Saturday, July 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (98) The Bought, Borrowed, and Won Edition

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Free Ride by The Janedear Girls (Because I Can)

Yes, I did survive five grueling days of VBS, and thought I'd post this song by The JaneDear Girls. I like this song, plus it totally helped me to NOT hear the VBS music while I was trying to sleep. =)
Hope ya'll enjoy Free Ride by The JaneDear Girls.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

High Summer Read-a-Thon (updates)

Yes, I know that I said I would be away from the blog for the next few days, but I forgot to write up/publish my post for the High Summer Read-a-Thon hosted by the lovely Michelle @ The True Book Addict.

I'll be doing all my updating and mini challenges here, with a end of readathon wrap-up in a whole new post.

Best of luck to all participants. =)

I'm hoping to finish:
The Exodus Gate by Stephen Zimmer (It's really good and I have about 200 pages left)
The Secret Country by Pamela Dean (I'm reading this for Vintage Reads)

Am reading:
The Exodus Gate; trying to finish last 200 pages 
The Secret Country; 77 pages read

Have finished:
Forbidden Dance 1
Angel


Amnesia Labyrinth 2

Amnesia Labyrinth 2 by Nagaru Tanigawa & Natsumi Kohane, 2011. 192 pages. Published by Tor/Seven Seas. Source: from publisher for review.
“Your little sister is a MURDERER. Just like YOU.”

With the police no closer to finding the killer responsible for the murders of three high school students, Souji Kushiki and his plucky girlfriend Yukako continue down their own path of investigation. While Yukako seems to hit a dead end in her detective work, Souji has his own disturbing suspicions. He’s narrowed down the list of suspects to just a handful of people: his family!
Could one of his clingy, possessive younger sisters really be the killer? Or could the dark truth go deeper than even Souji imagined? Whatever the answer, someone else will soon die and Souji’s world will be rocked to the core!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (57)

Toward the Gleam by T.M. Doran, 2011. Published by Ignatius Press. 
Between the two world wars, on a hike in the English countryside, Professor John Hill takes refuge from a violent storm in a cave. There he nearly loses his life, but he also makes an astonishing discovery — an ancient manuscript housed in a cunningly crafted metal box. Though a philologist by profession, Hill cannot identify the language used in the manuscript and the time period in which it is was made, but he knows enough to make an educated guess — that the book and its case are the fruits of a long-lost, but advanced civilization.

    The translation of the manuscript and the search for its origins become a life-long quest for Hill. As he uncovers an epic that both enchants and inspires him, he tracks down scholars from Oxford to Paris who can give him clues. Along the way, he meets several intriguing characters, including a man keenly interested in obtaining artifacts from a long-lost civilization that he believes was the creation of a superior race, and will help him fulfill his ambition to rule other men. Concluding that Hill must have found something that may help him in this quest, but knowing not what it is and where it is hidden, he has Hill, his friends at Oxford, and his family shadowed and threatened until finally he and Hill face off in a final, climactic confrontation. (you can read the full synopsis HERE)
Why: I was at a Catholic bookstore a few weeks ago and was browsing the fictiion titles that they had when I came across Toward the Gleam. I was so shocked that I started flipping through it and thought it sounded pretty good (maybe I'll get it next time I'm there).

Heaven's Will by Satoru Takamiya, 2009. Published by Viz Media (Shojo Beat).
Sudou Mikuzu has a very special talent--she can see ghosts. And because of this predisposition, she's become a magnet for all sorts of unwelcome monsters. Luckily for her she's just met Seto, a friendly, cross-dressing young exorcist. Sudou needs protection from all the creepy phantoms bugging her, and Seto needs to practice his exorcism skills. Consequently, the pair decides to team up and help each other. In return, Sudou promises to bake a cake every time a ghost gets zapped!

Why: Because it sounds like it could be very funny, and I occasionally like my supernatural reads to have humor thrown in them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (50)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read

Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Rag and Bone Shop

The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier, 2001. 176 pages.  Published by Laurel Leaf. Source: Bought.
Terse and terrifying, this final book from Cormier will leave a lasting impression. Jason, almost 13, is a shy, ineffectual child, who takes being bullied as a matter of course--but if he sees someone else being pushed around, he may strike back. When the seven-year-old girl who lives next door is murdered, Jason is horrified. He was the last one to see her alive. He wants to do everything he can to help find the killer, so when the police come calling, he tells them all he knows. What he doesn't know is that Trent, a detective adept at extracting confessions, has been called into the case--and Trent has Jason in his sights as the murderer. Cormier presents a cat-and-mouse game so tense that readers will feel they must escape the pages just as Jason wants to extricate himself from the stuffy, cell-like room where his interrogation is taking place.
First Sentence:
"Feeling Better?"

