Saturday, October 31, 2009

In My Mailbox (19)

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: Mercedes Lackey
Title: Winds of Change
Publication Date: 1992
Synopsis: "In this sequel to Winds of Fate, Elspeth, heir to the throne of Valdemar, develops into a strong practitioner of magic under the tutelage of Darkwind k'Sheyna. Accepted as a member of the k'Sheyna clan of the Tayledras, magicians who cleanse lands damaged in the long-ago Magic Wars, Elspeth takes her turn in patrols searching for the vanished Falconsbane, an evil Adept who almost destroyed the clan, its Heartstone, and Darkwind's father Starblade. While Elspeth and Darkwind slowly and contentiously come to love each other, her companion Skif seeks the Changechild Nyara, daughter of Falconsbane, who turned against him to save the Vale of the k'Sheyna and then fled into the wilderness with the enchanted sword Need. Aided by the powerful but mysterious mage Firesong k'Treva, the Vale fights off another attempt at destruction by Falconsbane, while still greater powers put in an appearance and set the stage for the Mage Wind trilogy's projected third title. This is a charming, colorful and romantic coming-of-age tale, deeply imbued with the concept of responsibility as well as the imagined pleasures of power."

Author: Mercedes Lackey
Title: Winds of Fury
Publication Date: 1994
Synopsis: "Book Three of The Mage Winds trilogy. No longer the willful novice of Winds of Fate, Princess Herald Elspeth has completed her magical training. She returns to her homeland with her beloved partner Darkwind. Will they be strong enough to confront the magical evil which is threatening their land?"






Author: Claudia Grey
Title: Evernight
publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "Bianca wants to escape. At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.
When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed."

Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: Rapture of the Deep
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission—this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don't always go as planned.

Jacky has survived battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison. But no adventure has quite matched her opportunistic street-urchin desires—until now."

Author: E. Lockhart
Title: Dramarama
Publicatio Date: 2008
Synopsis; "Two theater-mad, self-invented  fabulositon Ohio teenagers.
One boy, one girl.
One gay, one straight.
One black, one white.
And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP.
It's a season of hormones,
gold lame,
hissy fits,
jazz hands,
song and dance,
true love,
and unitards
that will determine their future
—and test their friendship."


Author: John Marsden
Title: A Killing Frost
Series: Tomorrow (book 3)
Publication Date: 1995
Synopsis: "In the third installment of the Tomorrow saga, the anything-to-survive existence of Ellie and her friends has sharpened their senses and emboldened their plans. They aren't merely on the defensive anymore; they're also striking back. Their strategy? Attack the enemy not just on land, but also on water. If they have any hope of sabotaging the formidable container ship at Cobbler's Bay, then stealth is a must, but so, too, is one very big explosion. And if they fail, they may face a whole new kind of terror -- imprisonment."

So I have already finished all but Dramarama and let me tell you they were all awesome reads. from the second and third Mage Winds books, to Evernight, A Killing Frost (I love this series), and Rapture of the Deep (cannot wait for the eighth Bloody Jack book). Reviews will be up for most of the books as soon as I get a chance to write them. :)
Can't wait to see what everyone else got this week.

Orchid

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Winds of Change

Author: Mercedes Lackey
Title: The Winds of Change
Series: Mage Winds (book 3)
Number of Pages: 475
Publication Date: 1992
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "In this sequel to Winds of Fate, Elspeth, heir to the throne of Valdemar, develops into a strong practitioner of magic under the tutelage of Darkwind k'Sheyna. Accepted as a member of the k'Sheyna clan of the Tayledras, magicians who cleanse lands damaged in the long-ago Magic Wars, Elspeth takes her turn in patrols searching for the vanished Falconsbane, an evil Adept who almost destroyed the clan, its Heartstone, and Darkwind's father Starblade. While Elspeth and Darkwind slowly and contentiously come to love each other, her companion Skif seeks the Changechild Nyara, daughter of Falconsbane, who turned against him to save the Vale of the k'Sheyna and then fled into the wilderness with the enchanted sword Need. Aided by the powerful but mysterious mage Firesong k'Treva, the Vale fights off another attempt at destruction by Falconsbane, while still greater powers put in an appearance and set the stage for the Mage Wind trilogy's projected third title. This is a charming, colorful and romantic coming-of-age tale, deeply imbued with the concept of responsibility as well as the imagined pleasures of power."

