Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tiny Blog: 2011 YA Release Contest at La Femme Readers

I know I said I was taking a break this week, but I could not resist checking out some of my favorite blogs... and guess what I found? I found a terrific contest at La Femme Readers hosted by the wonderful Eleni.
There will be six winners, with the following 2011 YA books up for grabs (open anywhere Book Despository ships): Delirium- Lauren Oliver, Angelfire- Courtney Allison Moulton, Wake Unto Me- Lisa Cach, The Iron Witch- Karen Mahoney, The Gathering- Kelley Armstrong, and City of Fallen Angels- Cassandra Clare.

Okay, I'm going to go now and try to stay off and get some work done.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (6)

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 is brought to you by: Lady Fortescue Steps Out- Marion Chesney (The Poor Relations, book1).
Their voices rose and fell in Harriet's ears, but she hardly heard what they were saying. A waltz tune danced in her head. Was he at Almack's? Did he think of her?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tiny Blog: News

Hey guys just thought I'd give y'all a heads-up, I'm going to be taking this week off from blogging.
I'll schedule a Teaser Tuesday and Wish List Wednesday for this week, but that will probably be it for me until sometime later next week. I hope to finish some reviews during my break and to start writing my short story for 13 & Co.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

In My Mailbox (53)

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, 2005.
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
After much encouragement from Dahlia, I finally decided to check out Airborn from the library (she says it's an amazing read), and it's sounds like a pretty good read.  

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, 2009.
On the eve of World War I, the machine-loving Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their big steam-powered Clankers. Inspired by Darwin, the British have fabricated animals into warships. Their mothership is called "Leviathan," and she is a whale-dirigible.
And here's another book that Dahlia's been trying to get me to read, and after almost a hole year I have finally read it (and it was fantastic). Can't wait for the sequel.

Dragonriders of Pern (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon) by Anne McCaffrey, 1968, 1971, 1978; Dragonriders of Pern (books 1-3).

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD? To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright. But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .
Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the air once more and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reach the ground. But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed anymore dissent... before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission... and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!

The White Dragon:
Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything.

But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience - until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all!

Oh my gosh! I couldn't believe how lucky I was to find a binding of the first three books in the Dragonriders of Pern series, and for only $1. I totally cannot wait to read it. 

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation) , 1951, 1952, 1953; Foundation series (books 1-3) 
A THOUSAND-YEAR EPIC, A GALACTIC STRUGGLE, A MONUMENTAL WORK IN THE ANNALS OF SCIENCE FICTION FOUNDATION begins a new chapter in the story of man's future. As the Old Empire crumbles into barbarism throughout the million worlds of the galaxy, Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists must create a new entity, the Foundation-dedicated to art, science, and technology-as the beginning of a new empire.
FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE describes the mighty struggle for power amid the chaos of the stars in which man stands at the threshold of a new enlightened life which could easily be destroyed by the old forces of barbarism.
SECOND FOUNDATION follows the Seldon Plan after the First Empire's defeat and describes its greatest threat-a dangerous mutant strain gone wild, which produces a mind capable of bending men's wills, directing their thoughts, reshaping their desires, and destroying the universe.
Now that I have the first three books in the Foundaion series, I think I'll be getting around to reading them sometime in the near future.  

Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor, 2002; Shadowmancer (book 1)
Obadiah Demurral no longer wants to worship God...He wants to be God! Vicar Obadiah Demurral isn't satisfied running the affairs of his village—he foolishly wants to control the world. And if his plan works, he will obtain a weapon so powerful that all of creation will fall down at his feet. Demurral will stop at nothing—even commanding restless souls to do his bidding.
Who will stand against him? Raphah, a young man on a godly mission, has come a long distance to reclaim the ancient relic Demurral has stolen—dangerously volatile in the wrong hands—but he can't do it alone. Even younger are Thomas and Kate, accidentally drawn into this ongoing war between good and evil. Their struggle against Demurral brings them face-to-face with the powers of darkness in this unforgettable epic battle.
I've been wanting to read Shadowmancer for a few years and now I finally can *yay for me*.

Library Paperback Swap:
 The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, 1966; Mrs. Pollifax (book 1)
Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco. A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda. Unfortunately, something goes wrong, and our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroilied in quite a hot Cold War—and her country's enemies find themsleves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax sounds like a mix between Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and her Tommy and Tuppence series (minus tommy that is). I just hope it's as good as it sounds.

Well that's it for me this week in books. Hope y'all have had an awesome book week too.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (15)

The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels (A Sense of Truth, book 1), Aug 13th, 2010.
No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs.

In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives.
The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge.
With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago. Hatred never dies.