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Away from Blog =)

Morning my lovelies! Hope all is well with each and everyone of you.
As you have probably surmised from the title of this post I will be away from the blog for the next few days. I'm not going on a hiatus, I'll just be a bit too busy this week to be around the blogosphere. While I may not be around to comment on every one's blogs, I have scheduled the usual weeks postings for your enjoyment. I'll be publishing any/all comments Friday, but will read them via email at the end of the day (because the always make me smile).

I know that I'm not much for posting about myself on the blog, but I thought I'd share with you where I'll be for the next few days. I will be volunteering (for the first time) at VBS at my church. I'll be helping at one of the stations (I think it was the snack one). To say I am nervous about helping at VBS would be the understatement of the year, I'm shy and very quite, and they expect us to dance (shudders). So if ya'll don't hear from me on twitter by Friday...
I will try to respond to emails over the week, but here I can make no promises since I'm most likely to be zonked out by the time the day ends (getting there around 3 and not leaving till 8 or so depending on how long it takes to clean up).

Hope ya'll will enjoy this weeks posts!  =)

Best wishes,
Orchid

Saturday, July 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (97) New Books, Blog Updates, and Read-a-Thon News

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Amazing Agent Luna Omnibus 2

Amazing Agent Luna (Omnibus 2; volumes 4 & 5) by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir, 2009. 384 pages. Published by Tor/Seven Seas. Source: from publisher for review.
Amazing Agent Luna is the story of Luna, the perfect secret agent. Grown in a lab from the finest genetic material, fifteen-year-old Luna has been trained since birth to be the U.S. government’s ultimate espionage weapon. Now she has been given an assignment that will test her abilities to the utmost—high school.
   Posing as an ordinary student at an elite high school, Luna must keep her head down and her grades up while trying to uncover an evil plot. Luna’s training has left her completely unprepared to handle the stresses and strains of ordinary teenage relationships—making friends, battling rivals, and having her first big crush on bad boy Jonah, the son of her arch-nemesis, Count Von Brucken! Making matters worse, Luna’s fake father is the overly warm-and-fuzzy Dr. Andy and her so-called mother is the always businesslike, unemotional "Control." Parental pressure combined with having to stay up late while spying are taking a toll on Luna, and it’s only a matter of time before she slips and blows her cover!
Story:
Before I delve into my thoughts on volumes 4 & 5  of Amazing Agent Luna, I just want to say how much I loved the end of the Count Von Brucken arc and the twist at the end so good, especially since I didn't even see it coming! Except now I'm left wondering what will happen in the next volume.
I'll try not to give anything away...try, but I can make no gurantees that I won't accidentally let something slip.

While volume 4 was really good, it seemed more like a bridging volume that was in essence filling in space as the Count Von Brucken arc came to a close.
Even though the story didn't actually progress very much in this volume, I found it to be enjoyable because the character relationships seemed to be redefined and made clearer...or in some cases to become more drama filled as they came to an end. In short, more of a light lead up to the more action/drama packed that is present in volume 5.

Now onto volume 5 were the plot really moves forward. In this volume you have the ending of the Von Brucken arc, the school dance, and a little more back story on Control and that's just the high points of the volume.
I really liked how the end of the arc was handled, it brought the Count Von Brucken story to a satisfying end and set the scene for following volume(s). while I never really considred to him to be too much of a threat as a villain, his schemes were lacking in follow through, I think that the new brains behind the operarion will definitely be giving Luna a hard time.
 Admitally, the school dance was more funny to me than anything else in this volume, especially the lead-up when Luna and her friend (whose name escapes me) get tired of waiting to be asked to the dance.

