Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (10)

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!

This weeks teaser comes from The Blue Girl (Newford) by Charles de Lint.
"I haven't changed my mind," I tell him.
"I didn't think you had," he says.
"Then why are you here?"
"I'm not here for you."
page 149 


                                           

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon: End

I had a ton of fun during the Dusk Till Dawn Read-a-Thon, And I even managed to get quite a few books read. *yay* (The computer I'm on is super sloww.. so no pics.)
Thanks to all the wonderful read-a-thon people, wish I could have participated in the contest, but I was unable to get online for a few days.

 Here are the books that I read during the Read-a-Thon:
The Ruins of Gorlan- John Flangan (so good)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (really good with a shocking end)
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax- Dorothy Gilman (Mrs. Poolifax is so fuuny)
The Blue Girl- Charles de Lint (one fantastic book)

Outside of the read-a-thon I read Priestblock: A Memoir of Dachau, which was an incredible book.
Reviews of all book will be up in the next few weeks. ^_^

Orchid

Glass Houses

Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, book 1) by Rachel Caine; 2006.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

I was actually (almost) very disappointed in Glass Houses. The beginning was just so slow that I nearly put it aside for something else, but instead I decided to give it a little longer to pick up; I ended up thoroughly engrossed in the book and staying up way too late (again) because I just had to know how it was going to end.

   Although it ended up being a really good read I was a bit turned off with the repetitiveness of Claire and her inability to stand up for herself, but at least she finally did something about it.
   On a whole my favorite character was Shane, cliché as it might sound I liked the whole heart of gold/broken, miss-titled “bad boy”. The one thing I liked about the main character Claire was that she was a smart female character, without being annoyingly irritating with downplaying how smart she actually was.
   I found Morganville to be quite interesting with how the “mortals” had to have a sponsor and wear those bracelets. The other thing that I found to be fascinating about the Morganville was how those who left would forget that it was run by vampires or that anything strange went on there, it was definitely on odd twist.
   One I got pass the slow start to the book, I really got into the authors style of writing and found myself completely hooked right through the very end.
   My favorite part of the book is the (you guessed it) was the big fight scene near the end of the book.
There’s one part of the book that I both love and hate, the end. I mean come on how cruel to leave off with that kind of a cliffhanger (possible death. On the last page), whatever will I do until the second book comes in?
  In the end I really enjoyed reading Glass Houses and am eagerly waiting to get the second book from the library.

I would definitely recommend Glass Houses to all vampire/YA lovers.

Glass Houses earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
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1. Glass Houses was borrowed from the library. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dusk Till Dawn Read-a-Thon


As you can see I have decided to participate in another read-a-thon. I just couldn't resist the Dusk Till Dawn
read-a-thon, hosted by Jenn of Book-Crazy becausee that just so happens to be my prime reading time. Interested in joing in enter here.

Here's a list of books I plan on trying to get though during the read a thon:
The Blue Girl- Charles de Lint
The Dead Girl's Dance- Rachel Caine
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax- Dorothy Gilman
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Ruins of Gorlan- John Flanagan 

Wish List Wednesday (19)

All Just Glass (Den of Shadows, book 7) by Amelia Atwater Rhodes, Jan. 11, 2011.
Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.

Aida Vida is Sarah's older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida's mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.
Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia's fans—old and new.
Why? I loved the Den of Shadows series, plus I've always wondered what happened to Sarah after she was turned into a vampire and what hehr family would do about it once they found out.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (9)

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!

My current read is The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.
"Yes, I know that, Reynie said, "but why do you have one with you?" Most people don't carry buckets around for no particular reason." Page 38.

                                              

Monday, August 23, 2010

Secret Vampire

Secret Vampire (Night world, book 1) by L.J. Smith; 1996.
The series takes place in a world similar to our own but one where vampires, witches, werewolves and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: 1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World's existence and, 2) Never fall in love with one of them.
In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.
When I first picked up Secret Vampire, I had no idea that it was going to be such a (near) tear-jerker of a read. Although I did know going in that Poppy (the MC) was extremely sick and was dying, I really thought that part of the storyline was going to be played down, but it wasn’t and it definitely gave the book more depth.

One of my favorite things about this book was how believable the characters reactions to what was going on were. Their pain was so obvious that you couldn’t help but feel bad for them.
I really liked the conflict that went on between Ash and James over Poppy. James was in trying to keep them apart for their own safety. It added a diversion from what was going on in the North house and kind of lightened it up a bit.
My favorite scene in Secret Vampire is when poppy’s twin brother has a melt down, the writing for that part very nearly made me cry at the pain he was feeling over loosing his sister.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the whole thing with soulmates, it very nearly ruined the book for me because it was just so…well, weird.

