Saturday, October 30, 2010

In My Mailbox (64)

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:
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, 1) by Pittacus Lore, 2010.

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

A huge thanks goes out to Alyssa, Jake, and Gregory of Teens Read and Write (I won I Am Number Four from them)! This book sounds like it’s made of awesome and will in all likelihood find its way to the top(ish) of my TBR pile.

Library:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, 1959.
The four visitors at Hill House-- some there for knowledge, others for adventure-- are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.


I’d like to thank Lesley (Young Adult Books Reviewed) for mentioning that the movie The Haunting was based on a book. It sounds awesome and I cannot wait to read (along with Pet Cematary by Stephen King for Halloween).

Punch! VOL 1 by Rie Takada, 2005

Though Elle wants nothing to do with fighting, her grandfather has different ideas and betrothes her to an up-and-coming boxer from his own gym. She hates the idea and doesn't want to marry him. One day she meets a handsome street brawler who intrigues her, but her jealous fianc - finds out and goes after the guy! What will happen when a trained boxer goes a couple rounds ...

I’ve been toying with getting Punch! From my library for the past two weeks or so, and finally decided to just check it out and see if it’s any good. It sounds interesting, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it ends up being good.

Fruits Basket, VOL 4 by Natsuki Takaya, 2004.
When the infamous Akito makes an in-class appearance at the start of the school year, the Sohma family worries that his arrival will be an uncensored exercise of show-and-tell about Yuki's past. Meanwhile, when Ayame vows to rekindle his brothers' lost friendship, he begins to realize that you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family -- especially when they ...
I very nearly squealed with joy when I found out that my library had recently acquired volume four of Fruits Basket, which I absolutely love, and so I promptly put my name on the list and for once didn’t have long to wait. Can’t wait to read it…and the rest of the series.

Bought:
Something Rotten (A Horatio Wilkes Mystery, 1) by Alan Gratz, 2007.
Denmark, Tennessee, stinks. The smell hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best friend, Hamilton Prince. And it's not just the paper plant and the polluted river that's stinking up Denmark: Hamilton's father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. Why? Because nobody believes that Rex Prince was murdered.
Something Rotten is an unbelievably awesome book, if you haven’t read it I highly suggest you do (I’ll be re-reading it  as soon as I shrink my TBR pile).

Something Wicked (A Horatio Wilkes Mystery, 2) by Alan Gratz, 2008.
The Scottish Highland Festival in Tennessee is all set to begin, but there's one problem: Duncan MacRae, founder of the games, has just been murdered. The police arrested Malcolm, Duncan's son, but is he really the killer? Horatio Wilkes, for one, has doubts.
I could not believe my luck when I found Something Wicked at the bookstore, so as you can guess I bought it. I loved the first Horatio Wilkes Mystery and have been looking everywhere for the sequel. *so very excited*

Used Bookstore:
Dread Locks (Darkfusion, 1) by Neal Shusterman, 2005.
Fifteen-year-old Parker Baer is bored with his entire perfect life. But when Parker finds Tara, a strange but beautiful girl sleeping in his bed, his life turns upside down. Exotic-looking, with long, glimmering spirals of golden hair that seem almost alive and eyes that are always hidden behind sunglasses, Tara lives by herself in a house full of statues. Parker watches, ...
I actually almost didn’t see Dread Locks when I was at the Used Bookstore, but I was helping Dahlia look for something when I came across this book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one, especially since I’ve really enjoyed all his other (two) books that I have read (cost $2.50).

Nightmare by Joan Lowery Nixon, 2003.
Emily has never fit in her overachieving family. Instead of getting straight As, she sits in the back row and hides behind her hair. As a result, her parents have enrolled her at Camp Excel--an academic camp for underachievers--for the summer. Emily doesn't want to go, and not just because she feels it isn't necessary. She's been plagued by a recurring nightmare since she ...
I FOUND a copy of Nightmare, oh my gosh! You would not believe how excited I am about finding this book, plus it only cost me about $2.

