Thursday, March 31, 2011


BEING winners
  1. Debi
  2. Susan
  3. Breshiki
  4. David
  5.  Vivien
  6. Amanda
  7. Dovile
  8. Nikita
  9. Aanchal
  10. Kero
Opal Fire Winners
  1. Aik
  2. Becky
  3. Suzanne
Congrats to all the Winners!

Author - Dorothy Hearst
Genre - Fiction
Pages - 368
ISBN - 1616871202



WHAT IS THE PROMISE OF THE WOLF?
NEVER CONSORT WITH HUMANS
NEVER KILL A HUMAN UNPROVOKED
NEVER ALLOW A MIXED-BLOOD WOLF TO LIVE


At least that's what the wolves of the Wide Valley believe. Until a young wolf dares to break the rules -- and forever alters the relationship between wolves and the humans who share their world.This is the story of such a wolf. Born of a forbidden mixed-blood litter and an outcast after her mother is banished, Kaala is determined to earn a place in the Swift River pack. But her world is turned upside down when she saves a human girl from drowning. Risking expulsion from their pack and exile from the Wide Valley, Kaala and her young packmates begin to hunt with the humans and thus discover the long-hidden bond between the two clans. But when war between wolves and humans threatens, Kaala learns the lies behind the wolf 's promise. Lies that force her to choose between safety for herself and her friends and the survival of her pack -- and perhaps of all wolf- and humankind.



Set 14,000 years ago, Promise of the Wolves takes us to a land where time is counted in phases of the moon, distance is measured in wolflengths, and direction by the scent of the nearest trail. Years of research into the world of wolves combines with mythical tale-telling to present a fantastical adventure set in a world filled with lore (description from goodreads)

What a wonderful book! I really enjoy anthropomorphic books (books told in the animals POV) especially wolf ones. It is very interesting to see how pack dynamic works and learning about the ways of wolf. Dorothy Hearst takes us on an enchanting journey through the eyes of the youngwolf Kaala, from her birth to her ascension into youngwolfhood. Along the way we get to know her other packmates, each with thier own flehsed out personalities. From the proud and strong Ruuqo, the equally strong but kinder Rissa, his lifemate, to the old and wise Trevegg.

The book is not without its tragic moments though, what would a book like this be if it were all happy? Yes, there are deaths in the wolfs pack and they are sad but they are also learning opportunities for young Kaala. Eventually Kaala befriends a human named TaLi and this is where the story really picks up. For it is in the covenent that a wolf should never make contact with a human, soon though even Marra and Azzuen (Kaalas packmates) befriend thier own humans with the help of Tlitoo the raven, they sneak off and play, even hunt with the humans.

But, there is also conflict within the wolf packs and all the valleys wolves are in danger a well as all humans, the added drama was well recieved. The energy, tension, fighting and conflict were all believable and meshed well together. I will say that there were a few dull points in the book and i found myself putting it down a bit. However, I am very glad i finished the book and even more excited when i learned the next book will be out soon (there is a little sneak preview in the back of the book)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dreams of Joy
Author - Lisa See
Genre - Fiction
Pages - 336
ISBN  - 140006712X
Release Date - May 31st 2011

Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime.


Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives (From Goodreads)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Dead (The Enemy #2)
Author - Charlie Higson
Genre - Dystopian/YA/Horror
Pages - 480
ISBN - 1423134125


Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids - nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult. Greg, a butcher, who claims he's immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world. (Description from Goodreads)



Dystopians, you know them you love them. Mix in a bunch of kids, flesh eating monsters and emotions rampant and you have a great book! The events of The Dead are told 1 year before the events of  The Enemy.


The Dead is about a group of kids struggles as they trapse across london trying to find saftey from the 'sickos' a horrible disease ridden mob of every person over 16, who crave the flesh of those under 16.

The story is told from the eyes of many of the kids, even from some of the sickos. The main kids are Jack, Ed, Bam and a host of others but those three are the ones focused on more. Each kid has thier own personality, Jack is determained and strong, Ed is a handsome guy who can talk to girls easily but is scared to fight (he grows in the book though), A kid Chris, hes a bookworm and i liked his character quite a bit. The group starts out small, then gets larger, however as you know no flesh eating monster book can go without casulties, while some where devoid of emotion there were some deaths that i really, really felt sad for.

The writing was well done, there are some swear words throughout it but not too bad, there are some odd phrases and such in it too (its based in london so it could be thier way of talking i do not know.) Some of the kids talk llike little thugs, thats the best way i can put it, they sound very.. street. It was annoying but not book-breaking. There is also descriptive gore and blood and ickyness, i loved it. Its not overly-descriptive but enough to make you cringe and not want to eat while reading it.

