Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I Want to Read It (27): Appointment with Death



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot, 19) by Agatha Christie, March 30, 2007 (originally published May 2, 1938). Published by Black Dog & Leventhal. Source: Own.
Among the towering red cliffs and the ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the cruel and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton family. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. With only twenty-four hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard back in Jerusalem: "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed?" Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he had ever met.

Why: For the life of me, I cannot recall if I've read Appointment with Death, the 19th installment of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries. Either way, whether it be a first time or reread, I really have this desire to read it!!

What can I say, the mood for the Queen of Mystery's writing has taken hold of me and I am more than ready to dive back into the thrilling mysteries she penned so long ago. 

Have you read Agatha Christie? If so, which title(s) have you read?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: And Then There Were None

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, August 29, 2016

Classic Book Review: And Then There Were None


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, September 12, 2013 (originally published November 6, 1939). 256 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Own (not this edition though.)
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…
First Sentence:
In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I Want to Read It (26): Cloud and Wallfish



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet, October 4, 2016. Published by Candlewick Press. Source: Wishlist.
Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of smoke, secrets, and lies in this stunning novel where someone is always listening and nothing is as it seems.

Noah Keller has a pretty normal life, until one wild afternoon when his parents pick him up from school and head straight for the airport, telling him on the ride that his name isn’t really Noah and he didn’t really just turn eleven in March. And he can’t even ask them why — not because of his Astonishing Stutter, but because asking questions is against the newly instated rules. (Rule Number Two: Don’t talk about serious things indoors, because Rule Number One: They will always be listening).

As Noah—now "Jonah Brown"—and his parents head behind the Iron Curtain into East Berlin, the rules and secrets begin to pile up so quickly that he can hardly keep track of the questions bubbling up inside him: Who, exactly, is listening — and why? When did his mother become fluent in so many languages? And what really happened to the parents of his only friend, Cloud-Claudia, the lonely girl who lives downstairs?
Why: Everything about this book, at least from what I can tell by the synopsis, speaks to my history loving heart! I'm really excited to, one day, read Anne Nesbit's book that takes the reader behind the Iron Curtain and to follow Noah's story. 

Doesn't it sound like a thrilling read???

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, August 22, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?


Where are You Going, Baby Lincoln? (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, 3) by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, August 2, 2016. 112 pages. Published by Candlewick Press. Source: ARC from publisher.
Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by saying "Yes, Sister." But one day Baby has had enough. She decides to depart on a Necessary Journey, even though she has never gone anywhere without Eugenia telling her what to take and where to go. And in fact Baby doesn’t know where she is headed — only that she was entirely happy in the previous night’s dream, sitting aboard a train with a view of shooting stars. Who might Baby meet as she strikes out on her own, and what could she discover about herself? Will her impulsive adventure take her away from Eugenia for good?
First Sentence:
Baby Lincoln was dreaming.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This Book Is SO (11): Long...and Things are Getting DARK




You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.



Things have been a little crazy this week, so, I decided that it was high time that I continued my reread of one of my favorite series. My reread was put on hold in January because, well, I was distracted by pretty shiny new books that I acquired for Christmas. 

Hints:
  1. It's a decently sized series
  2. This is one of the longest, if not the longest, book in the series.
  3. The foreshadowing is just brilliant in this series.
  4. It was one series that my sisters and I bonded over while reading. One of the few that we all collectively enjoyed.
  5. IT IS POPULAR!!

Inner dialogue as I resume my reread of favorite series. Oh gosh, I just remembered that this will get even darker in the next one..... *sobs*


When you remember that some of your favorite characters will meet their end in the next few books...before you even get to said books. Why'd you have to off them, dear author?!?!? WHY?!?!?

When you just cannot wait for the sassy dialogue to happen, and, just replay the sassy parts in your head when not immersed in what's actually happening in the book (i.e. not currently reading it)


That moment when you realize that even after all this time you still get emotional when you think of the book, nay the entire series and how incredible it was and still is. 

I am so sure that y'all know what book  series I'm talking about here. But doesn't it just hit you in the feels each and every time you read it! I know that it is one I will always dearly love because each time I read it something new comes to light.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I Want to Read It (25): Bright Smoke, Cold Fire



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (untitled series) by Rosamund Hodge, September 27, 2016. Published by Balzer and Bray. Source: Wishlist. 
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Why: It is a miracle that Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is making my list of books I want to read. Why, because I loathe Romeo and Juliet...and yet, I'm vastly intrigued by the sounding of this one. Who knows, it could be interesting and better than R&J... We shall see, we shall see.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Where the Red Fern Grows

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, August 15, 2016

Children's Classic Review: Where the Red Fern Grows


Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, September 1, 1996 (originally published 1961). 212 pages. Published by Yearling. Source: Own/Bought.
Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.
First Sentence:
When I left my office that beautiful spring daym I had no idea what was in store for me.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This Book is SO (10): Omnious *dun, dun dun*






You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.




Last weekend I woke up with this need to revisit one of my favorite author's books. I hadn't decided which one I was going to read, I just knew that it had been entirely too long since I last lost myself in her writing.

