Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

This Week "Project 17" by Laurie  Faria Stolarz

Rules:
1. open your book to a random page, share a few sentances.
2. no spoilers please!

Lines
I take one last look at my group -  at Gret and Tony, now feeding each other fingerfuls of lemon filling from the douhnuts; at Liza, still taking notes; at Mimi in all her layers of blackness; and then at Chet in his straitjacket.
"This is gonna be one bitchin' movie," I say, more excited than i ever thought possible.

Thoughts
This is a diffrent story then the vampires, fairies and other mythical creatures and its a nice refresher fromt hem =)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Title -  Voices of Dragons
Author - Carrie Vaughn
Pages - 320
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Description
In an alternate 21st century, teens have cell phones and cars, and worry about who will take them to homecoming and whether or not to have sex. They also have dragon drills—just in case the creatures cross the border and attack. After World War II, the dragons, who had been in hiding for centuries, reemerged from myth into real life. Humans, still on edge from the trauma of the war, struck out at them, causing a conflict in which many on both sides died. A truce was reached, a border was created, and a tentative peace was established. Seventeen-year-old Kay lives on the border of Dragon. After a fall during an ill-advised solo climb, she is rescued by Artegal, a dragon who is studying human language. Over the next weeks, a tentative friendship grows into a bond between them. When the border is breached and a conflict begins, they must rely on their friendship to repair the damage before too many lives are lost.

Review
  In a time when Vampires, Fairies, and to a lesser extent, Werewolves rule the Young Adult novel scene dragons are rarely mentioned. Well, Carrie Vaughn has made a bold statement showing us that they SHOULD be mentioned with the others!

Voices of Dragons is a unique YA novel that will take your breath away and make you go 'awww'.
Kay and Artegals relationship is precious, Kay is a tough teen who likes to rock climb and be outdoorsy, we see the story through her eyes. Artegal is a young dragon who is curious about humans and wants to learn more about them from Kay, as he puts it "becuase not supposed to" His innocent and often childlike manner of speaking adds to his charm and appeal.

Kay and Artegal become friends, they share stories and Kay teaches him how to speak human better, they go for flights with Kay on his back strapped into a harness, during one of these flights is when the border into Dragon from the humans side is crossed by a military jet and all heck breaks loose. Its here that you will get frustrated with the humans, and here where you will be gunning for Kay and Artegal for the rest of the book.

Vaughns writting style is clean, easy to read and uses the right emotional tone for the setting. I found myself crying at certain parts and laughing at others. The descriptions of the dragons are beautiful and make them come alive for the reader and the teenage drama that I suppose every teenager goes through (friends, family, school, boyfriends/girlfriends, sex, etc) adds life to Kay, and makes her seem more vulnerable and not unpenetrable. This is a good thing!

The cover for Voices of Dragons is simple, but depicts Kay as she is described in the book. It also gives a bit of serenity with the backlighting making her glow, its nice but i would have liked to have maby seen a dragon on the cover too, instead of the clipartish one behind the title.

I don't know when or if there will be a sequel (the ending made it seem so!) Ill definatly let you know if/when that is! Until then, pick up this book! You will NOT regret it!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

An Almost Contest!

I am ONE away from 25 members, so once that happens ill host my first ever contest! I have some books that need a new home (and in great condition) so look forward to that!

Friday, March 26, 2010

I wanted to talk a bit about Easter, alright thats a lie, i dont care about Easter. What i DO care about are the adorable, hug-worthy plushies that you get at Easter. I guess you could say this is more of a "look what i got" post, cause im just so flippin' happy!

My boyfriend decided i needed a jumbo purple rabbit (he searched weeks to find a purple one!) and got me it, it was a big suprise and its the first ever gift i have recieved from a guy. (and its not even Easter yet!)

There is only ONE problem.. bunny is popular!!
Both my dog and my cat claim rights to it on my bed:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Title - Strange Angel
Author - Adam P. Knave
Pages - 276
Genre - Fantasy / Horror
Description
Susie Sparrow's life has turned upside down. She's merged with Ferapont, who says he is an angel, and has dedicated her life to ridding the world of demon possessed people. Unfortunately she is also in High School. Trying to schedule fights around school, hanging out with friends and dinner with the parents might be too much for one girl with large flaming wings to handle. But don't tell her that.

Review
For those of you who do not like alot of vulgar language, this book is NOT for you, Susie tends to swear left and right and while it did not bother me too much, it may be a bitt crass for some of you, just a little warning.