Random Buzzers:
Three Black Swans ARC by Caroline B. Cooney, 2010.
Missy and her cousin Claire are best friends who finish each other’s sentences and practically read each other’s minds. It’s an eerie connection—so eerie that Missy has questions she wants to put to her parents. But she’s afraid to ask. So when Missy hears an ... 
I have failed as a fan of Caroline B. Cooney, because I had no idea that she had a new book out until I was on Random Buzzers and checking out their store planning on what to buy as soon as I had enough Buzz Bucks. So her latest seemed like the most logical choice (I’ve already read a few pages and so far it rocks).

Well that I do believe is it for me this week bookwise. Hope y'all had a fantastic week in books too.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Book Blogger Hop (First Time)

Book Blogger Hop
I've seen the Book Blogger Hop around for quite some time, but have just now decided to give it a shot. Thanks Jennifer of Crazy-for-Books for putting toghter this awesome meme.
For more information about the Book Blogger Hop or to join click HERE.
"What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?"

A library like the one from Beauty and Beast. It's like the perfect haven for any bookworm, plus it just looks really cool, and yes, I would want it to be completely filled up wit all my favorite books and then some.

Final Day

Today is your last chance to enter to win 6 YA books and swag (featuring a signed copy of Peeps by Scott Westerfeld) or a $10 GC to the Book Depository (please read rules before entering the contests).
For the YA pack click HERE. For Book Depository click HERE.

Both end at 11:59 pm (tonight). Good luck!

You also still have time to enter for your chance to win a copy of The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (US only. Ends 10/31 at 11:59 pm).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Read My Lips

I promised you that there was going to be a little activity to gain extra entries for the Eclectically Haunted and the Hauntingly Eclectic Blogoversary Giveaways. So, I proudly present to you lovers of challenges, the Read My Lips Cover Guess (made with lots of help from Dahlia), and because I’m slightly evil, I decided to make the cover guess a smidge harder by only using mouths. *laughs manically*



How to Play (Yes, I did take this from D's blog, but I've been gone all day and am completely beat):
Fill out the form with your answers. DO NOT POST ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS! Any comments with the answers will not be published. If you want to play without entering, just put not an entry in the name and email sections on the form. Make sure you've already entered at least one of the blogoversary giveaways at the top of this post before filling out the form.


Fill Out This Form

Hope y'all enjoy it and good luck.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacy Kade, 2010.
After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear (turns out he’s been “blessed” with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she’s supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She’s not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He only has a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out on his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and the weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?
When I first saw The Ghost and the Goth at the bookstore, I admit that I was a bit iffy on getting it, but the prologue was just flat funny (even though that’s when Alona died) and drew me straight into the book.

At first I didn’t much care for Alona, too dramatic, but she gave the book a lighter air and she kept making me laugh (I’m not sure if that’s how the author meant her to be…).
Will was interesting, definitely the misunderstood type.

I think The Ghost and the Goth was just what I needed to read after reading a few too many serious and slightly darker books. It had just the right amount of action sprinkled throughout to keep me interested, plus I really enjoyed how polar opposite Will and Alona were from each other.

The story was interesting, but it reminded me at times of Meg Cabot’s Mediator series, (hmm, could this be why I liked it so much) while it had some similarities it was also quite different in its own way.

My favorite thing about The Ghost and the Goth would have to be that it was a light and humorous read, yet it had some darker elements (but not in an over use of swearing and no inappropriate content that I can think of).

Least favorite part of the book: was how after she died she realized (the hard way) that she actually had no friends. I found it to be well…kind of sad and done before, but it wasn’t an overplayed aspect of the book.

Final Verdict on The Ghost and the Goth: A good solid read, but a bit (just a wee bit) predictable at points. Language wise it was very clean, with only minor swearing that I can recall.   

The Ghost and the Goth earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (63)

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:
Pirates! The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates by Celia Rees, 2003.


