Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Past Epitaphs

The home of past quotes. For those who might have liked an old quote, you can now find them all here (I think).

"Let it be known that from this day to the end of the day, vengeance will be mine! Dib, you will not know the meaning of peace for I will rain misery upon your pizza-stealing heart!"
-Gaz, Invader Zim (episode "Battle Dib")

"I gotta go, pig, I'll see you later. I GOTTA GO, PIG, I'LL SEEE YOU LATER!"
-Gir (Invader Zim)

"Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light."
-Madeleine L'Engle (A Ring of Endless Light)

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
-Hamlet, Act 1, Scene IV

"How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!"
-Emily Dickinson, Poems,I

"He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind."
-Proverbs 11:29

"There was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone four square, like unto a marble stone; and in midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that saiden thus:-WHOSO PULLETH OUT THIS SWORD OF THIS STONE AND ANVIL, IS RIGHTWISE KING BORN OF ALL ENGLAND."
-Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur

"I often quote myself, it adds spice to my conversation.
-George Bernard Shaw

"Guard Ravenmere well
Its stones and its hollows,
Health and prosperity
Alwasy doth follow.
Let Ravensmere die,
Let the land be torn open,
The end of the world
Is surely betokened."
-Liz Berry (The China Garden)

"The spirit and will of any child would have been entirely humbled and broken by the changes she has had to submit to. But, upon my word, she seems as little subdued as if-as if she were a princess."
Frances Hodgson Burnett (A Little Princess)

"She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care has she,
The Lady of Shalott."
-Alfred Lord Tennyson

"We become so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that at last we are disguised to ourselves."
-Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous."

"Woman, thou dost slay me with your unkind words."
-Garin Braden (Polar Quest)

"Beware the fury of a patient man."
-Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

"Whatever is popular is wrong."
-Oscar Wilde

"Stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun."
-Horatio, Soldier of Denmark

"It was midnight in Topanga
I heard the DJ say,
"There's a full moon rising
join me in LA...."
-Warren Zevon

"The vanished gods to me appear;

And one to me are shame and fear."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power...Green Lanterns Light!"
- Green Lantern

"...the thing I am becomes something else....
The shadow is cast."
-Bauhaus, "Mask"
"A thousand years have passed since the collapse of industrialized civilization. A toxic jungle now spreads, threatening the survival of the last of the human race."
-Narrator (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)

"The Headmaster talks about the Night Class like they're good vampires who support his pacifism, but I don't trust them. I won't let my guard down. I'm cooperating so I can find the most effective way to kill those beasts in human form."
Zero Kiryuu (Vampire Knight vol 1)

"Do not be alarmed. The student president has experienced a failure in spirit. A new election will be held immediately. Volunteers? Volunteer?"
Administration Droid (Invader Zim: "Voting of the Doomed")

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Ch. 8 : What Happened after Dinner)


"Lurking behind every chance to be made whole by fame is the axman of further dismemberment."
- Leo Braudy, The Frenzy of Renown

Across the Nightingale Floor

Author: Lian Hearn
Series: Tales of the Otori (book 1)
Number of Pages: 343
Publication Date: 2002
Genre: Fantasy Novel
Synopsis: "This is the first book in a new epic trilogy that has already become a bestselling sensation in England and Australia, earning comparisons to The Lord of the Rings. It begins with the legend of a nightingale floor in a black-walled fortress-a floor that sings in alarm at the step of an assassin. It will take true courage and all the skills of an ancient Tribe for one orphaned youth named Takeo to discover the magical destiny that awaits him...across the nightingale floor."

Across the Nightingale Floor was so good that I picked up the sequel the other day when I was at the library.
I would definitely rank Across the Nightingale Floor as one of the best books that I have read this year; it was very well written with an interesting storyline and interesting cast of characters. The reason this book was so fascinating to me is you have Takeo who lost everything, his family and his name simply because they were part of the Hidden and were being murdered and tortured for their beliefs by. Plus you have different clans all warring for supremacy, betrayals by friends and family, love, and the persecution of the Hidden.
My favorite thing about this book would have to be Takeo’s abilities; he could hear everything and also knew how many people were in the house (although he could also tune everything out, so that’s a plus), move really fast, become invisible, and make it seem like he was in two places at once. At the moment I cannot think of a part of the book that I didn’t like.
I would definitely recommend reading this book, but it might be a bit violent for the younger teens. Lucky me, I found the sequel at the library and I plan on reading it next.

Across the Nightingale Floor earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

Orchid

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Vampire Knight

Author: Matsuri Hino
Series: Vampire Knight (vol 1)
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: "Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. Yuki believes that vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas..."