Teaser Tuesday

Rules
  1. Open your current read to a random page
  2. Select (2) sentances from that page to share (can be more but not too much!)
  3. Share the Books Title and Author
  4. No Spoilers!
Title - Silver Phoenix
Author - Cindy Pon

Lines

Ai Ling stared at her hands. "That's so sad."
"Ah, who weds for love anyway? We're bound by what our parents dictate when it comes to marriage."

Despite the lines, this is not a romance story, its more an adventure and im enjoying it very much.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Skin-walker
Native American
(Yeenaeldooshi - "with it, he goes on all fours" - Navajo)


Facts
  • Usually described as naked, except for a coyote skin or wolf skin.
  • Described as being fast, impossible to catch and agile.
  • Sometimes transform into an animal to travel large distances or just to wreck havoc.
  • Wild animal hides are taboo, and rarely seen in Navajo culture, because of thier assosiation with Skin-walkers.
  • In some Navajo legends, they have the power to read human minds. Also have th ability to make any human or animal noise they want.
  • Cannot completely transform into the animal, usually has a slight flaw in its gait or movements that lets humans tell that it is not a true animal.
  • Gain power by killing a close relative, usually a sibling.
  • According to legend the only way to shoot one is to dip bullets into white ash.


Skin-Walker In Books

Moon Called + Others in series by Patricia Briggs - Mercedes the main character is a Skin-Walker
Kitty Takes A Holiday by Carrie Vaughn  - There are two Skin-Walkers in this book who follow the old legends of killing your sibling to gain power.
Skinwalker + Others in Series by Faith Hunter - Jane Yellowrock is a Skin-Walker and main character
Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman - A Mystery Novel (#7 in the series) that is based around Skin-Walkers

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In My Mailbox


Bought
Worlds End by Mark Chadbourn
Darkest Hour by Mark Chadbourn
Always Forever by Mark Chadbourn

ARC Tour
The Dead by Charlie Higson

Kindle Ebooks
XVI by Julia Karr
Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Haven by Kristi Cook
How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Author - Amy Plum
Genre - YA/Romance/Paranormal
Pages - 352
ISBN - 0062004018

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. It introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others’ lives. Kate finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely. (goodreads)
 
 
Reading Die For Me i was taken back to another teen romance.. yes, Twilight. While there are major diffrences, it feels the same. There are no vampires, there are no werewolves but the love story is familar.

That being said, the story is quite lovely. Kate is a good character, strong and smart but also vulnerable after her parents death. Vincent is the brooding dark handsome boy with a secret and Kates love interest. Nothing too new there. The other characters have thier own charm and i really liked them all. The story plays out nicely, no sexual scenes, no swearing, just clean romance and sweetness. The backdrop of France was a diffrent take since most YA are based in America. There is interesting Mythology and culture wrapped up into the book as well.

I wont give much away because it is best you read it for yourself, the ending was sweet and it really ended like a stand alone would but its only the first in the series. The book has humor, mystery, romance and intrigue. If your a fan on YA love stories, or enjoy France then i recommend Die For Me.

I would also like to point out the cover, it reminds me of a poem called "The Lady of Shallot" only one of the lines, it goes "Down she came and found a boat, Beneath a willow left afloat, And around about the prow she wrote The Lady of Shalott." Its a pretty cover with its blues and such, but i enjoy the hardcover picture more.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Question:
If you could physically put yourself into a book or series...which one would it be and why?

Harry Potter books! learning all the spells, going to school at Hogworts, and seeing all the magic happen would be fantastic. Also trips to Hogsmeade and the adventures i could have (evil wizards aside).

Question:
Give us five BOOK RELATED silly facts about you
  1. I am a cover judger. If it has something on the front I don't like, I will pass it by.
  2. I take my Kindle or a book with me everywhere, even if I know I will not have an opportunity to read.
  3. I am unreachable if I am reading, You can call my name and I won't hear you.
  4. My favorite book combines my two favorite things: Animals and art. (A Whisper Of Wings) Its so special to me because it also makes me cry and laugh.
  5. I rather dislike vampire and werewolf stories. Zombies, Fae, Witches, Etc.. are all OK to me.

Megg Jenson, author of Anathema is having a contest to name a character in her upcoming book Oubliette (#2 in the Cloud Prophet Trilogy)

So head on over to her contest post and enter!

Check out the description for Anathema, it sounds really good!

Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. She's sheltered from the outside world and doesn't have any hope for escape, but when people desperate for freedom ask for her help can Reychel learn to believe in herself?



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Thursday, March 24, 2011

 Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
Author - Helene Boudreau
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages -  224
ISBN - B004BA57KS

Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...
If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?
Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?
Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?