I would absolutely recommend Secret Vampire to all vampire readers.

Secret Vampire 5 out of 5 pineapples.

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1. Secret Vampire is part of my personal collection.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

In My Mailbox (55)

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:
Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, book 1) by Rachel Caine; 2006.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
Can I just say that Glass Houses was awesome. I finished it Thursday night (couldn't put it down to go to bed).  

The China Governess (Albert Campion, book 17) by Margery Allingham; 1962.
Timothy Kinnit is rich, handsome and well-bred. He seems to have everything. Then, on the eve of his elopement, he learns that he was adopted, and he is desperate to know who he really is. Someone seems no less keen to stop him finding out. Violence, deception and death bedevil the post-war housing estate that has grown from the ashes of the notorious Turk Street Mile, and the shadow of a long-forgotten murder hangs over it all — until Luke and Campion are finally able to dispel the darkness.
Margery Allingham's book sounded kind like an Agatha Christie murder mystery, so I decided to give it a try. Too bad my library didn't have the first though *sigh*. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's good.

The Blue Girl (Newford, book 17) by Charles de Lint; 2004.
When Imogene, her mother, and her brother move to Newford, she decides to reinvent herself-this time she won't go looking for trouble. She quickly gets to know two very different people. Maxine is a "good girl," following a strict life plan. Imogene helps Maxine loosen up and break a few rules, and in turn Maxine keeps her on the straight and narrow. Imogene's other new friend is a little more unusual. His name is Adrian. He is a ghost. Adrian was killed when he jumped off the high school roof in 1998, and hasn't left since. He has a huge crush on her--so much so that he wants her to see the fairies that also haunt the school. The fairies invade Imogene's dreams, blurring the line between the unreal and the real. When her imaginary childhood friend Pelly actually manifests, Imogene knows something is terribly wrong. With Maxine, Adrian, and Pelly's help, Imogene challenges the dark forces of Faery. This compelling novel from Charles de Lint, the acknowledged founder of the "urban fantasy" genre, is set in the city of Newford, home to some of his best stories. After reading it, you will want to live in Newford, too. 
I have finally (after a couple of years) decided that it was high time I read The Blue Girl, which sounds like an amazing read. I cannot wait to start it!

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax. book 2) by Dorothy Gilman; 1970.
When Emily Pollifax answers the phone that Sunday morning, she quickly forgets all about her Garden Club tea that afternoon. For the voice on the other end belonged to a man she had never seen, a man from the CIA who asked her if she could leave immediately on a mission that would take her halfway across the world! What could Mrs. Pollifax say but yes?
I loved The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax and couldn't wait to read about her next adventure, so I requested this one as soon as I had finished the first one.

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, book 1) by John Flanagan; 2005.
He had always wanted to be a warrior. The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, made him nervous. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now fifteen year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t realize yet is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied . . . .
The Ruins of Gorlan is another book that I have been wanting to read for awhile, but that I always kept putting off. Although i really cannot wait to read it now.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes short stories) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; 1894.
Eleven of the best and most popular tales of the immortal sleuth include "Silver Blaze," concerning the "curious incident of the dog in the night-time"; "The Greek Interpreter," starring Holmes' even more formidable brother, Mycroft; and "The Final Problem," the detective's notorious confrontation with arch-criminal Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was so good that I immediately ordered The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. I had the hardest time finding a synopsis for this book.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society, book 1) by Trenton Stewart, 2007.
ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities?

When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Welcome to the mysterious benedict society.
I had seen this title floating around the blogosphere, so when I saw it at the library I decided I'd give it a go.

Borrowed:
Priestblock 25487: A Memoir of Dachau by Jean Bernard; 2008.
In May 1941, Father Jean Bernard was arrested for denouncing the Nazis and deported from his native Luxembourg to Dachau's "Priest Block," a barracks that housed more than 3,000 clergymen of various denominations (the vast majority Roman Catholic priests).

Priestblock 25487 tells the gripping true story of his survival amid inhuman brutality and torture.
This inspiring book, originally published in Germany in 1963, was adapted into the award-winning film The Ninth Day in 2004.
Now translated into English for the first time, Priestblock features a Preface by Seán Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and an Introduction by Robert Royal.
I'd like to thank Zombie Girrl for lending me her copy of Pristblock 25487.

Review:
Pegasus ARC by Robin McKinley; Nov. 2nd, 2010.
A gorgeously-written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her pegasus

Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But it’s different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close—so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo—and possibly to the future safety of their two nations. (synopsis from goodreads.com)
I'd like to thank Sara from Penguin Group. I really cannot wait to read Robin McKinley's latest book.