The second book in the Mage Winds trilogy was just a bit slower than the first one, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying every minute of reading it. 
The one thing that I really enjoy about reading fantasy books is that the stories are generally told from more than one characters point of view. You get to see not only the hero’s journey, but you also get to delve deeper into the minds of the evil characters and find out what motivates them to do what they do. I believe that Mercedes Lackey has written one the most vile villains that I have ever read and not only that Falconsbane wasn't are heroes only problem, there was also Huulda and Ancar to boot. Who were just as bad as he was. Being that they all practicing blood mages.
I loved how Elspeth's character evolved from being a slightly selfish and impatient princess and became a little more normal in The Winds of Change.
On a whole The Winds of Change had kept the story flowing and prepared you for the final book in the  Mage Winds series.
I would definitely buy and re-read this both Wind of Fate and Winds of Change given a chance.


Winds of Change earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Orchid

Friday, October 23, 2009

My First Blogoversary!

I cannot believe that I completely forgot about my 1st Blogoversary. In honour of I'm going to be lazy and only post this video and work on a review to celebrate it. *yay*
I hope ya'll enjoy the video, I'm Gonna Take that Mountain by reba McEntire. :)


Orchid

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Dead of Night

Author: John Marsden
Title: The Dead of Night
Series: Tomorrow (book 2)
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 1997
Genre: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: "A few months after the first fighter jets landed in their own backyard, Ellie and her five terrified but defiant friends struggle to survive amid a baffling conflict. Their families are unreachable; the mountains are now their home. When two of them fall behind enemy lines, Ellie knows what must happen next: a rescue mission. Homer, the strongest and most unpredictable among them, is the one to take charge. While others have their doubts about his abilities, Homer has no choice but to prove them wrong - or risk losing everything to the enemy."

The Dead of Night1 was an amazing follow up to Tomorrow, When the War Began2. While they're slowly starting to crumble after the loss of both Corrie and Kevin in the last book3.

One of the things that I am finding that I love about this series is how every time they seem to be making progress some calamity happens to throw a wrench in their survival. Corrie being shot in the first book and Kevin taking her to the hospitable, their joining up with Harvey's Heroes, and the death of Chris do to his drinking and driving while he was left alone.
I absolutely loathed4 the leader of Harvey's Heroes and his 'men' only missions, while the females were stuck doing the cleaning and cooking5.
Another great thing is how their not only trying to survive and keep from getting killed or killing each other, they are still trying to be normal kids; their dealing the consequences of taking the lives of others, stealing, and yes, there is some romance between a few of the characters.
Back to Harvey's Heroes, so while trying to find another way out of Hell6 they run across HH and join up with them, at first they're relived to no longer be in charge, until they realize that HH only attack transports that have long since been abandoned, and on the first job that Ellie and them are spectators for7 they're ambushed and HH's campsite is the home of a massacre. If that weren't bad enough, after barely surviving and being back in Hell for couple weeks, the kids begin to plan their next job and after many nights of surveillance they find that Harvey has turned traitor and begin to plan his downfall.
So far the Tomorrow series is extremely hard to put down and I cannot wait to read the third book.


The Dead of Night earns 5 out 5 pineapples.

Orchid
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1. I got The Dead of Night from my library.
2. Tomorrow, When the War Began was an awesome read check out my review here.
3. Corrie was shot near the end of the first book.
4. I say loathed because hate is such a strong word.
5. I'd rather clean the kitchen then have to cook.
6. Hell, the name of the canyonish place that they happen to call "home".
7.  Spectators for a "dangerous" mission, something is definitely wrong with this group.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tomorrow, When the War Began

Author: John Marsden
Title: Tomorrow, When the War Began
Series: Tomorrow (book1)
Number of Pages: 277
Publication Date: 1995
Genre: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: "When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they're leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong--horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured--including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight."

Tomorrow, When the War Began1 was simply gripping. I could hardly put it down, as I wondered what would happen to Ellie and her friends. John  Marsden did an excellent job on writing this highly thrilling book.
The scary part about this book was how the characters had been talking about how easy it would be for the country to be invaded during the fair, when every one would be on the showgrounds. Then they come back and their families are gond and the animals are all dead or dying.
A great thing about Tomorrow, When the War Began is how the characters aren't all brave and macho; they're scared out of their wits and just trying to survive this ordeal, while trying ot help their families and each other.
I actually liked every part of Tomorrow, When the War Began and wouldn't change a single thing about it. It had plenty of action, the characters were believable, and the plot was highly interesting.
In short I would definitely recommend this book. Although, I wouldn't recommend reading it if you're under 14 yearsz old. :)

Tomorrow, When the War Began earns 5 out of 5 pineapples (my pineapples pictures got erased, so no pic of them today2).