Why: Because I love creepy books nad this one sounds down-right creeptastic. I also love the cover for it, so simple, yet so very awesome.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tiny Blog: Contest at Cry Havoc! Reviews

Oh my gosh, I am so excited to tell y'all about this wonderful contest that I found linked on Ellz Readz; hosted by Cry Havoc! reviews. In celebration of Cassandra Clare's newest series, The Infernal Devices, She is giving away The Mortal Instruments series, plus an ARC of Clockwork angel. Awesome contest, right? So head on over and get yourself entered for your chance to win just click here.
I am totally keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I win, because I absolutely adore her writing.

Teaser Tuesday (5)

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 is coming from City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (I love this book. Actually I just love this whole series).

"You're not happy to see me, then?" Jace said. "I have to say,  I'm surprised. I've always been told my presence brightened up any room." page 150

Saturday, July 17, 2010

In My Mailbox (52)

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.

Author: Cassandra Clare
Title: City of Glass
Series: The Mortal Instruments (book 3)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: “To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.”

Library Paperback Swap:
Author: Nancy Atherton
Title: Aunt Dimity’s Christmas
Series: Aunt Dimity (book 5)
Publication Date: 1999
Synopsis: “Lori Shepherd can hardly wait for Christmas this year. Now that the lean times are over, the cottage Aunt Dimity willed her is more beautiful than ever, her nine-month-old twins, Will and Rob, are thriving, and she and husband Bill have never been happier. Determined to make this Christmas the best ever, Lori embarks on a round of shopping, holly-cutting, angel-cookie making, and more. The only thing she wishes for that she can't plan in advance is ... snow. So when she looks out the window to discover that fat flakes have started to drift down and cover the flagstone path, Lori feels her holiday wishes are all about to come true. But the next day, beneath the lilac bushes now covered by freshly fallen snow, Lori makes a disturbing discovery: the body of a mysterious stranger - a tramp - barely alive.. "Lori puts her plans on hold and teams up with Julian Bright - a devilishly attractive Roman Catholic priest - to search out the stranger's identity”.

Author: Isaac Asimov
Title: Prelude to Foundation
Series: The Foundation (book 6)
Publication Date: 1988
Synopsis: “It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.
Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.”

I am just super excited this week. Why? Because City of Glass has finally come in, I think I’ve been waiting for this book for the… well, since June and now I just cannot wait to start reading it.

I also found a couple of interesting books from my libraries paperback swap: Aunt Dimity’s Christmas, which I have already finished. Which is awesome since I was already looking into trying her Aunt Dimity series (love it by the way). I also found Prelude to Foundation, which means I now have four books by Isaac Asimov that I really need to get around to reading.
I hope you guys had just as great of a week in books as I have. Happy reading.

City of Glass was borrowed from the library.
Aunt Dimity's Christmas and Prelude to foundation came from my libraries paperback swap.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Once Upon a Read-A-Thon, End

I didn't actually get a chance to read as many books as I had originally planned on reading, but I did get a chance to finish a 2010 Debut Author book, a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a few months, and a new author that I just found at the library. Oh well, there's always next year. 

Books read during read-a-thon:
Prophecy of Days- Christy Raedeke
Gathering Blue- Lois Lowry
Aunt Dimity's Christmas

Prophecy of Days

Author: Christy Raedeke

Title: Prophecy of Days
Series: The Daykeeper’s Grimoire (book 1)
Publication Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: YA
Synopsis: 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. “

First off, I would like to thank Dahlia for lending me her copy of Prophecy of Days, thanks D.

I’d like to start my review off by saying that Prophecy of Days was an amazingly written book. I am just blown away by how much research must have gone into the writing of this book and by how well the book flowed.
I really enjoyed the slight mystery aspect in the book and how I was never quite sure who was trying help Caity and who was trying to impede her progress. Prophecy of Days really kept me on my toes as I tried to peg down who the goodies (good-guys) were versus who the actual baddies (bad-guys) were.
One of my favorite things about books like Prophecy of Days, is how the main character who is supposed to save the world doesn’t necessarily want to or believe that they can, yet they try to do what’s expected of them anyways. I know when it’s put like that it might make a book sound corny, but this book is anything but. Can I just say that Mr. Papers was so adorable.
While I loved Caity as the main character (she was hilarious especially in her almost stalker like adoration of Alex), Justine, Caity’s best friend, totally stole the lime-light in my eyes. I loved her evil genius schemes and the fact that they worked out.
My favorite part of Prophecy of Days also happens to be my favorite line, which I used for Teaser Tuesday the other day. Click here to find out what I considered to be the funniest part of the book.
I can honestly say that I don’t have a single part of the book that I would rate as my least favorite, so no least favorite part of the book this week. 2

Prophecy of Days was an excellent read, well worth the time it takes to read. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

Now all I got to do is wait for the sequel to come out.