 This summer is about to get a lot more interesting...  (goodreads)

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is a humorous, short romp into 14 year old Jades life, from trying to find the perfect baithing suit, to finding out shes a mermaid and learning that her mother who died a year ago, is not really dead, and trying to figure out how to save her. This is not a 'turns into a mermaid and tries to learn how to deal with it book' quite the opposite.

Jade does not want to be a mermaid, she just wants to save her mom from the 'freshies', the inprisioned mermaids who have her mom captive. The book was a light read, it never took itself too seriously and although it never really let us get to know the characters like Luke or Cori that well, it was a good story for what it was.

I think the best part was that Jade was not a size 2 and was a real down to earth person. She was brave and determained, and i respect the author for that. the ending was quite sweet, and I really hope that there will be a sequel, im not sure if the end hinted to it or not but id love to find out what may come.


Title - Being
Author - T. R. Mousner
Genre - YA/Scifi
Pages - Unknown

Description (from goodreads

For elite extraterrestrial pilot EBN-Reyoz-X, awaiting rescue while hiding out in a trailer park in Lancaster, California, is a grueling nightmare. She’s injured, lacks proper supplies and can’t blend in with the indigenous population because she’s seven feet tall and can’t control the trail of wildflowers blooming in the wake of her footsteps. She’s unprepared to begin sexual maturity in the alien land and when she develops feelings for Shale, the mute teenage boy next door, she’s convinced circumstances can get no worse.

Except rescue never comes and once word spreads that her touch holds miraculous healing abilities, EBN must find a way to fix her ship, evade capture by the United States Air Force and survive long enough to return home.

Thoughts

Being is a diffrent take on Scifi and YA. EBN is a being from another planet who crash lands in california. After a few frightening moments with the military, she ends up in a trailer park. The story follows EBNs few months on Erox (earth) and it also follows Shale ( the mute boy she befriends) and Aix (her brother) POV as well. It is a well written book and great for any age as it also teaches us.

I loved EBN and her brave, attitude. While on Erox, wherever she walks she sprouts flowers and she also has the ability to heal, instead of hiding it she helpls the Sents (humans) even though she is injured and it goes against her orders. This shows a maturity and courage that is respectable. Shale was also a good character, he is a wimpy, mute kid but also very sweet and kind. He matures during the book and stands up to his bullys and i rooted for him througout the entire thing. I couldnt find a person i did not like in this book except for Tommy, the bully but thats a given.

We also get to learn of EBNs home planet through Aixs eyes, thier customs, The Way and how they live day to day. The author spins a wonderful imagrey of both thier homeplanet and Earth, not going intno humdrum descriptions or long winded paragraphs.

The ending leaves you wondering if there will be a sequel, i sincerly hope so! I want to learn more about the Adelians, Nandreens, and thier culture, but also find out what happens to everyone. If you want a YA or scifi novel that does not follow the conventional traditions, then Being is one you should not pass up.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011



Title - Opal Fire
Author - Barbra Annino
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Pages - 260

Description (from Goodreads)

Reporter Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life's little surprises. In fact, she isn't the least bit shocked when her cousin is accused of arson, or when her divorced grandparents sign up for a marriage retreat, or even when her own boyfriend hauls her off to jail. But when a decades-old secret is discovered within the walls of her cousin's bar, even Stacy is rattled. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man who lurks around every corner. As she begins to dig into the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide- and she's about to discover a destiny she never imagined

Thoughts

Ill start off by saying, Murder mystery is not my genre, but add in some good old fantasy elements and witches plus a kick butt female lead, an adorable and loyal great dane and some well rounded, humorus friends and the genre dosnt seem so bad to me.

Stacy is a witch, but she dosnt want to be, she just wants to continue being a reporter and get the big stories, too bad fate has something else in store. A fire has broken out at her cousin, Cinnamons bar when the story starts, what seems like a regular electrccal fire, unearths something sinister. Soon Stacy, Cinnamon, Leo (her cop boyfriend) and a host of other characters are wrapped up in a murder mystery that spans centuries.

The characters are well thought out and i found myself laughing at some of the antics, witty retorts and general crazyness that happens throughout the story. Of course, there is a bit of swearing but it is not much and it fits in with the context. I loved Stacy, Thor (her dog) and Cinnamon, they were strong woman (except Thor who is a very good dog) and they did what had to be done when it came down to it. I also enjoyed Angelica, Stacys aunt, she was just as i remember my grandma to be, the italian always cooking, always saying 'Sit, Mangia! Mangia!" it made me smile. While there were some characters i could do without (Leo for instance) the book had its charms.