Orchid
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1. I borrowed Tomorrow, When the War Began from my library.
2. I'm really bummed that my pics got erased, I worked so hard editing them online.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

In My Mailbox (18)

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: Mercedes Lackey
Title: Winds of Change
Series: Mage Winds (book 2)
Publication Date: 1992
Synopsis: "In The Mage Winds trilogy, which began with the best-selling novel,Winds of Fate, author Mercedes Lackey continues the epic that started with her first published book, Arrows of the Queen introduced readers to the remarkable land of Valdemar, the kingdom protected by its Heralds--men and women gifted with extraordinary mind powers--aided and served by their mysterious Companions--horselike beings who know the many secrets of Valdemar's magical heritage. None but the Companions remember the long-ago age when high magic was lost to Valdemar as the last Herald-Mage gave his life to protect his kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries.

But now the protective barrier set so long ago over Valdemar is crumbling, and with the realm imperiled by the dark magic of Ancar of Hardorn, Princess Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, has gone on a desperate quest in search of a mentor who can teach her to wield her fledgling mage-powers and help her to defend her threatened kingdom."

Author: John Marsden
Title: Tomorrow, When the War Began
Series: Tomorrow series (book 1)
Publication Date: 1995
Synopsis: "When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they're leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong--horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured--including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight."


Author: John Marsden
Title: The Dead of Night
Series: Tommorow series (book 2)
Publication Date: 1997
Synopsis: "A few months after the first fighter jets landed in their own backyard, Ellie and her five terrified but defiant friends struggle to survive amid a baffling conflict. Their families are unreachable; the mountains are now their home. When two of them fall behind enemy lines, Ellie knows what must happen next: a rescue mission. Homer, the strongest and most unpredictable among them, is the one to take charge. While others have their doubts about his abilities, Homer has no choice but to prove them wrong - or risk losing everything to the enemy."

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Title: Fruits Basket
Series: Fruits Basket (book 4)
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "When the infamous Akito makes an in-class appearance at the start of the school year, the Sohma family worries that his arrival will be an uncensored exercise of show-and-tell about Yuki's past. Meanwhile, when Ayame vows to rekindle his brothers' lost friendship, he begins to realize that you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family -- especially when they're acting like animals!"


Author: H.G. Wells
Title: The Time Machine and The Invisible Man
Publication Date: 1895 and 1897
Synopsis: "The Time Machine, H. G. Wells’s first novel, is a tale of Darwinian evolution taken to its extreme. Its hero, a young scientist, travels 800,000 years into the future and discovers a dying earth populated by two strange humanoid species: the brutal Morlocks and the gentle but nearly helpless Eloi."
Synopsis: "The Invisible Man mixes chilling terror, suspense, and acute psychological understanding into a tale of an equally adventurous scientist who discovers the formula for invisibility—a secret that drives him mad."

OMZ, if you haven't read Tomorrow, When the War Began yet, I highly suggest that your remedy that. I devoured it and couldn't resist getting the sequel. Fruits Basket is still awesomely funny, to bad my library doesn't have the 5th or 6th volumes. Winds of Change is awesome I am almost done with it.
Hope ya'll all had a great week in books. My computer's on the frits, so no pictures. :(

Orchid

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Winds of Fate

Author: Mercedes Lackey
Title: Winds of Fate
Series: Mage Winds (book1)
Number of Pages: 385
Publication Date: 1991
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "Elspeth, future queen of Valdemar, and her long-term friend, teacher, and fellow Herald, Skif, set out to locate a mage who will either train her or return with them to protect their home."