I loved the story, the characters, and the artwork in Vampire Knight. I just wish that my library had more than just the first volume. As I'm sure ya'll have guessed I love books that have action mixed with a bit of humor and VK has plenty of both. With the night class being tended by vamps and the day class by humans; humans who make fools of themselves trying to get the attention of the night class, even though they don't know that their not human.
My favorite character would have to be Zero; I found him to be the most fascinating character, with his hostility towards the night class and his tragic past, which in my opinion makes for an interesting read. I also liked the main character Yuki; she was also very interesting, especially when she was trying to usher the day class students to their dorms against their wishes. Least favorite character the headmaster, I just didn't like him.
I would definitely recommend Vampire Knight and cannot wait to find out what happens next.

Vampire Knight was so good I'm giving it 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Orchid

Monday, September 28, 2009

My Awards

Here are all the awards that I have received thus far:
The I Love Your Blog award

From Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind

The Me-to-You Award

From Lindsay of Just Another Book Addict

The Sisterhood award


Splash award

From Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind

Your Blog Rocks award

From Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names

One Lovely Blog award

                     From Steph Bowe of Hey Teenager of the Year

Literary Blogger Award

                                 From Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind                

The Lemonade Award

From Heather of Gofita's Pages

The Humane award

           From Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names

The Proximidade award

     From Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names

Great Look Award

From Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names

Honest Scrap Award

From Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names

Dragon's Loyalty Award

From Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names

Saturday, September 26, 2009

In My Mailbox (15)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Author: Matsuri Hino
Title: Vampire Knight
Series: Vampire Knight (vol 1)
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: "Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Yuki Cross has no memory of her past prior to the moment she was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago. She was adopted by the headmaster of Cross Academy, and now works alongside Zero to guard the Academy's secret. Yuki believes that vampires and humans can coexist peacefully, but her partner has different ideas..."

Author: Rick Roirdan
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians (book 5)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate."


Author: Kazuya Minekura
Title: Saiyuki
Series: Saiyuki (vol 1)
Publication Date: 2003
Synopsis: "It was a time of chaos, when Heaven and Earth were as one, and humans and demons - the youkai - lived together in peace. The foundations of civilization and religion were raised and reinforced in this land of Togenkyo, the paradise known as Shangri-la.

But now, a great evil threatens harmony in this great land. Far to the West, in India, someone is attempting to resurrect the youkai lord Gyumaoh by mixing human science with youkai magic. This forbidden practice has created a Minus Wave of negative energy that is spreading across Shangri-la, poisoning the souls of the youkai and turning them into mindless monsters. The only hope lies in four legendary heroes:
Recommended for older teens, ages 16+."


Author: Natsuki Takaya
Title: Fruits Basket
Series: Fruits Basket (vol 1)
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "Tohru Honda was an orphan, living with her grandfather, when one day fate kicked her out of the house and she was forced to take up residence in a tent in the forest. Little did she know that the land she was staying on belonged to the Sohma family, a clan of beautiful and mysterious people. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything's going well until she discovers the Sohma family's greatest secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they each turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!"

As you can tell this week I mainly picked up mangas from the library. All of which I had put on hold from various other libraries in the area. I also get to find out how the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will end.
Well that’s all for me this week, so what did ya'll get this week?
Orchid

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Graceling

Title: Graceling
Series: Seven Kingdoms (book 1)
Number of Pages: 480
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "In the course of her dark and eventful tale, Cashore plays with the idea of awkwardness, how at a certain age gifts and talents are burdens, how they make it impossible to feel comfortable in the world. And in this she writes a fairly realistic portrait of teenage life into the baroque courts of her outlandish kingdoms…In many respects Graceling is a study of mysterious angers: it offers a perfect parable of adolescence, as its characters struggle with turbulent emotions they must learn to control. The consequences are more tangible than they usually are in more mundane settings—if Katsa loses control, she breaks someone's jaw by accident—but the principle is the same. The teenage characters in this novel, like some we may know in life, grow into their graces. They realize that their monstrous individuality is not so monstrous after all."

So I finally read Graceling this past week (it was awesome) and I really enjoyed reading it and cannot wait to read the prequel Fire when it comes out next month.

I loved reading about Katsa; the thing I liked most about her was how she was trying to be more than just her uncle's (I hated her uncle) little killing machine. I also enjoyed reading about the characters Po and Bitterblue’s.
My favorite element about the book would have to be the graces and those who possessed a grace they made for a cast of very interesting characters, plus their eyes were totally cool. It was definitely an interesting and different storyline than most fantasy books.
It's hard to say what my favorite part of the book was, but it was most likely the fight scenes.
Although I enjoyed Graceling, I found it easy to figure out who the true villain in the story was.
My least favorite part of the book was, like, the last thirty or forty pages of Graceling. Why? Because it seemed very anticlimactic, but I won’t say how it was anticlimactic because I don’t want to give something away to those who might not have read it yet.
All in all Graceling was a great fantasy read that I would totally re-read and recommend it to anyone and everyone who hasn't read it yet.