Speaking of charms, i really appreciate the authors use of spells, herb knowledge and stone knowledge. No facts of Witches in this book were fake, made up or basicly BSed. The writing is also neat, told well and the pace was not too slow or too fast. The second book Bloodstone is due out in July 2011.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Rules
  1. Pickup your current read an flip to a random page
  2. choose (2) sentances (you may use more but not to many) to share
  3. Name the Title and Author so others can check out the book
  4. No Spoilers!!!
Title - Bridge of Birds
Author - Barry Hughart

Lines

I heard that Auntie Hua had been a rather wild beauty in her youth and i briefly wondered whether she might have reason to sacrifice to Pan Chin-Lien, the patron of fallen women, but i had no time for such speculations because i was off and running like the wind.

I am loving this book, I had put off reading it for so long and im sad that I did. It is rather wonderful. So much mythology and legend!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In My Mailbox

Taken with DSiXL sorry for bad pic!

Gifts
Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson (thank you Moonlight Gleam)
Icarus Rising by David N. Pauly (ebook)


 Books Bought
The Devil in Green by Mark Chadbourne (ebook)
The Queen of sinister by Mark Chadbourne (ebook)
The Raven Queen by Jules Watson (ebook)
The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal (ebook)
Reckless by Cornelia Funke (ebook)

Won
Any Witch Way by Annastasyia Savage (ebook)

Saturday, March 19, 2011



Information

Title - Corsets and Clockwork
Genre - Steampunk/Anthology
Authors - Various
Pages - 400
ISBN - 0762440929

Description (from goodreads)

Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!

This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White.

Thoughts

This is a collection of 13 steampunk short stories. Most of the stories do not end happily, and I think thats why i liked it so much. Not everythign can be sunshine and candy and im glad the authors embraced this. Some of my favorite stories were: Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre, Tick Tick, Boom by Kiersten White and Under Amber Skies by Maria V. Snyder. If you like steampunk, disturbing tales but also some happy ones thrown in, youll enjoy Corsets and Clockwork.



Information

Title - Blood of a Werewolf
Author - T. Lynne Tolles
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Pages - 200
ISBN - 9781453798027

Description (from goodreads)

Darby O'Rielly is not your typical girl next door. She and her sister are ancestral witches, but have never been taught the art of their craft in an attempt to have the girls 'fit in' to their tiny community. When a dark stranger and his brother enter her life, love blooms and havoc ensues. For these two handsome brothers aren't just good looking, they are 'born vampires' of royal blood and they have hunters hot on their trail. When a Van Helsing wanna-be arrives and threatens Devon and Blake's immortal lives, Darby unleashes a deadly magic in order to save them. As vengeance for killing his hunter, our villain kidnaps, Rowan, Darby's sister and injects her with werewolf blood. Darby, Devon and Blake take a redeye to Maine to try and save her. A search then ensues to find a werewolf named Dean who isn't exceptionally friendly or eager to help friends of vampires

Thoughts

I thought this book was going to be more actiony. In fact, there is little action even when Darcys sister gets kidnapped.

Darby is our main female character, she along with her sister are part of a very powerful witch family. However, there were many things i found wrong with the witchcraft in this book, for one Darcy tells Devon (our main guy..) shes a witch, 5 minutes after meeting him! Any true witch would not do this, the guy could be a hunter, or bible thumper for all she knew. Also, Darby just kind of comes into her power, and even then its sparse and rather unbelieveable.

The romance? Its sickly sweet. Darby and Devon hit it off immediantly, he is also kind of stalkerish after thier first date is canceled, he sends her gifts every day afterwards for a week. Thats, rather creepy but Darby eats it up. Thier love is so cavity induceing i felt myself cringeing. Then Rowan starts dateing Devons brother Blake, I couldnt help but wonder how that would play out since eventually Devon and Darby get engaged.. how would BLake and Rowan marry if they wanted to?

I liked the addition of the werewolf aspect though and I loved Dean. I was very happy when he came and mixed everything up. The writing style was OK, nothing spectacular but it gave imagery. The book is also clean which i appreciated, no over-sexual scenes, no swearing. This book was not for me really, while i enjoyed the beggining and parts with Dean, it was a mish-mash of ups and downs. However,if you enjoy romances and a bit of action/mystery, you may like it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

10 winners will recieve the ebook for Being
A YA Scifi/fantasy


For elite extraterrestrial pilot EBN-Reyoz-X, awaiting rescue while hiding out in a trailer park is a grueling nightmare. She’s injured, lacks proper supplies and can’t blend in with the indigenous population because she’s seven feet tall and can’t control the trail of wildflowers blooming in the wake of her footsteps. She’s unprepared to begin puberty in the alien land and when she develops feelings for Shale, the mute teenage boy next door, she’s convinced circumstances can get no worse.