Okay, I'm so thinking that I didn't do the omnibus justice in my review. So I'll just say here, loved it.
Character(s):
I didn't know it could be possible, but Luna (the character) was even better and more enjoyable of a character in volumes 4 & 5.
Like I said in my review of the first Amazing Agent Luna omnibus, I love how innocent Luna comes across as being in this series, and find her generally sweet, naive personality to be very endearing. She is still a very nice character, and I'm enjoying the development that her character has shown over the last few volumes.

As for some of the other characters in Amazing Agent Luna, like, Jonah, Count Von Brucken, Control, and Dr. Andy, I really like the bit in the story and how the further in you get the more you come to realize that  many of their pasts are actually connected.

Artwork:
I'm still really loving the artwork on this series, especially with how expressive the eyes of the characters are. I just really, really like how you can see what the characters are feeling by only looking at the eyes. I'm sure ya'll think that's a weird statement, but I don't care.

While I loved the art in the first three volumes, I thought it was a little better in this one. Mainly because I feel that a little more attention was payed to the details, especially in the fight scenes.  

Final Verdict: Amazing Agent Luna  is chock full of plot-twisting goodness that'll leave you wanting the next volume in hand.

Amazing Agent Luna omnibus 2 earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

More review(s) in this series:
Amazing Agent Luna Omnibus 1.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (56)

Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox (Lulu Dark, 2) by Bennet Madison, 2006. Published by Razorbill.
The last thing Lulu Dark needs is a mystery getting in the way of her Important Summer Plans (which include snacking, sunbathing, and trash TV). But when Lulu's mother, B-list celebrity Isabelle Dark, drops into town to shoot a movie, Lulu gets just that.

  Isabelle disappears, and despite her mother's reputation for flakiness, Lulu has a hunch she's in real trouble. Especially when she finds a note among Isabelle's things from a mysterious figure known only as The Fox.
  Lulu must cross paths with a teen screen queen, a dodgy director, and a fleet of muscle-bound maids before she finds her mom and uncovers The Fox's true identity.
Why: Because I absolutely loved Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls and cannot wait to see what kind of trouble Lulu and her friends will get into.

13th Boy by Sang Eun Lee, 2009. Published by Yen Press.

It was love at first sight. The moment Hee-So’s eyes met Won-Jun’s she knew it was meant to be. Their relationship took off when Hee-So confessed her feelings on national TV, but less than a month later, Won-jun is ready to call it quits without any explanation at all. Hee-So’s had a lot of boyfriends — Won-Jun is number twelve — but being dumped is never easy. She’s not ready to move on to the thirteenth boy just yet. Determined to reunite with Won-Jun, Hee-So’s on a mission to win over her destined love once more.
Why: Mainly because the synopsis makes 13th Boy sound like a light fun read, which is what really draws me to shojo type manga. plus it just sounds like an all-around great read.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (49)

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

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Vintage Reads Review: Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls

Where the book is voted on and picked by you the reader. Hope y'all enjoy. Also be sure to vote for next months book HERE. You can learn about Vintage Reads by visiting its page (you can also submit a book to featured by stopping by and filling out my contact form *book cannot not be newer than 2009*).

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls (Lulu Dark, 1) by Bennett Madison, 2006. 256 pages. Published by Razorbill. Source: Bought.
Lulu Dark is the anti-Nancy—a chic, tough-talking city girl who never meant to get involved in a mystery.
But when her favorite purse is stolen during a Many Handsomes concert, Lulu knows she has to get it back. After all, it was one of a kind—and the lead singer's phone number was stashed inside! Lulu dives deep into the fray along with her friends Daisy and Charlie, and discovers a twisted mystery involving a rock star, a rich socialite, a loony landlord, and a serious case of mistaken identity.
I really enjoyed reading Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls, so I hope (but can't promise that I didn't) I haven't rambled too much in my review. Pretty sure there are no spoilers, so no worries there.  =)

First Sentence:
My name is Lulu Dark.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (96)

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.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Follow Friday (7/15)

I was so busy writing posts that I completely forgot that it was Friday. =)


Q. What do I do when I are not reading?


Ooh, I like this question. When I'm not reading I'm usually getting posts all lined up for my blog (that's not all). I also take time away from reading to play video games, accomplish whatever chores I need to do, watch movies, and volunteer at the food pantry once a month.
 