Back to the Review:

Susie Sparrow has one hell of a life! Through almost unfortunate circumstances she has merged with the angel Ferapont (Susie likes to give him little nicknames like Pooky and PowerPoint, i giggled at these)
I immensly liked the relationship between Susie and Ferapont, Susie the trash talking, actions first teenager and Ferapont the calm, rational angel worked well together, they balanced out each others strong and weak points and made the story flow very nicely.

There is alot of death in "Strange Angel" and graphic, bloody scenes. What could you expect from a teenager with firey wings and can use fire as a weapon? She cant throw fireballs but she can make her internall temperature rise and fall, she learns how to channel that to a weapons (of her choice, which is usually whatever she happens to pick up) and the item will turn into a firey weapon of destruction that will not burn or melt when Susie holds it but once she lets go its gone.

About 60% into the book, it shifts perspectives. I wont give anything away but its like reading a whole new book, and i suppose it is since this is a compilation of  all three novels in the series and another short story. It was unexpected but continued on nicely.

Lastly, I want to just say a bit about the cover. The title "Strange Angel" is all well and good, but the cover, the angel on front made me think "Is this going to a be a Jesus book?" since I  honestly like to stay away from those. Thankfully, it was not and it was a very enjoyable read. Proof that you can't judge a book by its cover!

Check out Adams webpage, which has his blog, some free reads and other info : Stop Motion Verbosity

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Book - Voices of Dragons
Author - Carrie Vaughn

Sentances -
and if something happened?  if she managed to fall and break herself? she could imagine the brouhaha when she turned up missng - then when they figured out exactly where she'd gone.

Thoughts -
only a few paragraphs in but c'mon.. who uses the word brouhaha anymore? Looks to be a good bok =)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Title - Sea Clearwater
Author - Selene Gardenas
Genre - Fantasy
Pages - 168
NOTE - This was a free review copy from the publisher!

Description
Thirteen year old Sea Clearwater discovers fourteen year old Thomas Saise, helping unravel the truth of her identity. Join them as they battle the evil Eric Shade, ruler of black benders. In addition to learning fighting skills as a water bender, Sea gains a greater understanding of a life beyond anything she imagined as she encounters wizards, fairies, gentle creatures and violent ones.

Review
Sea Clearwater is a short, simple read. It was written when the author was 13 and it is easy to tell that it was. This is NOT saying it is bad, it isn't! I say it reads like it because its simple, easy to read, not overly descriptive so you dont get bored reading about a hill for three pages, nor is it so deep you can't understand it.

The writing style has a few flaws, sometimes its read a bit akwardly (alot of she said/he said after quotations)
but ithat does not take away form such a pleasant read.

The story follows Sea who was adopted and has been bestowed a great gift: the ability to bend water and ice to her will. As the only Clearwater left, Sea is in great danger from the evil Eric Shade who has killed all her family before her. It is Eric who puts a curse on Sea and Tom, when they touch Sea passes out and a light shiens from their teardrop necklaces that alerts Eric to thier location, so even though they harbor feelings for each other, it is difficult to express them without risk.

Sea eventually goes forth to stop Eric from his evil plans, she meets up with three warriors (Matt, John and Sarah) and trains with them to learn to control her powers and to learn fighting skills, all this leads up to a nice battle with Eric. The battle scenes are not bloody, the love interests are clean and the whole story is written so that any age can enjoy it.

Throughout Sea Clearwater, the author has provided us with images that i can only assume she drew when she was writting the book, that depict certain scenes in the book, they are a nice touch and give the book a certain charm. Gardenas is now working on the second book in the Sea Clearwater Series, I can not wait to see what happens next to Sea and her friends!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Powder decided to show you what i got this time...


Paperback - Bought
None
Paperback - For Review
None
Paperback - Swap
Bone Dance By Emma Bull

Kindle - Bought
Voices of Dragons By Carrie Vaughn
Kindle - Free
Sleepwalker: The Last Sandman By Brad Marlowe  - Was free when i got it, now its 1.99

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

My book this week is Strange Angel by Adam P. Knave

RULES
1. flip to a random page in your book, pick a few sentances and post them
2. please no spoilers!

Sentances:
"If I can't call because I'm that hurt, chances are i can't manage to send cute little text messages either. And the onlypeople who could overhear me, Liz, those people will be dead."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Title - Eyes Like Stars
Author -  Lisa Mantchev
Pages - 368
Genre - YA/ Fantasy
Description - All her world's a stage.

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.
Until now.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known. (from goodreads)

Review
What a book!!
There are not enough words to describe how wonderful and unique this book was. Sure, in the begining you may be a bit confused (I sure was!) parts of the book read like a script and details parts of berties (Beatrices) past or others pasts.