Except rescue never comes and once word spreads that her touch holds miraculous healing abilities, EBN must find a way to fix her ship, evade capture by the United States Air Force and survive long enough to return home.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Three winners will get thier choice of either an Ebook copy or Print copy of Opal Fire by Barbra Annino


Reporter Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life's little surprises. In fact, she isn't the least bit shocked when her cousin is accused of arson, or when her divorced grandparents sign up for a marriage retreat, or even when her own boyfriend hauls her off to jail. But when a decades-old secret is discovered within the walls of her cousin's bar, even Stacy is rattled. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man who lurks around every corner. As she begins to dig into the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide- and she's about to discover a destiny she never imagined

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


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Information

Title - The Lost Hero (Heros of Olympus Book 1)
Author - Rick Riordan
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages - 553
ISBN - 0307711773

Description (From Goodreads)

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.

Thoughts

The Lost Hero starts off with Jason, Piper and Leo as they are carted to 'wilderness camp' a place for 'bad kids' and Jason has amnesia. Soon after arriving at the Grand Canyan the three are attacked by Venti and thier camp consular (who is actually a satyr) is abducted. Magically they are whisked to Camp Half-Blood, and thus begins thier adventure.

The Lost Hero brings back alot of what the Percy Jackson series introduced: Greek Gods, nasty monsters and great quests. Hera is stolen and a great evil is about to be unleashed, its up to Jason, Piper and Leo to save the day. The action really never stops in the book and i think thats why i am so in love with Riordans writting style, its always exciting and keeps you guessing.

This time we are also introduced to the Roman aspects of the Greek gods, while this is a nice change.. it was a little confusing, and i am far more interesting in the Greek aspects rather than Roman. It does however, add an extra bit of flaire towards the end when it all gets metted out and the story really gets interesting.

Jason is supposidly the hero of this book but i found myself liking Leo alot more, sure hes a clown but hes a loyal one and his backstory is trajic and i just wanted to hug him. Piper is also interesting, her backstory isnt nearly so tragic but still good. The host of new campers adds charm and we get to see some old favorites: Chiron, Rachel, Annabeth.. however someone is missing.. Percy! Thats right, no Percy this round, but im sure he will show up eventually. The Lost hero has all the goodness of the Percy Jackson, plus a sixty foot bronze dragon. If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson series your sure to enjoy this one.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays

Rules
  1. Pick up your current read and flip to a random page
  2. choose (2) sentances (it can be a bit more if need be) and share them
  3. List the authors name and the book title so other knows what your reading
  4. No Spoilers!
Title - Promise of the Wolves
Author - Dorothy Hearst

Lines

Ruuqo led the three of us forward, so close that we were almost touching the elkryn. My heart pounded in my chest. At last we were hunting.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Nymph
(Greek)


Facts
  • In Greek mythology a Nymph was a minor nature deity, usually associated with a particular landform or location.
  • Generally seen as divine spirits who animate nature
  • They would never die of old age or illness
  • Nymphs were the frequent targets of Satyrs
  • There are 5 types of Nymphs
  • Celestial
  • Underworld
  • Wood
  • River
  • Land

Art by: Chris Ortega

Nymphs in books

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan - The satyr Grover gets a Wood Nymph girlfriend

(Unlike the mermaids and other creatures, Nymphs are not really used in books, other then to describe a women as a 'nymph' someone who is sexual, or lustfull. My apologies for the sparse reading for this creature.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

This is my first ever Vlog, I was VERY nervouse, so pardon me. (I even forgot what i was thinking at the end, eep!) Enjoy.
Oh also, i never noticed i had an accent before! or such a raspy voice.



Won
Soul In Love Bookmarks + extras

Bought
Eon by Alison Goodman
Dread Locks by Neil Shusterman
Red Riders Hood by Neil Shusterman
Duckling Ugly by Neil Shusterman

Review
Blood of a Werewolf by T. Lynn Tolls

Kindle (bought/gift)
Inner Demons by Sarra Cannon (R.A.K gift)
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
The Dragons of Noor by Janet Lee Carey
Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Bones of the Dragon by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Secret of the Dragon by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Review - Gauntlgrym


Information

Title - Gauntlgrym (Neverwinter Book 1)
Author - R. A. Salvatore
Genre - High fantasy
Pages - 384

Description (from goodreads)

Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter—a catastrophe big enough to lure even the mercenary Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it. Unfortunately, the more they uncover about the secret of Gauntlgrym, the more it looks like they can’t stop it on their own. They’ll need help, and from the last people they ever thought to fight alongside again: Drizzt and Bruenor.

Thoughts

Ever have a book or series that just draws you in from the get-go? Thats Gauntlgrym.The 20th(?) book in the Forgotten Realms series by R.A.Salvatore delivers fast paced action, emotional turmoil and just the right amount of humor.