Graceling Earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

Orchid

Saturday, September 19, 2009

In My Mailbox (14)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Contest:
Author: Michelle Zink
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe has just recently lost her father, leaving her parentless. But when a strange mark appears on her wrist, she realizes she is being branded with much more than her newfound title of orphan. Lia and her twin sister Alice are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. Lia hides this discovery from Alice and even from her beloved James, but to escape from the burden this secret bestows she must end the prophecy-before her sister. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the mark on her wrist, the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her, and the impact the resolution of the prophecy could have.
With, haunting, lyrical prose, this multi-layered story of family, friendship, and romance explores the timeless question of predetermination versus free will. And it takes readers on an unforgettable coming-of-age journey where one sister's self-discovery could have an impact of Biblical proportion."
I would like to thank Tina of Fantastic Book Review for hosting the awesome contest where I was lucky enough to score an ARC and some book swag for Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (which I'm super excited to read). Thanks Tina.


Library:
Author: Lian Hearn
Series: Tales of the Otori (book 1)
Publication Date: 2002
Synopsis: "This first book in a new epic trilogy has already become a bestselling sensation in England and Australia, earning comparisons to Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It begins with Legend of a Nightingale Floor in a black-walled fortress -- a floor that sings in alarm at the step of an assassin. It will take all the skills of an ancient Tribe, and all the passion of true courage, for one orphaned youth named Takeo to discover the magical destiny that awaits him . . . across the nightingale floor."
Across the Nightingale Floor is really good so far. I think I might just have to check out the sequel next time I'm at the library.

Author: Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler
Series: The Samurai Detective (book 2)
Publication Date: 2001
Synopsis: "The beautiful, mysterious women of Japan are being killed one by one. The famous samurai Judge Ooka knows he will need help to solve the crimes, so he turns to his newly adopted son, fourteen-year-old Seikei. Determined to prove his worth as a samurai, Seikei goes undercover as a teahouse attendant in the exotic "floating city" of Yoshiwara, where demons lurk among the pleasure seekers and no one is safe-not even a samurai."
I've already finished The Demon in the Teahouse and it was a better than the first one (The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn).

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publication Date: 1969
Synopsis: "Unstuck in time, Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut's shattered survivor of the Dresden bombing, relives his life over and over again under the gaze of aliens; he comes at last to some understanding of the human comedy. The basis of George Roy's great 1972 film and perhaps the signature student's novel in the 1960's embracing protest and the absurdity of war."
Frankly I decided to get Slaughterhouse Five because I couldn't think of anything else to get and I really wanted something to add to the two books from my last trip.

Bought:
Author: Alex Archer
Series: Rogue Angel (book 17)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "After shooting an episode of Chasing History's Monsters at a dig in Australia, Annja Creed is left feeling mildly unimpressed. The artifacts being uncovered are considered fringe by experts who doubt their authenticity. Annja is disappointed by the general lack of mystery involved. But her boredom is quickly replaced with fear when all that's left of her cameraman is a drop of blood on his hotel-room carpet.

As she looks for her friend, Annja narrowly escapes an attack by gunmen. She realizes her cameraman must have captured the image of something so valuable that someone would kill them for just having dared look at it. When it becomes clear that everyone on the dig is at risk, Annja begins to think they're in danger not because of what they saw, but who..."
Since the book after this one has been sitting unread on my shelf for months now; I'm super excited about Eternal Journey because once I read it I can finally read Sacrifice. *yay*

Well that's all for me this week in books. Can't wait to see what ya'll got book wise this week. :)

Orchid

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Hero and the Crown

Author: Robin McKinley
Title: The Hero and the Crown
Number of Pages: 227
Publication Date: 1984
Genre: Fantasy Novel
Synopsis: "From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices, Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn't refuse."