I do believe that that is it for me this week in books. Hope you guys had a fantastic week.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; 1892, 304 pages.
He's rude, arrogant, cold, unfriendly, and easily bored. But nobody minds, because Sherlock Holmes is a genius at solving mysteries. This collection of some of Holmes's most intriguing cases includes unabridged tales of blackmail, lost fortunes, and, of course, murder.
I found The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to be very hard to put down (except for the fact that the version I was reading was a big clunky hardback).
 The best thing about The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, other than Holmes and Watson, would have to be the writing. I was absolutely blown away by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing style. I don’t know if this goes for other mystery readers, but I like to match wits with the detectives in the mysteries that I read and see if I can beat them to the conclusion of their cases (and I got nearly all of them before the end of each case).
   Another thing I liked about the book was how the majority of the cases weren’t murder cases. They were mainly missing people, missing things, and the occasional murder.
  I think the best thing about Holmes as a character is how eccentric he is, like, how he enjoys taking on “odd” cases and his method for solving them.
   Out of the whole book my favorite case would have to have been A Scandal in Bohemia. The reason that it was my favorite case from the book would have to be that its one of the few cases where Sherlock Holmes fails to finish a job. Besides it’s always interesting to see a character, even one you really like reading about, get outsmarted by their opponent.
   My only complaints about the whole book are mainly against the volume I had which was heavy with sharp corners, so all in all I loved the book hated the binding.

I would definitely recommend The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, it's an excellent detective driven mystery read that is well worth the time to read.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (17)

Private Lives (Net Force Explorers, book 9) by Tom Clancy; 2000.
The techno-teens of the Net Force Explorers are just as smart as their adult counterparts when it comes to 21st century crimes and misdemeanors.


Now, the Explorers must delve into cyberspace--and the secrets of the past--to prove their commander innocent of murder....

Why: I want Private Lives because it was one of the first Net Force Explorers books that I read and it got me completely hooked on the series. Plus it doesn't hurt that it's one of my favorite books.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (8)

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!
This week I am drawing my teaser from Priestblock 25487: A Memoir of Dachau by Jean Bernard, which I borrowed from Zombie Girrrl.
The gate closes behind us. We are in a different world. page 11

                                

Tiny Blog: Computer Problems

Hey guys just wanted to let y'all know not to expect any posts for awhile. My (dinosaur) of a computer decided to crash last night and won't even turn on today, so I'm posting this from the library (where I can't even get Twitter to open).

Update:
Crisis averted. My dad fixed my computer when he got home.

  

Saturday, August 14, 2010

In My Mailbox (54)

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.

Contest:
Incarceron ARC (Incarceron book 1) by Catherine Fisher, 2010.
Incarceron is a prison unlike any other: Its inmates live not only in cells, but also in metal forests, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness. The prison has been sealed for centuries, and only one man, legend says, has ever escaped.

  Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, can’t remember his childhood and believes he came from Outside Incarceron. He’s going to escape, even though most inmates don’t believe that Outside even exists. And then Finn finds a crystal key and through it, a girl named Claudia.
  Claudia claims to live Outside—her father is the Warden of Incarceron and she’s doomed to an arranged marriage. If she helps Finn escape, she will need his help in return. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know.
   Because Incarceron is alive.

A huge thanks goes out to Angela of Reading Angel; I won Incarceron during the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon, can't wait to read it.

Prophecy of Days (The Daykeeper's Grimoire, book 1) by Christy Raedeke; 2010.
Can one (super smart) girl (who just wants to be discovered) decipher the cryptic Mayan calendar prophecy and SAVE THE WORLD?
When her safe-cracker mom and code-breaker dad inherit a dreary Scottish castle, sixteen-year-old Caity Mac Fireland is not happy. Ripped from her cushy life and friends in San Francisco, Caity’s secret fantasy of being discovered by a Hollywood agent, talent scout, or even just a pageant coach seems more unlikely than ever.
But when Caity stumbles across a hidden room in the castle, its walls covered in strange symbols, her life takes a bizarre turn. She finds herself center stage in an international conspiracy involving warring secret societies, assassins, the suppressed revelations of the Mayan Calendar and the year 2012, plus the fate of humanity.
With the help of her friend Justine back home, and Alex, a gorgeous and mysterious Scottish boy, Caity must race to decipher the code and reveal its message to the world before time runs out.
I would also like to send out a big thank you to Nikki of Wicked Awesome Books. I won Prophecy of Days, which has been one of my favorite books this year, from her. 

Review:
Taken by the Others ARC (An H&W Investigations Novel, book 2) by Jess Haines, 2011.
Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia–for very different reasons.


Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties–and even her desires…
(synopsis from goodreads.com)
I'm so excited, this is my first review book. *fans self* Can't wait to read it. My thanks go out to Tori of Book Faery, who hosted the contest, and author Jess Haines, who supplied the ARC.  

Library:
Eyes Like Stars (Theatre Illuminata, book 1) by Lisa Mantchev, 2009.
All her world's a stage.

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.
Until now.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known
I have finally decided, after much consideration, to read Eyes Like Stars, and so far it's really good.

Borrowed:
Nightlife (Cal Leandros, book 1) by Rob Thurman, 2006. 
In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares-and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.


He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal's dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him...for he is
Nightlife was borrowed from Zombie Girrrl. Thanks, ZG.

During my break I had checked out a couple other books from the library, but sinced I was an able to read them I returned them, so I'll just post links to the books I failed to read.
Invitation Only- Kate Brian (I might give this book another shot at a later date).
Grace Hammer (A Novel of the Victorian Underworld)- Sara Stockbridge (I was highly disappointed in the two chapters that I read of it. I just didn't like the style of writing).

Well that's all for me this week. Hope y'all had a great book week.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (16)

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices book 1) by Cassandra Clare; August 31, 2010; Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural beings stalk the gaslit streets.
Why? Because I absolutely loved the first three books i the Mortal Instruments series, plus I love it when a series gets a prequel. It also doesn't hurt that the cover looks fabulous and that the synopsis sounds intriguing.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (7)

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!
This week I'm on a bit of a Sherlock Holmes kick, so todays teaser willbe from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. Adventure I. "A Scandal in Bohemia", page 1.  

                                                     

Monday, August 9, 2010

Seeker

Seeker (Nobel Warriors book 1) by William Nicholson; 2007, (pages) 413, Fantasy/YA.
This first novel in the Noble Warriors sequence begins when sixteen-year-old Seeker's older brother is publicly humiliated and--with no explanation--exiled from the Nomana, a revered order of warrior monks. Seeker refuses to believe that his beloved older brother is capable of committing a betrayal that would warrant such severe consequences, so he sets off alone on a journey to rescue his brother and find out at last what really happened. Along the way he meets two other young people who are on quests of their own, and in a shocking turn of events, the three are soon caught up in a harrowing and bloody race to save the Nomana--and themselves--from destruction. An epic coming-of-age story about courage, friendship, desire, and faith, Seeker marks the beginning of a riveting new series.
The Nobel Warriors is only the second series written by William Nicholson that I have read, and the story, writing, and characters just completely blew me away.

While at times I was reminded of his Wind on Fire series, Seeker was completely different in that the big “power” in the book was an elite order of warrior monks, the Nomana, and that the main characters were trying to prove their worth in joining them.
   Character-wise: One of the things that helped to make the story so good were that while the MCs all had the same basic goal (to join the Nomana), they each had very different reasons for doing so; Seeker felt called to become one of the Nomana, Wildman wanted ultimate power, and Morning Star was searching for her mother who left to become a member of the Nomana.
   Story-wise: I really enjoyed how the story was told from the perspective of the different factions within the book; you had Seeker, Morning Star, and Wildman’s side, then there was the narration from the adversary. The different perspectives added to the flow of the story without giving away any plot twists.
My favorite part of the book would have to have been when Seeker finds out why his brother, Blaze, was exiled from the order near the end of the book. It made for an interesting end of book twist.

Seeker is a great adventure/friendship fantasy read. I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel (Jango) in the future.
Would I recommend it? Yes, yes I would definitely recommend Seeker to readers who enjoy a thoroughly engrossing fantasy read.

Seeker earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tiny Blog: Me.... Interviewed at Park-Avenue Princess's Blog


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I was checking me email this morning and guess what I found... that my interview at Park-Avenue Princess was up. I'm super excited! Go on, I encourage you to check out Park-Avenue Princess's delightful blog.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tiny Blog: Take Two...

I have finally succumbed to the whole Twitter thing. And I must say that it is quite addictive.
Which means in the past two days I have joined Goodreads and Twitter.



my read shelf:
Orchid's book recommendations, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tiny Blog: Update/News

Hey guys, long time no post.
Just thought I'd let you guys know that I'll be back to posting on a more regular schedule next week. I've also got some news to share with y'all.

I meant to tell y'all why I was taking a break, but I completely forgot. So I was on break because I had an upcoming appointment with the allergist, which meant no relief for my allergies for seven long days. And during that time I was so miserable that I only read forty pages. Yep you read that right, only forty pages in seven days. Horrible I know. So I could neither read nor compute for long intervals last week. But I'll be busy this weekend preparing stuff for the upcoming week.

On to more interesting /happy things:
I am now a member of Goodreads, and so far I love it. Check out my page here.
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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