, you can still be entered by tweeting about it or Facebooking it and TAG US
  • {If you don't have the link by the time you sign up for the RAK itself, then please email me and I'll add it}
    That's it :)

IMPORTANT: If you do not wish to sign up for the giveaway then please leave a comment in the comments section of the google doc.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Lost Hero Review

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I read all of the Percy Jackson books a while back and they were good, not great, not life changing, but good. I bought The Lost Hero on my Kindle (first book I’ve paid more than $5 on my Kindle for) and started reading it while on vacation at the beach.  In no time at all I was hooked. I finished the book in a couple of days and when I put the book or rather my Kindle down I was dying to know what happened next.

Goodreads Description 

"Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god."



The Lost Hero tells the story of three heroes Jason, Leo, and Piper. The book alternates between each of the three lead character’s perspectives.  I really enjoyed this style because it allowed insight into each of the characters.  

My thoughts
When I first picked this book up I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it because it was a whole new set of characters. However, shortly after I began reading I realized that the old characters I loved were still present. Both Annabeth and Percy played a role in this novel, which I loved. One of my fears was also the believability of having another epic battle soon after the last with Percy and his crew playing a very small role. Without giving much away, I’ll just leave it at… this is not the case.
This was by far my favorite book by Rick Riordan. I think it was due in part to the characters being older and the fact that I was already invested in the world. Another thing I loved was Riordan’s ability to leave you just enough clues to think you know where he’s going but not enough to say after page one, “I’ve got the whole book figured out.” The Lost Hero has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers glued to the pages and an ending that will leave them anxious for more. It is a MUST READ for Percy Jackson fans.

Grade: A+

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