Drizzt, Pwent and Bruenor are off on their journey to find the legendary dwarf city of Gauntlgrym. While it seems the story moves a bit fast in the begginingthe journey is no less exciting. However, an evil cult is plotting to awaken the primordial that dwells withing the legendary city. Enter: Dahlia. She is a part of this cult, an elf warrior, she accompanies Jarlaxle and Athrogate (yes! two of my fav charactors are back in action!) to find Gauntlgrym.

On the other hand and playing a sort of minor role, Alegani of the Netherise has taken over Neverwinter and is fighting with Dahlias cult. Confusing? it can be at times, but its quickly sorted out. Eventualy as events unfold it is Drizzt, Breunor, Athrogate, Jarlaxle and Dahlia who must go to Gauntlgrym to undo a wrong that has been commited and confine the primordial that threatens to destroy Neverwinter, Luksan and anything else in its way.

The fighting is intense as all the action is in Salvatores books, and the imagry is no less beautiful. We do not see into Drizzt mind as much as in previous books, and truefully, he is a bit standoffish this time around. I found myself liking Athrogate the most this time and i even get to briefly see my other favorite character, Valas Hune.

All in all I enjoyed the story, the battles, the adventure however, the end had me in tears! why Salvatore, WHY?! Needless to say, if you are a fan, your eyes will be brimming  with tears by the end. I eagerly await the next in the series, though i do not suspect it will have the same charm because of the ending of Gauntlgrym.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Written by Gracey T., a sonogram tech, has written at length about the field of forensic science.

If you know anything about the basic craft of creative writing, you’ve most certainly heard the oft repeated “show, don’t tell.” What many teachers might not offer are the different techniques you can use to show, instead of telling. Here are some of the best tools to have in your writer’s arsenal, to keep your prose active and exciting.

1. Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the most powerful ways you can flesh out a character, without getting boring or obvious.

Take this dialogue from The Great Gatsby; Daisy and Gatsby, long lost lovers, have just been reunited and their meeting is full of awkward happiness. Daisy appears to be crying for no reason, while looking at a stack of Gatsby’s clothes:

“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before.”

The narrator of the story could have said, “Daisy seemed simultaneously ecstatic and scared upon seeing Gatsby,” but these two sentences of dialogue, where Daisy makes excuses for her spontaneous crying, say it all in a much more nuanced way.

2. Specific Details

Generic details like the line, “he was angry” are a classic symptom of telling and not showing. Hone in on details that are specific to your characters and setting, not that anyone could experience at any place or time.

See how Huck Finn describes his Pap’s anger in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:

“Then the old man got to cussing and cussed everything and everybody he could think of, and then cussed them all over again to make sure he hadn't skipped any, and after that he polished off with a kind of a general cuss all round…”

Huck's account of his Pap's anger lets the reader know that Pap is experiencing a very specific type of drunken anger. It's related to the situation and the person being described and is not a generic, interchangeable sentence that could be found in any book or essay.

3. Avoid Clichés

A paragraph can be proofread and well-written, but if it’s got a cliché in it, it becomes dull and laborious to read. Why? A cliché is a metaphor, gone stale; it no longer offers layers of meaning or description, because readers have heard it so much they don’t actually consider the comparison being made anymore.

Take this description of a black Mary statue from the popular bildungsroman The Secret Life of Bees:

“She was black as could be, twisted like driftwood from being out in the weather, her face a map of all the storms and journeys she’d been through.”

Do you think you would have the same exciting visual of this statue if the metaphor was “she was black as coal” or “ she was black as tar” ? Those tired clichés don’t even bring an image into your mind, but the excellent metaphor above certainly does.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Evolution of Children's Books