If I can find both the time and motivation I work on outlining and where I want my book to go (I'm still in the panning stages). =) 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Once Upon a read-a-Thon

First off, I would like to thank the lovely hosts of the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon. Thank you ladies, ya'll did a wonderful job! =)


I'm not feeling too chipper at the moment (I'm either having a bit of an allergy attack or have a slight cold or maybe a mix of both), so I'll keep this really short.

Here's what I read:
Jacob Have I Loved

The Rag and Bone Shop
Millennium Snow 2
The Wrong Number
Amazing Agent Luna Omnibus 2

I got about half-way through Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. I didn't get much reading done on the last day so I never got a chance to finish reading it before the readathon ended.
Hours read, about 11 for all three days. I turned out to have less time to read than I had anticipated on.
Total pages read: 1,263
I only participated in the first two mini challenges as well.
Hope ya'll had as much fun as I did. =)

Read Dangerously Read-a-Thon @ All By MySHELF (Sign-Up)

This post is very important. This post means I am an official participant in...
This read-a-thon is only a small part of an even bigger event at All By MySHELF, celebrating Ren's 20th birthday. And everyone knows: big event + blogging = PRIZES!
Here are the important details about the read-a-thon:
The Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon will start at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, and end at 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. There will be mini-challenges on each day, so you'll have something to amuse yourself during your reading breaks. You can participate on all days or just a few, whatever you feel like or your schedule allows.
But that's not all! Everyone that participates in the read-a-thon will be entered to win $15 to The Book Depository! One winner will get their choice of any already released as of August 20) YA book, and because it's BD, the contest is open to anyone that lives in one of these countries. And if you say Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia sent you, we'll both get an extra entry! All you have to do to be eligible for the giveaway is sign up for the read-a-thon and post an end of day update on one of the read-a-thon days. Yep, that simple.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go sign up!

eV 1

eV 1 by James Farr & Alfa Robbi, 2008. 192 pages. Published by Tokyopop. Source: Borrowed from library.
Twenty minutes from now, visitors from a far-off world will fall into Earth's orbit and issue a most unexpected request... These "Emissaries" invite a single human being to be selected as a representative for all of Earth in an intergalactic parliament. Mankind is given five years in which to prepare this volunteer for the rigors of space travel and the intricaci...moreTwenty minutes from now, visitors from a far-off world will fall into Earth's orbit and issue a most unexpected request... These "Emissaries" invite a single human being to be selected as a representative for all of Earth in an intergalactic parliament. Mankind is given five years in which to prepare this volunteer for the rigors of space travel and the intricacies of alien diplomacy. Scientist Dr. Richard Wymond devises the ZETTA serumâ€"a nano-biological cocktail that will augment its recipient with nearly superhuman abilities. But when Wymond's daughter Evie is mortally injured in a freak accident, he makes a fateful decision, and rather than let her die, injects Evie with the ZETTA serum. Now the fate of the world rests upon the shoulders of one 17-year-old girl. How will Evie cope with this awesome responsibility? Will she survive the strange political intrigues of the parliament? And more importantly, are the Emissaries' intentions as honorable as they have led us to believe...?
Story:
The plot was definitely what kept me reading eV, why, because I haven't actually read to many books (maybe one, I'm not sure) with aliens paying earth a visit.
The upside/downside to the whole aliens visiting earth plot line is that the story would seem to be heading along a straight line and then all of the sudden it takes a turn for the weird (I mean even weirder then aliens coming to earth weird) with a plot twist that doesn't really seem to go with the story, but then once finished you saw how it all came together.

Out of the whole story arc I really liked the bit about Evie's dad and how he basically sacrificed his career by using the serum to save her life. I liked that part because it showed just how much he cared for her, even though he basically (in the eyes of the world) threw it away and wasted it.
While it had some unforeseen plot twist I did see one part coming a mile away, and that was who the villain/bad guys were. It was just kind of obvious once you thought about it, but interesting none the less.

Other than some swearing eV 1 was a relatively clean read.
Character(s):
Even though Evie is the main character of this graphic novel, it never really feels like you learn much about her throughout the book, or that she really grows as a character.
Even with her (many) flaws and slightly irritating behavior, I actually didn't mind Evie as a character. I thought she was interesting, although I think that a little more planning or something could have made her a better character.