Prophecy of Days earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.
1. Prophecy of Days was borrowed from Dahlia.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wish List Wednesday (14)

A Spy in the House by L.S. Lee, 2010, series The Agency.

Introducing an exciting new series! Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

Why: The reason I want A Spy in the House is because it kind of reminds of a different variation of the Sally Lockhart mysteries, which I just so happen to love. Plus I love mystery/spy books set in the Victorian era.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (4)

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 teaser for this week is Prophecy of Days by Christy Raedeke, which was a fantastic read (can't wait for the sequel).

 Alex leaves and I daintily eat my shepherd's pie by the fire, pretending that he is sitting in the chair next to me warming his feet by the flames. When I'm finished eating and my Alex haze fades, I remember I have to answer Dr. Middleford's email. page 44


Monday, July 12, 2010

Update:Once Upon A Read-A-Thon + Mini Challenge

I know, I'm totally getting a late start on this post, but I've been working on finishing Prophecy of Days by Christy Raedeke; which just so happens to be beyond awesome.
I plan on having a review of it up by the end of this week, so be on the lookout for it.
Reading right now:
Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton

Books I plan on reading during the read-a-thon:
Spellbinder- L.J. Smith
Messerger- Lois Lowry
Cleopatra's Daughter- Michelle Moran

Books I plan on finishing reading:
Saint Augustine's The Confessions- St. Augustine

Books finished:
Prophecy of Days- Christy Raedeke
Gathering Blue- Lois Lowry                                                          

Tiny Blog: Pre-Order Contest at Books Obsession

Ashley of Books Obsession is hosting a wonderful pre-order contest at her blog.
Books that could be one as of right now: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers; I don't know about y'all but these sounds awesome.
The more followers she get the more books and winners that will be added. So head on over and enter for your chance to win some awesome books. :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tiny Blog: Awesome Contest at The Bodacious Pen

Greetings Maleviolent Spirits. Hope you guys are having a great weekend. Just thought I'd pass along the links to the awesome contest being held Tara of The Bodacious Pen.
Books that could be won during this contest: An ARC of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, tons of swag, and maybe even a chance to win a pre-order book or two. Sounds like a great contest if you ask me.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

In My Mailbox (51)

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.

The A.B.C. Murders- Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot (book 12)
Murder on the Orient Express- Agatha Christie; Hercule Poirot (book 9)
The Death of Sleep- Anne McCaffrey; Planet Pirates (book 2)
The Gates of Sleep- Mercedes Lackey; Elemental Masters (book 3)

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover- Ally Carter; Gallagher Girls (book 3) (from Dahlia)
Prophecy of Days- Christy Raedeke; The Daykeeper's Grimoire (book 1) (from Dahlia)

The Game- Diana Wynne Jones (from Dahlia)

Library Paperback Swap:

Murder at the Aba- Isaac Asimov
Banquets of the Black Widowers- Isaac Asimov; Black Widowers (book 4)
Mists of Everness- John C. Wright; War of the Dreaming (book 2)
Alanna: the First Adventure- Tamora Pierce; Song of the Lioness (book 1)
Garden Spells- Sarah Addison Allen;

Cinderella Society slipper bookmark won from Chick Lit Teens and Kay Cassidy. I don't have a picture to post so...

You guys are probably starting to sense a trend in my book buying. Right now I am on a quest to find every Agatha Christie book that I am missing and that just so happens to a lot of books. My other goal at the moment is to find all of Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey’s books. Luckily I hit the jackpot last weekend when I went to my libraries “book cottage” and found four hardbacks; plus I only spent $4.
This past week Dahlia was kind enough to lend me the third Gallagher Girls book (it was amazing and I cannot wait for the fourth one) and Prophecy of the Days (which is really god so far). She also traded me her copy of The Game by Diana Wynne Jones (through BBL's trading feature) , who just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite authors.
Lastly, I have what I picked up over the last few weeks from my libraries paperback swap; Murder at the Aba and Banquets of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov (I had no idea he had written mystery books), Mists of Everness by John C. Wright (I loved his Chronicles of Chaos series and wanted to try this series. Too bad they only had the second book in the series), Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (Zombie Girrrl says her books are awesome, so I decided to give her a writing a shot), *gosh this is taking forever* and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (it sounded interesting so…).
I would like to send a (late) but huge thanks to the wonderful bloggers of Chick Lit Teens for the awesome Cinderella Society slipper bookmark that I won a while back.
As you can tell I’ve been busy buying, trading, and borrowing books left and right and am now completely out of things to say for this post.
Hope y’all had some great finds or buys this week too.
*now if only I can find a place to put them all*

all books are linked to Shelfari.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dark Divine Contest at Squeaky Books

Enna Isilee over at Squeaky Books is having a contest giving away Bree Despain's The Dark Divine! Head on over to Ennalee's blog (Click Here) to find out how to win. In the meantime, check out this awesome trailer for the book!



Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Title: Stolen1
Publication Date: 2008
Number of Pages: 198
Genre: Horror/YA
Synopsis: “A girl finds herself running through the forest at the edge of a village with no memory of anything, even her own name, and later learns that she might be twelve-year-old Isabelle, believed to be stolen by a witch six years before.”

I admit the reason or reasons that I picked up Stolen might seem a bit odd. I decided to give it a try because a) I was running low on books that I hadn’t read before, b) The creepy cover caught my eye, and c) the premise sounded interesting. I am happy to tell you that it was well worth my time (well, what little of it that was taken to read this very short book).
   I actually liked Isabelle, she was a fascinating character; she was also one of the least annoying female characters I’ve read in about in a while. I found her fascinating because she just should up one day out of the blue, running from the forest with no memory of whom she was or where she had been.
   What truly made Stolen such a great read would have to be the imagery and the vividness of Vivian Vande Velde’s writing. The story never once loss momentum (or got so far off base that you were left wondering, what on earth is going on) from the first page to the very last; in other words I could barely wait to finish the book so that I could find out how it was all going to play out for Isabelle.
  My favorite part of Stolen would have to be when Isabelle finds out the truth about her pass and how she is connected to the witch that the villagers ran out of town; I liked this part because I didn’t have the slightest idea what was going to happen or what the outcome would be.
Least favorite part of this book would have to be that it was so short; even though it ended up being the perfect length for the story that was being told (I just like long books).

Stolen was a great, fast paced read that I would certainly re-read or buy. I’m definitely looking forward to delving further into her writing and trying her other books as well.
Would I recommend Stolen? Absolutely!

Stolen earns 5 out of 5 pineapples
1. Stolen was borrowed from the library.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Book Trailer: The Dark Divine

Good afternoon Malevolent Spirits (otherwise known as my followers). Today I would like to share with all of you the fantastic trailer for The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, along with links to the fabulous contest she is hosting at her blog.
So without further ado, I give you The Dark Divine trailer. Enjoy.

Wish List Wednesday (13)

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter, June 29th, 2010.

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start as soon as her junior year. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when she faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most trusted allies is actually a rogue double agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers — or even her own heart.

In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.

Why: Because last night I finished reading Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover and it was the best Gallagher Girls book in the series so far, which leads me to think that Only the Good Spy Young will be even better than its predecessors. Plus, I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to see what happens next.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Affiliate(s) News (1)

Good day, Malevolent Spirits. Time for another newsish update. This time the only news is about my first affiliate, Dahlia, and the latest happenings at her blog for the past week or so.
I know, I'm kind surpised myself that I am posting another non-bookie post in such a short time frame, but what can you do. Hope you guys will check out her awesome blog.

Dahlia's Eclectic Mind:
Dahlia entered Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010. Congrats D, I'm rooting for ya.

She also joined the Read Your Name Challange.
Dahlia is still looking at applicants for being her affiliate: Be My Affiliate.

Teaser Tuesday (3)

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!

I just finished reading Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer yesterday and couldn't resist making it my Teaser Tuesday.

"I parked the Cadillac, slipped out in spy fashion. Looked around. Typical shopping district. Kansas City didn't seem like a big city, it was more like a community of little towns."  Page 110

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tiny Blog: I'm Affiliated, Books for Trade, and Reading Challenge Update

I have officially joined the ranks of those who have affiliates. Being as that I am now affiliated with the wonderful Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind.

If your interested in being an affiliate of mine just leave your email and blog URL in a comment and I'll get back to you if you're picked.
In other news I have three paperback books up for trade (all books are

finished copies). They turned out not to be my cup of tea, so I'm looking to find them a loving home. To find out what's up for trade click here; for a list of books I'm willing to trade for any of them click here (I’m open to trying new books, even if they’re not on my list) to see my wishlist on Shelfari.

And in my last bit of news. This week I have finished two out of the four reading challenges that I have entered in this year. Finished challenges being 100+ Reading Challenge (now I'm just seeing if I can beat last years record of books read) and The Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge (I'll probably end up reaching one-hundred in this challenge *at the least* by time the year is out).

(I almost forgot), Happy 4th of July.