By Eva P., who writes for Christian Counseling Degree and is working towards adding a social worker degree to her resume.
Growing up, my favorite books were classics like Curious George or any number of Dr. Seuss books. Children's books were simple but whimsical morality tales, teaching me and other readers to do right, with heartwarming illustrations that didn't get too complex.
My, how things have changed. Over the last 25 year children's books have become more elaborate and denser affairs, incorporating often tough themes that books of an older generation would not have touched, but treating them deftly and warmly. The simple illustrations of older classics have been replaced by elaborate, colorful displays, gorgeously hand-drawn, painted, or now, computer-generated with added complexities such as pop-up pages or other gimmicks.
Children's books have become more sophisticated, in plot, subject matter, and illustration/presentation, reflecting a need to keep children interested in an age of ever-present media. Getting children to read has always been difficult, but never more so than now. There is stiff competition from more instant gratification such as the internet, television, and video games. Children's books have to vie for the attention of their audiences against new mediums.
As a result, the books have become increasingly more complex. The pages are glossier, the plots more detailed, the illustrations more eye-catching. The information age has brought about a revolution in how authors and publishers think about a child's aptitude to comprehend. As video games have taught us, children grasp technology well. But their understanding of the underlying content is truly remarkable. Traditional children's stories have perhaps ignored a child's ability to critically analyze situations and problem-solve, focusing instead on naive, escapist, parent-approved tales.
Traditional stories still certainly have a place, but there is also now room for books that tackle tougher subjects. Previously unheard of, many books now deal with the sentiments of loneliness, particularly resulting from busy or negligent parents. Others explore parents with alternative lifestyles, like the famous Jennifer Has Two Daddies and Heather Has Two Mommies. Children's books need not skirt life's truths. Instead, they should teach acceptance of all kinds of feelings and differences relevant to modern times, because children need not be shielded: they are sophisticated enough to handle it.
It would be wrong to write about any trend in children's lit without discussing the Harry Potter phenomenon. These books incorporate all the above-discussed to make one mega series: complex plot; hard themes including isolation, death, and loss; and exciting writing and action that bests anything on film or television (except maybe the Harry Potter films themselves). These are books that many parents would have considered too dark and intense in previous years, but are now the most popular ones the world has ever seen.
To be sure, Curious George still has a place in today's age. Sweetness and good storytelling will never go away, and it's something publishers of all eras should to keep under consideration. But to see the publishing houses of children's literature respect their audience's capacity to learn and grapple with complex and challenging topics is most encouraging, and perhaps represents the greatest change from yesteryear.




Information

Title - Spirit Storm (Spirit Guide #2)
Author - E. J. Stevens
Genre - YA/Paranormal
Pages - Unknown

Description (from Goodreads)

Yuki is about to face an army of lost souls on Samhain, the night of Halloween, when the spirits of the dead roam free. Yuki will need all the help she can get from her friends. But will Calvin be there for her when she needs him the most?

Thoughts

Yuki, Emma, Calvin and Simon are back! The book starts where She Smells The Dead left off. Its near Samhain and Yuki must find a way to deal with the Spirit Storm that will be let loose when the veil between her world and the spirit world is thinned. However, a new threat is added when one of Cals clan is murdered and another stolen! Contending with spirits and murderors is a stressfull job for Yuki, good thing she has her friends to help!

Just like the first book we are told the story through Yukis eyes (and mind) she is still sassy, still stylish and still kick-butt. Her romance with Cal is even better and its very believable no matter how many times Yuki goes on in her mind about how much she loves Cal, I still went 'awwww' througout the book. Emma and Simon are still argueing but theres an underlying and hopefull chemistry to them this time. Oh! also it seems Our lovely vegan has also picked up a serepentine skill..

The writing and pace are wonderful and witty. This book can make me laugh and gasp in 'oh my goodness what will happen next' fashion. Its truely a great book. There are even anime and jpop references! (now tell me what other book has that? none!) A unique story and great cast make Spirit Storm a book to read, just be sure to pick up the first book She Smells the dead so you wont be left in the dark.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Title - Pheonix Rising: A Minsitry of Peculiar Circumstances
Authors - Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Release Date - May 1st 2011
Pages - 419
Description

These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the river Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences- the Crown’s clandestine organisation whose baliwick is the strange and unsettling- will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest..and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun- he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices- must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot… or see England fall to the Phoenix


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Rules

1. Pick up your current read and flip to a random page
2. Choose (2) sentances and post them up for others
3. Mention the book name and author
4. No Spoilers!

Title  - Gauntlgrym (Neverwinter Book 1)
Author - R. A. Salvatore

Lines

Drizzt faded fast to the side as a second legion devil came in swift pursuit, and so intent was the creature that it didn't comprehend the 'switch' executed by the two elves. Drizzt stepped in to spin his blades against the rush of the two pursuing Dahlia, and Dahlia confidently turned her back on them, trusting fully in Drizzt as she focused on the third.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Today we have J. L Bryan, author of The Haunted Ebook and Jenny Pox

About The Author

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He is the author of five novels and one short-story collection. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. His goal is to provide highly original fiction like you won’t find anywhere else. His new novel is The Haunted E-book. The sequel to his novel Jenny Pox will be available by summer 2011. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, as well as some dogs, cats, and domestic plants.



Interview

1. What made you want to start writing?

I’ve been writing stories about as long as I can remember, so I’m not entirely sure! I read a lot as a kid, and as soon as I realized I could write my own stories, I was pretty much hooked.


2. What does your typical writing day consist of?
I typically write in the middle of the day and in the evenings. I also enjoy writing late at night when I can…I basically write whenever I can get away with it, often to avoid doing household chores. I take my netbook everywhere, so I can write at coffee shops and in waiting rooms, or pretty much anywhere I can sit for half an hour. I’m not very organized but I do it a lot, that’s my secret.