Beatrice is a headstrong, witty and lovable main charactor, you will root for her, cry with her, and laugh with her throughout "Eyes Like Stars." That is not to say the supporting cast isn't as pleasant, I found myself hating Ariel the wind spirit in the begining and middle but by the end I was on his side. Same with Ophelia (have you noticed yet that all these charactors are from other plays?) she was a bit snarky in the begining but wonderful by the end.

Beatrice is supported by her ever faithful, funny and ever present fairy companions: Peaseblossom, Moth, Cobweb and Mustardseed. As well as the pirate Nate whom Beatrice has a sort of crush on.  All of the charactors presented in "Eyes Like Stars" have thier own personalities, some funny, some mean but all enjoyable.

The wording was fluid, though some words I did have to look up in my Kindles dictionary, it is an easy read and it isn't so deep that you end up scratching your head. 

The cover for "Eyes Like Stars" is one of the most beautiful ones i have ever seen (only seconded by the next book in the series "Perchance to Dream") the girl on the front is exactly how i would picture Bertie! though i did think the fairys on the front were moths (sorry guys!)
If you like fantasy, humor, magic, a bit of tradjety and a good clean read then pick up "Eyes Like Stars" you will NOT be dissapointed!!!






Sunday, March 14, 2010


Panda Decided she wanted to check out the books, she says i should read Sunshine next, she enjoys
me reading her vampire novels.

Paperback - bought
none
Paperback - Swap
Sunshine by Robin Mckinley
Paperback - Review
Sea Clearwater by Selene Cardenas
Kindle - the purple faerie thing in the pic is the back of my kindle =)
Brighid's Quest  by P.C. Cast - won from librarything early reviewers
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder - early review copy from Netgallery
Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman - early review copy from Netgallery

Friday, March 12, 2010

Furry Friday

I'm going to a meeting for the blind, we get a guest speaker and breakfast! so my day is pretty cool, plus my boyfriend is coming to work and see me tonight  then we are going to walmart so i can get a harness for my pup.
So since my day is going good, here is something this week to make you go "awww." and smile

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bleh!

Today my review for "Eyes Like Stars" was supposed to be up, but with the plumbing in my bathroom acting up I have to have rotor rooter here tommarow and today I have been spending cleaning my bathroom and still need to tackle my room. So the review will be up Saturday hopefully =)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How horrible is it that all my WoWs have been coverd? i may have to switch this to Wishlist Wednesday! haha
here is one, its 0.99 to preorder, (kindle only) but i belive it will be free when it is released.

Title - Rides a Dread Legion
Author - Raymond E. Feist
Genre - Fantasy
Release - March 23 2010
Description
The last remnants of an ancient advanced race, the Clan of the Seven Stars, are returning at long last to their lost homeworld, Midkemia-not as friends, but as would-be conquerors. Led by the conjurer Laromendis, they are fleeing the relentless demon hordes that are sweeping through their galaxy and destroying the elves' vast empire planet by planet. Only by escaping to Midkemia and brutally overtaking the war-weary world can the last remnants of a mighty civilization hope to survive . . . if the Dread Legion does not pursue them through the rift. The magician Pug, Midkemia's brave and constant defender, is all too familiar with the Demon King Maarg and his minions and their foul capacity for savagery and horror, and he recognizes the even graver threat that is following on the heels of the elven invasion. The onslaught to come will dwarf every dire catastrophe his imperiled world has previously withstood, and there is no magical champion in all of Midkemia powerful enough to prevent it. Only one path remains for Pug and Midkemia's clandestine protectors, the Conclave of Shadows: forging an alliance of formidable magical talents, from the demon-dealing warlock Amirantha, brother of Pug's hated foe, and the demon-taming cleric Sandreena, to the elven Queen Miranda, to the warrior Tomas. However, uniting enemies and bitter, vengeful former lovers will be no easy task, and even together they may ultimately be unable to turn the death tide. But a failure to do so will most certainly ensure Midkemia's doom.This special free edition includes an excerpt from Raymond E. Feist's newest Demonwar Saga novel, At the Gates of Darkness.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

My book this week is Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev.
Gotta say im enjoying this book immensly!

Lines
The trapdoor opened Center Stage. A forge spiraled into place with  the groan of wood and metal shudder. A luminescent moon rose in the background on wires so thin, it appeared to float.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Check out the spiffy trailer!


Shadows of Myth and Legend comes out April 11 2010, mark your calenders!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Slow week for my Mailbox, not so much for my Kindle!

Bought - Paperback/Hardcover
Swapped - none
For Review - none
Kindle - Bought/Free
Moonstone by Marilee Hicks - Kindle edition is FREE (limited time)
Haven by Justin Kemppainen -  FREE (smashwords)
The Weight of Blood (Half Orcs 1) by David  Dalgish This is a fantasy and not YA (sometimes i need a YA break) (smashwords)
The Gateway by Glenn Thater More fantasy (smashwords)
Amberville by Tim Davys  FREE for limited time, the concept of this one really got me.. stuffed animals alive?!