I loved The Hero and the Crown (I'm so looking for it next time I'm at a bookstore)!!! It is by far one of the best fantasy books I have ever read, the characters were great, especially Aerin the heroine of the book. The story was quite interesting (I started it right after I finished reading Ink Exchange and was already half done with it before I went to bed that night).
So back to my review. The story centers on Aerin who is the King's daughter who is feared by the court (because her mother was from the North and rumored to be a witch). Especially when Tor begins to treated her as more than a friend, although everyone but Aerin notices it.
Another thing I found to be quite fascinating about this book was how after much trial and error when she discovered how to make kenet; a salve that would make the wearer impervious to fire. She and her horse Talat (who was formally her father’s war horse; who was retired after he was injured in a battle) would go out and battle the dragons that were terrorising the country.
The only thing I didn’t like about The Hero and the Crown would have to have been the character Luthe. Who she met after nearly dying from the wounds she sustained after barely defeating Maur (the biggest dragon she’s ever faced). It could be just that I preferred Tor over Luthe, but he came across as a…well as a push-over, and a bit of a coward.
All in all The Hero and The Crown is fascinating action packed book written by the wonderful Robin McKinley. I definitely recommend it to anyone, especially those who love a good fantasy read.

The Hero and the Crown earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid

Monday, September 14, 2009

Award Time

 A couple of weeks ago I received this adorable Me-To-You award from Lindsay of Just Another Book Addict.
Isn't it just the cutest?
Thank you, Just Another Book Addict. I know I'm a bit slow about getting these things out, but oh well. Here are the seven bloggers that I am nominating for the Me-To-You award.
1. Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind
2. Zombie Girrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names
3. Holland of Quirky Logic
4. Eleni of La Femme Readers
5. Tina of Fantastic Book Review
6. Rachel of Garden in My Pocket
7. WillowRaven of Red House Books

Again Thank you to Lindsay of Just Another Book Addict. :)

Orchid

Saturday, September 12, 2009

In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Title: Third Girl
Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery
Publication Date: 1966
Synopsis: "A near-fatal dose of poison, a blood-stained knife, a revolver, and a family who are not what they seem figure in an extraordinary case that takes celebrated detective Hercule Poirot from a village estate to the bohemian streets of London--in a matter of life and death."


Series: French Revolution (book 1)
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: "An exciting, romantic novel set against the feverish backdrop of the French Revolution.

Clever and head-turningly attractive, fourteen-yearold Yann is an orphan who has been raised in Paris by TĂȘtu, a dwarf with secrets he has yet to reveal to the gypsy boy. It's the winter of 1789, and the duo have been working for a vain magician named Topolain. On the night when Topolain's vanity brings his own death, Yann's life truly begins. That's the night he meets shy Sido, an heiress with an ice-cold father, a young girl who has only known loneliness until now. Though they have the shortest of conversations, an attachment is born that will influence both their paths.
And what paths those will be! Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her, and he'll be up against a fearful villain who goes by the name Count Kalliovski, but who has often been called the devil. It'll take all of Yann's newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of his past and Sido's and to fight the devilish count.
As in the award-winning I, Coriander, Sally Gardner has masterfully combined the historical and the fantastical in this sumptuous, riveting adventure."

Used Bookstore:
Author: Alyson Noel
Title: Evermore
Series: The Immortals (book 1)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Ever, trying to drown out her new psychic powers by listening to loud music and covering herself with hooded sweatshirts and sunglasses, feels a sudden and overwhelming connection to Damen, the too-good-to-be true new guy at school. Unlike the other people she has encountered since the accident she somehow survived, she cannot see his aura or hear his thoughts. It is clear from the start that something is not quite normal with Damen. He does not seem to eat or sleep, conjures flowers, has the uncanny ability to seem to know what Ever is thinking, and has knowledge far beyond his seventeen years. Beautiful and cruel Drina seems determined to make to Ever suffer. Drina, Damen, and Ever share a long history as their lives have been entwined for hundreds of years. This first novel in the Immortals series will appeal to fans of the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, and in fact, seems heavily inspired by it. Although here the beings are immortal, the partial explanation of what that entails is revealed in the closing chapters of the book, which poke a healthy amount of fun at the idea of vampires existing. Ever is ultimately a likeable character as she heals and learns to forgive herself for the accident that killed the rest of her family and let go of her dead younger sister, Riley, who has been a companion to Ever throughout the book. She also falls head over heels in love during the process."


Since I still have yet to finish Graceling (one of my friends borrowed it and hasn’t returned it yet) and My Bonny Light Horseman from my last trip to library, so I only checked out two books this week, plus Evermore which I picked up at the used bookstore. They had the sequel Blue Moon, but I decided to only get the first one just in case I don't enjoy the first one. I checked out The Red Necklace because I’ve read just about every other book in the YA section (at one point or another) at my library. Third Girl simply because Agatha Christie is my all time favorite author, plus I’ve never read this one.

Well that’s all for me this week, so what did ya'll get this week?
Orchid

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Thief Lord

Number of Pages: 345
Publication Date: 2000 (2002 in English)
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Synopsis: "Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion."