3. Jenny Pox and The Haunted Ebook are two very different styles of book, was it hard going from one style to another?
I think Jenny Pox was more challenging because it’s more emotional and internal, really more of a character study in a lot of ways (though there’s a lot of supernatural activity around that!). The Haunted Ebook was more of an experiment with storytelling and how to create a plot that kind of folds in on itself.


4. Are you currently working on a new book or planning to?
I’m working with my editor, Scott Nicholson, to prepare the sequel to Jenny Pox, which is Tommy Nightmare. That should be available in April. My next project will be a third Jenny Pox book, which completes this trilogy—the third one will be out by the fall.


Jenny Pox


1. Jenny can be related to any girl her age because of her personality and realness, was this intentional or a happy accident?
Thanks for saying that! I had no idea whether people would find it relatable or not. I did try to write her as truthfully and honestly as possible. I had a very strong sense of who she was and what her life was about, so it was almost like the character was writing herself.


2. Jenny pox and the others with powers are different from normal people, would you call them angels? demons? other?
We’re exploring that a little more in the upcoming books, but my sense of them is that they are like the very old beings in H.P. Lovecraft stories—evil things from a time when the universe was only chaos, before the coming of light and order. In Jenny Pox, some of these particular spirits learned to incarnate as human beings.


Some of them have become more and more human by incarnating as so many times, and learning pain and compassion…but some of them stay evil! And really they’re all somewhere in between good and evil.


Each one has a unique power that is transmitted through touch, but they only have these powers when their spirits are incarnate in flesh—they’re basically powerless when not incarnate. On the other hand, while they’re incarnate, they don’t remember all these past lives or what they really are, which is one thing that gives them the opportunity to grow and change.


3. If Jenny and the others were potato chips, what flavor would they be, and why?
Jenny – Barbecue, because she’s country
Seth – Cheetos, because he would probably think Chester the Cheetah is fairly cool
Ashleigh – Any chip made with Olestra, which seems tasty but gives you stomach cramps later


The Haunted Ebook


1. In the book there is a lot of printing terminology and tools, did you have to research a bit to find the information you needed?
I really enjoyed researching the history of printing technology, and of books themselves. New inventions change our idea of what a “book” actually is, from a scroll to a codex to an ebook. With each evolutionary jump, books because cheaper and easier to create, distribute, find and read. The last big leap forward was the printing press, which brought the Reformation, the Enlightenment and revolutions that for the most part replaced monarchy with various forms of democracy throughout the West. I don’t think we’ve really begun to see the vast social changes that will result from instant global digital communication, though it looks like some of the revolutionary activity in places like Egypt today is being organized through Twitter and things like that. Which I think gets totally off topic from your question…


2. Was it difficult to tie in all the characters since the book is a bit of a story within a story, within a story?
From my perspective, it wasn’t shaped like a story within a story, but more like a ring of characters each interacting with this book at the middle. And the book put them in contact with each other. But from the reader’s perspective, that’s exactly what it is, one character reads about another, who may read about another, but the reading of the book is what’s tying them altogether—and the ghost that they’ve woken by reading the book is feeding off all of them at once…


4. At any point did you get a bit scared or creeped out by your own story?
It could get pretty weird because Jonah was writing all the stories, and as the writer he had power over each of his readers. He has all this power over them because they are essentially characters in his story, once he starts reading this book. And so I almost lose track of what my own role is while I’m writing it. And as the writer, I really am the one putting the characters through such a miserable time, getting stalked by this wicked ghost. So from the characters’ perspectives, I guess I would be considered pretty evil!


4. How did you come up with a great, complex villain such as Jonah?
Jonah was a tramp printer in the nineteenth century, which was a subculture that interests me and I wanted to explore a little bit. It meant he could be pretty well-read but also a dirty thug, a nice combination of traits. He was also pretty twisted because of a certain ancient evil book he read, and then he passes the evil on to his readers as he creates his books…he was fun to write.


Fun


1. What is your favorite:
Color: Green
Animal: Cow
Food: Also cow


2. If you were stranded on a desert island with NO possible chance of escape (but plenty of fresh food and water so you could survive), what three things would you definitely have to have?
My first thought was a Kindle, a stereo and a laptop. But those would all run out of power, so I’d settle for a box of notebooks, a box of pens, and a copy of Leaves of Grass.


3. When not writing, what other activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy reading, sleeping, cooking, and trying to figure out what’s wrong with the world. In that order.

You can read more about J.L Bryan and his books at his Website Here

Here are the covers for Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare (the second book in the Jenny Pox series)
 and The Haunted Ebook, aren't they lovely?



Last but not least, if you leave a comment here within 7 days you are automaticly in the running to win a Kindle, or the haunted library as part of The Haunted Ebook Tour






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