Saturday, May 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (45)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of 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: Caroline B. Cooney
Title: Both Sides of Time
Series: Time Travelers (book 1)
Publication Date: 1995
Synopsis: “Imagine changing centuries--and making things worse, not better, on both sides of time. Imagine being involved in two love triangles in two different centuries. What if, no matter which direction you travel in time, you must abandon someone you love? Meet 15-year-old Annie Lockwood, a romantic living in the wrong century. When she travels back a hundred years and lands in 1895--a time when privileged young ladies wear magnificent gowns, attend elegant parties, and are courted by handsome gentlemen--Annie at last finds romance. But she is a trespasser in time. Will she choose to stay in the past? Will she be allowed to?”

Author: Cassandra Clare
Title: City of Ashes
Series: The Mortal Instruments (book 2)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: “Welcome back to the exotic world beyond the shadows...
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father. To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace.How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?”

Author: Ally Carter
Title: Heist Society
Series: Heist Society (book 1)
Publication Date: 2010
Synopsis: “When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre . . . to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria . . . to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own — scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected. Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster’s priceless art collection has been stolen and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled off this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.”

Author: Carrie Jones
Title: Need
Series: Need (book 1)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: “Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane . . . but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now. She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right—not human—in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara. In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.”

Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Title: Diamonds in the Shadow
Publication Date: 2007
synopsis: "THE FINCH FAMILY did not know that five refugees landed from Africa on the day they went to the airport to welcome the family sponsored by their church. The Finch family only knew about the four refugees they were meeting - Andre, Celestine, Mattu, and Alake - mother, father, teenage son and daughter. Soon Jared realizes that the good guys are not always innocent, and he must make a decision that could change the fate of both families. This story presents many points of view and a fresh perspective on doing the right thing."

I am extremely excited about the books I've borrowed from the library this week. The only one on the list that I have already read before is Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney.
There are so many great books that I'm hard pressed to say which one I am looking foward to reading the most. Especially with tiles like Heist Society *yay*; City of Ashes *so glad it was checked back in*; Need *hope it's as goos as it sounds*; and last, but not least, Diamonds in the Shadow a fairly new book by Caroline B. Cooney.
Hope y'all had a great book week.
 
Orchid
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All books were borrowed from the library.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (8)

The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan.
The Demon's Covenant is the sequel to The Demon's Lexicon. Mae was always in control, but suddenly everyone she trusted is lying—and in danger.


Why: Because The Demon's Lexicon was awesome beyond all belief. Plus it reminds me of one of my favorite shows (Supernatural, but mainly the first two season though). I also think the cover is pretty interesting.

Orchid

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eye of the Crow

Author: Shane Peacock
Title: Eye of the Crow 1
Series: Boy Sherlock Holmes (book 1)
Publication Date: 2007
Number of Pages: 260
Genre: Mystery/YA
Synopsis: “Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way. But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.”

Sorry about the lack of posts this week, as in none, but I have been out with a cold and haven’t felt much like writing while sick.
Since I happen to be a fan of Sherlock Holmes’ stories (whether the original or someone else’s take on the character) I couldn’t pass up on reading Eye of the Crow, which was an awesome read.
Shane Peacock’s Sherlock Holmes2 is my second favorite take on the character. I really enjoyed reading about the authors take on how Sherlock Holmes got his start and what the character might have been like as a young teen.
One of the things I likes best about this book would have to be the interactions between Sherlock, Malefactor (the leader of a street gang), and Irene. They really just brought the story to life. Plus I loved the slight rivalry that was mixed with a bit of respect for each other that went on every time Sherlock and Malefactor came into contact with each other.
My favorite scene in Eye of the Crow would have to be when the young Sherlock Holmes is arrested and his escape from prison. This was my favorite scene in the book because it was kind of funny how easily he got out and away from his captors.
Eye of the Crow is extremely fast paced read with a fascinating murder mystery; and a quirky set of characters.
I would definitely recommend Eye of the Crow to anyone who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries; or to those looking to get their first taste of Sherlock Holmes.

Eye of the Crow earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Eye of the Crow was borrowed from the library.
2. In order my favorite Sherlocks would be: 1. Robert Downey Jr. from the Movie Sherlock Holmes; 2. Shane Peacock’s Young Sherlock Holmes; 3. and last, but not least the original Sherlock Holmes.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (44)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of 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: Pope Benedict XVI
Title: The Apostles1
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: "Through the Apostles, we come to Jesus himself." -- Pope Benedict XVI

In this fascinating and inspirational journey with the chosen disciples of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI demonstrates a profound, unbreakable continuity -- built upon the foundation of the Apostles and alive in the succession of the Apostles -- by which Christ is present today in His Church."

The Apostles by Pope Benedict XVI is actually my Mom’s library book, but she said it was interesting so I decided to give it a whirl and so far it’s a pretty interesting read. You just have to make it through the first four or five chapters for it to pick up. Since I have been sick since last Friday I haven’t made it to the library and this all for my IMM this week. Hope y’all had better week in books then I did. Although without being able to go to the library I have put a considerable dent in TBR pile which had been getting kind of long.