Here's your hints:

  1. It was originally published in 1939
  2. I've read it, probably, five or so times
  3. It's a mystery though it doesn't have a detective
  4. If you scroll back to the beginning of the blog. I've talked about her books before...
Me getting absorbed in the mystery, even though I already know how it ends. 

You know, the characters really only have themselves to blame for their predicament. Ah, if only they had chosen a different path long ago.


Liars, each and every one of you!! I see behind that facade you're putting on!! 

Still, what a terrible snare that has been laid for them. 



Guys, this is one of my favorite books. It's not even in my top 5 favorites by her, but still one of the best mystery, thriller books that I have ever read. If you figure out which book I'm talking about, you should grab a copy and read it. 

So, what book do you think I read last weekend..... No peeking at GR!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I Want to Read It (24): Foxheart



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Foxheart by Claire Legrand, October 4, 2016. Published by Greenwillow Books: Source: wishlist.
Orphan. Thief. Witch.
Twelve-year-old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in the Star Lands. With her faithful dog and partner-in-crime Fox, she’s well on her way—even if that constantly lands them both in trouble. It’s a lonesome life, sleeping on rooftops and stealing food for dinner, but Quicksilver doesn’t mind. When you’re alone, no one can hurt you. Or abandon you.
But the seemingly peaceful Star Lands are full of danger. Witches still exist—although the powerful Wolf King and his seven wolves have been hunting them for years. Thankfully, his bloody work is almost complete. Soon the Star Lands will be safe, free of the witches and their dark magic.
Why: Other than the fact that Foxheart sounds like something I would read, in a heartbeat, that it is written by Claire Legrand is enough of a reason for me to add it to my "need now" list of books. I just love her writing, most particularly her middle grade books, and cannot wait to see what she's cooked up in her upcoming release. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Some Kind of Happiness

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, August 8, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Some Kind of Happiness


Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, May 17, 2016. 374 pages. Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Source: Borrowed from Library.
THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real--and holds more mysteries than she'd ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.
First Sentence:
Once there was a great, sprawling forest called the Everwood.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

On My Mind (10): Letter to My TBR


My Dearest TBR,

It seems that it has been some time since I last grabbed a book from your overflowing stacks. It isn't that I no longer wish to read the treasures that your are hoarding. All those sparkly titles are still lined up calling my name, but you know how the siren call of rereading is something I cannot resist when the mood strikes me.

I jut love diving back into worlds that I love and learning more about the characters that inhabit them. There's always been something magical to me, which you know, about seeing what new detail will strike me with a fresh look at an old book. Saying no to rereading, well, it would be like turning down gummy bears or, gasp, not asking for more books for Christmas or my birthday.

I know you get grumpy when I neglect you for books I've read countless times before. But worry not, as you know I always return to the new adventures that you have waiting for me. Call it a break. Call it a moment of reminiscing.....just don't worry as I'll be back and ready for new worlds and adventures before you know it.

So I ask you, dearest TBR, to wait just a little longer for me and continue to hoard the shiny precious like a dragon guarding their treasure.

Yours with affection,
Orchid


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Want to Read It (23): Thor's Serpents



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Thor's Serpents (Blackwell Pages, 3) by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, May 19, 2015. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Source: Wishlist. 
Thirteen-year-olds Matt, Laurie, and Fen have beaten near-impossible odds to assemble their fellow descendants of the Norse Gods and complete epic quests. Their biggest challenge lies ahead: battling the fierce monsters working to bring about the apocalypse.

But when they learn that Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone and Fen and Laurie are pulled in other directions, the friends realize they can't take every step of this journey together. Matt, Laurie, and Fen will each have to fight their own battles to survive, to be true to themselves, and to one another - with nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Why: Two things: I cannot believe that this series is already drawing to a close. And I cannot believe that the final book come out over a year ago already! Oops... While I will be sad to say "goodbye" to the world and characters, I am quite excited to see how things will play out. I'm particularly concerned about two of the characters.

Catch up on my reviews for The Blackwell Pages:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Odin's Ravens

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, August 1, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Odin's Ravens


Odin's Ravens (Blackwell Pages, 2) by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, May 13, 2014. 342 pages. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Source: Own/Bought.
Seven kids, Thor's hammer, and a whole lot of Valkyries are the only things standing against the end of the world.

When thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen, a modern day descendant of the Norse god Thor, was chosen to represent Thor in an epic battle to prevent the apocalypse he thought he knew how things would play out. Gather the descendants standing in for gods like Loki and Odin, defeat a giant serpent, and save the world. No problem, right?

But the descendants' journey grinds to a halt when their friend and descendant Baldwin is poisoned and killed and Matt, Fen, and Laurie must travel to the Underworld in the hopes of saving him. But that's only their first stop on their journey to reunite the challengers, find Thor's hammer, and stop the apocalypse--a journey filled with enough tooth-and-nail battles and larger-than-life monsters to make Matt a legend in his own right.
First Sentence:
If there was one thing worse than seeing a giant's head rise from the ground, it was seeing two giant heads.

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