Winds of Fate1 was beyond awesome. Mercedes Lackey2 did a wonderful job creating an interesting story, set in its own little world full a magic, with an interesting cast characters chock full of flaws.
I liked the Heralds (Elspeth and Skif) and their Companions (Gwena and Cymery3), but I think my favorite group of people in the book would have to be the Tayledras4; they're just really cool; while the Heralds have their Companions the Hawkbrothers have Bondbirds which are bigger and smarter than your average bird. Fave non humans, the gryphons5 Treyvan and Hydona.
Another thing that I liked about Winds of Fate was that the main villain in the book was a truly despicable guy, who altered his appearance to where he no longer resembled a human and that he was absolutely messed up and all sorts of crazy.
My least favorite part would have to have been the character Skif at certain points in the story, especially when he thought himself to be in love with Elspeth.
Although the story slowed down a bit when Elspeth and Skif where traveling in search of mages to take back to Valdemar. Other than that, Winds of Fate is a quick read that I would recommend to those who like a good fantasy read.
I enjoyed Winds of Fate so much that I went and picked up Winds of Change today when I went to the library (again6).

Winds of Fate earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

Orchid7
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1. Winds of Fate was one of my latest library finds.
2. I'd definitely rank Mercedes Lackey as one of my favorite author.
3. which are spirits that kind of look like horses. It's hard to explain them
4. who kind of remind me of elves.
5. The gryphons remind me another one of my favorite books/authors; The Darklord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones.
6. I think their starting to recognize me there.
7. I hope Zombie Girrrl doesn't mind that I put footnotes in this post.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tiny Blog: Contest

And now for a special announcement: My friend Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind is hosting a book themed Pumpkin Carving Contest over at her blog. Winner wins a paperback of one of these lovely books. Which in my opinion are all awesome reads. For further deets click here.
I almost forgot, Dahlia kindly asked me to be one of the guest judges for the Pumpkin Carving contest.


And now back to our regular scheduled programming of reviews, music videos, and the occasional movie review/video.
Orchid

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Uprising

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Title: Uprising
Number of Pages: 330
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: "Three girls become unlikely friends during troubled times in early 1900s New York City. Bella, newly arrived from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of others, she works long hours at a guieling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when conditions worsen, she joins a historic strike. Wealthy Jane learns of the plight of the workers and becomes involved in their cause. And all three girls are at the Triangle factory on March 26, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in fire. Can any of them survive?"

Uprising (I am so happy that my library had this book) was so good that I am temporarily by passing the other books I need to review so that I can review it.

Margaret Peterson Haddix's writing in Uprising is good that I could barely put it down. It had me wanting to continue reading it long after I should have been asleep. The characters all had such great depth and different personalities and the story was highly captivating.
Each chapter is told from the perspective of the three main characters (Bella, Yetta, and Jane).
I absolutely loved, loved the Bella, Yetta, and Jane they each had their own voices and their struggles while they were also so very different. With their different things they wanted out of life.
Bella and Yetta were both immigrants working in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory and sending money back to their families. While also striking for better working conditions and for fair treatment. Jane was the rich girl, who spurned her father's dirty money; who also befriended Bella and Yetta.
I think my favorite part in Uprising was when Jane defied her father and governess/nanny whatever she was (I cannot seem to remember her name) and left home to help with the strike.
Even when it came down to the end when the factory caught on fire I couldn’t put it down, all because I wanted to find out what would happen to Bella, Jane, and Yetta.
In order to prevent myself from giving away too much in my review I’m ending it here. Uprising was so good that it has made its way onto my favorite books list and I hope that you’ll give this wonderful book a try (okay, now I’m done).


Uprising earns a grand total of 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Orchid

Friday, October 9, 2009

In My Mailbox (17)

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: Natsuki Takaya
Title: Fruits Basket
Series: Fruits Basket (vol 2)
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "The enigmatic Sohma family shares a great secret -- they are possessed by spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, and when they are hugged by members of the opposite sex, they transform into their Zodiac animal! Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school freshman, is given lodging in the Sohma household in exchange for taking care of household chores. The humble Tohru is quite grateful for the Sohma family's generosity, but the lnger she stays with them, the more they realize what a blessing she is in their lives as well."

 

Author: Bisco Hatori
Title: Ouran High School Host Club
Series: Ouran High School Host Club (vol 1)
Publication Date: 2005
Synopis: "One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the 'Host Club', a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it's there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else."

Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Title: Naruto
Series: Naruto (vol 1)
Publication Date: 2003
Synopsis: "Naruto is a ninja-in-training with a need for attention, a knack for mischief and, sealed within him, a strange, formidable power. His antics amuse his instructor Kakashi and irritate his teammates, intense Sasuke and witty Sakura, but Naruto is serious about becoming the greatest ninja in the village of Konohagakure! Believe it!"


Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Title: Uprising
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: "Around her the workers were screaming out prayers and curses.... She herself was sobbing tearlessly.... Her only prayer was still, "I don't want to die." Oh, please, God, don't let me die, she thought. I've never even had a chance to live.
Bella, newly arrived in New York from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of other immigrants, she works long hours at a grueling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when factory conditions worsen, she helps workers rise up in a strike. Wealthy Jane learns of the plight of the workers and becomes involved with their cause. Bella and Yetta are at work — and Jane is visiting the factory — on March 25, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in fire, leading to one of the worst workplace disasters ever.
Margaret Peterson Haddix draws on extensive historical research to bring the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire to tangible life through her thrilling story of Bella, Yetta, and Jane."

Author: Natsuki Takaya
Title: Fruits Basket
Series Fruits Basket (vol 3)
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "It's Valentines Day and you know what that means -- lots of chocolates for the cutest boys at school! In this case, it's a pretty close tie between hot-headed Kyo Sohma and Yuki 'prince charming' Sohma. Of course the kind-hearted Tohru, guest of the Sohma family, has chocolates for everyone! But when White Day comes around, what will the Sohma family give back? How about a trip to the family hot springs?! Also, a new member of the Zodiac shows up at school to lay the 'MOO'ves on Kyo."


Author: Tatsuya Hamazaki
Title: .Hack//Legend of the Twilight
Series: .Hack//Legend of the Twilight (vol 1)
Publication Date: 2003
Synopsis: "Old-fashioned role-playing games have experienced a renaissance on the World Wide Web. Twins Rena and Shugo are two middle-school students who enter 'The World' as level one game characters. When Shugo's character dies, he is transported to another level where he is entrusted to bear the Twilight Bracelet by the mysterious Aura. Shugo must find out who Aura is and why she gave him this powerful weapon to protect his sister from the peculiar characters in 'The World'."


Author: Mercedes Lackey
Title: Winds of Fate
Series: Mage Winds (book 1)
Publication Date: 1992
Synopsis: "Lackey, who has enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Arrows of the Queen in 1987, scores another hit with the paperback release of the first book in an exciting new series. High magic had been lost to Valdemar when he gave his life to save his kingdom from destruction by the dark sorceries. Now it falls to Elspeth Herald, heir to the throne, to take up the challenge and seek a mentor who will awaken her mage abilities."
 
As you can see this week's In My Mailbox is extremely long. It’s because I have visited the library at least twice this week because the books I put on hold never seem to all come in at the same time. So I have to keep going back to pick up the rest of them, but maybe that's a good thing.
I have already read and returned some of the books that I checked out Ouran High School Host Club vol 1 and Fruits Basket vol 2 (which were both awesomely funny). I've also already finished Naruto vol 1 (but have yet to return it). I’m also almost done with Uprising (which is so very good. Can’t wait to finish it). I also picked up volume 3 of Fruits Basket, vol 1 of .Hack//Legends of the Twilight, and Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey who happens to be one of my all time favorite authors.
Well that's all for me this week in books. Cannot wait to see what ya'll got.


Orchid

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Luck of Texas McCoy

Author: Carolyn Meyer
Title: The Luck of Texas McCoy
Number of Pages: 183
Publication Date: 1984
Genre: Fiction
Synopsis: "Sixteen-year-old Texas, in order to keep the ranch left to her by her grandfather, sells some acreage to a movie company as a location for western films, and finds herself becoming involved with a young actor."

The last time I read The Luck of Texas McCoy was at least six years ago and when I saw it on my libraries website I decided to put it on hold so that might read it again. Thankfully it was just as good as I remember it to be.
The Luck of Texas McCoy is about a sixteen year old girl named Texas (she changed her name from Melanie when she was thirteen) who after her grandfathers death inherits the family ranch. Because she's the only one left who wouldn't sell after he was gone. Along with the ranch she also inherits his debts and has to find a way to cope with missing him, paying off his debts, and turning the Lazy B into a successful working ranch.
If that wasn't hard enough her mother, sister, and grandmother move out leaving her all alone.
Along the way she makes some new friends and deals with her grief over losing her grandfather.
There's only one thing I would change about the book and that would be how after the death of Texas's grandfather she dropped out of school to run the ranch, that is the only thing about the actual book that I didn't like or agree with.
The only thing that made me mad was that some previous reader of The Luck of Texas McCoy took a pen and crossed out the two minor curse words that were used a grand total of, like, five times. It just irks me when people deface books, it's one thing if it's your own book, but to mark one that doesn't belong to you well that's just not cool.
The Luck of Texas McCoy is definitely a must read that I would recommend, if you can find it that is.