Nancy Kington, a wealthy merchant's daughter living in Bristol, England in the early 1700's, is sometimes lonely but enjoys the privileges her father's business brings. Minerva Sharpe is a penniless slave's daughter living and working on the Kington's Jamaican plantation. These two young women, united through a set of extraordinary circumstances including a brutal murder, an arranged marriage, and set of ruby earrings, find themselves sailing the high seas in search of love, adventure and freedom—as pirates!
I finished reading Pirates yesterday on the way to the Scott Westerfeld signing (which was a ton of fun) and was this one amazing book. I totally recommend it if you haven't read it yet.

Love*Com (Lovely*Complex, VOL 2) by Aya Nakahara, 2001.
Risa's getting really confused about her feelings for Ôtani--she doesn't know if she wants to help him get back together with his ex-girlfriend or keep him all to herself!

Love*Com (Lovely*Complex, VOL 3) by Aya Nakahara, 2001.
A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is ...more Risa Koizumi
is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy.
A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is to be honest with yourself!

Love*Com (Lovely*Complex, VOL 4) by Aya Nakahara, 2001.
Risa has finally realized that she has feelings for Ôtani, and can't wait to confess her love. But dense Ôtani won't take her hints! With the help of all their friends and a romantic beach vacation, can Risa get her affections past his thick head?
I picked up Love*Com one the other week on a whim and loved it so much that I immediately put VOLs 2-4 (the only other VOLs they have, so sad) on request. The thing I love about this series is that it's soo funny. It's another series that I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys reading mangas or is looking for a light and quick read.

Used Bookstore:
Ouran High School Host Club, VOL 3-10 by Bisco Hatori, 2005.
I could not believe my luck when I saw that the used bookstore had nearly the whole entire series (now I just seven more VOLs). I absolutely love this series, so I'm thrilled that I was able to get eight VOLs at half off their normal selling price. *yay for me*

 
I do believe that that is it for me in books this week (I already have next weeks lineup of books all ready and just waiting to be recorded). Hope y'all have had a great week in books.


 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Blogoversary: Guest Post with Lesley of Young Adult Books Reviewed

Today I have the lovely Lesley of Young Adult Books Reviewed, talking about her top five horror/halloween books. Looks like some awesome books made the list.




Halloween is an epic holiday. Though it is originated from Samhain, a celtic tradition of celebrating the final day of harvest, Halloween has morphed itself into a tradition unlike any other.


For those of you who are staying in on Halloween night, my top 5 favorite horror/Halloween books to get you through the night.

- House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski: a story about a family that moves into a house and suddenly begins to grow inside, but not out. Thousands of miles of hallways and stairs, they investigate and find there is something out there, watching them.
One of the scariest books I've ever read. I had to sleep with the light on!


- The Devouring by Simon Holt: a horror buff unleashes a monster that possesses her little brother.
A great YA read, and very creepy.

- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: the best scary ghost story.
It is the basis for the movie "The Haunting," which is a pretty cool movie!

- The Lake by John Peyton Cooke: the lake in the small town has always been creepy, but suddenly it is killing people!
It's so cheesy, but so fun. It takes all 80's horror movies and makes an awesome book.

- The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker: This is the novella that spawned the infamous "HellRaiser" movies.
It is not for the faint of heart, it gets pretty gruesome. But I found it was a creepy, and haunting story.


I love everything Halloween. But without the scary reads, it just wouldn't be the same. These are five of my favorite, but I'm sure I will find more for next year.


What do you guys think? Have you read any of these? What did you think?


What are some of your favorite horror reads? I'd love to hear some recommendations!

Awesome list, I've only read one of them (The Devouring), but I did see the movie The Haunting (I had no idea it was based upon a book).
I agree The devouring is one fantastically creepy read, I especially enjoyed reading it late in the night.

Thanks Lesley for stopping by and sharing some wonderful Halloween books (I'll definitely be looking into all titles. Hopefully before Halloween.). ^_^

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tiny Blog: Blogoversary and Other News.

Be sure to drop by tomorrow and check out Lesley's (Young Adult Books Reviewed) guest post. Your really in for a treat.