I was a bit skeptical at first about The Thief Lord, being that the characters were so very young, but this book was simply amazing. Great story, good writing, and a great cast of characters.
I found the relationship between Prosper and Bo (cute, yet mischievous) to be quite refreshing, mainly the lengths in which Prosper went to ensure the safety and well being of his little brother (VS the typical siblings who don't get along very well) from running away from their horrid aunt (Esther was HORRIBLE) and uncle who only wanted to keep Bo (because he looked like an "angel") and were going to send him (Prosper) off to a boarding school were he would only get to see his brother every now and again (like the occasional holiday).
I absolutely loved their whole little gang of thieves (Prosper, Bo, Scipio, Hornet, Mosca, and Riccio).
The Thief Lord is a thrilling book about the trials and tribulations of a gang of street urchins and the troubled kid they call the Thief Lord.
So as to not give away the end of The Thief Lord I am going to conclude my review by saying that if you haven't read The Thief Lord yet what are you waiting for.

The Thief Lord earns 5 out of 5 pineapples. 
Orchid

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library Last Week (I forgot to publish it last weekend):
Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: Mississippi Jack
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 5)
Number of Pages: 624
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Novel
Synopsis: "The intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way. Will Jacky's carelessness and impulsive actions ultimately cause her beloved Jaimy to be left in her wake? Bold, daring, and downright fun, Jacky Faber proves once again that with resilience and can-do spirit, she can wiggle out of any scrape . . . well, almost."

Author: Robin McKinley
Title: The Hero and the Crown (prequel to The Blue Sword)
Number of Pages: 227
Publication Date: 1984
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices, Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn't refuse."

Library (this week)
Author: L.A. Meyer
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 6)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "The infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.

Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she’s secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets—all to save her dear friends. Then, in intrepid Jacky Faber style, she dons male clothing and worms her way into a post as galloper with the French army, ultimately leading a team of men to fight alongside the great Napoleon.
In this sixth installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures series, love and war collide as the irrepressible Jacky Faber sets off on a daring adventure she vowed she’d never take."

Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Title: Blood and Chocolate
Publication Date: 1997
Synopsis: "Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?"


Author: Agatha Christie
Title: Postern of Fate
Series: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery
Publication Date: 1973
Synopsis: "When Tommy and Tuppence Beresford move to a quiet English village, they are for once not looking for adventure, just a peaceful retirement. However, adventure is set to find them when they discover that their rambling old households many forgotten secrets. Who is Mary Jordan? And why has someone left a coded message in an old book about her 'unnatural' death?"

Author: Alexandre Dumas
Publication Date: 1844-1846
Synopsis: "For Edmond Dantes, life couldn't be better. At 19, he is soon to be captain of his own ship and about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But his life is suddenly turned upside down when on his wedding day he is arrested. Without a fair trial, he is condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If. Soon, it is clear that Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies, jealous of his success."



Author: Kristin Cashore
Title: Graceling
Series: Seven Kingdoms (book 1)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "In the course of her dark and eventful tale, Cashore plays with the idea of awkwardness, how at a certain age gifts and talents are burdens, how they make it impossible to feel comfortable in the world. And in this she writes a fairly realistic portrait of teenage life into the baroque courts of her outlandish kingdoms…In many respects Graceling is a study of mysterious angers: it offers a perfect parable of adolescence, as its characters struggle with turbulent emotions they must learn to control. The consequences are more tangible than they usually are in more mundane settings—if Katsa loses control, she breaks someone's jaw by accident—but the principle is the same. The teenage characters in this novel, like some we may know in life, grow into their graces. They realize that their monstrous individuality is not so monstrous after all."

I just realized that I am finally caught in the A Bloody Jack Adventure series, now I'm just going to have to wait for the seventh book to come out at the end of this month.

I was just about ready to go and check out my books, when I glanced at the shelf and there was Blood and Chocolate, which I haven't read in ages (I really should just buy it next time I see it).
The Hero and the Crown was awesome and I'm currently working on a review for it and Mississippi Jack and a few others from the week before that.
Can’t wait to see what everyone else got book wise this week.

Orchid

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Not Ready to Make Nice

I should really be reading Mississippi Jack right now (it's good), but my wrist really hurts and the book is kind of heavy. I also should've been putting a dent in it last night, but instead I watched Naruto: Guardians of the Crescent Kingdom (again) and a couple of other shows, and now here I am posting about videos and not finishing Mississippi Jack.
 Okay, I'm now done procrastinating, I'm going to go read (really I am) and leave you this video to watch.



Orchid
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