The Luck of Texas McCoy earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

I couldn't find a picture of the cover anywhere online, so I had to scan it into my computer and crop the picture. All so I could have the cover as part of my review and IMM.

Orchid

Saturday, October 3, 2009

In My Mailbox (16)

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: Lian Hearn
Series: Tales of the Otori (book 2)
Publication Date: 2003
Synopsis: "The spellbinding second installment of the internationally bestselling Tales of the Otori trilogy transports readers back to a mythical, medieval Japan in a story of clashing powers, divided loyalties, and passionate love."

After reading Across the Nightingale Floor I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book in the Tales of the Otori series, so when I saw it at my library I just had to have it.


Series: Montmorency (book 1)
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "When a petty thief falls through a glass roof while fleeing from the police, it should have been the death of him. Instead, it marks the beginning of a whole new life. Soon he has become the most successful -- and elusive -- burglar in Victorian London, plotting daring raids and using London's new sewer system to escape. He adopts a dual existence to fit his new lifestyle, taking on the roles of a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency and his corrupt servant, Scarper."

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? sounded interesting, so I added it to my list of books to borrow. And so far it's really good. Too bad my library doesn't have the rest of the series.

Author: Carolyn Meyer
Publication Date: 1984
Synopsis: "Sixteen-year-old Texas, in order to keep the ranch left to her by her grandfather, sells some acreage to a movie company as a location for western films, and finds herself becoming involved with a young actor."

I was so excited when I saw The Luck of Texas McCoy on my libraries website. Especially since I haven't read this book in a few years and can't find a copy of it anywhere. Speaking of not being able to find it, I cannot find a picture of the cover anywhere.
I already finished re-reading The Luck of Texas McCoy. I'd tell you what I thought about it, but you'll just have to wait for my review of it. Which will be out tomorrow.

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

Orchid

Friday, October 2, 2009

More Awards

Appearently I have fallen behind on accepting and giving out some of my awards. First off I would like to send out my thanks to the following bloggers who gifted me with some awesome awards:  Heather for the Lemonade Award (thank you), Zombie Girrl for the Proximade Award and Humane Award (thank you, and sorry it took so long to pass it along). Since I have to give out three awards, I'm only giving out five per an award.

The Lemonade Award (From Heather of Gofita's Pages):

The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows great attitude or gratitude.
Here are the rules for accepting this award:
- Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
- Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
- Link your nominees within your post.
- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.

The Proximade Award (From Zombie Girrrl Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names):

This blog invests and believes in the Proximity - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award.

The Humane Award (From Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names):
About the Humane Award, which was created by Eleni.
This award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendship trhough the blog world.

Rules:
-Nominate 10 bloggers you feel deserve the Humane Award

The Lemonade award nominees are:
1. Morgan of Books and Literature for Teens
2. Tina of Fantastic Book Review
3. Rachel of Garden in My Pocket
4. Darcy of Library Lounge Lizard
5. Greenbean Teen Queen

The Humane award nominees are:
1. Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind
2. Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines and Takin' Names
3. Eleni of La Femme Readers
4. Alyssa of Teens Read and Write
5. WillowRaven of Red House Books

The Proximade Award nominees are:
1. Ravenous Reader of  Tales of the Ravenous Reader
2. Sab H. of Crystal Reviews
3. Froggy of Froggaritaville's Bookcase
4. Adele of Persnickety Snark
5. Lauren of Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Again my thanks to Zombie Girrrl and Gofita for the awesome awards. And congratulations to all the award nominees.

Orchid

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tiny Blog: A Cleaner Sidebar



I think I have finally finished cleaning up my sidebars and adding buttons with links to my reviews, IMM's, old quotes, and awards. Hope ya'll enjoy a less cluttered sidebar, a new future (buttons), and a more uniformed widget collection with brand new names for them that correspond with my blog name. On top of that I have even changed my profile pic.
Let me know what ya'll think.

P.S. If your a follower of my blog and would like to see your blog as one of My Favorite Haunts (it's my blog roll) leave me a comment telling me which blog of your to add and I'll add it to the list.
Orchid
Are you a middle grade author, want your book to be spotlighted this year during the challenge on my blog? Than this post is just for you. All about Middle Grade Challenge

Sign up for the 2014 All about Middle Grade Reading Challenge.

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