Artwork:
I think this is one time when you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I did thinking that the interior art would be similar to what is seen on the cover, well, it wasn't. If anything the artwork, excluding the cover, had a amateurish look and feel to it and wasn't nearly as well defined as the cover.
In short, I didn't much care for the artwork because it was just to simple with a lack of crispness.

Final Verdict: eV 1...was different. Yeah, I think about sums it up.

eV 1 earns 3 of 5 pineapples.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (55)

Out for Blood (Drake Chronicles, 3) by Alyxandria Harvey, 2010. Published by Walker Books for Young Readers. 
Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy? 
Why: So far I have really, really enjoyed reading Alyxandria Harvey's Drake Chronicles and am absolutely dying to know what will happen next.
My thoughts on Hearts at Stake.
Amazing Agent Jennifer 1 by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, August 1 , 2011. Published by Tor/Seven Seas.
Long before Luna’s hard-as-nails boss known simply as "Control" became a top agent, Jennifer Kajiwara was a rookie. From Jennifer’s freshman year in the Agency, through her struggles with her parents and her grueling training, to her first dangerous mission as a field agent (and first big romance!), being a young secret agent is never easy.
Jennifer must learn the hard way how to play deadly spy games as she becomes embroiled in a secret war full of intrigue, betrayal, and deadly consequences. This is the first volume of a two-volume spin-off that will tie directly into events in future volumes of Amazing Agent Luna.
Why: Amazing Agent Luna turned out to be one of the best series that I picked up on a whim, so I am beyond excited at this two part spin-off of Amazing Agent Jennifer.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Once Upon a Read-aThon (Updates)

Once Upon a Read-a-ThonI'll be doing all of my updates in this post and on Twitter.
You can find me on Twitter HERE (my handle is HauntedOrchid). You can also follow all the readathon twitter action by using the following #OUreadathon. =)

Best of luck to all who are participating in the readathon.

Currently Reading:
Over Sea, Under stone

Books to be Read:

Books Read:
Jacob Have I Loved
The Rag and Bone Shop
Millennium Snow 2
The Wrong Number
Amazing Agent Luna Omnibus 2

Challenges:
from Bailey of IB Book Blogging-
Mini Challenge Question 1&2:
What is your favorite type of myth (Greek, Roman, Egyptian etc)?What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it?
My answer can be found HERE.

from The Musings of ALMYBNER:
Cover Guessing. One of the thoughest ones I've come across.

Hours read: 8.5
Books finished: 5
Challenges Participated in: 2

Teaser Tuesday (48)

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

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Albuquerque Turkey

The Albuquerque Turkey by John Vorhaus, 2011. 272 pages. Published by Crown Publishing Group. Source: for review from PR by the Book.

Master con artist Radar Hoverlander is getting out of the life…unless his old man drags him back in. After their last big con netted them a nice chunk of change, Radar Hoverlander and his grifter girlfriend, Allie Quinn, have vowed to go straight. But Radar’s fragile commitment to clean living is put to the test when an oddly hefty lady in red shows up and stalks him through the streets of Santa Fe. Except that’s no lady—it’s Radar’s dad, Woody Hoverlander, a world class con artist in his own right.
Radar correctly figures if his dad is in drag, he must be in trouble. Woody is on the lam, with a Vegas hard guy after him and a large debt to clear. To help him, Radar must break his vow to leave cons behind—and risk losing Allie, who is determined to protect their nest egg and steer clear of bad influences...

 First Sentence:
It started with a dog, a biggish one loping down the sidewalk with that weird canter some dogs have, the front legs syncopating and the rear legs slewing sideways in tandem.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Vintage Reads: Voting for August

I thought this month would do things a little different for Vintage Reads. I'm guessing you saw the poll on my sidebar, well, it appears that you would like the theme to be Male Main Characters for August (so it is voted, so it shall be). So with that in mind I have put together, what I think, is a fairly interesting list of books.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (95) Where My TBR Gets Longer + News

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.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Once Upon a Read-A-Thon

Once Upon a Read-a-ThonIt's that time again, time for the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon hosted by following lovely bloggers, Angela at Reading Angel, Lori at Pure Imgination, and Candace at Candace's Book Blog. The readathon is from July 11-13 (in other words its nearly here).