Don't forget to enter the two ongoing Blogoversary contests (the Eclectically Haunted Blogoversary Extravaganza Giveaway and the Hauntingly Eclectic International Giveaway) both contests end on Oct 28, at 11:59 pm.

You also have ten more days (till Oct 31, at 11:59 pm) to enter for your chance to win a copy of The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman.

In other news. I'll be participating in NaNoWriMo this year (it'll be my first time). So I'll try not to let my blog go completely dead during Nov, but I'm not making any gurantees that I'll have the time to write as ma ny posts. If you're doing NaNo feel free to friend me (NaNo name HauntedOrchid).

Wish List Wednesday (26)

Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, 5) by Melissa de la Cruz, 2010.
After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence--with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the seven gates that guard earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silverbloods.


As the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler closer to a terrifying crossroads--and a choice that will determine the destiny of all vampires.
Why: Because I've found this series to be an interesting take on vampires, plus the cover is awesome. Now I just need to re-read books 1-3 so that I can read The Van Allen Legacy (I know, I've had it for nearly a year and still haven't read it *bad me*) and maybe I'll finally get around to reviewing the whole series.  Other than that I'm just curious where the series is going to go after what happened in book three (reminds self to just read the fourth one already).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (17)

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 from The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman.
"That's all I would dare hope for. We did not come to the service of the Gun because we wanted to enjoy victory, but because we wanted to to lose magnificently." Page 288.




Halloween Read-A-Thon End (Very Late Edition)


I cannot believe that I forgot to write my end of the Halloween Read-A-Thon post till now.
A huge thanks goes out to Lesley of Young Adult Books Reviewed for hosting an awesome readathon.
I didn't do to well on the reading front this time, I only finished two books and 50 pages of a third. Oh well, I'll try to better on the next one.

Now on to the books that I read:
Jade Green: A Ghost Story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (I've read it before, just not in a few years, but it was so good that I couldn't resist re-reading it for the readathon).
The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (this book was amazing, I'll be reviewing it soon(ish), plus I'm giving away a copy *ends Oct 31*).

I started Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington (another re-read. I didn't get a chance to get to far into it, but I'll definitely try to sit down and finish it one of these days).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hauntingly Eclectic International Giveaway (CLOSED)

Do not despair international followers, you haven’t been forgotten.

As a thank you to all our lovely international followers and to spread the blogoversary fun, Dahlia and I are offering up… $10 to the Book Depository toward the book of the winner’s choosing.
That’s right one lucky winner will get their choice of any one book from Book Depository amounting up to $10 (sounds like I’m a game show hostess *hehehe*).

Totally meant to have this up yesterday, but I had to do some emergency maintenance of my computer (it's acting up...again).

Rules:
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Must follow both blogs (click HERE to follow D's blog.)
  • Must fill out form (only fill it out once on either my blog or D's (it's the same form)
  • Open anywhere Book Depository ships (not sure if they ship to your country, check out their list HERE
  • Ends 10/ 28 at 11:59 pm.

CONTEST CLOSED!
If you're a resident of the US and haven't signed up to win the Eclectically Haunted Blogoversary Extravaganza, there's still time (Ends Oct. 28 at 11:59 pm).
Also check out my contest to win a copy of The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (62)

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:
Love*Com (Lovely*Complex, VOL 1) by Aya Nakahara, 2007.
Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otoni, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy duo. Rather than bow to the inevitable, Risa and Atsushi join forces to pursue their true objects of affection. But in the quest for love, will their budding friendship become something more complex?
La Corda d'Oro (La Corda d'Oro, VOL 1) by Yuki Kure, 2008.
Every few years, the prestigious Seisho Academy holds a prominent musical competition, and only the very best students at the Academy are allowed to participate. Though all are eligible to apply, only students from the music department actually make it to the competition...until now.


