Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Hypothesis

Hypothesis (Hekapolis, 1) by Ana Bastow, June 26, 2013. 298 pages. Published by Createspace. Source: author.
College sophomore Gabrielle Bridge is falling for the wrong guy. One would think a physics student would be smarter than that. In her defense though, he was wearing the most surprising disguise.
We meet our geek girl while she is plotting to win the Nobel prize one day. But with an absentee father and an alcoholic mother, she knows her chances are next to zero.
To achieve her goal she tries to recruit her current crush, the brilliant Toby Harker, as a partner. Sadly her big stupid mouth lands her pretty but dumb William Wyseman, instead. This unfortunate pairing though turns out to be enchanting -literally.
William is a wizard, magic is real.
There is a secret world hidden in plain sight, a world at war with Sekeem Soulless a sorcerer powerful enough to destroy it all.
William unable to beat him with his powers was posing as a science student to seek a human weapon to stop him. And turns out that Gabrielle might be what he needs: she is immune to magic.
William promises to help her prove to the world that witchcraft is real. The Nobel will be hers with this breakthrough. That is if they find out how to use her strange 'gift' before Sekeem kills her, with his own hands if magic won't do.
Gabrielle thinks she will learn the mysteries of magic. However, her most shocking discoveries are going to be about herself.
First Sentence:
Maybe because it was the most unreachable goal a woman like me could attain, I decided, the day my father left, that I was going to win the Nobel Prize one day.

While I'm Away

As I am counting down the days till I visit my new allergist, joy, oh, joy, I have determined that from April 24th (tomorrow...already) through May 3rd I'll be taking a brief hiatus from the blog and from returning emails. The reason for this is that for seven days prior to my appointment I'll have to stop all of my allergy meds (weeps at the thought of this) and with spring fully sprung down here I'm going to be pretty miserable and not up to keeping on top of things.
    As you've probably heard my allergies have been pretty bad the last two years, like worse then previous years, and I'm hoping to get them better under control. So, please, wish me luck on this front.

Now, don't go worrying your pretty heads, there will still be all the usual posts during my personal break you'll just be without my shining personality for a few days. I know, such hard time for all. So, if y'all have any questions, please, feel free to email me and I'll get back to you when I return from my brief break.

I hope that y'all will continue to check out the great, at least I think they're pretty great, posts that'll be going up while I'm away for a couple days.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wish List Wednesday

A Tale of Two Centuries (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, 2) by Rachel Harris, August 6, 2013. Published by Entangle Teen.
Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?
Why: Last week, I finished My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, I know, I'm behind the times, and was pleasantly surprised by it. So, of course, I must read the next book in the series!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Vintage Reads Review: The Thief

The Thief (Queen's Thief, 1) by Megan Whalen Turner, October 31, 1996. 220 pages. Published by Greenwillow Books. Source: library
The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king's prison. The magus is interested only in the thief's abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
First Sentence:
I didn't know how long I had been in the king's prison.
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