I for one cannot wait for it to start. I have a vague idea on what I'll be reading during the readathon, but have made no concrete decisions yet.
I'll probably do a little of short updates via twitter. You can find me on Twitter HERE (my handle is HauntedOrchid). You can also follow all the readathon twitter action by using the following #OUreadathon. =)
 Although I'll mainly be updating on twitter I will keep track of what I have read and mini challenges here on this post.

Best of luck to all who are participating in the readathon.


Books to be Read:

Books Read:

Mini Challenges:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Follow Friday



I was browsing though my Google reader and saw this weeks FF question and could not resist joining in this week. Hope ya'll won't tar 'n feather me for what my answer will be. =)

Q. Let's step away from besties...What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?


Worst book(s) I have finished. I actually have a couple that I wish I had never laid eyes upon let on alone finished. And they are- looks around first nervously- Marked and Betrayed (along with the half of Chosen that I read) by P.C. and Kristen Cast, and Evermore and Blue Moon by Alyson Noel. I won't go into why I didn't like them, other that they just didn't work for me.
So what is the worst book ya'll have finished? I'm quite curious to see what ya'll will say about this question.

Millennium Snow 1

Millennium Snow 1 by Bisco Hatori, 2007. 200 pages. Published by Viz Media (Shojo Beat). Source: Borrowed from Library.
17-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won't live to see the next snow. Touya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years. Can Chiyuki teach Touya to feel a passion for life, even as her own is ending?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (54)

Abandon (Abandon, 1) by Meg Cabot, 2011. Published by Point.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness (July Sign-Up)

Book Soulmates Last month things were so crazy that I completely forgot all about the awesomeness that is Random Acts of Kindness. I'm really hoping that this month I'll be able to send out at the very least one book to someone (I had major brain-fail during May's R.A.K. and didn't get a chance to send anything out).

Teaser Tuesday (47)

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!

Book News: Jennifer L. Armentrout (Author of Half-Bood) Announces New Book

It seems blogger ate part of my post. :(

It is my pleasure to help out author Jennifer L. Armentrout announce her latest book her at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia. So without further babbling on my part, because I know ya'll are all dying to read about her latest book. I present to you....

Monday, July 4, 2011

They Never Came Back

They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney, 2010; 208 pages. Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Source: Bought
IN A BUSY school cafeteria, a teenage girl is confronted by a classmate who questions her identity. He explains to the students who have crowded around that the girl bears an uncanny resemblance to his cousin, who was taken away by social services five years ago. Her parents abandoned her, fleeing the country after being accused of embezzling millions of dollars.
The students are intrigued, but the girl shrugs off the attention as a case of mistaken identity. As the days pass, however, the boy refuses to relent and even brings his parents in to back him up. But they are not the only adults involved. An FBI agent who has been working the case these past five years believes that whoever this girl is, she can serve as bait to help the FBI capture the fugitives.
First Sentence:
It was the second week of summer school.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

In My Mailbox (94) The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Edition

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.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

IceyBooks: IceyPick (4.1) Answer It *July*


IceyBooks' question:
If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be?

Tell us why!
I've never really thought of it, but I would definitely NOT want to be a vampire (living dead, um, no thanks). So I think I'm going to go with a banshee, there just something eerily fascinating about them. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Vintage Reads: July's Winning Book is...

 Wow! June went by so quickly! I was so caught up in re-reading all the Harry Potter books that the month slipped by without me reading June's pick, Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls, which I'll try to tackle this weekend.

I'll stop keeping ya'll in suspense and tell you which book, voted on by YOU, will be read and reviewed by me this month on the blog.
And it is....

 The Secret Country by Pamela Dean.
Here's why ya'll though I should read it.

Trish @ Just a YA Girl:
I actually never read this one. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is really famous, but I'm sure this book is just as good. Since I've never read it. I'm curious.
Natalie @ Independent Reads:
I read the first one and already loved it so... I'm interested in the book by Dean.
Linda Hawley:
Because I've never read it!  : )
Because I can, I'm going to include why ya'll thought I should've read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis as well.
Michelle @ The True Book Addict:
One of my favorites, but have never read a full review of it.  Would be interesting!
I would also like to extend a BIG thank you to everyone who voted this month, and to those who have suggested themes for August.
Suggested themes for August are: Vampires for next month? Don't pick twilight lol. (from Natalie); and Time travel! (from Trish @ Just a YA Girl). Ya'll can vote in the comments for which ya'll think should be the theme for next month.

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