Orchid
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1. The Apostles was borrowed from the library.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In My Mailbox (43)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of 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: Melissa Marr
Title: Radiant Shadows1
Series: Wicked Lovely (book 4)
Publication Date: 2010
Synopsis: "Hunger for nourishment. Hunger for touch. Hunger to belong. Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death."

Author: Cassandra Clare
Title: City of Bones2
Series: The Mortal Instruments (book 1)
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: “Their hidden world is about to be revealed....

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary."

 Contest:
Author: Maria Semple
Title: This One is Mine3
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life—except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own. THIS ONE IS MINE is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more—and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness."

After taking a little over a week of from reading I feel reinvigorated and ready to tackle more books.
First off, I would like to thank the awesome Gwendolyn of A Sea of Books; I won This One is Mine from her. I can’t wait to read it.
To say I was shocked that my library had a copy of Radiant Shadows would be putting it mildly. I honestly thought it would be months before I would get a chance to read it, but lucky me they had it and I couldn’t resist getting it. I have also decided to start Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series; and so far I’m totally in love with the series.
Well, that’s all for me this week I books. Hope y’all had a great book week.

Orchid
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1. Radiant Shadows was borrowed from the library.
2. City of Bones was also borrowed from the library
3. This One is Mine was won from A Sea of Books.

1st Blogoversary Contest at Library Lounge Lizard

Darcy of Library Lounge Lizard is having a massive contest to celebrate her first blogoversary.
There will be two lucky winners in the contest. I would post a list of the ARCs that could be won, but the list is entirely too long. Be sure to check out this awesome contest.
:)

Orchid

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Vampire Book Contest at Babbling Flow

Hey guys, long time (no post). I know, but I though I'd share with y'all this awesome vampire prise pack contest happening over at Babbling Flow hosted by Sara. She is giving away five different vampire book packs from authors like: Charlaine Harris, Bram Stoker, Christopher Moore, Anne Rice, and Stephenie Meyer.
Be sure to check out this wonderful contest!

Orchid

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wish List wednesday (7)

To Hawaii, with Love by Michael Spradlin, 2006
Hawaii, here I come!

So, it turns out I'm this reincarnated goddess. Whatever that means. Of course, being a goddess apparently doesn't come with perfect hair or decent skin or even any neat-o superpowers. Nope. Apparently the only thing I get for being a goddess is one stark-raving mad nemesis — in this case, the old bull god Mithras, or at least this lunatic named Simon Blankenship, who thinks he's the present-day reincarnation of Mithras. And the only thing standing between him and total world domination?
Oh, right: me.
As if!
So now we have to find these seven talismans of power before he does. On the plus side, it turns out that one of them is in Hawaii . . . and hey, I bet we could fit some surfing in around saving the world, right?
Well, a goddess has got to do what a goddess has got to do!

Why: Because the first book, Live and Let shop, was one of the best light spy books that I have ever read. Plus this series now has a manga or two; and the characters were all pretty interesting. Besides I've been meaning to get this one since it came out fout years ago. :)

Update: I have read some many books this year, 71 or 72 last time I checked, that I'm going to take a week off from reading. So there won't be any IMM this week but I will try to get some more reviews finished and posted this week.
Orchid

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Eye Candy

Author: R.L. Stine
Title: Eye Candy
Publication Date: 2004
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Horror/YA
Synopsis: Lindy Sampson is a twenty-three-year-old New Yorker with a problem: She’s too beautiful. Guys are intimidated by her. Her roommate suggests Internet dating and writes a Personal ad for Lindy, calling her “Eye Candy.” The responses pour in. Suddenly, Lindy is dating four guys at once–and having the time of her life. Until she gets a terrifying note that warns: “Don’t say no, Lindy. Keep going out with me. I’ll mess you up if you ever say no.”

I had actually finished the review of Eye Candy a couple of weeks ago, but I accidentally deleted it before I got a chance to publish it. So here is take two of a review on R.L. Stine's Eye Candy.

Eye Candy was one of the best R.L. Stine books that I have ever read. It was thrilling and left me guessing till about near the end on who was actually threatening the MC.
In all of the books I have read by him, I have never failed to peg down who the villain was or pick apart the story early on in the book.
On a whole the characters didn’t really speak to me, but the story is what kept me reading and trying to figure everything out. Lindy was a bit irritating, especially since she kept going out with the three guys she meet online even when she was being threatened by someone she knew. It was just infuriating, although she did bring in the police after she got the first creepy call and her apartment was broken into.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book would have to be how the story was actually something that could feasibly happen in the real world and not just something that the author made up.
My favorite part of Eye Candy would have to be this odd twist near the end of the book. It was so out of left-field, plus it kind of throws you off of the trail of who the real culprit is.
My least favorite part of Eye Candy would have to have been the cover for the book. The cover was so drab that I almost didn’t give the book a try, but the synopsis sounded good…so I got it anyways.
Eye Candy was a solidly written book with a fantastic story. It was also one of, if not, R.L. Stine’s best books to date that I have ever read.

Eye Candy earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Orchid
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1. Eye Candy was borrowed from the library.

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