Kahoko is a normal student in the general education department with absolutely no musical skill, but all that changes when she catches a glimpse of an elusive fairy who lives on campus. The fairy grants Kahoko a magic violin, and before she knows it, she's nominated to participate in the school's music competition with five very attractive boys. Will she win love and fame, or will bitter rivalry rule the day?
Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time, VOL 1 by Tohko Mizuno, 2004.
Akane is your typical teenage girl...until she swallows a Dragon Jewel, which transports her to the Heian period of ancient Japan! There in the city of Kyou, Akane learns that she has been foreordained to lead the people as the Priestess of the Dragon God! But all is not well. Akram, the head of the Oni Clan, has sworn death and destruction on Kyou. So Akane appoints eight young men, the Hachiyo, to stand by her side as she faces the danger that awaits...

Prince of Tennis, VOl 1 by Takeshi Konomi, 2004.
The exciting backdrop of high school tennis serves as the setting for the sports drama and coming-of-age story, The Prince of Tennis. From creator Takeshi Konomi, the manga depicts the on- and off-the-court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, who joins the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Freshmen rarely have a chance to actually play during their first year, but Ryoma's cool confidence, combined with a deadly, un-returnable "twist serve," gain him a coveted starting spot. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves, and expect even more from the new members of the team. He's made the cut but can he survive the intense competition? Join Ryoma and other first year players, as they train hard, make friends, and try to find a place for themselves on the team.
I have already read all my IMM books for the week and loved all but one of them. By far the two best were Love*Com and La Corda d'Oro, they were hilarious and kept me laughing (go check them out, read them). Prince of Tennis was okay. Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time was good, but a little confusing at first.
Well that is all for me this week (kind of glad it was a slow book week, I have so much to get caught up on).
Now it's time for me to get back to the Halloween Read-A-Thon hosted by Young Adult Books Reviewed.

Hope y'all have had a wonderful week in books.
Don't forget to enter my two contest (one for my two year blogoversary and the other for The Half-Made World)

Mini Pre-Review of The Half-Made World

I loved the concept of the short review (except, I cannot remember what blog I saw it on), so I've decided to do a (very) short mini pre-review of The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman.

Pre-Review:
So far I'm really loving the world that the author created for the book, it's very in-depth and vivid, it's almost like your there in their world as your reading it.

One of the great things I've noticed about the book is that I haven't had to skip over pages do to content (so excited about that), and while there is swearing (major swear words) it's not thrown in every single page.

What do y'all think of pre-reviews, should I keep them or not? Your thoughts are much appreciated on this. ^_^

Sound like something you might want to read? Than enter my contest for your chance to win a copy HERE.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Eclectically Haunted Blogoversary Extravagance Giveaway (CLOSED)

I find this hard to believe, but in one week I will be celebrating my second blogoversary. When I first started my blog, two whole years ago, I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would still be plugging away at it for this long.

So I would like to extend a huge thank you to all my old and new followers (all 150 of you), for without you I would probably have only lasted a few months.

But enough of me being overly sentimental; let’s get on with the aforementioned giveaway.

Now it’s time to get around to thanking all my Malevolent Spirits with a (if I may say so myself) a fabulous giveaway.
Dahlia (Dahlia’s Eclectic Mind) and I have teamed up for the Eclectically Haunted Blogoversary Extravagance Giveaway.
If that is enough awesome for you, I've got two lovely bloggers guesting during the two week celebration. Lesley of Young Adult Books Reviewed and Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind. I know your probably wondering by now, "How could this get even better?" Keep your eyes open, next week you can earn EXTRA entries.

Books:
 Swag:
  • A Match Made in High School pencil
  • A Match Made in High School t-shirt (size medium)
  • Immortals bookmark
  • Signed Personal Demons bookmark
  • 4 Chronicles of Vladimir Tod vampire smiley buttons
Rules:
  • 13 and older to enter.
  • US only (do not worry my internation friends, you havn't been forgotten. There will be a special contest for International readers)
  • Must be a GFC follower of both blogs. Not folloing D, yet? Click here.
  • Deadline is 11:59 pm EST, Oct. 28th.
  • Fill out form to enter. Comments are appreciated, but do not count as entries.
CONTEST CLOSED!
Be sure to enter my other giveaway for The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman.

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