Thats it this week! next week I will have more luck with my mailbox *fingers crossed*




Saturday, March 6, 2010

Review - Fell

Title - Fell
Author - David Clement-Davies
Pages - 523
Genre - Fantasy
Description (From back of book)
 Among the wolves of Transylvania walks a fearful legend: a black wolf with the power to see into the minds of other animals. Fell is a Kerl, a longer, separated from his pack by the power of the Sight and by his guilt over the death of his beloved sister Larka.
  The villagers call Alina a changeling, a creature left by the fairies, and fear her. The sheperd Malduk, who rescued her  from the snows, makes her dress as a boy and work twice as hard as one. It is a bitter, lonely life, haunted by terrible dreams, until the day Alina learns some of the truth about her past and sets out into a world fraught with danger to find her real home...
Thoughts
Fell is the second book in The Sight series (folowing The Sight, which focuses on Larka).
This time around Davies focuses on Fell and the human Alina. Fell is struggling with the acceptence of his sisters death and with the guilt he feels over it. He also learns more of the sight (and thus we do too) and learns more about himself then he knows. We also follow Alina as she journeys from her home after unexpected cirsumstances, as she tries to find out who she really is.
It is no suprise that these two lonely travelers meet and start a journey together, both gifted with the power of
the sight. Fell is a masterful book fraught with heartache, peril, kindess and thought. There are many morals in this book and it would be naughty of me to mention them as they should present themselves to you so that you can understand them as well.
Davies does a wonderful job writing the book and its segmented into chapters at wonderful times, there is enough myster and suspence to keep you reading and the charactors have thier own distinct personalities from the the littlest of cast (Ottol the beaver) to the most malicious (Vladeron). Fell is definatly a must-read book, and i do recommend you read The Sight and follow Larkas story beforehand or you may be a tad lost. 
 Look out for Davies next book Scream of the White Bears which there is a little preview of it in the back of Fell.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Furry Friday

I was supposed to put up a review yesterday but I had to go to my stepmoms sisters' clown graduation (do not ask) so it will be up tommarow!

Today i am trying something new, called "Furry Friday" which i will just put up a cute doggie pic, funny, sweet, or whatnot for you =) the first one is one of my favs

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Title - Unholy Ghosts
Author - Stacia Kane
Genre  - Fiction/Fantasy
Pages - 352
Release Date - May 25 2010 (PB and Kindle versions)
Description
THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Rules
1. pick up your current book, flip to a random page and post a sentance or two.
2. No Spoilers!

My book - Fell by David Clement-Davies
Sentances
Yet, why should he answer? He was a wolf, a Varg, not a man to wear wolf skins on his back, and if the fate of all nature was somehow in danger, it was a faint and distant thing to Fell now.

Thoughts
I love wolf stories, some of them are so sad though!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Malti-Post Monday

Hello there! My name is Panda and i am LunaMoths furkid, I have decided that on Mondays I will take over Moms Blog and post about what I have thought this last week. You may be wondering, "why is it called Malti-post Monday, is that not spelt wrong?" Well, yes and no. you see it is MULTI, but I am a MALTIpoo (maltese and poodle) so therefore, spelt quite right actually.
 Now for my post. About 2 months ago mom bought a Kindle, you know what that is right? the medium sized square chew toy that mom wont let me chew, but somehow takes up 80 percent of our cuddle time each day. I have cleverly figured out from the lack of square paper chew toys she called 'books' that this new metal one must be where she is keeping all her books! Oh, she goes on and on about it no doubt, i must listen as that is what i am very good at.
So what makes this contraption so special? Mom says she can read better becuase the screen ahs no glare, there is no sun shining off the surface, you see mom has a bit of a vision problem so it helps her quite a bit.
She also loves that she can change the text size larger or smaller, she uses large for reading but uses a smaller text when checking her mail on it, she spends hours at night e-mailing her friends while i try to cuddle into her on the bed *sigh*
Ahem, anyways she is always buying new books and getting them super fast, once she finishes a book she goes onto the kindle store and buys another! and not just that, she gets books form other sites for free or pays a little fee and she can covert them to .mobi and poof! they are on that cursed thing as well! I know i should not complain, mom gives me ample pets and schomoos whiles she is reading, but i jsut wish they made a chewy version, before i take out my anger on her real version =P

Well, thats all for this week, tune in next week when i discuss something else, maby it will be thought provoking or contraversial! then again, i AM just a dog... right?
  

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